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Young Adults

Who counts as a “Young Adult”?  We are pretty forgiving here: anyone 18 – 40ish, single or married, with or without kids.  After all, the intent of Christ Memorial’s “Young Adult” groups is not age-segregation but rather a purposeful invitation for engagement.  Young adults are certainly welcome and encouraged to participate in any “adult” classes or groups offered elsewhere in this booklet, but the following options are included specifically to make room for this age segment at Christ Memorial too.

Looking for a community of people to do life with as you grow in thinking, loving, serving, and living like Jesus? Contact our Connections Coordinator Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3362.

To register for one or our groups or classes contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

 

SUNDAYS

 

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
Room 162 / 163

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.

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

September 24 & October 1:  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.

The Front Porch

Sunday mornings (10:00 – 10:30 AM)
Meets weekly, year-round
Community Cafe (glass room by Sanctuary)

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.

MID-WEEK

 

People of Purpose

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

This 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 and meets on Wednesday nights when children’s programming and child care are available. This fall, the group will engage a study called What Makes You Happy by Andy Stanley, interspersing that DVD study with real life conversations and social activities. Please find the courage to show up and join the group – for these “People of Purpose” are 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.

Present over Perfect – Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living

Wednesday evenings (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
Begins September 13 (5 weeks)
Facilitators: Holly Everse & Katie Meyer
Room 165

Do you long for connection, meaning, and depth, but often settle for what comes because life is too busy? In this DVD based women’s study and discussion we’ll explore author Shauna Niequest’s invitation to a new way of living – free from the pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an image of perfection. Find encouragement to leave behind busyness and frantic living, and discover instead how to live a more fulfilling life: soaked in grace, rest, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to you.  (Study guide cost: $7.00.  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 mother or guardian attends this study.

Apples of Gold

Thursday evenings (6:00 – 9:00 PM)
Begins September 21 (7 weeks)
Contact: Mary Deur
Meets off-site in a mentor’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.  If needed, scholarships are available; contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.)

Limited to 12 participants.  This opportunity will also be offered in January 2018.

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