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Holland, Michigan 49423


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Classes, programs,

and 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).




For more information or to sign up, contact

Lori at or 616.796.3361.

Contemporary Christian Life Issues (CCLI)

​Sunday mornings (10:00 – 10:55 AM)

Fall Session meets September 15 - December 8 (not meeting December 15 - January 5)

Winter Session meets January 12 - April 26 (not meeting on April 5 and 12)



Come and explore 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. Advance registration is not required. Questions: Contact Lori at


September 15: Families and Technology

Alan Seaborn, Winning at Home, Inc.


Winning At Home encourages people at all ages and stages of family development to lead Christ-centered homes.  As a staff member at Winning at Home, Alan Seaborn is committed to helping bring harmony to parent-child relationships.  In this session of CCLI, Alan will share some of the basic things that every adult in a kid’s life needs to know about walking with them as they learn healthy ways to use technology and the Internet.


September 22: Helping Others Through Difficult Times

Kimberly Bytwerk, LLPC


Many people have the desire to help others as they walk through difficult seasons in life, whether that's conflict, grief, anxiety, or depression, etc. but sometimes aren't sure how to help or what to say.  This session will focus on three counseling tools to help you answer some of that “how” question to aid you as you journey through life with those around you.


September 29: Generation Spark

Dr. Virgil Gulker,  Director of Generation Spark, Hope College


Generation Spark helps churches develop intergenerational mentoring relationships designed to not only retain disappearing youth (16-24) and older adults (45 and older) but also to fully integrate them into the life and leadership of the church.


October 6: When to Use a Prophetic Voice: Speaking Truth Boldly and When to Engage in Civil Discourse

Christy Berghoef, Founder and CEO of The Institute of Faith, Justice and Dialogue


A time for urgency. A time for patience. A time for shouting against injustice. A time for listening. In this session, Christy Berghoef will explore some possibilities around the question of whento promote justice through prophetic imagination and when to engage in civil discourse.


October 13: Authenticity, Wholeness, and the Skeletons in Our Closet

Rev. Dr. Chuck DeGroat, Professor of Counseling and Christian Spirituality at Western Theological

and Co-Founder and a Senior Fellow at Newbigin House of Studies, San Francisco


Christian community is predicated on a life rooted in Christ and connected to one another through this (John 15). But connection is challenging. Adam and Eve hid, and we’ve been hiding ever since.  Shame and fear keep us from moving boldly toward one another. But the Gospel invites deeper authenticity and wholehearted union with God.


October 20: Addiction and Grace

Jake Dunham, ADS, Ottagan Addictions Recovery (OAR)


Jake’s presentation will look at how addiction impacts our community, what benefits there are to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) programs like methodone and suboxone, and a Christian response to substance use disorders and how we can help.


October 27: The Importance of Community

Marybeth Apple Sims, Donor Relations Manager, 70x7 Life Recovery; and Jessica Christopher


Whether it be men and women re-entering society after incarceration or families trying to navigate their absence, a faithful community eases pain and fear.  Walking alongside the hurting and demonstrating how to lean into God is what we are called to do.  We hope you will join us and hear how 70x7 Life Recovery has been impacting our community for over a decade.

November 3: How Are Lives Transformed?

Roger Perkins, President at The Higher Ground Foundation


How are lives transformed? How does character mature? Those questions pose a challenge for all social institutions desiring to make living better for the human race:  families, places of worship, schools, government, the military, businesses - they all function better with individuals who are maturing spiritually / psychologically.  But what is the answer? How does this growth – specifically character development – happen?  We’ll explore some of the primary principles and practices that have proven to change lives into greater dimensions of Christ-likeness.


November 10: Resilient Spaces: How Faith Communities Can Help Address and Prevent Domestic Violence 

Holly Seymour Jasinski, Resilient Spaces Program Facilitator at Resilience: Advocates for Ending Violence


The Resilience mission is to respond to, reduce, and prevent domestic and sexual violence in Ottawa and Allegan counties.  Resilience was formerly known as The Center for Women in Transition.


November 17: Becoming More Aware of Manipulation, Control, and Covert Abuse

Chera Rizk, Coordinator for Women in Difficult Relationships Small Groups


Chera will be talking about different types of abuse (especially the more covert types), the profile of an abuser mentality, the cycle of abuse, misconceptions about abuse, how common abuse is in church circles, and being introduced to good resources to learn more about abuse.


November 24: Dusting Off Some C.S. Lewis - Revisited

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.


December 1: Managing Conflict: Saying the Hard Things with Grace

Dr. Jayson Dibble, Associate Professor of Communication, Hope College


God's people are called to love one another, and we should work to communicate with love. But no matter how good we are at communicating, some things seem harder to say than others. Disagreeing with your spouse about the kids, disagreeing with family about politics (!), or sharing news about the death of a loved one can cause anxiety and frustration to the point where we might not say what we need to say. Join us to explore why avoiding these conversations isn't always the best policy. We'll also discuss some research-based ideas to frame our thoughts about tough conversations and keep our anxieties in check, and we'll develop some ways to communicate with greater grace and success. 

