Adult Study Groups

We are connecting in online Zoom meetings with our phones and computers, in a hybrid format (on-site and online),
and in a limited in-person format during our current reopening phase.

Staying Connected during COVID

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

Grab-and-Go Book Pickup: Study books are on the 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

Weeknight PM Study Interest 

A recent congregational survey showed that there are more than 30 St. Mark’s folks interested in participating in either an online or on-site adult discipleship study on weeknights. If you are interested, please sign up here and Jennifer Cloud-Buckner, Adult Discipleship Coordinator, will be in touch. 
Interested in weekday evening(s)

Parents Lenten Study

What Makes a HERO? by Matt Rawle

Sundays, 2/21-3/28, 1:00-2:00 PM
Led by Julia Gonzales | online | Books for adults $6
 

Parents, join this 6-week study to connect with your kids in a new way! Your Club56 kids and Cornerstone Youth will be doing activities from What Makes a HERO? for Lent. Looking at pop culture heroes and others through the lens of faith, What Makes a HERO? shows how Jesus turned the concept of hero on its head. Heroes help us discern the good, fight for what’s right, define identity, execute justice, spark revolution, and save lives. In the Gospel story Jesus redefines being a hero and tells quite a different victory story—one obtained through humility, obedience to the cross, and an empty tomb.

Parent Lenten Study Sign Up

Sunday PM Study

Materiality as Resistance: Five Elements for Moral Action in the Real World by Walter Brueggemann

Sundays, February 21-March 21 | 6:00 – 7:15 PM
Led by Pastor Brian White | online | Books $12

In Materiality as Resistance, Walter Brueggemann defines materiality as using the material aspects of the Christian faith—as opposed to materialism, which places physical comfort and possessions over spiritual values. Jesus practiced materiality, not materialism, when he healed the bodies of the sick, proclaimed Jubilee to the poor, and fed the five thousand. Brueggemann calls us as individuals and as a church to action: to reengage our materiality—food, money, body, time, and place—for the common good. This study will include a weekly video presentation by Walter Brueggemann.

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Weekday Study Groups

Men’s Early Morning Bible Study: Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays, January 13-May 12 | 6:30-7:15am
Led by Pastor Brian White | Hybrid online + Room B/C | Books $15

For centuries Paul—the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted Christ follower—has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. In this modern biography, N.T. Wright looks beyond Paul’s influence on forming Christian theology to instead focus on the essence of Paul’s humanity, specifically illuminating the unlikelihood of Paul’s accomplishments and the human and intellectual drama that shaped him. With this context from Paul’s life, readers will understand Paul’s theology, thoughts, and writings in a fresh new light.

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Pastor’s Bible Study:  Paul: A Biography by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays, January 13-May 12 | 9:00-10:00am 
Led by Pastor Brian White | Hybrid online + Room B/C | Books $15

For centuries Paul—the apostle who “saw the light on the Road to Damascus” and made a miraculous conversion from zealous Pharisee persecutor to devoted Christ follower—has been one of the church’s most widely cited saints. In this modern biography, N.T. Wright looks beyond Paul’s influence on forming Christian theology to instead focus on the essence of Paul’s humanity, specifically illuminating the unlikelihood of Paul’s accomplishments and the human and intellectual drama that shaped him. With this context from Paul’s life, readers will understand Paul’s theology, thoughts, and writings in a fresh new light.

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Wednesday AM Study

James: An N.T. Wright for Everyone Bible Study Guide by N.T. Wright

Wednesdays, March 24-May 12, no meeting April 7 10:30-11:30 AM   

Led by Lydia Fourman | Hybrid online + Room B/C | Books $8

 

In the early church, James faced the problem of people who seemed to have faith without making a difference. The heart of his message is translating belief into action–into faith that matters, justifies, and saves. This study on James’s passionate letter will help you live out a faith that makes a difference. Offered on Zoom and in Room B/C. Limit 10 attendees on-site, so indicate your preference in your registration. Books are $8 inside Door #2, the church’s main entrance, 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday.

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Thursday AM Study   

Survival Guide for the Soul by Ken Shigematsu 

Thursdays, March 18-May 27, no meeting April 8 | 9:30-11:00 AM 

Led by Judy Woempner | Hybrid online + Room B/C | Books $12

This book explores a fresh perspective on how certain spiritual practices orient our lives for our souls to flourish in demanding times. Anyone wanting to transcend the human tendency to define ourselves by what we do, what we own, and what others think of us will benefit from this study. Offered on Zoom and in Room B/C. Limit 10 attendees on-site, so indicate your preference in your registration. Books are $12 inside Door #2, the church’s main entrance, 9:00am-4:00pm Monday-Friday.

 

Thursday 9:30 AM Study Sign Up

Friday AM Lenten Study

Why Easter Matters by Andy Stanley

Fridays, March 5-March 26 | 9:30-11:00 AM 

Led by Stephanie Cohen | Online| Books $8

As we prepare for Easter, pastor and author Andy Stanley looks at some of the people whose lives intersected with Jesus in the weeks leading to his crucifixion. Each of them had an agenda that put them at odds with God and Jesus. If you’ve ever resisted, defied, or tried to bargain your way out of what you thought God wanted, you’ll recognize a bit of their stories.

Friday 9:30 AM Study Sign Up

Sunday Morning Study Groups

Some groups are still meeting in an online environment. Click here to find out more!

 

Venture

9:15 AM  Venture targets retired people and enjoy guests who share about varied topics in room B.  They like to get started at 9:15 AM on Sundays, so they have more time together! Jean Douglass facilitates.

Open Doors, Open Ideas

9:40 AM  Open Doors, Open Ideas meets in room J. Join us in conversation about our faith in real life. We discuss current news issues from Wired Word and/or themes from Christian books and authors. All are welcome.

Cutting Edge

9:40 AM  This group meets in Room G/H and reads and discusses the Bible following the Common Lectionary’s cycle.  The Word comes alive through the blessing of the Holy Spirit who participates in the group’s weekly discussions.  Steve Click facilitates.

Foundations and Friendships

9:40 AM  Share and discuss Christian themes through various authors in Room K. All are welcome! Doug Brown and John Flora facilitate.

Journey

11:00 AM   Journey meets in Room C. Share and discuss bible scriptures from the Old and New Testament and Psalms based on the Revised Common Lectionary. Jonathan Barclay facilitates. All are welcome.

Reel Spirituality

11:00 AM  Everyone is welcome to “the movie class” for Christian themes and heartfelt topics through film. The class watches and discusses 30-40 minutes of a movie in Room G/H, usually completing a film within 3-4 consecutive Sundays. Lydia and Terry Fourman facilitate.

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