Zoom Conference Access Information


We’re delighted to offer the following options to access our virtual study group sessions.

By computer, click to https://zoom.us/j/2970923351

By phone:

  • dial 1 646 558 8656 (US Toll) or +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll)
  • enter access code: 297 092 3351

By smart-phone (app):  download app at: https://zoom.us/support/download

Or iPhone one-tap: 14086380968,2970923351# or 16465588656,2970923351#

International numbers available:


Monday Night Study Group Video Conference Link

To join us on Monday nights in our virtual / video conference room at 7 p.m.

Around 5 minutes before we begin, 

(Tip:  bookmark / favorite this link to find us easily – every Monday night.)

The first time you join us via Zoom Video conferencing, you may need to install Zoom software.  Follow the automated prompts to install the software and you’ll be all set!

See you in class!


About The Ark

The Growing Edge became The Ark after we moved from Raymond, Iowa. We named it the ARK because The Growing Edge had suffered 3 floods and our new location was on the second highest point in the county. We figured that the Growing Edge was now The ARK.

Fr. Beck (who designed our logo) said;

“The Growing Edge should be about growing things at the edges of what was assumed to be possible.”

We continue to explore what is possible.

Here at The Ark you will find the lectionary pdf files, links of interest, short book reviews and more.

For years I have used my “bible tower” to help people visualize the importance and place of each book in the Old Testament (BCE). The size of the block, and where the block is on the tower is a way to sense the context and importance of each book. Click this link to print off your copy. It will give the dates, important theological insights and historical events of the period.

Click to learn more about Connie May, The Ark Founder

About Connie May


  • Wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
  • Former NACC Chaplain serving hospitals, a prison, and most recently retired after 20 years as a co-founder and chaplain for a hospice program.
  • Graduate with degrees in Criminal Justice from Kirkwood Community College and a Masters in Theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Received certification as a Catholic Chaplain after  completing a residency at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

When serving as a pastoral associate of a large urban parish Connie conducted a lectionary study program that at this time has met continuously for over 38 years. The Lectionary Study Guides available here are the outcome of all those years of “breaking open” the Word with as many as 4 groups a week.

NEW IDEA: Connie started wearing diaper pins on her clothes in order to remind herself that her choices affect her grandchildren and great grandchildren. It is a good discussion starter to engage people in reflecting on their choices. Want to join Connie? Wear a diaper pin. Start your own conversations.

More reflection resources:

The river Jordan flows into two seas: the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea. The main difference between the seas is the life in them. One is full of abundant life, the other has very little. The one receives the river and lets it flow on through. The other only receives. This site is the way that I can let the river “flow on through”. In this metaphor the water is the gift of the Holy Spirit, or as my friends will tell you, I call the Sneaky Spirit. So I hope you find water for your spiritual growth within these offerings.

I have used this teaching tool for years to image Teilhard de Chardin’s concept of evolution. I believe it gives us the map of the process of creation Teilhard expresses.  

Words Create Reality: A paper on the origin of consciousness