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Essays on Faith by Anne Lamott

Facilitator: Jim Keenan (563-508-9333; jim@thekeenangroup.com)

Purpose: To enrich our faith by reading and discussing Essays on Faith by Anne Lamott. Lamott is a New York Times-
bestselling novelist/essayist who writes about faith, hope, chaos, and grace. She writes with honesty, compassion, and a
pureness of voice. As she says, “I have a lot of hope and a lot of faith, and I struggle to communicate that.” But she does
communicate her hope and faith, and in the process she lifts, comforts, and inspires us, all while keeping us laughing.”-
Adapted from agency biography

Time: 7:00 pm, fourth Tuesdays, January-July

Place: FPC Parlor

Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith* January

Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith* February

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith* March

Stitches, A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair* April

Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers* May

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace* June

Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy** July

* Available new or used through amazon.com or eBay.com; used prices are often under $5, with shipping.

** To be published in April 2017; may not be available used.  

Women’s Summer Bible Study - Wednesdays, June 21 through August 16, 10:00 am

Learn how to be the hands and feet of Jesus through Nehemiah whose heart was so broken for those in need that he left the
comfort of his Persian palace to help them. This study, developed by Kelly Minter, includes seven video sessions and real-life
ways to put feet to your faith. We will meet every Wednesday morning from 10:00 - 11:30 am starting June 21 for seven
consecutive weeks (except the week of July 4) in Von Maur Hall. The cost is $15 for your member book which needs to be
preordered. You’ll find authentic Bible readings, recipes, music selections and a relational approach. What a great way to meet
new friends and stay connected to His Word throughout the summer. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting,
lost world and move you in compassion to lead people to Jesus?  For more information, contact Jana Peterson
janalpeterson@yahoo.com; 563-508-8422).

Watch Movies with a Christian Message

Facilitator: Small Group Task Force (563-324-1429; dad-mom@prodigy.net

Purpose: To watch and discuss movies, both classic and contemporary that have faith as a central component.  Examples:
God’s Not Dead, O God, Fireproof, Heaven is for Real, Miracles from Heaven.  

Time: TBA

Following the movie, there will be a discussion about how the movie connects with your faith.  Bring your friends for fun and

Where: Von Maur Hall   Cost: free   Snacks?....of course.  RSVP: Mark and Cindy Meinert (563-324-1429; dad-

Small Group Connections

Small groups can have a variety of different focus areas, but ultimately they need to be based in
showing Christian love to one another.  The focus of a small group can range from Spiritual
Development, Christian Education & Worship, Support Groups, Education & Training or sharing the
love of Christ through Fellowship activities. Small groups can be ongoing or have a finite existence ands
can be initiated and led by
any church member.  They can also be initiated by Staff, Session/Deacon or
other FPC committees.  


1. Develop the idea for a small group connection you would like to start.  Pick up a form from the Small Group Connection
bulletin board or
download the form and complete the information on the form:

Brief description of the group

Your name and contact information

Proposed time for the group to meet

Frequency of meetings, when group will start and length of duration of the group

Any materials needed by group members or cost

Additional details to describe the group’s purpose

2. Turn the form into the church office.  It will then be posted on the bulletin board and on the church’s website.

3. Keep track of people who have contacted you with interest; feel free to reach out to folks to join the group.

4. Once you have your responses, finalize when and where you will meet.

If you intend to meet at the church, fill out and submit a Building Use Form (BUF) to the church office to reserve a meeting

5. Enjoy your small group connection!