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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

Monday Bible Study

April studies will focus on the book of "Ruth." Beginning May 7, the study will be based on the book titled: THE THIRTEEN APOSTLES, by J. Ellsworth Kalas. No materials are required for this class. Lessons are read to the group, and a written summary of each lesson is provided along with bibles.

Facilitated by Marge Sogn

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10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Mountain View Retirement Village second floor conference room

Wednesday Bible Study

"Embrace the Uncertain." The study invites readers this Lent to engage and wrestle with life’s uncertainties, not ignore them. The first six chapters focus on six post-Transfiguration, pre-Passion stories in the Gospels. Each of these stories are signposts in the gospel narrative, pointing down at a world filled with uncertainty, but pointing us forward to a cross that can show us how to follow Jesus with courage, hope, and obedience.

Facilitated by Marcia Rostad

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Begins February 14

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Rm 17/18

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)


Spiritual Autobiography

MY LIFE IS A LIBRARY filled with books that no one reads anymore; books of adventure and romance, advice and how-tos. The books gather dust because no one wants to learn from them. O Lord, once they were popular volumes, tattered from wear, but now no one cares about my life lessons. If they were willing, younger folks could learn from my mistakes, my follies, my successes. If only they would ask, I would tell them.

Facilitated by Judy Boroto

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begins April 5

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

(April 5 - May 10)

Rm 17/18

Genesis: A Living Conversation

The exciting conclusion to the discussions of the roots of our faith as told in the book of Genesis. These are stand-alone sessions, so if you missed the first part in January, don’t let that stop you from participating in these last 4 sessions: "The Test"--Genesis 22-23--Binding of Isaac; "Blessed Deception"--Genesis 25-28--Jacob and Esau; "God Wrestling"--Genesis 28, 32-33--Jacob, God and Reconciliation with Esau; "Exile"--Genesis 39-47--Joseph saga.

Facilitated by Linda Walker and Marlyce Wright

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Tuesdays, begins April 17

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Rm 17/18

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

Registration Is Closed

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

Rm 17/18

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)

Room 8/9

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.

Rm 17/18

United Methodist History

This class is an overview of the history of the early church and will include influential people of interest; the disappointment of schisms and splits; the excitement of mergers with denominations of similar beliefs; and an overall timeline of important events in our church history. We will discuss some of our church’s basic theological beliefs including the role of grace.

Facilitated by Brenda Hunter and Kelly Deyoe

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Thursdays, May 10 and May 17

6:00 p.m. Rm 20

Open Minds Book Study


Facilitated by Todd and Tyger Penson

This book deals with issues of race, religion, identity and the role and importance of family. To read from the back of the book, “As a boy in Brooklyn’s Red Hook projects, James McBride knew his mother was different. But when he asked about it, she’d simply say, “I’m light-skinned.” Later he wondered if he was different, too, and asked his mother if he was black or white. “You’re a human being,” she snapped… And when James asked what color God was, she said, “God is the color of water.”

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Friday, April 27

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

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

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.

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

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

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9:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. 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

Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

The DVD book study by Adam Hamilton addresses the extent to which fear, anxiety, and worry permeate our lives today and hold us back from the very pursuits that promise fulfilment and joy. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Hamilton shows us how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. He shows how we can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus’ recurring counsel: “Do not be afraid.” Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions.

Facilitated by Rick Farnsworth and Terry Majewski.

Begins Sunday, April 15 - May 20

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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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Spring 2018

April 8 and April 15

11:00am - 2:30pm


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

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