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!

Staying Connected during the Pandemic

Nearly all of our groups are meeting virtually during the coronavirus closures.
You are welcome to sign up below for the invitation to connect your computer or phone to the online meetings.
For current closure information, see our Stay Connected page.

Special Sunday Themed Groups

Welcoming the Stranger: A Study of Migration

Sundays, June 7-June 28 | 6:00-7:00 PM

Led by Pastors Mary Ann Moman and Julia Gonzales

For the Social Justice committee’s 2020 focus on “Welcoming the Stranger,” Pastors Mary Ann and Julia will lead this four-week study on Zoom for Sunday evenings. The book for this study is Cindy Klick’s Welcoming the Stranger. You can access a free PDF copy from the UMW website here

Welcoming the Stranger provides a Christian perspective on migration, emigration, and immigration and our faithful responsibility to treat all people well. Contexts of the study of migration, emigration, and immigration include the Bible, ancient and modern history, and the present.

2 + 4 =

Weekday Study Groups

Men’s Early Morning Bible Study – The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer by John Dominic Crossan

Wednesdays, May 13-July 1 | 6:30-7:15 AM
Led by Pastor Brian White | Meeting online 

Every Sunday when people gather in churches, the Lord’s Prayer echoes around the world. An indisputable principle of the Christian faith, the Lord’s Prayer is the way Jesus taught his followers to pray and distills the most essential beliefs required of every one of the world’s 2.5 billion Christians. In “The Greatest Prayer,” Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan explores this foundational prayer, line by line, for the richest and fullest understanding of a prayer that sparked a revolution. Addressing issues of God’s will for us and our response; our responsibilities to one another and to the earth; the theology of our daily bread; and the moral responsibilities that come with money, our nation-states, and God’s kingdom, Crossan reveals the enduring meaning and universal significance of the only prayer Jesus ever taught. Sign up to receive the syllabus and an invitation to the online meeting. Order with free shipping from Cokesbury or from Amazon

1 + 9 =

Pastor’s Bible Study – The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer by John Dominic Crossan

Wednesdays, May 13-July 1 | 9:30-10:30 AM
Led by Pastor Brian White | Meeting online 

Every Sunday when people gather in churches, the Lord’s Prayer echoes around the world. An indisputable principle of the Christian faith, the Lord’s Prayer is the way Jesus taught his followers to pray and distills the most essential beliefs required of every one of the world’s 2.5 billion Christians. In “The Greatest Prayer,” Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan explores this foundational prayer, line by line, for the richest and fullest understanding of a prayer that sparked a revolution. Addressing issues of God’s will for us and our response; our responsibilities to one another and to the earth; the theology of our daily bread; and the moral responsibilities that come with money, our nation-states, and God’s kingdom, Crossan reveals the enduring meaning and universal significance of the only prayer Jesus ever taught.  Sign up to receive the syllabus and an invitation to the online meeting. Order with free shipping from Cokesbury or from Amazon

5 + 15 =

The Gospel of Mark 

Wednesdays, April 29-June 10 | 9:30-11:30 AM
Led by Lydia Fourman
Grab a Bible to join in this discussion of the New Testament book of Mark! We’ll spend seven weeks learning more about Jesus’s life and ministry by reading and discussing 2-3 chapters weekly. As you read the assigned chapters ahead of each discussion, jot down in a notebook what stands out to you from the reading. Those nudges from the Holy Spirit can often teach us and enlighten us as a group. Sign up to receive the full schedule and the online meeting information. 

6 + 2 =

Discussions of The Wired Word devotionals

Meets Thursdays online until further notice | 9:30-11:00 AM
Led by Judy Woempner and Janet Brown
Each week we will discuss The Wired Word, a weekly email devotional with wide-ranging topics that directly relate scriptures to timely news stories. Recent topics have included generosity, homelessness, loneliness, corruption, neighborliness, prayer, televangelism, environmentalism, rock music, world events, and more. Sign up to receive the weekly reading and the online connection information for these Thursday morning meetings. Although this study usually takes a summer break, we will continue meeting on Thursdays into the summer to keep a sense of community while isolating at home.

 

10 + 13 =

Occasional Friday online social gatherings, May-August | TBD

Led by Stephanie Cohen
Friday AM Study will take their usual summer break from a formal study. However, there will be occasional social meetings online as people continue isolating at home. Sign up to learn about dates as they are scheduled. If you’re part of this group and want to host a social time online, contact Stephanie Cohen.

8 + 9 =

Sunday Morning Study Groups

Some groups are still meeting in an online environment. Click here to find out more!

 

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 J. 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/H 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 themes through various authors in Room K. 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  Everyone is welcome to “the movie class” for Christian themes and heartfelt topics through film. The class watches and discusses 30-40 minutes of a movie in Room G/H, usually completing a film within 3-4 consecutive Sundays. Lydia and Terry Fourman facilitate.

For more information on adult studies, please contact Jennifer Cloud-Buckner ([email protected]), St. Mark’s Adult Discipleship Coordinator.