Discipleship classes, programs, and events are intended to be "stepping stones" for people on the journey toward life with Christ. 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, contact Lori at 796-3361 or firstname.lastname@example.org
SUNDAY CLASSES (men and women)
Additional studies can be found under Groups
Contemporary Christian Life Issues (CCLI)
Sunday mornings, 10:50–11:50am
Meets September - December; January - April
Chapel off the Rotunda
The Contemporary Christian Life Issues class explores 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. For more information contact Lori at email@example.com.
September 25: An Update on the Russian-Ukrainian War
Dr. John A. Bernbaum, President of BEAM (Business and Education as Mission), Inc., a private foundation that supports educational programs in Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia.
(note this is a modification to our original schedule)
If you attended Dr. Bernbaum's presentation to our class attendees this past summer, you know how thrilled we are to be able to bring him back again! In this presentation, he will speak with us on the shifting dynamics of the war; how the Ukrainians are dealing with the continuing violence and artillery attacks; and what Christians in Ukraine can do to live out their faith in this difficult context.
Dr. Bernbaum previously served as President of the Russian-American Christian University in Moscow (1995 – 2014) and as Director of the American Studies Program and Executive Vice President of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (1976 – 1995). After completing his Ph.D. in European and Russian history at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, he spent four years at the U. S. Department of State (1972-1976).
October 2: Christian Faith and Critical Race Theory
Matt R. Jantzen, Th.D., Assistant Professor of American Ethnic Studies, Hope College; author of God, Race, and History: Liberating Providence
Until recently, critical race theory was a fairly obscure academic discipline that emerged in the 1980’s. Why is everyone talking about it in 2022? In this session, we will explore the history and basic tenets of critical race theory, discuss its recent emergence in public discourse, and reflect on its significance for Christian belief and practice in the twenty-first century.
October 9: From the Memoirs of Professor Nicholas Wolterstorff: The Intersection of Learning and Living in Academia, Church and Society
Nicholas P. Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale Divinity School; author of numerous books, including Lament for a Son
Join us on October 9 not only for the reflections of a beloved Calvin College professor, but how he sees the intersection of his faith to the issues of our time. Many of our CMC members had Professor Wolterstorff in his Philosophy classes for 30 years at Calvin. He finished his career as a distinguished professor at Harvard and Yale. Don't miss this conversation hosted by Rev. John Kleinheksel.
October 16: The Forgotten Children
Helen Zeerip, Founder, Grant Me Hope; President, Teddy’s Transport
Helen Zeerip joins us today discussing the plight of foster children, what happens when they age out of the foster care system, and what her organization and we as a community, can do about it. (www.grantmehope.org)
October 23: Can we talk? (Even if it’s about politics?!?)
Rob Pocock, Assistant Professor of Communication, Hope College; former strategist for several campaigns throughout West Michigan
In the heart of the mid-term election cycle, political conversations with friends and even family can be difficult. This class won’t have easy answers (sorry) but it will introduce you to three tools you can use for self-reflection, critical analysis and (hopefully) civil discourse with others in our community.
October 30: Islam: A Brief Introduction for Christians - Part 3
Dr. Matthew Kuiper, Assistant Professor of Religion, Hope College
Islam is the second largest religion in the world and on pace to become the largest by 2070. The basics of Islamic history and belief will be covered, along with implications for Christian-Muslim relations and interactions in today's world. Dr. Kuiper will review the earlier material presented last fall and then focus on Islam in the modern period and some special issues in Christian relations with Muslims.
November 6: Career Advice from God
Shonn Colbrunn, Executive Director, Boerigter Center for Calling and Career, Hope College
One third of your life - about 90,000 hours - will be spent at work. How can we be sure we are doing the work God wants us to do? Shonn will share reflections from his work at Hope College's Boerigter Center for Calling and Career and provide insights on how to listen for God's guidance as we make vocational choices throughout our lives.
November 13: Child Care: Understanding the Challenges and Celebrating the Success
Colleen Walters, Executive Director, Lakeshore Little People's Place
We see and hear the media reporting about the lack of child care options available to families. Why is that? What happened that created this problem? We'll explore not only the ins and outs of childcare, but also examine what it means to provide quality care and education to children. Understanding the demands and challenges of this profession will shed light on how extraordinary
child care providers are and how critical this service is to the parents and families of our community.
November 20: Supporting Those with Mental Illness During the Holiday Season
Steve and Jill Miskelley, Be Better Holland
In 2020, Steve and Jill Miskelley started a non-profit, public charity focused on mental wellness. Their mission is to empower teens, young adults, and their support network to prevent suicides and achieve lifelong mental wellness. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness - either their own or as family and friends of loved ones who suffer from mental health issues. Join us as the Miskelleys discuss providing on-going support to loved ones who have mental health symptoms or have a mental Illness - a guide for the holiday season.
November 27: No Class - Thanksgiving Break
December 4: Giving Wings to Those in Need; How Wings of Mercy Shares God’s Love Through General Aviation
Fred Honore’, Board of Directors President, Wings of Mercy;
Grace Spelde, Flight Director, Wings of Mercy
Our compassion flights can be the bridge to better healthcare for those with a severe illness or a way home for those injured while traveling, and you don’t have to be a pilot to help.
December 11: Navigating Perfection, Performance, and Purpose – How an Opera Singer Learned to Make Music to Glorify God
Dr. Steve Martin, Director of Worship Arts, Christ Memorial Church
Steve will share his experiences as a professional opera singer, the toxic nature of the field, the pressures to perform perfectly, and how his self-worth was completely dependent on his voice. He will discuss his struggles in finding purpose in the music he made and examine the conflation of self-worth and career.
The Potter’s Clay Bible Study
Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45am
Teachers: Deb Skirnski and Rhonda Wiley
Room 168 in the adult wing
Do you believe that the Bible is God’s Word? Do you believe that God’s Word is truth? Immerse yourself in His truth and get to know and trust God. The focus of The Potter’s Clay Bible study class is to:
Germinate a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving so that we can live to honor and praise our Heavenly Father.
Not just hearing the Word but allowing it to shape us and define who we are.
Allowing God’s word to motivate us to do His work by using and sharing the gifts he has given us.
And to help us to seek out and enjoy fellowship and outreach beyond our own circle of comfort.
You are invited to join us as we look into “The Heart of the Bible”. We will be studying selected verses from Old and New Testament books to discover more about the nature of the Bible, the nature of God, and the nature of Salvation and Discipleship. This study is based on John MacArthur’s book, The Heart of the Bible. No need to purchase a book. Just come when you can and allow your life to be molded by God’s Word. We look forward to seeing you! For more information contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or 796-3361.
MID-WEEK OPPORTUNITIES (men and women)
Monthly, first Tuesday, 6:30-8pm
Meeting October 4, November 1 and December 6
Contacts: Brad and Patti Laninga
Fireside Café off the Gathering Place
Encounter is a group for young adults, single or married, in their 20s. We're interested in connecting, sharing our stories, and attempting to navigate life in this chaotic world we are living in. We meet the first Tuesday of every month spending time in conversation over a delicious meal! For more information, connect with Brad at email@example.com or Patti at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm
Meets September 14 - November 16 (Retreat on November 5)
Coordinator: Ray Beerhorst
Room 168 in the adult wing
Alpha is a place to connect with other people who are open to exploring life, faith, and meaning. Each session includes a time to connect with others (over a free meal), hear a short talk on an element of the Christian faith, and then be given a chance for each person to share their own questions with the group. We’d love to hear your perspective! Sign up by contacting Lori at email@example.com or 796-3361.
Truth Seekers - Wednesday Night Bible Study Group
Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm
Meets year-round; attend when you can! (Not meeting November 23)
Facilitator: Wayne Lazarock
Room 166 in the adult wing
If you are looking for a verse-by-verse study of the Bible, this group is for you! Utilizing John MacArthur’s Gospel of Matthew study guide, you’ll be digging deep into God’s Word as you explore Jesus’ miraculous birth, His response to the test of His kingliness, His miracles, His teachings, and His public ministry. The focus of this study and discussion group is not simply 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. This group meets year-round and is continuously open to new people joining in at any time. For more information, contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or 796-3361.
S.H.A.P.E. - God made YOU for a purpose!
Sundays, October 16 & 23, 1:30-4:30pm
(Attendance on both dates is required to be part of this two-date workshop)
Facilitators: Marylin Bright, Rick Dernberger and Dara Nykamp
Room: 165-166 in the adult wing
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. What are your spiritual gifts? Your heart/passions? Your personality? Your experiences? Your abilities? Discover how God “shaped” you and find your place in the world. For more information, contact Marylin Bright at email@example.com. Advance registration is needed for this class, contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or 796-3361 to sign up.