12 Women of the Bible: Life Changing Stories for Women Today
There is something fresh and wonderful about authentic people, about women who have nothing to hide. In this study, taught by six acclaimed Bible teachers, you will meet a group of amazing women in the Bible who are absolutely real. Their raw and revealing stories of frailties, struggles, sins, and brokenness are a real gift to women today. As you hear their stories, you will learn biblical lessons that can help you navigate the successes and failures of your own life. The lessons you learn from each of these women will help you persevere through the circumstances you are facing.
Tuesday, September 8
7:00 am – We will meet at La Madeleine (the corner of Mockingbird and Bush Ave.) to receive our books and for fellowship.
Register by Thursday, September 3
Every Tuesday, from 09/15/2020 to 12/01/2020, 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Matthew — Being Discipled by Jesus
This ongoing men’s group seeks to support spiritual growth, fellowship, and community service among men, helping them to mature as disciples of Christ, primarily through Bible study. New members are welcome at any time.
A new study on the book of Matthew begins September 8.
If you were to be discipled by Jesus himself, think of what you could learn. What would he teach you about relationships, priorities, wealth, and his coming kingdom? What would you learn from his actions? Matthew's gospel brings you face to face with Jesus as he calls, teaches, and prepares his disciples.
Every Tuesday, 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
We’re all searching, but our questions are complicated and truth can be hard to find. In this study, Adam Hamilton finds powerful answers contained in the Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. In this book, Hamilton considers important questions of life, reality, and truth. He explores not only what Christians believe, but also why they believe it and why it matters.
Register by Monday, September 7
Led by Led by Reverend Dr. Jeff Hall, Cochran Chapel UMC
Every Tuesday, from 09/08/2020 to 10/27/2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jesus’ 8 Necessary Traits for Servant Leadership
Recent events have brought us a number of important lessons. One is that our hopes to plan and progress are subject to outside events that require adaptability as a critical component of our leadership models. Indeed, leadership might best be characterized under recent circumstances as the creation of an environment in which committed people are encouraged to gather, think provocatively, and to create transformative solutions. We no longer need leadership lessons that define steps; rather, these times call for ways of thinking that arm us to respond with hope, confidence, and mutual respect.
It should come as no surprise that Jesus had this all figured out 21 centuries ago. This fall, we will study his recipe for adaptability. We will start with eight weeks of breaking down the Beatitudes — not as biblical platitudes, but as a description of the kind of characteristics, we need to reach out, reach up, and reach toward our full potential.
Register by Tuesday, September 29
Led by Chip Robertson
Every Thursday, from 10/01/2020 to 11/19/2020, 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
“The Preaching Life” is Barbara Brown Taylor’s reflection on her call to serve as a priest in the Episcopal Church. In this rich meeting of memoir, theology, and sermon, she weaves together reflections on her vocation with the struggles of the Church to hear, respond, and remain faithful to its mission of holy love. Taylor explores Christian meanings and histories in order to hear and speak, in the present, for God. This book on the calling to preach is itself a call to reawaken to the activating presence of God.
Register by Tuesday, September 15
Led by Rev. Susan Robb
Every Thursday, from 09/17/2020 to 10/29/2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
“The New Testament in Its World,” a new study by N.T. Wright is your passageway from the twenty-first century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. The book places the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context and addresses many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity.
This study will open your eyes to the larger world of the New Testament. It captures the excitement of the early Christians, helping today’s readers to think like a first-century believer while reading the text responsibly for today.
The purchase of study materials is optional and not required to participate in this class. The study offers both a book and a workbook for those who are interested.
Cost: No charge, you may purchase either the book and/or the workbook online
Register by Wednesday, September 16
Led by Rev. Walt Marcum & Richard Stanford
Every Thursday, from 09/17/2020 to 12/17/2020, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This book by Richard Rohr challenges people to move beyond the comfort of a settled life toward an understanding of themselves that is rooted in their connection to God. Only when they rest in God can they find the certainty and the freedom to become all that they can be. Contemplation has its place at the heart of Christianity, a place that allows people to experience how “everything belongs.”
Cost: No charge, but you will need to purchase your own copy of “Everything Belongs”
Register by Friday, September 11
Led by Allen Stone
Every Monday, from 09/14/2020 to 11/16/2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Want to know more about Jesus, his life, and his ministry? Join us for this journey through the story of Jesus, and learn how each of the gospels are unique and distinctive in their approach.
This class uses a study manual which lays out the four gospels side by side. You will not only be able to go through the life, ministry, and teaching of Jesus but also see how each gospel relays these stories and events.
This study will have reading and study assignments followed by the class session. During class, you will watch a short video and then participate in discussions and questions.
You will need to pick up your materials from the church prior to the start of class.
Register by Friday, September 11
Led by Rev. Walt Marcum
Every Monday, from 09/14/2020 to 12/14/2020, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
“The Cloud of Unknowing” describes how we enter into the divine love of God's presence through the practice of contemplative prayer. Having stood the test of time, “The Cloud of Unknowing” feels quite contemporary, yet cuts through superficial spirituality to provide a robust connection with God and tradition. This book is for Christians who are living an “active life,” one prayerfully dedicated to cultivating a love for God and service to all people.
No cost, but you will need to purchase your own copy of “The Cloud of Unknowing,” translated by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, 2009, Shambhala Publications.
Register by Tuesday, October 6
Led by Dr. Jana Rentzel
First Wednesday, Third Wednesday, from 10/07/2020 to 12/16/2020, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
His parents gave him the name, Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him Lord, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In “Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas,” Adam Hamilton examines the names of Christ. In doing so, he also explores the historical and personal significance of his birth.
In the face of uncertainty and conflict, Advent is a time to reclaim the Christ Child who brings us together, heals our hearts, and calls us to bring light into the darkness.
Register by Wednesday, November 18
Led by Rev. Susan Robb
Every Thursday, from 11/19/2020 to 12/17/2020, 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM