Adult Spiritual Formation

At TPC, our spiritual formation program for adults is designed to offer everyone—regardless of where you are on your own spiritual journey—a chance to begin exploring your faith more intentionally.

To help you on this lifelong journey, our spiritual formation opportunities are broken into three groups:

Belong → Become → Bless.

If you are beginning your journey of faith at TPC, a Belong group can be a great way to build friendships and community while exploring an activity. If you are ready to learn about God and how to practice your faith more fully, a Become group could be for you. And if you are ready to serve and bless others with your hands and feet, opportunities await in Bless.

While these is somewhat of a natural progression from Belong to Become to Bless, you might find yourself first drawn to an opportunity in Bless.  Fantastic!  Start there and begin practicing your faith by serving, but keep in mind Belong and Become.  All three are needed to help us on our journey of spiritual formation.

BELONG - You were created to Belong in a community

Our Belong groups are designed to help you develop healthy relationships with others by sharing an activity of common interest. Belong groups are a wonderful opportunity for everyone - those new to TPC and long-time members - to build friendships and community.

Our Belong groups are designed to help you develop healthy relationships with others by sharing an activity of common interest. Belong groups are a wonderful opportunity for everyone - those new to TPC and long-time members - to build friendships and community.

Winter Hiking

Time & Place: Saturday Feb. 6 and 20 and March 6 and 20 from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Purpose: Come outdoors, enjoy God’s creation, and build friendships within TPC this winter. Locations are generally within 10-30 minutes of TPC and vary from easy strolls (suitable for families ages 5+) to strenuous (active adults/teens).
Leader: Jen Bolster <jenniferbolster1@gmail.com>

Register HERE


Mary, Martha & Me

Time & Place: 1st Monday of the month 4 - 7 pm. Meeting location varies and will be announced at meetings and posted to TPC calendar.

Purpose: For single women to eat, chat & laugh together.

Contact: Karen Williams 410-823-7458, rewdmd@gmail.com. Register by emailing group leader.


Men’s Breakfast

Time & Place: Third Thursday of the month from 9 -10 a.m. at either BeeTree Preserve or via Zoom.

Purpose: Gather with other men for food, conversation and friendship.

Leader: Jimmy Carter Email: jcarter@effective-leaders-intl.com and Ed Lehwald edlehwald@gmail.com

Register HERE


Parents Night Out

Time & Place: Friday, Feb. 5 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom

Purpose: See old friends and meet new people at TPC’s Parents Night Out Zoom Happy Hour with breakout groups of 3-4 people. More details to come via Evite.

Contact: Kimberly at light.kimberly@yahoo.com to be added to the Evite.


TPC Connection

Time & Place: Sunday, Jan. 17 at 11:15 a.m. via Zoom

Purpose: Are you new to TPC in the last year and would you like to learn about our church and how you can become more involved? Join TPC’s pastors for a brief gathering to learn about our values and mission. We’d love to also learn about you and what brings you to TPC!

Contact: Dotsie at dbregel@gmail.com for more information

BECOME - You were created to Become a disciple

In our Become groups, we take a step to learn more about God, the Bible, ourselves and how we practice our faith. Our journey of faith is never finished, and we are always becoming in our journey with God. Become groups are broken into two categories: Grow and Going Deeper.

Grow

Epiphany Stars

Epiphany star words are simply words printed on paper or cardboard stars. Each year on Epiphany Sunday, each person is randomly given one as a star to follow, reflect upon and live with for the upcoming year. This year instead of receiving stars in worship, you are encouraged to choose a word for 2021 and create your own star. Click here for a list of words and here for a star template to print.

