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, 2018 and April 21st – Easter 2019) and are always open to new people. Simply drop in!

    Class topics:

    • LIFELONG LEARNERS: Sept. 2 – Dec. 23 • 9:30AM • N101/102
      Led by Susan Baughman and Brad Davidson.
      • Finding Bethlehem in the Midst of Bedlam (Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23) 
        Rediscover Jesus’ beautiful message of grace, hope and salvation in this intriguing study of the “prodigal son.” Consider not only the wayward son, but a judgmental older brother and, most importantly, a loving father.

    • LIFELONG LEARNERS: Jan. - May • 9:30AM • N101/102
      Led by Susan Baughman and Brad Davidson.
      • The Renegade Gospel by Mike Slaughter (Jan. – Feb.)
        Central to the Christian faith is a man who denies all our preconceived notions about what God should look like. Joining his movement will mean coming to terms with the real Jesus. Jesus didn’t come to start a religion. Jesus came with a renegade gospel to start a revolution. We are invited to join in.
      • Creed by Adam Hamilton (March - April)We’re all searching. Sometimes our questions are complicated, and the answers are difficult. How do we discover and examine the truths that give meaning and purpose to life? Powerful answers are contained in Apostles’ Creed, an early statement of foundational Christian beliefs.
      • Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs (May)
        We marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture – Sarah, Mary, Esther- But what about the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, we are surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living. Book in Connections bookstore.

    • OPEN CIRCLE CLASS: 11AM • N101/102
      This is a new class of mostly retired adults who enjoy learning and fellowship. All are welcome.
      • Sermon Discussion (Nov. 18 – Dec. 16) (Advent) 
        This is an opportunity to attend the 9:30AM worship service and then discuss the message of the morning. All are welcome!
      • John: The Gospel of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton (Jan. 6 – Feb. 3)
        The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. John’s aim is not only for readers to believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.”  Follow the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus and understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament. Book in Bookstore.

    • NEW PERSPECTIVES: 11AM – 12PM • N103/104. Expect a variety of topics and discussion focused on social justice issues and progressive theology. No registration or fee.

    • Points of Departure: Study of Various 2nd and 3rd Century Gospels 
      3rd Sundays • Aug. 19 – Dec. 16 • Jan. 20 – May 17(Don Knebel) 
      Between the death of Jesus and 1500AD a variety of groups and writings began to define Christianity. Numerous theological issues were argued and clarified. Don Knebel brings slides and a wealth of information to the topic.

    • ENCORE CLASS: 10:45AM – 12PM • Parlor
      Led by a variety of teachers. Retired adults.
      • The Redemption of Scrooge by Matt Rawle 
        Dec. 2, 9, 16, & 23 (Leader TBD) 
        Learn the brief history and the major beliefs of eight Christian denominations and faith traditions. See how each one has a valuable perspective: Orthodoxy, Catholicism, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Anglicanism, Baptist, Pentecostalism and Methodism.

      • Stories from Faithful Chaplains
        Each week in January we will have guest Chaplains share their stories with us.
        • 6: Military Chaplain
        • 13: Law Enforcement Chaplain
        • 20: Transport to Christ Chaplain
        • 27: Hospital Chaplain

      • Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs
        Feb. and March (Patti Davis)
        We marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–But what about the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, we are surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living. Book in Connections bookstore.

      • Symbols of the Christian Faith: Where they came from and what they mean
        April and May – Class does not meet on Easter Sunday (Susan Fuquay)
        For centuries, symbols of faith have reminded people of the nature of God and Jesus. Even when people could not read, symbols such as the cross helped people understand God’s great love for us through Jesus Christ. Symbols of faith are part of our history as people of faith. No book for class.

    • Disciple I – Fast Track
      9:30 – 10:45AM, Jan.6 – March 24, E212(Susan Fuquay & Kathy Armington)
      A life-transforming 24-week, one hour and fifteen-minute class that offers an overview of the New Testament.  A strong commitment to 20-30 minutes of daily reading is needed.  No previous Bible knowledge is necessary.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore.
      Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. Click here to register.

    • Disciple IV
      Sundays, 9:30 – 10:45AM, Sept. 9 – May 19, E213 (Monika Nyby & Greg Hale)
      This class covers the writings in the New Testament Scripture includes John, I, II, III John, James, Jude and Revelation.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore. Click here to register. (Prerequisite: Disciple I)

    • ON BEING: 9:30 – 10:30AM • N103/104 • Led by Betty Brandt. Conversation based around the weekly American Public Radio show and podcast On Being hosted by Krista Tippett. The exploration of faith, humanity and ideas can be heard locally on FM 90.1 at 9PM on Thursdays and 7AM on Sundays or at onbeing.org.
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    Wed PM

    WNL continues in Winter/Spring, and there is lots of activity in the building on Wednesday Nights! Join us for dinner in the Great Hall at 5:15PM – 6:15PM. Everyone is invited to our dinner buffet. No reservation is needed. $5 for dinner ($20 max per family) and then head to an adult class, ENL, Bridges Out of Poverty, or children’s choir and programming and Youth Bible Studies at 6:15PM. Registration is suggested for all classes.

