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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.

Spring 2017 Elective Choices

MARCH 12 – JUNE 4

NO ELECTIVES on the following Sundays:
APRIL 16 EASTER

  • Congregational Fellowship & Refreshments between services
MAY 28 EXTENDED FELLOWSHIP GROUPS, 9:40-10:50
  • No nursery, children's or youth Sunday school or activity time
JUNE 4 Serve the World: CONGREGATIONAL SERVICE PROJECT, 9:40-12:00
  • No nursery, children's or youth Sunday school or activity time
  • No 11:00 worship service
  • All ages are encouraged to attend and help as they are able

COMING TOGETHER FOR PRAYER
Facilitator: Ronda Toews
Room TBD

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.

I AM N: INSPIRING STORIES OF CHRISTIANS FACING PERSECUTION by The Voice of the Martyrs
Facilitator: Liz Lane
Room TBD
There are Christians all over the world who are persecuted for loving and following Jesus. Many of them have given up their homes, have lost loved ones and even given their lives. What can we learn from these faith-filled brothers and sisters? How can we pray for them? What do their remarkable stories teach us about a God whose light shines in a dark world? In this class we will watch short video clips and meet some of our persecuted brothers and sisters, be challenged to pray for them, have our own faith encouraged and discuss the themes of sacrifice, courage, joy, perseverance, forgiveness and faithfulness.

LIVING LIFE GOD'S WAY: STUDY OF THE PSALMS by Carl Shank
Facilitator: Carl Shank
Room TBD
A discussion based study of selected Psalms chosen by the teacher and the class. Starting with the background of the Psalms, we will explore various types of Psalms and the varied emotional experiences in each Psalm. We will follow a written study guide with opportunity for discussion.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAINT PAUL: GOD'S GENIUS
Facilitator: Dan Munyan
Room TBD
Who was Saul of Tarsus / Paul of Rome? A Roman citizen by birth, a Pharisee by education, the high priest's deputy to stamp out Christianity. After a dramatic conversion, he became Christ's last hand-picked apostle. He was a missionary to Asia and Europe, wrote most of the New Testament, and testified before the apostles in Jerusalem of Christ's message to Gentiles and Caesar himself in Rome. He shook up the Stoic philosophers in Athens, the metal workers guild in Philippi, and the Roman household guard. A man who suffered for his faith like no other, yet lifted up to the "Third Heaven" in a holy vision of things no one has ever seen. Come with us on a journey of discovery from Jerusalem to Asia to Italy, and the Straits of Gibraltar to find out who Paul was and how God used him to change the world.

SOUL SISTERS: SUPPORTING WOMEN ON THE JOURNEY TO FAITH & WELL-BEING
Facilitator: Melissa Snyder
Room TBD
This study is designed to inspire discussions on topics familiar to women of all generations and experiences. Together, we will explore how our faith influences family commitments, relationships, work, health, and our pursuit to be a woman of God. The study will draw from a variety of contemporary Christian authors including Patsy Clairmont, Diane Paddison and Christa Hesselink.

WILD AT HEART: DISCOVERING THE SECRET OF A MAN'S SOUL by John Eldredge
Facilitator: Mike Lane
Room TBD
"Deep in his heart, every man longs for a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue." In this study for men of all generations and experiences, we'll explore the book Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. This book speaks to the soul of men everywhere. Do you dare to be the man God created you to be - passionate, adventurous, and free? We will take a look at the challenges of Christian manhood and the invitation to discover the masculine heart defined in the image of a passionate God.

YOUNG ADULT ELECTIVE: DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE by John Piper
Facilitator: Ryan Zook
Room TBD
"This is not a book about how to avoid a wounded life, but how to avoid a wasted life. Some of you will die in the service of Christ. That will not be a tragedy. Treasuring life above Christ is a tragedy." Current high school seniors are welcome to join us if they wish.

