Often the first step people take is to join a short-term class (usually 3-6 weeks) to get to know others and help St. Luke's feel like a smaller place. Classes vary in topic, format and the amount of preparation required. Explore each section below to learn more!

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    Sunday AM

    Our Sunday AM Classes meet every week of the year (with the exception of Dec. 24th, Dec. 31, 2017 and April 1st – Easter 2018) and are always open to new people. Simply drop in!

    Class topics:

    • Sunday Adult Class: Sunday, 9:30 - 10:30AM, C110
      • JOHN: The Gospel of Light and Life, Oct 15 - Nov 19
        Follow the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John and understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament. This is a DVD-series by Adam Hamilton.
         
    • New Adult Class: Sundays, 11AM - 12PM, N101/102
      We are looking for new faces! If you have specific questions, you can ask in-person each Sunday at the Connect Here booths or email Susan Fuquay by  . On sunday mornings our children's classes and nurseries both meet at 9:30 and 11AM. No registration is needed; meet every Sunday and study the same material, at  11AM. All are welcome to attend any or all of the studies listed. Craig Overmyer and Gary Chambers lead at 11AM. Books are needed for discussion and are available in Connections bookstore.

      • Take the Flag, By Rev. Rob Fuquay, Oct 8 - Nov 19
        Rob Fuquay sees a parallel between flags used in auto racing and signals that God sends us in our fast-paced lives. This study will help us become stronger disciples of Jesus Christ by paying attention to signals from God. Each of the DVD's include teaching by Rob, plus personal stories by auto racing professionals: Ed Carpenter, Jerry Cook, Conor Daly, Austin Dillon, Scott Dixon, Matt Kenseth, Larry McReynolds, Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

      • Not a Silent Night, by Rev. Adam Hamilton, Nov 26 - Dec 17 
        we've often viewed the life of Jesus purely through the vantage point of men (the four Gospel writers and Paul). Have you ever wondered what it seemed like through the eyes of a woman, especially those of his own mother? Author Adam Hamilton takes us alongside Mary at Christ's crucifixion. from that indescribably horrible point, Mary looks upon her son's life retrospectively until she finally reaches way back to the indescribably glorious moment of his birth.

    • New Perspectives: Sundays, 11AM - noon, N103/104 , no registration (Betty Brandt)
      1st, 2nd & 4th Sundays - Expect programs based on the social principles of the United Methodist Church focusing on human issues in the contemporary world.
      3rd Sundays - Ins and Outs of the Bible with Don Knebel
      These five presentations examine the historical contexts of the books of the Bible and who did or didn't write them. 
      • Oct. 29 - Persian Connections: writing from the Exile
      • Nov. 19 - All About Jesus: The New Testament
      • Dec. 17 - Wheat from the Chaff: Establishing the Canon

        Don Knebel is will known in Indianapolis Interfaith community for his wountless hours of work to strengthen interfaith relationships in our city. In addition, he has traveled the world studying religions and cultures. You can read his weekly columns in the "Current in Carmel" magazine.

    • On Being : Sundays, 9:30 - 10:30AM, N103/104 
      Weekly conversation based around the weekly American Public Media radio show and podcast, “On Being,” hosted by Krista Tippet. This exploration of faith, humanity and  ideas can be heard locally on FM90.1 at 9PM on Thursdays or 7AM on Sundays or at www.onbeing.org.  Led by Betty Brandt

    • ENCORE CLASS: Sundays, 10:45-noon, Parlor
      All are welcome.  
      • Faith Unraveled, Oct. (Rev. Mike Reed)
        Eighty years after Scopes Monkey Trial made a spectacle of Christian fundamentalism and brought national attention to her hometown, Rachel Held Evans faced a trail of her own when she began to have doubts about her faith. 
        In Faith Unraveled, Rachel recounts growing up in a culture obsessed with apologetic's , struggling as her own faith unraveled one unexpected questions at a time.
        In order for her faith to survive, Rachel realizes, it must adapt to change and evolve. Using as an illustration her own spiritual journey from certainty to doubt to faith, Evans challenges you to disentangle your faith from false fundamentals and to trust in a God who is big enough to handle your tough questions.

      • Job: Back Door to the Bible, Nov. (Marti Stuessy PhD)
        The book of Job, as taught by a recognized Old Testament scholar and ordained Disciples of Christ minister.

