Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Wednesday Morning Study Group

Led by Marcia Rostad.

The class will begin with a six-week video study called “15 Essential Biblical Texts” by N.T. Wright. In each video, Rev. Wright will explore the wisdom found in each essential Biblical text to help bring deeper meaning to your life. Afterwards, the class will follow with discussion. No book is required.

This is an open study group that traditionally presents a variety of studies throughout the year, each ranging from 4-6 weeks in length. Watch the ASG Sunday Patio Board or the Messenger newsletter for study announcements, and attend the studies which most interest you.

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Resumes Sept. 7

10-11:30 a.m.

Room 17/18 and Zoom
Sharing/Family Life Sunday School

Are you interested in an introduction to the book of Isaiah? The Sharing/Family Life adult Sunday School class, which meets from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Sundays in Room 17/18 and via Zoom, will study “Navigating Isaiah” by Rev. Byron Thomas from Aug. 7-28. This is an introduction to Isaiah in which Thomas, a UMC district superintendent, weaves together stories from his childhood, experiences with his family, and the words of Isaiah on justice and peace to find meaning and relevance in the present day. He reminds us of Isaiah’s comprehensive vision—that no aspect of life remains untouched by God. Each week, there will be a video segment followed by a Scripture-based discussion. Watch the Adult Spiritual Growth bulletin board on Sundays in July for more information on the study. The Scriptures and topic for each week will be listed, so you can come to one or all sessions as you wish. No book is necessary unless you wish to obtain one. It is not available as an e-book. For the Zoom link, call or text class leaders Rick Farnsworth or Terry Majewski (see church directory for cell phone or email).

September study: “The Big Picture: Seeing God’s Dream for Your Life,” by Rev. Nicole and Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross

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9:30-11 a.m. Sundays  in Room 17/18 or via Zoom.

Order your book or e-book through your favorite online book vendor. supports local Tucson bookstores.

Hybrid class. Meet in person or Zoom link can be emailed.

Current study: The books of 1 and 2 Peter

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11:15 a.m. Sundays in Room 17/18 and via Zoom

A Bible is all you need! Several are available in the meeting room.

Hybrid class. Meet in person or Zoom link can be emailed.
Class Leader Orientation

St. Mark’s needs more adults to volunteer to lead Adult Spiritual Growth studies. The Adult Spiritual Growth Committee believes there are many church members who are interested but are anxious or uncertain about how to start the process. ASG is pleased to announce that a Leader Orientation Class is planned for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 20, in Room 17. The purpose of this class is to help prepare interested class leaders, or leaders who desire a refresher course, in the various aspects of leading a study. If you are interested in this training but cannot attend on Aug. 20, contact Marcia Rostad for other arrangements (see church directory).

The orientation will focus on the basics of putting a class together including the selection of a study, what forms need to be completed, study promotion, suggestions for how to prepare ahead for each class session and how to obtain assistance from ASG and the church office staff. Experienced study leaders will talk about their classroom experiences and share tips for how to present study material, how to use and/or edit the information in a Study Leader’s Guide, and methods to encourage class discussion.

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10 a.m. to noon
Aug. 20
Room 17
Monthly Musical Movies: “The King and I”

This 1956 screen adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical garnered five Academy Awards including Best Actor for Yul Brynner, who played the role of King Mongkut. Deborah Kerr played the role of Anna, a widow, who relocates to Siam with her young son to tutor the many children of the King. Cultural differences and stubborn demands led to numerous conflicts throughout the movie that gradually yielded to mutual understandings and sensitive changes in the royal palace.

The showing of this great musical is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Room 17/18. Bring a sack supper, popcorn, Raisinets or other favorite munchies to devour during the movie. Also warm up your vocal cords to sing along with show tunes such as “I Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello, Young Lovers,” “Getting to Know You,” and “Shall We Dance?” Movie host is Linda Walker.

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6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23 Room 17/18
‘Jesus in the Gospels’ Disciple Study

Led by Linda Walker and Marlyce Wright

“The subject matter of the Gospels is Jesus, not just the man himself but also the meaning of a whole event whose center is Jesus … This Jesus of the Gospels is not a detached figure but a person whose meaning cannot be separated from his impact on his contemporaries and on those who believed in him later.” (“Jesus In The Gospels” leader guide)

St. Mark’s will offer an opportunity for any adults who have completed “Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study” to study more deeply the stories of Jesus as they are found in the biblical books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

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30 weeks beginning Sept. 13

1:30 p.m.

Room TBA
Open Minds Book Group

Led by Celeste Pardee and Ann Reaban

The St. Mark’s book discussion group meets on a Friday in the latter half of each month.

Sept. 30: “The Devil’s Highway,” by Luis Alberto Urrea (2004). In May 2001, a group of Mexicans attempted to cross into Southern Arizona along the deadliest section of the U.S. border. Based on numerous interviews and meticulous research, Urrea tells the true story about how a reoccurring event—an illegal border crossing—went terribly wrong. He writes with empathy and insight about the migrants and border patrol agents, and poetically describes the Sonoran Desert’s beauty that is sometimes deadly. Regardless of your opinion about our government’s border policy, you’ll find this story heartbreaking.

Oct. 28: “American Dirt,” by Jeanine Cummins (2019). Lydia, her journalist husband, and their son Luca live in Acapulco. While cracks are appearing in this city because of the cartels, Lydia’s life is comfortable. However, after her husband’s tell-all profile of the newest drug lord is published, their lives are changed forever. Forced to flee, Lydia and Luca join the countless people trying to reach the United States. This is a novel for our times about life on the run—hard to read but hard to put down. Lydia and Luca’s journey is a testament to the power of fear, courage, and hope that there are more good people in this world than bad.

Nov. 18: “Laughing Boy: A Navajo Love Story,” by Oliver La Farge (1929). Laughing Boy is a model member of his tribe in 1914: raised in the old traditions, skilled in silver work, and known for his prowess in the horse races. But times are changing. He meets Slim Girl, who has an “American” education and questionable reputation, and despite warnings from his family, he marries her. Inevitably, their different upbringings clash, and their relationship is thrown into turmoil. Compelling in its strength and simplicity, “Laughing Boy” gives us a look at both the Navajo culture and the enduring legacy of tradition, love and loss.

Dec. 16: “There There,” by Tommy Orange (2020). This fast-paced novel follows 12 Native Americans, connected to one another in ways they may not realize, as they plan to attend the Oakland Powwow. Among them is Jacquie Red Feather, newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind; Dene Oxendene, pulling his life together and working at the powwow to honor his uncle’s memory; and the boy Orvil, coming to perform a traditional dance for the first time. This chorus of voices tells the plight of today’s urban Native Americans, with their inheritance of beauty and spirituality—grappling with a complex and painful history, with sacrifice and heroism.

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9 to 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30

Books may be borrowed from the Pima County Library or purchased (new or used) from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or, which supports local book sellers.

Zoom link will be emailed
Dove Mountain Study

Led by Pastor Kim Ogle

Pastor Kim Ogle continues to lead this biweekly Tuesday study that reflects on the message from the previous Sunday’s sermon. Drop in, escape the heat and enjoy the discussion and company of others.

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2 p.m. Aug 2, 16 and 30 Dove Mountain Brew Pub, 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.