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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 Apprentice Series is 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.

All the Places to Go – How Will You Know?

Sunday mornings (9:00 – 10:00 AM)
Begins September 10 (6 sessions)
Facilitators:  Jon & Patti Mulder

This class is geared specifically for Young Adults.

What should you do for a living?  Who should you marry?  Should you stay or should you go?  Designed for young adults sorting out life direction, this class is a conversation about exploring with God the open doors of life – opportunities provided by God, to act with God, and for God.  Come find company with which to discern life direction and to wonder what a faithful life looks like.  Patti is a professional counselor, and Jon is a wise and funny business man.  It may be impossible to dislike them!

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

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.

New Member Starting Point

This class (same material and schedule) is offered twice on Sunday mornings.
Sunday mornings (9:00 – 10:00 or 10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Begins September 17 (5 sessions)
Contact:  RuthAnn Mummert

Are you interested in becoming a member of Christ Memorial? Belonging to a church is a rich and rewarding experience. If you would like to learn more about Christ Memorial Church or are ready to join the body of Christ here, this class is for you! For more information or to sign up, contact RuthAnn 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.

The Front Porch

Sunday mornings (10:00 – 10:30 AM)
Open each Sunday, year-round
Community Cafe

Existing as a connecting hub for young adults, this group gathers between the two morning worship services for high class coffee at high top tables. Please come and risk a new relationship.  This age-stage of life is full of wild transitions and new opportunities and yet it can be lonely.  Come be a friend, bring a friend, or meet a friend. Feel free to come early or stay late.

The Mission of Jesus – A Bible in Context Study

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Begins September 17 (14 sessions)
Facilitators:  Jeff & Tam Velderman & Shelly Arnold
Room 168

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! (Hosted by Walking in Faith.) (Study Guide (optional): $8.00.)

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

Love to Pray

Sunday mornings (10:30 – 11:30 AM)
Begins November 5 (3 sessions)
Facilitator:  Bill Brownson
Room 160 / 161

Do you love to pray or struggle to love it?  This class is based on a book of the same title – a wonderful tool in learning to “Love to Pray.” Dr. Brownson has a life-long passion for prayer.  He was the President of Words of Hope and a former professor of preaching at Western Theological Seminary.  Come learn from this master teacher and acquire skills to add depth and joy to your prayer life. This is a three-week intensive; don’t miss out!

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

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: Jeff Huisman & Ryan Venhuizen & Cathy Dreyer
Chapel

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.)

Fire on the Mountain – Displaying God to a Broken World

Sunday evenings (5:45 – 7:00 PM)
Begins September 17 (6 sessions)
Contact:  Nancy Vryhof
Room 165 / 166

When the Israelites left Egypt they were finally free.  Free from persecution, free from oppression, and free to worship their own God. But with that freedom comes a new challenge – learning how to live together the way God intends.  Come join the discussion and together with others discover how God teaches the Israelites what it means to be part of a community that loves Him and the lessons we can begin to live out in our lives today. Prime Time will be hosting this DVD study and discussion of Ray VanderLaan’s  Fire on the Mountain.  (Hosted by Prime Time.)

Contemporary Christian Life Issues Forum (CCLI)

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

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 September 10 (11 sessions)
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 best leaders were to share their wisdom as a way of “passing the baton” from one generation to the next? In this new class, you’ll hear the stories of success and failure – and lessons learned throughout – from our “faculty” speakers.  It will follow a two-week format – the first week 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. This class is geared for our next generation of leaders, age 20-50.

September 10 & 17:  John Spoelhof, Former President  and CEO of  Prince Corporation, Founder of  Bayside Capital

September 24 & October 1“Sharing Secrets”  presented by Dr. Nancy Miller, Hope College Professor and Dean Emerita, and “Mom-in-Chief”

October 8 & 15:  Garth Deur, National Board Chairman at Bethany Christian Services; Former President/CEO of Lake Michigan Financial Corporation

October 22 & 29:  Brian Koop, Former Johnson Controls Vice President and General Manager – Interiors; Former Senior Vice President of JCI Leadership Institute

November 5 & 12:  The Dick and Ethie Haworth Family, Founding family of Haworth Inc.

November 19: Video Presentation from Global Leadership Summit

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.

Apprentice – The Good and Beautiful Community

Tuesday evenings (6;30 – 8:30 PM)
Begins September 19 (9 sessions)
Facilitators: Doug & Mary Ann Hayden
Room 169

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! (Book cost: $13.00. If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Breathing Under Water

Meets weekly
New Breathing Under Water classes will be offered in January 2018.
Teachers: Karen Bables & Ruth Evenhouse

Here is a hard truth that most prefer to deny: we are all addicted to something.  We cannot stop the drowning waters of our addictive culture from rising, but we must at least see our reality for what it is, seek to properly detach from it, and then build a “coral castle” in which we learn to “breath under water.”  The New Testament calls it salvation, the Twelve Steps calls it recovery, and this course is about the kind of spirituality that accompanies both. Advance registration is helpful to ensure class materials are available for you. Registration will begin in late November for the January 2018 class.  (Book cost: $10.00. If needed, scholarships are available. Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Alpha

The fall Alpha class has been cancelled.  Alpha will likely be offered again during the 2018 Winter or Spring sessions.

Alpha is an internationally-respected introductory course in the Christian faith that focuses on food and fellowship, excellent new DVD teachings, and discussion groups. It is as much a community experience as it is a growth opportunity. If you are new to the Christian faith or unsure of your answers to questions like “Who is Jesus?” and “What does the Holy Spirit do?”, then this is the course for you.

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

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.

Men of Character I

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins September 13 (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 Story

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins September 13
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.

What Makes You Happy

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins September 13
Contacts:  Andy & Katie Prins
Room 167

Engrained in North American DNA is the “right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”  Are you happy?  This DVD study by Andy Stanley will explore the 3 things that all happy people have in common, and how you can have those things as well. Hosted by People of Purpose – so come expecting not only a good study but also good company!

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

Precepts: James – A Faith That’s Real

Thursday evenings (6:45 – 9:00 PM)
Orientation / Book Distribution September 7 (this night only 6:00 – 7:00 PM)
Study begins September 14 (10 sessions)
Facilitator: Rhonda Wiley
Room 166

What is true faith? How should you live the  Christian life? Each verse of this practical study of James is alive with instructions, admonition, and encouragement. Learn God’s principles for dealing with trials, temptations, the tongue, and the pull of the world.

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: $22.50.  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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