Bible Studies for Life Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm, Led by Julie Urness. In chapter 4 of John's gospel, Jesus encountered a lonely, outcast woman at a well. Through a series of questions, Jesus connected with her right where she was, and helped her see how He was the answer to her greatest need. That brief conversation inevitably resulted in a life, and even a community, re-directed in pursuit of Him. See how the Bible meets you right where you are in your life. 6 weeks: Connected–My life in the church; 6 weeks: Overcome-Living beyond your circumstances. REGISTER
Estudios Biblicos para la Vida Miércoles noche, 6:30-8pm 6 semanas: Conectado-Mi vida en la iglesia 6 semanas: Superar-Vivir más allá de sus circunstancias En el capítulo 4 del evangelio de Juan, Jesús se encontró con una mujer paria solitario en un pozo. A través de una serie de preguntas, Jesús relacionó con ella justo donde había estado, y la ayudó a ver cómo estaba la respuesta a su mayor necesidad. Esa breve conversación que significar una vida, e incluso una comunidad, re-dirigido en pos de él. Vea cómo la Biblia que se reúne justo donde usted está en su vida. REGISTER
Faith Commander (Duck Dynasty) Led by Kevin Perthuis / Sundays, 9:30-10:30am / Begins September 14 / Join the Robertson men of the hit television show, Duck Dynasty, as they tell stories and discuss some of the Bible’s most-loved parables. In this five-session, video-based small group Bible study, you and your small group will learn about faith-based values and how to apply them to your life. This is a 5-week class. REGISTER
St. Joseph Campus
Alpha Wednesdays, 6-8pm. This course is an opportunity for anyone to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed, non-threatening manner where no question is too simple or hostile. There is a meal at the beginning of each session which gives you an opportunity to get to know each other. Listen, learn, discuss and discover. Ask anything. Check out the first session at our Introductory dinner on Wednesday, September 17, 6-8pm, with no obligation to return. You can enjoy dinner with your children at 6pm, then take them to their classes before the program begins at 6:30. REGISTER
Backstory Sundays, 9:30-10:30am | Begins September 14. Join us in Backstory as we explore the history of the Church of God--where it all began and how it grew. We’ll learn about the leaders, the moves, the unique methods of sharing the message. Included will be a look at the origins and historical developments of our own congregation, and our theological beliefs and teachings. So come with your questions and we will have a great time of exploration together. Classes go through October 15. No registration required.
Men’s Group Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm. Using the weekly sermon notes as our discussion guide, men study the Bible and are challenged to make the application to our daily lives. Building friendship and praying for one another is part of this rich weekly experience. No registration required.
Choir Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. Join our St Joseph campus choir as we learn new songs and praise the Lord together! No registration required.
Foundations Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm. This class will help you lay a firm foundation of faith and spiritual maturity. You learn the basics of prayer, how to read and study the Bible, and how to share your faith with others. You will also discover your spiritual gifts and ways to put them into practice. These and other topics will be covered in this 9-week class. REGISTER
Square One Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm. Square One is a 10-week Bible study offered specifically for those desiring a more complete understanding of scripture as one complete message of redemption. We will study several key events in Old Testament history in light of New Testament teaching and fulfillment, with the intent of revealing all of scripture as one plan, God’s plan, for the redemption of His people. If scripture (especially the Old Testament) seems like a series of unrelated events not applicable to our lives today, or even if you just have trouble making sense of it all, this study is for you. No childcare available. Contact Tim Vriezema: 269.405.0408 REGISTER
Senior Adult Class: Sustaining Hope Sundays, 11:00am. Although this class is a connection point for those in the prime time of life (50+) it’s open to adults of any age. The theme this fall is “Sustaining Hope” as we study the prophets, Jeremiah, Habbakuk, and Ezekiel, and we learn from the life of Job. No registration required.
BoomerLife Class: A Study on the Book of James Sundays, 11:00 am. Are you looking for a verse-by-verse study of the Bible that is relevant and applicable to your life? The book of James addresses practical issues for the Christian today that are relevant for daily living. We will discover how to grow in our faith through trials and temptations as well as learn how to put God's Word into practice in our daily lives. This study is open to adults of all ages. REGISTER
When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert & Steve Corbett Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. As Christians we are called to care for those who are under-resourced in order to help restore God’s ideal. This group will discuss the best way to address the spiritual and material poverty we see around us. Using new curriculum with DVD teachings and discussion questions will allow us to dive into this subject of how we can share the gospel with our actions. (No reading required) Books available for purchase ($10) at the SJ campus prior to class or on the first night of class. Led by Chris Britton, this class goes through November 12. If you’d like more info about this class please contact, Chris Britton
Women of the Church of God WCG meets the first Tuesday of each month for a missional devotional and connections. All women are welcome. For information on the next meeting, contact the church office. No registration required.
Just for Joy Women’s Studies
The Sermon on the Mount, by Jen Wilkin
Wednesday AM, 9:30-11:15am. Most of us have only encountered the Sermon on the Mount in fragments, considering its subdivisions as complete teachings in their own right – a study on blessedness or a reflection on the Lord's Prayer. But what if we navigated these three chapters as they were originally heard: as one cohesive, well-ordered message, intended to challenge us to think differently about repentance, salvation, and sanctification? Both practical and profound, the sermon asks of us the same questions it posed to its original hearers: How should a disciple relate to sin? To others? To the Law? How does a disciple think, speak, and act? What is the nature of true righteousness? Through weekly DVD presentations and daily homework, participants will learn what it means to be a citizen of the kingdom of Heaven according to Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in this 9-week study. REGISTER
Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians by Beth Moore, offered at your choice of time: Wednesday PM. Walk the shores of Thessalonica with this 9-week, Bible study of 1 & 2 Thessalonians. Whether you're facing family crises, medical diagnoses, relationship troubles, doubts, or fears, you'll come away encouraged that you are exactly where Christ wants you to be! The DVD sessions are an hour long, so this study will run through fall and winter. NOTE: This study will be offered on Wednesday evenings, beginning January 2015. REGISTER
Return to Intimacy Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. A better marriage is possible thanks to Return to Intimacy, a powerful new study from Marriage Today. Join Married Couples at First Church as we embark on a 9-week journey towards building intimacy in our marriages that will last a lifetime. For many couples, falling in love is easy, but staying in love seems impossible. When asked, a majority of couples say they would love to experience a deeper connection and understanding in their marriage, they would love to feel that spark that set things off, they would love to experience deeper intimacy. Through Return to Intimacy we will discover how to resolve conflicts and restore a passion that will last a lifetime. REGISTER
GriefShare Wednesdays, 6:30-8pm. It wasn't too many years ago that grieving the loss of a loved one was something we didn't talk about; people thought they should just get on with their lives. Now, we have GriefShare, a special weekly support group for people grieving the loss of someone close. It is a safe place where you can be around people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. This group meets at our St. Joseph campus in the Heritage Room (enter through the green awning entrance). Call the church or Barb Vegter (429.5129) for info. REGISTER
GriefShare | Off-Campus Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm | Begins Sept 3. New this fall, GriefShare will also meet at the St. Joseph-Lincoln Senior Center on Lincoln Ave, with an info meeting on Wednesday, September 3, 1:30pm. Beginning Sept 10, meeting weekly on Wednesdays, 1:30-3pm. For info, call The Senior Center (269.429.7768) or Barb Vegter (429.5129).
DivorceCare Tuesdays, 6:30pm | Begins Sept 9. You don’t have to go through it alone. Most people will tell you that separation and divorce are the most painful and stressful experiences they’ve ever faced. It’s a confusing time when you feel isolated and have lots of questions about issues you’ve never faced before. DivorceCare groups meet weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Led by Randy and Sherrill Schwalich, DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Info: email@example.com / 269.926.9880. This group begins September 9, 6:30pm, Heritage Rm. REGISTER
Pastoral Care Connection PCC is a one-to-one caregiving ministry designed to provide care, understanding, and spiritual support to persons in our church family who are homebound, living in a nursing home, or physically limited. For information on becoming a PCC Minister, contact Pastor Bob Confer. READ MORE