Classes, Programs,

and Events

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).

 

Sign up to be part of an Adult Discipleship class or group HERE

 

For more information, contact Lori at 796-3361 or lorib@christmemorial.org

 

If you are feeling nudged by God to start a new small group,

 

contact Lynn White at 796-3362 or lynnw@christmemorial.org.

Don’t miss out . . . be part of a group!

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SUNDAY CLASSES (men and women)

Additional studies can be found under

Opportunities for Men  and Opportunities for Women.

 

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. To receive the YouTube simulcast link for this class contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org by 3pm on the Thursday prior to the Sunday you wish to view.  You will receive the link each week once you have been added to the simulcast link list for this semester.

September 19:   Serving in God’s Grace - World Renew Disaster Response Services

Chris Gibson, Groups Program Manager, World Renew - Disaster Response Services

 

World Renew Disaster Response Services (DRS) partners with local recovery organizations in communities across North America that have been impacted by disaster.  We support these organizations in a variety of ways, typically in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, and wildfires.  The most visible way in which DRS supports communities is by recruiting, training, and deploying a small army of volunteers who help with everything from storm cleanup to the hard work of reconstruction projects across North America and in US territories worldwide. We find these incredible volunteers by partnering with churches, schools, colleges and universities and inviting people to join us in our mission to Live Justice, Love Mercy, and Serve Christ. This presentation will provide an overview of the ministry of World Renew Disaster Response Services, in particular focusing on the incredible ministry and service DRS volunteers offer to people in some of the darkest days of their lives.  I hope this presentation and the stories that are shared will encourage people to roll up their sleeves and reach out to their neighbors with the love of Christ, especially those neighbors whose lives have been unexpectedly up-ended by circumstances that can be described as "disastrous."  “We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” - Ephesians 2:10 

 

September 26:  Visiting the Prisoner...In a Classroom

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

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

 

In January 2020 representatives of the Hope-Western Prison Education Program (HWPEP) spoke to us and asked this question: “What is transformation, and how can education play a role in bringing it about?” Eighteen months later Western Theological Seminary’s David Stubbs and Hope College’s Richard Ray return to provide fresh perspectives on this question as HWPEP launches a Hope BA degree at Muskegon Correctional Facility. Join us on September 26 to learn more about how this program is helping the Hope and WTS communities visit the prisoner.

  

October 3:  From Gangs to God

Art DeLeon, Jesus follower and founder of 10 Toes Down Ministry

 

A young mans journey - how looking for acceptance and wanting to fit in turned into a lifestyle of gang culture, drugs, violence, and two prison sentences.  Then an encounter with the Living God changed his life. “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” - John 12:24

 

October 10:  Why We Write

Mari Martin, President, Performance Strategies Group, Inc.

Dann Stouten, Pastor of Leadership and Teaching, Christ Memorial Church

 

For Mary the short answer is simple: When her husband went through his cancer she felt a calling from God to share their story. For Dann the short answer is writing broadens his audience and allows him to share the Gospel with people outside the doors of the church.

October 17:  Climate Crisis and the Lord’s Prayer

Don Triezenberg, a physics teacher in retirement, volunteers with a student air quality monitoring program at Hope College and advocates for a rigorous Community Energy Plan for Holland

 

We pray “Give us this day our daily bread.”  In Jesus’ time, bread meant food, and food was the world’s main source of energy.  Today abundant energy from fossil fuel offers many blessings, but climate change threatens God’s creation and deepens world hunger.  How shall we in Holland put our faith into action to care for creation and end hunger.

 

October 24:  Eugene Peterson: Living a God-Storied Life

Winn Collier, Director of the Eugene Peterson Center and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Christian Imagination

 

Eugene Peterson, one of the most influential American pastors and Christian writers of the past century, lived a life that, while being intentional and God-saturated, was remarkably simple, unscripted, open to following the scent of grace. How does Eugene's life invite us deeper into the Largest Story, the story where God is the central character and where our lives and vocations, our longings and mishaps, find meaning? And how does the Peterson Center for Christian Imagination at WTS hope to bear witness in this same way?

 

October 31:  Escape Ministries 2021

Todd Krygsheld, Executive Director, Escape Ministries

 

Come and hear an update on Escape Ministries whose mission continues to be to intervene in the lives of those who fall between the cracks of society and help them successfully navigate to a positive life experience through meaningful, Gospel-rooted relationships.

 

November 7:  Is American Democracy under Threat?

