Small Group Gatherings

The OT Book of Ruth: Finding God’s Fingerprints When Life Falls Apart

Location: Meeting in Person at the Home of Raju and Gottapu, located in the Charles Village neighborhood close to the JH Homewood Campus

Time: TBA (We’ll send a survey to determine availability)

Leaders: Raju; Gottapu; and BJ

In a culture where a woman’s identity and security rest upon her relationships with men, widowed Ruth and Naomi have none. Ruth risks everything, uprooting from her motherland to follow the Lord and care for Naomi, her traumatized Jewish mother-in-law. In Bethlehem, the young migrant’s bold initiative brings her face-to-face with Boaz, a godly and influential landowner. God’s fingerprints are unmistakably displayed as the three engage in life’s ordinary events, such as work and meals. Their fellow villagers join in celebrating Ruth’s inclusion within their community. As channels of the Lord’s hospitality, healing, compassion, and care, God’s people in Bethlehem picture the sacrificial love of Jesus. In our four-part series, we’ll see how the Lord weaves our seemingly small acts of faithfulness into His global redemptive purposes. He transforms our everyday acts of kindness into spiritual productivity and purpose in ways that transcend our lifetimes.

E100 Woman's Bible Study

Leaders: Jessica Mirano and Jen Lee

Location: Mostly meeting virtually

Time: Wednesday, 6-7:15 pm

The E100 Bible Reading Challenge is built around 100 carefully selected short Bible passages – 50 from the Old Testament and 50 from the New Testament. The reading program guides you through the 100 passages over 20- weeks It develops a daily Bible reading habit by reading meaningful passages of reasonable length (five 10- minute readings per week). We'll integrate our personal Bible readings with groups discussion to support one another on this journey of discovery and experience of God and his Word. Features include:

  • Gain the big picture of the Bible and how all the major Bible themes fit together

  • Share our questions and insights

  • Hear from God together and grow in your relationship with him.

Justice and Action: A Faith-based Discussion Group

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.” -- Micah 6:8 (NIV)

Leaders: Nate Tarter and Cecilia Gonzalez

Location: Meeting Virtually via Zoom

Time: Sunday evenings, 7 - 8:15 pm

God walks with and protects the most vulnerable. We seek to reflect His character by:

  • Sharing stories, resources, and perspectives

  • Discerning God's call for engaging on both personal and systemic levels

  • Building relationships with, learning from, and advocating for the marginalized