 

 

 

TPC’s Lenten Church-Wide Study: The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

The theme for Pastor Joel’s three-month Sabbatical this summer is focused around the book The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry: How to Stay Emotionally Healthy and Spiritually Alive in the Chaos of the Modern World by John Mark Comer, and it’s invitation to slow down amidst the hurry and busyness that fills our lives and our culture. Pastor Joel and TPC have been awarded a grant from the Lilly Endowment Clergy Renewal Program that will allow everyone from TPC to receive a copy of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. Small Group opportunities during Lent will be announced in early February.

Contact: Pastor Joel at jstrom@towsonpres.org for more information.

Register HERE for a free copy of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry. In February books will be available for pick up at the church office or mailed to your home free of charge.

 

“Unbreathable: The Fight For Healthy Air” Documentary Virtual Screening

Time & Place: Monday, Jan. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Purpose: Honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and join this environmental justice film screening and panel discussion. “Unbreathable” spotlights the ongoing struggle for clean air in the United States. Over the past 50 years, there has been major progress in significantly reducing air pollution across the nation thanks to the Clean Air Act. However, asthma continues to be the number one health issue for children and nearly half of all Americans across the country today are still impacted by unhealthy levels of air pollution. This 30-minute film shares stories of communities, including Baltimore, that are fighting for healthier air and the challenges we face to ensure healthy air for all.

Contact: Pastor Joel at jstrom@towsonpres.org

Register HERE

 

Circle 13

Time & Place: 2nd Monday of the Month from 7:30-9:00 p.m. via Zoom

Purpose: Open to all women, Circle 13 meets in various homes for friendship and study, though at this time meetings are via Zoom. A faith-based book or Bible study is chosen by the group and broken down into chapters for study September-May. The first half hour of our time together is fellowship; the last hour and a half for discussion.

Leader: Dotsie Bregel (dbregel@gmail.com)

Register HERE


Faith @ Home at towsonpres.org

Purpose: Spiritual formation occurs not only within a church context but also on our own at home. Click HERE to explore TPC’s Faith @ Home resources –videos, spiritual practices, podcasts, recommended reading, apps and prayer resources.


Joel & Rob’s Podcast

Purpose: Joel and Rob are back this winter to dive deeper into the themes and practices that come out of our Sunday morning worship services, as well as continuing their love affair of TV show theme songs. Click HERE to listen at home or on the go. Joel & Rob’s Podcast can also be found on iTunes and Google Play, as well as in video form on TPC’s Facebook page.


Practicing a Spiritual Practice with Rob & Joel

Time & Place: Third Monday of the month from 7:00-7:20 p.m. on TPC’s Facebook page

Purpose: Spirituality was not meant to be perfected but instead practiced, and we live our faith by practicing it. Once-a-month join Pastor Joel as he leads you through a guided prayer.


Men’s Group

Time & Place: 1st Monday of the Month from 7:00-8:15 p.m. via Zoom.

Purpose:  Grab your favorite beverage and pull up a chair to grow in fellowship and formation with other men of the church.

Leader: Pastor Carter and Rev. Strom

Register HERE


Go Deeper

Developing Spiritual Friendships SMALL GROUP

Time & Place: Sunday, January 24 and 31 and February 7 and 14 from 9:00-9:50 a.m. via Zoom

Purpose: Can developing intentional spiritual friendships bring us closer to God as modern-day disciples? With God’s Spirit in our midst, in a safe and welcoming setting, we will practice listening and talking with one another about our faith journeys, our beliefs, and our discoveries about what God hopes for our lives. We will learn how this can play out with fellow churchgoers, family members, in the workplace, and even those we meet on the street. We may be more ready than we realize to deepen our spiritual friendships.

Contact: Dotsie Bregel (dbregel@gmail.com)

Register HERE

 

Three Spiritual Practices via Zoom

Time & Place: Monday, January 25 & February 1 and 8 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Purpose: Alongside guide Patricia Jackson, dive deeper into three contemplative spiritual practices: Lectio Divina, Visio Divina and Audio Divina. Using poetry, art and music we prayerfully invite God to speak to our hearts through sacred reading, seeing and listening.

