Two of our Winter Journey courses, GriefShare and Cultivating a Christian Worldview, are up and running, so technically, this is Winter Journey Part 2. We hope you will take advantage of some great course offerings. Some are meeting on Zoom only, and some offer a hybrid choice of meeting in person or on Zoom. Whichever class you choose, we hope you grow in your relationship with Jesus and others.
Class Title: Living the Five Love Languages (Co-ed in person at New Hope OR on Zoom)
Leader(s): David and Stephanie Schleyer
Day/Time: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
First Class: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Class Length: 6 weeks
Do you have a relationship (or two, or many) that is not going as well you would like? Would you like to have better, stronger relationships? The obvious answer to both questions is, “yes!” How we express and receive love, respect, and admiration is different for everyone. In many cases, your “love language” (quite literally, how you communicate love) can be different from others in your life. Understanding the five love languages isn’t just for dating or marriage. Knowing how your coworkers, family, and neighbors communicate respect and appreciation can provide you with better ways to connect with everyone in your life.
Join us one hour a week, for six weeks, starting Wednesday, February 2nd at 7 pm, as we learn to identify your love language and the love languages of others. We’ll also learn how to express the love languages, so you’ll be one step closer to building better, stronger relationships with people in your life.
This group is available in-person (at the church) and on Zoom and is open to anyone! We will use material developed by Dr. Gary Chapman and the Bible as the base material for our time together. If you are ready to give and receive love most effectively, you’ve got to learn to speak the right love language.
Class Title: Jesus in Me: Experiencing the Holy Spirit as a Constant Companion (Women in person at New Hope OR on Zoom)
Leader: Tatia Cook
Day/Time: Thursdays at 7:00 pm
First Class: Thursday, February 3, 2022
Class Length: 8 weeks
The notion that Jesus can literally be inside of us should startle us with the extent of the intimacy we can have with Him and astonish us with the depth of connection He offers. And it's all possible because of the Holy Spirit.
In the study, Jesus In Me, Anne Graham Lotz guides us to a deeper relationship with the Holy Spirit, Who is Jesus without skin. This practical study is a true Bible study; Anne starts with a workshop on how to get to know the Holy Spirit by listening to Him when we're studying the Bible. Then, we apply the skills of asking and listening as we work through five Bible studies per week on selected Scriptures about the Holy Spirit.
Through eight sessions, we will discover why the Holy Spirit is not an optional extra in the Christian life. Instead:
We can have a relationship with this living, thinking, feeling Person, Who is our Comforter, Counselor, Friend.
We can enjoy His constant Presence, inside us, filling us.
We can receive and experience His Power.
We can live a life of Purpose, directed by His Guidance.
We can understand the Precepts in the Bible by hearing directly from the One Who breathed it.
We will be convicted of our sin by His Purity.
Discover how you can better love and rely on the Holy Spirit—and embrace how much He loves you.
Class Title: Plenty Good Room (Co-ed on Zoom)
Leader(s): Wilda Ferguson and Odori Pendleton
Day/Time: Tuesdays at 7:00 pm
First Class: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Class Length: 6 Weeks
Some of the most influential musicians and music of America were birthed from Jazz, thought to be the quintessential American musical art form. However, before Jazz came Blues and Gospel. They were all birthed from a single source; first heard in the cotton and tobacco fields of the south and later further forged from the church pews and pillars of the African American church.
This music genre called Negro Spirituals, also known as African-American Spirituals expressed and comforted the heart cries of brutally mistreated humans. This soul-wrenching music is the earliest and most significantly influential genre of American music that touches every culture around the globe today!
The term spiritual according to the Library of Congress is derived from the King James Bible translation of Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
The Spirituals sung by the Enslaved in America not only got its musical name from the Bible but also much of its musical content was derived from biblical texts and the experience of biblical figures.
The slaves found comfort and hope that while Jesus suffered oppression, he was victorious over that oppression through his sacrifice. Their hope was that despite their current harsh circumstances, they would also be victorious and have freedom because of Jesus’s sacrificial death. The Christian faith was never meant to be lived disconnected from the past history or present times of the world in which the believer navigates.
“Plenty Good Room” is a bible study that looks at various events in Jesus’ ministry leading up to his crucifixion. The African-American spirituals chosen in the book are a lens, through which we will look at the Scriptures and analyze the songs. In addition, we will discuss the historic significance of each spiritual and how it affects the African American experience past and present. The book, Plenty Good Room: A Lenten Bible Study Based on African American Spirituals by Marilyn Thornton and Lewis Baldwin will be used for the course and can be purchased through Amazon.com
Class Title: All In (Men on Zoom)
Leader(s): Brandon Pendleton and Brandon Bennick
Day/Time: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm
First Class: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Class Length: 4 weeks
The Gospel costs nothing. You can’t earn it or buy it. It can only be received as a free gift compliments of God’s grace. It doesn’t cost anything, but it demands everything. It demands that we go “all in,” a term that simply means placing all that you have into God’s hands. But we’re afraid that if we go all in that we might miss out on what this life has to offer. It’s not true. The only thing you’ll miss out on is everything God has to offer. In All In, a four session, video-based study, Mark Batterson’s teaching is filled with vivid, contemporary stories as well as biblical characters like Shamgar and Elisha and Jonathan and . . . Judas. The message of All In is simple: if Jesus is not Lord of all then Jesus is not Lord at all. It’s all or nothing. It’s now or never. Kneeling at the foot of the cross of Christ and surrendering to His Lordship is a radical act of dethroning yourself and enthroning Christ as King.
Class Title: Messy People (Women on Zoom)
Leader: Mar Crowe
Day/Time: Sundays at 7:00 pm
First Class: Sunday, February 20, 2022
Class Length: 7 weeks including Introduction week
God can turn your messy life into a masterpiece.
Every life gets messy at times. Sometimes these messes are literal, like a house that would be easier to condemn than to clean. But sometimes they are intangible messes such as illness, conflict, depression, abuse, bankruptcy, divorce, and job loss. And these messes can be painful, hurting our hearts and our homes. But as we see in the Bible, God loves to use messy people!
In this six-week study, we will dig into the lives of Biblical heroes who were messy people just like us but who were used by God in powerful ways. Together we will examine the stories of five wonderful but messy people and one messy parable character: Rahab, the Prodigal Son, Josiah, Mary, David, and Daniel. From their stories, we will learn how God can use broken people, restore damaged hearts and relationships, give us power to handle our critics, and help us deal with the hard moments of life. Along the way we’ll discover that we don’t have to just endure messy lives but can actually learn to thrive with God’s guidance and help. In the hands of God, our messes can become His masterpieces!
The participant workbook by Jennifer Cowart includes five days of lessons for each week, combining study of Scripture with personal reflection, application, and prayer. The workbook can be purchased through Amazon.com.