At Glenn, spiritual formation involves growing closer to God and to others, so that we might grow as children of God. It involves learning, community, support, and spiritual disciplines. Spiritual formation encompasses the whole of life, from how we treat the earth to how we treat our families. We have many opportunities to grow in the coming semester. Sunday school classes and small groups meet weekly for study and fellowship. Other groups meet monthly or at other intervals, focused on topics like racial justice, mental health, lifelong learning, and being a better parent. Keep an eye on Glenn communications for more opportunities! Find a group that works for you and find support for your journey this fall.
Sign-up for a class here!
Before Sunday School begins, be sure to stop by Holy Grounds Cafe in the Ward Fellowship Hall for a light breakfast, coffee, and fellowship. Sign-up to provided a nut-free treat here.
#ParentingIsHard - Room 401
Sundays, 9:45 a.m.
Stewarding our kids toward full lives of faith, grace and justice takes a village and a great deal of perspective. This fall, the #ParentingIsHard group will gather to talk about topics raised in the Parenting Forward online conference (www.parentingforwardconference.com), presented by Cindy Wang Brandt, author of Parenting Forward: How to Raise Children with Justice, Mercy and Kindness. We have mapped out a schedule that should allow us to listen to one speaker each week on our own then share our thoughts on the presentation when we meet Sunday morning. Haven’t listened to the speaker but want to join in the conversation on Sunday? Not to worry; we will plan to listen to a short excerpt in class to stoke the conversation. We are looking for individuals to sign up each week to identify a good excerpt to listen to together and think about 1-2 conversation starters.
Ventures in Faith - Room 211 (Young Adults, Middle age+)
Sundays, 9:45 a.m.
This class includes topical Bible studies and discussions of issues related to faithful living. This is a welcoming, lively, and caring class, seeking greater understanding of our faith tradition and our spiritual journey with God. Join them for conversation, study, and service.
Contact Gordon Boice or Reid Mallard (404.636.6531)
The New Class - Room 422 (Young adults, Middle age, Retirees)
Sundays, 9:45 a.m.
This class welcomes a variety of exceptional speakers from Emory, the larger UMC, and beyond. Join them for a new series in September, “ A Life Worth Living” featuring distinguished guests.
September 8 - Jan Love - “A Future for United Methodist Theological Education – and Candler”
September 15 - “Religion on Campus: Emory Campus Ministry” - Greg McGonigle and Lisa Garvin
SERIES, “A LIFE WORTH LIVING” September 22-October 20
22 – Mary Margaret Oliver: “The Public Life”
29 – Barbara Brown Taylor: “The Imaginative Life”
October 6 – Alicia Philipp, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta: “The Benevolent Life”
13 – Frank Alexander – Prof. Emeritus, Emory Law School: “The Moral Life”
20 – Clint Lawrence, Prof. Emeritus, Emory Medical School: “The Health Life”
27 – Rex Kaney, Retired Pastor: “Living With the Lord's Prayer”
BIBLE STUDY: THE LETTER OF JAMES
November 3-24 – John Freeman, Retired Faculty, Candler School of Theology, and Pastor
ADVENT SERIES – DECEMBER 1-22
1- Timothy Albrecht: “A Classical Christmas” in the Little Chapel
8 – Brenda and Cary Bynum: “Christmas readings: A Child's Christmas in Wales in the Ward Fellowship Hall
15 – Kendall Soulen, Ed Phllips, et al: “A Bluegrass Christmas” in the Ward Fellowship Hall
22 – Jim Gibson: Christmas Carol Sing for all in the Fellowship Hall
Choir Sunday School - Choir Room, Room 208
Sundays, 9:15 a.m.
All are invited to this Sunday school tailored specifically for members of the Chancel Choir. This class will meet from 9:15-9:55 a.m. each Sunday in order to be done on time for choir rehearsal at 10. Contact Michael Dauterman, Director of Music and Worship Arts, for more information.
Weekly Small Groups
The Bible and Sexuality
September 11- October 7 | 7:00 p.m., Room 401
In debates around LGBTQ rights, same-sex marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons, the Bible can sometimes seem a battleground, quoted, misquoted, weaponized or dismissed. Too rarely do we slow down to read it together and seek God’s truth.
Beginning Wednesday, September 11, Pastor Mark Westmoreland will guide us in looking at what the Bible has to say about sexuality, morality, LGBTQ persons and all persons. With Steve Harper’s recent book, Holy Love: A Biblical Theology for Human Sexuality, providing our framework, we will draw upon a number of scholars and sources to examine the context and meaning of oft-debated passages, while also exploring other biblical texts and themes that shape our understanding of sexual morality.
