Our Story

Faith Study & Small Groups

Stories are an important part of life. This small group series—launching in fall 2021—explores the stories in our lives. This includes Bible stories, our own stories and the stories of others around us, and how those stories are woven together. It also looks at the danger of a single story, and the unexpected, untrue and ever-changing stories of our lives.

Our lives are filled with stories – both those we hear and those we tell. The Bible begins with a story of creation (actually, two stories!). And Jesus uses stories throughout his ministry – to educate, to heal and to inspire. And we each have stories too – life stories and stories of how God continues to be active and creating something new in our lives.

We sometimes see ourselves in stories we hear from the Bible, and in stories we hear from family and other people. Would it surprise you to learn that your story is part of God’s story? Stories help us to forge connections and build common ground with others. Stories teach us valuable lessons. They help us to understand and appreciate one another.

Stories can also open us up to completely new ways of thinking and to a wide range of experiences. What will we discover if we have a chance to listen more fully to the stories of other people? Will we find God in new ways? Will we see our stories in different ways?

In this faith study, you can engage in conversations with others to explore more deeply how stories connect to your faith and resonate in your life. You can discover the power of story – God’s story, your story – to shape us, ground us, challenge us, and comfort us.

This series is designed for small groups to use in person or online, and for friends and family meeting informally. Each session is designed to be both easy to use and thought-provoking. You can use the entire series or select just one or two sessions.

New Small Groups in Fall 2021

New small groups are in the planning stages for fall. Both daytime and evening groups are available. Groups meet once/week unless listed as twice/month below. To find out more about the new small groups using this faith study or how to use it informally or in another group setting check out the groups listed below or contact dfloe@incarnationmn.org

New Our Story Small Groups:

  • Mondays, 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Zoom – Leader: Georgia Schultz (twice/month)
  • Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Zoom or hybrid – Leader: Greta Grosch
  • Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom – Leaders: Melanie Ahlstrom & Dee Hilgers (women’s group)
  • Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom – Leaders: Denise Floe & others
  • Wednesdays, 6:45-8:15 p.m. in person (indoors/outdoors) – Leaders: Mark & Katie Solfest
  • Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Zoom – Leaders: Kathy Ginsbach & Dianne Timmer (twice/month)

*If a group is listed as hybrid, some group members are in person, while others are attending through Zoom, simultaneously.

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Our Story Faith Study Sessions

  • Session 1: Our Story, God’s Story
  • Session 2:  Telling Our Story
  • Session 3:  Receiving Our Neighbor’s Story
  • Session 4:  Danger of a Single Story
  • Session 5:  Unexpected, Untrue & Ever-changing Stories
  • Additional Resources for the Our Story Faith Study

Our Story Worship Series

The theme, Our Story, is also part of the worship series for fall. Listed below are the themes and dates for Sunday sermons which supplements the faith study series.

  • Sept. 12 – Your Story Matters
  • Sept. 19 – God is Present in Our Story
  • Sept. 26 – Receiving Our Neighbor’s Story
  • Oct. 3 – Telling Our Story
  • Oct. 10 – The Stories We Once Believed
  • Oct. 17 – Ever-changing Stories
  • Oct. 24 – The Danger of Single-Story Lives
  • Oct. 31 – Ancient Stories that Shape Modern Lives
  • Nov. 7 – Remembering the Stories Told

Other Opportunities with Our Story

The Our Story faith studies can be easily used as a one-time devotion for an action group or committee or for any other gathering in your family, neighborhood and beyond. It can easily adjust to a short time or a longer conversation. Feel free to simply download one or more of the faith studies. Questions about how to use the faith studies in other settings? Contact dfloe@incarnationmn.org

New to Zoom?

Is your small group using Zoom and you need instructions or a refresher?

For a handy printout that shows how to navigate Zoom on your laptop, iPad or iPhone check out: Zoom Screen Controls & Tips.

For a video introduction to using Zoom in a small group, check out this video: