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Adult Spiritual Growth - faith is a journey!

Adult Spiritual Growth opportunities are designed to inspire and deepen your faith journey. Whether you are just beginning your journey, or wish to expand your current knowledge of the Bible, you'll find a variety of opportunities to grow your faith.

Adult Spiritual Growth

Class/Group Date Time Place

Christian Persecution

This class, scheduled during Lent, will help you understand the essence and magnitude of Christian persecution throughout our world. Many people suffer every day in the name of Christ. Learn about it and what you can do about it.

Facilitated by charles Wise

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Mondays, begins March 5

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Office Conference Room

Creation: The Apple of God's Eye

Rev. González explains how God reveals his love in creation, and discusses other topics including the problem of evil in the midst of God’s creation. Our conversations will provide a different, but complementary view to the sermon series “Connecting to God's Creation.”

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Thursdays, begins January 18

6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

(5 sessions)

Rm 17/18

Hiking/Walking Group

Immerse yourself in God's creation while walking or hiking. This activity will focus on the five-week sermon series - "Connecting to God's Creation." Be drawn closer to God's creation through nature, animals, and each other.

Facilitated by Art Ragland and Harold Putt

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To be determined

(5 sessions)

Locations will be announced, once the group is formed

Spiritual Gifts

Do you hear God calling? All Christians have spiritual gifts. Come and discover your gifts and how to use them.

Facilitated Tammy Hallam and others

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Sundays, begins February 18

9:45 a.m.

(4 sessions)
to be determined

Disciple Old Testament

Explore the Old Testament’s story of God and God’s calling of the people of Israel through the many “voices” of the biblical text. Hear the magnificence of a Creation hymn, discover the law and wisdom teachings, listen to the warning of the prophets and explore the poetry of the Song of Solomon.

Facilitated by Alberta Farnsworth and Linda Sterling

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Thursdays, begins January 18

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

to be determined

Shaping a Life of Significance for Retirement

Retired engineer, Jack Hansen and spiritual formation leader, Jerry Haas explore the transitions, opportunities, and challenges of facing retirement through a series of interviews with persons facing and in retirement. It is about the more personal dimensions of the transition from working fulltime to retirement including relationships, feelings of self-worth and purpose, and spiritual and intellectual growth.

Facilitated by Bill Fritz

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Mondays, begins March 26

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

(6 sessions)

to be determined

Sacred Rhythms

Explore the practices that spiritual seekers and growing disciples have used throughout history to grow closer to God.

Facilitated by Dr. Rev. Evy McDonald

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begins April 9

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

(6 sessions)

to be determined

Praying The Psalms

Discover the richness of the Psalms. Learn to pray into and through them. Let your emotions place you closer to God. Experience telling God how you feel. Experiment with writing your own Psalm.

Facilitated by Judy Boroto

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Begins Jan. 11

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

(6 sessions)

to be determined

Grounded In Grace - A Lenten One-Day Retreat.

Using the guide "Soul Feast: An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life," explore practical spiritual activities appropriate for Lent and beyond.

Facilitated by Rev. Roger Pierce

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February 24

9:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Redemptorist Renewal Center, Picture Rocks

A Walk Through The Holy Land, 2018

This class will give people the opportunity to learn about the history and geography of biblical and archaeological places in the Holy Land, Israel. The class is designed for those who are making the journey to Israel in February 2018, but is also open to all people who are interested in learning more about these places which are significant to our faith.

Facilitated by Pastor Sharon Ragland

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Mondays, Jan. 22, 29 and Feb 5, 12

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

to be determined

Five Wishes Workshop

This workshop provides opportunities to reflect on your Five Wishes: Who you want to make healthcare decisions on your behalf. What kind of medical care you want, or don’t want. How comfortable you want to be. How you want people to treat you. What you want your loved ones to know when you approach the end of your life. Participants leave with a completed medical power of attorney and advanced directive (living will), and tools for communicating their Five Wishes to their loved ones and care team.

Facilitated by Martha Lundgren

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Saturday, April 21 (No cost for workshop)

9:00- 11:30 a.m.

to be determined

Prayer Beads Workshop

Lent is often viewed as an opportunity to examine the practice of the various spiritual disciplines, especially prayer. This workshop will include assembling your own prayer beads, a brief talk about the history of prayer beads, and an opportunity to practice using them.

Facilitated by Brenda Hunter

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Saturday, February 17 ($5 cost, paid at workshop)

9:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Rm 17/18

Mending The Soul

A small group experience for women who have experienced any type of abuse. The group will consist of four to seven participants who will go through an application and intake process, work through the "Mending The Soul" workbook, then share during the weekly confidential small group.

Facilitated by Pastor Tammy Hallam

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begins February 21

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

(11 sessions)

to be determined

Faith, Imagine That!

How can we express our faith? Four weeks of creating, come and play. Each week we will use a different media.

Facilitated by Nancy Bautzmann

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Tuesdays, begins February 20

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.(4 sessions)

to be determined

Living The Questions 2.0

An open-minded alternative to studies that attempt to give participants all the answers and instead strives to create an environment where participants can interact with one another while exploring what’s next for Christianity. Featuring thirty acclaimed scholars, theologians and other experts, LTQ includes downloadable and printable leader and participant guides with weekly readings and discussion questions. Plus, twenty-minute video segments include conversations with leading voices of faith, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices and disciplines.

