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).

 

All in person gatherings are paused until further notice!

 

The groups listed in the top section of this page are continuing to meet virtually using

the online platform Zoom.  For the Zoom meeting invite, contact the class facilitator.

 

For more information, contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 616.796.3361.

 

Good News - The Book of Acts

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

Facilitator: Dara Nykamp

Online Zoom Meeting - contact Dara for meeting invite!

This virtual "drop-in" study group is focusing on reading and discussing the book of Acts, looking at the way God shaped and formed the early church. As we approach each chapter, the discussion centers around the core question: “How is this good news for the world today?” Feel free to attend when you can any Sunday morning via Zoom - joining this chapter by chapter study of Acts in "virtual community" with others.

Thursday Men’s Bible Study (ThuMBS)

Thursday mornings (7:07*  – 8:17 AM)

Meets year-round

Facilitator: Stephen McCarthy

Online Zoom Meeting - contact Stephen for meeting invite!

 

This men’s group meets virtually for weekly online fellowship, study, discussion and prayer beginning at 7:07 a.m. via Zoom.  We are committed to offering a genuine, transparent experience for men of all ages.  Men of all ages are always welcome to join the group!   We are studying Romans using the NavPress Life Change Series.  A limited number of study guides are available, contact lorib@christmemorial.org.

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Contemporary Christian Life Issues (CCLI)

​​Sunday mornings (10:00 – 10:55 AM)

This class is in recess until September.

 

Join us next September as together we 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. Questions: Contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org.​

 

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

 

​Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM)

Facilitator:  Janet Rodriguez

This study is currently not meeting.

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.

S.H.A.P.E.

Sunday mornings (10:00 - 10:55 AM) (3 sessions)

Facilitators: Marylin Bright & Dara Nykamp

This study is currently not meeting.

 

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. 

The Colossian Way - Christian Practices for Polarized Times:

Women & Men in God's Image

Monday evenings (7:00 - 8:30 PM)

Facilitators: Elissa Lappenga, Ron Wolthuis & Jen Prince

This study is currently not meeting.

 

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.

 

Have you ever found yourself wondering if or how the church should address the issue of pornography? What might be the best way for the church to begin to address the topic of spousal abuse? Do you ever wonder why some congregations refuse to allow women to serve as elders, deacons, or pastors? Have you ever found yourself wondering why the church is not more involved in issues relating to human trafficking? Christ Memorial again has the unique opportunity to host a pilot class of The Colossian Way. In the class Women and Men in God's Image participants will tackle some of our most challenging issues surrounding men and women through grace filled listening and dialogue. In a culture of deepening division, come be a part of God’s movement toward unity amidst uniqueness. 

Your Money Made Simple

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

Facilitators: Kevin Klok

This study is currently not meeting.

 

More than a class on how to budget or get out of debt, Your Money Made Simple explores and de-mystifies the confusing and often daunting task of managing the resources God has given us. After learning key Biblical financial concepts, participants will have the opportunity to go deeper in specific areas of financial and resource management as needed.

Apprentice for Men

​Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Facilitators: Roger Perkins & Leon Meiste

This study is currently not meeting.

 

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.

Small Group Bible Study

​​Wednesday evenings (6:00 - 7:30 PM)

Meets year round

Facilitator: Wayne Lazarock

This study is currently not meeting.

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.

Boundaries

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

Facilitator: Rick Dernberger

This study is currently not meeting.

 

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.

 

Belonging

​Hosted by Lynn White & other CMC Staff (1 session)

This class will be rescheduled when social distancing has ended.

 

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.)  Sign up by contacting Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 616-796-3362. 

Believing

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff (1 session)

This class will be rescheduled when social distancing has ended.

 

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.)  Sign up by contacting Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 616-796-3362. 

 

Becoming

Hosted by Lynn White & other Christ Memorial Staff (1 session)

This class will be rescheduled when social distancing has ended.

 

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.)  Sign up by contacting Lynn White at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 616-796-3362.

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