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.
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 JANUARY 2019. REGISTER HERE.
“The Way Forward” Class to be offered to inform on the UM General Conference in Feb. 2019.
Wednesdays, Jan. 23 and 30 at 6:30pm.
Led by Pastor Craig.
This February in St. Louis, MO, delegates from all over the world will come together to make possible revisions to the UMC statements about human sexuality in the Book of Discipline. Depending on the outcome of that meeting, the UMC could look differently, and possibly face division. Pastor Craig will lead a 2-week class, January 23 and 30, 6:30-8pm, to review the information delegates will be voting on in February. You are invited to take part in this class! Childcare provided.
Financial Peace University
Sundays, starts Feb. 17 at 3:30pm.
Led by Tony Heard.
In just nine lessons, you'll learn to take control of your money, invest for the future, and give like never before. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more! This class is for singles or couples, and couple can most benefit by taking the class together. The average family pays off $5300 in debt and saves $2700 in the first 90 days. The cost of materials is $90, but scholarships of up to $45 have been made available by the church's Endowment Committee. Childcare provided with pre-registration.
The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living as if He Doesn’t Exist by Craig Groeschell
Sundays, 11am, February 17-March 24
After over a decade of successful ministry, Craig Groeschell had to make a painful self-admission: although he believed in God, he was leading his church like God didn’t exist. Christians and Christian Atheists everywhere will be nodding their heads as they are challenged to take their own honest moment and ask the question: am I putting my whole faith in God but still living as if everything was up to me? Children’s activities available.
A Case for Easter by Lee Strobel
Sundays, 9:45am, March 10-April 14
he resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity. But in our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Focusing on his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history's most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief. Written in a hard-hitting journalistic style, this book probes the core issues of the resurrection. Jesus Christ, risen from the dead: superstitious myth or life-changing reality? The evidence is in. The verdict is up to you. Children’s activities available. Cost for book is $2; study guide is $7.
Simon Peter: Flawed but Faithful Disciple by Adam Hamilton
Wednesdays, 6:15pm, March 6-April 10 *or*
Mondays, 6:30pm, March 11-April 15
He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear. Join pastor and author Adam Hamilton in this six-week Lenten journey, and take an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter. Children’s activities available Wed. only. Cost of book is $14.
Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week by Amy-Jill Levine
Sundays, 9:45am, March 10-April 14
Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges. In this study, Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience. Children’s activities available. Cost of Book is $13.
“Short-Term Disciple Bible Study: Invitation to Romans”.
Mondays, starts Jan. 7 at 6:30pm.
Led by Scott and Paige Nelson.
Exploring how people have interpreted the book of Romans through the ages is a good lens to view the history of Christianity itself. Compare what Paul writes in Romans to what theologians like Augustine, Luther and Calvin say in trying to understand Paul in their time. At the end of this study you will have a more informed commitment to Paul's radical vision of God's relationship to both Christians and Jews and to their relationship to each other, thanks to the "love of God in Christ Jesus." You will read just 2 chapters of Romans a week in this 8-week study. The cost of the book is $13.
“Finding I Am” by Lisa Terkheurst. Women’s Bible Study.
Wednesdays, starts Jan. 16 at 6:30pm.
Led by Janet Jacobsen.
What is the deep cry of your heart? That ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. Through this interactive, in-depth study, you will learn to: Trade feelings of emptiness and depletion for a more personal fulfillment from knowing who Jesus is. Gain a better understanding of how Jesus' words 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today. The participant guide is $16. Childcare provided.
Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton
Young Adult Small Group.
Sundays, Jan. 6 at 6pm (monthly meeting).
Led by Michael and Emily O’Dell.
If you consider yourself a Young Adult, we would love for you to join us! We have singles and marrieds, with and without children! Childcare is provided. Please contact Michael or Emily O’Dell with questions or for more information.
“Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love” by William H. Willimon.
Sundays, starts Jan. 6 at 11am.
Led by Eric Strickler.
This study invites you to consider the Gospel command to love (and not merely tolerate) those considered to be “Other” or outside mainstream Christian culture. Rooted in the faith of Israel and the Christian story and vision, Willimon brings a non-technical, Wesleyan perspective to bear on what may be the hardest thing for people of faith to do: keeping and loving the Other as Other. Childcare is provided. Cost of the book is $10.
Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess.
Sundays, starts Jan. 13 at 9:45am.
Led by Nina Gunter
Sometimes our lives are in such disarray we can’t envision a way through to redemption. But when we look at the mess through the eyes of Christ, we not only find redemption, we can clearly see spiritual restoration. This 6-week study uses Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Evelyn Underhill, and others. Cost of the book is $11.
Logos Bible Study, Thursdays at 2 p.m.
Come and take a closer look at the Bible verse by verse. New members may join at any time. Contact Donna Frazey for class meeting days and times. There is no childcare at this time. You only need your Bible.