Facilitated by Rev. Roger Pierce and Art Ragland

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Mondays, begins April 9

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.(7 sessions)

to be determined

Monday Bible Study

Facilitated by Marge Sogn

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10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Mountain View Retirement Village

Lectio Divina (sacred reading)

A deep, prayer-focused journey into the Scriptures intended to promote communion with God and to increase our experience of God's Word. It does not treat Scripture as texts to be studied, but instead is a meditation and reflection time using the Scriptures.

Facilitated Rev. Roger Pierce

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9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Rm 23

Wednesday Bible Study

Modern Parables Study

The Good Samaritan, The Shrewd Manager, The Sower, and The Prodigal Son are a few of the Biblical parables re-scripted into a modern-day setting for this class.

Facilitated by Marcia Rostad

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January 3

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

(6 sessions)

Open Minds Book Study

Churchless by George Barna and David Kinnaman

Facilitated by Todd and Tyger Penson

This book challenges us to “understand today’s unchurched and how to connect with them.” Think of those you know who are churchless—and why—to enhance your part in the discussion during class. Have you not heard people say, “I’m not interested in church” or “I used to attend, but it’s been years” or “I believe in God, but can encounter him anywhere. Why go to church?” The discussion should be rich and perhaps this book will help us find ways to understand our friends, family, or neighbors who are among the churchless.

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Friday, Jan. 26

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. Library

Holy Yoga

Holy Yoga is a beginner-level class designed to provide students an opportunity to connect with God, information on the benefits of yoga and yoga terminology, Holy Yoga philosophy, breath work, scripture meditation, in-depth instruction of the primary poses, and experiential worship through a Slow Flow 101 Yoga class.

Facilitated by Rev. Tammy Hallam, Certified Holy Yoga Instructor.

There will be a $5 suggested donation per class, proceeds will go to support St. Mark's Outreach projects.

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9:15 - 10:15 am Fellowship Hall
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Adult Sunday School Classes

You are always welcome to join us. Please see the classes for each time below.

9:45am Class

Sharing and Family Life

Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love Study

In this five-week study, Willimon invites readers to consider the Gospel command to love (not just tolerate) those considered to be "other" or outside mainstream Christian culture. Facilitated by Rick Farnsworth and Terry Majewski.

Sunday, Jan. 14 - Feb. 11

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Rm 17

11:00am Class

Common Grounds Adults in their 20s - 40s meet each Sunday. Studies typically include a DVD-based lesson, followed by group discussion of the topic. There is no outside reading or homework, and each class is independent of the others. Rm 20

11:15am Class

Seekers The Seekers study books of the Bible in depth. Through discussion and fellowship they are seeking to discover how to apply the Scriptures to their daily lives, as well as what the Scriptures are saying to them about God, about themselves, and about their relationship with God. Rm 18
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Disciple Bible Study

The goal of these studies is more than information about the Bible; the goal is transformation in the lives of the participants. Each class reads and discusses assigned Biblical passages, hears from scholars via video, prays together, enjoys fellowship and is challenged to let the experiences form them into active disciples of Christ. Participants covenant together to be faithful in their preparation and attendance. Students are asked to pay for materials; some scholarship help is available.

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Disciple: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study 
(Disciple I)
Registration is Closed The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of te Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. Facilitated by Tammy Hallam Monday Afternoons
4:00 - 6:00pm
(34 sessions)
Room 17/18
Disciple: Into the Word, Into the World
(Disciple II, fast-track)
Registration is Closed This study helps readers deepen their understanding of Scripture and make connections between what they already know and what they are reading. It identifies some needs in the world for which ministry is needed and suggests possible responses. The study covers Genesis-Exodus; Luke-Acts. Facilitated by Paul Simpson and Vicky Minger. Sunday Afternoons
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
(24 sessions)
Room 20
Disciple: Remember Who You Are
(Disciple III)
Registration is Closed This study uses the Prophets and the writings of Paul to examine the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Explore how God's people are called to remember, to repent, to renewal, and to community. Facilitated by Rev. Sharon Ragland and Charlotte Bowers. Tuesday Evenings
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
(32 sessions)
(two-year course)
Room 17/18
Disciple: Under the Tree of Life
(Disciple IV)
Registration is Closed This study concentrates on Old Testament Writings, The Gospel of John, James, Jude, and finally Revelation. The Psalm of the week will lead people into a deeper life of prayer using Psalms as a guide. Whether praying or taking steps toward radical discipleship, participants know they are not alone---the community is there. Facilitated by Linda Walker and Marlyce Wright. Tuesdays Afternoons
1:30 - 4:30pm
(32 sessions)
Room 17/18
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Exploring Membership

Exploring Membership Adults interested in exploring membership at St. Mark's will be led through discussions of United Methodist and St. Mark's history, beliefs about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Bible, and how to live and minister as a disciple of Christ.   Read more...

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Winter 2018

Jan. 21 and Jan 29 (Double Sessions)

11:00am - 2:30pm


A light lunch will be served mid-session both days.

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