When: Tuesdays from 7:00-8:30pm
Our Chancel Choir meets on Tuesday evenings and have a short warm-up on Sunday mornings before worship service. In addition to the Sunday anthems and other special music, the choir prepares a Christmas cantata for the congregation every year. The choir would welcome any new singers–the only qualification is a voice willing to sing to the praise of God!
When: 1st Thursday (Sept.-May) 10:00am
Ruth Circle meets at a members’ home for Bible discussion and a religious study. We also determine any pressing needs of the church and collaborate on service projects to benefit our community. Past projects have included the creation of toiletry kits for the Ronald McDonald House and a vintage jewelry sale to benefit Feeding America. The women have several social outings planned and are always on the lookout for new members.
Ruth Circle Book Club
When: 3rd Thursday (Sept.-May) at 9:30am
We pick a wide variety of books that extend our horizons and challenge our minds. Each year we include one classic and have read A Tale of Two Cities, The Pearl, Pride and Prejudice, Of Mice and Men and The Great Gatsby. Our reading list for 2015-2016 is:
January 15—The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
February 19—Defending Jacob by William Landay
March 19—The Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland
April 16—The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
May 21—The Gift of Rain by Tan Twan Eng
What began as a way for the men of Eastminster to get to know each other better has become a deeply engrained tradition that continues today. The group varies in size, but typically 10-15 guys can be found enjoying each other’s company each Thursday morning. Bring a friend. All are welcome.
Every 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday:
The Omelette Shoppe – 1880 Breton Road SE, Grand Rapids, MI
Every 2nd Thursday:
2750 28th St. SE Grand Rapids, MI
TOPS – Take Off The Pounds
When: Mondays at 6:30pm
When: 1st Wednesday at noon
Elderberries are a group of senior citizens that meet to share lunch and to hear insights from an inspiring speaker. Everyone is welcome, even if you are not a senior citizen!
Recent speakers have included:
- Tom Rademacher, local writer and published author.
- Redda Thabet, from the Synod of the Nile and Egypt, who visited Eastminster through the Synod of the Covenant’s Mission to the USA program.
- Sister Colleen Nagle of the Franciscan Life Process Center.
- Ed Dee,who spoke about his military experience
- Christie Wiersma, who spoke about her experience in Israel and Palestine as part of the Mosaic of Peace.
During the time of the Reformation, Martin Luther, the German priest and professor of theology who initiated the Protestant Reformation, would gather around a table with his students and colleagues to eat, drink, and talk. The notes recorded during these “table talks” reveal the authentic, real, and down to earth manner in which the church is called to share our lives together.
Members of Eastminster gather for “table talk” dinners in their homes. Hosts provide the main dish, beverages and table service. Guests bring side dishes and dessert. Eastminster’s Congregational Life Committee coordinates these gatherings.
The Green Team
Our Green Team was formed to address ways for our congregation to become better stewards of God’s creation. We created a new landscape surrounding the church, started a recycling program and have installed a Paper Gator in our parking lot for the community to use. In addition we have added bins for recycled plastics and one for garden debris. We welcome any one of you to come and join our team in this rewarding and fun venture.
When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from 1-2:30pm
We gather together on Tuesday afternoons in the Hospitality Room at Eastminster. All are welcome and an ongoing commitment isn’t necessary – Come when you can!
DBSA – Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Catie Heynen at 616.458.7503
When: 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 7-8:30pm
The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) has a wonderful chapter that meets at Eastminster with a focus is on self-help. They are peer-led, safe and accepting, confidential, meet regularly, and are free of charge. The primary participants in a support group meeting are persons diagnosed with a mood disorder and those who believe they may have a mood disorder. Family and friends are also encouraged to attend, learn, and participate.
Contact us to find out more about any of these small group opportunities:
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