All groups, unless otherwise indicated, welcome visitors and new members throughout the year. Currently, most of our weekly classes have gone on summer break; classes will resume this fall.

 

Monday

Unending Conversation Group
Led by Linda Westerburg and Nancy West
9-10:30 a.m. (Resumes October 1)
Coke Activities Room

A class of inquisitive women seeking to learn more about their faith, emerging church ideas, and new ways of looking at Christianity.  Members of the group lead a discussion of selected books and videos

Women-Word-Work
Led by The Rev. Mary Lessmann
7-8:15 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. (Resumes September 4)

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. More information about Education for Ministry

Brown Bag Bible Study
Led by Peggy Carr
11 a.m.- noon (Resumes September 18)
Coke Activities Room

Women of all ages are invited to attend as we study different books of the Bible, share strengths and weaknesses, and make friends. We recommend 30-40 minutes of preparation for each class.

Ladies Bible Study
Led by The Rev. Mary Lessmann
3:00-4:15 pm (Resumes September 11)
Coke Activities Room

In this group, we 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.

Enneagram
Led by The Rev. Mary Lessmann and Mary Ann Webster
6:30 to 8 p.m. (September 11 – December 4)
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. Mary Ann Webster and The Rev. Mary Lessmann will facilitate this class which will utilize the DVD curriculum of Suzanne Stabile, an internationally recognized Enneagram master, and a very entertaining presenter.  Our fall class begins on Tuesday, September 11 and continuing weekly through December 4Registration is required.  There will be a small fee for the class workbook, but scholarships are available.  If you would like to register for this offering or have questions, please contact The Rev. Mary Lessmann.

Saint Michael Reader’s Book Club
Led by Ann Mills
7-8 p.m. 1st Tuesday of the month (Resumes September 4)
Parlor

Everyone is welcome to a discussion of great books. This fall we will be reading A Fountain Filled with Blood by Julia Spencer Fleming, The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore, Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan, Snow in August by Pete Hamill, and Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan.

Faith and Fiction
Led by Tom Blackmon
7:00-8:30 pm, 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month (September 25 – November 6)
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. Contact Tom Blackmon with any questions.

Wednesday

Men of Saint Michael Breakfast
Led by Eric Liles
7:15-8:00 a.m. 1st Wednesday of the month (Resumes September 5)
Coke Activities Room

Enjoy coffee, breakfast tacos, and fellowship with the Men of Saint Michael and The Rev. Dr. Eric J. Liles as we deepen our knowledge in faith together.

Men’s Lectionary Bible Study
coordinated by Andy McCarthy
7:15-8:15 a.m.
Chapel Conference 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. (Resumes September 5)
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. Using these readings, the liturgy, music, colors, movements, and celebrations of the church year, the Bible and the arts are 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.

Rector’s Bible Study
Coordinated by Tricia Stewart
10:30 am-11:30 pm (Resumes September 19)
Saint Michael Chapel

Bible study exploring Acts of the Apostles, open to everyone. We will focus on how the first generation of Jesus’s followers built the church. Study Guides (optional) available in Saint Michael Bookstore. Bring your Bible and your questions. Note: We will dismiss early on WOSM luncheon days. If you missed a session, you can listen to recordings online.

The Art and Practice of Meditation
Coordinated by Julia Beckel
3-4 p.m. (Resumes September 5)
Bishop Moore Chapel

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. 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.

Young Adult Bible Study
Led by Chris Girata
6:30-7:30 p.m., 2nd and 4th Wednesday (Resumes September 12)
Chapel Conference Room

A guided 6-week series where 20 and 30 somethings gather for faith and fellowship.

40 &  Faithful
Led by Warren Houser
6:30 p.m., 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month (Resumes September 5)
Youth Café

A group of singles, couples, and inquirers meet to share the journey of faith and life. Our hope is to share the burdens of family and life while seeking to understand faith. Registration required. Enrollment and Questions: warren@centcomrealtycorp.com

Thursday

Men’s Lectionary Bible Study,
Coordinated by David Loomis
7:00-8:00 a.m.
Drake 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 972-971-8242.

Men’s Free-Form Study
Led by Ross Vick
7:30-8:30 a.m.
Power Library

Bible study exploring Luke and spirit inspired questions of faith. Newcomers welcome, bring your favorite Bible translation.

Community Bible Study
Led by Elizabeth Lang
9:15-10:30 a.m. (Resumes September 13)
Chapel Conference Room

This is a Bible study group for women of all ages to learn, grow and experience fellowship while studying the Bible. No preparation necessary.

God’s Story Continued
Led by Eric Liles
11 a.m.-noon (Begins September 30)
Saint Michael Chapel

Continue engaging God’s Story by picking up the chapters we are unable to cover on Sundays as well as provide a better opportunity to ask questions and to go deeper. A full schedule of Bible books and chapters is available on the God’s Story website. Bring your favorite Bible and join us any time you are able.

Lectio Divina
Led by Gloria Hocking & Nancy Somodevilla
2-3 p.m. (October 11- November 15)
Chapel Conference Room

We spend the first 20 minutes on centering prayer and the remaining time 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
Led by Richard Kilgore & John Seddelmeyer
7-8 p.m., 2nd Thursday of each month
Chapel conference room

A group of people with a wide range of experiences reading poetry – as they explore important Christian poetry of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. This group is open to Saint Michael members and friends. Registration required. For more information, please contact Richard Kilgore.

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 Carol Hicks or call (214) 692-3014.