Small Groups

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Being part of a small group is one of the BEST ways to connect with people at Faith Church. The weekly and monthly groups listed below are open to drop-in participants, and information on the short-term groups can be obtained by calling or emailing Sharon Morrison.  Please refer to online calendar to confirm meeting dates or call the church office.

 

SHORT-TERM GROUPS

Rector’s Bible Study
Meets:  Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  in Big Room B/C
Childcare is available with advance notice.
Contact:  Fr. Sean Cox

April 19 – Screening of Rogue One – Pizza at 5:30 pm and Movie at 6:00 pm.  Childcare will be provided

April 26 – Discussion of Rogue One

May 3 – Potluck and Panel Discussion with guest speaker Deborah Ortiz, Chief Executive Office of Opening Doors, Inc. at 6:00 pm

May 10 – Follow up discussion from May 3

May 17, 24, 31 – Screening and discussion of Rev, a British situation comedy about being and doing church in contemporary culture.

June – July – Rector’s Bible Study will go dark and will resume in August.

Wednesday Morning Centering Prayer Group
Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer—prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.  Beginning September 14, we will be offering Centering Prayer on Wednesday mornings in the sanctuary from 9 to 9:20 a.m..  All are welcome.
Contacts:  Cass Bisbikis.

Women’s Bible and Book Studies
These intergenerational groups are designed for women who desire to go deeper in their faith through study and discussion of scripture and contemporary books that challenge us and enrich our spiritual lives.  The groups also offer opportunities for connection and support among women of all ages.

Wednesday Morning Women’s Group
Meets:  Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m., in Big Room B/C
Contact: Sharon Morrison

April 19-May 24
Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time:
The Historical Jesus and the Heart of Contemporary Faith by Marcus Borg

Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining. Drawing on his own journey from a naïve, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community. In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus’s character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith.  Facilitators:  Patti Faires & Kim Dillon

 

History of the Anglican/Episcopal Church & The Book of Common Prayer
This six–week class is of interest to all faith backgrounds.—Episcopal, Anglican, Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian & others—especially if you attend Faith Church!  Our Anglican/Episcopal practice of Christianity is deeply centered in our Liturgy.  In the midst of our changing cultures we need a clear understanding of our Christian faith. This discussion group looks at the history of the Reformation and the transitions to the Anglican Church and Episcopal Church. We explore the development of Liturgies and the practical use of the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). We are directly affected because most of what we see on our worship screens each Sunday morning comes from the BCP. We also discuss future possible changes in our prayer book and the effects on our Liturgical spirituality.
Meets: Monday evenings, April 24-May 22, 6:30-8:00 p.m.  Facilitator:  Bob Clements
Resource:  Opening the Prayer Book by Jeffrey Lee (please coordinate purchase with Bob)

Global Leadership Summit Video and Discussion Series
The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day event telecast LIVE in HD from the Willow Creek Association campus near Chicago every August to hundreds of locations in North America. The Summit is a resource to be leveraged for community transformation. Leaders are discovering that by attending the Summit and utilizing its content and tools, their teams are increasing their impact.  Each year, clergy, staff and leaders from Faith Episcopal Church attend a local telecast of GLS.  This series will offer viewing and discussion of several inspiring and thought-provoking talks from recent GLS events.

Meets:  Thursday evenings, April 27-May 18, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Coordinator:  Sharon Morrison
Facilitators:  Teams of Lay Leaders from Faith Church 

WEEKLY ONGOING GROUPS
 
Bulletin Preparation
A group which gathers weekly for conversation and fellowship while they fold, assemble and keep current the Sunday morning bulletins, a vital communication tool for our congregation.
Meets:  Friday mornings, 10:00-11:30 a.m., in the Conference Room
Coordinator:  Barbara Gillespy

Coffee Talk with Fr. Sean
A weekly gathering for fellowship and conversation about the upcoming Sunday’s Lectionary readings.
Meets:  Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Location:  Fork Lift, Cameron Park
Facilitator:  Fr. Sean Cox

Women’s Lectionary Bible Study
Develop a better understanding of our Sunday worship scripture readings in a small group setting.  Come to this group to read and discuss the upcoming lessons and Gospel reading, often with additional insights from Fr. Sean.
Meets:  Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room
Resource:  The Revised Common Lectionary Bible Study by Paraklete Press of California, $10, available at class
Facilitator:  Ruth Pihlaja
 
BI-MONTHLY GROUPS
 
Knitting and Crocheting for Others
Come join the fun!  A place to do knitting and crocheting together, get assistance or get started learning.  Projects will be made with the intention to give to those in need.
Meets:  1st & 3rd Thursdays each month, in the Big Room, 1:00-2:30 p.m. resumes September 1
Coordinator:  Judi Hill

MONTHLY ONGOING GROUPS

Women’s Book Group
A chance for women who enjoy reading to get together monthly for book discussion and fellowship. Please come having read the selected book. Please contact Karen Reid for more information.
Meets: offsite locations
Coordinator:   Karen Reid
Contact:  Karen

Quilters
Sharing a love of fabric crafts, the quilters are making quilts to be given for outreach (children in need through our missionary contacts at Faith Church, and to our local senior care facilities) and “inreach” (to Faith Church babies and our members recuperating from illness).  Bring your sewing machine and quilting tools/ideas!
Meets:  4th Tuesday each month, in the Big Room, 9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Coordinator:  Gerri Morgan

Senior Ministries
This is our Senior “Youth Group” at Faith Church.  The group gathers for monthly lunch discussions, movie outings and field trips to local sites of interest.  The primary focus is fellowship.
Coordinator:  Sharon Morrison

Senior Lunch Bunch
For Seniors and others who are interested in the day’s topic, a monthly gathering for lunch, followed by presentations by invited speakers.  Bring your sack lunch.  Coffee and tea are provided.  We gather the 3rd Tuesday each month, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Dates & Topics:
April 18           Writing Your (Spiritual) Autobiography
May 16            Journeys through Australia and New Zealand
June 20          Potluck Fellowship

Spring Seniors Outing
Thursday, April 27th at 10:30 a.m., details to follow.
Tour of Rosarian, Baldo Villegas’ Rose Garden in Orangevale 
Baldo, a professional cultivator of roses, is extremely popular in the Sacramento region Rose Societies! This is his home garden to which he continually adds.  Over 2,000 roses, 50 fruit trees, 60 blueberry bushes, 100 blackberry.

Movie and Theological Reflection Outings
Watch weekly announcements for details about bi-monthly Tuesday afternoon outings to attend a movie and gather for theological reflection on the film.

Landscape
If you like to get your hands dirty and work with the earth, join us in tending to God’s garden here at Faith Church.
Meets: Second Saturday of the Month 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Leader: Tim Daust
 
LONG-TERM CLASS 
 
Education for Ministry

A 4-year curriculum– enrollment is for one year at a time.  Some students go through all four years in a row, others take some time off between years before returning to their next year of study.  The course includes Old and New Testaments, Church history, theological ideas and reflections connecting faith with life experience.  Individuals are taught to think critically about their theological views and take leadership in thought, word and deed.
Coordinator:  Sharon Morrison

RETREATS
Women’s Retreat
Saturday, April 1, from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location:  Faith Episcopal Church
Facilitator:  Sheryl Trainor

MEMBERSHIP GROUPS

Magdalene Journey
Walk With the Women Who Walked with Jesus
Have you ever wondered what the women that walked with Jesus felt or thought about? What was it about Jesus that so touched Rhoda, Mary, Martha or the Samaritan woman to take that leap of faith?  The Magdalene Journey is a way to connect with these women and other women of Faith while deepening your own faith walk. The Magdalene Journey uses a combination of meditations, prayer and discussion.
Meets:  Sessions to be determined
Contact:  Kim Dillon

The Order of the Daughters of the King
A religious lay order for women, who come together monthly to support one another as they follow a Rule of Life that focuses on prayer, service and evangelism.  Those interested in participating may arrange to attend a meeting as a guest to learn more.
Coordinator:  Ane Deister
Contact:  Ane

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Divorce Care
You don’t have to go through it alone.  Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced.  This 13-week program combines a video series with group support.  Newcomers may start midsession.  For more details: www.divorcecare.org
Meets:  Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., (please contact Carolyn for session schedule)
Facilitators:  Carolyn Flood & Mark Pinski
Contact:  Carolyn , 916-764-8859

Alcoholics Anonymous for Women

Friends for Survival
A support group for those touched by suicide.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)