Bible Studies, Book Studies, Small Groups

Regular Weekly Meetings

Youth Bible Study – Jr. & Sr. HighSunday 4:30-7:30 PM
Sr. High Room (downstairs below Fellowship Hall)
Contact: Kathy Clawges
Women’s GroupMonday 9:30-11:00 AM
Temporarily meeting on Zoom
Contact: Peggy Koenitzer
Adult Bible Study Not currently meeting on site
Contact Charlie Rudolph for topic, time, and location information.
Women’s Share & Study GroupThursday 8:30-10:00 AM
Parlor
Contact: Carol Talbot
“Intergen” Small GroupThursday 6:30-7:45 PM
Resource Room
Contact: Kathy Clawges

Women’s Book Study with the Pastors:
DARING GREATLY by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW
Monday Evenings, 7:00-8:30 PM in the Heritage Room

Both Pastors Gina and Jess have been transformed in how they see themselves as women of God, parent, partner, and servant leader. Brene has both affirmed and challenged them in ways that transformed relationships and life. We want to invite you to be a part of this short-term study group to reflect upon Brene’s powerful book, Daring Greatly. Our hope is that together, we can grow to become that whom God desires for us to be and to risk daring to show up and let ourselves be seen. You will need to buy her book for the class, but we will supply a copy if requested. Please bring a beverage, as we will provide a light refreshment/snack.
Please RSVP by September 14th to Joan Flamini at joan@meetwithgod.com.

September 19th Preface, Introduction, & Chapter 1 Scarcity
September 26th Chapter 2 Debunking the Vulnerability Myths
October 3rd Chapter 3 Understanding and Combating Shame
October 10th Chapter 4 The Vulnerability Armory
October 17th Chapter 5 Mind the Gap
October 24th Chapter 6 Disruptive Engagement

Monday Morning Women’s Group

We will be reading and discussing together “The Bible in 52 Weeks” by Dr. Kimberly D. Moore. The Bible in 52 Weeks is an inspiring journey for Christian women that breaks up scripture into manageable daily readings. We will read the daily scripture, along with the weekly commentary in the book, as well as thought-provoking discussion questions, which will help to gain new insights to strengthen our relationships with Christ.

We are temporarily meeting via Zoom every Monday from 9:30-11:00 AM, but hope to meet again soon in person in the church parlor. To join us contact Peggy Koenitzer at Paboblenz@comcast.net.

Thursday Morning Women’s Group

We are studying and reflecting on “Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living.” Although the Rules of Do No Harm, Do Good and Stay in Love with God sound simple they aren’t easy for us to follow. We will be helped and inspired by the sermon series for September which will cover these Rules. We meet in the Parlor on Thursdays from 8:30-10:00 AM to study, discuss, and pray. Call Carol Talbot, 856-235-9346 for info

“Intergen” Small Group

Thursday evenings 6:30-7:45 PM (Beginning September 22nd) in the Resource Room. If you’re an adult (ages 18+) and would like to be a part of a group of all ages, then this group is for you! We are a group of intergenerational followers seeking spiritual balance in this world. Come and learn from each other’s journey! Contact Kathy Clawges at 856-912-1148 or kclawges@gmail.com.

Eureka!  Book Club

Rev. Patti Walz (retired) will be leading a monthly book club named the “Eureka! Book Club.” The word “Eureka” comes from the Greek word “heureka” that means “I have found it! “or, “I have made a sudden remarkable discovery!” In the New Testament, Phillip exclaims to Nathanael, “Eureka! We have found him whom Moses and the prophets spoke of.”

“Eureka Book Club” participants will meet on the fourth Tuesday (unless noted with *) of each month from 6:00 until 7:30 PM in the Parlor, located behind the church sanctuary. From 6:00 until 6:30, participants will share a meal – bring your own. Discussion will be from 6:30-7:30.

Each month, participants will read a book that is fodder for discussion, growth, inspiration, and/or discipleship action leading to many “eureka” opportunities. Our first book is “Uncommon Stories” by Tom Hanks (Yes! THAT Tom Hanks! Who knew he was also a writer, right?) Book club members should read the book before meeting.

Please let Rev. Walz know at revwalz@gmail.com or call the church office if you would like to join “Eureka!”.

