Get Connected through Groups!
Meets Sundays at 9 a.m.
This is a place to dive deep into various topics related to progressive theology and social justice. If you enjoy learning and thrive in being with like-minded individuals who are also pondering life’s big questions, join us on Sunday morning in the Fireside Room!
Meets Wednesdays at 1 p.m.
Have you wanted to read the New Testament through a theologically progressive lens? This group is using Marcus Borg’s Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written. The discussions take place within the context of the 1st century, Roman-controlled world. Thoughtful conversations from a variety of backgrounds enrich these gatherings.
Meets the 2nd Monday of the month at 7 p.m.
Spirit of Peace is a congregation of life-long learners. The monthly book studies are times to have a shared learning experience and immerse ourselves in new and challenging ideas. Titles have included, Winter Counts by David Heska and Wanbli Weiden, The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilderson, and What Happened to You? by Bruce Perry.
Meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
The choir at Spirit of Peace is an integral part of our worship services! We are a group of all ages that meets weekly to rehearse at 6pm on Wednesday evenings. We also sing for worship on the first three Sundays of every month. The music we share covers a broad range in music history-from the old hymns of the church to new, more contemporary choral music. Singers of all abilities are welcome to join! We have a lot of fun!
Community Garden and Food Forest
When Spirit of Peace was built, members began to restore the land around the building for the benefit of the environment. As part of this effort we have a Community Garden and Food Forest, which members and neighbors tend throughout the growing season. Excess produce is then delivered to Augustana University’s Community Garden so that they can distribute it to community members in need.
Meets monthly at 6 p.m.
It can be difficult for working adults to take time to slow down. This group makes time to check in with each other, laugh, and offer support through life’s joys and challenges. Whether we gather in each other’s homes or get together for a night of bowling, the purpose is to take a break and reconnect.
Meets the 3rd Friday of the month at 7 p.m.
If you love to watch movies and want to engage in thoughtful conversation, this group is for you. Each month we feature a documentary or thought-provoking fictional story. Following the movie, we discuss ideas about creating justice and non-violence in our lives and the world. Click here for more info!
Meet and Eat
Meets the 2nd Friday of the month at 6 p.m.
One of the best areas to gather around is the dinner table. This group, welcome to all ages, meets monthly to connect with one another, share stories, and enjoy each other’s company. We meet at the church and at local parks when the weather permits. The main point is to be together.
Spirit of Peace members and friends gather a few times a year to swap stories, share culinary and brewing talents, and support one another. Tall tales and laughter are also sure to be expected.
At times we need the reassurance that a close circle of people are surrounding us, caring for us. This is a confidential group that supports Spirit of Peace members and friends through prayer.
Retired Guys Book Study
Meets every 1-2 months at 2 p.m.
The title only somewhat describes this group. These men come together to share ideas, learn from one another, and discuss historical and current events.
Sundays at 9 a.m.
Preschool and Elementary school children learn about the teachings of Jesus and connect to the Spirit of God within all. Activities using art, music, play, prayer, meditation, and relaxation are designed to help children develop caring and compassion for themselves and others.
Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m.
Formerly known as “Crafting and Quilting,” this group has evolved over time and now focuses on creating fabric items that are environmentally friendly. New ideas and all skill levels are welcome!
True Life Tales
Meets the 4th Sunday of the month at 6 p.m.
To quote Mona Wade, “Everyone’s life is a compilation of stories. Like the Wisdom tree, your stories may have a long view with vast experience. Or your story may be one that in the telling, nurtures others. Perhaps your story is fresh and brimming with new life. Maybe your story is one of loss and new life. Perhaps you will decide to sit at the feet of other storytellers as a listener until you are ready to share your stories.” Whether you are the storyteller or listener, this group’s purpose is to know one another better and experience a deeper connection.
Meets Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Middle School and High School youth meet weekly to focus on God’s love for them and others through social action activities within the church and broader community; growing their relationship to God through scripture, prayer, and discussion; and indulging in activities and outside events to help them develop confidence in themselves, respect for others, and having fun while engaging in it.
Building and Grounds
The Buildings and Grounds ministry team acts as good stewards of our facility by caring for our building, property, equipment; and assists related service providers.
The Finance ministry team monitors the financial health of the church, and assists the senior pastor with the annual stewardship campaign and budgeting process.
This ministry team strengthens our virtual presence through social media, technology, and digital marketing.
The Social Action ministry team lives out our prophetic calling to be a social justice church by promoting ministries of activism, education, and community involvement.
This ministry team cares for our young people by working with the Youth Engagement Director to create opportunities for education, fun, and connection with the greater Spirit of Peace community.