Christian Education (PACE)
Progressive Adult Christian Education (PACE) Groups meet throughout the week during the Fall, Winter, and Spring. Below are the classes that were offered last winter. As each season approaches, check back for updates on new classes!
Set Apart – Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings
(by Jessica LaGrone)
Leader: Shelley Giaier
Tuesdays starting February 28, 7:00-8:30 PM
Set Apart is a six-week study of 1 and 2 Kings that examines the holy habits of the prophets and kings who were set apart by their close walk with God. Each of these characters was trying to follow God while carrying out his calling on earth. As we consider their example, we will discover that even prophets and kings struggled and grew in their faith through spiritual practices, and we will learn how to follow God’s unique purposes for us in His Kingdom.
Purchase the workbook and complete the first week of homework before the first class. (Wesley Room)
Sunday Book Club
Leader: Karen Wykes
Ongoing: Sundays in between services 10:00-11:00 AM
The Sunday Book club is mid way thru a book called Jesus, A Pilgrimage by James Martin. The book’s author is a Jesuit priest. The book revolves around his visit to Israel, visiting places in the Bible that Jesus was known to have been. Each chapter includes a reading from Scripture and questions. Call Karen Wykes at 541-382-6651 or email email@example.com if you would like to more information. (Room 201)
Racism Without Racists: Color-blind racism and the persistence of racial inequality in America
(by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva)
Leader: Pastor Shimiko Montgomery
4 weeks beginning Wednesday, February 1, 5:15-6:15 PM
Several community organizations, including our church, are joining COCC and Building Common Ground in hosting book conversations on Eduardo Bonilla-Silva’s acclaimed Racism without Racists which documents how, beneath our contemporary conversation about race, lies a full-blown arsenal of arguments, phrases and stories that whites use to account for—and ultimately justify—racial inequalities. This provocative book explodes the belief that America is now a color-blind society. We will be talking about how we as Christians are responding to the issue of racism and how we can do better. (Fellowship Hall)
Busy Mom’s Small Group
Leader: Betsy Cleaves
Ongoing: The 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at Townshend’s Tea House. 7:00 PM.
The busy mom’s are currently reading ‘Present Over Perfect’ by Shauna Niequist. Book reviews write Present Over Perfect is writer Shauna Niequist’s motto for how to live a rich, engaged, and loving life in the midst of what often feels terribly messy and imperfect. In vulnerable, honest stories and beautifully written short essays Shauna offers an invitation to a new way of living—full of grace, space, and connection. Please join us! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Round Abouters is a group of younger adults, couples and families who are around the same age. This group meets quarterly for dinner, fellowship and fun. Children are welcome and encouraged to come.
Watch for the announcements of upcoming dates in the Church Bulletin or contact the church office.
Men's Fellowship Group
This group gathers at a different Bend brewery each week on Tuesdays from 5:15 pm to 6:15 pm for fellowship and sharing of interests and concerns. The group also organizes and leads church community service projects such as the cleaning up of a section of Highway 22 near Sisters and cooking meals for the teens at The LOFT (see the “Helping Others” page to learn more about this mission).
Men who do not attend Bend Church are welcome as well. To get on the email distribution to be notified of each week’s meeting place and receive information on how to participate in the service projects, please call Rob Byrd at 541-389-1622.
Men's Coffee Group
Join men of all ages for coffee, fellowship, and sharing on Wednesday mornings at 8am downstairs in Room 102.
A men’s group focused on faith and life with an emphasis on spiritual companionship. The group meets every Wednesday at 4 pm at the Starbucks on Highway 97 across from Fred Meyer and Umpqua Bank. To learn more, email Ted Virts here.
United Methodist Women (UMW)
United Methodist Women (UMW) is a supportive, inclusive Christian organization where women grow spiritually, develop as leaders, and work to create a world in which all women, children, and youth thrive. With approximately 800,000 members across the country, UMW supports mission activities in thousands of communities in the United States and and in more than 50 countries around the world. The Bend unit of UMW has approximately 100 members who nurture one another and support local, national and international mission projects with their prayers, volunteer efforts, and financial gifts.
