Connecting with Each Other
Metropolitan’s Congregational Care Ministry understands that the love of God is experienced primarily in relationship to other people. The team seeks to create a spiritual home for our church family by providing support, prayer, resources and encouragement. These ministries offer opportunities for fellowship, service, wellness and connection that nurture the hearts of both giver and receiver.
Wednesday Mornings, 8:30am, Sanctuary
This guided and walking meditation (20 minutes of each) will nurture a sense of inner peace, calm and balance during this new year. Under the guidance of Betty Rogers, participants will share an opportunity for health and emotional benefits that include receptivity to the presence of Spirit, increased self-awareness, and skills to manage stress and release from negative emotions. All are welcome from beginners to experienced meditators. For more information, contact Betty Rogers.
Small Group Ministry
From its earliest years, Methodism has used small group gatherings to deepen faith and build trust. Founder John Wesley had small circles gather in a neighbor’s house to ask “How is it with your soul?” and to help each other learn to love deeply and grow closer to God. Metropolitan nurtures this tradition with its Soup and Study Ministry on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Participants share a light dinner starting at 6p.m. in the Vestry before choosing one of these learning opportunities at 7p.m.:
- Every Wednesday - Bible Study - Leader Charlie Parker
- 2nd Wednesdays - Enriching the Soul through Leadership Development (Learn more)
- 4th Wednesdays - Cloud of Witnesses: Christian Writers - Leader Barbara Green
- Every Wednesday - Disciple I, with Barbara Gaskill (32 weeks)
Childcare is available for children up to fifth grade and a study hall for youth. This event is co-sponsored by the Caring and Learning Ministries. Contact: Rev. Barbara Green.
The Prayer Shawl Ministry team knits and crochets shawls and baby blankets in lively fellowship and prayer for those needing comfort and a reminder of God’s love. Both new and experienced needle crafters are welcome to join this team of caring hearts and busy fingers happy to teach newcomers. The team typically has someone present each shawl on behalf of our congregation in a ritual of wrapping it around the receiver while offering a prayer for God’s presence. The group meets at the church twice a month on the third Sunday (12:30 p.m.) and the third Tuesday afternoon (1:30 p.m.) and ends each session by praying over completed items. Contact lay leader Barbara Tate.
The CARE Card Ministry offers baskets of free greeting cards in the side chapels of the sanctuary with instructions for delivery. Congregation members may send messages of cheer, appreciation, recognition and encouragement to each other. This ministry is sponsored by the Wellness Committee. Contact lay leader Kris Oberdick.
The Tables of Eight Ministry nurtures old and new friendships by offering food, fun and fellowship in a home environment. On one Saturday in each month between February and May, the team assigns participants to a dinner with 8 (or more) in a member’s home. Please watch for sign-up announcements for the coming year in the church’s newsletter, the Messenger, and by email starting in November. Contact lay leader Ann Cochran.
The Wellness Committee sponsors Feldenkrais classes for Metropolitan members to improve physical movement, reduce pain and promote general well-being. Pat Simpich is a Guild-Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner of this gentle technique suitable for all ages, but particularly for those with movement limitations. These easy but precisely structured exercises involve thinking, sensing and imaging to increase movement range with less effort. For more information and the latest schedule contact lay leader Pat Simpich.
Metropolitan’s men are invited to join an all-male group that meets regularly for an informal dinner at a local restaurant. One of our pastors will lead an opening discussion on a topic of the group's choice. The remaining time focuses on fellowship and support. Contact Rev. Dr. Charles Parker.