grow your faith
Various seasons of life | short-term groups | studies and learning | speaking series
Contact the group moderator to join or learn more!
Community Life Small Groups
Community Life Small Groups exist to give people an opportunity to grow in their relationship with God and others at LOPC! Groups are typically 8-12 people and have a leader who facilitates the discussions either in-person or on Zoom.
Pulling subtly from Micah 6:8, we’ll be inviting groups to explore faith, mercy, and kindness this program year. We believe that these themes are meaningful and important for many as we continue coming out of the pandemic. The authors were intentionally selected over others to continue LOPC’s goal toward inclusivity and diversity. We’re hopeful this program can be a path for many to delve deeply in community and grow in their faith.
- Session I – “Wholehearted Faith” by Rachel Held Evans & Jeff Chu (Sept. 12-Oct. 17th)
- Session II – “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” by Anne Lamott (Oct. 24th-Dec. 5th)
- Session III – “In Defense of Kindness: Why it Matters, How it Changed Our Lives, and How it Can Save the World” by Bruce Reyes-Chow
- Session IV – Lenten Book Study (Resource TBD) – (Feb. 22nd-Apr. 3rd)
For Session I:
“Men’s Group” w/ Chris Baldwin & Jonathan Nolen – Mondays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Sept. 12-Oct. 17th)
Join other men in their 30’s-50’s to grow deeper in faith and in friendship with one another. The group meets in-person and all guys are welcome. Contact Chris for more info and to join.
“Mixed Group” w/ Tom Scovel – Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Sept. 14th-Oct. 19th)
This is a small group open to all people! This group meets in-person @ the LOPC Library. Contact Tom for more info and to join.
“Women’s Group” w/ Sharon Bartlett (leading w/ different book studies) – Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Sept. 15th-Oct. 20th)
Join a loving, supportive group of women who want to know God and one another better. There will be study, fellowship, and other opportunities to connect. Women of all ages are welcome! The group will meet occasionally in-person and on Zoom. Contact Sharon for more info and to join.
“Mixed Group” w/ Heather Logan – Thursdays, 6:30 -8:00 p.m. (Sept. 15th-Oct. 20th)
This is a small group open to all people! This group meets in-person @ the LOPC Oak Room. Contact Heather for more info and to join.
Women’s/Mom’s Bible Study with Pastor Jaime – Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (Sept. 15th)
Pastor Jaime will kick off this study with an optional social gathering on September 7 at 6:30 p.m. at The Cooperage in Lafayette. Class meets on every other Thursday, beginning on September 15, in the Davies Room. Contact Lexi Morrissey for more info and to join.
Bible Study Groups
There are groups that meet on an ongoing basis for Bible study. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Christian History and Theology Discussion Group
Open to all, this group led by Jim Davis will discuss “Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come,” which is a 1678 Christian allegory written by John Bunyan. It is regarded as one of the most significant works of theological fiction in English literature and a progenitor of the narrative aspect of Christian media. It has also been cited as the first novel written in English. This group meets on Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., for twelve weeks over Zoom beginning on September 1. Contact Jim Davis for more information.
Companions for the Journey
A unique opportunity to be with fellow seekers using reflection on scripture and life, spoken word and silence to search for God’s presence and guidance in ordinary life. Companions helps us find and see God in our lives. We cannot love what we do not see. This program runs October through May. Contact Carl Grant for more information.
Fall Craft Workshop: Macrame Rainbow Wall Hanging
Saturday, October 9, 3-5pm / LOPC Campus – Outdoors if Possible
Join Brianne Riley to create a macrame rainbow wall hanging using yarn in a variety of vibrant fall colors. There are 10 project slots available, with each being best for one adult/teen OR for an adult and younger child to make one rainbow together. All materials are provided, but there is a suggested donation of $5/project slot. Please email Brianne to reserve your spot or join the waitlist.
First Friday Forum provides engaging monthly speakers for the Lamorinda community on topics that are relevant, interesting, accessible, and informative about this ever-changing world. This program runs January through June. Please visit lopc.org/first-friday-forum to learn more. If finding speakers or preparing a FFF program interests you, please contact the FFF team at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about joining the FFF team.
Floral Design Workshop
Lassie Colebourn is offering a class on floral design in her home garden. The class will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00am on October 11th, 18th and 25th. Open to 6-8 people. Lassie was a professional floral designer and also part of LOPC floral design team. Contact Lassie Colebourn for more information and to join.
LOPC has had a long-standing relationship with the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County (ICCCC), a not-for-profit corporation with 108 congregations representing a wide variety of faith traditions. ICCCC is one of LOPC’s mission partners. Please visit interfaithccc.org for details about many upcoming programs and events, where you can sign up to receive their email blasts for updates.
Invitation to Romans
Join Pastor Jaime Polson for this 6-week study beginning September 21 to gain an informed commitment to Paul’s radical vision of God’s relationship to both Christians and Jews and to their relationship to each other, thanks to the “love of God in Christ Jesus.” This study meets on Wednesday mornings, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m in the Oak Room. To register, please contact Lexi Morrissey at email@example.com.
Ongoing Pastors’ Bible Studies
For more information on the next pastors’ bible studies series contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presbyterian Women’s Circle
Presbyterian Women (PW) are part of the national women’s organization of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). With a history of more than 200 years, PW is committed to nurturing faith, supporting the church’s mission, working for justice, and building community. PW is active in circles, which are small groups of women who meet monthly for Bible Study and fellowship. Contact Chris Baldwin for more information.
Saturday Morning Men’s Bible Study & Fellowship Group
Open to all men especially those ages 60 and above. The first half of each meeting is spent sharing about our lives and the second half spent studying a biblical text or theme. The group meets twice a month on Saturdays from 8:00-9:15 a.m. via Zoom. Contact Larry Ricksen for more information.
A series of conversations with sisters and brothers in communities of color.
We believe that diversity is something that God intended and is to be celebrated. We will continue and grow our work in anti-bias through education, worship, justice, and partnerships to be the church that God has called us to be. We believe that the church is meant to be a place where we can learn to build healthier communities for people of all races. Visit lopc.org/talkingstory for more information about upcoming events and to watch past interviews.
Thursday Book/Bible Study & Fellowship Group
Open to all, this group meets weekly in the library on Thursdays at 8:00 a.m for discussion and fellowship. For more information, contact Darlene James.
Women’s Spiritual Journey Groups
The Women’s Spiritual Journey Group provides a safe place for women to seek God’s direction through study, spiritual practices, prayer and community and individual reflection. Visitors and new members are always welcome. The group meets on the second Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each month. Contact Mary Lou Browning for more information.