      • Delight in the Light: Finding God Throughout Advent, Dec. (Jacquie Reed)
        "Advent" (the four Sundays before Christmas) means 'coming" as in awaiting the coming of Jesus. this class provides realistic means and practical ways we can use personal experiences in our lives to help us unlock fresh perspectives and deeper understandings of what Christmas really is all about. Book provided in class.

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    Wed PM

    Choose the class you’d like to participate in from 6:15 - 7:30PM. Free childcare is available for those who are nursery-aged children.  Contact Dorothy Eads by email to request childcare. Kindergarten-6th grade have other options. You can learn more about these children’s choirs here.

    Class topics: 

    • CHRISTIANITY AND WORLD RELIGIONS
      Aug. 30 – Nov. 15 • Fellowship Hall • (Rev. David Williamson)
      This class explores four major world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism – and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. It also deals openly and honestly with questions that Christians sometimes ask about these religions. Author Adam Hamilton urges us as Christians to build bridges with others so that we might grow in our faith, seek peace in our world, love our neighbor and find positive ways to share the gospel. Book is optional. In addition to the DVD sessions and class discussions, there will be a guest speaker from each world religion and an optional field trip. Click here to register.
      CLASS SCHEDULE:
      Aug 30 – Introduction
      Sept 6 – Hinduism
      Sept 13 – Hinduism Speaker: Vasanthi Vasudevan (Indu)
      Sept 17 – Field Trip to Hindu Temple 1:30PM
      Sept 20 – Buddhism
      Sept. 27 – Buddhism Speakers: Jay & Thia Baker
      Oct. 3 – Field Trip to Indiana Buddhist Center
      Oct. 4 – Islam
      Oct. 11 – Islam Speaker: TBA
      Oct. 13 – Field trip to Masjid al-Huda Mosque, noon service (lunch at 11:30AM)
      Oct. 18 – Judaism
      Oct. 25 – Judaism Speaker: Rabbi Scott Fox
      Oct. 27 – Field Trip to Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
      Nov. 1 – Christianity
      Nov. 8 – Summary week

    • WHICH WAY, LORD? By Rev. Rob Fuquay
      Oct. 11 – Nov. 15 • E212 • (Monika Nyby)
      This study helps us to consider: How do we live the purposeful life God intends for us? When Paul started his Good News-spreading travels through the Mediterranean world – covering more than 10,000 miles – he had no idea what God’s plan for him was. We will unpack our lives alongside Paul’s to find our own purposes and passions. Paul’s life and experiences provide a template for seeing how God is working in and through our lives! (The DVD includes sessions filmed in Turkey, Israel and Greece.) Book required. Click here to register.

    • ST. LUKE’S MISSIOLOGY, Oct. 18 – Nov. 15 • C124 • (Rev. Jamalyn Peigh Williamson)
      Missiology is the area of practical theology that investigates the mandate, message and mission of the Christian church, especially the nature of missionary work. In this five week class, Pastor Jamalyn will share some influential readings and experiences that inform the missiology of Outreach Ministries at St. Luke’s. A course packet will be handed out on the first night. Click here to register.

    • DISCIPLE I FAST TRACK – Becoming Disciples through Bible Study
      Aug. 30 – Nov. 15 (break for the holidays), Jan. 10 – March 28 • N101/102 • (Susan Fuquay)
    • DISCIPLE III FAST TRACK – Remember Who You Are
      Aug. 30–Nov. 15 (break for the holidays), Jan. 10 – March 28 • C122 • (Mike Elkin)
      For registration and more information please scroll down to Disciple Bible Study

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    During the Week

    During the week, classes are open to all. Childcare is often not provided for daytime options. Email Dorothy at  to request childcare.

    • Divorce Care - Mondays, Sept 11 - Dec. 4; 6-7:30PM; C124; led by Dr. Greg Hale, PhD. Psychologist
      Many divorced people will tell you that separation and divorce were the most painful and stressful experiences they ever faced. It's a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about issues you've never faced before. Divorce Care helps you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life through this video seminar and support group. $20 fee includes book. Scholarships available. Contact Susan Fuquay at
      Childcare provided for children through four years old. Children five through twelve attend Divorce Care for Kids. However, online registration is required for parent and children. Click here to register. If parent is not attending Divorce Care, child is still able to participate, Call Susan Fuquay at 317-846-3404 to register.

