Ongoing Adult Spiritual and Study Offerings
Exploring the Word
Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Not on the first Sunday in the month.
A weekly drop-in group that meets to discuss and study one of the readings of the day.
Facilitator: Pam Nugent
Red Tent Book Group
The second Monday of the month, September-May, excluding December. 3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
A group of women who love to read and discuss books, both fiction and nonfiction.
Contact Tobey Lee for more information.
The Holy Stitchers
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon
A fellowship of people who knit, crochet, and do needlework, of all skill levels. They meet to make throws, afghans, and other handmade articles as a ministry for those in need.
Contact Charla Spann for more information.
Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
A weekly group that meets to read and study the Bible.
Facilitator: Terry Howell
Wednesday Morning Men’s Group
7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m.
A weekly time for study, prayer, and fellowship.
Facilitators: Al Niese and Ted Pettersen
Sharing and Caring Group
The first Wednesday of the month, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
An ongoing group that meets to offer support to those who care for or have lost loved ones.
Facilitators: Barbara Blanchard, Susan McCracken, Sandy Meyer
Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study
3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
A weekly group that meets to read and discuss the Bible.
Group led: Contact Julia Walkling for more information.
Intercessory Prayer Group
Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
A weekly group that meets to pray for the needs of all.
Contact Nancy Hawkins for more information.
Thursdays, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
A weekly time for study, prayer, and fellowship. New members welcome.
Facilitators rotate every six weeks.
Writing Spiritual Memoir
The third Thursday of the month, 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Writing is a wonderful way to keep track of where we’ve been and where we’re going. Writing clarifies; writing helps us discover. Writing can also be an act of prayer, deepening our relationships with the Holy by helping us better understand God’s role in our lives. You don’t need to be a polished writer to come! All you need is your story (the one you’ve been “writing” all your life) and a desire to put your story down on paper and share with others.
Facilitator: Rick Wile
Who Do You Say That I Am?” (Luke 9:20)
Rescheduled from the fall, this conversation group was inspired by the discussion groups the Rev. Carolyn Eklund has been holding on the first Sundays of the month. This conversation group will focus on five topics that challenge our faith. Each week participants will receive in advance excerpts from relevant Scripture passages and a few well-regarded Christian authors. Those writings will serve as a basis for conversation and sharing among those participating in the group. Of course, there will be no right answers, but the hope is that by reading what others have written and by hearing what others believe, participants will think deeply about their own assumptions and find a place that feels comfortable for them.
The five topics, one for each week, are as follows:
- How would you describe your relationship with God?
- Who is Jesus for you?
- What is heaven for you? What is hell for you?
- What is the meaning of the cross for you?
- What is the meaning of Jesus’ death and Resurrection for you?
Please sign up in the church office (725-5342) early because this conversation group will be limited to 12 people.
Facilitators: Sarah Arnold and Macauley Lord
When: Five Tuesdays—January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
The Judeo-Christian Tradition and Ecology: Friends or Foes?
This offering is a condensed form of a program the Rev. Linton Studdiford facilitates at Midcoast Senior College, but you can participate for free if you sign up at St. Paul’s! For those of you who do not know Linton, he holds a Doctor of Ministry from Bangor Theological and is a retired priest from the Diocese of Maine.
In 1967 Lynn White wrote an essay titled “The Historical Roots of Our Ecologic Crisis,” in which he states that the worldview of the Old and New Testaments, and especially that of the opening chapters of Genesis, has contributed to the current ecological crisis. Participants will explore the pros and cons of this ongoing debate. How should we understand these words from Genesis 1:28: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it”? Participants will read White’s essay as well as the relevant chapters in Genesis, a number of Psalms, and the Book of Job.
Please sign up in advance at the church office (725-5342) so we will know how large a group to plan for.
Facilitator: The Rev. Dr. Linton Studdiford
When: Four Fridays—February 1, 8, 15, 22
2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Held in St. Paul’s library, this is an eight-week course led by the Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund on the second and fourth Sundays of the month. The class is designed for those who are seeking full membership in the Episcopal Church; who are considering it; who wish to engage in a “refresher” course; or those who wish to engage in conversation about faith, doubt, God, the Bible, and following Jesus. The class will follow a book called, Welcome to the Episcopal Church,by Christopher L. Webber. In addition, the class will provide time for conversation on topics that arise along the way.
This is a wonderful way for those who are new or relatively new to connect with a small group of fellow parishioners. Topics include:
- Worship and sacraments: a guide to The Book of Common Prayer and particularly to the Holy Eucharist
- The history and organization of the Episcopal Church
- Similarities and differences between Episcopalians, Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Methodists, etc.
- The role of the Bible
- Finding your place in the mission and outreach of St. Paul’s
- Topics that emerge in class
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (725-5342) the Parish Officeif you would like to participate. There is a small book to purchase. However, scholarship funds are available for the purchase of the book. Please let us know.
Facilitator: The Rev. Carolyn H. Eklund
When: Eight Sundays—February 10, 24, March 10, 24, April 14 (Palm Sunday), May 12, 26, June 9
Lenten Supper, Study, and Sharing: Discovering Dorothy Day
Sinful, spiritual, sensual, saintly: all describe Dorothy Day (1897–1980), co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. After an early career as a secular activist and left-wing journalist, she converted to Catholicism, a decision that cost her the romantic love of her life. But, as she later wrote, “Every act of faith increases your faith.”
This series of programs will explore Day’s many facets: her social activism, her devotion to prayer and the sacraments, her practical—and mystical—commitment to voluntary poverty, and her celebration of beauty in its many forms. Our goal is to learn from Day how “to start out each day and greet each encounter with open arms—a message from our dear Lord, a friend of His, someone He sent, His guest, not ours.”
Presenters include Sarah Arnold, the Rev. Chick Carroll, the Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Deborah Goodwin, and Macauley Lord.
When: Five Tuesdays: March 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9
Supper, 5:30 p.m.-6:15 p.m.
Presentation and discussion, 6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
***Childcare will be available.***
The Saturdays following these Tuesday dates are
designated snow dates.
“It Is Well with My Soul”
How do we tend the well-being of our souls when our minds are fretful and scattered, or when our hearts are heavy? Using the opening stanza of Horatio Spofford’s hymn as a starting place, we’ll ponder ways to reach such equanimity and peace.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
The morning will begin with prayer, followed by two brief talks interspersed with periods of extended silence for personal reflection. Then there will be an opportunity to share thoughts and insights, and to share a simple lunch.
Please call the church office (725-5342) to register, so there will be enough handouts and enough food.
Facilitator: The Rev. Mary Lee Wile
When: Saturday, May 11
9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., lunch included