Be….Loved

Being in Relationships, Being in Community

New Small Groups – January to March 2022

Our relationships are simultaneously much more valuable and much more complex than ever before. After the past two years, many of us have lingering feelings of missed opportunities with others and stretches of loneliness and loss. Yet, maybe we also more deeply appreciate the people around us and any time we can simply be together. All this comes at a time when we also see more clearly the differences between people in our person-to-person relationships and the divides across the larger community.

The Biblical Story – which we continue to draw from and live out – is filled with God constantly seeking to be in relationships with us to share love and to show us how to love one another. God clearly sees how difficult that can be. God clearly sees the brokenness in our relationships and nevertheless still calls us into the infinite possibility that there might be healing and another way forward. It is not easy. Most often it seems that we cannot do this on our own.

As we move into a new year, the Incarnation community will look more closely person-to-person relationships and the bigger sense of belonging and community. What do we take from the past two years of relationship challenges? How can we begin to heal? What gives us hope? Have there been any blessings or discoveries along the way? And going into 2022, what do we bring to begin to heal the divides between us, both individually and as a community? Is there a way forward? Is there a way to live into and share the abundant life that God truly wants for all of us?

Worship & Small Groups

Sunday worship will reflect on our sense of being God’s beloved children and the beloved community that God desires for us. Watch past worship services here. New small groups will take these themes another step deeper in conversation using new faith study. Groups will meet for five gatherings, starting in February and March. To find out more or sign up, contact dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Small Groups Currently Available:

Daytime

  • Tues., 1:30-3:00 p.m. – In person (Incarnation) – Twice/month – Leader: Pat Sweeney – Starting: Tuesday, February 8.
  • Tues., 2:00-3:30 p.m. – Zoom – Once/week – Leaders: Jane Trapp, Denise Floe – Starting: Tuesday, February 1

Weekend/Evening

  • Mon., 7:00-8:15 p.m. – Zoom – Twice/month (approximately) – Leader: Carol Lacey – Starting: Monday, January 31
  • Sun., 4:00-5:30 p.m. – Hybrid – Once/week – Leader: Grant Rykken, Ed Caillier (in a hybrid group, some people will meet in person and others will attend by Zoom) – Starting: Sunday, February 6.

More Schedule Options…

  • Explore other schedule options Looking for a group that meets a different day or time or later in the season? For example, Monday afternoon, Thursday evening, starting in March… New groups will be added based on what we hear from you. Leader: Greta Grosch and others. Contact Denise Floe to share your schedule information.

Find out more and/or register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org

Be Loved Small Group Gatherings

  • Session 1: Be Loved… Be… Being in relationship with others and part of a larger community all begins with our identity as beloved children of God. Beloved children who can simply be who we are. Print or view the faith study here:
  • Session 2: Be Friend… Be Light… God calls us to reach out, to be a source of love and light to the people in our lives – friends, acquaintances, and those we’ve never met. Print or view the faith study here:
  • Session 3: Be Loved Community… Be Loving… God also reminds us that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves and draws us into a sense of community with others. How can community be a blessing – even in times of discord and differences?
  • Session 4: Be Steadfast… Being in relationships and in community opens us up to times of disappointment and brokenness. It’s a reason we sometimes pull back. What practices can help to see us through?
  • Session 5: Be Changed… Be Blessed… In all this, we are invited to be transformed by God’s love – to be hopeful and surprised by the places where God shows up, where God is acting and where God calls us to be. In this we are blessed – more importantly God’s love works through us to be a blessing – unexpected, surprising, transforming and hopeful.

Find out more and/or register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org