2023 Opportunities for Spiritual Growth, Community, and Justice
Worship and Ritual
Sunday morning 11 am worship in the sanctuary with Zoom and Facebook Live
Contemplative Prayer each Wednesday evening at 6:15 pm on Zoom
A short contemplative reading, a time of silence, closing with a body prayer.
Contact: Carol Penick
Choir rehearsal – Our chancel choir rehearses the first two Wednesdays of the
month at 7:15 pm and shares in worship on the first Sunday of the month. There
are also opportunities to sing in the pickup choir, men’s choir, women’s
ensembles, and the song team. Contact: Sterling Garris or Anna Kamgaing
Eco-spiritual Wheel of the Year Rituals
We hold regular outdoor rituals to mark the solstices, equinoxes, and cross-
quarter times of the year. These are Wednesday evening vespers or late
afternoons on weekends. Contact: Craig Schaub
Supporting our Worship Experience There are opportunities to join the liturgist
team, greeters, or liturgical arts team. Liturgical arts team prepares visual
representations for portions of the year displayed in the chancel area.
Special Events Through the Year We often plan special events such as a
quarterly Sunday morning Brunch Church in the fellowship hall, day retreats at
local outdoor sites, Advent celebration, table talks of small groups to help discern
our church’s vision, etc.
Second Sunday Discussion, 9:15 am each second Sunday on Zoom. We are
engaging in a year-long series to address racialized trauma, working with practices
outlined in the book My Grandmother’s Hands by Resmaa Menakem.
Sunday Bible Study, 9:30 am Sundays on Zoom. Discussion focused on the
meaning of the scripture for Sunday worship. Contact: Anne Herndon
Drawdown Discussion, 9:30 am Sundays on Zoom. Presentation and discussion
on the best strategies to reduce carbon emissions – personal and community.
Contact: Tim Binkley
Soul of Aging series, 4 pm Thursdays. These series build community to uncover
spiritual opportunities and healing in the second half of life. Contact: Craig
Periodic Study Series Our next series will be a five-week experience during the
season of Lent beginning Thursday, March 2 on the Green Christ, looking at
organic images in the New Testament – yeast, tree, grapes and grains.
Women’s nurture group – meeting every first and third Tuesday, 11 am, mostly
on Zoom. Open to women who wish to build supportive and caring relationships
with others. Contact: Judy Aanstad or Diane Jenkins
Women’s Whimsical Pod — meeting the second and fourth Tuesday at 11 am
focusing on laughter, meditation, self-care. Contact: Cynthia Drew
Book Club – meeting the second Tuesday evening of the month, 7 pm. The group
selects books for reading and discussion. Contact: Lisa Wishon
Men’s Fellowship – meeting the first and third Friday at Noon on Zoom. Contact:
Single Women’s Group – meeting monthly for food, community, and support.
Contact: Lisa Wishon
Care of One Another
Neighborhood Network With team leaders for each area of our Greater
Winston-Salem community, neighborhoods support our church community
members with short-term transportation support, food, etc. Contact: Janice
Nurture Committee Supports building community with after-church fellowship
and special events Contact: Amy Wright
Care Team Strategizes support for those with long-term needs, making phone
calls and visits.
Engagement in the Wider Community
Participation in Broad Based Organizing – Our Parkway team supports our
church’s involvement with a local group building citizen power to address critical
issues by building relationships across neighborhoods and organizations.
Currently we are focused on relational conversations within our congregation.
Contact: Steve Boyd and Karin Binkley
Justice Team – takes the lead on our efforts to address voting rights and other
Community Engagement Team – organizes our efforts to support City with
Dwellings, the summer Freedom School, and other neighborhood initiatives.
Environmental Team – supports efforts to educate our congregation on reducing
our environmental footprint, a presence at the Piedmont Earth Day Fair, and
projects emerging out of our relationship with other local organizations. Contact:
Supporting the On-going Ministry of the Church
You do not need to be an actual member to participate in these leadership groups.
Worship and Education Meets monthly to set priorities and support our worship
and spiritual growth experiences. Contact: Sterling Garris
Finance and Stewardship Meets periodically to make financial policy decisions
and design the process of inviting financial giving. Contact: Joni Yoder