Schedule and Books

October 25 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:30pm, Parlor
Between the Mountain and the Sky by Maggie Doyne, March 2022.
This book and its contents is truly a gift from an amazing young woman, Maggie Doyne, and the work she has done in Nepal since the age of 18. Maggie is from Mendham, NJ. Enjoy the book! Cry! Laugh! Thank God there are good people in the world – people who aren’t afraid to step up and do good things.

November 22 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:30pm, Parlor
Go Back to Where You Came From by Wajahat Ali, January 2022.
This author is a child of Pakistani immigrants. He has never lived anywhere except in the United States, but continually faced/faces discrimination due to his religion, country of origin, appearance, and name. This author is now middle-aged with children – and yes, he’s still “American.” This biography shares family stories and personal experiences with compassion, humor and hope. At times, this book is uproariously funny!

*December 21 (WEDNESDAY) 6:30-8:00pm, Parlor
The 13th Gift by Joanne Huist Smith, 2014.
A true story about the unexpected death of the author’s husband and the random acts of kindness that transformed Christmas for her grieving family. This book has been in publication since 2014 but continues to inspire and the touch the hearts of readers throughout the world. Yes, this book shares the anger, depression, and grief that one goes through when losing a loved one. But as the reader continues it becomes obvious that this book is more about hope, family, love, and community. “The power of their (random) gifts lies in the understanding that joy and sorrow can coexist comfortably and without guilt.”

January 24 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:30pm, Parlor
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey, 2012.
What a terrific and captivating winter book! Beautifully written, the author eloquently immerses the reader into the Alaskan wilderness. Love, tragedy, hope, acceptance, poignantly sad and joyful – this book has it all as the author weaves together a Russian fable into a magical tale.

February 28 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:30pm, Parlor
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka, 2002.
A simple, short, yet “uneasy read.” This book is the story of a Japanese American family imprisoned in the United States during WWII. An important so we do not repeat the mistakes our country has made in the past…

March 28 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:30pm, Parlor
Boundless: Choosing a Mindset for Lifelong Growth by Griffin Furlong
This book was released on amazon.com on August 27th , 2022. Griffin is Patti Walz’s second cousin, the son of her first cousin Kathy, who passed away from leukemia when Griffin was still a little boy. For years the family had lost contact with Griffin and his brother. Then in 2014, Griffin suddenly made national news as a homeless graduating high school valedictorian in Florida. Griffin is now reconnected with his mother’s family and is an inspiring self-published author, civil engineer, and public speaker. A portion of the book’s proceeds will fund a scholarship endowment to help other homeless students. www.griffinfurlong.com.

April 25 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:30pm, Parlor
The Ride of Her Life: The True Story of a Woman, Her Horse, and Their Last-Chance Journey Across America by Elizabeth Letts, June 2021.
Another travel book! Only this one is about a woman who supposedly is terminally ill, two horses, and a dog travelling (nope! Not by car, train, bus, or plane…) from Maine to California. A true story, 63-year-old Annie Wilkins embarked on her incredible journey in 1954 with no money, no family, and few belongings. Based on her diaries, notes, letters, and news articles, the much-researched book also gives readers a wide lens into American life in the mid-20th century.

May 23 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:30pm, Parlor
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton, 2018.
A story of extreme forgiveness and hope from a man who spent 30 years on death row for a crime he didn’t commit. How does one sustain life and freedom through the darkest times? Eye-opening and witness to a justice system that needs reforming.

June 27 (Tuesday) 6:00-7:30pm, Parlor
Funny Farm: My Unexpected Life with 600 Rescue Animals by Laurie Zaleski, February 2022.
An inspiring memoir written by a woman who never had expected to run an animal rescue – that was her mother’s dream 30 years ago. But after the death of her mother, Laurie was determined to bring her mother’s vision to fruition. Today, she is a successful businesswoman who also is the founder and President of the Funny Farm Animal Rescue and Sanctuary outside Mays Landing in New Jersey. It is one of the largest animal rescues in the Northeastern USA and has been voted one of the TOP 10 places to visit for families in all of NJ! This sounds like a good opportunity for a Eureka! Field Trip! TBD