Adult Ministries

We want to develop our faith and grow in our walk with Christ. One way we do this is through small-group studies. We offer studies and small groups on Sunday mornings and during the week.


Sunday School

Grab a cup of coffee at Holy Grounds Coffeehouse and join a Sunday-school class. All groups welcome newcomers!  Email Rev. Kim Dickerson-Oard for class time, location and more information.

Young adults: This class, geared specifically to young adults, returns in January. All young adults are invited to attend.

9:45 a.m. Sunday-school classes

  • Family Life: The class is on break. It will meet Jan. 7 to plan upcoming class topics. Covenant Room 120.

  • Connections: This class will begin studying “Five Means of Grace” Jan. 14. Participants in this study will consider how the five means of grace are the ordinary channels that God uses to draw us into a fruitful relationship. Optional books are $10. Conference Room 135.

11:00 a.m. Sunday-school class

  • Faith Matters: The class is always looking for the ways our faith can be lived out in our daily lives. West Dining Room 150.

Small Groups and Studies

East Heights frequently offers opportunities for you to share time with others, learning and talking about your faith.  Email Rev. Kim Dickerson-Oard for class time, location and more information.

New studies start in SEPTEMBER 2018. REGISTER HERE.

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Advent Study

Down to Earth: The Hopes and Fears of All the Years are Met in Thee Tonight

Sunday mornings starting November 25, 9:45am, Conference Room

Come and join the Connections Sunday School Class for this study by Mike Slaughter and Rachel Billups. Nothing about the Christmas story is ordinary. Mike Slaughter says it is enough to confound the mind and make the heart contrite. This 4-week Advent study opens up God’s Christmas surprise to us and examines how it changed everything. Cost of book is $12

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Advent Study

Because of Bethlehem

Wednesday Nights starting November 28, 6:30pm, Covenant Room

God knows what it is like to be a human. God understands when we talk about our challenges, our struggles, and our tough times. This study by Max Lucado reminds us that “everything works together for the good of those who love God.” Cost of the book is $6.


Foundations: Building Foundations for the Christian Life by Phil Maynard. 

Wednesdays starting Sept. 5, 6:30-7:30pm. Led by Sally Chesser.  Growth as a disciple begins with a good foundation.  We need to learn how to pray, how to begin reading the Bible, how to live in authentic relationships, how to have a devotional time, how to use the resources God has provided, how to discern our call to serve, and how to share our faith.  This study will be great for those who are new, as well as for seasoned believers.  We will supplement the class with videos from others within the church who share their experiences in the disciplines. 

Cost for the book is $12.



How to Read the Bible for All It's Worth by Fee and Stuart. 

Sundays starting Sept. 9, 9:45-10:45am. Led by Nina Gunter.  Understanding the Bible isn’t for the few, the gifted, the scholarly. The Bible is accessible. It’s meant to be read and comprehended by everyone from armchair readers to seminary students. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help you grasp the meaning of Scripture and its application to your twenty-first-century life.  Covering everything from translational concerns to different genres of biblical writing, How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth is used all around the world. In clear, simple language, it helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible―their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today―so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word. 

Cost for the book is $10.

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Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton

Mondays starting Sept. 10, 6:30-8pm. Led by Scott and Paige Nelson.  Denominations from evangelical to mainline continue to experience deep divisions over universal social issues. The underlying debate isn’t about a particular social issue, but instead it is about how we understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it. The world’s bestselling, most-read, and most-loved book is also one of the most confusing. In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton, one of the country’s leading pastors and Christian authors, addresses the hot-button issues that plague the church and cultural debate, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike. 

Cost for the book is $12.



Gideon: Your weakness. God’s Strength by Priscilla Shirer.

Wednesdays for Women starting Sept. 12, 6:30-8pm. Led by Janet Jacobsen.  The Wednesday Night Women’s Bible study invites the women of the church to join them for Priscilla Shirer’s “Gideon: Your weakness. God’s Strength” study.  If you have ever struggled with insecurity or had trouble accepting your limitations, this study will help you see how God can use your weakness to unlock God’s strength.  As Gideon can attest, weakness is a gift. 

The cost of the book is $14.


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Just Open the Door: A Study of Biblical Hospitality by Jen Schmidt. 

Sundays starting Sept. 16, 11am to 12 noon. Led by Eric Strickler.  Hospitality is one of the best ways to live out the two greatest commandments: loving God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself. But often we get caught up in perfecting our homes and conversations before we open our doors.  Discover how Jesus lived a life full of interruptions, yet always welcomed people and invited them to follow Him. Learn to replace cultural expectations with biblical hospitality to create a legacy of invitation and reflect Jesus through simple acts of service. 

Cost for the book is $14.


Young Adults Small Group Kick-Off Night

September 23, 6-8pm. Led by the O’Dell and Forrester Families.  If you would define yourself as a young adult, then this is the group for you!  Singles, married, with or without children--you are invited!  We will offer childcare for those who do have children and preregister.  This group will meet for the first time on September 23 and discuss and vision what this small group will look like for the year.  At this time, the group will meet once a month.


Logos Bible Study, Thursdays at 2 p.m.
This is an ongoing class.  The Logos series helps us to study the Bible in depth. There are no class materials; just bring your Bible. 

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Financial Peace University, February 17, 2019

Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson, money-management class taught by America's most trusted financial guru, Dave Ramsey. Dave and his teaching team will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. Sign up here: https://fpu.com/1078944.