The following classes are offered during Lent.
A Women’s Bible Study on the Book of Jonah will be led by Colée Hospers at her home, 1550 Churchill Place, Iowa City every Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. beginning February 18. The class involves watching a video, having a discussion, attending Wednesday evening worship and, of course, some refreshments. To register for this group please call Colée at 339-9951 or sign up in the Gathering Space at the back of the sanctuary.
Jonah: Navigating a Life Interrupted - Member Book by Priscilla Shirer provides a personal study experience five days a week, leader helps, and viewer guides for the group video sessions of this in-depth women's Bible study. This group will meet for seven weeks prior to Easter. What do we do when God interrupts our lives? Many times, like Jonah, we run! In this 7-session Bible study, Priscilla redefines interruption and shows that interruption is actually God's invitation to do something beyond our wildest dreams. When Jonah was willing to allow God to interrupt his life, the result was revival in an entire city.
Lenten Bible Study led by Al Zimmerman at 9:00 a.m. Sundays in the lounge: Sabbath as Resistance to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann. To join this class simply come to any session beginning February 15 or sign up in the Gathering Space at the back of the sanctuary. Discussions about the Sabbath often center around moralistic laws and arguments over whether a person should be able to play cards or purchase liquor on Sundays. In this volume, popular author Walter Brueggemann writes that the Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules, but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Importantly, Brueggemann speaks to a 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life. Brueggemann offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance.