ADULT FELLOWSHIP GROUPS

There’s a Group for Everyone at PCOC!

Church of the Cross has an active and engaged congregation. We offer many opportunities to gather with others in Christian faith.

NOTE

Due to concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, a limited number of groups are meeting online via Zoom or in small groups at the church. Details are provided below.

If you are interested in forming a new fellowship group, please follow this process.

Book Group

Every 3rd Wednesday from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
via Zoom

PCOC Book Group meets every month currently via Zoom.  We encourage any and all to join us on the third (or occasionally the second) Wednesday of each month from 5:15 – 6:30 for lively discussion. Anyone who likes to read and discuss books is welcome! Contact June Fettig for more information.

Meeting schedule and book selections:

  • Sept. 15 The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
  • Oct. 20 One Long River of Song by Brian Doyle
  • Nov. 17 The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
  • Dec. 15 Miss Benson’s Beetle by Rachael Joyce
  • Jan. 19 Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Feb. 16 Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
  • Mar. 16 Blood, Water, Paint by Joy McCullough
  • Apr. 13* The Unexpected Spy by Nancy Walder        *Note this is the 2nd Wed.of the month
  • May 18 The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams
  • June 15 The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Davé
  • July 20 PLANNING SESSION
  • Aug. 17 The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave
  • Sept. 14 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Tables for Eight

Tables for Eight is a opportunity for singles and couples of all ages to become better acquainted with others in the church and build new friendships and community. A table grouping is assigned for a four month session (Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.), (Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.), and (May, June, July, Aug.). Registration for the 2021 Tables for Eight Spring/Summer Session (May, June, July and August) is now open. The deadline for registration is April 10.   

On March 9, 2021, the CDC presented guidelines stating **Fully Vaccinated** people may meet in small groups, meet indoors, and not wear a mask or social distance. (The definition of fully vaccinated is 2 weeks after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or 2 weeks after Johnson and Johnson single dose.) With the Spring/Summer Session beginning May 1, this would allow the Tables to meet in person. However, each table will decide whether to meet in person, continue meeting via Zoom, or perhaps start out via Zoom and then later meet in person.

Even if you are currently in Tables for Eight, you must register for this session. Please contact Pam Otto by phone, text, or email.

 

How It Works

  • Membership Committee will group eight people from those participating.
  • Singles and couples are always very welcome in any group. If a couple signs up, they are counted as two of the eight.
  • Each Table for Eight decides the day and time they’ll meet.
  • A Table for Eight grouping is assigned for a four month session (Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.), (Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr.), and (May, June, July, Aug.). Participants are reassigned each session. Reassignments are made by email or phone.
  • Zoom hosting may be rotated among the group. At the end of each gathering, the group decides who will host next and when to meet.
  • At the end of the year, participants will evaluate the program and modifications may be made.
  • If you are currently in a “Tables for Eight” grouping or on the “substitute list,” you will automatically be assigned to a new group or remain on the “substitute list” unless you notify Pam Otto.

FAQs

Does this have to be a dinner?

No. This may be a brunch, lunch or even just appetizers/desserts and beverages. Each group decides this, but dinner seems to fit people’s schedules better.

Do I have to host?

Ideally, this will give each participant an opportunity to host; however, if you are unable to do this, accommodations may be made within the group.

What if I don’t like to cook?

The food contribution does not have to be “homemade.”

Is this a Bible Study group?

No. There is no set agenda.

What is the dress attire?

Casual.

Do I have to sign up for each four month session?

No. Unless you notify Pam Otto by the deadline (see next question), we will assume you’re participating the following session.

What are the signup deadlines?

Deadline for the first session (Sept. – Dec.) is August 10, second session (Jan. – Apr.) is December 10, and third session (May – Aug.) is April 10.

May I sign up for a specific four month session?

Yes. Sign up sheets will always be available at the Information Desk, and we will accommodate your request. Tables may be configured to accommodate the number of participants.

May I sign up as a substitute?

Yes. This list will be used to fill in when regulars cannot attend. The substitute will contribute to the meal.

If a substitute cannot attend, may I invite someone else?

Definitely. Hopefully this will encourage new people to sign up next session.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi has resumed with a limited class size. This group meets outside if weather permits and inside if conditions are not comfortable. They practice gentle stretching and deep breathing, observing social distancing, and wearing face masks. Classes are led by Paula Allen, and she currently has space available in the Wednesday and Friday groups. Class is from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m.

