Adult Spiritual Formation

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 Rev. Clarissa Fuentes, Associate Pastor

Winter quarter begins February 3
and runs for seven weeks.

View the Winter 2019 booklet

Transform 100 - The Role of Jesus in Christian Spirituality

Transform 100 - The Role of Jesus in Christian Spirituality

Sundays beginning February 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Facilitator – Rev. Sandy Brown
In this Transform foundational course, participants discuss the centrality of Jesus in Christian spirituality. Using the texts, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time by Marcus Borg and A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren, discussion will focus on “Who is Jesus?” and “What does it mean to make a Christian faith commitment in our modern context?” The class serves as an effective reintroduction to Christian faith for longtime church members and a helpful next step for newcomers.
Transform 200 - Christian Spiritual Life and Discipline I & II

Transform 200 - Christian Spiritual Life and Discipline I & II

Tuesdays beginning February 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Facilitators – Page Campbell & Breanne Lomazow
Utilizing the text Soul Feast by Marjorie Thompson, this core class is broken into two groups of sessions. Ideally participants of sessions register for both classes, but if a shorter committment is easier to make, you can take them in separate seasons. Participants will respond to the invitation to the Christian spiritual life through study and practice of key spiritual disciplines that have been a part of Christianity for centuries; spiritual reading, prayer, sabbath, fasting, self-examination, confession, and hospitality. The course is a survey of many practices that can be deepened in further level two coursework
Transform 300 - One Spirit, Many Spiritual Gifts

Transform 300 - One Spirit, Many Spiritual Gifts

Mondays beginning February 4 – 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Facilitator – Lynne Weakland
What are your spiritual gifts and how are they unique? How has God gifted you, and what do these gifts mean in your life? How are you being led to use these gifts to fulfill your mission and purpose? In this course, each participant will complete a spiritual gifts inventory, work through a text to aid in understanding our gifts and examine how our enneagram “types” fit with our spiritual gifts. Through discussion and small group exercises, we will explore our gifts and listen to each other as we discern what these gifts mean in the context of our personal lives and our life in the community of faith.
Transform 400 - Creating My Purpose Statement

Transform 400 - Creating My Purpose Statement

To be offered in the spring
What is your purpose in life? During this series we gather all the input from each prior Transform session and work with other participants and the group leader to help you write a statement of purpose that represents who you are and who you believe God is leading you to be. Successful completion of Transform 100, 200 and 300 is required prior to sign-up.

Movement and Health Groups

  • 501 - Stress Management Through Guided Meditation

    Take a brief time out from any stress in your life. Learn to relax and let go.

    • Meets: Thursdays at 4:00p.m., Chapel.
    • Facilitator: Jerry Hassenstab

  • 502 - Yoga with Theresa Elliott

    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. Please bring a mat (and a block if you have one.) Donation of $40 for 8 classes or $5 drop-in, free for those in need. Proceeds from this class go to elder-support.

    • Meets: Thursdays at 9:00a.m., Wesley Room
    • Facilitator: Theresa Elliott

Book Studies

  • 601 - Men's Saturday Dawn Patrol

    We will continue our Bible/book study format with a great group of guys for lively discussions!

    • Meets: Saturdays at 7:30a.m., Library
    • Facilitator: Darryl Berg with shared leadership

  • 602 - Living the Questions

    We are a 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! This season we will be reading the book, Give Them Money.

    • Meets: Mondays at 7:00p.m., Library
    • Co-Facilitators: Eva-Maria Barthel, Barbara McGuire

  • 603 - Renovare Group

    The Renovare Group (renovare means renewal) is an ongoing group which gathers weekly to consider our basic and deeper questions on faith and discipleship. We are reading The Call, by Adam Hamilton, which is about the Apostle Paul and his journeys. We are also reading some in “Acts” and Paul’s letters. Although we are in the middle of our study, we welcome you. We take more than a week on each chapter so we can discuss in-depth. Each week we pray for each other, sharing concerns and praises. We hand out grocery bags for the Food Bank each month after worship.

    • Meets: Mondays at 11:00 a.m., Library
    • Co-Facilitators: Beth Lanie

  • 604 - Sisters!

    Sisters! is one of the original ChristCare groups at EUMC. We are always ready to welcome new members. This season we will study Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life by Jane Thibault and Richard Morgan. Many of our members have reached this demarcation and those who have not considered that they will eventually! As the above is designed as a seven week study, our second one will be I’ve Been Thinking by Maria Shriver. The members of this group take turns leading the study sessions, offering devotions, and providing a simple treat like cookies or cupcakes. We support each other by sharing joys, concerns, and prayer requests.

    • Meets: Mondays at 1:30p.m., Wesley Room
    • Co-Facilitators: Dana McMechen

  • 605 - Women's Bible Study

    All interested ladies are invited to join this lively discussion group, which also includes supportive sharing. We began a study of Adam Hamilton’s Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today in September and will be meeting weekly..

    • Meets: Thursdays at 10:00a.m., Library

Breaking Bread Together

  • 701 - Soup & Soul

    This quarter we will be reading and discussing Eager to Love - The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi. We meet the first and third Sunday evenings and with the first meeting on October 15. We share a simple meal of soup, bread, and cookies and the hosts will facilitate the discussion questions located in the back of the book. Please join us for a great time of food, discussion, fellowship, and prayer!

