Book Studies

Monday Morning Women’s Group

Beginning May 10th through the end of July, we will be studying a book called Missionary Mindset by Douglas Ruffle. Douglas Ruffle serves Discipleship Ministries as General Editor of Wesleyan Resources. Previously, he served as Director of Congregational Development for the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. He also lived and worked in Argentina serving as a Pastor in the Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina and served as Pastor of churches in New Jersey. And, Doug will be attending our first meeting on Monday, 5/10! We meet virtually 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 group will continue their study of Love is the Way by Bishop Michael Curry. As sisters in Christ we share, pray and discuss the book. We meet via Zoom on Thursdays from 8:30-10:00. 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.