The New Jim Crow
New study beginning Sunday, March 24 will focus on the award-winning book by Michelle Alexander, "The New Jim Crow." This book challenges the notion that our nation has enetered an era of colorblindness when it comes to the criminal justice system. This book and study is a "call to action" for anyone who is passionate about this important social justice issue in our country today. Come and join the discussion each Sunday morning. Group meets each week in Room 120.
Leader: Bob Hadley 10:00 AM April 7 - May 5
Why does God allow pain and suffering? Why do my prayers go unanswered? Why should I trust God when nothing seems to make sense? This study is intended to help us make sense of these issues by exploring some of the "why" questions we often ask in the face of suffering. It encourages us to be willing to question some of the common assumptions we have about God's will and to consider the ways in which God is at work in our world.
Leader: Ann Loper 11:15 AM
Disciple is an exciting, inspiring, and transforming in-depth study of the Bible. Its aim is to help us meet the Living God in Scripture. The study features daily reading assignments as well as weekly small group discussions. Disciple invites us to bring all our questions, our experiences and our struggles to Scripture. You do not need an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to participate in Disciple, only a heart-felt desire to know God, and the willingness to commit to a 34-week spiritual journey where you can bring all your questions of faith to a loving, supportive, and accepting small group environment.
This foundational study will take you on a journey from Genesis through Revelation in nine months. This study requires reading large portions of Scripture each week and is based on careful study and preparation. During the course of thirty-four weeks, groups will move through the biblical stories ofCreation to the New Jerusalem. The titles of the sessions along with theme words; theme verses; and major persons, events, and topics will set the sequence of the biblical story in the minds of the participants. The principal Scripture for each session follows the chronological movement of the biblical story. Completion of Disciple 1 is a pre-requisite to all other studies in the Disciple program. All other Disciple classes may be taken in any order.
This is the second study in the four-phase Disciple program. This study proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that will take participants deeper into the Scripture. The importance of keeping Bible study related to witness is reinforced while participants are encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines arising out of Scripture for the purpose of changing habits and transforming lives. The study also emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going for God, of being in the Word and in the world individually and corporately. This study understands the growing Christian as under discipline in community and in ministry to the world.
This 32-week study of the Writings, the Gospel of John, and Revelation. The focus is on community and individual life. The Hebrew version of what Christians call the Old Testament has three divisions: Torah (the first five books of the Bible), the Prophets, and the Writings. The Writings include all the books that are not part of the Torah or the Prophets.
UNDER THE TREE OF LIFE concentrates on the writings in the Old Testament – Ruth, 1 and 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, and Daniel. New Testament Scriptures include the Gospel of John; 1, 2, and 3 John; James; Jude; and Revelation.
Emphasis on the Psalms as Israel’s hymnbook and prayer book leads naturally to an emphasis on worship in the study. Present though the entire study is the sense of living toward completion, toward the climax of the message and the promise, extravagantly pictured in the Revelation.
Christian Believer assumes that most people-though faithful followers of Jesus they inted to be-know little of the content of the central teachings of the Christian faith and its ties to Scripture. But they want to know. They want to know what is at stake in what the church teaches and how it makes a difference in their own lives, what it means to be Christian, and where we as Christians stand. Christian Believer aims at addressing the uncertainty about the substance of the Christian faith and the connection between believing and living. Christian Believer emphasizes the head as well as the heart. This thirty-week study of the classical doctrines of the Christian faith aims at presenting, explaining, and interpreting Christain doctrine as the basic teaching of the church to the end that informed believing leads to committed discipleship.
Companions in Christ is a 28 week small-group spiritual formation journey in which we will explore various spiritual practices such as Scripture reading, prayer, serving, journaling and discerning God’s will for our lives. We do this to lead us into a more intimate relationship with God and with one another. This curriculum consists of reading one relatively short chapter each week and then completing one brief daily journaling exercise. We will come together once a week to share how the material spoke to us, share prayer concerns and joys and how we have felt or recognized God’s presence with us during the week. It is not a “Bible study” in the true sense of the word, but we do explore scripture weekly as a means of grace and God’s revelation to us. This study is designed to help you deepen your experience of God, to explore the fullness of life in Christ and receive the grace and guidance of the Spirit in community. There are no pre-requisites for the study.
There are numerous small groups meeting regularly. Please contact Ann Loper to find a Small Group that fits your needs and interests.