Circles of Faith Small Groups



UCC Circles of Faith provides opportunities to pursue authentic communities and spiritual growth. Our small group ministry is one way to live out one of our core values—discipleship. We encourage you to join with us. Click on the group name to register for the group of your choice.
*The Difficult Words of Jesus has 2 options, click the option wanted to register*
You can’t grow spiritually unless you’re connected relationally.
God created us for community. --Andy Stanley
Getting Grief Right: Finding Your Story of Love in the Sorrow of Loss. By Dr. Patrick O’Malley and Tim Madigan
Facilitator: Zena McAdams
Mondays, 1:00-2:30, October 4-November 6, In-person, UCC. Maximum: 12
Learning to dance again when your heart is broken. Loss disorients all of us. We search for answers, check lists, and quick fixes to help heal the searing pain in our hearts. By “remembering, embracing, and sharing” our own stories together, we can find comfort and strength in the sacredness of our loss.
Heartwood—The Art of Living with the End in Mind. By Barbara Becker
Facilitator: Kay Higgins
Thursdays, October 14-November 18. Noon-1:00 pm. In-person. UCC.
Becker suggests heartwood is a metaphor for life and loss as it invites the group to focus on the ecology of a tree. Her book, filled with authentic stories of people finding strength to better live their lives—liberating and beautiful.
O Clap Your Hands—A Musical Tour of Sacred Choral Works. By Gordon Giles Facilitator: Todd Prickett
Thursdays, September 16-November 4, 5:30-6:30, In-person, UCC. Maximum: 20
Join Todd in a journey of discovery of remarkable, ordinary men and women, who shared their musical gifts over the last four centuries—enriching our world of church music.
Praying in the Messiness of Life—7 Ways to Renew you Relationship with God. By Linda Douty
Facilitator: Marilyn K. Jones
Wednesdays, September 15-November 3, 10:30-11:45, In-person, UCC. Maximum; 12 Prayer life need a do-over? In a spiritual dry spot? Life too messy? Gouty invites us into an approachable encounter with God by integrating our senses with divine mystery.
Seven Ways Church Members Should Prepare for Sunday’s Sermon
Facilitator: Eldon Irving
Wednesdays, September 22-November 17, 1:00-2:15 pm, 10 weeks. Zoom. Maximum: 12
Prepare for Sunday’s worship with Eldon each week studying the scripture for the following Sunday’s worship service—praying, engaging the text, and reflecting on how the text is relevant in our lives.
Theda’s Boxes
Facilitator: Theda Anderson
Tuesdays, September 28-November 2, 1:30-2:45, In-person. UCC.
Who knew making gift boxes could be a spiritual practice? Creative and life-giving crafting is a joyful experience and making gift boxes with Theda is almost addictive. No prior experience needed!
The Difficult Words of Jesus—A Beginner's Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings
By Amy Jill-Levine
Facilitator: Edie Gause
Click on either of the options below to attend via Zoom or In-person:
Mondays, October 4-November 15, 11:00-12:15, Zoom. Maximum: 10 or
Wednesdays, October 6-November 17, 5:30-6:45, In-person, UCC. Maximum: 10
Identifying dysfunctional dynamics in biblical families fosters greater understanding, on our part, of how to decipher some of Jesus’ most puzzling sayings.
The Enneagram Journey
Facilitator: Phyllis Allen and Zena McAdams
Sundays, September 19-December 5, 6:00-8:00 pm, In-person, UCC. Maximum: 20
Curious about the Enneagram? Immerse yourself in a 12 week small group experience exploring human behavior—understanding differences, examining motivations that drive behavior, and discerning our gifts to transform non-productive encounters with others.
The Faith of a Mockingbird. By Matt Rawle
Facilitator: Karen Parker
Mondays, October 18-November 8, 7:00–8:00 pm, In-person, UCC. Maximum: 10
A faith study on Harper Lee’s bestseller To Kill A Mockingbird invites group to explore Christian faith, theology, and ethics through Lee’s characters in a racially-charged era—not so different from our issues of racial justice today.
By Glennon Doyle
Facilitator: Jessica Vacketta
Thursdays, October 21-November 18, 7:00-8:00 pm, In-person. UCC Child care available by RSVP only. Maximum: 12
Glennon Doyle’s memoir is a powerful reflection on women’s empowerment. Her stories are intimate, funny, and filled with vulnerability—inviting readers to reflects on their own stories.