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A GREAT PLACE TO START

ALPHA
6 - 8pm Suitable for explorer or new believer Got questions about life? Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that gives you the opportunity to discuss the Christian faith in an informal, fun, and friendly environment. It begins with a complimentary dinner at 6pm followed by a presentation and discussion in small groups.

SHAPE: Finding and fulfilling your unique purpose in life
9:30 - 10:30am Suitable for a new or growing believer God has created each of us individually in a wonderful and marvelous way. Join us as we discover the unique way that God has SHAPED us for His kingdom’s purpose through a blend of spiritual gifts, our heart, abilities, personality, and experiences. 

STARTING POINT
Sunday, September 13 1-4pm? Suitable for those new to First Church at Stevensville Starting Point is an introduction to First Church - Stevensville campus. Led by Pastor Chris Spitters, Starting Point is designed to help you understand the mission of First Church and to grasp what it means to be a part of ministry here. We will take a look at a brief history of First Church and explain our beliefs in an inter-active setting.

FOUNDATIONS
6:30 - 8pm Suitable for new believer This class will help you lay a firm foundation of faith and spiritual maturity. You will 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.

KIDS

KIDZONE
Begins September 12/13 KidZone returns September 12/13 to run simultaneously with our weekend services at all campuses.

KIDZONE W.O.W.
KidZone WOW! is our St. Joseph campus mid-week worship event for all kids. Our goal is that the kids will enjoy God, gain a deeper understanding of His love for them, and share their love for God with others through telling God’s Word in story and song! We have both a “Little WOW” (3 years old – K) and a “Big WOW” (1st – 5th Grade) program. Nursery is completely staffed as well, and ready for your littlest of kids!

TEENS

D-GROUPS
Wednesdays, 6:15-8:15pm At D-Groups, you hang out with friends, play in the gym, eat some food, enjoy great music, play outrageous games, experience worship, and much more. But at the core of it, it’s about starting a journey with your friends to know Jesus and discover real meaning in your life. For more info visit our website, Facebook or Twitter accounts: Facebook D-Groups / Twitter @dgroupsmsm

TRIBE
High School Tribe - at our St Joe campus only T 7-8:30pm We get together to laugh out loud, have fun, meet people, deepen friendships, ask questions, discover answers, and experience God. Get connected to a community that will challenge and support you. Join us in the Attic, located downstairs at the St. Joseph Campus. Facebook High School with First Church / Twitter @firstchurchhs

YOUNG ADULTS

HOUSE

ADULTS

SQUARE ONE
6:30 - 8pm Suitable for New, Growing or Mature Believer If Scripture (especially the Old Testament) seems like a series of unrelated events not applicable to you life today, or if you just have trouble making sense of it all, this study is for you. This 10-week study is specifically for those desiring a more complete understanding of Scripture as one complete message of redemption. Weekly homework.

STUDY ON THE BOOK OF REVELATION
11:00am - 12:00pm Suitable for new, growing or mature believer This class will explore the Book of Revelations using Anne Graham Lotz's Book, The Vision of His Glory. In this study we will focus on Jesus, His attributes, and the hope that he provides his followers. This will be a very applicable study for your personal life. 

STUDY ON THE BOOK OF ROMANS
Sunday, 9:30-10:30am Begins September 13 A A Study on the Book of Romans Suitable for New, Growing, or Mature Believer A chapter by chapter discussion on the book of Romans. Salvation and other key doctrines will be examined.

WOMEN - JUST FOR JOY

STUCK
by Jennie Allen Suitable for New, Growing or Mature Believer We are often so stuck in invisible struggles going on in our hearts and minds that we barely have space for God. These deep struggles or ‘stuck’ places are familiar to every one of us—brokenness, anger, discontentment, fear,and sadness. Until we recognize that we are stuck and in need of God, we will miss what He has for us.Stuck takes on these struggles within us so that we can encounter God.

