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Classes by day

Sunday

“Who Is This Man?”  

Starting January 14 — 9:00am • SEB 122

In this ten week book-based class, John Ortberg reveals how Jesus is an inescapable influence on our world. We will have the opportunity to learn how to make a similar impact. Jesus is history’s most familiar figure and His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental. Who Is This Man illustrates how Jesus’ influence has swept over history, bringing his inspiration to the evolution of art, science, government, medicine, and education – and how his vision for us to lead lives of dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope continues to inspire and challenge humanity today. This class will be led by Dave Nieuwsma. Cost for materials.

“Bridges” 

Starting January 14 — 9:00am • SEB 123

Over the last couple of years, our community has welcomed many Muslim refugees from the Middle East, but most of us have little understanding of their culture.  Bridges is a six-week class designed to help us develop a better understanding of Islam and to give us the heart of Christ’s ambassador as we relate to Muslims.  The class will offer biblical insight into Islamic history and beliefs while providing useful steps and stories that help us put the teaching into practice. This class will be led by Gary Sederquist. Cost for materials.

“Emotionally Healthy Spirituality”

Starting January 14— 9:00 am •  SEB 121

What is Emotionally Healthy Spirituality? Simply, EHS is a plan for discipleship that refines our relationship with God by directly addressing the reality that emotional maturity and spiritual maturity are inseparable. Based on the book by Pete Scazzero, we will learn to understand the signs of unhealthy spirituality and then look at the seven biblical, reality-tested ways to break through to the radical

experience of life in Christ!  This class will be led by Michelle Van Vliet. Cost for materials

Closer to Christ

9:00AM • NEB 212

Closer to Christ is designed for single or married adults to spend time in God’s word. As a group we select a book in the Bible and work through it verse by verse. We discuss what we read and apply it to our lives. We welcome new members at any time; no matter where we are in our study. This is a great class for the new believer as well as the seasoned Christ follower. This class is ongoing.

One Way

9:00AMNEB 214

The One Way class is an ongoing adult Bible study class. Each week there is a time of fellowship and then prayer.  Starting September 10, we will study “MARTIN LUTHER: The Man Who Rediscovered Grace”. Five-hundred years ago, a young monk looking for a debate, nailed some notes to a church door and almost by mistake launched the Protestant Reformation. This study will look at the story of this man’s life and how he took on Rome and the power of the Pope with little more than “saved by grace alone through faith alone”. While being hunted by one of the most powerful men on earth, Luther founded the Protestant Church and wrote extensively on the true nature of our faith. This class is led by Scott Hogue and Marty Zuidervaart.

“Spiritual Parenting”

Starting January 14 — 9:00am • NEB 213

It’s hard enough to train kids to behave, but good behavior isn’t the only thing Jesus calls us to. He wants hearts and souls that are shaped by faith in love toward God and others. How can we cultivate this in children? In this book Dr. Michelle Anthony shares practical examples and biblical insight on the spiritual role of parenting/mentoring children. Spiritual Parenting introduces the simple but revolutionary concept that we are, by the power of God’s Spirit, to obey and depend on God in order to create an environment God can use to invite children to Him. This class will be led by Aimee Silva and Kelsey Henderson. Cost for materials.

Tuesday (on campus childcare available)

“The Best Yes”

Starting January 16 — 6:00pm • SEB 122

There is a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God.

The Best Yes will help us:

  • Cure the “disease to please” with a biblical understanding of the command to love.
  • Escape the shame and guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no.
  • Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom-based decision- making process.
  • Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your “Best Yes” today.

This class will be co-led by Ashley Mutchler, Holly Tacoma, Pam Warda and Julie Reich. Cost for materials.

Life Recovery

6:00pm • SEB 124

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life.” Matthew 11:28-30 –The Message

We offer a place of recovery from different kinds of brokenness. Our desire is to encourage you into a personal relationship with Jesus and help you become his fully devoted followers. We start with large group time including the reading of the Serenity Prayer and the 12 Steps. Then we break into small group time. Breakouts are: Drugs and Alcohol, Making Peace with Food, Women’s Wounded Soul,  Men’s Wounded Soul, and Relationship Dependency.

