Traditional: 8:15AM & 11:00AM | The Current 9:40AM

Adult Study Groups

St. Mark’s offers studies on Sundays as well as many options throughout the week. There’s something for everyone!

Sunday Morning Study Groups

Venture

9:15 AM  Venture targets retired people and enjoy guests who share about varied topics in room B.  They like to get started at 9:15 AM on Sundays, so they have more time together! Jean Douglass facilitates.

Open Doors, Open Ideas

9:40 AM  Open Doors, Open Ideas meets in room C. Join us in conversation about our faith in real life. We discuss current news issues from Wired Word and/or themes from Christian books and authors. All are welcome.

Cutting Edge

9:40 AM  This group meets in Room G-2 and reads and discusses the Bible following the Common Lectionary’s cycle.  The Word comes alive through the blessing of the Holy Spirit who participates in the group’s weekly discussions.  Steve Click facilitates.

Foundations and Friendships

9:40 AM  Share and discuss Christian thees through various authors. All are welcome! Doug Brown and John Flora facilitate.

Journey

11:00 AM   Journey meets in Room C. Share and discuss bible scriptures from the Old and New Testament and Psalms based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Jonathan Barclay facilitates. All are welcome.

Reel Spirituality

11:00 AM   View and discuss Christian themes and life through movies. Joins us for 30-40 minutes of a movie, then discuss it. Lydia and Terry Fourman facilitate. All are welcome.

Sunday Evening Study Groups

Martin Luther: The Idea That Changed the World

Sundays, September 29 – November 3 | 6:00-7:15 PM
Led by Pastor Brian White
This six-session video group study examines the life and works of Martin Luther, who in 1517 nailed a list of 95 debate topics to the Castle Church doors in Wittenberg, Germany, and sparked a series of events that changed the world in ways the young monk could have never imagined. The PBS documentary Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World was produced to commemorate the 500th anniversary of this event. Each session, participants will watch approximately 15 minutes of the documentary, review it, make scriptural connections, and discuss how it applies to our lives today. Supplementary reading will come from the optional book Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World. Eric Metaxas, New York: Penguin Books, 2017.

 

3 + 7 =

Weekday Study Groups

Marks of our Faith – An Introduction to Christian Living 

Tuesdays, September 24 – October 29 | 7:00 – 8:15 PM 
Led by Pastor Brian White
This introduction to being a Christ follower centers on the Gospel of Mark as we walk through the life of Jesus and how Jesus invites and forms disciples. This study is a great beginning place for people trying to find their way into the faith as well as those who want to deepen their Christian walk.
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7 + 11 =

Men’s Early Morning Bible Study – James by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays, September 4 – November 6 | 6:30-7:15 AM 
Led by Pastor Brian White
Every generation in the church worries about people who enjoy what they hear in church but don’t make a difference. James also dealt with this problem. Translating belief into action–making sure faith is the real thing–is near the heart of his message. This study on James passionate letter will help you live out your faith and make a difference. Book cost is $9.

13 + 14 =

Pastor’s Bible Study – James by N.T.Wright 

Wednesdays, September 4 – November 6 | 9:30-10:30 AM 
Led by Pastor Brian White
Every generation in the church worries about people who enjoy what they hear in church but don’t make a difference. James also dealt with this problem. Translating belief into action–making sure faith is the real thing–is near the heart of his message. This study on James passionate letter will help you live out your faith and make a difference. Book cost is $9.

14 + 11 =

Elijah: Spiritual Stamina in Every Season By Melissa Spoelstra

Wednesdays: September 4 – October 16 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM
Led by Lydia Fourman
Elijah’s life was a string of seriously mountain-top high and bottom-of-the-pit low events, and yet he did extraordinary things for God. In Elijah, you’ll learn the spiritual stamina secrets that helped this great prophet hold on and persevere in faith, including practical habits related to making decisions, caring for the soul, accepting circumstances, mentoring, and finishing well—Elijah’s ultimate legacy. He doubted and struggled just as we do, but he chose to believe God through it all. As you study his life through a combination of study of Scripture with personal reflection, application, and prayer, you will grow in faith and develop spiritual stamina that will help you not only to survive but to thrive in every season. Workbook cost is $12. All are welcome.

5 + 13 =

Kingdom Dreams Violent Realities: Reflections on gun violence from Micah 4:1-4

Wednesdays, October 9 – October 23 | 6:00-7:00 PM
Led by Pastor Julia Gonzales
Join Pastor Gonzales for a three-week discussion on gun violence and God’s call for peace in our own lives and ministries using the UMC General Board of Church & Society’s study Kingdom Dreams Violent Realities: Reflections on gun violence from Micah 4:1-4. This study examines the gap between prophesied dreams of a peaceful Kingdom and the present violent reality. The class will meet for one hour each week to discuss the week’s Bible verse and the study material, which is available as a downloadable free PDF at www.umcjustice.org/documents/37. A printed version of the study may be purchased for $5.

9 + 12 =

 

Believing Jesus by Lisa Harper

Thursdays, September 5 – October 17 | 9:30–11:00 AM
Led by Judy Woempner
Author Lisa Harper retraces the steps of the apostles in the book of Acts. The disciples didn’t have much of a road map after Jesus ascended to heaven, but God’s grace and spirit filled in the gaps as they moved forward. It required their willingness to risk everything to establish a new community that would change the future world. Book cost is $9.

15 + 4 =

 

The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp

Fridays, August 23 – October 4 | 9:30 – 11:30 AM 
Led by Stephanie Cohen
This 6 weeks plus 1 introduction/pitch-in week is another great opportunity for study and deepening your walk with God. Not one thing in your life is more important than figuring out how to live in the face of unspoken pain. Author, Ann Voskamp, sits at the edge of her life and all of her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it’s too late? What do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness? This is the one begging question that’s behind every single aspect of our lives–and one that The Broken Way rises up to explore in the most unexpected ways. You could discover and trust this broken way–the way to not be afraid of broken things. Our Savior, Jesus, shows us the best way. Childcare is provided with registration online. Workbook cost is $10 Regular book is optional for an additional $14.

Please be aware that childcare is for kids 5 and under and signups must be made 72 hours in advance to give the church time to staff the nursery properly. Click here to sign up. 

4 + 4 =

Beyond the Broken Heart – A Journey Through Grief

Thursdays, September 5 – October 24 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Pastor Mary Ann Moman facilitates
How does the heart understand grief when it is broken by the death of a loved one? To survive and live forward, those who grieve must find answers.

Click here to find out more and sign up.

For more information on adult studies, please contact Jennifer Cloud-Buckner, St. Mark’s Adult Discipleship Coordinator.