NOTE: In the Fall of 2021, we permanently moved our Sunday Morning Sunday School classes to Wednesday night. We made this decision for many reasons, but the two primary reasons are: (1) It gives us more time to teach and (2) It provided a meaningful opportunity to reconnect with our church family in the middle of the week. We are thankful to the Lord that this has only served to intensify our discipleship efforts as a church.
We believe that every Christian is called and gifted to minister in some capacity (1 Cor 12). Our Mid-Week Discipleship classes meet on Wednesday nights, from 6:00-7:15 PM, and are our attempt to equip our children, teens and adults with the theological grounding, Biblical world-view, and practical skills they need to pursue God, love people, and multiply fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
CHILDREN — 3 1/2 yrs through 5th Grade:
We are almost done! This year is the final portion of our study through the entire Bible using the Answers in Genesis Curriculum. This year our kids will be studying the New Testament from Pentecost until Revelation.
For more information about the curriculum, visit their website:
JR & SR HIGH:
This Fall I will be leading the teens through a book called “The Common Rule: Habits of Purpose for an Age of Distraction” by Justin Whitmel Earley. I chose this book, in part, due to feedback I received from some students at summer camp. There they shared with me that life seemed too busy and distracting to be able to stop and focus on the Lord.
This book aims at helping us cut through the fog of distractions in order to help us choose good habits that will help us love God and neighbor more and more. In the book, Earley does a great job of getting underneath the surface and exposing what is going on in our hearts when we simply go along with the flow of habits the world would have us adopt, or the habits our phones or other technologies try to instill in us.
I think this book is timely due to the ever-increasing load of distractions presented to our teens. I think it will challenge our students to think more carefully and critically about the habits they’ve adopted or will adopt in the future.
I am going to ask each student to purchase a copy of the book since I’ll be asking them to read the assigned chapter before class each week. The price of each book is roughly $16, but I am going to ask each student to pay $8. The church will cover the rest. We should have all the books in before the first class (Sept. 13th). Please send your students with a check instead of cash. And we want everyone to get a copy, so if finances are a barrier to purchasing the book, please let me know so that we can help.
Marriage is a wonderful gift from God and is intended for our joy. Yet, as every couple discovers along the way, marriage isn’t as easy as we thought it was going to be. And while we are often tempted to focus explicitly on the actions of our spouse, the gospel reminds us that conflict is more than patterns in another person’s behavior… On our best and worst days, we are sinners who have been saved by grace, and are learning to grow into the likeness of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirt.
When we recognize this, we are able to see that everyone has room to grow in their marriage. In fact, this is why pastor Mark will be leading a 10-week marriage video seminar titled “6 Gospel Commitments Every Couple Should Make” by author Paul David Tripp, this fall on Wednesday nights. In each class, we will watch a video clip associated with the gospel-principle and divide into smaller groups for discussion and application.
So, whether you are enjoying a time of stability and joy or frustration and difficulty in your marriage, we encourage you to join as we endeavor to strengthen our marriages for the glory of God and the good of our families.
Copies of the book will be available in the bookstore for $12.