Christian Education for Sunday, April 30

“Suzanne Barakat: Islamophobia killed my brother. Let’s end the hate.” A TED Talk

On Feb. 10, 2015, Suzanne Barakat’s brother Deah, her sister-in-law Yusor and Yusor’s sister Razan were murdered by their neighbor in Chapel Hill. The perpetrator’s story, that he killed them over a traffic dispute, went unquestioned by the media and police until Barakat spoke out at a press conference, calling the murders what they really were: hate crimes. In this TED Talk, as she reflects on how she and her family reclaimed control of their narrative, Barakat calls on us to speak up when we witness bigotry and express our communion with those who face discrimination. A guest at the session will be Lamine Niasse, native of Senegal and now a U.S. citizen. Lamine is a Muslim who was a friend of Deah.

Please join us in CLC-4 at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday, April 30, to view her TED talk and participate in the discussion to follow facilitated by Jim Jacobs.

Other Classes

Godly Play: classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood: Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person.

Christian Education – Classes for Feb. 19

Jesus, first-century Jew Stacy Grove of Yavneh and Lynne Poole of St. Mark’s have led this engaging series in which many have participated. This is the third of four-parts exploring religious and cultural practices of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The exploration is interwoven with a discussion of the political challenges of the time of Jesus as a first-century Jew in the context of his time.

Godly Play classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood Youth programs at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences. We use the Journey to Adulthood curriculum, a program that balances Bible study, prayer, and both serious and playful activities to nurture the whole person during the passage to adulthood.

Christian Education – Classes for Feb. 12

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center.

Jesus, first-century Jew Led by Stacy Grove, a member of Yavneh, and Lynne Poole of St. Mark’s, this is the second of a four-part offering exploring religious and cultural practices of Israel during the time of Jesus’ ministry. The exploration of these practices will be interwoven with a discussion of the political challenges of his time. Come and enhance your knowledge of Jesus as a first-century Jew in the context of his time.

Godly Play classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Rite 13 and Journey to Adulthood Youth progr ams at St. Mark’s focus on building relationships, seeking the holy and searching for answers to tough questions. We take seriously the need to deal with what is real for young people, to honor their questions, and to assure them that they are real people with real, valid, and authentic experiences.

Mysticism in the Bible: Peter’s vision

Christian education classes meet at 9:30 in our Community Life Center. 

Classes for Jan. 22

Adult class: Mysticism in the Old and New Testaments Are you interested in exploring texts from the Old and New Testaments that point to mystical experiences? Join us for the second of three classes. This Sunday we focus on Acts 10, especially verses 9-23. Facilitator: Dirk Hart
  Godly Play classes for preschool through second grades and third through sixth grade Our children hear the stories of the Bible and of Christ’s ministry to our world. Parents and any adults who are interested are also invited.

Bible study resumes on Jan. 9

We wrap up Matthew, begin study of Ruth

Beginning Jan. 9 the Monday Night Bible Study Group invites you to join us as we wrap up our study of the Gospel According to Matthew, which we began in January
of this year.

Because Matthew seemed to speak to the condition of these uncertain times, we decided as a group to take our time to ponder and discuss this version of the Good News.

But, after we finish up with Matthew (likely within the first couple of meetings), we plan to begin a study of that delightful and touching Old Testament book of Ruth.

If you are interested in joining us, know that we welcome newcomers and have been especially happy to welcome a new member who actually attends another  church!

All you will need is a Bible (any translation will do – in fact, the more the merrier, as we enjoy comparing texts) and information will follow regarding any supplementary materials we might use.

Spiritual Quest to hear of Mormon trail

At Spiritual Quest on Thursday, Dec. 15, 9:30 to 11:30 am, Nadine and Mark Ridley will use their photographs as they tell us what they learned about the Mormons when they traveled the Mormon trail last fall.

Prayers, the story of their adventures and discussion will make up the morning as the group gathers at the Thurston home, 6405 Lakeland Drive.
All are welcomed.

The Spiritual Quest group will not meet on Dec. 22.

 

Advent Bible Study: Part 2

Last Sunday we had an invigorating conversation on the meaning of the season of Advent. Please join us at 9:30 a.m. this Sunday for Part 2 of this two-part series. Using the Old Testament readings assigned for Advent as well as readings provided by the facilitator, this will be an opportunity for thoughtful reflection upon “the reason for the season.” David Carter, leader of our Monday Night Bible Study group, will facilitate the discussion.

Peace be with you,
– Larry Gaissert

Monday Night Bible Study meets Dec. 5

The Monday Night Bible Study meets Dec. 5 to discuss Matthew, chapters 21 through 23, using as our discussion guide Paul J. McCarren’s A Simple Guide to Matthew pages 109 through 125 as well as chapter 9 of James W. Ermatinger’s Daily Life in the New Testament.
We will meet, for the foreseeable future, at the home of John and Susan Dellinger. John and Susan reside at 805 Richmond St. in Raleigh, near North Hills Mall.
If you have questions, contact David Carter at 919-833-6020.  As always, all are welcome!