“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways." 1 Corinthians 13:11
In the first half of life men seek to “build their tower.” We do this by becoming competent, having successes, setting and achieving goals, achieving some sort of mastery, and making our way in the world of work. But in time something happens and priorities begin to shift. Sometimes this happens at mid-life or when we experience some sort of crisis or major challenge. At that point we begin to wrestle with who we are apart from the masks we’ve created and the parts we’ve played.
For many men, the spiritual question becomes, “What does it mean to grow up and put away childish things?” To “lose one’s life” becomes our spiritual task so that we might experience freedom and become a gift to our families, churches, and communities.
The purpose of Men’s Ministry at UCC is to create opportunities for men to grow spiritually alongside one another. Our programs do this in a variety of ways, including: pursuing friendships with other men, acknowledging our challenges and struggles, confronting our limits and mortality, telling our stories and hearing the stories of others, practicing the art of letting go, engaging in prayer and study, and giving of ourselves for the good of the community.
In addition to special events and activities throughout the year, the following programs are ongoing and occur predictably. See church website and publications for exact dates.
MENtality: films and book discussions in September, November, January, March, and May
Monday Night Fellowship (MNF): men’s small group ministry that meets in homes of church members during the months of October and November
Men’s 3rd Thursday Lunch: monthly lunch gathering at Café Bella on South Hills Avenue at 12PM on third Thursday of each month
Breakfast with the Guys: quarterly breakfasts with guest speakers on Saturday morning in Fellowship Hall.
Annual Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper
Soul Brothers: annual retreat for men and male youth