    BEGINNING January 9th

    • The Sea is so Wide, and My Boat is so Small by Marian Wright Edelman
      WEDNESDAYS, Jan. 9 – Jan. 30 • Fellowship Hall (Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross)
      This class is available for you to watch on your laptop, ipad, or smart phone. Live at time listed above. In addition, this class will be recorded for you to watch at a later time. If you are interested in either option,  please email Susan Fuquay.
      In America today, the gap between the rich and the poor is the greatest ever recorded. It has become easy to ignore the hardships of millions of children plagued by poverty, poor health, illiteracy, violence, adult hypocrisy, and injustice. Book available in Connections Bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Exploring the Enneagram
      Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 13 • 6:15 - 7:30PM •N103/104• (Mindie Moore)
      What you don't know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and maybe even how you make your way in the world. It can also keep you in the shallows with God. Explore who you are, why you do what you do, and learn how to connect with others and God in a deeper, more authentic way. No book. Click here to register.

    • Facing your Giants – God Still Does the Impossible by Max Lucado
      WEDNESDAYS, Jan. 9 – Feb. 13 • Parlor (Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross)
      Remember the story of David and Goliath? You know your Goliath. He taunts you with bills you can't pay, people you can't please, habits you can't break, failures you can't forget, and a future you can't face. But just like David, you can face your giant.  David gives this reminder: Focus on giants -- you stumble; focus on God -- your giants tumble.  The same God who helped David will help you. Click here to register.

    • Pray for a Better Weight
      Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 27 • C122 (Linda Tanella, St. Luke’s Member, Certified personal trainer and lifestyle coach)
      No book needed. Bring a journal or spiral notebook of your choice to class.
      The focus of this class is spiritual and physical fitness. This class will cover 5 basic principles for healthy living that will lead to long-term, sustainable results. With prayer, groups support, accountability, and God by your side, you can achieve success! Click here to register.

    • Disciple I – Fast Track
      Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – March 27, N101/102 (Susan Fuquay)
      A life-transforming 24-week, one hour and fifteen-minute class that offers an overview of the New Testament.  A strong commitment to 20-30 minutes of daily reading is needed.  No previous Bible knowledge is necessary.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore. Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. Click here to register.

    • Disciple II – Fast Track
      Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – March 27, C122 (Bill Meyer, Kaylee Vida & Dave Rogers)
      This class covers the writings in the New Testament Scripture includes John, I, II, III John, James, Jude and Revelation.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore. (Prerequisite: Disciple I) Click here to register.

    • Authentic Manhood: A Man and His Trap by Men’s Fraternity
      Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 13 • C125 (Trent Wood)
      Based on a study of Jesus’ 33 years of life, this follow-up study looks at the idols men often fall for. This study helps you build a different plan for your life, based on God’s grace and accountability, and continues the conversation about the meaning and significance of being a man in today’s world. No book needed. Click here to register.

    • Taking Charge of ADHD Children by Russell Barkley, PhD
      Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 13 • C123 (Nancy Stokely)
      (A class for parents and grandparents!)
      Distinguished researcher/clinician, author Russell A. Barkley, provides this treasured parent and grandparent book. It gives you the science-based information you need about attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its treatment. Find encouragement, guidance, loads of practical tips and prayer. Class led by Nancy Stokely, a fellow grandmother of two hyperactive grand-daughters. Book in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped me Believe by Phil Gulley
      Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – Jan. 30 • Modge (Bill Eckert)
      Most of us grow up taking in whole belief systems, only to discover later that what we received as being certain is actually nothing like it. And then we're faced with a choice—retreat to spiritual security and the community that comes with it or strike out into the unknown.
      With his humor and down-home wisdom, Philip Gulley serves as the spiritual director a wayward pilgrim can warm to, inviting readers into his own sometimes daunting journey of spiritual discovery. Book in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

     
    BEGINNING January 16th

    • Your Best Us (5 weeks for young couples) by Ted Lowe
      Wednesdays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 13 • E213 (Rev. Eric and Meagan Burton-Krieger)
      Calling those in serious relationships, engaged or married less than 8 years. Take a little time to focus on your best Us.  Learn some great marital habits that empower all of us—specifically four core habits that come from the Bible that can help every couple become their best US. Click here to register.

     
    BEGINNING February

    • Celebrate Black History Month
      Wednesdays in Feb., Fellowship Hall (Diverse Communities Team)
      In honor of our African American friends and neighbors we will offer four different programs from the richness of their traditions – storytelling, dance, music, lecture. Enjoy Soul Food on Feb. 6.

    • Forgiveness through Letting Go by Adam Hamilton
      Wednesdays, Feb. 6 – 27 • E212 (Laura Marine)
      How can we move from hurt and anger to reconciliation and grace? Anger, more than any other emotion, has the power to consume all aspects of our lives, distort our sense of purpose, and destroy our relationship with God. Author Rev Adam Hamilton contends that only when we learn to forgive others and ourselves can we truly receive forgiveness from God. Books available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.
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    During the Week

    • Healing the World from a Place of Prayer
      Mondays, Jan. 7 – Ongoing, 10:15 – 11:30AM, C124 Led by Sandy Harlan
      This group will continue to explore the challenges, rewards and possibilities of integrating the contemplative life with an active and engaged life. Author, Richard Rohr, invites us to move outward in compassion, healing and justice from a prayerful stance. Click here to register.

    • Disciple I – Fast Track
      Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2:45PM, Jan. 8 – March 26, N103/104 (Eliz Howard)
      A life-transforming 24-week, one hour and fifteen-minute class that offers an overview of the New Testament.  A strong commitment to 20-30 minutes of daily reading is needed.  No previous Bible knowledge is necessary.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore. Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. Click here to register.

    • Disciple IV
      Tuesdays, 12-1:15PM, Aug. 28 – Nov. 14, N103/104 (Tom Maksym)
      This class covers the writings in the New Testament Scripture includes John, I, II, III John, James, Jude and Revelation.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore.  Click here to register. (Prerequisite: Disciple I)

    • Invitations of Jesus by Trevor Hudson (Jan. 8 – Feb. 19)
      Tuesdays, 6:30 -7:30 PM, C122 (Terri Coe)
      How do we respond to the invitations of Jesus? Trevor Hudson calls us to consider the invitations Jesus offers in five dimensions of life. In his gentle and intimate style, Trevor leads you to see where Christ is touching your life, calling you to deeper relationship with God, self, and neighbor. Book in connections bookstore. Childcare available, must preregister. Click here to register.

    • Café Conversations
      WEDNESDAYS, 9:30 – 11AM • N101/102 (Jim Keating)
      • Nativity Art 
        Presentation early in December. This year we will expand it to include non-western nativity art (Indigenous, African, Asian, etc.).
      • Before Amen by Max Lucado
        Jan. 9 – Feb13
        Before Amen, Max Lucado’s most personal and candid humble book to date, is written for everyone who wants to pray more, better and stronger, with more fire, faith and fervency. Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts and confidence even for prayer wimps. Book in Connections bookstore

        *This will be followed by further studies. Contact Susan Fuquay for more information.

    • Pastor’s Book Study
      WEDNESDAYS, 10 – 11AM • Parlor 
      No registration required (Sally Pearson). Books in Connections bookstore.
      • Bad Girls of the Bible: And What we can Learn from Them by Liz Curtis Higgs (Nov. 7 – Dec. 19, Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross)
        We marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture – Sarah, Mary and Esther. But what about the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah? Or Jezebel’s take charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience? Like Bathsheba, Herodias and the rest, we are surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living and burdened by our own desires

    • **Pastors Book study is available to watch on your laptop, ipad, or smart phone. Live at time listed above. In addition, classes will be recorded for you to watch at a later time. If you are interested in either option,  please email Susan Fuquay.**

      • The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Jan. 9 – Feb. 13, Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross)The Cost of Discipleship, a classic of Christian thought, is centered on an exposition of the Sermon on the Mount, in which Bonhoeffer explains what he believes it means to follow Christ. Published in 1937, when the rise of the Nazi regime was underway in Germany, Bonhoeffer's theology of costly discipleship developed, which ultimately led to his death. Book in Connections bookstore.
      • How to Talk with Sick, Dying and Grieving People by Patrick Shawn Riecke (Feb. 20 – March 6, Kevin Davis)
        What do you say to someone who has been diagnosed with a terminal disease?
        How can you help someone who knows they are dying, or people who have just said goodbye for the last time to someone they love? You will encounter the best ways to talk with people in life's most difficult moments. Book in Connections bookstore.
      • Pauses for Lent by Trevor Hudson (March 13 – April 10, Rev. Regina Proctor)
        Words have meaning in our spiritual life and in the everyday. Join me as we pause each day to reflect on a word and reading by Trevor Hudson, South African UM pastor. Each week we will come together, discuss the words of the week and have discussion through image and prayer. Change the way you enter and leave the season of Lent.  Book in Connections bookstore.
      • April 17 – Meet to Walk the Stations of the Cross
      • Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren (April 24 – May 22, Rev. Eric Burton-Krieger)
        In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred?
        Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something—making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys—that the author does every day. Book in Connections bookstore. 
    • Disciple III
      Wednesdays, 12 – 1:15PM, Jan. 9 – March 27, N101/102 (Heidi Schopmeyer)
      This class covers The Letters of Paul.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore. Click here to register. (Prerequisite: Disciple I)