We have five active circles that provide a way to worship, study and be in fellowship together in smaller groups. (See “Women’s Circles” for more information.) We also have a group of members at large who choose not to join a circle. Any woman who commits herself to the purpose of UMW can become a member. Each year UMW raises money for local mission projects by organizing the Holiday Boutique at our church, as well as selling crafts at Wendy’s Wish and other craft sales. The proceeds are allocated to local missions such as Family Kitchen, Bethlehem Inn, Compassionate Care, Back Door Cafe, Prayers and Squares, and the LOFT. (See “Helping Others” for more information on these local missions.)
UMW also raises money for national and international mission projects through Pledge to Mission and other channels of Mission Giving. For further information, email UMW President Shelley Giaier at email@example.com.
The Bend Church unit of United Methodist Women (UMW) has five active circles that provide a way for women to meet regularly in smaller groups to worship, study, and be in fellowship with each other. Each circle has its own unique focus such as community service or spiritual study and growth. Most circles meet monthly. Two circles meet in the morning, two in the afternoon, and one in the evening. All of the circles come together a few times a year for unit meetings and special events. UMW members are not required to belong to a circle, but they are always welcome to join one that fits their interests and schedule.
- Circle of Friends: Third Thursday of each month at 5 pm. Contact Karen Wykes (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Koinonia Circle: Second Tuesday of each month at 12:30 pm. Contact Pat Willford (email@example.com)
- Ruth Circle: Second Tuesday of each month at 1:30 pm. Contact Joan Wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shalom Circle: Fourth Monday of each month at 10 am. Contact Judy Givens (email@example.com)
- Sisters of Faith Circle: Third Thursday of each month at 10 am. Contact Pamela Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Quilters / Prayers & Squares
Prayers & Squares is a prayer quilt ministry made up of women who enjoy sewing and fellowship. These quilters meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month in the Wesley Room upstairs at 12:30 pm, except during the summer (June through August).
This quilting ministry makes quilts for those in our church who are ill, recovering from surgery, homebound, or facing a difficult time. The completed quilts are brought to the worship service so members of the congregation can tie a knot and say a prayer for the person who will receive the quilt.
For more information contact Carol Duvall (email@example.com)
All who are interested in working on crafts are welcome. The group meets at 9:30 am on the first and third Mondays of the month downstairs in the Fellowship Hall. Participants should bring a lunch and their own scissors. The items made by the crafters are sold at the Holiday Boutique and Wendy’s Wish, and the proceeds are distributed to local missions.
For more information contact Chris Frey (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Knitters / The “Clicking Sticks”
Both experienced knitters and beginners are welcome. The group meets at 10am on the first and third Mondays of each month in the Wesley Room upstairs, except during the summer. Beginner’s welcome! For more information contact Pat Joslin (email@example.com).
Twice a year, people have the opportunity to join a dinner group of eight people. They generally meet once a month, each time in a different group member’s home, and bring dishes to share. Those who sign up will be notified of the time and place of the first dinner and then the group will decide as a whole when and where subsequent gatherings will take place. Sign up for dinner group by calling the church office or during the service on the yellow bulletin insert.
In association with Bend Church’s focus on wellness, the church hosts several exercise classes each week. All classes except for Walk and Talk are supported by the donations of participants. Newcomers are always welcome. For more information see the Calendar or call Parish Nurse, Sandy Clausen at 541-389-8078.
Balance class – offered Tuesdays at 10:45 am and Thursdays at 11:30 am. This class is designed to challenge our bodies with rhythmic movements to support our overall health, and prevent falls. Thursdays are more vigorous.
Yoga – offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 3:00 pm. This class is a series of postures and breathing exercises practiced to achieve control of the body and mind.
Walk and Talk – offered on Wednesdays at 9:15 am. In this group, we start with a devotional and discussion, and then we walk together. This is a good place to bond with others of faith, and find support in your life.