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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 January 13 – April 28 (13 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. Questions: Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.

January 13: Next Generation Ministry Dr. Andy McCoy, Director, Center for Ministry Studies / Assistant Professor of Ministry Studies, Hope College Dr. McCoy’s scholarly interests include Christian worship and spiritual formation, contemporary culture and interdisciplinary research on the relationship between Christian faith and science.

January 20: Faith and Race and Community in the Petri Dish that is College Life Rev. James Ellis III, Chaplain of Discipleship, Hope College Believing that Christian community requires intentionality, deference to Scripture and reliance on the work of the Holy Spirit, Rev. Ellis is always on the lookout for ways to encourage students in their faith and connect them with like-minded peers and mentors. He will share how his journey led him to Hope College and how he interacts with Hope students, especially as the Chaplain in charge of the highly participative “Gathering” held each Sunday evening in Dimnent Chapel.

January 27: Kids in Our Community and the Effects of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Dr. Brian Davis, Superintendent, Holland Public Schools What do ACE’s have to do with a healthy body, mind and soul? The impact of mental health on families and children in our community.   Dr. Davis will share the results of recent surveys and the risk factors associated with primary and secondary trauma in our community.  Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future life-long health and opportunity.  These adverse experiences can be reduced if they are understood and resources mobilized.

February 3:  What Holland Needs to Know about “Black Lives Matter” Dr. Fred Johnson, Associate Professor of History, Hope College Dr. Johnson will speak on the “Black Live Matter” movement as it effects the West Michigan area.

February 10: Discerning Truth in a Culture of Lies Dr. James Herrick, The Guy VanderJagt Professor of Communication, Hope College Dr. Herrick’s area of expertise includes:  History and theory of rhetoric, argumentation, and rhetoric of technology.  He has been the Guy VanderJagt Professor of Communication at Hope College since 2001.

February 17: Theological Dis-Integration: Naming the Gap between our Formal and Functional Theologies Rev. Larry Terlouw In light of the contentious and divisive nature dominating our culture these days, Rev. Terlouw will lead us in exploring this subject through the biblical instructions to “love” and to “forgive”. Where and why are the disconnects?  Why is bridging the gap so essential in our personal and social lives? We will explore the various spiritual disciplines and avenues for being and living central divine-human virtues such as “Love” and “Forgiveness”.

February 24: Christians Navigating the World of Sport – Competition, Engagement, and Voice Dr. Chad Carlson, Associate Professor of Kinesiology / Director of General Education,  Hope College Christians honestly navigating the world of sport is a complex undertaking.  There are paradoxes and apparent incompatibilities between the culture of sport and Christianity with which the thoughtful fan and athlete must wrestle. Some of this discrepancy arises from within sport; some arises from influences external to sport.

March 3: Dusting Off Some C.S. Lewis Dr. Tom Smith, The Dr. Leon A. Bosch ’29 Professor of Management, Hope College Paradoxes.  Ironies.  Ambiguities.  Mysteries.  All words that describe situations or teachings where clear understanding is difficult to achieve.  Unfortunately, these are also words that often describe our experience with certain passages and concepts found in Scripture.  C.S. Lewis had a talent and intellect and ability to make the profound simple.  Our session will highlight how Lewis provided helpful insights into some of the paradoxes, ironies, ambiguities, and mysteries we daily encounter in our reading and living out of Scripture.

March 10: City Council and the Churches:  What Does Constructive Interaction Look Like? Panel: Dave Hoekstra, Raul Garcia, Brian Lynn, Jay Peters Government and faith: can they co-exist? Join some of our Holland City Council members as they lead us in a discussion on the roles and mutual effects of local church and state relationships.

March 17:  Faith on Film Dr. Roy Anker, English Professor, Calvin College In this session we will be looking at clips and talking about American writer-director Terrence Malick’s recent film, The Tree of Life (2011), the winner of the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival.  Malick is one of this country’s most celebrated filmmakers, though he is little recognized as such, especially by those who should pay special heed to his work, notably the Christian community.  The Tree of Life stars Jessica Chastain, Sean Penn, and Brad Pitt (who started out as one of the film’s producers) and tells the history of the devoutly Roman Catholic O’Brien family from 1950s to the present, especially as it deals with the worst of family tragedies.  At the center of that loss Malick wrestles with the questions of Job, ones to which there are no easy answers.

March 24:  Safe People Terri Caldwell, Open Arms Ministry Coordinator, Christ Memorial Church As followers of Christ and leaders in His kingdom do you desire to be a safe person for the people that you encounter?  Would you like people to walk away from a conversation with you feeling heard and valued?  In this presentation Terri Caldwell will speak on attributes we can live out that will help others to know and treasure us as “safe people.”

