During our Lucky 13 Ingathering, Sunday, September 13, 2020, the people of St. Elisabeth’s will kick-off the program year.

WEEKLY COMMUNITY FORUMS

Weekly Community Forums during the Fall 2020 will gather on Thursday evenings, 7:30PM – 8:30PM. Our Weekly Community Forums will focus on four things:

  1. Scripture – increasing our knowledge and engagement with our holy story. We will use Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again as our introduction to the Bible. If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her.
  2. Music – strengthening our voices to praise God together, by exploring the importance of communal song, how the theology of our hymnody shapes us, and the history of music in the Church.
  3. Prayer – deepening our relationship with God and with each other through spiritual practices which will focus on the sacred art of listening.
  4. Ministry – informal conversations about stewardship during COVID-19. The Episcopal Network for Stewardship reminds us that “As children of God and disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to the transformational ministry of living generously and calling others into that life of generosity. We are sojourners who, along with many others, have some sense that it is through an understanding of holistic stewardship and a practice of gratitude and generosity that we will grow spiritually, that we will grow more and more into the likeness of the loving, generous God in whose image we are created. We believe that it is by virtue of our baptism that we are called to this ministry of stewardship.”

LECTIONARY STUDY

On Tuesday mornings, 9:00AM, right after morning prayer, grab a cup of coffee, sign in to Zoom, and discuss the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary readings.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION

Part two of our confirmation preparation is underway. Our young people are currently studying their chosen book of the Bible. Mentors are having intentional conversations addressing theological concerns and realities for all people of faith.

CHILDREN’S FORMATION

Family Chapel gathers on Tuesday afternoons, 4:00PM for Bible story, prayer and music.

St. Elisabeth’s is seeking a director of children’s and youth formation. For more information, email The Rev. Kevin M. Goodman, interim rector.

WEEKLY COMMUNITY FORUMS SCHEDULE

To purchase the books needed for our Community Forums, LINK HERE.

To download the study guide to Rachel Held Evans’ Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again to focus your reading and shape our discussions, LINK HERE.

To join, LINK VIA ZOOM. Reach out to The Rev. Kevin if you have not received the password.

September 17
Community COVID check-in

September 24
Scripture – facilitated by Kevin Goodman
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans, pgs. xi – 90

October 1
Music – facilitated by Dillon Shipman
Singing together affects our minds, bodies, and souls in incredible ways, and the healing properties of communal song are striking. We’ll explore the spiritual nature of song, and it’s importance in the life of the Church, from antiquity all the way through today. We’ll also learn about the history of a hymn and sing that hymn together!

October 8
Spirituality – facilitated by Elizabeth Clemmitt
The Sacred Art of Listening: Listening to Others – One of the most precious gifts we can give to another person is to really listen to them. Join us as we explore the practices of active listening and deep listening. To actively listen to another person involves being fully present to that person through eye contact, body language, and mental focus. Deep listening goes one step further. When we listen attentively to another person’s words – and silences – without assumptions, expectations, or judgments, we are practicing deep listening. By truly listening to each other, we can enrich our relationships and even transform them. We will not only learn about these practices, but we will try them out together over Zoom.

October 15
Ministry
The cost of ministry, the call to stewardship, and financial realities during COVID-19

October 22
Scripture – facilitated by Kevin Goodman
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans, pgs. 91 – 174

October 29
Music – facilitated by Dillon Shipman
The theology embedded in the songs we sing shapes how we view God and all of creation. We’ll explore the ways in which our hymnody informs us, as well as it’s importance in our liturgical structure as Episcopalians. We’ll also learn about the history of a hymn and sing that hymn together!

November 5
Spirituality – facilitated by Elizabeth Clemmitt
The Sacred Art of Listening: Listening to Ourselves through the Welcoming Practice – The Welcoming Practice (aka the Welcoming Prayer) is a three-step personal practice that helps us focus on our bodily sensations and emotions when we experience challenging feelings or situations in our everyday lives. By welcoming what we are experiencing, we consciously accept what is happening within us rather than repressing or rejecting our feelings, all while remembering that God’s loving Presence is within us as we embrace our discomfort. We can then let go and surrender the upsetting effects to God and choose how to respond rather than react to any situation.

November 12
Ministry
The cost of ministry, the call to stewardship, and financial realities during COVID-19

November 19
Scripture – facilitated by Kevin Goodman
Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans, pgs. 175 – 228