December 8: Millennials and GenZ:  How the Rising Generations Will Impact the Church

Rev. Dr. Mary S. Hulst, College Chaplain, Calvin College


We hear all the time that the next generations are leaving the church.  Is that true? If so, how do we respond?  How are these two generations different from each other? What does all of this mean for youth ministries, singles ministries, digital ministries, preaching, worship....?

No class on December 15, 22, 29 and January 5.

January 12:  The Life of a Sparrow: A Non-Worry Teaching for the Worry-Prone 

Dr. Temple Smith, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hope College


January 19:  Topic and speaker details still being coordinated


January 26: Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind: Bringing College to Prison

Dr. Richard Ray, Professor of Kinesiology, Hope College;

Dr. David Stubbs, Professor of  Ethics and Theology, Western Theological Seminary


February 2: Income Diversity

Dr. Steven McMullen, Associate Professor of Economics, Hope College


February 9: Reformed Church in America: Vision 2020 Options

Rev. David VanOpstall


February 16: Digging Deep:  Sport, Ethics, Faith & Life

Dr. Chad Carlson, Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of General Education, Hope College

February 23:  Homelessness / Affordable and Low Income Housing

Lyn Raymond, Director of the Lakeshore Housing Alliance


March 1:  Housing Next

Ryan Kilpatrick, Executive Director at Housing Next


March 8: What Does It Mean to be Catholic Today?

Dr. Jack Mulder, Professor of Philosophy, Hope College (Author of the book, What Does It Mean to be Catholic?)


March 15: Journeys of Hope: A Refugee Story

Adam Baker, Transitional Foster Care Site Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services - Holland


March 22:  Community Unity and Policing Policy in Holland

Sgt. Larry Matzen, Holland Police Department


March 29: The Sabbath

Dr. Tavis West, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Old Testament, Western Theological Seminary


April 5 & 12: No Class - Spring Break and Easter


April 19: Engaging Community to Advance Racial Justice in Schools

Andrea Mehall, Director of Holland Early College Program, Assistant Principal of Holland High School,

Active member of the HPS Equity Alliance


April 26: Topic: Reviewing a literary work

Mark Hiskes, English Teacher at Holland Christian High School 


The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You

​Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Begins January 5

Facilitator:  Janet Rodriguez

Room 164


If God has a perfect vision for your life, why does spiritual growth seem so difficult? In this video-based study, author John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to that question, and he has organized his thoughts and God's words into a straightforward and timely guide for living your best life. This study will show how God's perfect vision for you starts with a powerful promise. All those who trust in God “will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit” (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Ortberg urges you to recognize your brokenness, understand that God is the project manager, and follow His directions. The author first helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. Then he provides detailed tasks and exercises to help you live in the flow of the Spirit, circumventing real-world barriers - pain and sorrow, temptations, self-doubt, sin - to flourish even in a dark and broken world. As you start living in the flow, you will feel: a deeper connection with God, a growing sense of joy, an honest recognition of your brokenness, less fear, more trust, a growing sense of being ‘rooted in love’, and a deeper sense of purpose. God invites you to join Him in crafting an abundant and joy-filled life. The Me I Want to Be shows you how to graciously accept His invitation.


Hosted by Open Hearts, Open Hands (OHOH) Growth Community. Despite differences in age, gender, marital status, life experiences, and length of involvement at Christ Memorial, OHOH is dedicated to living humble lives of service. This group uses  Scripture, the preached Word, prayer, and each other’s wise counsel to strengthen their walk with their Lord. Their trust, vulnerability, and genuine care for one another give this group a family feel.

Prophets & Kings: Being in the Culture and Not of It

Sunday evenings (5:45 - 7:00 PM)

Begins January 5

Contacts:  Paul & Nancy Vryhof

Room 165 - 166


Part of the That the World May Know Series by Ray VanderLaan with Stephen & Amanda Sorenson, this study focuses in on the question: “Whom shall I serve?” In ancient times, the Hebrews faced that decision daily. The consequences of their choice are the stories that make up the Old Testament.  Join us as we explore  the turbulent history of Israel’s prophets and kings and learn from their story how to build your own devotion to and trust in God.


Hosted by Prime Time Growth Community: A fun group of Christ - followers who study, serve, and pray together. This group of believers supports each other in both good and bad times with their prayers, cards and meals as they grow together in Christ’s love. Whether single or married, you are welcome to join the group. Expect good food and good fellowship from this vibrant, caring, and joyful group!


Sunday, January 26 (10:00 - 10:55 AM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other CMC Staff

Room 169


Belonging: Ever find yourself in a crowd of people you don’t know, in a new place you’re unfamiliar with, and wonder if you belong? At Belonging we serve a light breakfast, gather around a table, let you know a little more about us, and invite you to share how you found yourself here. You’ll meet other folks, some of the staff, and have time to ask questions. If we succeed, you’ll leave feeling a little bit more like you belong. Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step. (Part of the series: Belonging, Believing, Becoming; S.H.A.P.E.)


Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Meets March 1, 8 & 15 (3 sessions)

Facilitators: Marylin Bright & Dara Nykamp

Room 169


Have you ever wondered, “Who am I?” Or have you ever thought, “What is my purpose in life?”  Here's the great news: The mystery is over. The S.H.A.P.E. class is filled with tools that will help you discover answers to those questions.  




For more information or to sign up, contact

Lori at or 616.796.3361.

Apprentice for Men

Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

This on-going study continues on January 15

Facilitators: Roger Perkins & Leon Meiste

Room 168


The Apprentice series provides a structure for integrating the core teachings of Jesus into daily life to such a degree as to mature men into fully devoted Christ-led servant learners. This series is designed for men who desire character growth.


Wednesday, February 5 (6:00 - 7:30 PM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff

Room 169


Believing:  This gathering is designed to help you understand the core set of beliefs here at Christ Memorial as well as share with you the standards of the Reformed Church in America. While we do not have to agree on everything as a group, we want you to know where we stand on humanity, sin, God, Jesus, and salvation. Don’t worry, we will have plenty of time here to ask questions as well. Step two is behind you.  (Part of the series: Belonging, Believing, Becoming; S.H.A.P.E.)



Wednesday, February 12 (6:00 - 7:30 PM) (1 session)

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff

Room 169


Becoming: A seed that becomes a plant draws nutrients from the soil, air, and water. So too our process of becoming involves the people and environment around us. This gathering is the final step in becoming a member of Christ Memorial Church. We tell our stories of God at work in our lives, are introduced to ministries and tools for us to discover and utilize our gifts, and make a commitment to love, encourage, and support one another. And if you want them, we will give you offering envelopes. (Part of the series: Belonging, Believing, Becoming; S.H.A.P.E.)



Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Begins January 22 (9 sessions) 

Facilitator: Rick Dernberger

Room 165


Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle.  Furthermore, good relationships depend on maintaining effective personal boundaries. But, many people don’t know where to start. Based on the bestselling book, Boundaries and drawing on principles from the Bible, this DVD-based study can help make a life-changing difference. As a participant, you’ll learn how to live your life more fully, display truth, and love more freely.


The Colossian Way - Christian Practices for Polarized Times

Monday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Begins in February, exact dates TBD (10 sessions)

Facilitators: Elissa Lappenga & Ron Wolthuis

Topic: Gender Differences


The Colossian Way is a small-group experience built on hope. Our hope is in Jesus Christ who holds all things together (Colossians 1:17).  And our hope is that as His people we actually can learn to behave like Him even while engaging and discussing together “hot topic” issues. We do this in the hope that, when done in faithful ways, we will witness the body of Christ built up. This experience is not intended to “solve” a specific issue once and for all, but rather to build a capacity for working on important questions in a way that reflects faithful obedience to Christ. This is a ten-week commitment to a group of about 10 - 12 people eager to learn and grow together guided by God’s Word and God’s Spirit. We have trained leaders, excellent materials, and engaging videos. For more information visit:

Plans are in process for a possible spring Colossian Way Politics group.  Watch for more details to come.

Something Needs to Change - A Call to Make Your Life Count in a World of Urgent Need

Wednesday evenings (5:15 - 6:45 PM)

Begins January 15

Contact:  Doris VanKooten

Room 167


While leading a team on a week-long trek of the Himalayas, bestselling author and pastor David Platt was stunned by the human needs he encountered, an experience so dramatic that it “changed the trajectory of my life.” Meeting a man who'd lost his eye from a simple infection and seeing the faces of girls stolen from their families and trafficked in the cities, along with other unforgettable encounters, opened his eyes to the people behind the statistics and compelled him to wrestle with his assumptions about faith. In this video-based study, Something Needs to Change, Platt invites us to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, “Where is God in the middle of suffering?” “What makes my religion any better than someone else's religion?” and “What do I believe about eternal suffering?” Platt has crafted an irresistible message about what it means to give your life for the gospel - to finally stop talking about faith and truly start living it.


Hosted by Diners Club Growth Community. Diners Club meets for dinner and a time of fellowship before Bible study/discussion. The group participants represent various ages and backgrounds. Diners Club meets until 6:45 to honor their members who have choir rehearsal.

Small Group Bible Study

​Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Meets year round ▪ Just show up!

Facilitator: Wayne Lazarock

Green Room, just inside Entrance D


If you are looking for a verse by verse by verse study of the Bible this small group is for you!  The group is currently 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. The focus of this study and discussion group is not simply on growing in knowledge, but in seeking to live out God’s Word in your daily walk, and sharing what those life experiences look like with others in the group.  This group meets year-round and is continuously open to new people joining in.


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 Bible.