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Classes, Programs, & Events

Discipleship classes, programs and events are intended to be stepping stones for people on the journey toward or in the with-God life.  For example, The Magnificent Story or Breathing Under Water are perfect for those looking for deeper waters and fresh wind in their sails.  Meanwhile, the Contemporary Christian Life Issues Class (CCLI) offered September – April, squares off with some of today’s most pressing issues.  In addition to these examples, there are many other Bible studies and book studies and other classes that all collectively help us to “grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15). Questions on where or how to plug in?  Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

Sunday Classes

To sign up, contact Lori at 796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

Communicating Across Differences

Sunday mornings (8:45 – 10:15 AM)
Begins November 5 (5 sessions)
Not meeting on November 26
Teachers:  Dr. Deirdre Johnston, Hope College Communications Dept.
& Elissa Lappenga, M.Ed..

Advance registration for this classes is recommended so that materials may be available for you! Register at lorib@christmemorial.org.

As followers of Jesus, we strive to be “quick to listen, slow to anger, and slow to speak,” but we all have people in our lives who seem to inspire just  the opposite! Communication skills, when paired with the work of the Holy Spirit, can open the door to having authentic conversation – and real relationships – with those who see the world differently than we do. Join us for an informative and interactive class that will equip you to deepen existing relationships and form new ones where you might least expect – just in time for holiday visits with the family. Each week’s content will build  upon the previous weeks, so consistent attendance will be important.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Life Is ___________

Sunday mornings (9:00 – 10:00 AM)
Meets January 7 – February 11  (6 sessions)
Facilitators:  Jon & Patti Mulder
Room 162 / 163

How would you fill in the blank?  Our hearts and our world may be quick to offer a grand variety of possibilities.  But what does God and God’s Word say about it? And what if God’s answer makes all the difference?  Whether you are brand new to the Christian faith or if you have been walking the Christian way for quite some time now, this DVD study is sure to kick-start some fresh thinking in your life with God.  Invite a friend and start Sunday off right with good company and good conversation moving toward living the good life.  Optional Materials: Study Guide –  $7.00; Book – $10.00; Devotional – $3.00.  This class is geared specifically for young adults.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

The Leadership Collective

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Begins January 7 (14 sessions)  (Not meeting April 1 & 8 / Easter & Spring Break)
Contacts:  Ryan & Kerri DeVries, Randy & Tami Rua, Rich & Diane Sinclair
Room 165 / 166

Everyone is a leader somewhere – with family, at work, in the neighborhood, etc. When people gather, the question is not if leadership will happen but rather who and how and why.  What would it look like if some of West Michigan’s most influential leaders were to share their wisdom as a way of “passing the baton” from one generation to the next?  Come and hear the stories of success and failure – and lessons learned throughout – from our “faculty” speakers.  The class will follow a two-week format – the first week being a presentation from the speaker and the second week being more interactive and conversational through Q & A.  Each week and each speaker will be a new adventure – come join the community and the conversation.

As this booklet went to print, the roster of this semester’s faculty speakers was still being formulated. We hope to have a variety of fields represented…business, education, medicine, faith, family, and more.

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

The REAL Lord’s Prayer

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Meets January 7 – March 25  (12 sessions)
Teacher:  Tom Smith with guests
Room 168 / 169

The prayer we call The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer that Jesus taught His disciples to pray. The prayer Jesus really prayed is the High Priestly prayer of John 17.  What can we learn from the prayer of our Lord?  This will be an energetic, curious and faith-filled exploration of a beautiful and powerful passage.  Can we learn to pray like Jesus too?

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Prayer – Does It Make Any Difference?

Sunday evenings (5:45 – 7:00 PM)
Begin January 7
Contact: Nancy Vryhof
Room 165 / 166

Polls reveal that 90 percent of people pray. Yet prayer, which should be the most nourishing and uplifting time of the believer’s day, can also be frustrating, confusing, and fraught with mystery. As a fellow pilgrim, in this DVD study Philip Yancey probes such questions as: Is God listening? Why should God care about me? If God knows everything, what’s the point of prayer? Why do answers to prayer seem so inconsistent? Why does God sometimes seem close and sometimes seem far away? How can I make prayer more satisfying? Yancey tackles the tough questions and in the process comes up with a fresh new approach to this timeless topic. “I have learned to pray as a privilege, not a duty,” he says, and he invites you to join him on this all-important journey. (Hosted by Prime Time Growth Community.)

Apprentice – The Full Series

The Good and Beautiful God, The Good and Beautiful Life, The Good and Beautiful Community

Sunday evenings (5:00 – 7:00 PM)
Begins September 10 (31 sessions)
Facilitators: Don & Pat Lubben
Room 168

Advance registration required for Apprentice.  Register at lorib@christmemorial.org.

We all have stories we tell ourselves about God and how He works in our lives and world. Some are true – but many are false.  The Apprentice Series is a transforming study about falling in love with the God Jesus knew, about putting on the character of Christ, and about following the Holy Spirit into a life of grace and truth and love. It is about changing your life, curing your soul, and not only about getting you into heaven but also about getting heaven into you. The Apprentice workload is achievable . . . but it is not a zero-investment experience. Expect weekly reading and one surprisingly life-giving spiritual practice each week, all processed in community. This path is tried and true and much loved.  Come join the ranks!  (Cost – three books at $13.00/each, payable anytime during the 31 weeks. If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Contemporary Christian Life Issues Forum (CCLI) – Fall  2017 Session

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Begins September 10 (14 sessions)
Chapel

Come and explore the most current and relevant faith and justice issues affecting our community, nation, and world. This semester we will focus our attention on what it means to think, love, and serve like Jesus in the beautiful mess that is God’s world and our place in it. Speakers are often experts in their field. Feel free to just show up! Advance registration is not required.

“Love Like Jesus”

September 10:  Loving Holland, Then and Now

Rev. Dave Kool, former CMC Director of Outreach, Founder and Former Director of Jubilee Ministries , Former President at Great Lakes Urban

September 17Loving Humanity Against Human Trafficking

Rev. Mary Wisner, pastor and advocate of Freedom Sunday 

September 24:  Letters Change Lives – Mentoring as Pen Pals

Panel Team from Crossroads Prison Ministry

October 1:  God’s Love and Ours when Dealing with Tragedy

Mark Hiskes, English Teacher at Holland Christian High School 

“Think Like Jesus”

October 8How Does Psychology Help Us Understand the Mind of Christ?

Rev. Dr. Tom Ludwig, Award Winning Professor of Psychology at Hope College

October 15Thinking Well – Living Well

Darryll Bartlett, Executive Director of the Holland Rescue Mission with Tim Schoonveld, assistant professor of kinesiology and co-director of athletics at Hope College

October 22:  How the Bible Changes Everything – People, Culture, and Nations

Eric Wolthuis, Director of Spiritual Life and Teacher at Hope International School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia

October 29:  The Reformation’s 500th Anniversary: Brand Luther

Dr. Jeff Tyler, Professor of Religion and Department Chair at Hope College

“Serve Like Jesus”

November 5:  Global Christianity:  What’s Happening Out There?

Bryan Boersma, son of CMC, former RCA Pastor, currently working with Words of Hope

November 12:  Global Christianity: Discipleship and Mission

Bryan Boersma, son of CMC, former RCA Pastor, currently working with Words of Hope

November 19:  College Behind Bars

Rev. Dr. John Rottman, Professor of Preaching at Calvin Seminary and Champion of Calvin College’s Prison Initiative

November 26:  No Class – Thanksgiving Weekend

“Live Like Jesus”

December 3Paying It Forward: A Story of Transformation

Tony Johnson, Public Speaker, General Manager at Smashburger, board member at Mel Trotter Ministries

December 10: Virtues & Vices: The Narrow Way or the Wide Way?

Dr. Jim Dekker, Professor of Ministry, Bible and Religion at Cornerstone University

December 17: (A new addition to our fall roster)

Peter Hoekstra, U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands; Member of Congress (1993-2011); President, Hoekstra Global Strategies

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Contemporary Christian Life Issues Forum (CCLI) – Winter / Spring 2018 Session

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Begins January 7 (15 sessions)
Chapel

Come and explore the most current and relevant faith and justice issues affecting our community, nation, and world. This semester we hope you’ll see our topics engaged in a playful dance with sermon topics as we find our way with Jesus in this beautiful mess that is God’s world as we know it. Speakers are often experts in their field. Feel free to just show up! Advance registration is not required.

January 7: The Make-Up of Miracles
Ed Heethuis, beloved CMC member and excellent teacher, retired from Holland Christian

January 14: The Miracle that Did or Didn’t Happen
A Panel Discussion

January 21: Spiritual Warfare in the Modern World
Darrell Morey, evangelist and Bible teacher

January 28: The New Reformation
Rev. Dr. Dennis Voskuil, interim president of Hope College; former president of Western Theological Seminary, professor of church history

February 4, 11 & 18: The Colossian Forum
Rev. Dr. Chris DeVos, manager of church partnership and care at The Colossian Forum

February 25: Cultural Intelligence
Kimberly Bytwerk, MSW in Christian counseling; and former resident director and multi-cultural advocate at Cornerstone University

March 4 & 11: Race Relations – Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Mark Charles, video presentation from the January Series with discussion

March 18: Enabling Witness: People with Disabilities and the Witness of the Church
Dr. Ben Connor, professor of practical theology and director of the graduate certificate in disability and ministry; Melissa Connor, executive director of Renew Therapeutic Riding Center and director of the Friendship House at WTS

March 25: O church, Come Stand in the Light
Bill Payette, director of evangelism outreach at Western Michigan Teen Challenge

April 1 & 8: No Class (Easter & Spring Break)

April 15: Families of All Kinds, Family Across Faiths
Dr. Don Luidens and Paul Heusinkveld

April 22: Ministry with and to Millennials
Speaker still pending

April 29: The Peaceable Kingdom and the Dividing Wall
Joel Schoon-Tanis, whimsical artist, creativity expert, and professional speaker

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Mid-Week Classes

To sign up, contact Lori at 796.3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org.

Breathing Under Water

Tuesday evenings (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
Meets January 9 – March 27 (12 sessions)
Teachers: Karen Bables & Ruth Evenhouse
Room TBD

Advance registration is needed for this class.  Class materials will be distributed in mid-December along with a brief reading assignment in preparation for the first class on January 9.  Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org .

Think about these common phrases: “I can’t seem to get my head above water.” Our business is going underwater.” Being “under water” has become a metaphor for what it’s like to cope with life. Richard Rohr has written a thought-provoking book about learning to breathe underwater, using the framework of the Twelve Steps to teach us how to cope. This book is the foundation for Breathing Under Water, a twelve-session adventure in allowing the Holy Spirit to form us spiritually for the task of living in a chaotic world. This class incorporates book study, stimulating teaching, small group discussions, and creative activities into a unique learning experience. You will learn how to apply the example of the life of Jesus to your own life. You will learn what it means to be a “wounded healer.” You will learn how to let go and let God. You will share a safe environment and the company of fellow Christ-followers who are learning to become a vulnerable community.  Past participants have called the class “life-changing.”  (Book cost: $10.00. If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Cast of Characters: Lost and Found

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins September 13 (13 sessions)
Facilitator:  Bob Bakker
Room 169

The Bible is filled with a cast of characters: King David, Queen Esther, the leper. Many are clear reminders that we are lost before we’re found.  They are witnesses to the promise that when we are the former, we can become the latter. This group will be highly conversational in their shared study of the book Cast of Characters: Lost and Found by master story-teller Max Lucado about all the encounters we have with the Living God.  Come and find that God is still in the business of making the same kind of changes now that He did back then. (Book cost: $13.00. If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Altar Ego

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins in late February or early March (5 sessions)
Actual start date to be determined.
Facilitator:  Bob Bakker
Room 169

You are NOT who you think you are.  If you’ve ever felt insecure, inadequate, or insufficient, this is great news…because you are not yet who you are supposed to be. Instead of living with an ego that is outward-driven and based on other people’s approval, discover how to live with your altar ego – the truth of who you are in Christ.  His masterpiece.  Created perfectly in His image to do what He planned in advance for you to do.  Come discover a new awareness of who you really are in Christ through this DVD driven study and discussion by Craig Groeschel.  Isn’t it time for you to embrace life in the confidence of the God who believes in you? (Book cost: $4.00; Study Guide cost: $4.00. If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

The Story

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
This on-going study continues on January 10
Facilitators:  Eleno & Leticia Torres
Room 164

