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Spiritual Formation

We invite you to join us in these unique opportunities to connect with others and explore topics of faith and spirituality in the real world.

BOOK OF ESTHER: YOU WERE MADE FOR THIS MOMENT

When: Wednesdays, May 1-29 | 9:30-11:00am

Who: Michelle Premuto

Where: CSR, Emmaus

Are you weary? Worn out by the bills that keep stacking up, a virus that keeps raging, or a heart that keeps aching? If so, the book of Esther brings welcome news: Relief will come!

Join Michelle Premuto on a journey through the book of Esther. In this 5-week study, Max Lucado reminds us that God need not be loud to be strong, he need not cast a shadow to be present…and he is active even when he appears distant.

ENNEAGRAM DISCOVERY WITH MARTIE MCMANE 

When: Wednesday, May 8 | 6:00-9:00pm for beginners & Monday, May 13 | 6:00-9:00pm for a more in-depth exchange

Who: Martie McMane

Where: Narthex

The Enneagram is a rich, multi-layered system that helps us understand who we are and how we live in the world. It uncovers our deepest motivations and shines a light on patterns of behavior we may not have noticed before.  With amazing clarity the Enneagram can reveal our inner life and lead us to spiritual growth, wholeness and authentic living.

In the Wednesday, May 8 presentation, Martie will offer a very brief overview of the Enneagram and share stories of how working in a spiritual context with this tool can lead to transformation in self-understanding and increased respect for the sacredness of all people.

In the Monday, May 13, more in-depth class, Martie will provide insight and guidance for your own self discovery in learning your Enneagram type. The class hopes to not only create deeper awareness of your type, but will encourage you to take a look at how you relate to other Enneagram types within your life. The class is fun, insightful and truly an eye opener for most. 

Martie McMane is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ for 40 years, the Rev. Martie McMane worked both on the national and local level during her long ministry. As a certified Enneagram teacher, for 29 years, Martie has reached well over 1,000 people with her in-depth knowledge of the Enneagram and how its understanding can be transformative for our lives. In retirement, she currently leads workshops, offers spiritual direction, and works with non-profit staffs to help people grow spiritually and increase their self- understanding and compassion. Martie is also our Minister of Music and Worship, David Cowen’s mom!

SCRIPTURE VERSE MAPPING

When: The 3rd Wednesday of each month, beginning May 15 | 6:00-7:00pm

Who: Michelle Premuto

Where: CSR, Bethany

Verse mapping is a technique used to gain a deeper understanding of God’s word. It is a method of breaking down a verse by identifying and defining keywords, historical context, alternate translations, and cross references.  Verse mapping goes beyond just reading, it digs deep into scripture revealing connections, consistencies and truths in the Bible that are so easily overlooked. This practical Bible study method helps Christians of all levels understand and clarify God’s Word

THE EMOTIONAL LIVES OF TEENAGERS

When: Sundays, through April 28 | 4:30-6:00pm

Who: Sherlyn Burnham-Kuehn

Where: CSR

This parenting/guardian stuff is HARD! Yes, this is an understatement of biblical proportions. We are pleased to offer this important 7-week parenting group based on the book “The Emotional Lives of Teenagers: Raising Connected, Capable and Compassionate Adolescents” by Lisa Damour. Here’s a link to the book. You will need to read the book to participate as we will discuss the wisdom found in the book but also add wisdom of our own.

This study, begins on Sunday, February 18, from 4:30-6:00pm in CSR.

We will meet on February 18 and 25, March 3, 17 and 24, April 14 and 21. If you’re interested, please register below.

Please ALWAYS reach out to sherlyn@jupiterfirst.org with any questions/suggestions/concerns. We love our families so much and are here to support you in any and every way we can. 

LIFE AFTER JESUS ASCENDED

When: Tuesdays, through April 9 | 6:00-7:00pm

Who: Brian Chitester

Where: Zoom

We know from scripture that, after Jesus was raised from the dead, He appeared to hundreds of
people over a 40-day period. Then, as He led His disciples out to the vicinity of Bethany, He
ascended into heaven.

Now what?

In this series, we will study church-life after Jesus was taken up. Who was in charge? What happened to the 12? How did the early church grow, survive, and prosper under an oppressive Roman Empire? Join this study to explore these and other questions about the infancy of Christianity.

13 THINGS MENTALLY STRONG PEOPLE DON’T DO

When: Wednesdays, April 3 – 24 | 9:30-11:00am

Who: Deb Kaiser-Cross & Lori Oberacker-Pardue

Where: CSR

Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor, and psychotherapist. In 2013, her article, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do became a viral sensation when it was read by over 50 million people. Then, Amy’s TEDx talk, the Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong, became one of the most popular TEDx talks of all time with more than 6 million views. In this book, she reviews 13 things that improve our mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Please purchase the book prior to class here.

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY

When: Sundays | 8:15am

Who: David Kaiser-Cross

Where: CSR

Enjoy fellowship and a cup of coffee as we consider the Lectionary scripture readings for Sunday Worship and share insights.

CENTERING PRAYER

When: 4th Monday of each month | 5:30-6:15pm

Who: Michelle Premuto

Where: Chapel

Whether you are a beginner or practiced in Centering Prayer, we invite you to drop by after work or before dinnertime. Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. No need to sign up, just pop in.

LECTIONARY LUNCH

When: Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm

Who: Pastor Chip Jurskis, David Cowen & Marthe Hjortshoj

Where: Zoom

Grab your lunch and join Pastor Chip, David, Marthe and other members of the JupiterFIRST team as they read and discuss the Revised Common Lectionary readings for the week.

The weekly readings can be found here.

By joining this group, you will be lending your voice, your thoughts and your insights to the weekly sermon and worship service. 

We can’t wait to meet you! 

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