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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    Lenten Classes & Opportunities

    Option one: Join a Lenten Small Group

    The purpose of the Lenten Small Group is to make new friends and have a fun, inspiring opportunity for Christian discussion during the Lenten season. Small Groups meet weekly (for a total of five meetings) to discuss the previous Sunday’s sermon from the series. Those who have missed worship can watch the sermon online before your group meets. Click here for complete details about groups and to sign up.

     

    Option two: Take a Lenten Class

    There are classes on topics such as:

    What Christians Believe and Why, Daring to Hope in Times of Uncertainty, Going Deeper in Prayer, and several others. Open the Sunday AM, Wed PM or During the Week tabs for a complete listing. No registration is required for classes, childcare is available for all classes that meet on Sunday Mornings and Wednesday evenings. Books are only required if indicated in the course description.

     

    Option three: Attend a Special Event

    Praying in Water Color (painting a new path to God)

    Come experience a new way of connecting with God through watercolor. You are not creating art for an art show, you are praying. See what happens in your heart and soul.

    “Sometimes coloring is just coloring. To put crayons to paper and create a rainbow of marks and swaths is relaxing, playful and maybe even artistically satisfying. But sometimes coloring is more. To put colored crayons, markers or pencils to paper is to create a pathway to the numinous. Coloring invites the body and the senses into an experience of inner stillness. While the hand moves, the mind and the body slow down. The heart and the ears open, carving a space for rich silence and an opportunity for God to speak.” (Sybil MacBeth) Workshop led by Jacquie Reed. All supplies provided, no registration needed, all are welcome. No artistic ability needed. April 4 from 6:30 – 7:30PM  SLC and April 5 from 12 – 1PM. N103/104.

    Mid-day Spiritual Pause

    Recognizing that Lent is a time to make a special effort to develop a spiritual discipline, the Spiritual Life Center offers a 15 minute spiritual pause, from 11:45AM - 12PM in the Prayer Chapel, in your busy day. Expect a scripture reading, a meditation and a time of silence.

     

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    Sunday AM

    Our Sunday AM Classes meet every week of the year (with the exception of Dec. 25th,  Jan. 1 and April 16th – Easter) and are always open to new people. Simply drop in!

    Class topics:

    • Creed: What Christians Believe and Why - We are all searching.  Sometimes the search is easy; simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate.  In this class we will see that powerful answers are contained in the Apostles' Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs. 9:30 - 10:30AM in N101, March 5 - April 9.  Also meeting 11AM - 12PM in N101, March 5 - April 9.  Facilitator: Susan Fuquay.
    •  Encore Class - This is a new class of mostly retired adults who enjoy learning and fellowship.  All are welcome.  10:45AM - 12PM in the Parlor with various leaders.
    • Lenten Sermon Discussion - This is an opportunity to attend the 9:30AM worship sservice and then discuss the Lenten series.  All are welcome!  10:45AM - 12PM in E212.  Facilitators: Craig Overmyer and Gary Chambers.
    • New Perspectives - Expect a different speaker or discussion topic each week that will challenge the way you see yourself and the world.  11AM - 12PM in N103/104.  Facilitator: Betty Brandt.
    • On Being -  Weekly conversation based around the weekly American Public Radio show and podcast, "On Being", hosted by Krista Tippett.  This exploration of faith, humanity and ideas can be heard locally on FM 90.1 at 9PM Thursdays or 7AM Sundays or at www.onbeing.org.  9:30 - 10:30AM in N103/104.  Failitator: Betty Brandt.

     

    Take a look at our online calendar for details!

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    Wed PM

    As a part of our Wednesday Night Live (WNL) program, join us at 5:30 PM for a free meal (donations accepted) and then choose the class you’d like to participate in from 6:15-7:30 PM. Free childcare is available for those who are nursery aged children.  Contact Dorothy at  to request childcare.  Kindergarten-6th grade have other options. You can learn more about these children’s choirs here.


    Class topics:

    • Daring to Hope in Times of Uncertainty - Studying the writings of Jeremiah - an Old Testament prophet who lived over 2,600 years ago. His message is relevant for us today - hope-filled living is possible even in times of uncertainty and instability.  How?  Come explore ways for living that can help us overcome worry, fear, doubt, bitterness, despair, loss and unjust treatment regardless of circumstances.  Everyone welcome!  Come when you can.  No Bible knowledge needed.  No registration needed.  6:15 - 7:30PM in C123, March 8 - April 9.  Facilitator: Terri Coe.
    • Creed:  What Christians Believe and WhyWe are all searching.  Sometimes the search is easy; simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate.  In this class we will see that powerful answers are contained in the Apostles' Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs.  6:15 - 7:30PM in the Parlor.  Facilitator:  Eric Burton-Krieger.
    • St. Luke's Prays For Our Community - Join this established praying community to investigate and pray for outreach partners.  Week 1 of each month: pray and investigate the subject.  Week 2: pray and discern your connection to the subject.  Week 3: pray and act.  Week 4: host congregational prayer vigil.  6:30 - 7:30 PM in Luke's Lodge.  Facilitator:  Roger Frick and Elisa Jenkins.



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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.

    Wednesday Daytime

    • For the Bible Tells Me So - A conversation on homosexuality and the church today, beginning with a documentary featuring the stories of five conservative Christian families with children who identify as gay or lesbian.  Their journey and struggle sets the backdrop as we hear from LGBT members of St. Luke's.  We'll conclude with how our church might continue to live out its call to help people find and give today.  10 - 11:30AM in the Parlor.  Book study led by Rev. Eric Burton-Krieger.  Facilitator: Sally Pearson.
    • Going Deeper in Prayer - Learn how to find meaning in daily prayer.  Join this 5 week non-threatening prayer experience for people at all levels of prayer experience and knowledge.  Practice together different ways of praying.  A commitment to 15 minutes per day of devotion time will make the class most meaningful.  12 - 1PM in the Spiritual Life Center, March 8 - April 5.  On April 5 we will join the Praying in Water Color workshop in the Fellowship Hall as part of our class.  Facilitator: Susan Fuquay.

     

    Wednesday PM

    • Daring to Hope in Times of Uncertainty - Studying the writings of Jeremiah - an Old Testament prophet who lived over 2,600 years ago. His message is relevant for us today - hope-filled living is possible even in times of uncertainty and instability.  How?  Come explore ways for living that can help us overcome worry, fear, doubt, bitterness, despair, loss and unjust treatment regardless of circumstances.  Everyone welcome!  Come when you can.  No Bible knowledge needed.  No registration needed.  6:15 - 7:30PM in C123, March 8 - April 9.  Facilitator: Terri Coe.
    • Creed:  What Christians Believe and WhyWe are all searching.  Sometimes the search is easy; simply type a question and the answer pops up. But sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult to see and harder to articulate.  In this class we will see that powerful answers are contained in the Apostles' Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs.  6:15 - 7:30PM in the Parlor.  Facilitator:  Eric Burton-Krieger.
    • St. Luke's Prays For Our Community - Join this established praying community to investigate and pray for outreach partners.  Week 1 of each month: pray and investigate the subject.  Week 2: pray and discern your connection to the subject.  Week 3: pray and act.  Week 4: host congregational prayer vigil.  6:30 - 7:30 PM in Luke's Lodge.  Facilitator:  Roger Frick and Elisa Jenkins.

     

    Thursday Afternoon

    • Caring for Those Who Remain - "Many people have a desire to talk about death, but don't know how to go about it.  Caring for Those Who Remain gives you a practical and profound, step-by-step guide that mentors you from beginning the conversation, to completing the business that must follow a death.  This book will guide you in compassionately honoring the wishes of the dying and those who remain."  Kim King.  1 - 2:30PM in the Parlor.  Facilitator: Phyllis Bybee.

     

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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 again in August of 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. 

    A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in St. Luke’s UMC Bookstore. Disciple I (New Testament) meets on Wednesdays 6:15 – 7:30 PM. 

    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:

    • Disciple II – Into the Word Into the World: This class covers Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts more in depth
    • Disciple III - Remember Who You Are: This class covers The Prophets and The Letters of Paul
    • Disciple IV - Under the Tree of Life: This class covers the writings in the Old Testament (Ruth, I and II Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, Lamentations, and Daniel). New Testament Scripture includes John, I, II, III John, James, Jude and Revelation
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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. The store is open Sundays, 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM. 

    For more information, contact Kelly Witte, Bookstore Manager by email or phone 317-846-3404 x350 or visit the store’s webpage

 

For more information on any class, contact Susan Fuquay, Director of Classes and Faith Formation by  or phone 317-846-3404 x340.