    • Divorce Care For Kids (DC4K)- Mondays, Sept 11 - Dec 4; 6-7:30PM; Clubhouse; led by Terri Moore, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, School Therapist
      A DivorceCare for Kids (DC4K) group is a safe, fun place where your children can learn skills that will help them heal. DC4K groups blend games, music, stories, videos and discussion to help kids process the divorce and move forward. Groups are designed for children ages 5-12. (Three assistant leaders: Kathy Wall, Karol Hamilton, Betsy Clark) Registration for DC4K and childcare to be done when registering for Divorce Care. 

    • CHRISTIAN CHAT - (Women Only) • Sept. 11 – Dec. 11, 2nd &
      4th Mondays of month • 10 – 11:30AM • Spiritual Life Center • (Sharon Kriech)
      Join us for discussions on Christian topics and enjoy fellowship! This fall, our study is “Animate:Spiritual Practices.” Sessions will focus on prayer, food, sacraments (i.e., religious ceremonies), money, service and community. Want more info? Contact Sharon Kriech, No book needed. No registration required.

    • Pastor’s Book Study - Wednesdays; Sept. 6–Dec. 13 • 10 – 11:30AM • Parlor no registration required • book optional (Sally Pearson)

      • THE WESLEYAN WAY Oct. 18 – Nov. 15 • (Rev. Jamalyn Peigh Williamson)
        Author Scott J. Jones helps seekers and believers to envision and practice discipleship as a way of life. Learn from eight committed Christians (one each week) how their discipleship with Jesus resulted in a more deep, thoughtful and active commitment to become a part of God’s work in transforming the world. The personal faith experiences of these ordinary people will inspire you!

      • SILENCE AND OTHER SURPRISING INVITATIONS OF ADVENT
        Nov. 29 – Dec. 13 • (Rev. Eric Burton-Krieger)
        Advent is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for Jesus’ birth. Mary’s dear relative, Elizabeth, and Elizabeth’s husband, Zachariah, waited and prepared for a son of their own, too, during this time. He was to be known as John the Baptist. Join these older expectant parents as they travel their personal journey which begins with sorrow, longing and shame, before ultimately turning to joy. All the while, they worked to maintain faith and hope in God.

    • Cafe Conversations, Wednesdays, Sept. 6 - Nov. 29, 9:30-11AM, N101/102 (Jim Keating)

      • God's Echo, Oct. 4 - 25
        Languages and civilizations' living experiences are never static; they constantly change. How, then, can we more fully understand the subtle nuances of ancient writings today? Author Rabbi Sandy Sasso helps us understand how the midrash literature originated and how it is used today. She also offers new translations and interpretations of more than 20 midrash texts. Click here to register. 

      • What's So amazing about Grace?,  Nov. 1 - 29
        Author Phillip Yancey presents several new and sometimes surprising concepts about the topic of grace. Only grace can bring hope and transformation to a jaded world. It does not excuse sin, he believes, but rather treasures the sinner. True grace is shocking and scandalous. It shakes our conversations with its insistence on getting close to sinners and touching them with mercy and hope. Yancey offers compelling, true portraits of grace's life-changing power. Click here to register. 

    • The Forum at the Crossing Study Group, Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30AM; The Forum, 8505 Woodfield Crossing Blvd., Indianapolis, (Charlie Boswell) Contact Adra Wheeler with questions, 317-846-3404 ext. 367

      • Which Way, Lord? by Rev. Rob Fuquay
        This study helps us to consider: How do we live the purposeful life God intends for us? When Paul started his Good News-spreading travels through the Mediterranean world – covering more than 10,000 miles – he had no idea what God’s plan for him was. We will unpack our lives alongside Paul’s to find our own purposes and passions. Paul’s life and experiences provide a template for seeing how God is working in and through our lives! (The DVD includes sessions filmed in Turkey, Israel and Greece.)

    • Going Deeper in Prayer, Wednesdays, 12 - 1PM, N103/104

      • Before Amen by Max Lucado, Oct. 25 - Nov. 15 (Susan Fuquay)
        Is prayer a last-ditch effort in tough times, or a list of wants? Does it have a bunch of mandatory fancy words? Not at all!  Author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Lucado reminds readers that prayer is not a privilege for the pious nor the art of a chosen few. Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and humans. Click here to register. 

