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ALPHA is an open and relaxed atmosphere for anyone asking life’s biggest questions. It is a great way to start if you’re looking to build a foundation of Christian faith. At the Introductory Dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 6:00 p.m., you will share a free meal, watch a short video on Christianity, listen to testimonies of lives changed by Alpha, and consider joining the 11-week Course starting on Jan. 11. Childcare and transportation are provided.

Contact Mark McKnelly, mmcknelly@sumc.co.

Learn more about ALPHA here.

Getting Started in the Bible is a 7 week Wednesday night class that begins January 11, 6:30-8:00 in 204/206. This class is especially designed to help people get acquainted with the Bible and feel comfortable using it. If you are intimidated by the Bible or feel like you never quite “get it,” this class is for you. In addition to some introductory teaching there will be plenty of activities, Bible studies, and group discussions around tables to make it an enriching experience even for those who are already familiar with the Bible.

For information contact Jeff Fugitt jfugitt@sumc.co.

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Faith & Finances is a 12-week class that equips low and fixed income people and families with a biblical vision for how the comprehensive healing power of Jesus Christ can encompass their finances. The class teaches basic financial management skills, builds awareness about financial practices and systems, and helps overcome pitfalls that can be roadblocks to financial health. While covering essential money management principles Faith and Finances encourages people to believe that they are known and loved by God, and that He can provide peace, healing, and freedom in their relationship with Him, with others, with themselves, and also with their money.

Contact: Mark McKnelly, mmcknelly@sumc.co.

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PAUL

Want to join a class that doesn’t go on forever but you really want to learn? Open to entering into discussion that doesn’t get touchy feely? Come and learn about Christian discipleship as we examine the life of the Apostle Paul, a respected leader and revolutionary who helped transform the world!

Led by Pastor Bob, Sundays, Jan. 8 —Feb. 19, 5:00-6:30 p.m. We’ll use the book “The Apostle A Life of Paul” by John Pollock ($10). Contact Pastor Bob, rcasady@sumc.co.

Books are available in the church foyer with registration continuing through January 8th.  The class will meet upstairs in Room 204-206.  The class may be found by going through entrance C and going up the stairwell to the left. Join us!

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STARTING IN JANUARY 2017

For those who are longing to go deeper in their spiritual life and are ready for change that lasts, we’ve made available two small group experiences, starting in January, that will help to guide participants into a more disciplined, fruitful and happy life, as well as deeper relationships within the church.

Groups will be going through either Celebration of Discipline OR Crafting a Rule of Life (see details about these resources below in the ‘Curriculum’ section). Each group will meet for 12 weeks, and by the end, group members will be equipped to take the most important next steps necessary for their spiritual growth. Some groups will end after 12 weeks, and some may decide to stay together as a life group after the 12 weeks is over.

PLEASE NOTE: This curriculum requires a high commitment level, as group members will be expected on a weekly basis to read a chapter, reflect deeply, and (depending on which group study they’re in) spend sufficient time/effort either (a) developing their own rule of life or (b) applying new spiritual disciplines to their lives. It also requires a high level of vulnerability, as group members will be expected to share their struggles, convictions, prayers, etc. Therefore, these groups will not benefit those who are not able nor ready to commit in these ways. But, if given the proper attention by group members, this will certainly be a deep and rich experience that will serve to deepen and strengthen the spiritual life of all involved.

WHAT IS A SMALL GROUP?

A small group is a group of about 8-12 people who meet weekly for a specified length of time in order to study a particular topic together and deepen relationships with one another, for the purpose of growing in spiritual depth and vitality. Once the study is over, some small groups decide to stop meeting, and others decide to continue meeting as a life group.

HOW TO SIGN UP

If you’re interested in joining a small group in 2017, please fill out this form. You will be contacted shortly about joining a group.

NOTE: Since groups vary in time, place, age, gender, etc., there may not currently be a group made for you… That’s okay! We will do our best to create new groups as the demand arises.

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CURRICULUM

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This book guides the reader through the process of crafting his/her own rule of life. A rule of life is a short document that encapsulates the principles and disciplines by which a person aspires to live. It’s a framework around which Christian character can take shape, and it helps to prevent a person from drifting away from his/her deepest convictions about life. In short, it says ‘this is who I am; these are the things God has put on my heart; and here’s how I intend to live up to them.’ It’s a tool that is used throughout the course of an individual’s life to help with accountability, and it is reviewed and adapted regularly.

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This book is considered a modern spiritual classic on the disciplines of the Christian life. Many think that discipline is a burden, but as Foster puts it, “Joy is the keynote of all the [spiritual] disciplines” and “The purpose of the disciplines is liberation from the stifling slavery to self-interest and fear.” In other words, discipline is actually freeing, and in fact, it’s necessary to attain the full gift of life and liberty offered to us by God. The disciplines covered in this book are: meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. We highly recommend this group study to anyone who is longing for a deeper spiritual life and ready to take action.

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CONTACT

If you have any further questions regarding small groups, please contact Jake Hotchkiss at jhotchkiss@sumc.co or 573-864-7238.

Tuesday Nights Starting January 10th from 6-8 pm & Friday Mornings from 10-12 pm starting January 13th: Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst helps women realize that the more fully we invite God in, the less we will feel uninvited by others. For women of all ages. Childcare available upon registration.

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Monday Mornings continuing in January from 9:30 -11:00 am. The Armor of God, more than merely a biblical description of the believer’s inventory, is an action plan for putting it on and developing a personalized strategy to secure victory over spiritual warfare. For women of all ages.
Wednesdays from 11:00 am -1:00 pm God’s Lunch Bunch. Books of the Bible are chosen and studied throughout the year. Adult women, lunch is served.


IF Gathering: Women’s conference: We gather, equip and unleash women to live out their calling by creating tools and resources for the local church and the women they serve. We put these tool in hands of women who desire to change their local context for the glory of God and the good of others. Meeting at Schweitzer March 3 & 4th in the Outreach Center. Registration fee of $20 required. Snacks & Lunch served. All ages of women are invited.