    • The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus knows
      Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 27, 12-1PM, SLC (Susan Fuquay)
      **This class is available for you to participate on your laptop, ipad, or smart phone. Live at time listed above. If you are interested in participating online,  please email Susan Fuquay.**
      "God wants me to try harder." "God blesses me when I'm good and punishes me when I'm bad." We all have ideas that we tell ourselves about God and how he works in our lives. Some are true--but many are false. James Bryan Smith believes those thoughts determine not only who we are, but how we live. In fact, Smith declares, the most important thing about a person is what they think about God. book in bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Beginners Meditation
      Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17 and 24 • 1-2PM • SLC (Carol Ernst)
      Learn how to quiet the mind and calm the body to create space to listen to and for God. Click here to register.
      Carol is an experienced therapist and personal coach, active at St. Luke’s

    • Disciple I – Fast Track 
      Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30AM, Jan. 10 – March 28, C115 (Scott & Linda Arant)
      A life-transforming 24-week, one hour and fifteen-minute class that offers an overview of the New Testament.  A strong commitment to 20-30 minutes of daily reading is needed.  No previous Bible knowledge is necessary.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore. Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. Click here to register.

     

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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 January 6, 2019.

    Disciple I – Fast Track
    A life-transforming 24-week, one hour and fifteen-minute class that offers an overview of the New Testament.  A strong commitment to 20-30 minutes of daily reading is needed.  No previous Bible knowledge is necessary.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore.
    Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring.

    • Sundays, 9:30 – 10:45AM, Jan.6 – March 24, E212(Susan Fuquay & Kathy Armington)Click to register.
    • Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2:45PM, Jan. 8 – March 26, N103/104 (Eliz Howard)Click here to register.
    • Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – March 27, N101/102 (Susan Fuquay)Click here to register.
    • Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30AM, Jan. 10 – March 28, C115 (Scott & Linda Arant)Click here to register.

    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 II – This class covers the writings in the New Testament Scripture includes John, I, II, III John, James, Jude and Revelation.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore. (Prerequisite: Disciple I)

    • Wednesdays, Jan. 9 – March 27, C122 (Bill Meyer, Kaylee Vida & Dave Rogers)Click here to register.

    Disciple III -This class covers The Letters of Paul.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore.  (Prerequisite: Disciple I)

    • Wednesdays, 12 – 1:15PM, Jan. 9 – March 27, N101/102 (Heidi Schopmeyer) Click here to register.

    Disciple IV - Under the Tree of Life: This class covers the writings in the New Testament Scripture includes John, I, II, III John, James, Jude and Revelation.  A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections Bookstore.  (Prerequisite: Disciple I)

    • Sundays, 9:30 – 10:45AM, Sept. 9 – May 19, E213 (Monika Nyby & Greg Hale) Click   to register.
    • Tuesdays, 12-1:15PM, Aug. 28 – Nov. 14, N103/104 (Tom Maksym)Click here to register. 
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    Special Events

     
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    Additional & Online Classes

    25 BOOKS EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD READ

    • Wednesday mornings, approximately every six weeks. Contact Elisa Jenkins for more info.

    • Tuesdays or Thursdays, approximately every six weeks • 6 – 8:30PM (Steve Krusie, Sara Cobb). Contact Steve Krusie.
      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 many clasics including The Interior Castle (St. Teresa of Avila), Dark Night of the Soul (St. John of the Cross), Pensees (Blaise Pascal), and The Pilgrim’s Progress (John Bunyan). 
      This January we will begin with The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky). Please join us at any point and come for whichever books are of interest to you.  Text book in Connections Bookstore.

    • 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 sermons. No registration required. Questions? Contact class leader, Barbara Furlow.

    • THE FORUM AT THE CROSSING STUDY GROUP
      Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11:30AM • The Forum, 8505 Woodfield Crossing Blvd. (Charlie Boswell)
      Contact Charlie Boswell with questions, 317.663.8118.

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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.