Adult Spiritual Formation

Thank you for your interest in Adult Spiritual Formation at Edmonds United Methodist Church! Our adult formation ministry is formed around three main components: The Way (3 focuses of the Christian life – faith, Bible and spiritual practices); ChristCare groups (a wide diversity of affinity groups); and SoulSprings (a variety of classes and special events). These are usually offered in 3 sessions throughout the year, fall, winter and spring.  If you have questions, please contact Sue Sutherland-Hanson, Director of Adult Christian Ed and Spiritual Formation:  sues@edmondsumc.org.  

Gender Diversity Parent Panel

On October 22, at 11:45a.m., we welcome local Gender Diversity, an educational resource group who describes their mission as increasing "awareness and understanding of the wide range of gender diversity in children, adolescents, and adults by providing family support, building community, increasing societal awareness, and improving the well-being for people of all gender identities and expressions." In this event, parents will share their experience and wisdom in supporting their children as they navigated their identity as youth of a gender minority.

Sing Your Soul Alive

On November 5, 2017, join us to do circle singing with Debby Boland Watt, facilitator, who studied with famed Bobby McFerrin. In this workshop she will train us to use our voices in community as we build "our group's sound options." After learning a number of vocal instruments we will compose spontaneously and enjoy fun abandon with our choir. $10 suggested donation. Check out Debby's website.

December Date-Night

December Date-Night

December 16th, leave Church Parking lot by bus at 5:00 Enjoy your church friends on the way to Warmbeach in Stanwood, where we will take a brief walk around enchanting lighted grounds and then settle in for a fabulous 5-course meal (choices of prime rib, salmon, vegetarian) and live theater featuring "Christmas on the Tumblin' D" by Victoria Ritchey. Cost: $60 per person which includes transportation, dinner, and admission to tour the Christmas lights. Warmbeach describes this combo as not appropriate for infants and children under age eight. Maximum group: 14. Questions: Sue Sutherland-Hanson

SoulSprings Classes

Disciple's Path

Led by: Pastor Sandy Brown

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 pm in Room 113 starting October 16th. This seven-week class runs as a small group experience. It offers an opportunity to explore your spiritual life, discuss spiritual practices, learn more about the church and what it means to become a member of EUMC. Materials are provided, minimum enrollment of six attendees required for the class to run.

  • MEETS: Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in Room 113, Starting October 16.
  • LED BY: Pastor Sandy

EUMC Advocates for Justice

This group looks for ways the congregation can engage in actions that support our Christian beliefs of justice, compassion, love, respect for all people, and peace. Subcommittees focus on the environment, immigration, solidarity with Islam, and homelessness, with more subcommittees forming.

  • MEETS: Monthly - times and locations TBD
  • LED BY: Corinne Travis

The Call - The Life and Ministry of Paul

Join us to learn more about Paul through his travels, sacred writings, and ministries in Greece and Turkey. In this six-week study we will explore Paul's conversations with the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Collasians, and Thessalonians. Via DVD and a study (that participants purchase for $10) we will not only see the early church sites of his mission outreach, but also think about our call to follow Christ through the lens of Paul's life and ministry.

  • MEETS: Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Sept 28 - November 9. Minimum enrollment of 6 for the group to run
  • LED BY: Pat Beaudry and Ginger Carson

The Dirty Dozen

The Dirty Dozen: enjoy friendships while making our church a better place

The group gathers for doughnuts, coffee, and conversation and then heads out to projects around the building and grounds. Participants will repair, paint, replace, fix, hang, drill, plumb, hammer, gab, and engage in other worthy efforts that keep the church looking sharp and well-maintained. Despite the name of the group...the group size can be more or less than 12 people, but getting dirty is not optional. Will train: experience is optional...more important is your ability to enjoy conversation while you work.

  • MEETS: 8:00a.m. - 12:00p.m., day to be determined by the consensus of the group
  • LED BY: Dave Walters and the Trustees Committee

The Wisdom Jesus

In this class, we will learn from Cynthia Bourgeoult, Episcopal Priest, author, and modern Christian voice. In her lectures following her book The Wisdom Jesus, Bourgeoult reaches into the ancient past to help us hear anew how to engage in Christ teachings. Join us to learn and grow via readings, streaming lectures, and experimenting with practice.

  • MEETS: Room TBD...
  • LED BY: Margaret Frazier, Sue Sutherland-Hanson, co-facilitator

Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study

There is a large part of the New Testament that is generally overlooked; however, there is a lot of personal application contained in many of the New Testament books. Join us as we challenge our faith journey in the study of some of these “lesser” books. This quarter we will be studying the letters of Paul beginning with First and Second Corinthians. All interested ladies are invited to join this lively discussion group, which also includes supportive sharing.

  • MEETS: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., in the Library
  • LED BY: Rev. Elmer Brunk

Thursdays - Yoga with Theresa

Learn mindfulness of your body through yoga! This all levels class will explore alignment, the use of props, and how to work safely with the body while calming the mind. Donation of $40 for 8 classes or $5 drop-in, free for those in need. Please bring a mat (and a block if you have one.) Proceeds from this class go to elder-support. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (425) 778-2119.

  • MEETS: Thursdays, 10:00 - 11:00am, September 28 -November 16
  • LED BY: Theresa Elliott, yoga instructor and personal trainer

Wednesdays - Faithful Yoga

Breathe new life into your routine and join us for an enriching class that combines yoga with Christian prayer and practice. All experience levels are welcome. Donation of $40 for 8 sessions to support the leader, but come anyway if finances are tight. Bring a yoga mat. Drop-ins welcome! For more information, contact Heather Bruno at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 425.778.2119.

  • MEETS: Wednesdays, 12:15-1:00 p.m., in the Library
  • LED BY: Ruth Lee, Instructor and Personal Trainer

ChristCare Groups

Book Discussion: The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage - An Evangelicals Change of Heart

Book Discussion: The Bible's Yes to Same-Sex Marriage - An Evangelicals Change of Heart

The Bibles Yes to Same-Sex Marriage – An Evangelicals Change of Heart by Mark Achtemeier,

This book, written by a well-known, intelligent, heterosexual pastor tells the story of his personal journey regarding his theological views of the LGBTQ+ community and gay marriage. Questioning the church's harm as a whole, this author decided to thoroughly investigate exactly what the Bible says on this matter and how churches should treat the LGBTQ+ community. Join us for a discussion of this enlightening and encouraging book to see the questions and answers this author has discovered so he could see "God's good news about love, marriage, and sexuality for gay and straight people alike" (Amazon review). All are welcome!

  • MEETS: Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., meeting at Luke's home.
  • FACILITATOR: Luke Van de Krol

Book Study: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

Book Study: This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein

This book study focuses on the climate crisis in this powerful and timely book by Naomi Klein, one of the most admired voices on environmental care. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. says this about Klein’s book: “Naomi Klein is a genius. She has done for politics what Jared Diamond did for the study of human history. She skillfully blends politics, economics and history and distills out simple and powerful truths with universal applicability.”

  • MEETS: Sundays, 12:00 p.m. beginning September 24th
  • CO-FACILITATORS: John Rodenberg and Dianne O'Connell

Living the Questions

Living the Questions

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.

We are group of women who enjoy delving deeply into what it means to live as a person of faith in this ever-changing world. We have weekly lively discussions on our chosen topic and welcome new members! "Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves." - Rainer Maria Wilke

Facilitators: Eva-Maria Barthel & Barbara McGuire

Creative Crafters

Creative Crafters

Creative Crafters meets three times per month to do scrapbook, needle work, computer work, or whatever else your creative heart desires. With such a great block of time, we find it wonderful to get so much accomplished. Join us if you’d like to meet a bunch of nice people. You’ll be glad you did!

  • MEETS: 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 5:00 –9:00p.m. & the last Saturday of the month, 10:00a.m. – 7:00p.m.
  • FACILITATOR: Sheri McGee

Quilting Group

Quilting Group

Do you quilt? Would you like to learn? Join this group and participate in the domestic art that is becoming increasingly poplular. We have an inspiring time of learning and practicing.

  • MEETS: Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Library
  • FACILITATOR: Pat Beaudry

Thriving in a Life with Chronic Pain & Illness

Thriving in a Life with Chronic Pain & Illness

Members of this group meet to support each other as we live our lives with different types of pain and illness with the understanding that many forms of pain and illness are non-visible. Different types of pain/illness are represented in our group. We are finishing up the text, Sick and Tired by Kimberly Rae and will begin Why God Doesn’t Fix It.

  • MEETS: First and Third Saturdays of the month - 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., Room 113, Beginning October 7...14...
  • FACILITATOR: Roxine Kellogg

Knitting2Gether

We have fun getting to know each other as we knit together. Your facilitators are available to help you learn basic knitting techniques, answer questions, and work on pattern instructions with you. These afternoons are a great time to work on your projects and enjoy the community of other knitters. We begin each session with prayer and scripture. Each member is responsible for bringing their own needles and yarn. The recipient of our projects will be Mary's Place, a homeless shelter for women and children. Prayer Shawl Knitters are welcome to join us at these gatherings.

  • Meets: Sundays, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
  • Facilitator: Laurie Napa.

Monday Afternoon Men’s Group

This group is reading the book Hillbilly Elegy, a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of poor white Americans by J.D. Vance. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.

  • Meets: Mondays, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; Room 302. Our group is on-going – new members are welcome!.
  • Facilitator: Bob Schroff

Renovare Group - Women's Group

Renovare means renewal and we renew by gathering weekly to consider our basic and deeper questions on faith and discipleship. Each week we pray for each other and share concerns and praises. We also hand out grocery bags for the Food Bank each month.

  • Meets:Mondays; 11:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m. in the Library. (Brown Bag Lunch)
  • Facilitator: Beth Lanie

Saturday Dawn Patrol Men's Group

This fall we will continue our Bible/book study format with a great group of guys for great discussion!

  • Meets: Saturdays, 7:30 - 9:00a.m.
  • Facilitator: Darryl Berg with shared leadership.

Sisters!

Sisters is one of the original ChristCare groups at EUMC and is always ready to welcome new members! The only thing we can tell you for sure is that we never know where the study and conversation will take us. We will begin the fall session with the second half of Martin Thiellen's book, What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be A Christian?: A Guide to What Matters Most. If you join in the middle it's easy to catch up. Come see what goes on with Sisters!

  • MEETS: Mondays, 2:00-4:00 p.m. in Wesley Room
  • FACILITATOR: Dana McMechan

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women work together to help charities, host events, and support women and children in need, all while having fun. We host a luncheon meeting regularly and meet with other church UMW groups twice a year, but our motto is "Come When You Can!" Our thrift shop serves the community and Food Bank clients. We host a bazaar for fundraising in the Fall with proceeds helping charities and church-sponsored events. We also take time to learn about world issues.

  • Meets:3rd Sunday of the month, October 15, following the 2nd service.
  • Facilitator: Gay Johnson

The Way

Animate: Faith is an 8-session Adult Spiritual Formation course. In each session we watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection through journaling, share ideas with the group, and close with prayer. The program allows adults the opportunity to strengthen their faith through spirited discussion and wondering about such topics as God, religion, Jesus, salvation, the cross, the Bible, and church.

Meets Monday Evenings, 7:00-8:30p.m. Room 302
Facilitators: Page Campbell and Laurie Napa