Spiritual Growth

 

Growing in Faith, Growing in Friendship

APC offers a variety of Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and discussion groups designed to support, encourage and guide individuals no matter where they are on their faith journey. Please consider joining one—or several—and grow in faith and friendship together. All are welcome. Questions? Contact Rev. Erin Noh.

 

Adult Classes and Small Groups:

 

SUNDAY

 

Faith in Real Life
Sundays, 9:30-10:30 am in Room 210 (and also via Zoom)
September 11 – November 1: 10-week series, “Epic of Eden: Isaiah” by Biblical Studies professor Sandra Richter who takes us to 8th century BCE to explain Israel’s religion and economy, the definition and role of the prophets, and to help us apply the message of the great champion of faith, Isaiah, to our lives today.
Contact: Derek Scheidt or Deanna Womack


Disciple 3 Bible Study
Sundays, 9:30-10:30 am in Room 203
Begins September 11, 2022. Classes are forming now for fall 2022. For those who have completed Disciple 1, this study “Remember Who You Are,” takes a closer look at the Old Testament prophets and the letters of Paul.
Contact: Arthur Colby

 

ANIMATE Sunday Morning
New class for parents of young children!
Sundays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm in Room 210
Begins September 11, 2022. All parents with young children are invited to join Mary Rogovin and Kristin Hicks for a 7-week “Animate: Faith” series which features videos led by innovative Christian thinkers and group discussion. You always make sure your children’s faith is nurtured—-this is a class for you! See what a different 7 weeks can make in your spiritual journey. No homework and coffee will be provided. While you are in the class, your kids will enjoy supervised playtime in our nursery or the Sunshine Room (grades 1-5).
Contact Kristin Hicks.


Sunday Afternoon Bible Study
Sundays from 1:30 – 3:30 pm in Room 205
Resumes on September 11, 2022, to study John MacArthur’s “Genesis 1-11: Creation, Sin and the Nature of God.” Pastor MacArthur takes an in-depth look at the creation story and some of our earliest interactions with each other and with our Creator. The first 11 books of Genesis hold the keys to the beginning–not so much as a history of the world or the human race, but a history of God’s love, grace and promise to his creations. The group will then continue on with Genesis 12-33 and Genesis 34-50.
Contact: Nancy Hill

 

Disciple 2 Bible Study
Sundays from 3:00-4:30pm in Room 106 (Garden Room)
Begins September 11, 2022. For those who have completed Disciple 1, this study, “Into the Word, Into the World,” takes a closer look at Genesis and Exodus (12 weeks in the fall) and Luke and Acts (12 weeks in the spring).
Contact: Lynn Reiman

 

Disciple 1 Bible Study
Sundays, 5:00-6:30 pm
Begins September 11, 2022. With the help of a student handbook and short weekly videos, we’ll read much of the Bible and then discuss what we read with Dr. Wagner in weekly 90-minute classes. 12 classes in the fall will focus on the Old Testament and 12 classes in the spring will cover the New Testament. This is a perfect class for those with little or no familiarity with reading scripture. You’ll grow in faith, friendship and your understanding of the Bible.
Contact: Ollie Wagner

 

MONDAY


Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Mondays, 8-9 am via Zoom
Join Dr. Ollie Wagner to discuss the lectionary reading for the following Sunday. Contact Ollie for details on how to join the meeting.

 

TUESDAY


Covenant Bible Study
Tuesdays from 9:30 – 11:00 am via Zoom
Semester 1 is August 16-December 6, 2022. Semester 2 is January 19-May 9, 2023.
Jesus in the Gospels” curriculum by Leander E. Keck.
Contact: Melissa Schmitz

 

Centering Prayer
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 pm, via Zoom
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. The source of Centering Prayer is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.
Contact Debbie Engler-Key for instructions on how to join the group.

 


Alpharetta Small Group
Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00 pm via Zoom.
September 13-November 15: The group will read and discuss C.S. Lewis’ classic novel “The Screwtape Letters,” an engaging and original account of temptation and triumph over it.
Contact: Derek Scheidt 

 

WEDNESDAY


Mary Dantzler Class (Bible Study)
Wednesdays from 9:30 – 11:00 am
Resumes on Sept. 7, 2022. Fall study will be Dr. Ralph Douglas West’s “Living in the In-Between Times: The Life of Samuel.”  Discover how God speaks to you, how you can respond, and the significance of decisive commitment to the will of God regardless. From 3,000 years ago Samuel speaks across the ages and cultures in a voice that echoes from yesterday but sounds like today.
Contact: Polly Hyatt

 

Praying in Color
3rd Wednesday of the month at 10:00 am in Room 205.
Praying in Color is the intersection of prayer and doodling. It is a meditative prayer practice to pray for you and others. No artistic skill or prayer expertise is necessary–you only need a playful willingness and openness to God’s presence in your prayer time.
Contact Rev. Erin Noh.

 

Living Prayer
Wednesdays, 10:00 am via phone; on 3rd Wednesdays at 10:30am in the Fellowship Hall followed by the Midweek Prayer Service.
This group of loving, dedicated individuals meets weekly to pray for our congregation, the world, and those on APC’s prayer concerns list.
Contact: Fran Mosher

 

Remembered by God
Wednesdays in October, 2002 (5,12,19,26) at 6:00 pm in Room 210
Join Rev. Beverly Markham for four weeks as we explore scripture to discover what it means to be remembered by God, what scripture tells us about our responsibility for remembering, and how hearing one another’s personal stories is a theological act that affirms we are indeed remembered by God.
Contact: Rev. Beverly Markham

 

FRIDAY


Faith in Modern Life
Fridays, 10:00-11:00 am in Garden Room/106 and via Zoom, ongoing
Contact Mary Rogovin
This group reads and discusses books by a variety of contemporary authors with the goal of exploring ways to expand and strengthen our spiritual journey in the midst of everyday routines. Beginning September 16: “The First Paul” by world-renowned New Testament scholars Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossen who use the best of biblical and historical scholarship to expose the church’s conspiracy to silence Jesus’ most faithful disciple, the apostle Paul.

 

Centering Prayer 2
Fridays, 11 am, in Garden Room/106 and via Zoom
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship. The source of Centering Prayer is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.
Contact Debbie Engler-Key