      • Delight in the Light - Finding God Throughout Advent by Jacquie Reed,  Nov. 29 - Dec. 20 (Jacquie Reed)
        "Advent" (the four Sundays before Christmas) means "coming" as in awaiting the coming of Jesus. This class provides realistic means and practical ways we can use personal experiences in our lives to help us unlock fresh perspectives and deeper understandings of what Christmas really is all about. Book provided in class. Click here to register. 

    • CHRISTIAN BELIEVER, Thursdays, Aug. 31 – May 31 • 10 – 11:30AM • C123 • (Rosemary Adams)
      Christian Believer focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith—presenting, explaining, and interpreting them in a way that participants can understand, through the use of words, symbols and hymns. Over a 30 week period, participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars. Click here to register.

    • JESUS IN THE GOSPELS, Thursdays, Aug. 31 – March 29
      6:15 – 7:30PM • N103/104 • (Chad Bocock)
      Study manual content illuminates some aspect of Jesus’ life and ministry as it is conveyed across the four gospels. The goal is to connect scripture to daily life and Jesus’ call to discipleship. The overarching aim is to deepen discipleship through better understanding of the biblical texts and their message. The study helps group members understand that Jesus is rooted in Judaism and the way this shapes his actions and the parables he told. Click here to register. 

    • MARQUETTE MANOR SERMON DISCUSSION GROUP
      1st & 3rd Fridays • 1PM • Marquette Manor, 8140 Township Line Rd (lower level Activity Room)
      Join Marquette residents in discussing St. Luke’s Sunday sermons. No registration required. Questions? Contact class leader, Barbara Furlow, at .

     

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    Disciple Bible Study

    Join in the exploration of the Bible that more than 500 St. Luke’s members have already done!

    Disciple Classes begin the week of August 27, 2017.

    • Disciple I is a life-transforming 24-week, 75-minute class that offers an overview of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. A strong commitment of 20-30 minutes of daily reading is needed. No previous Bible knowledge is necessary. You will read 60% of the Bible. At the end of this class, you will know that Bible from beginning to end, have new friends, and no doubt, will grow stronger in your own faith. Click here to register.
      • Sundays, Aug. 27 - Nov. 19, 9:30 - 10:45AM, E212, Kathy Armington 
      • Wednesdays, Aug. 30 - Nov. 15, 6:15 - 7:30PM, N101/102, Susan Fuquay

    Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. After completing Disciple I, the following may be taken in any order, also in the 24-week format except where noted:

    • Disciple IIThis class covers Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. Connections between the Old and New Testaments are emphasized. Click here to register. 
      • Wednesdays, Aug. 30 - Mar. 28, 12:00 - 1:15 PM, N101/102, Heidi Schopmeyer

    • Disciple III - This class covers The Prophets and The Letters of Paul. (Prerequisite: Disciple I). Click here to register. 
      • Sundays, Sept. 10 - May 27, 9:30 - 10:45AM, E213, Monika Nyby/ Greg Hale, Traditional, 32 weeks
      • Tuesdays, Aug. 29 - Mar. 27, 12:00 - 1:15 PM, N101/102, Tom Maksym, Fast-Track
      • Wednesdays, Aug. 30 - Mar. 28, 6:15 - 7:30PM, C122, Mike Elkin, Fast-Track 

    • Disciple IV - Under the Tree of Life: This class covers the writings in the Old Testament of Ruth, I and II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations and Daniel. New Testament Scripture includes the book of John, I, II, III John, James, Jude and Revelation. (Prerequisite: Disciple I). Click here to register.
      • Sundays, Aug. 27 - Mar. 25, 10:45AM - 12:00PM, W125, Greg Clark, Anne Clark, Stephen Hoskins

    Beyond Disciple Bible Study

    • Covenant
      This 24 week, in-depth study of the whole Bible emphasizes the biblical concept of covenant as a unifying pattern through all the books in the Old and New Testaments. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses to have with us as God's people. This study requires 20-30 minutes of daily Bible readings, prayer and weekly group meetings. New people are welcome to join. Click here to register. 
      • Sundays, Sept. 10 - Nov. 19, 11AM - 12:15PM, E213, Lou McElwain

