All groups, unless otherwise indicated, welcome visitors and new members throughout the year.

 

Monday

Unending Conversation
Led by Nancy Solana, Ann Sentilles, and other members of the group
9:00-10:30 a.m.
Coke Activities Room

Discussion is  facilitated by Nancy Solana, Ann Sentilles, and other members of the Group is based on books and videos reviewed and selected by Nancy West and Linda Westerberg. All are welcome to join this class of inquisitive women seeking to learn more about their faith — and the Church today. Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity, has been foundational (new members will want to read it) and gave the group its name: “Discerning the heart of Christianity thus involves us in an ‘unending conversation.’”

The first book discussed this year is Krista Tippett’s  Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters and How to Talk About It. .

 

Women’s Midday Study Group
Led by Mary Ann Webster and Elizabeth Lang
12:00-1:00 p.m.
Chapel Conference Room

Elizabeth Lang and Mary Ann Webster have developed the first few weeks around the theme of Engaging the Imagination.  The first class will be “Morning Has Broken”.  Come and see one another after the summer break, and let’s see how we can help one another grow.  If you need more information, call Mary Ann at 972.523.3281.

Women-Word-Work
Led by The Rev. Mary Lessmann
7:00-8:15 p.m., 2nd and 4th Mondays
Chapel Conference Room

Are you a working woman? Are you craving spiritual connection, but know you can’t commit to one more thing? Then this is the perfect group for you! Drop in when you can as we share fellowship, snacks, study and prayer. Books are chosen by the group during the year. Bring a friend and join us. There is no preparation. This group meets all 12 months of the year.

Tuesday

Education for Ministry
Led by Elizabeth Lang
Class offered in morning and evening sessions
Drake Room, 9:30 a.m.-noon AND
Drake Room 6:30-9:15 p.m.

Want to get more? More personal connections, more spiritual depth, greater understanding of traditional and contemporary theology? EfM may provide what you seek. EfM is a program for adult Christian Education that combines study of Scriptures, Christian history, and theology with a focus on ordinary experience in order to discern God’s presence in one’s life. The program comes from the Episcopal seminary at Sewanee and has become famous for educating adults to see God acting through their lives as well as developing knowledge of Scripture and theology. Although the commitment is serious, there is plenty of laughter and companionship in an EfM group.

Click here for more information about EfM.

Brown Bag Bible Study
Led by Peggy Carr and Effie McCullough
11:00-12:00 a.m.
Coke Activities Room

Women of all ages are invited to attend. Each semester a different study booklet is used as a guide and typically focuses on a book of the Bible. The Year begins with Acts: Seeing God’s Power in Action.  The study booklets can be purchased in the Saint Michael Bookshop. Preparation of about 40 minutes is recommended for each class.

Saint Michael Reader’s Book Club

7:30-8:30 p.m., 1st Tuesdays
Parlor

Everyone is welcome to a discussion of great books! Books for the spring are First Families by Bonnie Angelo, Killing the Rising Sun by Bill O’Reilly, News of the World by Paulette Jiles, Circling the Sun by Paula McLain and The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Wednesday

Men’s Lectionary Bible Study
coordinated by Andy McCarthy
7:15-8:15 a.m.
Coke Activities Room

The readings for the upcoming Sunday provide material for rich discussion. No preparation necessary.

Women’s Spiritual Conversation Group
Led by Shelly Vescovo
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Chapel Conference Room

All women who work at home or outside the home are welcome to an early morning study group to energize you as you start your day.  Each week, small portions of a book on spiritual growth and prayer, and at times a relevant novel, are open for interpretation and discussion. This conversational size group meets weekly September – July. The facilitator is Shelly Vescovo, although every member of the group participates in leadership and in choosing reading materials. The first book we are reading is The Meaning Of Jesus by Marcus Borg and N. T. Wright.

Imaging the Word Bible Study
Led by Karen Wiley
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Chapel Conference Room

The Bible and the arts are in inherently and historically linked. Since the 4th century in the Christian era, congregations have been guided by the lectionary’s imaginative and disciplined journey through the Bible. Through the use of these readings and the liturgy, music, colors, movements and celebrations of the church year, the Bible and the arts can be brought together in a significant way. Imaging the Word is a resource providing visual arts, music, photography, prose, poetry, prayers, and commentary based on each Sunday’s lectionary readings. The class is open to everyone anytime, September – May.

The Art and Practice of Meditation
Coordinated by Julia Beckel
10:00-11:00 a.m.
Bride’s Room

Benefits of meditation include: attaining greater awareness of God within; an enhanced sense of happiness/contentment; calming your mind by decreasing your metabolic rate and lowering your heart rate; increasing clarity and focus; decreasing daily frustrations; and supporting the immune system.

The class begins with a reading and moves into meditation for the remainder of the hour together. Even if you have tried to meditate before and were for some reason unable to, perhaps the many new and creative opportunities offered in this class will access this beneficial practice for you. And we all will have the support of the group to help us along.

The class is open to all ages and it is co-ed.

 

Thursday

Men’s Lectionary Bible Study,
Coordinated by David Loomis
7:00-8:00 a.m.
Coke Activities Room

This men’s group meets to discuss the lessons for the current week from the Lectionary, exploring ways in which the passages speak to every day life and our own spiritual journey. Lessons and commentary are emailed early each week to enable participants to familiarize themselves with the material. On a rotating basis, participants facilitate discussion by studying the lessons and reviewing available information on the subject. Following the session, those participants who have time to do so move on to the Flying Fish nearby in Preston Center for breakfast.

Community Bible Study
Led by Pamela Theodore
9:15-10:30 a.m.
Chapel Conference Room

This is a Bible study group for women of all ages. We are blessed with women with young children, women in middle age, and women who are grandmothers every year. It is reminiscent of being in a kitchen at the Holidays with so many generations of women cooking and sharing. Class begins with fellowship at 9:15 followed by bible study. This year’s study will be the book of Deuteronomy.

 

 

Child care is offered for meetings, bible/book studies, and parishioner volunteers by appointment only. There is a two-family minimum for each event. Please send email reservations to Jacynda Griego at jgriego@saintmichael.org or call (214) 692-3014.