A new slate of Midweek classes starts Jan. 16. Unless otherwise noted, classes begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. Dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m. each Wednesday in Pirtle Hall. Cost for the meal each week is $5 for adults and $1 for kids 12 and under. Child care is available for children through 3 years old. Children 4 through fifth grade are invited to Marvin Kids, a time of special programming and music for kids.
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Disciple 1 Bible Study continuation
Leaders: Ingrid Akers and Janet Tyner
Disciple 1 provides a foundational overview of the Bible. Beginning with Genesis and continuing through Revelation, group members will read approximately 80 percent of the Bible. The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. Disciple draws upon the work of scholars, personal Bible reading and study of participants and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible.
Leaders: Laura and Rev. Gerry Giles
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. GriefShare meets for 13 weeks to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. GriefShare is for those experiencing fresh grief as well as long-ago, perhaps unresolved grief. For more information, explore griefshare.org.
Leaders: Julie and Tom Brown
Raising kids in today’s culture is a difficult challenge. Without a plan, parents usually default to “quick fix” parenting—focusing on immediate problems rather than dealing with deeper and more important ones. To be an exceptional parent, you need to be an intentional parent, and it’s never too late to become an intentional parent. Remember, you are the greatest influence in the life of your child, no matter their age.
Pastor’s Bible Study—The Gospel of Mark
10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesdays
Leader: Dr. Doug Baker
Dr. Baker will lead this study of Mark. Bring your Bible and come prepared to learn!
Scripture in the Wesleyan Way
Wouldn’t it be fascinating to attend a Bible study led by John Wesley? Scripture and the Wesleyan Way is the next best thing. The Bible was central to John Wesley’s faith and the Christian movement he founded. Scott J. Jones and his son Arthur D. Jones use Wesley’s own words to address questions that many of us in the 21st century still struggle with today. Each chapter explores a key scripture text and one of Wesley’s sermons about the text in order to illuminate his understanding about what it means to be a real Christian. You will be inspired to respond to this call with faith and boldness.
Re|engage is a marriage enrichment program designed for people at all stages within their marriage. This program is Biblically based and can help strengthen any marriage. Cost is $12 per book for the class. Child care is provided. Space is limited.
Leder: Carolyn Hutson
Set in the midst of one of the most corrupt eras of Israelite history, Ruth is a story about three compelling characters. Naomi is an elderly widow who has lost everything and returns to her homeland empty and bitter hoping simply to survive. Ruth is Naomi's young daughter-in-law, also a widow, and a foreigner, who at great personal cost refuses to let Naomi face the future alone. Boaz is the local patriarch—a man of wealth and influence who in this epic tale is given the opportunity to do the right thing, even though the right thing might not be the obvious thing. In The Epic of Eden: Ruth, Dr. Sandra Richter makes each of these characters come alive. Participants in this study—young and old, men and women, churched and unchurched—will be challenged as they see themselves in these characters and find themselves faced with many of the same questions and challenges. Here is real life, lived out by real people with real fears, real struggles, real hope and real faith.