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.

Special Sunday Themed Groups

 

Social Justice – Beyond Our Differences

Sundays, February 9-23 | 6:00-7 PM
Led by the Social Justice Team
Join us for a 3-part special screening & discussion of the award-winning PBS documentary, Beyond Our Differences. All of the world’s religions proclaim the need for love, compassion, mercy, kindness, patience, tolerance, and forgiveness. Yet these emphases can be overwhelmed by the evidence of human violence, anger, hatred, prejudice, greed, and selfishness.

12 + 14 =

 

Social Justice Book Discussion – Beyond Tolerance by Gustav Niebuhr

Sunday, March 22 | 9:40 AM in Room M
At a time when religious conflict and violence dominate the media, distinguished religion journalist Gustav Niebuhr set off across America to find people who are building, not burning, the bridges between faiths. As he travels across the country-from Queens and Baltimore to Louisville and Los Angeles-he finds Buddhists, Catholics, Jews, Baptists, Muslims, & Episcopalians reaching out to one another to find common ground between their faiths. This insightful and deeply felt exploration of the nature of community and religion is a tribute to their efforts and a boost of much-needed optimism that reminds all Americans of their common goals, no matter their faith. Books are $5 on the Connections Table.

9 + 6 =

 

Pastor’s Lenten Study – Exploring the Way: An Introduction to the Spiritual Journey

Sundays, March 1-April 5 | 6:00-7:00 PM
Led by Pastor Brian White
Ideal for new and maturing Christians of all stages, Exploring the Way will help you understand and deepen your experience of God. Even people “raised” in a Christian church can feel disconnected from—and even repelled by — what should be a comforting, constant presence in their lives. It’s why so many people today proclaim themselves “spiritual but not religious.” This book defines and explains the essential concepts of the Christian spiritual life: prayer, the Bible’s message for our lives today, spiritual gifts, listening, journaling, and more. Feed your hungry soul by joining Pastor Brian White in this 6-week orientation to spirituality and the essential elements of faith. Books are $12.

12 + 7 =

Weekday Study Groups

Men’s Early Morning Bible Study – The Letters of John by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays, March 4-May 6 | 6:30-7:15 AM
No meeting 4/8
Led by Pastor Brian White
After a February break, Pastor Brian’s Wednesday studies resume March 4. In his letters (1,2 & 3 John in the New Testament), John expresses delight at believers who are “walking in the truth”: behaving with integrity that reflects the gospel. This study will help participants become people in whom God is at work for all to see.
Books ($9 each) are on the Connections Table.

5 + 2 =

Pastor’s Bible Study – The Letters of John by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays, March 4-May 6 | 6:30-7:15 AM
No meeting 4/8
Led by Pastor Brian White
After a February break, Pastor Brian’s Wednesday studies resume March 4. In his letters (1,2 & 3 John in the New Testament), John expresses delight at believers who are “walking in the truth”: behaving with integrity that reflects the gospel. This study will help participants become people in whom God is at work for all to see.
Books ($9 each) are on the Connections Table.

2 + 5 =

Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton

Wednesdays, February 5-March 4 | 9:30-11:30 AM
Led by Lydia Fourman
Fear is a complex emotion. Sometimes it saves us, but more often it robs us of the life we want. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to large perils like terrorism, death, and the apocalypse. For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers informed, inspiring, and practical solutions.
Books are $16 each on the Connections Table. 

5 + 9 =

 

John: The Gospel of Light & Life by Adam Hamilton

Thursdays, February 27-April 2 | 9:30-11:00 AM
Led by Judy Woempner
This 6-week, DVD-based study by Adam Hamilton follows the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John, the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. It illuminates the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament. Books are $13 on the Connections Table.

 

9 + 15 =

 

 

The Authenticity Challenge: 21 Days to a More Content Life by Sarah Heath

Fridays, March 6-March 27 | 9:30-11:00 AM
Led by Stephanie Cohen
FOMO (the fear of missing out) can make us yearn for the lives we assume others are living. Today, social media makes us increasingly more aware of other people’s’ fun, interesting, and enjoyable lives. Through her ongoing journey to contentment, author Sarah Heath discovered that living an authentic life with honesty and courage can help overcome these feelings of envy. Participants are invited to embrace authenticity in three key areas: vocation (the What), relationships (the Who), and faith (the Why). Led by Stephanie Cohen, this study will empower you to move toward a more content life. Books are $11 on the Connections Table. 

Please be aware that childcare is for kids 5 and under and signups must be made 48 hours in advance to give the church time to staff the nursery properly. Click here to sign up. 

14 + 1 =

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