Advent Small Groups
Join us! These “Home for Christmas” studies will engage Scripture from the previous Sunday with an activity you can prepare on your own time and then share during the group time. This will be a valuable way to reflect on home and family, to prepare the way for Immanuel God-with-us, and to think about how we can grow in Christ through connection with others. The groups listed below are doing the study and are excited to welcome you!
- 11/27 – 12/18 | 9-10:45am with the Micah Class | Bridge Classroom. Contact: Sandy Finney
- 11/27 – 12/18 | 10:15a with Pastor Eric | lower level Meeting Room. Contact: Pastor Eric
- 11/29 – 1/3 | 7:30-9pm with Mike & Allison Marcus at their home. Contact: Mike Marcus //913.626.0319
- 11/30 -1/4 | 8-9pm with Wednesday Evening Women’s Group | via Zoom (find link on the calendar). Contact: Shannon Tefft
The 1pm Wednesday Study Group is doing a different Advent study and you are welcome to join any time as well! Find details below.
Weekly Small Groups
Being part of a small group working through questions about faith and life is an important part of spiritual growth. If you aren’t already part of one, this is your time! Check out the current offerings below and contact Pastor Eric if you have questions.
Note: If you’d like to schedule an on-site meeting for your small group, please contact the church office to make arrangements.
Micah Class | Sundays 9-10:45am
We meet each Sunday to discuss contemporary topics of faith. Join us during Advent when we’ll be doing the companion study to our sermon series, “Home for Christmas” in the Bridge Classroom (lower level) at St. Paul’s. If you can’t be with us in person, check the calendar for a Zoom option.
How to join: Contact Sandy Finney
Book Club | 1st Monday of each month | 7pm
We meet in the Student Center (lower level) to read and discuss a mix of authors and genres throughout the year (for a Zoom option, check the calendar). Find the 2023 reading selections here; we’ll firm up the schedule after the first of the year.
Contact: Lisa Groth
Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God | Nov 1, 8, 15 & 22 @ 7pm
Join Pastor Lora on Tuesday nights in November as we study the book Native: Identity, Belonging, and Rediscovering God by Kaitlin Curtice. “Native is about identity, soul-searching, and the never-ending journey of finding oursleves and finding God. As both a citizen of the Potawatomi Nation and a Christian, Kaitlin Curtice shares what it means to experience her faith through the lens of her Indigenous heritage and encourages us to embrace our own origins.”
Pastor Lora is excited to lead this group as we lead up to the Thanksgiving holiday to rightfully connect with God and our gratitude, but to also do that mindful of the colonizing history our country and our faith brings with it. There will be an accompanying two-week sermon series during the middle of November as well. The group will meet at St. Paul’s November 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 7-8pm. RSVP to Pastor Lora to obtain the reading guide.
Faith & Real Life Podcast Reflections | 2nd & 4th Tuesdays @ 8:15pm
Are you looking for a small group that meets to consider how faith impacts real life? Join host Ray Millard via Zoom 2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month at 8:15pm for about an hour. The group, designed especially for men, will reflect on podcasts they listen to between meetings.
How to join: Contact Ray Millard
Men’s Study Group | Wednesdays 6:30-7:30am
Join us for “Understanding the New Testament.” Each session includes a 30 minute video presentation followed by discussion.
We start promptly at 6:30am and end promptly at 7:30am at the church in the Bridge Classroom on the lower level. On the first Wednesday of each month, we meet for breakfast at Ronnie’s Restaurant on 87th Street. If you can’t join in person, there is also a Zoom link.
How to join: Contact Dan Hartle
Women’s Study Group | Wednesdays @ 1pm
We are a group of women who seek to find new ways of understanding God’s presence in our lives and in the world around us. We are always eager to welcome new faces to our Zoom circle! Find the Zoom link on the calendar. Here’s what’s coming up.
Wednesdays | 11/2 – 11/23 | 1pm via Zoom
An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith by Barbara Brown Taylor. In this book Brown Taylor encourages us to find the sacred in our daily lives. She reveals concrete ways to discover the sacred in the small everyday things of life as she guides us to reconsider the distinctions between secular and sacred. From simple practices like walking, working, and prayer she helps us discover altars everywhere we go and in daily things we do.
Wednesdays | 11/30 – 12/21 | 1pm via Zoom
Advent! During the four weeks of Advent we will focus on preparing our hearts for the good news of Immanuel by focusing on Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Using music, art, and the ancient discipline of Lectio Divina we will open ourselves to hear more deeply Mary’s message.
Find the Zoom links for each date on our calendar and please join us ~ all are welcome!
How to join: Contact Claudia Ricks Hubbard
Spirit Crew | Every other Wednesday | 7pm | The Meeting Room
In this women’s study group, we share our determination, strength, and great conversation as we row through this thing called life. We read and discuss books that allow us to reflect on our life and our faith. We just finished Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher and will be starting The Road Back to You by Suzanne Stabile, exploring Enneagram personalities.
Contact: Cheryl Scott // firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday Evening Women’s Group | 8-9 pm
Are you over-scheduled due to stress we put on ourselves from work and mothering? This group for adult women meets via Zoom on Wednesdays at 8pm for laughter, friendship and conversation! Our group chooses faith formational studies that pique our interest.
Join us during Advent, 11/30 -1/4, when we’ll be doing the companion study to our sermon series, “Home for Christmas.” Check the calendar for Zoom link.
How to join: Contact Shannon Tefft
SPARK (St. Paul’s Active Retiree Kommunity | 2nd Thursdays 5:30pm | Lenexa Public Market
SPARK meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30 to socialize. Other gatherings include serve projects; Kansas City, social and educational events; and ways to connect with St. Paul’s. Recently we have presented on “Protecting Your Digital Assets,” provided most of the snack items for Kids’ Day, and worked at the Seventh Day Adventist mobile food pantry.
Contact: Cheryl Scott // email@example.com
The Seekers | Thursdays 6pm
We invite you to join us any Thursday to get to know one another and participate in our group studies and conversations! We will be meeting via Zoom (check calendar for link) from now on until spring. We check-in at 6pm and usually conclude near 7:30.
Join us during Advent when we’ll be doing the companion study to our sermon series, “Home for Christmas.”
How to join: Contact Sharry Lockhart