New Small Groups

Small groups are places to CONNECT – to grow closer to God, to connect with other people, and to share in a faith study or enjoy a common interest together. Learn more.

Here are the small groups getting started or expanding right now…

To sign up for the following groups, contact Denise Floe by e-mail or by calling 651-484-7213.

Seeking Refuge Small Group

Four Monday nights and one Tuesday night from 7 – 8:30 p.m., January – March.

Read and discuss together Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis written by Stephen Bauman, Matthew Soerens and Dr. Issam Smeir, three experts from World Relief, a global organization serving refugees. This book strives to provide practical, balanced and a well-researched guide to the questions:

Who are refugees and other displaced peoples?

What are the real risks and benefits of receiving them?

How do we balance compassion and security?

Drawing from history, public policy, psychology, personal stories, and their own unique Christian worldview, the authors offer a helpful portrayal of the plight of refugees and the extraordinary opportunity we as Christians have to love our neighbors as ourselves. Connect with others and God over this timely and sometimes challenging topic. Suggested contribution is $5. Leaders: Becky Benson & Liz Thompson. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Generosity Mindset Small Group

Six Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., February – April

Many of us live with an underlying belief that if we had just a little more money, we would be happier.  But, the research shows that, across almost all income levels, we always want just a little bit more. Our ideas about happiness are always pushed out, just a little further. Despite what our consumer culture tells us, money doesn’t buy happiness or life satisfaction. Instead, Jesus calls us to a more open-hearted approach to life that values contentment, gratitude and generosity.

This small group will read and talk about the book, Your New Money Mindset: Create a Healthy Relationship with Money. The book, written by Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial and Dr. Jim Moline, licensed psychologist, was featured in a segment on KARE11. The book combines personal stories with Bible texts, and the latest research, as a starting place for thoughtful conversations. You can find out more about the book at www.newmoneymindset.com.

The book will guide you through an assessment to better understand your current attitudes about consumerism and generosity. And, it will give you a chance to explore new ways to better align your mindset and attitudes to your core values, all set in the context of faith. As part of a small group, you’ll surround yourself with others who are also exploring this new mindset. As the book says, “Taking this journey with others makes it immensely more enjoyable and effective.”

The group will talk about the ideas in the book through open-ended discussion questions. There is no need to share any private information. The group will not offer financial advice, rather it will explore a new way of thinking based in generosity. Rather than focusing on budgets, this book is about a change in mindset and perspectives. It’s a chance to find a new, open-hearted way to think about your finances and to live with gratitude, contentment and generosity. Suggested contribution: $5. Leader: Tim Gray and Janet Karvonen-Montgomery. Register at: dfloe@incarnationmn.org

Connecting in Grace Small Groups

Engage in meaningful conversations to connect faith and life, while you connect with other people too. New Connecting in Grace small groups get together to take a deeper dive into themes that are at the heart of faith – grace, love, hunger, discovery, relationships, generosity, service and worship. What does God say about living into these themes today? When or where do we wrestle with the inherent challenges? Is there any guidance, grace and hope?

New small groups will get together around a new faith study, Connecting in Grace: Filled by God’s Grace. The faith study is written at Incarnation, mindful of the joys and challenges faced by people who live and work in our community today. The themes are drawn from Incarnation’s new Mission, Vision and Values statement and the group conversation is a chance to explore how each theme is lived out in our own lives and across the community.

Included in the faith study are short videos from the website, The Work of the People, featuring well-known Christian writers and speakers on each theme. Each gathering also includes a reflection from an Incarnation writer, including Joel VanderWal, Janet Karvonen Montgomery, Jeanne Hartfield, Gary Medin, Becky Benson, Denise Floe, and Lynda Thompson.

The groups will meet just once a month, with no preparation or experience needed for just 90 minutes. Groups listed below are now taking registrations. Contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org to find out about other new groups getting started. Suggested contribution to take part: $10.

Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. at Incarnation
Leader:  Grant Rykken (and other leaders)
Focus area:  Open to all

Mondays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Incarnation
Leaders:  Mary DeJarlais and Mary Farquhar
Focus area:  Women

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Incarnation
Leaders:  Gary Moen and Steve Dorr
Focus area:  Men

 

More New Small Groups

Sunday Morning small group

Once/month on Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

Sunday morning small groups are a chance to connect with others and take part in a conversation on faith, based on a short reading and brief video. The groups are easy-to-do, with no preparation. No experience is needed. And, the groups are convenient, meeting for just 60 minutes. You’ll know and recognize more people after taking part in the group. The conversations will be a blend of rich, meaningful discussion with enjoyable dialogue and light-hearted laughter. You’ll leave with thought-provoking, hopeful messages and an upbeat start to the week. Leader: Grant Rykken. For more information or to sign-up, contact dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

How do I sign-up?

To sign up or for more information, contact Denise Floe by email or at 651-484-7213. Space is limited in each small group, so sign up early!

What is it like to be in a small group?

You’ll find small groups to be places to connect in community and grow deeper in faith. Learn more.

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