Women in Community - Part 2
Every third Saturday of the month until May 20, 2017
10:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 1735 Walnut Creek Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95403
The people of SOMA Church Community value living in authentic community so much, it is a focus in the church's name! Please join the women at SOMA as we share life together and discuss what it means to live in Gospel-Centered community.
In our last Women in Community group we enjoyed a potluck meal while discussing a chapter(s) in a book on community. This time we will be meeting the 3rd Saturday each month to enjoy brunch together and discuss the book "Life with God-Reading the Bible for Spiritual Transformation" by Richard J. Foster.
You can purchase the book here.
Babies are welcome. Kids are welcome also if they can play quietly while we eat brunch together and discuss the topics. :-)
We will be meeting:
January 21 (chapter 1)
February 18 (chapters 2 and 3)
March 18 (chapters 4 and 5)
April 15 @ SOMA/Kid Street - in conjunction with veggie washing for Easter (chapters 6 and 7)
May 20 (chapters 8 and 9)
Summary of the book:
Approaching the Bible that God might use it to transform us, rather than insisting that it cater to our own needs and perspectives—this is exactly the idea behind Life with God. Written with Kathryn A. Helmers, Richard claims that God has so superintended the writing of Scripture that it serves as the most reliable guide for Christian spiritual formation.
The Bible is all about human life “with God.” So as we read Scripture, we should consider how exactly God is with us in each story—and allow ourselves to be spiritually transformed. By opening our whole selves—mind, body, spirit; thoughts, behavior, will—to the open page before us, as Foster and Helmers show us to do, we begin to grasp all the Bible has to teach about prayer, obedience, compassion, virtue, and grace—and apply it to our everyday lives to achieve a deeper relationship with God.
With a wealth of examples and simple yet crucial insights, Life with God is an indispensable guide to approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation, revealing that reading the Bible for interior transformation is a far different endeavor than reading the Bible for historical knowledge, literary appreciation, or religious instruction.
For questions or more information check out our Facebook event or email Kristen Ortlinghaus at kristen (at) somachurch (dot) us.