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Adult Sunday Morning Electives

Our Sunday morning schedule includes elective classes for adults that are held between the worship services, from 10:10-10:50. Through our electives, we attempt to offer a variety of classes encompassing the study of Scripture, church history, and theology. We also try to engage our culture and put ministry into action to better equip us to love God, share Christ, and serve the world.

Fall 2018 Elective Choices

SEPTEMBER 2 – NOVEMBER 25 | SUNDAYS | 10:10-10:50 am

Please feel free to join any elective! Pre-registration is not required and all are welcome to explore each learning group.
No electives on SEP 2 & NOV 25

  • EXTENDED FELLOWSHIP GROUPS, 9:40-10:50
  • No nursery, children's or youth Sunday school or activity time

MESSAGE RE-MIX
Facilitator: Vernon Bosserman
SANCTUARY
MEETS FROM 9:45 TO 10:45.
The class is open to all. If you are not in a fellowship group, please come. If you are, you are welcome to join us when you can.
The Bible is the greatest story ever told. It is a story that is told very personally and individually, but also a story told corporately to include the whole human race. At EBIC we too have our individual stories as well as our corporate story. With such a rich source book to our faith and fellowship, we would like to provide another opportunity to engage this greatest of all stories.
Pastor Vern's message on Sunday morning is a 25-minute monologue of Biblical reflection on a particular passage of scripture. In this class, he will go deeper and wider in a format of teaching and class dialogue, making application of the ancient wisdom of the Bible to contemporary life experience.

COMING TOGETHER FOR PRAYER
Facilitator: Ronda Toews
ROOM 107
For where two or three come together in my name there am I with them. Matthew 18:20
God invites us to meet with him and to pray. Join us in lifting up our church body, our community, and the worldwide church through prayer. Whether you consider your prayer life to be rich and mature or in its infancy, you will find a home here.

BUILDING FOR GOD: LIFE LESSONS FROM NEHEMIAH
Facilitator: Carl Shank
ROOM 134
Topics explored in this Bible study of the book of Nehemiah include how to pray and wait on God, planning for blessing, dealing with spiritual enemies, how to work together, resolving conflicts, and reformation of the church.

THE CASE FOR A CREATOR by Lee Strobel
Facilitator: Eric Stark
ROOM 117
Do you believe in God but have questions about how it is possible that science supports creation? Have you ever considered what it means to be living life on the razor's edge? What scientific signs do we see in our world that support the idea of intelligent design? What are some of the pros and cons for the theories about the existence of life on Earth? Lee Strobel's book, The Case for a Creator, will provide us with a backdrop for a robust and challenging discussion on the various issues concerning creation and how we resolve them as believing Christians. Come prepared for an informative and interactive class!

ONE THOUSAND GIFTS by Ann Voskamp
Facilitator: Pamela Urbanavage
ROOM 142
How do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? How can you live your life with a heart overflowing with delight when your days are filled with the mundane, disappointment, or even darkness? How does one begin to find joy in what really matters? Discover the life you've always wanted-—right within the life you already have. Come embark on a transformative spiritual discipline and discover how being grateful makes you joyful. We will be reading the book One Thousand Gifts in this interactive class. Journaling will be an essential part of class time so come prepared with a notebook and your favorite pen.

RAISING UNSELFISH CHILDREN IN A SELF-ABSORBED WORLD by Jill Rigby
Facilitator: Ling Dinse
ROOM 105
We live in an increasingly self-absorbed world with social media providing plenty of opportunities for self-promotion. Self-absorption is the exact opposite of Christ's character-—Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant. (Phil 2:6-7). How can parents raise children that do not have an inflated sense of self-importance in this self-absorbed world? We will discuss various ways parents can nurture their children of all age groups to be givers instead of takers, and encourage children to place their confidence in God instead of themselves.

YOUNG ADULTS: TBD
Room 132

Winter 2018-2019 ELECTIVES

December 2 – February 17 | SUNDAYS | 10:10-10:50 am

Please feel free to join any elective! Pre-registration is not required and all are welcome to explore each learning group.

  • Dec 23 | NO ELECTIVES | ALL-CHURCH FELLOWSHIP TIME | 9:40-10:50 | no nursery, children's or youth Sunday school or activity time
  • Dec 30 | NO ELECTIVES | EXTENDED FELLOWSHIP GROUPS | 9:40-10:50 | no nursery, children's or youth Sunday school or activity time

DISAPPEARING CHURCH: FROM CULTURAL RELEVANCE TO GOSPEL RESILIENCE
Facilitators: Tom Grosh, Eric Mann
Room 108
Why does the Western church look so much like the world? Why are many of my friends leaving the faith? How can we get back to our roots? Disappearing Church by Mark Sayers will look at these questions by weaving helpful thoughts from history and theology with the thoughtful reminder that real growth happens when the church embraces its countercultural witness, not when it blends in.

THE PASTORAL LETTERS REVISITED: BEHAVIOR AND BELIEF
Facilitator: Carl Shank
Room 134
A study of Paul's letters to 1 and 2 Timothy and Titus and how they apply to issues of self-confidence, facing false teaching and teachers, the five faithful sayings, roles in ministry, last days and how to succeed in ministry.

CURRENT EVENTS
Facilitator: Ron Grenko
Room 117
A discussion-based class looking at current issues from a biblical perspective. Topics include: identity politics, climate change, anxiety and existentialism, human sexuality, gender issues, human trafficking, health care, aging and elder care, church as a minority group, information overload, and foreign affairs.

ADDICTIONS: OLD AND NEW
Facilitators: Greg Wahl, guest speakers
Room 142
In this elective we will look at old addictions such as drugs and pornography as welI as new addictions such as social media. We will discuss the effects of these addictions on the person, family, and community. We will also look at what the Bible has to say about addictions and how we can overcome them through the power of Jesus.

UNSHAKABLE HOPE
Facilitators: Todd & Monica Hooper
Room 105
We all experience storms in our life that impact things like our faith, family, or finances. Life is filled with problems, but God's Word is filled with promises and since His Word is unbreakable, our hope is unshakable! In Unshakable Hope, Max Lucado reviews twelve of the Bible's most significant promises-—equipping us to overcome difficult circumstances, experience lasting security, and make wise decisions. Come join us for this DVD Bible study as we learn to build our lives on the promises of God.

COMING TOGETHER FOR PRAYER
Facilitator: Ronda Toews
Room 107
For where two or three come together in my name there am I with them. Matthew 18:20
God invites us to meet with him and to pray. Join us in lifting up our church body, our community, and the worldwide church through prayer. Whether you consider your prayer life to be rich and mature or in its infancy, you will find a home here.

YOUNG ADULTS
Room 132

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