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

Groups are meeting online via Zoom, in a hybrid format (on-site and online), or in a limited in-person format during our current reopening phase. Sign up below to receive the information to connect your computer or phone to the online meetings.
For current re-opening information, see our Stay Connected page.

For all studies, books are available for pickup just inside the main church entryway (Door #2), Monday through Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday mornings. 

If you need to connect with a weeknight group not currently offered, email [email protected] to express your interest. 

Special Themed Groups

Churchwide Advent Study: Incarnation     

St. Mark’s will be joining churchwide in a new 4-week Advent study from Adam Hamilton beginning mid-November. Sign up below for Sunday evenings, Thursday mornings, and Friday mornings groups. If you’d like to participate on Sunday mornings with the Foundations & Friendships class, email Doug ([email protected]) to connect. 

If your small group wants to participate in the study, or if you would like to help facilitate a new 4-week meeting (either an online or in-person) with the provided materials, please contact Jennifer Cloud-Buckner at [email protected]

Books are available for $12 in the church entrance, along with free Advent devotionals, keytags, and bookmarks. 

Sunday PM Study
Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas 
by Adam Hamilton

Sundays, November 29-December 20 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Led by Pastor Brian White | Meeting online| Books $12

His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. This 4-week study examines the meanings of the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas. In the face of uncertainty, the Christ child brings us together this Advent season, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into darkness. This study will meet over Zoom. Sign up here to receive the full syllabus and the Zoom connection information.

Sunday Evening Sign Up

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Weekday Study Groups

Men’s Early Morning Bible Study: Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays, January 13-May 12 | 6:30-7:15am
Led by Pastor Brian White | Hybrid online + Room B/C | Books $15

For centuries Paul—the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and made a miraculous conversation from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted Christ follower—has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. In this modern biography, N.T. Wright looks beyond Paul’s influence on forming Christian theology to instead focus on the essence of Paul’s humanity, specifically illuminating the unlikelihood of Paul’s accomplishments and the human and intellectual drama that shaped him. With this context from Paul’s life, readers will understand Paul’s theology, thoughts, and writings in a fresh new light.

Men's Morning Study Sign Up

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Pastor’s Bible Study:  Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays, September 9-December 9 | 9:00-10:00am 
Led by Pastor Brian White | Hybrid online + Room B/C | Books $15

For centuries Paul—the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and made a miraculous conversation from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted Christ follower—has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. In this modern biography, N.T. Wright looks beyond Paul’s influence on forming Christian theology to instead focus on the essence of Paul’s humanity, specifically illuminating the unlikelihood of Paul’s accomplishments and the human and intellectual drama that shaped him. With this context from Paul’s life, readers will understand Paul’s theology, thoughts, and writings in a fresh new light.

Pastor's Study Sign Up

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4 + 14 =

Wednesday AM Study

Philippians by N.T. Wright 

Wednesdays, November 11, 18; December 2, 9 | 10:30-11:45 AM  NEW TIME!
Led by Lydia Fourman | Hybrid online + Room B/C | Books $8
Paul’s letter to the people of Philippi is only 4 chapters long in the Bible. It was on Paul’s 2nd missionary journey, about AD 52, that Paul first came to Philippi after being urged on by the vision of a man of Macedonia with his appeal to come over and help him. This story is written in Acts 16. Contact Lydia Fourman or indicate on your sign-up if you’d like to attend the on-site portion of the hybrid meeting.  Room B/C is limited to 12 on-site attendees. Books are $8 inside Door #2, the church’s main entrance, 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday. No meeting on 11/25.

Wednesday 10:30 AM Sign Up

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Thursday AM Study

Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas 
by Adam Hamilton 

Thursdays, November 12,19; December 3, 10, 17 | 9:30-11:00am
Led by Judy Woempner and Karen Whitaker | Hybrid online + Room B/C | Books $12
His parents gave him the name Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In Incarnation, author Adam Hamilton examines the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas. This Advent season brings us together to remember what’s important. In the face of uncertainty, the Christ child brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into darkness. The 11/12 meeting is a welcome-back social to practice the hybrid meeting format. Incarnation study will be 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17. Contact Judy and Karen or indicate on your sign-up if you’d like to attend in Room B/C (limit of 12 attendees on-site). Books are $12 inside Door #2, the church’s main entrance, 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday. No meeting on 11/26.

 

Thursday 9:30 AM Sign Up

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Friday AM Study
Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas
by Adam Hamilton

Fridays, November 20; December 4, 11, 18 | 9:30-11:30 AM 
 
Led by Stephanie Cohen | Meeting online | Books $12

In this 4-week study, examine the meanings of the names of Christ — Emmanuel, Jesus, Lord, Messiah, Savior, Light of the World, Word Made Flesh — and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas. In the face of uncertainty, the Christ child brings us together this Advent season, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into darkness. Contact Stephanie Cohen or indicate on your sign-up if you’d like to attend in Room B/C (limit of 12 attendees on-site). No meeting on 11/27.

Friday 9:30 AM Sign Up

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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.