Pathways to Faith Small Groups

Greetings siblings in Christ,

We’ve entered Lent. I pray you are finding ways to draw closer to God and lean into leadings of the Holy Spirit (HS).

We want to invite you to one of our two Lenten studies:

Sundays after worship in the Issei Chapel from noon to 1 pm. or via zoom you can at


Tuesday evenings at 7 pm via zoom at


Our sessions will begin Sunday, March 5, 12:00 pm and Tuesday evening, March 7, 7 pm

You can pick up the book through Kate Bowler’s website at

You can get the related study guide for free at

We look forward to wonderful discussions, laughter (I know it’s Lent – even Jesus laughed in some dark times)  wisdom and insights.

Shalom, Salaam, Rev Pamela L Kurtz, Pastor

Looking for Faith Discussion Groups?


We invite you to join us on the greatest adventure of your life—exploring the pathways to Knowing, Loving and Serving God—as together we strive to become a community of deeply committed people of faith. Sometimes getting started can be intimidating, and we are here to help guide you as you begin (or continue) discovering the many pathways that lead us to deepen our faith. We believe there are three important aspects of this pathway:
Knowing God means becoming theologically informed: growing in insight and understanding as continual students of our faith.
Loving God includes being spiritually transformed: opening ourselves to being changed from the inside-out by God’s love.
Serving God is about making a difference: living out our faith daily in the world through our words and actions.
We seek to make disciples for the transformation of the world by knowing, loving, serving God.

Where Do I Start? Choose a Pathways to Faith group. EVERYONE IS WELCOME; homework NOT NECESSARY. Come when you can – even if you miss sessions, you will be able to participate fully!


Women’s Faith Group – ON PAUSE. Please join our wonderful women on the 1st and 3rd Fridays for faith, fun, and fellowship!!  We meet from 7:00-8:30pm starting with dessert and a devotional. On the 1st Friday we meet as a large group and on the 3rd Friday we break into small groups depending on your interest.

Men’s Group –
meets on Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Friday from 6:30 to 8pm. All men are welcome. No experience required. If you are called to fellowship, discipleship or service, contact Lindsay Hiratzka for more info.

Young Adult Fellowship – TBA

Home Base Faith Clinic – ON PAUSE. 1ST & 3RD Tuesdays 7:30-9pm in Castro Valley.


Please feel free to come even if you have never attended one of these studies. Everyone is welcome!

logoIntroduction to the UMC – for longtime members or new visitors, this 4-session study will focus on what it means to be a United Methodist – distinctive practices and beliefs. These sessions will be offered depending on interest. Contact church office if you would like to attend