Young Adults - “Short Stories By Jesus”
Every other Tuesday starting September 10 | 7:30 p.m.
Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who often used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Many of us have probably heard these famous tales told frequently growing up, the tale of the “Good Samaritan or the story of “The Prodigal Son,” for example. However many interpretations of these stories often miss the historical context in which Jesus shared his messages.
Join fellow young adults at Pastor Blair's house every other Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. this Fall as we re-imagine together our understandings of some of Jesus' most famous narratives. Following renowned biblical scholar, Amy Jill Levine's book, "Short Stories By Jesus," we will explore the "problems with parables,” find new power in their provocations, and consider how they continue to challenge us today! The discussion begins Sept. 10.
Mondays, September 9-30, Youth and Activities Building (YAAB)
Join with Rev. Susan Pinson as we discuss Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others. NYTimes best-selling Georgia author Barbara Brown Taylor weaves together stories from her community college classroom with reflections on how her own spiritual journey has been complicated and renewed by connecting with people of other traditions—even those whose truths are quite different from hers. The one constant in her odyssey is the sense that God is the one calling her to disown her version of God—a change that ultimately enriches her faith in other human beings and in God. Feel free to bring your own (nut-free) lunch.
Jonah and The Amazing Ways of God
October 16 - November 3 | 7:00 p.m.
The Book of Jonah is one of a kind. It’s called a book of prophecy, but the only sermon offered is one line long. It’s the story of a prophet, but this prophet wants nothing to do with the job. It’s about a well-placed big fish, and it’s about some really bad people who are loved by God. But, mostly, it’s about the God who loves those bad people, who calls that reluctant prophet, and who cares about the fish, the cattle of the field, and every other creature.
Join Mark Westmoreland starting October 16 for a five-week look at this fascinating book and what it has to say to us today.
Join the Older Adult ministries for outings each month.
September 26 - Medicare and More
October 24 - Tour the Cyclorama
November 14 - Planning in Three Easy Steps - Long-term and End of Life Plans
Moms Morning Out
September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5. 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Amerson House, which is part of the St. Bartholomew's parish
This Fall, we will have a theme of SIMPLICITY gently guiding our conversations together. It feels like a primary struggle I've experienced and heard in others, both as individual adults, and now as moms, is feeling overwhelmed with TOO MUCHness - too much stuff, too many activities, too much noise and information, too many tasks and responsibilities. We regularly feel tired, rushed, stressed, and anxious, like there is never enough time and space for the things that truly matter and give life. So what might it look like to simplify our family lives so they flow with a bit more ease, calm, meaning and joy? We'll look at different dimensions of that this Fall, after our regular checking in time.
Suggested donation: $10 per session. If you take advantage of the childcare, it's an additional $10 for a first child, and $5 for each additional child. You can pay with cash, check or credit card when you come, or by Venmo or Paypal
Moms of Younger Kids
Join other moms for a kid-free night each month. We’ll gather in September to plan out the fall and decide the best format for supporting one another. Sign-up for more details.
Racial Justice Caucus Movie Nights
Join us on September 13 to watch 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay focused on race, justice and mass incarceration. The name of the documentary is drawn from the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery and ended involuntary servitude except as punishment for conviction of a crime.
On September 27, we’ll watch The Hate U Give. This 2018 film is based on a novel by the same name and explores what happens after a high school student witnesses a police shooting. Both movie viewings will start at 7:00 in the Fellowship Hall.
Young Adult Fellowship
Rev. Blair is organizing activities for young adults throughout the fall. These include dinners, outings, and weekly gatherings at Twain’s. Sign-up here or contact Rev. Blair for more information.
Young Adult Connections Support Group with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 p.m. in Room 211
This support group is designed for college students and college-aged adults who are seeking support for a mental health condition. Leaders are young adults trained by the National Alliance on Mental Illness Georgia Chapter. The group is confidential, free, and no registration is necessary. We hope you will join us.
Single Mothers Support Group
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in Room 211 - September 18, October 16, December 18
Free- including childcare! Sponsored by Glenn Church and led by Jenny Clark, MSW, of the Care & Counseling Center of Georgia. All ages/stages/scenarios of women who are single parenting children/teens are welcome to join us for confidential sharing and support. For more info and to RSVP, contact Jenny email@example.com. For more info on childcare, parking/room location, and Wednesday Night Supper, contact Rev. Susan Pinson firstname.lastname@example.org.