Adult Study Groups

Our groups are connecting on-site with in-person meetings, in a hybrid format (on-site and online), and/or on Zoom.

Stay Connected

Our online, hybrid, and on-site groups are listed below. For our current re-opening and worship information, see our Stay Connected page.

Grab-and-Go Book Pickup: Study books are on shelves in the church entrance (Door #2), Monday to Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday mornings. Leave money in the box, in the office if it’s open, or pay online.

Special Themed Groups

Walking as a Spiritual Practice 

Mary Ann Moman will lead a group for those interested in walking as a spiritual practice.  We will meet one Thursday morning each month: May 27, June 24, July 29, and August 26, at 9:30 AM at River Road Park (12575 River Road).  Each time we will begin with a short devotional time and then walk.  You can choose to walk alone or in a group for a duration of your choice. No sign up is necessary. Just show up! If you have any questions, contact Mary Ann Moman at mmoman@stmarkscarmel.org

NEW! Summer Weeknight Study 

Art & Spirituality 

Tuesdays, June 1-August 31 | 7:30PM
Led by Pastor Julia Gonzales | Room B/C  | Bring art supplies
 

This is now an on-site only study (no hybrid option). We’ll listen to scripture, see scripture-based art, and each use our own supplies to create artwork from our spiritual reflections. No book required – just bring your own portable art supplies (e.g., notebook, colored pencils).  This study is casual and lasts throughout the summer, so come and go as you can as your schedule allows.

Art & Spirituality Sign Up

Weekday Study Groups

Studies on Wednesday and Thursday mornings will resume in the fall after a summer break.

Men’s Early Morning Bible Study: Romans 

Wednesdays, September 1-December 15 | 6:30-7:15 AM 
Led by Pastor Brian White | Location TBD | Books $11

Using the text by Robert Jewett, Genesis to Revelation: Romans, this study will go through the entire Book of Romans, beginning with an introduction to Paul and following through his life and his call. Some of the major ideas explored are Paul’s purpose and situation, righteousness and wrath, being set free from sin, new life in the Spirit, and a tolerant ethic. 

Men's Morning Study Sign Up

Pastor’s Bible Study: Romans 

Wednesdays, September 1-December 15  | 9:00-10:00am 
Led by Pastor Brian White | Online + Room B/C |Books $11

Using the text by Robert Jewett, Genesis to Revelation: Romans, this study will go through the entire Book of Romans, beginning with an introduction to Paul and following through his life and his call. Some of the major ideas explored are Paul’s purpose and situation, righteousness and wrath, being set free from sin, new life in the Spirit, and a tolerant ethic. 

Pastor's Study Sign Up

Thursday AM Study   

Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times by Adam Hamilton

Thursdays, September 9 – October 7 | 9:30-11:00 AM 

Led by Judy Woempner | Room B/C | Books $16

Fear is a complex emotion. Sometimes it saves us, but more often it robs us of the life we want. Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insight, Adam Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging. Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to large perils like terrorism, death, and the apocalypse. For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers informed, inspiring, and practical solutions. Judy Woempner facilitates. Books are $16.

 

Thursday 9:30 AM Study Sign Up

Friday AM Study
Dream Big by Bob Goff 

Fridays beginning August 27 10:00-11:30 AM   

Led by Stephanie Cohen | Online + Room B/C | Study Guide $9

Bob Goff, the New York Times bestselling author of Love Does and Everybody, Always, is on a mission to help people recapture the version of their lives they dreamed about before fear started calling the shots. He wants them to dream big. With practical revelations, this study will help you uncover the wild and exciting dream for your life that you’ve hidden from yourself–and help you take the steps necessary to achieve it.
Friday 9:30 AM Study Sign Up

Sunday Morning Study Groups

For hybrid meetings, contact the leaders listed below to connect to Zoom with your computer or phone.

Venture

9:15AM, Room B/C. The Venture Class members are mostly retirees who enjoy Great Courses videos and guest speakers on varied topics. Jean Douglass facilitates. The class meets at 9:15 with joys and concerns, followed by the video or lesson at 9:40 or so. 

Open Doors, Open Ideas

9:40AM, Room L. This class shares in conversation about faith in real life, including current news issues from The Wired Word devotionals and/or themes from Christian books and authors. Jessica Stevens and Chuck Blair are co-facilitators of this group. Join on August 29 for a brainstorming session, and the next study will begin on September 12. 

Cutting Edge

9:30 AM, Hybrid (Room G/H and Zoom online). This group reads and discusses the Bible following the Revised Common Lectionary, a 3-year cycle of reading through scripture. The Word comes alive through the blessing of the Holy Spirit. Contact facilitator Steve Click (sclick52@gmail.com) for Zoom connection information or join in Room G/H.

Foundations and Friendships

9:40 AM, Hybrid (Room J/K and Zoom online).  F&F’s shares and discusses Christian themes through books, The Wired Word devotionals, and Bible studies. Recent books include The Color of Compromise, Questions God Asks Us, and The Epic of Eden.  Doug Brown (dthbrown@gmail.com), Kathy DeaKyne, and Todd Snow facilitate.  On break for July, returning Aug 1 for Walter Brueggemann book From Judgment to Hope.

Journey

TBD, meetings postponed for now.   Jonathan Barclay facilitates discussion of scriptures using the Revised Common Lectionary. 

Reel Spirituality

11:00 AM, Continuing on Zoom for Summer 2021. Everyone is welcome to “the movie class” for Christian themes and heartfelt topics through a variety of films. The class is gathering in homes or individually watching movies and then using Zoom on Sunday mornings to discuss. Lydia and Terry Fourman facilitate (email Jennifer – grow@stmarkscarmel.org for Zoom link). 

For more information on adult studies, please contact Jennifer Cloud-Buckner (grow@stmarkscarmel.org), St. Mark’s Adult Discipleship Coordinator.