THE WAYS OF THE ALONGSIDER
by Bill Mowry Suitable for Growing or Mature Believer Disciple-making can be intimidating. You might think that someone who makes disciples has to be a teacher, a missionary, or someone who is seminary trained. Would it surprise you to know that disciple-making is just a lifestyle in which you offer people love, comfort, and encouragement where they live, work, and play? Despite our weaknesses and fears, Jesus invites us to participate in the Great Commission by helping people live for Christ in the here and now. This 10-week Bible study with discussion questions spells out the “how” of making disciples through an alongsider approach to life. 

MOM TO MOM: HEART TALK
You don’t have to parent alone. Mom to Mom is a biblically-based parenting program designed around the Titus 2:4 concept of older women teaching and encouraging younger women in their relationship with their husbands and children. Through small group interaction led by “Titus 2” leaders, growth occurs, not only in our parenting skills, but also in our wholeness as women.

MOM TO MOM: GROWING TOGETHER
by Linda Schultz-Anderson Suitable for Exploring, New, or Growing Believer You don’t have to parent alone. Mom to Mom is a biblically-based parenting program designed around the Titus 2:4 concept of older women teaching and encouraging younger women in their relationships with their husbands and children. Through small group interaction led by “Titus 2” leaders, growth occurs, not only in our parenting skills, but also in our wholeness as women.

SERMON ON THE MOUNT
By Jen Wilkin Suitable for a New, Growing or Mature Believer Seat yourself on a mountainside to learn at the feet of Jesus.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, a reflection on the Lord's Prayer, a meditation on lilies of the field. 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? 

ESTHER
by Beth Moore In-depth study Suitable for Growing or Mature Believer This Old Testament story of Esther is a profile in courage and contains many modern parallels for today’s overloaded and stressed woman. Esther, while a queen, lived as an outsider in a hostile environment. Learn strong lessons of faith, providence, and hope to equip you to live courageously “for such a time as this.”

MEN

WEDNESDAY MEN'S GROUP
6:30-7:30pm Suitable for New, Growing, or Mature Believer Using the church daily devotional as a starting point, this group will discuss faith-based issues, study Scripture and pray for one another. St joe wed 6:30

MEN'S BIBLE STUDY
Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller Thursdays, 7-8:30pm Meet at the home of Ron & Brenda McKey (2995 Wild Dunes Path, Stevensville) Within this parable, Jesus reveals God's prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. Seekers and believers alike will see Christianity in a whole new way as the author, Tim Keller uncovers an unexpected message in the familiar - and often misunderstood New Testament parable of the prodigal son. Limited homework with stimulating discussion. 

OLDER ADULTS

QUESTIONS FOR GOD: WHAT IS PRAYER?
Prime Time Class (60+ years) Mondays, Sept 28 - Oct 26 1pm Heritage Room Do you believe in prayer? Does prayer work? How should we pray? What should we pray for? This fall we will explore the topic of PRAYER, searching for our answers in the Bible. Bring your questions...invite a friend...bring your Bible...and we will have some good open discussions. We meet on Mondays (Sept 28, Oct 5, 19 & 26) at 1:00pm in the Heritage Room of our St. Joseph campus (enter through green awning).

A STUDY ON THE BOOK OF ACTS
11:00am - 12:00pm Ongoing class Suitable for New, Growing, or Mature Believer over 50 The Christian Community Comes Alive (Book of Acts) In many cities one can find a bewildering variety of churches run in a variety of ways. Why are churches so different? What do they have in common? The Book of Acts tells the story of real people in real churches in many locations. More than just history, Acts gives us some great precedents to follow as we make our own history of the church.

SUPPORT GROUPS

DIVORCE CARE
Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Heritage Rm Begins Sept 8 You don’t have to go through it alone. 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: s_schwalich@yahoo.com / 269.926.9880.

GRIEF SHARE
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. Call the church or Barb Vegter (429.5129) for further information. This group meets at our St. Joseph campus in the Heritage Room (enter through the green awning entrance).