The Alpha Course
Sundays, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | September 16 – December 9 | Community Hall | All
Led by Dr. Robyn Goggs and Rev. Randy Shrauner
Have you ever wanted a safe place to ask questions about Christian faith — those questions that you think everyone else knows the answers to, but you don’t? Alpha is the course for you. Over 12 weeks on Sunday mornings, in a setting including a video and discussion, we will address the questions like: Why did Jesus die? How and why should I pray? How and why should I read the Bible? Who is the Holy Spirit? How can I make the most of the rest of my life?
An important part of Alpha is the chance to share thoughts and ideas on the topic, and discuss it in a small group. There’s no obligation to say anything. And there’s nothing you can’t say. It’s an opportunity to hear from others and contribute your own perspective in an honest, friendly and open environment. Cost of Material: $15 (Material available at first class meeting) Register here.
Disciple Fast Track
Sundays, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Sept 16 - Nov 18, 2018, Old Testament | Jan 13 - Mar 17, 2019, New Testament | North Adult Center, Room 12 | All
Led by Rev. Matt Patrick
Have you ever wanted to read the Bible but found it overwhelming and that you don’t even know where to begin? Disciple Fast Track is a new and accelerated version of the popular Disciple Bible Study series. If you are looking to take a deep spiritual dive into the entirety of scripture, this Disciple Fast Track study is for you. This course will be 10 weeks in the fall covering the Old Testament and 10 weeks in the spring covering the New Testament. Our newest minister, Rev. Matt Patrick, will be leading it, and he says this: “I’m so excited to be teaching Disciple Bible Study this fall! Throughout my life, I have watched countless people be transformed by this wonderful class. In fact, as a child I watched this class transform the way my parents viewed their faith. I hope that you will consider committing to this class. I can promise that together, we will dig deep into the Bible and ask the tough questions that, in the end, will drive us closer to Jesus Christ.” Cost of Materials (available at September 16 class session): $35. Childcare will be available. Register here
Living Your Strengths Class
Sundays, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | September 16 - November 11 | South Adult Center, Rooms 1 & 2 | All
Led by: Dr. David Carmichael
Cost for Materials: $45
This journey is based upon 30 years of research by the Gallup organization whose findings show that you will be most successful in whatever you do by building your life around your greatest natural abilities. Most of us have been conditioned at home, in church, at work, and in school to correct our weaknesses. Contrary to this, the Gallup organization highlights that our talents should be our primary focus, not our deficiencies. This program will put you in touch with the unique combination of strengths that you have been given which places you with a calling—a calling to serve others and to advance the cause of Christ and the Church, a calling to ministry. When you discover your talents, you begin to discover your calling. Class will meet for seven weeks. Cost of Materials: $45. Childcare will be available upon request for ages 5 and under. Register here.
Buck & A Bible
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 a.m. beginning September 4, 2018 | Community Hall | Men
Grab your Bible and $1.00 to cover the cost of a donut or muffin and join a group of early-rising, God-filled, fun-loving men in a study (to be announced) led by our senior minister, Dr. Matthew Mitchell.
Servant Women in the Word
Tuesdays, 9:30-10:45 a.m. beginning September 4, 2018 | Community Hall | Women
This large group Bible Study is a favorite among many women as it appeals to the beginning follower as well as the seasoned believer. Join us on September 4 as Servant Women in the Word begins a new Fall Bible Study, “Women of the Bible” led by Dr. Robyn Goggs. Join us on Tuesdays at 9:15 for coffee and donuts ($1.00) and the program begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Community Hall. Click here to register. For more information, contact Susie Cobden at HERE.
The Way of Blessedness
Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am, September 18 - November 27 (except Nov 20) | North Adult Center, Room 1 | All
Led by Karla O’Hara
THE WAY OF BLESSEDNESS is a 10-week study that includes an Introduction and 9 weeks of study, using The Beatitudes from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. The journey invites participants to discover Jesus’ vision of the kingdom of God on earth, and to develop a personal “rule of life” that helps us reside in that kingdom. It is recommended that participants complete the 28-week Companions in Christ course before participating in The Way of Blessedness. Click here to register.
