Fun and Fellowship
If you enjoy reading and discussing your book choices with a group of like-minded folks, this is the place for you. Meeting every four to six weeks, the group decides on their next read based on suggestions made by group members. Fiction and non-fiction, sometimes bestsellers, sometimes more obscure, the books generate candid, critical discussion. Book selections and meeting times are posted in Enews and the Reporter.
Prior to the COVID hiatus film lovers gathered every third Sunday afternoon of the month, September through May, to view and discuss a selected movie over a potluck meal suggested by the film’s subject or locale. “The Red Turtle,” an animated film from Studio Ghibli inspired tropical island fare. “Nobody Knows My Name,” a bio-documentary about James Baldwin provided French pub dishes suggested by the years Baldwin spent in Paris. Attendees cooked up favorite recipes or tried their skills at some new dish that sounded tasty. If culinary ventures or cinema are your interests, it’s time to resurrect this activity. Suggest a film, suggest a theme, and gather with others for a fun Sunday afternoon.
Mid-Winter Weekend Getaway aka Calumet Retreat
Does a winter weekend in the White Mountains appeal to you? Sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, broom ball sound fun? Or are you more inclined to work on a jigsaw puzzle, read a book by the fireplace, or sit in a rocker knitting?This fun, intergenerational weekend group gathers at Camp Calumet, New England Lutherans’ camp in W. Ossipee, NH in late January or early February. Saturday mornings feature a group educational event that includes faith formation, opportunity for reflection, and worship. The rest of the weekend is given over to free time, outdoor activities, chats by the fireplace, laughter, and yummy meals provided by the camp cook.
Camp Calumet, New England Lutherans’ camp in W. Ossipee, NH
Snowball Fights and lots of fun!
Silent Movie Night has rapidly become a favorite midwinter activity. Music Director Tom Berryman picks a favorite silent movie and invites his friend Rob Humphreville to provide piano accompaniment. Playing for silent movies is a longstanding art form, challenging the performer to create an interesting commentary for the entire length of the film with musical quotes, new tunes, changes in tone, harmony and texture. Rob is a master at this craft! Popcorn and sodas are set out as an inter-generational crowd settles in to enjoy a vintage movie. For more information, visit the music page.
Each June at the conclusion of the Sunday morning education season, we gather for a festive picnic outdoors. The grills are fired up, people bring their favorite summer salads to share, and all sit down together for lively conversation as we ease into our slower summer schedules.
If there is a good reason to gather together there is also a good reason to eat together; thus we observe Septemberfest welcoming those we’ve missed seeing over the summer and celebrating the restart of our full program year. A brunch follows the morning service.