The following groups are currently not meeting due to the pandemic.

The 49ers

Every 1st Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:00pm
Meeting time & location vary – See bulletin & CrossCurrents for plans.

All adult persons of any age are welcome to join the 49ers for fun and fellowship. Speakers are selected from all around the ares. Meeting plans are announced in the church bulletin and in Cross Currents. New members are always welcomed! Contact Donna Turner  or Judy Sundberg for more information.

Active Minds

Every Tuesday from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Great Room on the lower level

Afternoon Social Group! This is a drop-in group that you may attend whenever your schedule allows.  Each month a new card or board game will be offered.  We will teach you how to play, on whichever week you can join us.  The goal is to keep learning!

Bring your own beverage in a closed cup.  No food.  Just show up and enjoy yourself.  Questions, email Earlene Uhrig or Debbie Mazgaj.

Friday Night Gourmets

Every 2nd Friday at 6:30 p.m.
Location varies – See bulletin & CrossCurrents for plans.

Friday Night Gourmets is a dining out group that meets the second Friday of each month, September through May. Our gatherings begin at 6:30 with socializing and dinner. Various members act as host and co-host, selecting the restaurant for the month. Each December for the past several years, we have had a potluck at a host’s home rather than eating at a restaurant.

This is a lively and inviting group. Please join us! Watch the worship bulletin and Cross Currents for information about our next event. Sign up sheets are at the Information Center.

If you have questions about the group you are welcome to contact Curt Field or Launie Lambert.

Piecemakers of the Cross

Wednesday evenings, Sept – May
Room 11

The PieceMakers formed in January 2001, and they have enjoyed prolific quilt making since the beginning. Their mission is to make quilts to welcome newborns into our church family, and the group continues to joyfully fulfill that mission. If you venture to Room 11 on any Wednesday evening, September through May, you will find a talkative group of all ages of experienced quilters and novices. Each person joins in the cutting, pinning, stitching, and overall great time! New members of all ages are always welcome, regardless of quilting ability.

At any given time, there are 5-10 quilts in varying stages of production, and enough work to keep 10-20 people busy each week. PieceMakers have sewn other projects, too. Easter banners for the sanctuary, appreciation quilts for retiring staff, 26 quilts for our partner church’s camp in Russia, tote bags for Bible school in Russia, a raffle quilt and other similar projects. On May 20, 2012 PieceMakers gave the 100th quilt to a new baby in the congregation. Children were asked to bring their own baby quilts to church to share. A warm and cuddly display radiated love out into the congregation. See you in September!!!

Stop by the Information Center to see the scrapbook of this group’s handiwork!

Music & Movement

On two mornings a week, you will find an active group of predominately “senior citizens” (all levels) exercising body and spirit!

Monday and Thursday morning classes offer an early exercise session at 9:15 a.m. that is repeated at 11:00 a.m. In between, we offer “singing” (for our enjoyment only) to exercise our vocal cords and sing music that has special meaning to us – anything from early-mid 20th century to old hymns and Americana. Each segment of activity is 45 minutes in length. Exercise takes place in the “Great Room” on the lower level (enter through the north church parking lot), and the singing happens in the choir room on the main floor of the church. You are invited to participate with any or all morning activities!

Session Overview

The exercise routines require you to wear supportive shoes and loose, comfortable clothing. If you are presently under a doctor’s care, you may want to share what you will be doing with that professional, but for the most part, the exercise can be adjusted to the level of exertion that you feel you need.

Exercise begins with stretching out, deep breathing, and general warm up. The group uses light weights for strength building and resistance bands for toning, all as part of the class. After a cool down, participants have accumulated about 2 miles of movement. (For those who prefer just walking, a track in the north lot of the church has been marked off. It is also used for warming up or cooling down before/after class.

The exercise music is varied and familiar. Members will recall growing up singing and dancing through our younger days to these tunes. The singing session is a variety of what was mentioned above, depending on the mood of the group! (The group takes the song books to retirement facilities and sing with those residents regularly, too.)

All Are Welcome

This is a very active, fun-loving group who is determined to maintain health and enjoy life in the process. There are no pre-requisites to join this fellowship – just a cheerful spirit and an eagerness to be healthy, sharing and enjoying the blessings of lives together. No charge, no “auditions”, no age or gender or church affiliation requirements – ALL are welcome. Call Betty Baddley if more information is needed.