Sunday School 2019-2020
A maturing disciple is someone who has said “yes” to God’s love in Jesus Christ and has become an apprentice of Jesus. Our apprenticeship is a lifelong journey of transformation to become like Jesus through the Spirit, growing to love the Triune God above all else and loving others and creation as Jesus does. While discipleship cannot be limited to a program, there are ways that we can order our lives together and individually that will create room for the Holy Spirit to transform us. We call these the “building blocks” of discipleship: education, community, practices, and joining God’s mission. For more on all four of the building blocks, check out our Discipleship Booklet.
Sunday school is a great way to engage in the building block of education. The goal is not only gathering information, but to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus. In particular, education invites us to see real reality – not just to learn true facts, but to actually see reality in a totally different way. The primary material for this transformation is Scripture.
New: Practicing Presence
Meets in the Chapel
Begins October 6 | Continues year-round
Beginning this fall, we will open up the chapel as a contemplative space for people to listen to, and learn to listen to, the Lord. Contemplative tools will be provided, including reflections on Scripture and explanations of ways to engage in prayer.
Short-Term 2019 Fall Class | Smart Money Smart Kids
Meets in A-211
Contact | Bob & Edye Swab
September 8-October 27, 2019 (no class 9/22 or 9/29 due to All Church Retreat)
Biblically based, Dave Ramsey’s materials are a good way for us to learn to be good stewards of God’s resources, specifically money. In Smart Money Smart Kids, Dave Ramsey and his daughter, Rachel Cruze, team up to share some personal family stories you don’t want to miss! Get a no-nonsense approach for teaching your kids and teens the basics of money. Find practical strategies to raise money-smart kids in this debt-crazed world. Smart Money Smart Kids offers common-sense ways to teach money lessons. Basic materials provided, with the option to purchase a book, or a FPU kit (which you may then use to take FPU when it is offered Jan 12-March 15 at the church)
Smart Money Smart Kids class will be offered a second time on Sunday evenings, January 12-Feburary 23 (no class Feb 2). Childcare provided. Stay tuned for more details.
Justice in Jesus
Meets in A211 (through Sept 1), then A217 (school year)
Contact | David and Callie Brown
The purpose of this class is to together join God’s mission of reconciliation and redemption of everything, through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 5:18-19).
We join God’s mission as we demonstrate the gospel by telling people about forgiveness and life in Jesus through our conversations, in individual acts of service, and working against systemic injustice. While all three aspects of joining God’s mission are vital for individuals and a local church, this class largely largely focuses on one of the foundational elements of joining God’s mission: seeking and doing justice as a demonstration of God’s Kingdom. Justice “in its most directly biblical formation can best be described as setting things right.”
We are a Spirit-led community learning to do justice through:
- Engaging with Scripture
- Discussion about current events rooted in historical context
- Mutual encouragement
- Prayer and personal reflections
- Seeking and sharing resources
For more information, see the Justice in Jesus Guiding Document.
Students of the Word
Meets in A-208
Contacts | Billy Rice, Scott Herman, Scott Wray, Jeanette Wilhelmi
Resumes | September 8
Younger, older, single, married, with kids, without kids…you’ll find all those demographics and more in Students of the Word. Our commonality is that we enjoy in-depth teaching so that we may love and follow our Savior more dearly. A prepared facilitator guides discussion about Scripture and how we apply God’s truth and grace to our lives. This fall we will be exploring the book of Genesis. We hope you’ll join us!
Meets in A-211
Contact | Rebecca Dixson
Sept 8 – October 20 | Will be joining Smart Money, Smart Kids this fall in Room 211
Foundations make all the difference between a building that can weather storms and the one that will crumble. The “Foundations” class is designed to help us build our lives on the ultimate foundation, Jesus Christ, by studying Scripture and encouraging one another. Our current format is interactive teaching and discussion. Mostly we are parents with small children, but all people are welcome! After joining Smart Money, Smart Kids we will start our regular study.
Meets in the Fellowship Hall
Contact | Mary and Jim Johnson; Joe Moore
Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31). The goal of our class is to encourage one another to hope in the Lord! We encourage each other through worship, prayer, and in-depth teaching. We alternate between Old and New Testament books. Our class is one of our more multi-generational classes. People of all ages and all stages of the spiritual journey are welcomed. This fall, we are exploring the book of Genesis.
Meets in A-219
Contact | Karen Rudolph
We are a class of singles and couples of all ages who enjoy sharing, studying, and teaching of God’s Word, on the Patriarchs, and on historical events in an open dialog while growing in Christ and our love for each other through fellowship.
Meets in the Gallery Lounge
Contact | Bill Mandakis
Sixty years ago, our class was the “young adult class.” These days, we are adults with 70 or more years of wisdom. Our main teacher, Bill Mandakis, leads us through a variety Bible studies and Biblical topics. Newcomers are always welcome!
Adult Bible Study
Meets in A-216, September – May
Contact | Elms Allen & Rick Wesley
Resumes September 8
Our name is pretty self-explanatory: we are adults that study the Bible together. But to give you a bit more detail, our class is largely composed of adults with 60 or more years of wisdom. This year we will be studying the book of Mark. A prepared facilitator teaches, but others are always welcome to jump in with questions and thoughts. We are always eager to include more people and often have new people join. Please come and visit (except in the summer, when we take a break!).
New Covenant Partner Class
Contact | Amy Carlan
2019 Sunday series: October 6, 13, 20 & 27 in A212
2020 Sunday series: March 8, 15, 22 & 29 in A211
2020 Saturday blitz: June 6, 9:00-11:45am in Gallery Lounge