March 31 & April 7:  No class – Spring Break

April 14:  Fair Trade Practices Sara Russell, Manager of The Bridge The Bridge is Holland’s only fair trade store, featuring handmade jewelry, scarves, baskets, sculptures, and other handmade gifts and products from 35 developing countries.  The Bridge is an outreach of the Western Theological Seminary.

April 21:  No class – Easter

April 28: Civil Religion: Exposing America’s G(g)od

Dr. Jeff Polet, Professor of Political Science, Hope College

“Civil Religion” has a long and complicated history and has presented a particular challenge for Christians who have been taught to distinguish “the things of God” from “the things of Caesar.” Early American religious settlements were inherently political, but with the passage of time and the Constitution those “establishments” were disentangled. In this presentation, we will define what civil religion is, look at how it has manifested itself in American history, evaluate it, and discuss its implications for both faith and politics.

New Members Retreat

Sunday afternoon (Noon – 4:30 PM)
Meets March 10 (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!

The Colossian Way: Christian Practices for Polarized Times

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) or politics. 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 desperately 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. This is a ten-week commitment to a group of about 10-12 people each 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 Opportunity: Politics  ▪ Sunday mornings (8:45 – 10:15 AM OR 10:15 – 11:45 AM, depending on sign ups) Meets April 14 – June 30 (10 sessions) Facilitators: Elissa Lappenga & Jen Prince Room 168 Child Care is available for infants and toddlers.      Wednesday Opportunity: Politics  ▪ Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) Meets April 10 – June 12 (10 sessions) Facilitators: Norma Hook & Ruth Evenhouse Room 164   Wednesday Opportunity: Human Sexualtiy  ▪ Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) Meets April 17 – June 19 (10 sessions) Facilitators: Rich & Leslie Herbig Room 169 

Mid-Week Classes

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

Boundaries

One Night Session, Thursday, April 11 (6:30 – 8:00 PM) 

Facilitator: Rick Dernberger

Room 167

If you would like to enhance your leadership or relational skills you are invited to join this class. Sign up by contacting Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

GriefShare

Monday evenings (6:30 – 8:30 PM) Meets January 7 – April 1 (13 sessions)

Facilitators:  Barb Reilly & Diane Smith

Room 169

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.

DivorceCare

Not meeting during the Winter 2019 Session

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)

Facilitator:  Jeff Huisman

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 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

Sunday Mornings 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) or politics. 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 desperately 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. This is a ten-week commitment to a group of about 10-12 people each 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 Opportunity: Politics

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)

Meets April 10 – June 12 (10 sessions)

Facilitators: Norma Hook & Ruth Evenhouse

Room 164

Wednesday Opportunity: Human Sexuality

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)

Meets April 17 – June 19 (10 sessions)

Facilitators: Rich & Leslie Herbig

Room 169

Sunday Colossian Way Group:

Sunday Opportunity: Politics

Sunday mornings (8:45 – 10:15 AM OR 10:15 – 11:45 AM, depending on sign ups)

Meets April 14 – June 30 (10 sessions)

Facilitators: Elissa Lappenga & Jen Prince

Room 168

Child Care is available for infants and toddlers.

Small Group Bible Study

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM) Meets January 9 – March 27

Facilitator: Wayne Lazarock Green Room, just inside entrance D

This small group will be studying Matthew using John MacArthur’s study guide on this gospel.  In this study of Matthew, you’ll be digging deep into God’s Word as you explore Jesus’ miraculous birth, His response to the test of His Kingliness, His inauguration, His miracles, His teachings, and His public ministry. MacArthur Bible Studies provide intriguing examinations of the whole of Scripture. Each guide incorporates extensive commentary, detailed observations on overriding themes, and probing questions to help you study the Word of God with guidance from John MacArthur.

Apples of Gold

To be offered again Fall 2019

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.) Limited to 12 participants.

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

Precepts: Galatians – Who has bewitched you? Why and How?

Thursday evenings (6:45 – 9:00 PM)

Class meets March 14 – April 25 Facilitator: Rhonda Wiley

Room 166

As the gospel spread across the Roman world in the first decades after Jesus’ earthly ministry, conflict arose. Jews and Gentiles were believing the gospel, and a struggle over what it meant to be a Christian began. What does it mean to live under grace? Do you have to keep the Law to be a Christian? All of it or just part of it? Who is right? How will we know? God used an apostle to write a letter to some churches that were struggling with this issue, a letter that still speaks today. Its message clearly defines the relationship between Law and grace, and how Christians live under grace, led by the Spirit, free from bondage. ABOUT PRECEPTS: 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. 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. The class meets weekly to discuss findings and to watch a DVD presentation. A workbook will guide you through the process. Workbook Cost: $15.75 (A limited number of partial scholarships are available. To request a scholarship contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.) TO SIGN-UP or for more information, contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

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