Milt Nieuwsma, a 1963 Hope College graduate, has written and co-produced Emmy award-winning documentaries, including the acclaimed PBS series “Inventing America”

 

 The "right" fears a left-wing dictatorship; the 'left" fears the same thing from the right. What's really going on with American democracy?

 

November 14 and 21:  Islam: A Brief Introduction for Christians

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. In this two part series, the basics of Islamic history and belief will be covered, along with implications for Christian-Muslim relations and interactions in today's world.

 

November 28:  No Class - Thanksgiving Break

 

December 5:  RCA Vision 2020

Rev. Dr. Dan Griswold, Holland Classis Coordinator and Clerk, RCA

 

Following the anticipated RCA General Synod scheduled for October 2021, Rev. Dr. Dan Griswold will share the latest updates on the RCA Vision 2020 report including what recommendations were adopted at General Synod and what this could mean for churches and the future of the RCA.

The Potter’s Clay Bible Study

Sunday mornings, 10:45-11:45am

Teachers: Deb Skirnski and Rhonda Wiley

Room 164 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.

 

Our first study will be The Book of Ephesians by J.D. Greear. This video-based study from Right Now Media will encourage believers to live well - we've been lifted from the graveyard of sin and called to shout the gospel into the darkened world. Anyone interested is invited to join this new Bible study opportunity. Join us as we open our lives to be molded by God’s Word! This group is continuously open to new people attending, feel free to join at any time or drop-in as your schedule allows. For more information contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361.

Belonging

Sunday morning, 10:45-11:45am (1 session)

Meets October 3

Host:  Lynn White and other Christ Memorial staff

Room 168-169 in the adult wing

Belonging: Have you ever found yourself in a crowd of people you don’t know, in a new place you are unfamiliar with, and wondering if you belong? At "Belonging," we'll gather around a table, let you know a little more about us, and invite you to share how you found yourself here at Christ Memorial. You will meet other people , some of the staff, and have time to ask questions. If we succeed, you will leave feeling a little bit more like you belong. Congratulations! You have taken the first step.  For more information on Belonging or to sign up for this class, contact Lynn at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 796-3362.

Believing

Sunday morning, 10:45-11:45am (1 session / Prerequisite: Must have attended Belonging)

Meets October 10

Host:  Lynn White and other Christ Memorial staff

Room 168-169 in the adult wing

Believing:  This gathering is designed to help you understand the core set of beliefs 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 to ask questions. Step two is behind you.  For more information on Believing or to sign up for this class, contact Lynn at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 796-3362.

 

Becoming

Sunday morning, 10:45-11:45am (1 session / Prerequisite: Must have attended Belonging and Believing )

Meets October 17

Host:  Lynn White and other Christ Memorial Staff

Room 168-169 in the adult wing

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 will share our stories of God at work in our lives, be introduced to ministries and tools for us to discover and utilize our gifts, and we will make a commitment to love, encourage, and support one another. If you want them, we will provide you with offering envelopes.  For more information on Becoming or to sign up for this class, contact Lynn at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 796-3362.

MID-WEEK CLASSES (men and women)

Encounter

Monthly, first Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm

Contacts:  Hannah Wahmhoff and Jeremy Hoekstra

Fireside Cafe off of the Gathering Place

Encounter is a group of young adults in their 20's and 30's encouraging each other to live a life pursuing the Lord. This group of young adults is for singles and couples who want a close knit group of friends who can help encourage each other in their faith journey while also trying to figure out life! We meet the first Tuesday every month for dinner and a great time! Questions: Connect with Hannah at hannahw@christmemorial.org or Jeremy at jeremyh@christmemorial.org.

 

Alpha

Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm

Meets September 15 - December 8 (not meeting on November 24)

Contact: Lynn White

Room 168 in the adult wing

 

Alpha helps people explore the meaning of life, revealing that Christianity can be every bit as relevant to life today as it was 2,000 years ago. Each session covers a key element of the gospel in a way that is easy-to-follow and leaves space for people to explore their questions about life, faith, and God. For more information contact Lynn at lynnw@christmemorial.org or 796-3362. To sign up for Alpha contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361.

 

Truth Seekers - Wednesday Night Bible Study Group

 

Wednesday nights, 6-7:30pm

Meets year-round

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 lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361.

 

S.H.A.P.E. - Figuring Out Your Next Steps

Thursdays, November 4, 11 and 18, 6:30-8:30pm

Facilitators:  Marylin Bright and Dara Nykamp

Room 165 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?  Advance registration is needed for this class. To sign up for this class contact Lori at lorib@christmemorial.org or 796-3361.