Adult Sunday Book Discussion
Adults are provided opportunities to explore their faith from differing perspectives, and to talk about ways in which we live out our faith. There is no agenda in which a particular perspective dominates. Rather, the group’s thinking is stimulated by diverse readings and, very importantly, by listening to each other. Prior reading NOT REQUIRED. We meet in the Fireside Room on Sundays at 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. We welcome visitors! Childcare is provided in the nursery during this time.
March 5 - April 2. During the five Sundays in lent we will be reading Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers) by Eric Elnes.
From Publishers Weekly:
“Dante defined the ‘dark wood’ as fearsome. Elnes redefines it as a place that gives graceful gifts to Christian believers. Failures, vacuums, and doubts might not seem like "gifts"; however, they cannot (and should not) be avoided, Elnes counsels, because the seeming negatives prove critical for ‘finding your place in this world at the very point where you feel furthest from it.’ Seven of the nine chapters in this intelligent and understanding book describe the gifts: uncertainty, emptiness, being thunderstruck (voiceovers by the Holy Spirit), getting lost, temptation, disappearing, and misfits. Some are more surprising than others: for example, temptation does not refer to sex, drugs, and rock ‘n' roll but to doing the wrong good -‘work that is not yours to do.’ Throughout, Elnes shares personal tales, quotes poetry (particularly David Whyte's), and retells Scripture stories—especially Peter's. At the end, he movingly addresses the church today. Elnes's style is friendly, familiar, even woodsy, exploiting the second-person "you" to guide and assure.”
Fork in the Road - Wednesday Potluck Dinner
Make space for grace in the middle of your week. Join us every third Wednesday of the month for an evening of stories and breaking bread in community. We will gather for a potluck dinner (with a theme) in Fellowship Hall, hear from a member of the Immanuel family about a turning point in their life, and close with music and communion. We hope to see you there!
Tuesday Nights at Immanuel - TN@IPC
On Tuesday nights there are ongoing opportunities to explore one’s faith and what it means to live a faith-filled life. A range of thoughtful and provocative videos, “in house” discussion leaders, presentations by people from the greater Tacoma community, and even occasionally from the national religious scene, make Tuesday discussions lively and well-attended sessions. It is not unusual for us to meet at the Grand Cinema to enjoy a film with discussion and libations afterward. No preparation is required; visitors are free to drop in as their schedules permit. If we are at the church, we meet in the Fireside Room, 7- 8 p.m. We conclude with a few minutes quiet time, followed by fellowship for those whose schedules permit down at a local pub. Check this website calendar for current events scheduling.
Lenten Soup Suppers
Every Wednesday during Lent at 6 p.m., folks from the congregation and community share a simple meal and conversation on topics pertaining to themes especially relevant during the Lenten season. After the table conversations we gather in a circle for prayer, scripture, and quiet worship/communion and conclude by 7 p.m.
For further information on Adult Nurture activities, please call the church office: 253.627.8371.