    • Meets: 1st & 3rd Sundays at 5:30p.m., Off-site
    • Co-Facilitators: Deb & Tim Guirl; Carol & Tom Woltjer

Community Building

  • 801 - Monday Men's Group

    The Monday afternoon Men’s ChristCare Group is following the sermon series, discussing the prior Sunday’s sermon in greater depth. We are an ongoing group, but new members are always welcome.

    • Meets: Mondays at 4:00p.m., Room 302
    • Facilitator: Bob Schroff

  • 802 - Parents of Teens Support Group

    Raising kids takes a village and when those kids become teenagers is an important time to rely on that village! Gather for support, sharing, and encouragement.

    • Meets: Sundays at 5:00p.m., Youth Hall
    • Facilitator: Diana Nielson and Barb McGuire.

  • 803 - Quilting Group

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

    • Meets: Mondays at 2:00p.m., Library
    • Facilitator: Pat Beaudry

  • 804 - Creative Crafters

    Creative Crafters meets three times per month to do needle work, scrap-booking, 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, 5:00p.m. & the last Saturday of the month, 10:00a.m., Room 113
    • Co-Facilitators: Sheri McGee

  • 805 - Knit2Gether

    Enjoy the community of other knitters. These afternoons are a great time to work on your projects with your facilitator who is available to help you learn basic knitting techniques and answer questions. Each session begins with prayer and scripture. Members are 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 invited to join us at these gatherings.

    • Meets: Sundays at 3:00p.m., Room 113
    • Facilitator: Laurie Napa

  • 806 - Movies with a Message

    Each month, United Methodist Women presents Movies with a Message with a focus on uplifting family films. All are welcome to the viewing parties and popcorn will be served. Come and watch these meaningful movies with us!

    • Meets: 3rd Saturday of the month, 4:00p.m., Library

  • 807 - Archaeology of the Bible

    A challenge to find our faith rooted in the dirt! Dig up the past with pictures and discussion of an actual archaeological dig and a visit to the Dead Sea Caves. We will explore Bible stories including Abraham and Jesus to discover how archaeology continues to inform our understandings of the Bible. Bring your Bibles!

    • Meets: Thursdays at 3:00pm., Room 112
    • Facilitator: Rev. Dick Gibson

  • 808 - Thriving in a Life with Chronic Pain and 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. Our primary text for this season will be How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness by Toni Burnhard and you are encouraged to purchase it prior to the first class.

    • Meets: 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the Month at 10:00a.m., Room 113
    • Facilitator: Roxine Kellogg

  • 809 - 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 each month to learn about world issues and meet with other church UMW groups twice a year. Our motto is “Come When You Can!” We support the community through our Thrift Shop and fundraisers with proceeds benefiting charities and church-events.

    • Meets: 3rd Sundays of the month, 11:45a.m., Room 113
    • Facilitator: Gay Johnson

  • 810 - Weekly Game Group

    Let’s meet and share the fun of playing a game together each week! We gather believing that a simple welcome to all who would play is Godly too. We’ll start with a variation of Dominoes, and take it from there. Each week will feature an opportunity to visit and enjoy getting to know each other as we play!

    • Meets: Wednesdays at 1:45p.m., Library
    • Facilitator: Sharon Arttazia and Judy Lambert

Social Justice & Advocacy

  • 901 - 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: 2nd Saturday of the Month, 10:00a.m., Library
    • Contact: Keith Skore

  • 902 - Reconciling Team

    The Reconciling Team is a group of people who meet once per quarter to discuss LGBTQ+ issues within our church, community, and denomination. We also organize special events such as PRIDE day in June.

    • Meets: Meets once per quarter
    • Contact: Luke Van de Krol

  • 903 - Immigration Team

    The Immigration Team seeks to accompany immigrant brothers and sisters in our church and community as we attempt to share our lives in solidarity. We provide opportunities for the congregation to engage deeply with immigrants, and educational opportunities to learn more about their experience. Upcoming possibilities include immersion trips to the border, and locally, a movie series, and deeper engagement with host activities for asylum seekers as well as expanded advocacy. We are working to build a network of north end churches that are concerned about welcoming immigrants. Bring us your new ideas and energy!

    • Meets: Meets monthly, watch the Sunday bulletin
    • Co-Facilitators: Kassie Goforth

  • 904 - Palestine Justice Committee

    The Palestine Justice Committee brings interesting and informative speakers to EUMC. Input is invited from anyone in the congregation to help in the selection and coordination of future activities. No meeting attendance is required, just ideas and support. Watch the eNews, bulletin, and Guidelights for event announcements.

    • Meets: Meeets as needed for planning
    • Contacts: Don & Donna Kleweno, Hank Landau

  • 906 - Edmonds Chapter of Alliance for Gun Responsibility

    All interested ladies are invited to join this lively discussion group, which also includes supportive sharing. We began a study of Adam Hamilton’s Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today in September and will be meeting weekly..

    • Meets: 4th Thursday of each month, 7:00p.m., Library
    • Contacts: Carol Megenity

*Scholarships are available for offerings with a financial requirement. Please Contact Rev. Clarissa Fuentes for more information.