“JOB! A Story of Unlikely Joy” by Lisa Harper
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m. | September 25 - November 6 | South Adult Center, Room 3 | Women
Led by Lou Ann Morris
Joy is the constant companion of the woman who trusts in the Lord. And while you can find it in friends, family, and circumstances, unfailing, persistent joy will only ever overflow from your relationship with Jesus. Just ask Job, the man from UZ who clung to God’s goodness while all his worldly joys were stripped away. But how is it possible to hold onto such joy in times of sorrow? In this study, discover the redemptive facet of Job’s suffering. Learn to view pain as a way to strengthen your faith, point others to the gospel, and trust in the Lord. Because His province will never take you to a place His grace will not sustain you. Books will be available the first class session for $13. Click here to register.
“The Wesleyan Way” by Scott Jones
Tuesdays, 7:00 - 8:30 pm | September 4 - October 23, 2018 | North Adult Center, Room 12 | All
John Farr – Leader
John Wesley lived nearly 300 years ago, but the Christianity he taught and practiced still captures our hearts and imaginations in the 21st century. Edgy, challenging, revolutionary, and rewarding, Wesleyan Christianity rings true to modern ears. It’s a faith that matters. Books may be purchased through Amazon, Barnes & Noble or LifeWay. Click here to register.
“Making Sense of the Bible” by Adam Hamilton
Wednesday Mornings, 9:30-11:15 a.m., beginning September 12, 2018 | South Adult Center, Rooms 1 & 2 | Women
Led by Patricia Hocker/Debbi Marshall
In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton invites us into an honest conversation about the Bible. The book begins with foundational questions such as, “How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? How literally must we read it? And, Is the Bible ever wrong?
” From there, Hamilton considers the real questions people frequently ask that continue to divide Christians and denominations alike. In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving. Click here to register.
Companions in Christ
Wednesday Afternoons, 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. | beginning September 19, 2018 (ongoing for 28 sessions) | North Adult Center, Room 1 | All
Led by Sherri Price
Beginning Tuesday, September 19, men and women are invited into a 28-week Spiritual Formation experience that will change the way you relate to God, to others, and to yourselves, opening the door to a lasting impact on your heart and God’s Kingdom. In a spiritual formation experience, our goal is spiritual growth. It is more about transformation than information. Together we will explore different types of prayer; looking at ways to connect our spiritual life to our everyday routine, allowing a deeper awareness of God in our daily being and doings. We will look at scripture and how it connects and illuminates our lives and our experiences. The spiritual disciplines of prayer, scripture, study, worship, ministry, and conversation are explored as ways to meet Christ, renew our faith, and deepen our love of God. Perhaps we will even begin to see ourselves and others differently in God’s light. Books will be available the first day of class for $20. Click here to register.
“Only One Life: How a Woman's Every Day Shapes an Eternal Legacy” by Jackie Green & Lauren McAfee
Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-8:00 p.m. | beginning September 5, 2018 | North Adult Center, Room 1 | Women
Led by Sherri Boyd and Darla Bierig
In Only One Life, mother-and-daughter team Jackie Green and Lauren McAfee, founding family of Hobby Lobby and the Bible Museum in Washington DC, share the stories of remarkable women from Bible times to today, inviting you to join the company of women God is using to change the world. Only One Life will encourage and empower you to develop the grit and grace to change your world forever – starting today. Some of the women featured are Mary Magdalene, Catherine Booth, Christine Caine, Harriet Tubman, Queen Esther, Lottie Moon, and Joni Eareckson Tada. The study will include weekly reading with reflective discussion in class. Books are available at Mardel, Hobby Lobby, Barnes & Noble or Amazon. Click here to register.
“The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World” by Liz Curtis Higgs
Wednesday Evenings, 6:30-8:00 p.m. | beginning September 5, 2018 | North Adult Center, Room 12 | Women
Led by Miki Farris
Walk with Ruth as she journeys to Bethlehem, certain of her calling, yet uncertain of her future with her mother-in-law. Bringing this rags-to-riches story alive with her novel approach to Bible study, Liz Curtis Higgs helps you see how God works to redeem each loss and disappointment in Ruth’s and Naomi’s lives – and yours! Books will be available the first class session for $10. Click here to register.
“We Saved You A Seat” by Lisa-Jo Baker
Fridays, 9:30-11:30 a.m. | beginning September 7, 2018 | 13.2 Coffee Shop | Women
Friday Moms Group – Led by Kim Bilger and Meghan Thompson
In today’s busy world, we’re wired to be “fine,” warding off authenticity for pleasantries; shielding ourselves from misunderstanding or judgment; hiding in the shadows of our busyness to escape intimate friendship with the women God places in our lives. Learn what Jesus meant when He invited us to love others, and see what it takes to do “the hard work of getting along.” Click here to register.