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.

New small groups start throughout the year. In addition to the groups listed here, more small groups are in the planning stages for fall. Check back for the latest information. To find out more or to sign up for a group contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org or 651-484-7213.

Learn about New Small Groups and On-going Small Groups Looking to Welcome New People.

Psalms for Living

Large Group Kick-Off: Monday, September 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  
Small Group Gatherings: 4 Gatherings in October and November at Various Times and Places 

Across millennia, the Psalms have spoken to God’s people. Whether engaged as prayer, song, poetry or straightforward reading, the Psalms capture the complexities of emotions that make up the human experience. The Psalms are a model for how we might show up in our relationship with God in seasons of joy and sorrow, in seasons of change, and in the midst of ordinary days. We explore the Psalms together and individually because they teach us something about who God is and how God engages in the world. We explore the Psalms together and individually because we find ourselves in them and their words become our words as we journey through whatever life brings. 

Psalms for Living  is a fall opportunity to learn about the Psalms and discover how the Psalms can be part of your life and faith. You’ll learn about different types of Psalms and their context. You’ll also learn new, accessible ways to study the Bible and new faith practices to sustain you across time. There will be a chance to meet others and learn from their insights as, together, you find ways to bring the Psalms to life in your daily experiences. 

There will be one large group kick-off session to set the stage and start learning together. This session will be followed by four small group sessions taking place in October and November. The small groups will use a discussion guide with new content and questions to explore. Small groups will happen at a variety of times and places, to make it easy and convenient for you.

Psalms for Living Small Groups

All groups are at Incarnation, unless otherwise noted. 
When registering, you can select from one of the following small groups: 

 

Sundays, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Leaders:  Jed and Natalie Overmann
10/6, 11/3, 11/17, 12/8
Nursery available with registration by 9/15 

 Sundays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Focus: Psalms for Moms (children of all ages)
Leader: Tabitha Markie
10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10
Nursery available with registration by 9/15  

Sundays, 7:00 – 8:15 p.m.
Leaders: Lynnett and Wyatt Stahl
10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 11/24

Mondays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Focus: Psalms for Men
Leader: Grant Rykken
10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25 

Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Leader: Heather Trettel
10/7, 10/14, 10/21, 10/28 

Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Leader: Jeanne Hartfield
10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19 

Tuesdays, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Focus: Ages 70 and above
Leader: Mary DeJarlais
10/8, 10/22, 11/5, 11/19

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Leader: Andrew Hartfield
10/8, 10/15, 11/5, 11/12
Shoreview Library 

Wednesdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Focus: Psalms for Moms
Leader: Jeanne Hartfield
10/9, 10/23, 10/30, 11/13
This group will meet in the nursery with children present (ages 0-4) 

Wednesdays, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Leader: Tracy Strantz
10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13  

Thursdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Focus: Psalms for Moms (infants to elementary)
Leaders: Amy Johnson and Carrie Grafstrom
9/19, 10/3, 10/24, 11/14, 12/5  

Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Leaders: Nancy Stutzman and Darrell Thorstenson
10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/21 

Express interest or register online or by contacting the Incarnation office at 651-484-7213 or dfloe@incarnationmn.org. 

New Small Groups

Express interest or register online for new small groups listed below.

Psalms for Moms Small Group

What do the Psalms say to the joys and challenges of being a parent? Take part in a small group conversation to connect with others and find out. The new Psalms Small Groups will be casual and fun, with no preparation or homework. They will follow a faith study adapted from Incarnation’s larger Psalms for Living series (more information above). Nursery is available with early registration. Check out the groups listed above and led by Amy Johnson and Carrie Grafstrom (moms of infants to elementary age children) and Tabitha Markie (moms with children of all ages). 

Beatitudes Small Group

Once a month on Thursdays, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. from October – May 

This small group is a chance to dig deeper into the meaning and less-obvious messages of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12 and Luke 6:20-26) and discover practical ways to live a simpler, yet more spiritually engaged life. The group will read and talk about the book, The Power of a Focused Heart: 8 Life Lessons from the Beatitudes by Mary Lou Redding, while connecting with one another.  

Mary Lou Reading writes that “the Beatitudes are not easy sayings we can glibly incorporate into our way of life. Like so much of what Jesus said, they invite us to move beyond first impressions and surface meanings. They challenge us to explore.” The book speaks to the blessings that can be found in surprising places and ways to make a difference for others and more closely follow Jesus. 

Before each gathering, group members will read short, do-able chapters. The group will meet once a month for a guided conversation on the chapter and how to incorporate Jesus’ teachings into daily life. Group leader: Meg Gerlach. Suggested contribution: $5. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org or 651-484-7213. 

Contemplative Prayer with the St. John’s Bible Small Group

Once/month on Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. OR 
Once/month on Wednesday mornings, 6:45-8:00 a.m. 

Connect with others in a small group to reflect on images and texts from the St. John’s Bible. Join a group on Tuesday evenings or early Wednesday morning. Both groups will use a contemplative prayer practice (lectio/visio divina) to reflect, talk about, and pray with the illuminations and texts. These on-going small groups are looking to welcome new people. Leaders: Julie Omland (Tuesdays) and Claudia Wiebold (both groups). Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org. 

Faith On the Way to Work Small Group for Men

Twice/month on Mondays, 6:30 – 7:30 a.m.

Get together with a group of men and start the week with a short faith study and prayer, before heading to work or other activities. The group meets at Incarnation and ends by 7:30 a.m. There is no homework, preparation or prior experience needed. Led by Tim Gray, the group is a chance to connect your faith with your life and start your week centered on faith. This on-going small group is looking to welcome new people. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Sunday Small Group

Once/month on Sundays, 9:45-10:45 a.m. For information on the Fall Sunday Small Group, contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

Gather with others to watch and talk about a short faith study and video. This easy-to-do small group meets just once a month to connect with one another and take part in a guided conversation on a faith topic. It’s a great starting place if you’re new to small groups and a convenient way to take part in a small group before or after attending worship. This on-going small group is always eager to welcome to new people. Leader: Grant Rykken. Register: dfloe@incarnationmn.org.

On-Going Small Groups – Looking to Welcome New People!

Express interest or register online for new small groups listed below.

Wednesday Women’s Small Group

Once/month on Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m.  

Connect with other women for a faith conversation using the video resource and study, 12 Women of the Bible. This group is filled with informal conversation and rich discussion. This on-going small group is looking to welcome new people. Suggested contribution: $5. 

Knitting Small Groups

Connect with other knitters while working on your own knitting project. Knitting groups meet once/month on Mondays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m. There is also a group dedicated to prayer shawls and prayer squares on Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 a.m. And, check the Connecting Threads Small Group below. Contact Denise Floe to find out the next dates. 

Connecting Threads Small Group

Once/month on Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

Whether you do knitting, embroidery, hardanger or any other needlecraft, this small group is a chance to meet and exchange ideas with others who share your interest. Fall dates: 9/3, 10/1, 11/5 and 12/3. 

How do I sign-up?

Tell us you’re interested in a small group or register here. You will receive an email to confirm your registration and to confirm that there is space available in the small group. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 48 hours, please contact Denise Floe at dfloe@incarnationmn.org or 651-484-7213.

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