Leader: Patricia Jackson (patriciadavid3@comcast.net)

Register HERE

BLESS - You were created to Bless others

In our Bless groups, you use your hands and feet to serve. Through these programs you recognize the needs of others and use your time and talent to positively impact the lives of others.

Assistance Center of Towson Churches (ACTC)

You can play an integral role in TPC's work to support ACTC, which provides emergency help to families and individuals experiencing financial insecurity.  Join TPC to supply food, water, and support to prevent eviction and utility cutoffs, assist with payment for prescriptions, and lunches for individuals experiencing homelessness. CLICK links below to register.

All items can be delivered to ACTC every Monday morning or delivered to the following locations on Monday or Thursday.

  • Ascension Lutheran Church, Mondays from 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Trinity Episcopal Church, Thursdays from 12 to 2 p.m.
  • Valley Baptist Church, Thursdays from 5 to 6 p.m.

CLICK HERE to learn more about TPC's "Outreach" during the pandemic.
CLICK HERE to read more about the myriad of ways TPC feeds the community.

Intergenerational Garden (IGG)

Purpose: TPC proudly grows an Intergenerational Garden (IGG) located on the Church grounds at the corner of Hillside Avenue and West Chesapeake Avenue. All of the food grown and harvested in the garden is donated to local Towson meal programs to feed individuals experiencing poverty and food insecurity.

Leader: Carol Appleby carolappleby@comcast.net

CLICK HERE  to sign up to water, weed and harvest our wonderful garden.


TPC volunteers with Mount Calvary AME's Hunger Ministries

Time & Place: 3rd Wednesday of the month

Purpose: Since June, TPC has prepared more than 300 meals for Mt Calvary AME’s Wednesday meal mission. In addition to assisting families, individuals and older adults in need, this partnership has fostered a wonderful relationship between our churches.

Leader: Jen Bolster jenniferbolster1@gmail.com

CLICK HERE  to volunteer prepare food for the Mt. Calvary lunch program or to package and assist in delivery of the lunches from 11 am to 1 pm.


Prayer Shawl

Time & Place: Meets virtually on the third and fourth Tuesdays from 1 - 2 p.m.

Purpose: Shawls and lap blankets are made and given to those experiencing illness and loss, as well as welcome blankets and baptismal towels for babies and children.

Leader: Lorene LaBerge sing2melor@gmail.com

Register for Tuesday Click HERE 


Student Support Network - New

Time & Place: TPC works with Student Support Network to provide food, clothing and other essential items to children attending Loch Raven Academy and Parkville High School.

Purpose:  Aside from a child’s home, no other setting has more influence on a child’s health and well-being than their school, according to the Center for Disease Control.  Due to COVID19 restrictions, Baltimore County Schools have not reopened and this adversely impacted thousands of children who are now hungry and their families are suffering severe economic stress relate to job loss. Join TPC's NEW partnership with Student Support Network (SSN) who works with staff from Baltimore County schools to connect with families in need.

Leader: Barb Plunkett (baplunkett4@gmail.com)

Click HERE (https://www.studentsupportnetwork.org/) to learn more about their mission and HERE (https://www.studentsupportnetwork.org/volunteers/) to begin serving with SSN.

 

Lead a Belong, Become or Bless Spiritual Formation Offering!

One of the best ways for you to serve is by leading a Belong, Become or Bless ministry at TPC. Contact Rev. Strom jstrom@towsonpres.org to learn how you can channel your energy and ability.

 

Honduras - Casita Copan Child Sponsorship

TPC has partnered with Casita Copan for the last several years during our annual mission trip to Honduras. Casita Copan provides children in need a safe and loving place to grow and go to school while their mothers spend the day at work. Sponsoring a child through Casita Copan is a fantastic opportunity to help these beautiful children receive a good education and receive the love and support they need to develop into successful adults. To learn more about Casita Copan click here and to sponsor a child click here.