Lenten Studies

Begins February 17, 2018

The season of Lent is a time of repentance and confession, prayer and fasting, and preparation for the death and resurrection of Christ.  This time of holy contemplation provides a perfect opportunity to examine your faith more deeply and join together with others on our pilgrimage with Christ toward Holy Week and Easter.  Lenten Study Groups meet throughout the week, so there is sure to be an option that is right for you.  For more information, contact Reggie Holder at 205-933-8751, ext. 213.


Ears To Hear | 9:15 am in Griffin-Williams Room         

A different kind of Lenten journey, illuminated by some of the most well-known statements in the gospels, some keen reflections from Richard Rohr’s Wondrous Encounters, and the deceptively simple wisdom of carefully chosen children’s picture books.  Sessions will be visually rich with room for both conversation and contemplation. The power of story to connect us to meaning and transform our relationships with God and each other will be woven throughout. Contact Kathleen Lalor at Kblalor@gmail.com

Upper Room Sunday School Class | 9:30 am in Room E209    

The epistles of St. Paul were written before the writers of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles picked up their pens, making them the earliest preserved writings of Christianity.  During this Lenten season the Upper Room Sunday School class will, by placing these early letters of Paul in context, discover why to Paul “the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God”  (1 Corinthians 1:18).  Contact Bill Hairston at bhairston@ehjlaw.com

Explorer’s Sunday School Class | 9:30 am in Room E206

Embracing Spiritual Awakening by Diana Butler Bass will explore what Christianity may look like “beyond religion and beyond the church.” Segments include (1) Arriving, (2) Believing, (3) Behaving, (4) Belonging and (5) Awakening.  Contact Matthew Penfield at MatthewIPenfield@gmail.com


Women’s Study | 10:15 am in Room E209      

The Gospel of John is arguably the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels, filled with rich images and profound truths.  But John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.”  This group will make use of Adam Hamilton’s John: The Gospel of Light and Life, following the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John and help us to understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament. Contact Beth Douthit at bethdouthit129@gmail.com

Serving From the Heart | 6:30 pm in Griffin-Williams Room    

In this study, members will take a 5-week journey of self-discovery as they learn more about how the Body of Christ is intended to function, and what that means to each person.  Through readings, videos, discussions, and assessments, participants will assess their spiritual gifts, talents and abilities, resources, individual style, dreams and experience, all adding up to an enhanced capacity to serve God and neighbor.  Contact Denise Williams at denisew60AL@gmail.com


Men’s Study | 6:30 p.m. Room E209

 What would happen if we created a culture in which we gave away whatever was more than enough for us? How would our habits change if we shed the excess of money, clutter, and food in our lives? Using More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger,  participants will learn how to draw a line of “enough” in their consumer choices, how to see generosity as a chance to experience freedom in a greedy world, and how to make small changes now that will help others forever. 

Books available for purchase in the Greeting Space