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:

    • 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: Sept. 2 – Dec. 23 • 9:30AM • N101/102
      Led by Susan Baughman and Brad Davidson.
      • Before Amen: The power of a Simple Prayer by Max Lucado (Sept 2–Oct 14)
        Before Amen, Max Lucado’s most personal, candid and humble book to date, is written for everyone who wants to pray more, 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.
      • Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado (Oct. 21 – Nov. 18) 
        Philippians 4:6 encourages the believer to “be anxious for nothing.” As Lucado states, the apostle Paul seems to leave little leeway here. “Be anxious for nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero.” 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 (Aug. 26- Sept. 30) 
        This is an opportunity to attend the 9:30AM worship service and then discuss the message of the morning. All are welcome!
      • Walking in the Dust of Jesus (Oct. 7 – Nov. 11) 
        Conversations about human sexuality are taking place all over the United Methodist Church. Adolf Hansen, an ordained elder who our Theologian-in Residence is, presents questions for all to explore in an atmosphere of mutual respect, even when the conversation partners disagree.
      • 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!

    • 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 (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.
      • What will the United Methodist Church Look Like after February 26, 2019? Sept. 9 (Dr. Adolf Hansen) 
        That’s the closing date of a special session of General Conference, when the recommendation of the Council of Bishops will be approved, rejected, or modified.
      • Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton 
        Sept. 16, 23, 30, Oct. 7 & 14 (David Haskett) 
        Truth is, a mere handful of fears work for us – fear of stepping in front of a bus, for example, or not taking care of our health. But the vast majority – fear of others, failure or the future – have almost no basis in reality yet tie us in knots and steal our peace of mind. These fears, experts say, are often vestiges of primitive ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ instincts that, mostly, no longer apply.
      • Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado 
        Oct. 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18 (Jacquie Reed) 
        Philippians 4:6 encourages the believer to “be anxious for nothing.” As Lucado states, the apostle Paul seems to leave little leeway here. “Be anxious for nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero.”
      • 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.

    • Disciple I – Fast Track
      Sundays, 9:30 – 10:45AM, Aug. 26 – Nov. 18, E212(Susan Fuquay & Kathy Armington)
      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. 
      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 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. 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 the Fall, with lots of activities in the building. Join us for dinner in the Great Hall from 5:30 – 6:15PM. Everyone is invited and no reservation is needed. Plan to give a $5 donation for dinner ($20 max per family) and then head to an adult class, English as a Next Language (ENL), Bridges Out of Poverty, or children’s choir and programming and Youth Bible Studies. Registration is suggested for all classes.


    BEGINNING AUGUST 29th

    • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
      WEDNESDAYS, Aug. 29 – Sept. 19 • E212 (Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross)
      Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of justice. Must read for anyone interested in reforming our criminal justice system. Book available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Everybody Always: Becoming Love in a World Full of Difficult People by Bob Goff
      WEDNESDAYS, Aug. 29 – Sept. 26 • C110 (Mindie Moore)
      What happens when we stop avoiding difficult people and simply love everyone? Bob Goff takes readers on a life-altering journey into the secret of living without fear, care, constraint or worry. Learn to love people, even the difficult ones, without distinction and without limits. Book available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • PERSONALITY AND PRAYER PREFERENCE
      Wednesdays, Aug. 29 – Oct. 3 • C125 (Judy Homer)
      Expect to begin by discovering your preferred prayer style based on a Myers Briggs type questionnaire. Then thoroughly explore four prayer methods that will help you deepen your prayer life. Registration required, no fee. Click here to register.

