October 28, 2018
Whether you have been at Monte Vista Chapel six months or six years, a Discovery gathering is a great place to discover who MVC is and where we believe God is leading us. In this two hour, interactive time, we will explore what it means for us to partner together in following Jesus and becoming more like him. We will begin by unpacking a little bit of our history, share our vision and values, and help answer any questions about what it means to be a member, and more importantly, a part of what God is doing at Monte Vista Chapel.
Begins September 23 – 9:00 am • NEB 213
This class is for everyone, whether you’ve been reading the Bible all your life or you just started reading. Each Sunday morning a story from God’s Word will be read from scripture (major stories from Genesis to Revelation be covered from September-June), the biblical context of the scripture will be discussed and the morning will end as the class personally responds to the passages read.
Ongoing — 9:00 am • 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.
Begins September 23 – 9:00 am • SEB 121
While Emotionally Healthy Spirituality primarily focuses on our relationship with God, EHR focuses on our relationships with others. We will learn practical skills to develop mature, loving relationships with others such as:
• Clarifying 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 on a powerful journey as we walk through a door that will change forever the way we love.
Ongoing — 9:00 am • NEB 214
One Way is an ongoing adult Bible study class. Each week they have a time of fellowship and prayer together. In October and November they will look at Church History: “Christ’s love stands strong” Think about it, the church, through Christ’s strength, has been influencing history for almost 2000 years. And certainly more important, the church, through the amazing love of Jesus, has been transforming individual lives for 2000 years. The stories of the church through the ages are powerful, amazing, and sometimes challenging and yet they can empower your faith and your relationship with Jesus. Join this study of church history and discover how Christians nearly 2000 years ago worked out their faith and shared the message of Jesus with their world. See how the church stood strong in the midst of terrible persecution, strange doctrinal heresies, and was a bea-con of light in the dark ages. We will start with the book of Acts and then move through the next 1500 years of church history. No cost
Begins September 23 – 9:00 am • NEB 213
This class is designed to show how cultural context is foundational to understanding stories from Jesus’ life. Each week, we will look at a different place Jesus went and unpack stories of that place to draw practical spiritual application.
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.
Begins September 26 – 6:00pm • SEB 223
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 email@example.com or call the office at 634-4935.
Begins September 26 – 6:30 pm • WJB 206
In The Emotionally Healthy Woman, Geri Scazzero provides a way out of inauthentic, superficial spirituality to genuine freedom in Christ. This book is for every woman who thinks, “I can’t keep pretending everything is fine!”
The journey to emotional health begins by quitting. Geri quit being afraid of what others think. She quit lying. She quit denying her anger and sadness. She quit living someone else’s life. When you quit those things that are damaging to your soul or the souls of others, you are freed up to choose other ways of being and relating that are rooted in love and lead to life. When you quit for the right reasons, at the right time, and in the right way, you’re on the path not only to emotional health, but also to the true purpose of your life.
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!
Begins September 26 – 6:30 pm • WJB 205
When it comes to the process of becoming more like Christ (discipleship) there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Although, we believe there are certain principles and Rhythms that are helpful. Pathways is a 7-week class and discussion group that provides an opportunity to create a Rhythm of Discipleship for your life. Pathways is the next step after MVC’s Discovery Class, and we desire everyone to participate in it over the coming year! This is a free class.
9:00 am • SEB 124
Moms Club is a Christ-centered group for moms of young children. Once a month we offer a morning where we explore topics, speakers or demonstrations that are relevant to us as moms. The other weeks of the month we break up into small groups led by Mentor Moms. We begin with breakfast each week, and we have great conversation and laughter. You are invited to join us!
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.
Men’s options are still forming, please email Eric at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at (209) 634-4935 for more information.