    • Jesus in The Gospels
      Study manual content illuminates some aspect of Jesus' life and ministry as it is conveyed across the four gospels. The goal is to connect scripture to daily life and Jesus' call to discipleship. The overarching aim is to deepen discipleship through better understanding of the biblical texts and their message. The study helps group members understand that Jesus is rooted in Judaism and the way this shapes his actions and the parables he told. Click here to register.
      • Tuesdays, Sept. 12 - Apr. 24, 1:15 - 2:30PM, N103/104, Liz Howard
      • Thursdays, Aug. 31 - Mar. 29, 6:15 - 7:30PM, N103/104, Chad Bocock

    • Christian Believer
      Christian Believer focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith- presenting, explaining, and interpreting them in a way that participants can understand, through the use of words, symbols and hymns. Over a 30 week period, participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars. Click here to register.
      • Thursdays, Aug. 31 - May 31, 10:00 - 11:30AM, C123, Rosemary Adams
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    Special Events

    • World-Changing GenerosityHow You Can Join the Movement of Ordinary People Making an Extraordinary Difference for Those in Need

      World-Changing Generosity: How You Can Join the Movement of Ordinary People Making an Extraordinary Difference for Those in Need examines the amazing opportunity we have to eliminate the deepest poverty, hunger, and health issues in the world today. Authors Jim and Nancy Cotterill, St Luke's members will  share how people can make a difference sometimes without donating money, and they give guidance on how to get started, when you need professional advice, how the big givers give, and how science is proving that living generously affects our happiness throughout life. 
      We think this will help you to reap the most impressive and powerful personal benefit of your life. Loaded with inspiration, you’ll also get the hard facts through relevant statistics and a serious look at where our country’s largest religious and non-religious thought groups come down on the subject of generosity.
      Class will meet on Wednesday evenings, November 1 and 8 from 6:15-7:30 in the Modge.  Books are in the Connections Bookstore. 
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    Additional & Online Classes

    25 Books Every Christian Should Read

    When: Wednesdays • 10:30 – 11:45AM
    Where: N103/104 (Elisa Jenkins)
    Meets: Approximately every six weeks
    Info:

    When: Thursdays • 6 – 8:30PM
    Where: Meets in home (Steve Krusie)
    Meets: Approximately every six weeks
    Info:

    Well-known Christian contemplatives have compiled a list of 25 influential, classical, pivotal books for Christian discipleship. Points addressed for each book include: overview, why it is a classic, a study guide and more. At each meeting, the class discusses a different book. The group has already read On the Incarnation (Athanasius), Confessions (St. Augustine), Rule of St. Benedict, The Divine Comedy, and The Cloud of Knowing. This year we will begin with The Imitation of Christ (Thomas à Kempis) and The Philokalia. Please join us at any point and come for whichever books are of interest to you. Click here to register.

    Which Way, Lord? By Rev. Rob Fuquay

    When: Thursdays, Sept. 7 - Oct. 19, 8-9:15PM
    Where: Online class (Kurt Schoch)

    This study helps us to consider: How do we live the purposeful life God intends for us? When Paul started his Good News-spreading travels through the Mediterranean world – covering more than 10,000 miles – he had no idea what God’s plan for him was. We will unpack our lives alongside Paul’s to find our own purposes and passions. Paul’s life and experiences provide a template for seeing how God is working in and through our lives! Led by Kurt Schoch. Class will use zoom.us. If interested, please email Kurt Schoch, at . Book is required. 

    Many Online Classes Offered

    We are pleased to partner with BeADisciple.com, which provides quality online Christian education on topics such as church leadership, theology, worship and United Methodism. Course duration is typically two or three weeks, costs range from $25 to $100; You will find yourself "in class" (virtually) with individuals from across the country. For more information, go to BeADisciple.com or contact Kurt Schoch at .

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    Bookstore

    The Connections Bookstore is rich with books and gifts to support your faith journey - including the books you’ll need for all of our classes. 100% of proceeds support St. Luke's Outreach.

    The store is open Sundays, 9AM - 12:30 PM; Tuesdays, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM and Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM and 5PM - 6:30PM. 

    For more information, contact Dorothy Eads by email or phone 317-846-3404 x332 or visit the store’s webpage

 

For more information on any class, contact Susan Fuquay, Director of Program Ministries by  or phone 317-846-3404 x340.