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Learning to Apply “Love Does”: Sign Up for a Small Group

love-does-book-coverIn addition to using the New York Times bestselling book Love Does by Bob Goff as the basis for our fall morning worship series, we will also use it in small groups! To help us figure out how to apply the lessons Love Does teaches, how to “do love” in our own daily lives, GroupLife has arranged for new small groups to meet weekly this fall and work through a five-week DVD and study guide. Anyone is invited to participate in a group!

You can choose from a variety of days and times, listed below. Register online for your preferred group. Contact the GroupLife Team with questions.


  • Sundays, 3:30–5:00pm (starts October 2)
  • Sundays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 25)
  • Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 26)
  • Mondays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts October 10)
  • Tuesdays, 12:00–1:00pm (starts October 4)
  • Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 20)
  • Wednesdays, 10:00–11:30am (starts September 21)
  • Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 21)
  • Wednesdays, 7:30–9:00pm (starts September 21)
  • Thursdays, 10:00–11:30am (starts September 22)
  • Fridays, 7:00–8:30pm (starts September 9)

The Big Questions Worship Series

Our next worship series starts July 31 and continues through September 4 at all morning services. We will examine some of the biggest questions of our faith and try to respond in a way that makes sense for this time and this place. Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino has invited people in our congregation to join her in speaking on many of these topics. See the details below.

July 31: What Is the Point of Living?
Pastor Sam Lewis will give the message, using Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23.

August 7: (How) Should We Live Together?
Senior Pastor Mariellen Yoshino and GroupLife Chairperson Kim Jones will present a dialogue message. The scripture is Colossians 3:14-17. Holy Communion will be served.

August 14: Why Should I Do Anything About Poverty?
Pastor Mariellen and Bold Service & Social Justice Cochair Jan McDaniel will have a conversation about poverty and faith, reflecting on Matthew 26:6-13. Our featured Outreach Connection agency will be Hope’s Corner.

August 21: So What About Hell?
Pastor Mariellen and Steve Moyer will speak together about the concept and meaning of hell. The scripture is Mark 9:43-50.

August 28: Why Do Bad Things, Like Alzheimer’s, Happen to Such Good People?
Pastor Mariellen and Bonnie Bollwinkel will present a dialogue about Alzheimer’s and other life struggles. The scripture text is Proverbs 3:5-6.

September 4: What Happens When We Die?
Pastor Mariellen and Dr. Bill Buchholtz will offer a conversation about death and what happens to us, using Luke 23:42-43. Holy Communion will be offered.

The God Story: Lent Worship and Small-Group Theme

Can you see your place and purpose in God’s story? Throughout Lent, we will examine God’s story as shown throughout the Bible and find our own place in the narrative. Our worship themes each Sunday will focus on classic story elements. Small groups are invited to use Jacob Armstrong’s The God Story as their study guide in this season, helping each other find our roles to play in the story of God’s people.

Worship Themes

Sunday, February 14: Introduction (Genesis 1:1-2, 26–2:4)

Sunday, February 21: Suspension of Disbelief (Genesis 18:1-15)

Sunday, February 28: Rising Action (Exodus 16:2-4, Numbers 11:4-6)

Sunday, March 6: The Inciting Incident (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

Sunday, March 13: Soundtrack (Zephaniah 3:14-17)

Sunday, March 20 (Palm Sunday): Waiting for Resolution (John 12:12-19)

Sunday, March 27 (Easter): Twist Ending (John 20:1-18)

Small Groups

Several small groups welcome new participants to join them in studying The God Story for Lent, and at least one new group is forming especially for Lent! If you are interested, check out one of these options:

Mondays, 9:30am, Resource Center: Back to the Bible

Mondays, 12:00pm, Resource Center: Brown Bags and Bibles

Wednesdays, 7:00pm, Resource Center: The Big Questions

Mondays, 7:00pm, Garden Room: A new Lent group is forming.

Another weekday morning group may form for Lent, depending on interest. For more information about finding a group, contact GroupLife Intern Kristen Wandryk.

Wednesday Night Movie Class

Film reel moviesPastor Mariellen and CJ Arnesen are once again this year leading a movie class. The class will meet on Wednesdays, January 27 through March 2, from 7:00 to 8:30pm in Creekside. This six-week class focuses on the theological implications of the best movies of the year, often those nominated for Academy Awards. Participants are asked to see the film prior to the class when it is discussed. The leaders will summarize the themes of the film and then offer questions to help encourage conversation around tables followed by large-group discussion and exploration of each film. The final class will be a wrap-up session after the Oscars. The schedule of movies will be posted as they are determined.

  • January 27: The Big Short
  • February 3: Inside Out
  • February 10: Bridge of Spies
  • February 17: The Martian
  • February 24: Spotlight
  • March 2: Brooklyn

GroupLife Workshop for Lent, Feb. 6

TheGodStory_CoverGraphics smallGroupLife invites current small-group leaders and anyone interested in potentially leading a small group for Lent to a workshop on Saturday, February 6, 9:00am –12:00pm in Creekside C/D. Jacob Armstrong, the author of our Lenten study book, will join the workshop by video call to inspire leaders in their own spiritual practices for Lent and equip them to use his book, The God Story, in small groups. The workshop is free, but please RSVP to GroupLife Intern Kristen Wandryk so the organizers know how much breakfast to provide.