This class takes a narrative approach to the whole of Scripture.  You will join a small group of people seeking to understand the big picture of God’s Word through reading, DVD presentations, and weekly discussions. The Story is an abridged, chronological Bible that reads like a novel. There are no verse references, and Scripture segments are seamlessly woven together with transition text into a single grand narrative.  Come discover God as He reveals Himself through His Word. (Book cost: $5.00; Study Guide cost: $8.00.  If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

The Mission of Jesus

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins January 10
Contacts:  Andy & Katie Prins
Facilitators: Richie Venhuizen & Marylin Bright
Room 167

Enter the chaos.  Few things make the Bible come alive more than studying it in its original context, where Jesus triumphantly made God’s presence known on earth. For this class, come ready for a “trip” to the Holy Land via Ray VanderLaan’s DVD, The Mission of Jesus. The material is rich and engaging, as will be the community and the small group discussions that take place each week.  Bring your Bible! (Optional – Study Guide cost: $8.00. If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

Men of Character

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins January 10 (6 sessions)
Facilitator:  Roger Perkins
Room 162 / 163

Your character shapes the way you drive your car…and everything else you do as well – Father, Worker, Friend, Husband.  But how does a man develop character?  And can it be measured?  Come join a new group for men interested in the journey. Roger Perkins brings to this class years of training and experience in pastoral counseling, psychology and Christian spiritual formation.  Men of  Character II (6 sessions) will be offered mid-semester as an entry point for new men wanting to join and as a step deeper for those who are already involved.

Child Care is available until 7:30 PM for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.

The Magnificent Story

Thursday evenings (6:30 – 8:00 PM)
Meets January 11 – March 15 (10 sessions)
Teacher: Deb Skirnski
Room TBD

What if the stories we tell and live are too small?  What if the gospel story is true, better, and more beautiful than we have ever imagined? The Magnificent Story invites us out of the shrunken stories of a fear-based and formulaic understanding of the Christian life and into a world of beauty, goodness, and truth (the transcendentals). This experience celebrates with thanksgiving the wonders of sight and sound and touch and taste and smell. This is the first book in a new series being released over the next three years, an extension of the Apprentice Institute – come be an early adapter! (Book cost: $15.00. If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Precepts (Winter 2018): Joshua – Conquering Your Enemies

Thursday evenings (6:45 – 9:00 PM)
Orientation / Book Distribution on January 11 (this night only 6:00 – 7:00 PM)
Study meets January 18 – March 1 (7 sessions)
Facilitator: Rhonda Wiley
Room 166

God said, “Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed.” Increase your faith in God who has put you in His grip and will never let you go!  This study will charge you up and encourage you to press on!

Precepts uses an Inductive Study Method which is an investigative approach to the Bible using observation, interpretation, and application. Time spent observing Scripture to know what the Bible says and using sound principles of interpretation to understand what it means can result in a God-honoring and fulfilling life of Scripture application. (Workbook cost: $15.75.  If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

 

Precepts (Spring 2018): Judges – Driving Out Your Enemies

Thursday evenings (6:45 – 9:00 PM)
Meets March 15 –  April 26 (7 sessions)
Facilitator: Rhonda Wiley
Room 166

If you were not part of the winter study advance registration for the spring study is needed.  Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org for a copy of the workbook.  You will need to complete lesson one for discussion on March 15.

Nothing has changed from the days of the Judges – people still do what is right in their own eyes. Absolutes are shoved aside and the result is bondage to sin. Only God’s truths and moral principles bring peace and freedom from bondage.

Precepts uses an Inductive Study Method which is an investigative approach to the Bible using observation, interpretation, and application. Time spent observing Scripture to know what the Bible says and using sound principles of interpretation to understand what it means can result in a God-honoring and fulfilling life of Scripture application. (Workbook cost: $15.75.  If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

 

Discipleship Quads

A Grass-Roots Discipleship Movement that Moves as You Move

Are you looking for a powerful discipiling experience with a few good friends focused on encouragement and accountability?  Do you need something that is beyond the regular schedules detailed in this booklet?  Then consider starting a discipleship quad.  You design the group, you set the time, and we’ll help you settle into some of the best tools and practices for personal and group transformations. For more information or to sign up, contact Ross Dieleman at 616.796.3363 or rossd@christmemorial.org.

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