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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.  The Bible studies, book studies and other classes that we offer 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.

Contemporary Christian Life Issues (CCLI)

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Meets September 16 – December 9 (12 sessions)
Chapel

Come and explore the most current and relevant faith and justice issues affecting our community, nation, and world. The goal of each session is to  “think Christianly” about each topic so that we can live well in God’s world. Speakers are often experts in their field. Feel free to just show up! Advance registration is not required.

September 16: Churchwide Headlines . . . The RCA as Big “C” and Small “c” Church
Jim Brownson

September 23: Ministry Education Frontlines (Next Generation Ministry)
Andy McCoy

September 30: to be determined

October 7: #adulting
Temple Smith

October 14: The Effects of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)
Brian Davis

October 21: Sin, Systems, & Salvation (Part 1)
Jay Lindell

October 28: Sin, Systems, & Salvation (Part 2)
Jay Lindell

November 4: Positive Options
Bob Weeldreyer

November 11: The Looking Glass and the Make-Up of Me (aka “The Enneagram”) (Part 1)
Ross Dieleman

November 18: The Looking Glass and the Make-Up of Me (aka “The Enneagram”) (Part 2)
Ross Dieleman

November 25: No Class – Thanksgiving Break

December 2: The End of Us and Them
Travis West

December 9: The Sociality of Social Media
Dr. Jayson Dibble

December 16, 23 & 30: No Class – Christmas Break

The Colossian Way: Christian Practices for Polarized Times

Groups are offered on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings.
Limited to 12 participants per group
Advance registration required.  To join a group contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361

Colossians 1:17 says that “In Christ all things hold together.” What a profound claim!  As you may have noticed, there are many things that are pulling the Christian community apart – you might call them “hot topics,” subjects like origins (the faith and science conversation) or human sexuality (the LGBTQ conversation). Contrary to expecting these subjects only to bring harm to the Christian church, what if these “controversies” were actually an opportunity for discipleship and the development of virtue?

The Colossian Way is a small group series built on hope. Our hope is in Jesus Christ who holds all things together.  And our hope is that as His people we actually can behave like Him even while engaging difficult subjects. These issues are complex, and yet they are indeed an opportunity to put the fruit of the Spirit into practice – and the world so desperate needs to see us do it well.  This experience is not intended to “solve” the issue once and for all but even more importantly (1) to gather Christians together, (2) to practice loving God and neighbor while engaging difficult and important subjects, and (3) to witness the body of Christ being built up.

There are currently two Colossian Way “tracks” – Origins and Human Sexuality – with more topics in the pipeline. Each is a ten-week commitment to a group of about 10-12 people eager to learn and grow together, with God’s Word and God’s Spirit as our guide. We have trained leaders, excellent materials, engaging videos, and importantly, your stories.  Find more information at www.colossianforum.org.

Sunday Opportunities:

Origins ▪ Sunday mornings (10:15 – 11:45 AM)  (FULL – waiting list only in case of cancellations!)
child care available
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Nick DeVries & Brianne Roux

Human Sexuality  ▪ Sunday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Elissa Lappenga & Sheila Meiste

Origins ▪ Sunday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Katie Prins & Leon Meiste

Wednesday Opportunities:
(groups do not meet on November 21)

Human Sexuality  ▪ Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) – child care available
Meets September 19 – November 28 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Jen Prince, Norma Hook & Ruth Evenhouse

Origins ▪ Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) – child care available
Meets October 3 – December 12 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Jerry & Jody Colvin

Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings only:  Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.  (Sorry no child care on Sunday evenings.)

New Members Retreat

Sunday afternoon (Noon – 4:30 PM)
Meets November 4 (offered at least twice a year)
Leaders:  Various CMC Staff
To register for the New Members Retreat, contact Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org.

This afternoon experience is for people considering joining the church either as a new believer or as a member transfer.  Here you’ll learn what it means to belong to God and to Christ’s church.  There will also be an overview of the Christian faith, an outline of the history and mission of Christ Memorial Church, opportunities to connect more deeply into the congregation and, of course, a chance to meet other new members and hear their stories.  At the end of the session, you will be prepared to join the church if you so desire. Lunch and snacks will be provided throughout. If you’re not already a member, come on out!

Life and Ministry of the Messiah – Learning the Faith of Jesus

Sundays, Twice a month, September – December
Begins September 23 (5:45 – 7:00 PM)
Meets September 23, then the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month: October 7 & 21, November 4 & 18, December 2 & 16
Contact:  Claire Boersma

In this DVD study historian and teacher Ray VanderLaan illustrates how Jesus’ call to follow him turned the world upside down. Discover how the events of Jesus’ day impacted his life and ministry – and how it affects yours today. This study and discussion is being hosted by the T2 Growth Community.  Everyone is welcome to participate.

T2 is a lively group of singles and couples who enjoy fellowship  and  food.  At the center of the group is spiritual growth and walking the journey of life together. Round table discussions lead to deeper understanding of Scripture and each other.

Mid-Week Classes

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

Breathing Under Water

Monday evenings (6:00 – 8:00 PM)
Meets September 17 – December 3 (12 sessions)
Facilitator:  Dave Hoekstra

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.”

GriefShare

Monday evenings (6:30 – 8:30 PM)
Meets September 10 – December 3 (13 sessions)
Facilitators:  Barb Reilly & Diane Smith

Have you experienced the loss of someone close to you, and are you walking the lonely road of grief?  Please join us. In this group you’ll find a warm and caring environment offering you support and encouragement as you journey through your grief.

To sign-up for GriefShare, contact Ruth Ann Mummert at mummertr@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3396.

Staying in Love

Monday evenings (7:30 – 9:00 PM)
Meets September 24 – October 29 (6 sessions)
Facilitators:  Ray & Sally Beerhorst

We all know what’s required to fall in love. A pulse. Falling in love is easy. But staying there? That’s something else entirely. With more than 1,500 matchmaker organizations in the United States, finding someone is easier than ever, but staying together in marriage seems to get more difficult every day. So. . . is it possible for two people to fall in love and actually stay there? Absolutely! Find out how in this DVD study of Andy Stanley’s Staying In Love.

To sign-up for this study, contact Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3362.

Unfinished – Filling the Hole in Our Gospel

Wednesday evenings (5:15 – 6:45 PM)
Begins September 19 (6 sessions)
Facilitator:  Paul Scholten

In this book / DVD study, participants will rediscover the critical mission of Christ in the world today and the richness of God’s calling on our lives.

Why are you here, what is your purpose, and where do you fit in the bigger story that God is writing? How should your faith affect your career, your money, your families, and your life? And why does it matter? You will find your deepest purpose only when you discover the unique role God created for you to play in his unfolding story.

This study is being hosted by Diners Club.  Diners Club meets for dinner and a time of fellowship before diving into Bible study/discussion. The group participants represent various ages and backgrounds. Diners Club meets until 6:45 so that group participants involved in choir can attend choir rehearsal.

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

DivorceCare

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 8:00 PM)
Meets September 12 – December 19 (13 sessions)
Facilitator: Jeanne Kendrick

Are you going through a divorce or have you recently experienced divorce? DivorceCare is a biblical, Christ-centered divorce support group ministry with expert help by way of video and discussion. This class is designed to encourage  and support you as you grieve the loss of your marriage.

To sign-up for DivorceCare, contact Ruth Ann Mummert at mummertr@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3396.

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

Apprentice

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 19 – December 12 (not meeting on November 21)
Facilitators:  Jeff Huisman, Ross Dieleman & guests
Room 167

An Apprentice is a learner, a student of the master.  They hear what the master says and do what the master does. Christian Discipleship is about being Apprenticed to Jesus. This Apprentice Journey was specifically designed to be a curriculum for Christlikeness, designed particularly because many church were lacking an intentional way of helping people to actually do  what Jesus said.  Put simply, you’ll find this to be a communal experience of falling in love with the God Jesus knew, of learning to put on the character of Christ, and about living a Spirit-filled life of grace and truth and love.

This journey is about changing your life, curing your soul, and not only about getting you into heaven but also about getting heaven into you.  We will be intentional about putting ourselves in the place where transformation is most likely to happen, as God leads.  Whether you are brand new to faith or a long time Christian, this is great opportunity in taking the next step.  It is also a wonderful place to bring new Christian friend so that you can journey together. This year, our particular hope is not only to be teaching all participants to be disciples of Jesus but also to equip them to make disciples – simply and organically. This is what life is about.  Come join the ranks!!

This semester, People of Purpose will host Apprentice. People of Purpose is a continuously open group of young adults and young parents committed to laughing often, loving well, and to thinking “Christianly” about life in God’s world. This group is always welcoming to new people of all ages and meets on Wednesday nights when children’s programming is available.

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

The Colossian Way: Christian Practices for Polarized Times

Groups are offered on Wednesday evenings, Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings.
Limited to 12 participants per group
Advance registration required.  To join a group contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361

Colossians 1:17 says that “In Christ all things hold together.” What a profound claim!  As you may have noticed, there are many things that are pulling the Christian community apart – you might call them “hot topics,” subjects like origins (the faith and science conversation) or human sexuality (the LGBTQ conversation). Contrary to expecting these subjects only to bring harm to the Christian church, what if these “controversies” were actually an opportunity for discipleship and the development of virtue?

The Colossian Way is a small group series built on hope. Our hope is in Jesus Christ who holds all things together.  And our hope is that as His people we actually can behave like Him even while engaging difficult subjects. These issues are complex, and yet they are indeed an opportunity to put the fruit of the Spirit into practice – and the world so desperate needs to see us do it well.  This experience is not intended to “solve” the issue once and for all but even more importantly (1) to gather Christians together, (2) to practice loving God and neighbor while engaging difficult and important subjects, and (3) to witness the body of Christ being built up.

There are currently two Colossian Way “tracks” – Origins and Human Sexuality – with more topics in the pipeline. Each is a ten-week commitment to a group of about 10-12 people eager to learn and grow together, with God’s Word and God’s Spirit as our guide. We have trained leaders, excellent materials, engaging videos, and importantly, your stories.  Find more information at www.colossianforum.org.

Wednesday Opportunities:
(groups do not meet on November 21)

Human Sexuality  ▪ Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) – child care available
Meets September 19 – November 28 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Jen Prince, Norma Hook & Ruth Evenhouse

Origins ▪ Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) – child care available
Meets October 3 – December 12 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Jerry & Jody Colvin

Sunday Opportunities:

Origins ▪ Sunday mornings (10:15 – 11:45 AM)  (FULL – waiting list only in case of cancellations!) – child care available
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Nick DeVries & Brianne Roux

Human Sexuality  ▪ Sunday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Elissa Lappenga & Sheila Meiste

Origins ▪ Sunday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Meets September 16 – November 18 (10 sessions)
Facilitators: Katie Prins & Leon Meiste

Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings only:  Child Care is available for infants and toddlers and Children’s Ministry opportunities exist for children while parent or guardian attends this study.  (Sorry no child care on Sunday evenings.)

Apples of Gold

Thursday evenings (6:00 – 9:00 PM)
Meets October 4 – November 15 (7 sessions)
Meets off-site in leader’s home

Apples of Gold is more than a women’s Bible study.  As you meet weekly, mature women mentor younger married women through:

  1. Topical Bible studies based on Titus 2:3-5
  2. Cooking demonstrations and the sharing of a meal
  3. Encouragement to be the woman God created you to be

Join other women in the Apples of Gold nurturing program and you’ll be blessed as you grow together in your love for God, your family, and others. (Participant cost: $15.00 (includes book and recipe binder).  If needed, scholarships are available.)

If you would be interested in being part of an Apples of Gold group or if you have an interest in being a mentor contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.

Limited to 12 participants.

Precepts – Philippians: How to Have Joy

Thursday evenings (6:45 – 9:00 PM)
Orientation with pizza and workbook distribution on September 13 at 6:00 PM
Meets September 20 – November 15 (9 sessions)
Facilitator: Rhonda Wiley
Room 166

When you read the Bible, do you come away with understanding and insight, or just confusion with lots of questions? Do you struggle to find any relevance for yourself in today’s world?  If so, you will certainly appreciate learning the inductive method of Bible study.

Using this format, discover what Philippians has to say about how to live a joy-filled Christian life regardless of people or circumstances.  Find lasting internal joy, as opposed to external happiness, which cannot be taken away by the world!

A workbook will guide you through the process.  The class meets weekly to discuss findings and to watch a DVD presentation.

Smart Step-Families

Meeting dates and time will be established based on what works best for the majority of those interested in being part of this study
Contact: Susan Rose

All family life is challenging. Functioning as a healthy blended family brings an entirely different set of challenges! If you are a couple considering marriage and becoming a step-family, or you are currently in a step-family relationship, this eight-week journey is for you. Join other blended families in learning together how to grow towards ideal health and healing.

Interested? For more information, contact Susan Rose at azsu9@hotmail.com.

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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