Our faith is ever changing and growing, and we believe we must continue that journey through discovering, learning more and diving into Scripture with those around us.

SPELL Symposium

Spiritual Practices: Embracing Light and Love

The goal of the SPELL Symposium is to establish a foundation that will support an on-going tradition of inviting teachers to Whites Chapel United Methodist Church, who are grounded in the Christian tradition that teaches the importance of spiritual practices and contemplative prayer as the foundation for experiencing the Love of God.

Belief statement: When we are centered internally by engaging in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer, our outer actions demonstrate and bear witness to this Love.

The objective of the SPELL Symposium is to develop and implement a multi-year program of speakers for the benefit of our church and community. These events will be coupled with events/activities that precede the speaking engagement as well as follow-up activities/events. SPELL seeks to gain not just knowledge through these events, but heart-felt ‘knowing’.

Outcomes:

SPELL hopes to grow a community that:
* seeks not just knowledge, but heart-felt ‘knowing’
* is grounded in spiritual practices and contemplative prayer.
* speaks to the chaotic and divisive world
* broadens the base of who we are in Christ
* believes in and expresses an inclusive message

Friday, February 8, 2019, 6:30pm-9:00pm
and 
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 9:30am-1:00pm
The Bridge
$35.00, students $10
Speaker: Alexander J. Shaia
Heart and Mind – The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation.

 

 

Saturday, May 4, 2019
Evans Hall, 9:00am-4:00pm
$35.00, students $10
Speaker: Chris Heuertz
The Sacred Enneagram – Move beyond type as mere caricature and learn how to work with the Enneagram for spiritual growth.

Spiritual Awakenings Roundtable

Sundays from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care

The Spiritual Awakenings Roundtable challenges members to see themselves and their faith through fresh lenses. How can we engage in a compassionate conversation within ourselves, with others, and with our God?  Come join us in lively explorations that include insights from Scripture, tradition, rich historical texts, contemporary writers, live webinars, and guest speakers. Roundtable discussions stretch from Rohr’s The Divine Dance to Parker Palmer’s Hidden Wholeness, C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, Maddox’ Responsible Grace and more. We engage in timely answers to discover both our best selves and our clearest callings. For more information, please contact Ann Davis or Tracy Christensen.

Men of Prayer

Second and Fourth Tuesday of each month – 7 p.m. in Room 3201

The White’s Chapel Men of Prayer (WCMOP) is a group of men that meets regularly to pray for the church and individuals within the church. They engage in intercessory prayer to minister to the church and its members. The group feels that God has invited them to participate in this activity and all have committed to pray daily for the list of needs. WCMOP also feels that intercessory prayer can be more effective than trying to pray for themselves. There is no age limit; all men are welcome. During these meetings, the men encourage one another and update the list over which they pray. The group attendance ranges from a handful to a dozen or more. WCMOP also gathers on fifth Tuesdays at various venues for fellowship. Contact Roy Abshier

Open Hearts Support Group

Second Saturday of each month – 4 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care

Open Hearts is a group whose purpose is one of inclusivity, expressing God’s unconditional love and grace as a living example to all. The group is one of support and openness, which affirms the dignity and worth of every person as created in the image of God. As United Methodists, we follow John Wesley’s mandate to “do no harm, to do good, and to love God.” In an attempt to carry out this mandate, Open Hearts seeks to practice a loving acceptance of all persons and respectful discussion of our differences. Please join us as we move forward together to create a new tomorrow, whose sole purpose is to love as God loves. Contact Rev. Betsy Godbold.

Alexander J. Shaia’s – “Heart and Mind – The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation”

Option 1: Begins Tues., Sept. 4 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Option 2: Begins Tues., Sept. 4 from 1:30-3 p.m.
Option 3: Begins Wed., Sept. 5 from 9-10:30 a.m.
Option 4: Begins Thurs., Sept. 6 from 10-11:30 a.m.

In the Center for Spiritual Care

All of WC’s fall Spiritual Formation groups will be studying Alexander J. Shaia’s book Heart and Mind – The Four-Gospel Journey for Radical Transformation. Shaia will be our February 2019 SPELL Symposium teacher and this study will provide a rich foundation for his teaching, as well as an insightful four-part journey for each participant.

This study is suitable for all, bringing a fresh understanding to the four gospels as it moves the participant along a path of growth and transformation, while providing a guide for living deeper reflective lives. Heart and Mind brings clarity to why each gospel was written and what specific need it was addressing to those early communities. Matthew, writing after the Temple of Jerusalem had fallen, addresses change. Mark directs his gospel to Christians enduring suffering using metaphors of deserts and bodies of water. John’s gospel offers many garden metaphors and addresses joy. And finally, Luke was written to maturing Christians communities and guides us in living a life of service.

The groups meet in the Center for Spiritual Care and are limited to 12 participants per class. The class will end in February 2019. You may purchase a copy of Shaia’s book at Circuit Writers Bookstore.

REGISTER FOR HEART AND MIND

Simple Presence

First Wednesday of each month, 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Center for Spiritual Care

Please join Rev. Betsy Godbold for a time of Simple Presence to experience contemplative prayer, silence and a time of sharing. You will be invited to be still and open yourself to Christ’s Spirit working in us, as we hear the psalmist plea: “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). All are welcome and registration is not required.

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Adults

Adults

Continuing in your faith is a journey and we have many classes, events and groups available to help you become more rooted in Jesus and the community.

WC Kids

WC Kids

We believe fostering a personal faith in Jesus Christ in children is one of the most important parts of being a community church. There are many ministries created for each and every age group, from nursery to sixth grade.

WC Students

WC Students

Our student program fosters an environment that helps your student (seventh through 12th grade) develop a stronger relationship with Jesus and with students in the surrounding communities.

Classic Adult Fellowship

Classic Adult Fellowship

This fun and growing group always wants to see and welcome new faces. If you’re 55 and better and enjoy getting to know new people, click here for more info.

WC Men

WC Men

Finding a community to support you is something that can help take your faith to another level! WC Men is a place for you to enjoy fellowship, missions and support.

WC Women

WC Women

Creating bonds with other women of faith can help pour encouragement into struggles, joys and other seasons of your life. Find your tribe with WC Women!

Marriage Ministry

Marriage Ministry

Connect with married and engaged couples in all age ranges to nourish your spirit, foster deeper community and discuss the joys and challenges of being a couple of faith. 

WC College & Young Adults

WC College & Young Adults

We would love to help you navigate the struggles and questions of being a young adult (18 to 35) in today’s world. There are opportunities to meet monthly, with fun social events open to all.

Single Adults

Single Adults

We have community for those walking through life on their own. We are called to live in fellowship, find your group today!

Encounter Groups

Encounter Groups

Are you looking to connect with a life-changing small group so that you can grow spiritually?

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

Our faith is ever changing and growing, and we believe we must continue that journey through discovering, learning more and diving into Scripture with those around us.

Weddings

Weddings

We would love to help you celebrate love with your wedding ceremony! Through this sacred ceremony, you enter into a covenant with God and with one another. Let us help you make a memory that will last forever.

Recreation

Recreation

Getting out and enjoying a game of softball, golf and more is just one way we like to have fun! Find out more opportunities here to get out with your church family.

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