Fresh Start

6:00pm • SEB 121

Fresh Start is a safe place for those who are facing divorce or separation.  Offering a Christian perspective, we will work through the typical stages of a divorce on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level. If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Rapp at nancyr@montevistachapel.org or call the office at 634-4935. This group will join the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality class on Wed. nights Aug. 30-Oct 25 at 6:45pm. We will resume meeting on November 7 at 6:00pm in SEB 223. Cost: $10

Balance After Birth

6:00pm • SEB 221

Balance After Birth is a support group for moms by moms. We come along aside each other and help shoulder the weight of mothering infants and young children. We provide a safe place to cope with postpartum, the stress of motherhood and a nurturing environment to learn tools to manage anxiety and depression that can affect a new mom. We provide a small dinner, snacks, and free childcare.

Wednesday (on campus childcare available)

Dinner is Served

Starting January 17 — 5:30pm Gym

Dinner is Served will begin with our Wednesday night class offerings. Come for dinner between 5:30 and 6:00 and enjoy conversation around the table. Dinner is $5 per person or $15 for a family.

“Emotionally Healthy Relationships”

Starting January 17 — 9:00 am •  SEB 121

While EHS primarily focusses on our relationship with God, EHR focuses on our relationships with others. We will learn eight practical skills to develop mature, loving relationships with others such as:

• Stop Mind Reading and Clarify Expectations

• Incarnational Listening

• Climb the Ladder of Integrity

• Clean Fighting

And since loving others and loving God cannot be separated, we will also grow in our personal, first-hand relationships with Jesus by incorporating stillness, silence, and Scripture as daily life rhythms. Join us for a powerful journey that as we walk through a door that will change forever the way we love. This class will be led by Eric Johns. Cost for materials.

Thursday

Mom’s Club

Starting January 11 — 9:00am • SEB 124

Moms Club is a Christ-centered support group for mothers of young children. We offer both a monthly event that explores topics and speakers that are relevant to us as moms and a weekly small group study led by mentor moms. This winter our small groups will continue going through Twelve Women Of The Bible. 

Cost for materials and childcare.

Story Groups

Story Group

Story Group offers a sacred space where we can be lovingly listened to in Group Spiritual Direction. Its purpose is to learn to listen deeply to God, self, and others through a process of individual sharing of daily life to see where God is inviting cooperation. “It is absolutely crucial… to keep in constant touch with what is going on in our own life’s story and to pay attention to what is going on in the stories of others’ lives. If God is present anywhere, it is in those stories that God is present.”  Friedrich Buechner.

There are two groups for women. Gina Yarbrough’s group will meet at lunchtime on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. Nancy Rapp’s group will meet from 7-8:30pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at her home. There are limited spots available.

Men’s options are still forming, please email Eric at ericj@montevistachapel.org or call at 634-4935 for more information.

december

3dec9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

10dec9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

17dec9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

24dec9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

31dec9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

january

7jan9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

14jan9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

21jan9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

28jan9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

february

4feb9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

11feb9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

18feb9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

25feb9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

march

4mar9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

11mar9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

18mar9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

25mar9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

april

1apr9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

8apr9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

15apr9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

22apr9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

29apr9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

may

6may9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

13may9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

20may9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

27may9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

june

3jun9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

10jun9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

17jun9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

24jun9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

july

1jul9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

8jul9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

15jul9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

22jul9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

29jul9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

august

5aug9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

12aug9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

19aug9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

26aug9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

september

2sep9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

9sep9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

16sep9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

23sep9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

30sep9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

october

7oct9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

14oct9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

21oct9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

28oct9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

november

4nov9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

11nov9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

18nov9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room

25nov9:00 am- 10:15 amAmbassadors Class9:00 am - 10:15 am WJB 102 Travertine Room