Animate Practices

Animate Practices: Conversations Exploring Spirituality

Starting this fall you are invited to explore core practices of the Christian faith with Vicki and Stephen in Animate Practices. In each Animate Practices session, the group will watch a video featuring a leading voice from the Christian faith, spend time on personal reflection and journaling, and share ideas with the group.

The study time will be Sundays after church from 12:30-2:30. Registration will be required so that we can order enough books. Cost of registration is $25.00 in order to cover the cost of the book. Subsidies are available if cost is an issue, just talk to Vicki.  Bring a bag lunch. Childcare is available if needed.


October 1: Prayer / Orientated Toward God | BrIan McLaren
November 12: Food / Eating, With Jesus / Sara Miles
December 17: Worship / Seeking God’s Presence / Mike Slaughter
January 21: Sacraments / A Tapestry Of Traditions / Phyllis Tickle
March 4: Money / The Joy Of SharIng / Shane Claiborne
April 8: ServIce / The Needs Right In Front Of You / Enuma Okoro
May 13: Community / An Unexpected FamIly / Doug Pagit


Knotty Naughty Bible Study

As Christians, our holy scriptures, the Bible, is our foundational text. We anchor every worship service with readings from either (and sometimes from both) the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).

Throughout the Bible, there are many stories, teachings and pieces of wisdom that we are familiar with – some that we are comfortable with and others that cause us discomfort as they challenge how we orient ourselves in the world and how we think about and treat others.

And then there are the stories that we never hear in the sanctuary – stories that are hard to digest and difficult to discern what is the lesson or teaching that God might want us to understand in the telling of such stories. Some stories involve scandal in the form of sex, desire and power. Others seem to be simply cruel and unjust.

Join Vicki and Stephen as we explore together these knotty/naughty biblical stories. We will talk about the context in which these stories were created and will try to understand what meaning they would have had for the ancient Hebrew listeners and what these stories mean for the listeners of today.

The Bible Stories we will be exploring are:
The Rape of Tamar (King David’s daughter): 2 Samuel 13:1-22
Lot’s Daughters: Genesis 19:30-38
The Unnamed Concubine: Judges 19-21
Drunken Noah: Genesis 9:19-27
The Murder of Bathsheba’s Husband: 2 Samuel 11:1-27
The Sacrifice of Jephthah’s Daughter: Judges 11:30-40

Please bring your bag lunch and join us in the Board Room on the following Sundays, from 12:30-2:30 pm on
October 22 & 29 and November 5
Childcare can be provided, at no cost, if advance notice is given.

Please register for both of these studies by contacting the office by email ( or phone (403-274-2361)