St. Paul's COVID-19 Response
Our small groups have moved from meeting in the building to meeting by Zoom! Consider making a small group part of your “new normal” if it isn’t already. Look over the offerings below and find one that’s right for you. A contact person is listed for each to provide the Zoom link for you.
Don’t see something that works for you? Contact Pastor Sandra and let’s dream up something new!
Weekly Small Groups
Micah Class 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Join the Micah Class for conversation about G. S. Griffin’s book, Racism in Kansas City: A Short History. This book takes a look at some of Kansas City’s darkest moments—slavery, the border war, the Civil War, bombings of black homes, lynchings, the segregation of neighborhoods and schools, the civil rights struggle, the Black Panther movement, the 1968 race riot, assassinations in the 1970s, the infamous Missouri v. Jenkins U.S. Supreme Court case, and the racial inequities that still plague Kansas City today. Threaded throughout Racism in Kansas City are stories of those who fought ardently against racist policies…and won. If you’d like to join the conversation, contact Pastor Sandra for the Zoom link.
Monday Study Group 9:15 a.m.
A group of women who enjoy learning and discussing a variety of topics together. Contact: Linda Stoner
Book Club (first Monday of each month) 7:00-9:00 p.m.
– July 6: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
– August 3: Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill
– Sept 7: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson
Contact: Lisa Groth
Monday Anti-Racism Study, July 13-August 17, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Led by Jack and Marilyn Gregory
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, The New York Times best-selling book exploring the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality. Contact: Pastor Sandra Cox
Afternoon Break 2:30-3:00 p.m.
Bring your coffee or tea or a snack and enjoy a brief devotional and a time to check in with others. Contact: Heather Edvenson
Adult Autism Support Group (2nd Tuesday of each month) 7:00 pm
St. Paul’s Presence ministry has developed the first free support group for autistic adults in the KC area. This resource serves as a safety net for children of God who previously haven’t had one and allows us to live fully into God’s calling for Presence and the larger St. Paul’s community. Melissa Bustamante, a Qualified Mental Health Provider, will lead the group. Contact: Pastor Mike or Melissa
Tuesday Anti-Racism Study, July 14 – August 18; 11am-12:30 pm
Led by Angela Thornton-Millard and Jamie Turk
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi. Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Contact: Pastor Sandra Cox
Tuesday evening Anti-Racism Study, July 14 – August 25, 8:30-9:30 pm
Led by Jessica Looze and Allison Marcus
Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America by Jennifer Harvey Raising White Kids offers age-appropriate insights for teaching children how to address racism when they encounter it and tackles tough questions about how to help white kids be mindful of racial relations while understanding their own identity and the role they can play for justice. Contact: Pastor Sandra Cox
Men’s Study Group 6:30-7:30 a.m.
We’re discussing the webinar series COVID-19: Pre-Existing Disparities Revealed put on by the UMC’s Church & Society. The series will run 5 weeks and address how racial inequalities, economic inequalities and the carcel system in the U.S. have magnified the impact of the pandemic in marginalized communities and how we can move forward with a better model. The webinars can be viewed live on Thursdays at 1pm or anytime after-the-fact on the Church and Society YouTube channel. The group will individually watch each episode in advance and then discuss them on Wednesday mornings via Zoom call at 6:30am. For the Zoom meeting information, please contact Scott Groth.
Wednesday morning Anti-Racism Study, July 1-August 5, 6:30-7:30 am
So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo Oluo offers tough, blunt truths about the realities of racism, power and oppression and a vision of hope; a message that through dialogue and struggle, we can emancipate ourselves from white supremacy. Contact: Pastor Sandra Cox
Women’s Study Group 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Current events from a faith perspective. Currently reading together Holy Envy by Barbara Brown Taylor. Contact: Pastor Sandra Cox
Wednesday Anti-Racism Study, July 15-August 19, 1:00-2:30 pm
Led by Pastor Sandra Cox
Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving
Waking Up White opens a rare window on how white Americans are socialized. Irving’s focus on the mechanics of racism operating in just one life—her own—may lead white readers to reconsider the roots of their own perspectives—and their role in dismantling old myths. Contact: Pastor Sandra Cox
Scripture Study 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Exploring the scripture for the upcoming Sunday sermon. Contact: Cheryl Scott
Enneagram Study Group
Wednesdays @ 7 p.m.
During quarantine, we all got a sharp look at who we are and how we tick. Whether you found the time peaceful or maddening, it put a magnifying glass on how you interact with the world. And now more than ever, we as individuals, a church community, and a broader culture need to examine what motivates us and how we can respectfully understand the motivations of others. Enter the Enneagram. This study of personalities and core values is both ancient and modern in its insight. For six weeks, we’ll get together via Zoom to read, reflect, and respond to what it says about us. This is a time for personal insight and growth in a confidential group. We’ll be reading The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile. Led by Andrea Murdock. Contact Andrea for the Zoom link.
Senior Zoomers 9:30-10:30 a.m.
A group for senior adults who enjoy good conversation and checking in with each other. Contact: Ronelle Neperud
The Seekers 6:30-8:00 p.m.
This group is meeting via Zoom to read and discuss Anne Lamott’s “Almost Everything: Notes on Hope.” Contact: Sharry Lockhart
Thursday Anti-Racism Study, July 16-August 20, 7:00-8:30 pm
Led by Pastor Lora Andrews
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
Kendi takes readers through a widening circle of antiracist ideas—from the most basic concepts to visionary possibilities—that will help readers see all forms of racism clearly, understand their poisonous consequences, and work to oppose them in our systems and in ourselves. Contact: Pastor Sandra Cox