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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.

Winter 2017-2018 Elective Choices

December 3 & 10 TWO SESSION ADULT ELECTIVE

NO ELECTIVES: DECEMBER 17-31

DECEMBER 3 & 10
DEVOTION AND MISSION
Sanctuary
December adult electives will feature two sessions focusing on Devotion and Mission. As the year comes to a close, let's give attention to God's commands to Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind...and love your neighbor as yourself.
Devotion (December 3)
Presenter: Eldon Fry, Transitional Pastor, Daybreak BIC and Spiritual Direction and Faith Coach
Learn how we can more deeply connect with God and nurture our souls, find rest in God and strengthen our inward life.
Mission (December 10)
Presenter: Bryan Gerlach, Executive Pastor, Manor Church
Explore how our connection with God guides, empowers and fuels our mission to those around us.

JANUARY 7 – MARCH 4 Winter Session

ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING: FINDING CALM IN A CHAOTIC WORLD by Max Lucado
Facilitators: Daleen Charles & Simone Heisey
Room 117
Anxiety, worry, fear, and edginess seem to consume our lives. Using Philippians 4:6-7 as our roadmap, we will invite God to reframe the way we face our fears and win the war on worry. By His power we will "be anxious for nothing" and experience the "peace of God, which surpasses all understanding."

CHURCH WARNINGS! THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF REVELATION FOR TODAY
Facilitator: Carl Shank
Room 134
Looking at the opening chapters of the book of Revelation, we will focus on Christ's warnings to the modern day church through his messages to the seven churches of Revelation. Lack of love, persecution, accommodation, "lukewarmness" and self-satisfaction are all problems churches and Christians face today. Find out how we can conquer these church-wide issues in the Name and Spirit of Christ.

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.

EXPERIENCING EBIC
Facilitator: Steve Lane
Room 142
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 these questions and encourage people in what it means to walk with Jesus. While this elective is a requirement for membership, membership is not required upon completion. Both new and longtime attenders are welcome. If you are wondering about membership, visit this class while you are considering.

INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE
Facilitator: Kathy Barlow
Room 119
Sharing Christ sometimes requires us to stretch ourselves. That might mean connecting with people who are different than you. We are blessed to have several people attending EBIC who communicate through sign language. If you would like to help our church be more welcoming to those people, please join us. This class will provide an introduction to sign language. Learn a little basic conversation as well as some vocabulary to help introduce someone to Jesus. Come join us as we explore another way to share Christ and serve the world.

LOVE & RESPECT: THE LOVE SHE MOST DESIRES; THE RESPECT HE DESPERATELY NEEDS
by Emerson Eggerichs
Facilitators: Heidi Risser, Mike & Janelle Schriver
Room 105
This video-based class will focus on cracking the communication code between husband and wife that involves understanding that unconditional respect is as powerful for him as unconditional love is for her. Receive helpful insights for a better marriage.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS & THEIR APPLICATION IN TODAY'S WORLD
Facilitator: Ron Grenko
Room 118
This discussion-based elective will take an in-depth look at the Ten Commandments. What do they tell us about God's character? How do we apply the Ten Commandments to our daily lives? How do we violate them? How do they apply to the current events of today? How do we use them individually to become the children of God he wants us to be?

YOUNG ADULT ELECTIVE: EPHESIANS
Facilitator: Ryan Zook
Room 132
All the following passages come from the bounty found in the book of Ephesians:

  • Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ
  • But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us
  • Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God
Young adults will work through Ephesians during Sunday school and Thursday evening Bible Studies, and the passages will be explored from various perspectives.

Winter 2018 Elective Sign-ups

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



ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING
CHURCH WARNINGS!
COMING TOGETHER FOR PRAYER
EXPERIENCING EBIC
INTRODUCTION TO SIGN LANGUAGE
LOVE & RESPECT
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Young Adult Electives: EPHESIANS

Fall 2017 Elective Choices

Extended Fellowship Groups

No adult discipleship or children's programming between services on September 3

SEPTEMBER 10 – NOVEMBER 26:

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.

