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.

April to June 2021 ▨ Earth

Spiritual Development

Why dialogue and not doctrine?

April 6 | 8:00pm | Zoom | Register Here

In our 2020-2021 Map we have a goal to hold quarterly gatherings to confront the myth that discipleship is just about ‘correct thinking.’ We are continuing to reform, as we imagine our world and our church beyond the frameworks that the powers that be have given us.” This time, we want to talk about how a dialogue of love holds us together more than merely our doctrine. Let’s talk about our approach, its strengths, but also its limitations. Perhaps we will collect new insight, as well. And by doing so, we’ll, in a sense, be demonstrating our dialogue of love too.

Comfort Retreat

May 8 | 9am-12noon | Zoom | Register Here

An annual salve for the wounds we all carry. Come rest, reflect, and be comforted by God. Hosted by Jordan Burdge and Angie Backues.

Bible and Theology

Getting to Know the Bible

What is the Bible and what do I do with it?

  • May 18: Matthew, Mark, and Luke | 8pm | Online | Register Here

  • June 24: John and his Community (John, 1, 2, 3 & John and Revelation) | 8pm | Online | Register Here

One of our proverbs is "The Bible should be known and followed, and that is a group project." Our Gifts for Growing "Getting to Know the Bible" series is working on that group project. Our pastors hope to make 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.

Marriage and Parenting

Healthy Connections: intimacy without enmeshment

Marriage Workshop: exercises in self discovery & lasting companionship with Hallowood Institute.

April 23 | 8-10pm | Zoom | Sign-Up Here

Explore the journey of self discovery within marriage and the transitions within the relationship that allow each partner to grow and thrive while remaining connected. Hosted by Drs. Gwen and Rod White.

Business and Finance

Basic Budgeting Workshop

June 28 | 8:00pm | Zoom | Register Here

Help for managing personal finances. This is good for people recently "on their own" and for people taking first steps in developing a faithful way with their money.

Community Building

About Making a Covenant

April 5 | 7:30pm | Online

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.

About Circle of Hope

May 31 | 7:30pm | Zoom | Register Here

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.

July to September 2021 ▨ Wind

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October to December 2021 ▨ Fire

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January to March 2022 ▨ Water

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