Gifts for Growing

Every year Circle of Hope calls on gifted people to help us grow. While most of what we have fits well into a cell or Sunday meeting, we organize further events to help each other grow in particular ways.

Our schedule is arranged around the seasons:

Spring is devoted to Earth: Planting seeds of faith and helping them sprout.

• Summer is devoted to Wind: Taking first steps of life in the Spirit.

• Fall is devoted to Fire: Accepting the gifts we bring to the community and our purpose, and learning to give them.

Winter is devoted to Water: Deepening resources for transformation.

The rest of our Way of Jesus site is organized in a similar way; it has resources to help us move along on our journey in Christ.

July to September 2020 ▨ Wind

Spiritual Development

August 10-28 ▨ God in My Everything Book Study & Presentation

August 10-26: Daily book meditation on Daily Prayer WIND and WATER

August 17-21: Cell workshops on a personal rule (and a cell rule)

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August 28: Presentation/Dialogue - My Rule: Five Areas of Life where I Find Wholeness

Online presentation/dialogue about the five elements of having God in my everything. We'll be working through God in My Everything by Ken Shigematsu. Check out the book trailer here.

September 11 ▨ Spiritual Gifts Intensive

Location: Zoom Session

Time: 6:00pm to 9:00pm (bring your dinner)

This interactive Zoom session gives interested people a place to learn about spiritual gifts. It will include opportunity for mutual understanding of what our gifts are and how we can use them, along with some instruction about popular personality sorters like Myers-Briggs and Enneagram.

Bible and Theology

August 11 ▨ Getting to Know the Bible: Romans and Galatians

Location: Online

Time: 8:00pm

Facebook Event

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A 90-minute Zoom session with two of our pastors. Presentation, dialogue, and practice for how to develop your understanding and discipline. We want to help people know and follow the Bible. We are making a non-intimidating, entry point that gives people a good foundation for their own Bible study. Circle of Hope has a welcome approach to the Bible that gives room for a lot of perspectives at the table because we really trust that Jesus is here at the table with us. You don't have to pass a test. You get to test your assumptions and preconceived notions in a safe environment for exploration.

September 28 ▨ Doing Theology: The Self

Location: Online

Time: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

A presentation of the self as taught among the Circle Counselors, and the idea of the buffered self presented in Charles Taylor, as exposited by Evangelical writers in Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble and How (Not) to Be Secular by James KA Smith.

Marriage and Parenting

August TBD ▨ Marriage Workshop

Location: Online

Time: TBD

Tentative Marriage Workshop coming soon!

Business and Finance

August 19 ▨ Golden Rules for Finessing the Finances: Planning and Debt

Location: Zoom - Online Session

Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm

Facebook Event

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This workshop is for everyone, especially people for people who are dealing with debt or planning to use credit. This is a “wind” workshop, so it will be good for taking steps beyond the basic budget as well as next steps in faith. If you are not a follower of Jesus, you are very welcome to join in. Expect help in managing debt, with help from our Debt Annihilation Team and Everence Financial Services. Also get some help in imagining how faith can help you see your way through the challenges of making the most of your money.

Community Building

July, September TBD ▨ About Circle of Hope

Location: TBD

Time: 7:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about Circle of Hope but aren’t sure how to ask? This is a great place to do that. We want to talk about who we are and what we are doing. You might have other questions too. Why do we meet at night? Why do we multiply? Why are we Christians? What’s the point of planting churches? Let’s answer them together. We hope we learn as much from you as you do from us.

TBD ▨ About Making a Covenant

Location: TBD

Time: 7:30 p.m.

The pastors lead prospective covenant-makers through the basic meaning and practicalities of this important step. The covenant is the core of love and mutuality that holds our whole church together. It’s not a matter of being in or out, it’s a matter of saying yes to Jesus, to our common strategy. We want to be a real people living in real love.

October to December 2020 ▨ Fire

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January to March 2021 ▨ Water

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April to June 2021 ▨ Earth

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