Book Studies

Monday Morning Women’s Group

We are studying “What Makes You Happy” by Pastor Andy Stanley for the next few weeks. As Andy says, “Lasting happiness is simple to understand but challenging to follow.” Join us on zoom. We meet every Monday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. To join us
contact Peggy Koenitzer at Paboblenz@comcast.net.

Thursday Morning Women’s Group

The groupwill be studying the Lenten book, Words of Life by Adam Hamilton. We will begin the six week study on February 18. Please join us virtually from 8:30-10 on Thursday mornings. We will share, pray and discuss the book. For more information contact Carol Talbot at 856-235-9346.

Eureka!  Book Club

Rev. Patti Walz will be leading a monthly book club named “Eureka! Book Club.” The word “Eureka” comes from the Greek word “heureka” that means “I have found it! “or, “I have made a sudden remarkable discovery!”  In the New Testament, Phillip exclaims to Nathanael, “Eureka!  We have found him whom Moses and the prophets spoke of.” 

“Eureka! Book Club” participants will meet remotely (until further notice) through a Zoom Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 7 until ~ 8:30 PM for virtual fellowship and discussion.  Snacks, beverages, and desserts are welcomed and encouraged.

Each month, participants will read a book that is fodder for discussion, growth, inspiration, and/or discipleship action leading to many “eureka” opportunities. Book club members should read or listen to the book before our first meeting and jot down questions or discussion points to be shared. Each book is available through amazon.com, through the local library system, or any online or actual (yes, there are still a few around!) bookstore (if open.)

Please either Rev. Walz know at revwalz@gmail.com or text/call her at 315-382-0977.  Please leave your name, phone #, and email address.  The church office will also have a copy available for borrowing.

Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7pm – “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates2015.
A father’s letter to his teen aged son. This book is especially relevant today:  “Part memoir, part diary, and wholly necessary, it is precisely the document this country needs right now.”  (New Republic)   

 Accolades this book has received:  

  •      #1 New York Times Bestseller
  •      National Book Award Winner
  •      Named one of Time’s best nonfiction books of the decade
  •      Pulitzer Prize Finalist
  •      National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist
  •      One of Oprah’s “Books That Help Me Through”
  •      Now an HBO Original Special Event

This book is recommended by our church’s Equality and Social Justice Committee.

Wednesday, March 17 at 7pm – “Chocolat” by Joanne Harris
Yes!  This is the novel that became a movie starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche, and Judi Dench – however, the book is quite different!  A delightful story that takes place in a small French town during Lent.  The book contains relatable underlying conflicts including:  outsiders vs. townspeople, sinners vs. saints, good vs. evil.  So, grab something chocolate, get comfy with the book, and indulge…

Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm – “Becoming Nicole:  The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt
A very powerful and moving book written by the mother of the family – a science writer with The Washington Post.  This family could be anyone’s family.  Eye opening…

Wednesday, May 19th at 7pm – “The Beauty of What Remains: How Our Greatest Fear Becomes Our Greatest Gift” by Steve Leder, 2021.
As a senior rabbi of one of the largest synagogues in the world, the author writes about the grief and pain of death “but also about the joy and love we can find in the most unexpected places.”  (Jenna Bush)  This book has become a comfort and balm to many during this time when so many have passed from Covid-19.  A recommended prequel: January 5th  interview on the Today Show with Rabbi Leder:
https://www.today.com/video/rabbi-steve-leder-discusses-grief-in-book-the-beauty-of-what-remains-98815557657

If you would like to join the “Eureka! Book Club” please email Patti Walz at revwalz@gmail.com or Pastor HeyYoung Horton at heyyoung@meetwithgod.com.  Zoom information will be forwarded the week before each meeting.