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

 

Monday

Unending Conversation Group

Led by Nancy West and Linda Westerburg and members of the group
Mondays, 9:00 – 10:30, October through May
Coke Activities Room

This class of inquisitive women seeks to learn more about emerging church ideas and new ways of looking at Christianity.  Discussion of selected books and videos is facilitated by members of the group.  Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity is 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.’ “

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 & 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 plent

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. This fall we will be studying Romans: Becoming New in Christ by Jack Kuhatschek. Preparation of 30-40 minutes is recommended for each class.y of laughter and companionship in an EfM group.

Ladies Bible Study
Led by The Rev. Mary Lessmann
3:00-4:15 pm
Coke Activities Room

In this new group, we will enter our study of the Bible with a view toward reflecting on how scripture is speaking into our lives, ever changing as they are.  While the group is comprised primarily of women in the ‘empty nester’ phase of life, all women are welcome.  We will begin the year with a study of the Book of Genesis.

Stories of Sin & Redemption
Led by Tom Blackmon
7:00-8:30 pm, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month
Chapel Conference Room

Everyone loves a good story; let’s explore some together! This discussion class will use short fiction- one “short story” per meeting- to engage spiritual and moral questions that emerge in each story. We will reflect on the characters’ actions and reactions as well as look for insight and connections to scripture and our own life stories.


Saint Michael Reader’s Book Club

Led by Ann Mills
7:00-8:00 p.m., 1st Tuesdays
Parlor

Everyone is welcome to a discussion of great books! Books for the fall are Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann, Irena’s Children by Tilar J. Mazzeo, The Nest by Cynthia D’Apix Sweeney, The Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance.

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.

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.
Choir 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 then moves into meditation for the remainder of the hour. 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.

Rector’s Bible Study
Coordinated by Tricia Stewart
10:30 am-11:30 pm
Saint Michael Chapel

The Rev. Dr. Chris Girata leads a Bible Study for all adults every Wednesday at 10:30 AM in the Saint Michael Chapel. The study will start with the Gospel of Luke and continue with the Acts of the Apostles. If you missed a session, you can listen to recordings online.

Enneagram
Led by The Rev. Mary Lessmann and Mary Ann Webster
6:30-8:00 p.m.
Coke activities Room

The Enneagram is a personality assessment tool that helps us learn more about ourselves so that we might learn more about how we are in a relationship with God and with the people most important to us. Our fall class will begin Wednesday, September 6 and continue for 12 sessions through November 29 (with a break November 22 for Thanksgiving).  Registration is if full, if you to be listed for the next Enneagram class offering, please contact Mary at mlessmann@saintmichael.org or Mary Ann at maryannwebster@gmail.com.

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 everyday 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.

A Men’s Bible Study
coordinated by Phil Ritter
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Chapel Conference Room

Participants are welcome but not required to attend 7:00 AM services in the Bishop Moore Chapel. This Bible study is based on the Lectionary readings for the coming Sunday, meets throughout the year, and advance preparation is not required. There are no attendance expectations other than to come when you can as often as you are able. The group is led by lay members of the group and occasionally clergy. For more information contact Phil Ritter at pjritter@mac.com or 972-971-8242.

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 Gospel of Luke.

Lectio Divina (Holy reading)
Led by Gloria Hocking & Nancy Somodevilla
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Oct.12-Nov.16 & Feb. 15-March 22
Parlor

We spend the first 20 minutes on Centering Prayer.  The second part is spent meditating, and focused on scripture, on poetry, on prose, on a painting, something that will move us closer to the Holy and to each other. Come share with us an hour of quiet reflection.

Poetry & Faith: An Exploration 
Led by Richard Kilgore & John Seddelmeyer
7-8 pm, second Thursday of the month
Chapel conference room

The Poetry & Faith Discussion Group meets monthly to explore Christian poetry and how it may speak to our faith. For more information, please contact Richard Kilgore at richard.kilgore@gmail.com.

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.