    • Sensible Shoes (Women) by Sharon Garlough Brown
      Wednesdays, Aug. 29 – Oct. 3 • C123 (Rev. Ashli Cartwright-Peak)
      A moving story of four strangers as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation. This is a great opportunity to prepare for our day-retreat on Friday Nov. 2 (see page 25) with Sharon Garlough Brown. Book available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Seven Principles of Making a Marriage Work
      Wednesdays, Aug. 29 – Oct. 10 • Fellowship Hall (Rev. Eric and Meagan Burton-Krieger/ Rev. Jevon and Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross)
      Learn new approaches for resolving conflicts, creating new common ground and achieving greater levels of intimacy. We’ll look at strategies and resources to help couples collaborate more effectively to resolve problems, whether dealing with issues related to sex, money, religion, work, family or anything else. It’s helpful if both partners attend. You can share one book per couple, available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here for? By Rick Warren 
      Wednesdays, Aug. 29 – Oct. 3 • SLC (Bill Eckert)
      The Purpose Driven Life is far more than just a book; it is a guide to a spiritual journey. Once you take this journey, you’ll never be the same again. Book in Connections Bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Disciple I – Fast Track 
      Wednesdays, Aug. 29 – Nov. 14, N101/102 (Susan Fuquay) 
      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.  
      Disciple I covers the Old Testament in the fall and New Testament in the spring. Click here to register.

    • Disciple II – Fast Track 
      Wednesdays, Aug. 29 – Nov. 14, C122 (Bill Meyer, Kaylee Vida & Dave Rogers) 
      This class covers Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. Connections between the Old/New Testaments are emphasized. A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections bookstore. (Prerequisite: Disciple I) Click here to register.

    BEGINNING October 3rd

    • Exploring the Enneagram 
      Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 14 • 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.

    • Blessed are the Crazy by Sarah Griffith Lund
      Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Oct. 24 • E213 (Rev. Regina Proctor)
      Local UCC pastor, Sarah Lund, tells her own story of family mental illness and shows how churches can be made safe havens for people who have brain diseases and for their loved ones. Sarah will be present on October 24. Book available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans 
      Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 14, E212 (Courtney Porter) 
      If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, then what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she began a quest to better understand what the Bible is and how it is meant to be read. What she discovered changed her—and it will change you too. Book available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Unlearning God by Phillip Gulley
      Wednesdays, Nov. 7 – Dec. 5 • E213 (Roger Frick)
      Gulley’s latest book speaks to those whose faith has been challenged by the world around them. The reader is encouraged to let go, unlearn burdensome obstacles and forge a more authentic relationship with God. Hear Gulley speak on Friday, Nov. 16. Book available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.
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    During the Week

    • Healing the World from a Place of Prayer
      Mondays, Sept. 10 – Nov. 12, 10:15 – 11:30AM, C124 Led by Sandy Harlan
      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, Aug. 28 – Nov. 13, N103/104 (Eliz Howard) 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. 
      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 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. A study manual and study Bible are needed and available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register. (Prerequisite: Disciple I)

    • Café Conversations
      WEDNESDAYS, 9:30 – 11AM • N101/102 (Jim Keating)
      • When Christians Get it Wrong by Adam Hamilton 
        More and more young adults have opted out of Christianity and the church. The reason? Christians. When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name certain attitudes and behaviors: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith and being anti-homosexual.
      • Finding Yourself in the Story of Race: Waking Up White 
        Open yourself to Debby Irving’s personal journey from white oblivion to white awareness and investigate your own journey in this important, eye opening workshop. Come with an open heart.
      • Nativity Art 
        Presentation early in December. This year we will expand it to include non-western nativity art (Indigenous, African, Asian, etc.).

    • Pastor’s Book Study
      WEDNESDAYS, 10 – 11AM • Parlor 
      No registration required (Sally Pearson). Books in Connections bookstore.

      • Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (Sept. 5 – 26, Rev. Jevon Caldwell-Gross) 
        Arguably the 20th century’s most influential Christian writer, C.S. Lewis sought to explain and defend the beliefs that nearly all Christians at all times hold in common. His simple yet deeply profound classic, originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts, is a book to be thoroughly digested by believers and generously shared with skeptics.

      •  A New Reformation: From Luther’s World to Ours by Rev. Rob Fuquay (Oct. 3 – 31, Rev. Rob Fuquay) 
        Sola Fide! “Justified by faith alone,” a rallying cry of the Protestant Reformation, is just as true for Christians today as it was in Martin Luther’s time. In A New Reformation, author Rob Fuquay introduces you to the life of Martin Luther and two important themes of the Reformation he sparked: the centrality of Scripture and the power of God’s grace. See the DVDs filmed with our own St. Lukers!

      •  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.

    • Disciple III
      Wednesdays, 12 – 1:15PM, Aug. 29 – Nov. 14, N101/102 (Heidi Schopmeyer) 
      This class covers the prophets and 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 Love Exchange: An Adventure in Prayer by Margaret Therkelsen 
      Wednesdays, Oct. 3 – Nov. 7, 12-1PM, SLC (Susan Fuquay) 
      Do you have six minutes a day to spare? That doesn’t sound like much time, does it? It is all the commitment you need to start down the path to a richer spiritual life! The Love Exchange is a simple, biblically-based prayer method that touches the deepest need of the human heart: to love and be loved. You will be challenged to spend three minutes a day expressing love to God, then another three minutes acknowledging God’s love for you. Building intimacy with God is something anyone can do. Book available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Back to the Basics 
      Wednesdays, 5-6PM, Oct. 17 – Nov. 14, N101/102 (Susan Fuquay & Monika Nyby) 
      Whether you’ve been here a while or are new here, are you ready to go deeper in your faith at St. Luke’s? Our new basics class will dive into:

      • The Christian faith
      • Spiritual disciplines/practices
      • The Bible
      • Spiritual gifts/serving
      • The UMC and St. Luke’s

      This class will (re)invigorate your faith, passion for Christ and St. Luke’s! Click here to register.

    • Sensible Shoes (Women) by Sharon Garlough Brown
      Thursdays, Sept. 20 – Oct. 25 • C125 (Rev. Ashli Cartwright-Peak)
      A moving story of four strangers as they reluctantly arrive at a retreat center and find themselves drawn out of their separate stories of isolation and struggle and into a collective journey of spiritual practice, mutual support and personal revelation. This is a great opportunity to prepare for our day-retreat on Friday Nov. 2 (see page 25) with Sharon Garlough Brown. Book available in Connections bookstore. Click here to register.

    • Disciple I – Fast Track 
      Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30AM, Aug. 30 – Nov. 15, C115 (Scott & Linda Arant) 
      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.  
      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 August 26, 2018.

    • 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. 
      • Sundays, 9:30 – 10:45AM, Aug. 26 – Nov. 18, E212(Susan Fuquay & Kathy Armington) Click here to register.

      • Tuesdays, 1:15 – 2:45PM, Aug. 28 – Nov. 13, N103/104 (Eliz Howard) Click here to register.

      • Wednesdays, 6:15 - 7:30PM, Aug. 29 – Nov. 14, N101/102 (Susan Fuquay) Click here to register.

      • Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:30AM, Aug. 30 – Nov. 15, 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 IIThis class covers Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. Connections between the Old and New Testaments are emphasized. 
      • Wednesdays, 6:15 - 7:30PM,  Aug. 29 – Nov. 14, C122 (Bill Meyer, Kaylee Vida & Dave Rogers) Click here to register.

    • Disciple III - This class covers The Prophets and The Letters of Paul. (Prerequisite: Disciple I).
      • Wednesdays, 12 – 1:15PM, Aug. 29 – Nov. 14, N101/102 (Heidi Schopmeyer)  Click here to register. 

    • 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). 
      • Sundays, 9:30 – 10:45AM, Sept. 9 – May 19, E213 (Monika Nyby & Greg Hale) Click here to register.

      • Tuesdays, 12-1:15PM, Aug. 28 – Nov. 14, N103/104 (Tom Maksym) Click here to register.

     

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    Special Events

    St. Luke's Women's Retreat

    • Date: Friday, November 2
    • Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
    • Location: Great Hall
    • Contact: Susan Fuquay/317-846-3404 x340, 
    • Cost: $30.00
    • Childcare is available

    Join the wonderful community of women from St. Luke’s as together we explore how to unveil the masks of our false selves that keep us from living into our true selves that God created us to be. If you’re longing to experience intimacy with God and others, but resist letting go of your defenses, this retreat is for you! Sharon will address common struggles such as people-pleasing, perfectionism, and shame, by offering practices that help us experience authentic relationship with God and others. 

    Click here to register.

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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. This year we will read The Practice of the Presence of God  (Brother Lawrence), A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (William Law), The Way of a Pilgrim (Unknown Author), and The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoevsky). Please join us at any point. 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, at  .

    • 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.