Spring 2017 Elective Sign-ups

To assist us in assigning rooms and providing materials, please sign-up below for the elective you are attending:



COMING TOGETHER FOR PRAYER
I AM N: INSPIRING STORIES OF CHRISTIANS FACING PERSECUTION
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SAINT PAUL: GOD'S GENIUS
LIVING LIFE GOD'S WAY: STUDY OF THE PSALMS
SOUL SISTERS: SUPPORTING WOMEN ON THE JOURNEY TO FAITH & WELL-BEING
WILD AT HEART: DISCOVERING THE SECRET OF A MAN'S SOUL
Young Adult Electives: DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE

Winter 2016-2017 Elective Choices

JANUARY 8 – MARCH 5

EXPERIENCING EBIC
Facilitator: Steve Lane
Room S7
What beliefs, values, and practices form the core of Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church? How does the vision Love God, Share Christ, Serve the World relate to the ministries of this congregation? What is expected of those who become members? This elective seeks to answer questions such as these and encourage people in what it means to walk with Jesus each day. While this elective is a requirement for membership, membership is not required upon completion. People new to the congregation and longtime attendees, are welcome. If you are not sure about joining the church, experience the class while you are considering.

NOT A FAN by Kyle Idleman
Facilitator: Mike Lane
Room N23
A fan is an enthusiastic admirer. Is that how you define your relationship with Jesus? Or are you close enough to Jesus to get the benefits, but not so close to require sacrifice? In the Gospels, Jesus never seemed too interested in fans. He was looking for followers that are completely committed. How would things change if you lived as Jesus lived, and loved the way He loved? Let's get off the sidelines together and move from having Jesus as the object of our admiration to a place where he is front and center. We will explore these concepts in the book Not a Fan by Kyle Idleman.

COMING TOGETHER FOR PRAYER
Facilitator: Ronda Toews
Room S5
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.

FOUNDATIONS OF CHRISTIAN BELIEF AND PRACTICE
Facilitator: Ron Grenko
Room N25
This discussion-based class will address topics such as the nature of God, prayer, communion, baptism, the cost of discipleship and sanctification. The discussion will be tailored to the makeup of the class. Welcome are those in the discovery phase or early in their walk with God. For those who have been a while on the journey, this is an opportunity to re-examine some fundamental principles and grapple with their implications.

SEEING THE CREATOR IN THE WONDERS OF OUR COSMOS
Facilitator: Nevin Dourte
Room GYM
For thousands of years, mankind has been fascinated with the heavens. History shows they have been studied since the beginnings of civilization. The facts and figures regarding the cosmos advance as methods of observation and measurement increase. Join the discussion of what the scientific world is observing in the great expanses of the universe where God has perfectly placed our little "Goldilocks World". We will explore how past and present science, and the Bible continue to complement each other's stories. The Bible and book, Star Struck, by Christian astronomer and physics professor, Dr. David Bradstreet, and journalist Steve Rabey will be primary resources. This text is a very easy and engaging to read. Reading the book is highly recommended to increase the value of the discussion. Books are available in the office to begin "an incredible journey seeing our Creator."

SIMPLIFY by Bill Hybels
Facilitators: Todd & Monica Hooper and Mike & Janelle Schriver
Room L33
Exhausted, overwhelmed, overscheduled-—today's breakneck pace can consume and control us. But what if you could live a different life? Offering practical tips and spiritual insights to help you declutter your soul, we will look at the book Simplify by Bill Hybels. Topics include: replenishing your energy reserves, harnessing your calendar's power, making room for forgiveness, conquering your fears, claiming God's call on your life. You are encouraged to stop doing what doesn't matter and create a "God-first" schedule to experience purpose, fulfillment, connectedness, and joyful productivity.

ONWARD: ENGAGING THE CULTURE WITHOUT LOSING THE GOSPEL by Russell Moore
Young Adult Elective
Facilitator: Ryan Zook
Room L37
This elective considers current cultural issues and what it looks like to bring a truly Christ centered perspective to our contemporary world. Russell Moore's book Onward is truly thought provoking, offering quotes like, "the next Billy Graham might be drunk right now," "Not everything that offends us should offend us, and not everything that offends us is persecution," and "The shaking of American culture is no sign that God has given up on American Christianity. In fact, it may be a sign that God is rescuing American Christianity from itself." Join us for authentic discussions that will help us offer a Christ-centered perspective in an increasingly post Christian America.

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