Summer 2017 Sunday Morning Community Offerings
Beginning June 4, 9:30-10:30am
- Psalm 18- A Psalm for When We Want to Run Away
Date: June 4
Teacher: Ruling Elder Andrew Parrish
Description: We all have times when we would like to run away from the pressures that face us. It might be a daunting task, a difficult relationship, or a lonely evening. Where do you go when this happens? What might God have to offer you in a time like this?
- Men’s Conqueror Class
Dates: June 4-July 2
Teacher: Pastor Chris Garrett
Description: In today’s world we are all one click away from creating disasters in our lives. This is a topic no one wants to talk about, but it affects us all in large proportion. Current research shows that purity is a real challenge confronting evangelical churches today. In this class we will discover the role shame plays in the today’s culture. We will recognize the significance of God’s continued and persistent grace in the lives of people who struggle, which will provide a foundational tool for restoration and healing. This is class for all men - fathers, neighbors, brothers in Christ - we are looking for those who desire to be equipped to help others. We desire to help those who are hurting and who are stuck in their shame and isolation. We are ministering the grace of God to these broken areas of our lives. Open to college age through adult men. We will be utilizing a video and workbook curriculum designed by a top expert in this field. This is a confidential class where we will be able to freely help one another.
- The Book of Esther
Dates: June 4-July 23
Teacher: Ruling Elder Justin Carlson
Description: More than a century after Jerusalem fell to Babylon, Yahweh’s people remain fractured and unmoored. Some exiles had returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the tattered city, but others had stayed behind, now part of the mighty Medo-Persian empire that had crushed the Babylonians. Despite their divergence, Jews everywhere agonized over one supreme question – had they shattered their covenant with Yahweh beyond repair? Yahweh’s resounding reply came in a strange and unexpected package: an orphan, her cousin, and an implausible sequence of events that could only be divine in origin. Why did God call Esther and Mordecai “for such a time as this,” and what does their story communicate about God’s ongoing love and provision for us? Join us in examining this astonishing story about God’s call to His people, and the faithful response of a woman and a man whose hope rested in a “better country,” established by God Himself.
- Historic Confessions Applied Today
Dates: June 11-July 16
Teachers: South Community Ruling Elders
Description: The South Community will be hosting weekly Sunday Morning Communities led by a variety of elders this summer! For six weeks these elders will lead us in thinking about how we can understand and apply the Christian faith’s historic creeds into our hearts and daily mindsets. Join us to enjoy knowing one another better and learning together!
- Social Media & Faith
Dates: July 9-August 6
Teachers: Aaron & Laura Trimble
Description: Social media, and the Internet in general, has ushered us into the uncharted territory of virtual community. What does it look like to love our neighbor online? Is "virtual community" necessarily at odds with the real thing or can it actually strengthen it? Join us for a five-week discussion of the particular dangers and unique opportunities afforded by these new tools.
- The Beatitudes
Dates: July 30-September 3
Teacher: James Heinrich
Description: Jesus begins the Sermon on the Mount by defining the transformed life. The Beatitudes are telling us what we are. Jesus is not saying you need to be all these things. Jesus is saying if you are in my Kingdom this is what you are. The gospel does not add to what you already have. What the gospel does is empty you of all that you are and then fill you with all that King Jesus is. Come for a discussion of this good news of the blessed life that is in Jesus.
- Grace Parenting
Dates: August 13-September 3
Teacher: Diane Jacob
Description: It's a glorious day when our babies are born and we celebrate the new life that God has brought into our lives. But if we're honest with ourselves, at some point, so many of us begin to wonder about this whole "parenting thing." Our deeper fears and insecurities quickly rise to the surface as we question if we even have what it takes to raise these kids. The responsibility and calling to be parents is high, and we feel like we come up way short. But God isn't surprised by any of it—the gift of a child, the huge role He's called us to, and the limited-ness we bring to the table. He longs for something much deeper and life-giving for us, and our children, than just “figuring this parenting thing out.” He longs for us to know Him in the journey, to lean into him for the long haul, and to need Him when we're at our wits’ end. At the heart of it, this class will ask questions about who is Jesus when my kids are screaming, I can't seem to gain control, and I long for a break. We’ll spend time talking about how the Gospel does engage these very moments, and invites us to lean into them, and even more so, to lean into Jesus.
Coffee Cafe will be open in the Concourse each Sunday from 9:00-9:30am, for your enjoyment.
Please remember all SMC classes start promptly at 9:30.