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Adult Faith Enrichment

Calvary offers many opportunities for adult faith enrichment. Please check the calendar to confirm dates and times, as schedules are subject to change. From Bible study basics to topic-oriented studies on contemporary issues, there's something for everyone!

In our Women’s Bible Study Circles this month we continue our discussion of “Slow Faith” with the lesson titled “Make Haste, O Lord.” We focus on psalms that ask God, “how long?” And we will learn that following these laments the psalmist adds an affirmation such as “Yet, O God, I will trust in you.” Maybe you are asking God “how long” right now. Visiting a Circle and reading the October issue of Gather magazine could lead you to affirm anew your trust in God, his wisdom and direction. You might also have an experience to share of God’s answer to you when you asked Him “how long?” Come to a Circle meeting and let God speak to you through fellowship with a group of caring women.

Charity Circle meets at Calvary at 9:30 a.m. October 7 with Glory Harwood as study leader and November 4 with Phoebe Tomlinson leading the study. Hosting in October is Sue Summers and in November, Barb Bieger.

Faith Circle meets at Calvary at 1:00 p.m. October 7, with Ruth Lange as the study leader and November 4 with Sonja Horner leading the study. Join them for lunch at Lakes Café at 11:30 before each meeting.

Peace Circle meets at 9:30 at Calvary October 14, with Mary Ringsven and Peggy Nelson hosting, then on November 11 with Dorothy Johnson and Lin Armstrong hosting. Study leader in November is Sue Cacioppo.

New Quarterly Daily Devotionals Available! New Christ in our Home daily devotionals are in the narthex or by the west entrance. Take one home today!

Writers Group. The regular Calvary Writers Group will resume at 5:15 p.m. on November 11.

Sunday Adult Study Each month our Adult Education classes will focus on a particular “so that” of faith. Adult Education opportunities in the coming year will be focusing on living our baptism. You could also say that living our baptism is the “so that” of faith. Each month will have a different focus, with many opportunities to practice our faith. Classes begin September 20 between services on Sunday mornings. Schedule:

September 20: What does it mean that I’m baptized?!
September 27-October 18: Baptized We Live
November 8-29: Living as God’s Steward
December 6-20: Living In God's Abundant Grace: Sabbath

See the September newsletter for more details.

Sunday Mornings: Open Space. Open Space is a space for adults to gather, during the education hour (9:40-10:30) in the Mary Room, particularly for adults who have children in Sunday School. Open Space is a break from over-programmed and an opportunity to take a breather. Open Space is a space to bring faith questions and doubts, to have conversation with others, and to simply be. So much of our time is over-programmed and over-scheduled, with set agendas and timelines, and Open Space is created to be the opposite. We’ll check-in with one another and together come up with a plan for our time. There’s a bulletin board with possible topics we can talk about – and people are invited to contribute their own queries. Open Space is created collaboratively; we can’t wait to share this space with you.

Women's Cafe Study. Thursdays at 7:30 PM Women's Cafe Group. This is a once monthly Bible study and faith-based conversation group geared toward young adult women but is open to women of all ages. We meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:30pm at a group member's home (rotating). The study is produced by the WELCA, and is found on the website under the heading Cafe Groups. Please contact Andrea Westby at for more details and to be included on the listserve.

Just One Month To Wellness. Pastor Alan Field from Tucson, Arizona, has put together a program that you might find very useful to help you live a balanced life for “just one month.” Download a copy of the program-->

Wednesday Men's Breakfast Study. Men's Breakfast group meets at 7 a.m. the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month. Join us for a hearty breakfast and a Bible study centered on the next Sunday's lessons.

Wednesday Circle Studies. Charity and Faith meet the first Wednesday, Charity at 9:30am and Faith at 1:00pm (with noon lunch at the Wild Oaks). Peace meets the second Wednesday at 9:30am. In December there are no Circle studies but instead a noon potluck and Bible study; check the December calendar for date. Feel free to attend any Circle study any time.

Adult Bible Study: Mondays. Pastor Phil Holtan is excited to lead this book of the Bible study group in intermediate Bible studies through the year as we dig deeply to find new treasures.  Check the calendar for dates..

Seekers Study. “Seekers” is a Bible study that seeks to dig a little deeper into the scriptures. No books required, just your Bible. Most times we go verse by verse in a book of the Bible, other times we study someone’s favorite subject. Come and enjoy this conversation! This group generally does not meet in the summer. Check the calendar for dates..

Women's Saturday morning study. The Saturday morning Women’s Bible Study meets 9:30 – 11:00 AM at Calvary the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Each year we select a new topic & Bible Study to explore. Our group welcomes women of all ages and we are patient with complex schedules. Come when you can and know that whenever you attend, you bring value. If you have questions, contact Jean Hallberg at 346-6518 in the evenings or at her office during the day at 346-5073. This group generally does not meet in the summer months. Check the calendar for dates..

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