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).
Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org or 796-3361 for more information.
SUNDAY GROUPS AND CLASSES
Contemporary Christian Life Issues (CCLI)
Sunday mornings, 10:30–11:30am
Meets September 20-December 13 (12 sessions)
Chapel or Virtual Class streaming on YouTube (email Lori by Friday 5pm for link - email@example.com)
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. Come as you can. Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Sunday, September 20:
Faithful Politicking?: Now More Than Ever
Dr. David Ryden, The Peter C. & Emajean Cook Professor of Political Science, Political Science Department Chair, Hope College
These are challenging times for Christians who seek to be faithful in their public and political lives. A six-month long pandemic and several months of racial unrest and upheaval have only intensified what was already sure to be a deeply contentious presidential election cycle. As our politics grows ever more polarized and tribal, how might we as Christians bring a different model of public engagement? This class will offer thoughts on how to navigate the fall election season and perhaps even to be agents of God’s grace in the midst of it, individually and as the church of Christ.
Sunday, September 27:
Community Policing in Holland
Sgt. John Weatherwax, Community Policing Team Leader, Holland Department of Public Safety
Sgt. John Weatherwax has been an officer with the Holland Police Department for 17 years. In his presentation he will discuss the history of Community Policing in Holland, how it has developed over the past 30 years, as well as dive into Covid-19 and the current climate of Law Enforcement locally and nationally in light of recent events.
Sunday, October 4:
Food Club: Expanding Healthy Food Access in a High-Dignity, High-Choice Environment
Scott Rumpsa, Executive Director, Community Action House
Meagan Maas, Community Engagement, Community Action House
For over 50 years, Community Action House has served some of our most marginalized neighbors here on the West Michigan Lakeshore. A place where struggle isn’t met with stigma, but with compassion, service, and partnership. In 2019 (their 50th year!), they embraced an even more ambitious programmatic vision. Food Club is a proven model offering dramatically expanded service, wider impact, greater efficiency, and a more welcoming experience. Following today’s presentation (for those that are able) we will migrate over to the future site of the Food Club and Opportunity Hub located at 739 Paw Paw (corner of 8th and Paw Paw) for coffee, conversation and tours of the site.The off-site tour will last approximately 30 minutes. To attend the tour, register at https://www.hzfoodclub.org/ccli . More information about Food Club can be found here: https://www.hzfoodclub.org/.
Sunday, October 11:
A Chaplain’s Work in COVID-Time: Unique Patient and Staff Support
David Blauw, Chaplain, Holland Hospital
During this presentation, we will explore the pressures on staff and families during the pandemic.
Sunday, October 18:
Asking for Crumbs: The World’s Un(der)reached
Eric Wolthuis, Deputy Principal of Spiritual Life at Hope International School
Angela Wolthuis, Regional Associate Director Cambodia - SIL/MSEA
In ministry and missions, we have traditionally talked about or targeted the “unreached.” Somewhere between the “reached” and “unreached”, however, lives a people likely the largest of all: the “under-reached.” Stories, situations, strategies, and solutions from 20 years of sharing life with some of the under-reached millions in Southeast Asia.
Sunday, October 25:
Journeys of Hope: A Refugee Story
Adam Baker, Transitional Foster Care Site Supervisor, Bethany Christian Services - Holland
Adam has worked with underprivileged and behaviorally challenging youth since 2011, including almost five years focused on refugee minors and refugee issues. As an associate of the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor, Unaccompanied Children, and Refugee Treatment Foster Care programs within BCS, Adam has had the privilege of working alongside local advocates, national policy makers, and government officials, to educate and examine the plight of refugees.
Sunday, November 1:
Reading Buechner - Part 1
Jeff Munroe, Former Executive Vice-President of Western Theological Seminary (retired in 2020) and author of the book Reading Buechner
Frederick Buechner is one of America's greatest spiritual writers. With 40 titles to his credit, though, it's hard to know what to read. Jeff Munroe's book Reading Buechner provides a guide into Buechner's work, as well as giving a biography of this extraordinary man. In today’s session, Jeff will present an overview of Buechner and the book.
Sunday, November 8:
Reading Buechner - Part 2
Jeff Munroe, Former Executive Vice-President of Western Theological Seminary (retired 2020) and author of the book Reading Buechner
Mark Hiskes, English teacher, Holland Christian High School
Frederick Buechner is one of America's greatest spiritual writers. In this second session, Jeff Munroe and Mark Hiskes will have a conversation about all things Buechner.
Sunday, November 15:
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 Holland Public Schools Equity Alliance
Holland Public Schools (HPS) is a majority non-white and economically disadvantaged district, nestled in the heart of a majority white resort/tourist destination. As one might imagine, this duality presents a number of challenges and benefits alike. During this interactive session, participants will gain a greater understanding of inequities (and opportunities) that exist and persist in a school setting, considering approaches to engage differently with schools to advocate for and advance equity, moving beyond basic needs.
Sunday, November 22:
Topic to be determined
Kurt Dykstra, President, Trinity Christian College; Former Mayor, Holland, Michigan
Before beginning his role as president of Trinity Christian College in July 2015, Kurt Dykstra served as mayor of Holland, Michigan, and as the senior vice-president and community president of Mercantile Bank of Michigan. Melding his experience as an attorney since 1997 with his passion for higher education, Dykstra also shared his expansive knowledge and expertise as a part-time member of the faculty at Hope College for more than a decade.
Sunday, November 29: No Class - Thanksgiving Break
Sunday, December 6:
Aren't Christians Supposed to Support Israel?
An interview with Dr. Gary Burge, Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary by Pastor John Kleinheksel on “Christian Zionism”
Dr. Burge, after 25 years on the faculty of Wheaton College and Graduate School, joined the faculty of Calvin Theological Seminary in 2017. There, he is Dean of the Faculty and Visiting Professor of New Testament. He is a graduate of the University of California (BA), Fuller Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Aberdeen University (PhD). Among his numerous published books are those which focus attention on biblical interpretation in light of the ancient context in which the biblical writings were written. Ultimately his biblical research has come to bear on the contemporary cultures of the Middle East, particularly those of Israel/Palestine.
Sunday, December 13:
Solving Problems, Simply
Amy Alderink, Executive Director, Homecor
Homecor is a non-profit organization that provides grants to income-constrained homeowners in the city of Holland, assisting them in repairing their homes. Homecor has been addressing housing in the city of Holland for the last 25 years, including an exploration of trash vs. treasure, and before and after photos. Aside from her role at Homecor, Amy is also a licensed residential builder. She buys, renovates, and sells distressed homes for Homecor with the goal of renovating ten homes per year. Amy is a Calvin University
graduate who found her current calling through working with the family construction company.
The Book of Ephesians
Facilitator: Janet Rodriguez
Room 164 in the Adult Wing
Has it ever dawned on you that nothing has ever dawned on God? He knew before the world began that His people would face hardship, so He gave us His Word. The Book of Ephesians is a survival manual - it equips believers to thrive in a world that hates the message of Jesus Christ. Paul the Apostle writes to encourage believers to live well - we've been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world. In this video-based study, pastor and author J.D. Greear digs into the text of Ephesians verse-by-verse and challenges believers to live out the gospel. If the people of your city, of your school, of your family are going to hear the gospel, it's going to be from your mouth. Encounter Ephesians and get swept up into the story of Jesus.
This study is hosted by the 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 small group a family feel. Contact Lori at email@example.com with questions.
Good News - Apostle Paul's Letters
(A Drop-In Bible Study Group)
Sunday mornings, 10:30-11:30am
Facilitator: Dara Nykamp
Virtual Class via Zoom
This drop-in study group is focusing on reading and discussing the Apostle Paul’s letters in the Bible and looking at the way God used those letters to shape and form the early church. As we approach each chapter, the discussion will center around the core question: “How is this good news for the world today?” Feel free to participate when you can - joining this chapter-by-chapter study of Paul letter’s in community with others. Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Monday nights, 7-8:30pm (3 sessions) - new day, dates & time!
Meets November 16, 23 & 30
Facilitators: Marylin Bright and Dara Nykamp
Virtual Class via Zoom
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. Advance registration needed! Contact Lori at email@example.com to register for this class.
Right in the Eye. . . and everyone did what was right in his own eyes
Sunday nights, 5:45-7:15pm
Began September 20 - following this date, the group will meet monthly on the first and third Sunday.
Dates are October 4 and 18, November 1 and 15, December 6 and 20
Contacts: Rich Herbig and Sherrie Wolthuis
Room 167 in the Adult Wing
“It's my life. I should be free to do what I want, when I want, with whom I want . . . as long as I'm not hurting anybody.” This is what we tell ourselves. But what if it's not true? What if our desire to do what is right in our own eyes has major consequences for us, for the people with us, for the people who love us, and for the people coming after us? It didn’t work for ancient Israel. It isn’t working for modern America. In this provocative video-based study, Pastor Andy Stanley plunges viewers into the moral mayhem depicted in the Old Testament book of Judges - but he doesn’t leave us there. Employing his remarkable gift for storytelling, Andy presents these disturbing biblical narratives as a filter through which to view and evaluate our own twenty-first century culture.
This study is hosted by Faith in Action. The group’s focus is on studying and working to put their faith into action in our church, our community, our nation, and the world. This faith is based on the study of Scripture, the teachings of Jesus, and the example He was to His disciples as well as to us, His disciples, today. The group is a mix of couples and singles who also enjoy times of fellowship. Faith in Action is always open to new people joining them. Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
MID-WEEK GROUPS AND CLASSES
Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm
Facilitator: Rick Dernberger
Room 165 in the Adult Wing
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 video-based study and discussion 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. Contact Lori at email@example.com to register for this class.
The Colossian Way - Christian Practices for Polarized Times:
Women and Men in God's Image
Monday nights, 6-7:30pm
Facilitators: Norma Hook, Jen Prince, and Ron Wolthuis
Room 167 in the Adult Wing
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 this class Women and Men in God's Image participants will tackle some of our most challenging issues surrounding women and men through grace-filled listening and dialogue. In a culture of deepening division, come and be a part of God’s movement toward unity amidst uniqueness.
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 ten to twelve 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. Contact Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this class.
Israel’s Mission – Becoming a Kingdom of Priests in a Prodigal World
Wednesday nights, 6:30-8pm
Contact: Doris VanKooten
Room 167 in the Adult Wing
What’s your mission? God gave an assignment to His people thousands of years ago: bring “lost sheep” back into the love and safety of His kingdom. It’s still our task today. In this Ray VanderLaan video-based study, you’ll glimpse the urgency and rewards of welcoming the strangers and prodigals the Lord longs to embrace. This study and discussion will have significant application to each of us as Christians in today's world. Discover the mission that can give your life - and the lives of those around you - greater meaning than you ever imagined.
This study is hosted by Diners Club. The group meets for a time of fellowship before Bible study/discussion. Participants represent various ages and backgrounds. Contact Lori at email@example.com or Doris at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Wednesday Night Bible Study Group
Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm
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. Contact Lori at email@example.com with questions.