There are many opportunities to be part of a small group ministry at Chehalis UMC, IN NORMAL TIMES, THAT IS! – MANY/MOST OF THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES ARE POSTPONED INDEFINITELY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK!!
During this time we are not meeting, except virtually – worship is posted to this website (see a link each week on the welcome page).
The few small groups that are meeting regularly during the pandemic are listed here: (see more about these CURRENT EVENTS)
“COFFEE HOUR” – Virtually (zoom) on Tuesdays at 1 PM.
The “RESTORATIVE STRETCH” group is meeting on zoom on Wednesdays at 10 AM, lead by Dianne Stefanini.
“UNRAVELED” Bible Study – on Zoom on Wednesday at 6:30 PM
A short EVENING VESPERS at 7 PM with communion/eucharist meets on the first Sunday of each month on zoom. Bring your own bread and beverage!
A few committees meet virtually, as well. And our Missions and Outreach Group, Prayer Chain, and Care Groups are still active over phone, internet and texting – finding ways to get their service projects and caring calls done without personal contact or gathering (with few exceptions of very small teams making meals while distancing and masking).
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BELOW THIS LINE ARE ALL THE ACTIVITIES THAT ARE ON HOLD (Unless mentioned above) UNTIL MEETING IN PERSON IS A SAFE ACTIVITY.
Sundays – Mid- September through Memorial Weekend
9:30 AM – FAITHLINK & Bible Study in the Parlor – current topics discussions change often, as the news brings issues to the forefront. Topics have included: Sustainable planet, women in ministry, poverty, white supremecy/racism… Potential topics to come? Talk to James Van Ornum. You can suggest current event topics, too.
5:30 PM – Grief Group – Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one needs support. This is a group who band together for support and study of the dilemma of grief work. An ongoing group is in flux as to their monthly location. Please call the church office (360-748-7334) to inquire, indicate your interest, and/or be called by the leader when a new 1st session begins.
6:00 PM – Adult Fellowship Group – This group is an informal bunch who meet at Frosty’s in Napavine on Monday evening. Together they take advantage of the inexpensive burgers and fries or salad, etc., eating, chatting, and getting to know one another better. Just for socializing.
6:00 AM – Men’s Group meets now at RIBEYE Restaurant just off of the Rush Road exit in Chehalis/Napavine, for a Dutch-treat Breakfast and/or coffee with conversation and fellowship. Men of the Church and community are welcome to join them every week, or as often as you can, just by showing up! For more information contact Stan Long.
Join a choir! The adult Bell Choir, “Voices in Bronze” meets at 6:00-7:30 on Wednesday nights (Sept-April) to rehearse, and usually play on the 4th Sunday of the month at the 11:00 worship service. The “Chancel Choir,” our adult-ish (high schoolers can too) vocal choir meets for rehearsal on Wednesday nights at 7:30-9:00 for rehearsal (Sept-June), a warm up practice on Sundays at 10:30, and sing most Sundays at the 11:00 worship service. BOTH CHOIRS RECESS DURING THE SUMMER, as soon as our time changes to 10:00, and return in the Fall beginning early September.
11:30 AM – “Restorative Stretch” Group – A free and informal group meet for a mild exercise, stretching, etc., lead by Dianne Stefanini. Just bring a mat (if you have one, some are available here) and lose-fitting clothing, and get some of those muscles in shape! All are welcome! Group meets in the church basement area on the north side of the church building – inquire in the office, if you need help finding it!
Thursdays (twice a month)
6:30 PM – Thursday Evening Bible Study & Fellowship Group – This group gathers for munching on mostly healthy snacks before studying together. They usually do book/video studies on current topics and very bible-based. Join them on 2nd and 4th Thursdays. This group meets at the church in Gleiser Parlor (occasionally in a home). Contact Mary Dahlstrom if you have questions.
ROMEOs – On the 4th Friday of the month at 11:30, this group of men from the church meet for lunch at the Hometown Diner in Centralia. Check with Ken Kristenson for directions and information. R.O.M.E.O.s (was Really Old Men Eating Out, or was it Rambunctious Ornery Men Eating Out… Rare.. Roudy…) All men are invited to join them for a dutch treat lunch.
11:30 AM – Fourth Friday Women’s Lunch Group – Meet monthly at the Woodland Village dining room, located behind the Steck Medical Clinic off 19th St. Any woman looking for Christian fellowship is invited to join them for Dutch-treat lunch, conversation and celebration of birthdays! This group is for fellowship and fun! Jeanine Grant is the person to contact with questions, and to RSVP.
Numerous other groups meet formally and informally for various purposes. Here are just a few.
Missions and Outreach Group – meet regularly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 5:30-6:30 in order to plan for projects that range FROM loading backpacks with nutritious food for at-risk kids on the weekends TO sponsoring a stop-over place for Seattle-to-Portland bikers in the summer TO planning a fun activity for kids TO planning a concert and dinner for adults. You are welcome to join in the group just by showing up to the meetings. Bring ideas to enhance the outreach ministry and visibility of Chehalis UMC, while doing God’s work! For more information contact Jean Long or Judy Sherman.
Gospel Mission Outreach Group – An extension of the Missions and Outreach Group, this group meets at the Gospel Mission every 4th Saturday from about 8:30 AM – 11:30AM to serve a brunch (served 9-11:00) to the clients (many homeless) of the mission. You may join in by showing up to help serve. Jean Long might like to know you’re coming, or that you will help prepare the food ahead of time, or donate ingredients! (We prepare breakfast casseroles in a work party and freeze for putting into the oven on the morning of the Brunch.)
Stephen Ministry – Our group of trained Stephen Ministers meet occasionally to compare ministry notes (confidentiality is kept), and make plans for how to improve care of members and others in the Twin Cities area. This is a trained group, who have a connection with persons who are experiencing loss, illness or other needs. They provide a listening ear and help to bring hope and healing on a regular basis to their persons. If you are interested in being trained as a Stephen Minister please contact Kathy Westergard or June Butler, our coordinators. Also, contact Kathy if you yourself, or a loved one, have a temporary or long-term need for a spiritual caregiver, and she will assign/connect you with one of the Stephen Ministers.
Care Groups– The congregation is divided among leaders who keep track of the lives of those on their “Care List.” If you would like to have a list of people to keep track of – sending cards, checking on them when absent, praying, etc., please contact Pastor Karla. The team “leaders” meet on occasion to compare lists, redistribute, etc. so that no one is left out.
Methodist Women’s Fellowship – Currently the time is the 2nd Thursday at 1:00 PM. The group is mission-oriented, doing such things as preparing meals to distribute when a member is ill or going through a long-term medical treatment, fundraisers for mission, or putting together sewing kits, school kits, clean-up kits for disasters, etc., to send to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and the Annual “Mint City Market” where vendors brings their wonderful crafts to sell. They plan activities for women year-round, both social and missional.
AA Group – A.A. Men’s Group Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 PM – 12-step support group in this building! These are confidential meetings, of course. Please check online with the organization, or show up for a meeting. Come to the main double doors off the parking lot (behind the church), proceed to the left & down the stairs and at the bottom turn to the left.
The church is open to hosting another 12-step group, if more would like to form.