September Theme: Christians and Conflict
Conflict is inevitable. Where there are people there is conflict.

As Christians we are called to be peacemakers in a world full of conflict,

some of which we are responsible.

We will seek to understand the nature of conflict and how to best handle conflict in our lives.

Sunday, September 8   ::   Seeking Forgiveness and Reconciliation   ::   Matthew 18:21-22 / Matthew 18:15-20
We are called to forgiveness and reconciliation in the scriptures. However, only forgiveness is a necessity. We will look to better understand forgiveness and reconciliation and find a way to apply them to our lives.

Sunday, September 15  ::   Being a Peacemaker   ::   Matthew 5:9 / Romans 12:9-21
The biblical call to be a “peacemaker” is crystal clear. In every aspect of our lives we are to live and peace and make peace with others. We all want peace, so it should be easy? Being a peacemaker takes humility, broad shoulders, and an eye to the most important things of life. We will be challenged to be peacemakers.

Sunday, September 22  ::  Dealing with Conflict  ::  James 4:1-6/Philippians 2:1-8
We will look at the best ways to deal with conflict in our lives. Conflict happens; it can ruin people and relationships. We will better equip ourselves to deal with conflict.

Sunday, September 29  ::  Living in a Culture of Conflict  :: 
There is no avoiding the conflict in our world. We can feel powerless before the conflict. Even our prayers don’t seem like enough to help. How we participate in the conflict is important. We want to build others up and encourage others to do likewise.

October Theme: The Adventures of Jesus
The book of Mark is an action packed story of Jesus’ life. We will study this great book of the Bible in depth and be challenged to believe and live more faithfully for Jesus.

Sunday, October 6   ::   Getting to Know Jesus   ::   Mark 1-4 / Mark 4:35-41
As we begin our reading of the book of Mark, Jesus is introduced to us in intentional ways. Mark helps us know who Jesus is through stories of his teachings, miracles, and power on display. These chapters of Mark will help us better know Jesus even today.  We will share the sacrament on this World Communion Sunday.

Sunday, October 13   ::   Understanding Jesus’ Purpose   ::   Mark 5-8 / Mark 8:31-33
These chapters of Mark’s gospel help us know Jesus purpose. Jesus’ purpose is to proclaim that the kingdom of God has come and to offer his life as a sacrifice. These chapters of Mark will help us better know Jesus purpose today.

Sunday, October 20   ::   Seeing the Kingdom of God   ::   Mark 9-12 / Mark 12:28:34
Mark seeks to clarify what it means to be part of the Kingdom of God in these chapters. Differences are drawn between the kingdoms of this world and God’s kingdom, and a choice is given as to which Kingdom to follow. These chapters of Mark will help us better see the Kingdom of God today.

Sunday, October 27   ::   Believing in the Son of God   ::   Mark 13-16 / Mark 15:33-39
The grand conclusion to the book of Mark calls for a choice to be made. We are to believe that Jesus is truly the Son of God. Today we are faced with the same choice. Will you believe? These chapters of Mark will help strengthen our belief in Jesus. 

November Theme:  Experiencing God
As we go through life, we will experience God in many and varied ways. During November, we will look at 4 different ways that people experience God.

Sunday, November 3   ::  All Saints Sunday
As we remember all the saints of the church who have died, we will also consider how God comforts those who grieve and mourn the loss of loved ones. Everyone is also invited to join us during the Growth Hour for a Forum on Grief Support with Pastor Dann Caldwell.

Sunday, November 10   ::   Providence of God   ::   Matthew 10:29 / Genesis 22:6-14
Providence is not just a capital city, it is a theological term that helps us to better know our God. Providence is God’s gracious act of seeing the future and providing for His children. We will learn more about this term and look at ways to better give thanks for God’s providence in our lives.

Sunday, November 17   ::   Addiction   ::   Ephesians 5:18 / Romans 5:1-5
People can be addicted to many things. Some addictions overtake a person while others control aspects of our lives. We will seek to understand addiction and look at ways to support addicts in our community. We will also look to break the chains of addiction in our own lives.

Sunday, November 24   ::   Building our Ebenezer   ::   1 Samuel 7:1-15 / Proverbs 3:1-6
Samuel built an Ebenezer to celebrate with the people how God had been with them. We will look at the story of the raising of the first Ebenezer. We will also focus on the things we are thankful for this year where God has been with us. As part of the service we will raise our own Ebenezer. This is also Harvest Home Sunday.  All church members are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that will be shared with the families of Giving Grace ministries.

Psalm 122:1

I was glad when they said unto me, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.'

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