Starting January 14 — 9:00am • SEB 224
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.
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.
Starting January 14 — 9:00am • 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
Ongoing — 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.
Ongoing — 9:00am • NEB 214
One Way is an ongoing adult Bible study class. Each week there is a time of fellowship and prayer. In January, we will introduce the series; Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. This brief series will focus on three separate, however interconnected, life periods. First, we’ll explore the current impact of significant events from our past and suggest ways to manage them appropriately. Second, we’ll look into four distinct behavioral traits (worry, fear, comfort, and anger) that when not properly handled can affect the quality of our lives in a significant and negative way. Third, as we journey into the sunset of our lives, we’ll consider options, perspectives, and opportunities to make each day count for the glory of God. No cost
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.
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:
This class will be co-led by Ashley Mutchler, Holly Tacoma, Pam Warda and Julie Reich. Cost for materials.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at 634-4935. Cost: $15
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.
Starting January 24 — 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.
Starting January 17 — 6:30 pm • 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.
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 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 is a new group for women. Nancy Rapp’s group will meet from 7-8:30pm on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month in the church library. There are limited spots available.
Men’s options are still forming, please email Eric at email@example.com or call at (209) 634-4935 for more information.