United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Are you searching for answers? Do you want a meaningful faith? Are you looking to connect with fellow believers? Do you want to grow as a disciple of Jesus Christ? Then take a look at these opportunities for growth and spiritual development.
On-going Walk-in Small Groups
Adult Sunday School Class meets Sundays at 10:15 am in Room 8. Facilitator: Bob Garrett at (425) 698-7873. Get your coffee and donut and come on into Room 8 for fellowship and study! Starting November 10, 2013 and continuing through March 2014, we will delve into William Barclay's Commentary on the Letter to the Romans. Join us anytime. Drop-ins and visitors WELCOME!
Centering Prayer Class meets Mondays at 9 am in the sanctuary. Facilitator: Connie Jones at (805) 495-725 ext 302. A video featuring Father Thomas Keating is used to teach about centering prayer. 20 minutes of centering prayer follows the video. Centering prayer is rooted in the Word of God. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is a movement beyond conversation with Christ and into communion with Him. The source of Centering Prayer is Trinitarian, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The focus is Christ. The effect builds communities of faith and bonds members together in love.
Women’s Spirituality Class meets Tuesdays at 10:15 am in Room 8. Facilitator: Connie Jones at (805) 495-7215 ext. 302. Women of all ages come together to pray, personally experience God’s grace, find spiritual renewal, be challenged and transformed and to develop a closer relationship with God and each other. You will find open, caring and accepting ladies with a safe place to explore your questions and your faith. No preparation is needed. Join us when you can.
Mom’s Group meets Wednesdays at 9:30 am in the Wesley Room. Facilitator: Connie Jones at (805) 495-7215 ext. 302. Join other moms with children of all ages for book and Bible study, fellowship, food and fun. RSVP for child care.
“Making Disciples” Book and Bible Study meets Thursdays from 7 to 9 pm at the Hong residence. Facilitators: Jerry and Candice Hong at (805) 496-6696. Currently studying Francis Chan's book "Multiply Movement Study", the Hongs exemplify the book's thesis; making disciples of Jesus Christ by showing the life of Christ to others and sharing the Word of Christ. An example of the Hong's "radical" hospitality includes such touches as serving warm home-made apple pie baked using their own homegrown apples!
Men’s Bible Study meets every other Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 pm at the Macune residence. Facilitator: Dr, Charles Macune at (805) 497-7170. This group guarantees a rousing and diverse discussion on whatever is being studied. While opinions may vary, the fellowship is close and warm, with all participants sincere in their discipleship journey. The class has been meeting for many years, but is always open to newcomers.
On-going Pre-arranged Small Groups
i.e. (Invite and Engage) Groups meet weekly. There are currently 3 groups. The facilitators for the groups, respectively, are Bruce and Phyllis Borner, Don and Carolyn DeMint, and May Simonds. The groups, respectively, meet in the Borner, DeMint and Dueber residences. May Simonds' group is comprised of all women; the other groups include both men and women. Guided by scripture and curriculum authored by Pastor Steve, they discuss the previous week's sermon in order to learn how to live out Christianity in everyday life. Contact: Connie Jones at (805) 495-7215 ext. 302.
Special One-time or Seasonal Small Groups
Advent Series “It’s a Wonderful Life” with Pastor Steve will meet Thursdays, December 5, 12, and 19, from 7 to 9 pm in the Wesley Room. Contact: Connie Jones at (805) 495-7215 ext. 302.