40/40 VISION: CLARIFYING YOUR MISSION IN MIDLIFE by Peter Greer & Greg Lafferty
Facilitators: Tom Grosh, Eric Mann
Room 118
Midlife can be a disruptive season where we collide with limitations on all sides. We wonder if our lives so far have been worthwhile. We are uncertain about what lies ahead in a world that can seem meaningless. In this class, we will recalibrate our vision and focus on our identity and calling, rediscovering who God has called us to be in the rest of life with the clarity of 40/40 vision. Whether you are approaching midlife or beyond, we welcome all perspectives.

RADIATING HAPPINESS
Facilitator: Melissa Snyder
Room 117
Have you ever met a Christian who just radiates God's love and grace? As Christians, we have so many reasons to feel happiness, yet we struggle to experience genuine happiness in a world awash with negativity. During this twelve-week, workshop-style elective, we will work on radiating happiness through small actionable steps guided by the Holy Spirit and God's plan for our lives. By spending time in God's presence and seeking his guidance, we will gradually be transformed into his likeness-—radiating happiness!
Note: To maximize the benefit of this class, you should attend as many sessions as possible.

ROMANS: THE GLORY OF GOD AS SEEN IN THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD
A THEMATIC BIBLE STUDY
Facilitator: Carl Shank
Room 134
This discussion course will cover the entire letter to the Romans along with an introduction on Your Mind Matters to God. Themes covered include:

  • The God of All Righteousness
  • God's Portrait of a Christian Life
  • Universal Guilt
  • The Keeping Power of a Sovereign God
  • Living Sacrifices
  • The Politically Correct Christian
  • Gospel Benefits
  • Understanding God's Sovereign Purposes: Israel & You
  • Christian Freedom & Boundaries

THE CASE FOR FAITH by Lee Strobel
Facilitator: Eric Stark
Room 142
In this class, we will tackle a very easy-to-read and understand book which not only asks, but helps us answer many questions that people often struggle with such as:
  • If there's a loving God, why does this pain-wracked world groan under suffering and evil?
  • If God cares about the people he created, how could he consign so many of them to an eternity of torture in hell just because they didn't believe the right things about him?
  • If I'm still plagued by doubts, then is it still possible to be a Christian?
We will supplement our reading with a corresponding DVD and discussion with an interactive and enjoyable learning format.

THE CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE by Richard J. Foster
Facilitator: Pam Urbanavage
Room 108
Explore some of the timeless Christian practices that can expand and deepen your communication with God. As we read through Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline together, we will use class time to discuss and practice the spiritual disciplines. To make the most of our class time, there will be some readings and small assignments to complete outside of class.

THIS CHANGED EVERYTHING: THE REFORMATION
Facilitators: Joshua & Rebekah Foulds, Pastor Steve Lane
Room 105
500 years ago Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. This sparked the Protestant reformation that would change the church forever. In honor of this reformation, we will explore questions about the cost of division, church issues at the center of reform and the future of the church. As we walk through each reformers journey toward truth, we will grapple with our own faith and beliefs, and we will seek to know God better through learning the story of the church. Clearly, the medieval church was in dire need of reform, but could complete schism have been avoided? Why does the Protestant movement continue to splinter into ever increasing factions? How should we think about our divisions in light of Jesus' passionate prayer that his followers be "one"? Join us as we engage in a video series, integrated with discussion in an effort to learn about the dynamic history of the Protestant church and seek to grow toward truth and unity along with the reformers.

YOUNG ADULT ELECTIVE
EMPTY PROMISES: THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU, YOUR DESIRES, AND THE LIES YOU'RE BELIEVING by Pete Wilson
Facilitator: Ryan Zook
Room 132
This book focuses on "breaking free from all of life's empty pursuits, and chasing the only Promise that ever actually satisfies." Some of the topics include:

  • money is always more than money
  • religion lies
  • you are what you worship
This class is specifically for young adults, but it is open to a small number of other adults who wish to be meaningfully involved in an intergenerational class discussion. If this interests you, contact Ryan Zook at ryan@etownbic.org.

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