Small Group Classes
Adults meet in one of our Sunday morning classes during the Sunday school hour from 9:45 – 10:45 am on Sunday mornings. These groups meet together for Bible study, Christian fellowship, and to provide support and encouragement to one another between Sundays. Each group is open and welcomes guests to visit and participate with them.
Each class is listed below.
College Bible Study
Teacher: Amanda Lewis
Current Description: Bible study, discussion, and opportunities for involvement in the life of the church, for undergraduate and graduate students.
Teachers: Bill & Donna Hopper, Chris & Mary Conley, Paul Baxley
Current Description: Young adults who are beginning families, careers, and connections come together for fellowship, relationships, and support. Weekly Bible study values discussion combining scriptural insights with practical perspectives for daily living.
Young Adult Community
Steve and Kelli Smith serve as the hosts. Bible study and discussion is based on the lectionary scriptures for each Sunday.
A Tuesday Fellowship and Bible Study meets on scheduled Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in a host’s home. We begin around the table sharing a meal together then join in the den for guided discussion based on a selected book, scripture, or topic. Frank Granger, Minister of Christian Community facilitates these discussions. For the fall of 2016, the group will be meting every Tuesday evening, beginning August 23. The topic will follow the Let’s Talk: Seeking Faithfulness, Engaging Our World fall series. (For a schedule and more information, click here). You may also contact Frank Granger with your questions and for more information.
Teachers: Paula & Charlie Hooper, Ches Smith, Jennifer Baxley, Connie Ivester
Current Description: Active, involved adults who enjoy Bible study designed for group discussion and input. Emphasizing biblical principles, weekly lessons address pertinent topics including healthy relationships, personal growth, child rearing and application of faith to daily living.
Teachers: Larry Divers, Ray Noblet, Alan Reddish, Daniel Haygood, Menda Lambeth, Frank Granger
Current Description: A diverse and caring group that gathers weekly for fellowship with one another, renewal of their commitment to God, to minister to each other, and to study scripture. Follow the Smyth & Helwys Formations literature lesson series.
Teachers: Jon & Dana Ambrose, Al Henderson, Phil & Marcia Caskey, Nancy Moon
Current Description: Adults, married & single (children high school to young adult), Literature-based Bible study format; class has strong emphasis on community missions and church service. Teaching responsibility rotates providing creativity and variety in presentations and discussions.
Facilitators: Janice Hume, Dan & Mary Colley, Erica Spackman, Jason WIlliamson
Current Description: Class chooses several books each year to read and discuss in order to deepen their understanding of the Bible and share their faith journeys in an open and accepting group. Adults of all ages are welcome.
Teachers: Elizabeth Eidson, Sharon McArthur, June Robertson
Current Description: A caring fellowship of women devoted to Bible study and class interaction. The class also shares a committed mission-oriented focus.
Teachers: Randan Ashmore, Sallyanne Barrow, Tony Dillard, Doug Martin, Helen and Milton Mills, Carl Monk, Don Nelson, Wayne Rogers
Current Description: Adults (college-aged and adult children; also many experience sandwich generation challenges). Sessions are focused each week on the Sunday Lectionary Scriptures. Participants engage in discussion of these scriptures in search of God’s message and meaning for their lives.
Meets: Church Parlor
Teachers: Gary Blasingame, Ed & Nancy Dempsey, Jerry Gouge, Jay Ragsdale, Paul Baxley
Current Description: Adults, married and single, who enjoy Bible study and supportive relationships. Share teaching rotation that uses a literature-based Bible study with discussion.
Teachers: Marjorie DeLozier, Susan Greene, Jane Hubert
Current Description: Mature women’s Bible study class. Class format combines a literature-based study with a presentation style.
Teachers: Ed Best, Joe Clark, Don Edwards, Al Lee, Del Wade
Current Description: Mature men’s Bible study class. Class format combines a literature-based study using Smyth & Helwys Formations materials with a presentation style.
Summer Neighborhood Bible Studies
Each summer we offer the opportunity for our adults to share in the hospitality of gathering in someone’s home, and engaging in informal and meaningful conversation around the text of Holy Scripture. A schedule is published detailing the times and places these are offered in the months of June and July. Four individual Bible study topics are selected based on a theme. Each host home will offer the four sessions. A facilitator leads the discussion. These are scheduled from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, and some light refreshments or dessert are usually served as part of the meeting experience.
Below you will see the topics and scriptures that will be discussed in June and July 2018. Time is included for some light refreshment and fellowship along with focused conversation on the scripture and topic. The purpose of these is to provide for the space to explore these topics biblically and within a Christian community that holds mutual respect and value of one another and each other’s views.
Topics and Scriptures
- Environmental Justice. Genesis 1 & 2, Two creation accounts
- LBGTQ Inclusion. Acts 8:26-40, Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch.
- Racial Reconciliation. Luke 10:25-37, Parable of the Good Samaritan
- Ethnic Justice. Jonah, Biblical story of the Prophet
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Noon Bible Study
One of the Wednesday evening Bible studies is also offered on Tuesdays at 12:00 Noon. These are offered August through April. See the schedule for specific dates and topics.
Adults have opportunities for Christian discipleship and Bible study on Wednesday evenings, August through April. The meeting time is from 6:00 – 6:50 pm. Bible study, book studies, women’s groups, and special interests and topics are offered. Please see our current schedule for specific dates, locations, and topics.
Skills and Interest Survey
The Community Team invites you to complete this survey and offer us insights about your interests, skills, gifts, and passions that could be used to help others in need, and join in participation with others. By filling out and submitting this form, you will help to increase and share the people resources in our church. Thank you for sharing your skills, gifts, and interests.
Read the Bible Entirely in One Year
If you are interested in reading through the Bible during the next 12 months, a reading plan is available for you to use. This plan provides for a systematic way to read through the entire Bible by reading a few chapters each day. The plan is undated so that you can begin on any day, of any month you choose. You may download and print this copy for your reference. Hard copies are also available at church.
About the Plan
The Bible can be read in a year using different plans and approaches. This particular plan divides the scriptures into 7 basic and traditional sections:
Epistles Law History Psalms Poetry Prophecy Gospels
During the week you will read a selected passage from each of the 7 sections. This provides for a combination of the variety of the types of material in the Bible, and continuity of each of the books of the Bible as you read week after week.
How to Use this Plan
The chart is organized with one row for each week. The rows are number 1 – 52, representing the 52 weeks in a year. (See the column on the far left with the “Wk” heading). Each row contains a column for each day of the week. Each day contains a specified passage of the Bible to read. Beginning with week 1, read across the chart, Day 1-Day 7, then move down to the next row, Week 2, and read in the same manner. Each section has a small box to the left which can be used to place a check, helping you to keep track of your place in reading through the Bible.
Information about selecting a translation and version of the Bible is on the back.
Bible Versions: Translations and Paraphrases
Bibles are available in a variety of versions. Some versions are translations while others are paraphrases. Versions of the Bible that are translations are ones translated into English from the ancient Hebrew and Greek languages. Versions that are paraphrases use existing English translations of the Bible to produce a more modern and updated version. There are two types of translations, verbal and dynamic. Verbal ones make the attempt to reproduce the best English equivalent of the ancient word being translated. Dynamic ones seek to provide a translation of the ancient thoughts and ideas into modern English equivalents. Verbal translations seek to find the best match for the words of the ancient languages, and dynamic translations seek to find the best match for the contextual meaning behind the words of the ancient languages.
The choice of version is up to you. This brief description and list is provided to give you more information in making your selection.
King James Version (KJV)
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
New Jerusalem Bible (NJB)
New International Version (NIV)
New American Standard (NAS)
New Living Translation (NLT)
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Revised English Bible (REB)
The Living Bible (LB)