Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunities

Wednesday Morning Study Group

Led by Marcia Rostad.

The four Sunday Advent sermons, beginning Dec. 4, will each be based upon the study Almost Christmas – A Wesleyan Advent Experience by Magrey deVega, Ingrid McIntyre, April Casperson, and Matt Rawle.

In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon, “The Almost Christian,” in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. We should not be satisfied with being almost Christian but rather strive toward being altogether a Christian. In the Almost Christmas study, the authors explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.

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 that most interest you.

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Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14, and 21

10-11:30 a.m.

Room 17/18 and Zoom
Adult Sharing Sunday School

For the Zoom link, call or text class leaders Rick Farnsworth or Terry Majewski (see church directory for cell phone or email, which are the best ways to reach her).

The four Sunday Advent sermons, beginning Dec. 4, will each be based upon the study Almost Christmas – A Wesleyan Advent Experience by Magrey deVega, Ingrid McIntyre, April Casperson, and Matt Rawle.

In 1741, John Wesley preached his famous sermon, “The Almost Christian,” in which he encouraged people to follow Christ wholeheartedly. We should not be satisfied with being almost Christian but rather strive toward being altogether a Christian. In the Almost Christmas study, the authors explore how we can make the same commitment to Christ during Advent, connecting our Wesleyan heritage with the traditional Advent themes of Love, Hope, Joy, and Peace.

 

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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. Bookshop.org supports local Tucson bookstores.

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

Current study: The book of Nehemiah

 

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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.
Making Room: Sharing the Love of Christmas

Led by Marlyce Wright

This study, written by Ed Robb, will show us how to make room in our hearts for God and neighbor this Christmas. Often our Advent preparations have an inward focus, but a closer examination of the Advent story shows that the focus of the coming of the newborn king is outward. Jesus made room in God’s kingdom for people living on the margins and this season we need to ask ourselves who we can make room for. Perhaps a neighbor, a new immigrant, someone living in a shelter, a nursing home resident. The story of Christ’s birth encourages us to widen our borders and increase our sense of community – and make room for others.

Indulge in a beverage and even a sweet treat from the café as you share the love of Christmas in a casual setting!

 

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6:30-7:30 p.m. four Mondays beginning Nov. 28

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

Foothills Mall Barnes & Noble Cafe
The Angels of Christmas

Led by Marge Sogn

The traditional Christmas story is incomplete without including the appearances of angels. It would be like an Advent wreath without candles or cocoa without marshmallows! Be part of a group that shares in the stories of the angels which brought glorious news about Jesus Christ.  This study explores the angelic visits surrounding the birth of Jesus with Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. The message of the angels holds meaning for listeners both then and now.

 

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10:30-11:30 a.m. four Mondays beginning Nov. 28

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

All are welcome; you don’t have to be a Mountain View resident to attend.

Mountain View Retirement Village

Second-floor conference room

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.

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. Oct. 28

Books may be borrowed from the Pima County Library or purchased (new or used) from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Bookshop.org, 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 study the first and third Tuesday of each month that reflects on the message from the previous Sunday’s sermon. Drop in and enjoy the discussion and company of others.

 

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2 p.m. Dec. 6 and 20 Dove Mountain Brew Pub, 12130 N. Dove Mountain Blvd.