Classes"My mind has been challenged and awakened by our time together. I have become so bored with Bible studies. Even thinking I know more than I do! But you have awakened me to dig deeper. It’s not just a story, but a journey of God’s people. I keep discovering pieces that put the puzzle together into a beautiful story of the unconditional love of our God. I can’t wait until next week."
All classes meet online using Zoom unless otherwise noted in the description. After registration, you will receive confirmation within moments. A couple of weeks prior to the first class, you will receive an email that will provide all the details you will need for the class. You will be sent a Zoom link on the day of the class. There is no cost for these classes; donations will be requested and are always optional.
All times are Eastern Standard Time.
CURRENT & UPCOMING CLASSES
The Forgiveness of Jesus
Thursdays (6 sessions)
May 5 – June 9, 2022
7:00 – 8:45 pm EST
We all carry guilt and shame – it drags us down and keeps us from enjoying life to the fullest. This class will offer a deeper understanding of the reason Jesus Christ gave his life on the cross. Jesus came to forgive us, allowing us to move from guilt and shame to freedom and forgiveness. As we examine the people he met and set free, you will be transformed by your encounter with the God who loves you so much that he runs to you.
We will begin each session in Israel (by video) connecting the Gospel stories to the Holy Land today – showing key places, such as Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Western Wall, and more.
Summer Light: Hearing God
June 6, 13, 20, 2022
7:00 – 8:45 pm EST
“God spoke to me.” “The Spirit spoke to my heart.” “God revealed the idea to me.” Being close to God means communicating with him — telling God what is on our hearts in prayer and hearing and understanding what God is saying to us. It is this second half of our conversation with God that is so important but that can also be so difficult. How do we hear God’s voice? How can we be sure that what we think we hear is not our own subconscious? What role does the Bible play?
Summer Light: These three sessions are a glimpse into this book by Dallas Willard. For this class, the book is NOT required reading. Come to one or come to all three sessions.
Summer Reading 2022
Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning
Discussion on the Last Wednesday
June 29, 2022
7:00 – 9:00 pm EST
Most of us believe in God’s grace – in theory. But somehow we can’t seem to apply it in our daily lives. We beat ourselves up over our failures and, in the process, pull away from God because we subconsciously believe God tallies our defects and is disappointed. Brennan Manning reminds us that nothing could be further from the truth. The Father beckons us with a “furious love” that burns brightly and constantly. Only when we truly embrace God’s grace can we bask in the joy of a gospel that enfolds the “ragamuffins.”
Brennan Manning’s now-classic meditation on grace and what it takes to access it—simple honesty—has changed thousands of lives. Now with a Ragamuffin’s thirty-day spiritual journey guide, it will change yours, too.
The Boy Who Cried Abba by Brennan Manning
Discussion on the Last Wednesday
July 27, 2022
7:00 – 9:00 pm EST
Jesus told parables to communicate God’s love. Brennan Manning creates Willie Juan, a young orphan and social outcast, who learns the lessons of forgiveness, self-acceptance, and happiness, as he realizes the unconditional love of God.
During July, we will be following the thirty-day spiritual journey guide from Ragamuffin Gospel) and reading this parable.
Wakening in the Word
January 16 – May 22, 2022
9:00 – 10:45 am EST
Come as you are and when you can.
Through this personal and interactive study, you will become more biblically literate, theologically confident, and spiritually aware as we dig into the Bible, one chapter at a time. You don’t have to know anything about the Bible to learn from the Bible. Come and see. Bring your coffee/tea, Bible and a candle.
Need a Bible? Request a free one.
Searching for Sunday
Meets Monthly, 3rd Tuesdays, mostly
7:00 – 8:45 pm EST
Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals–church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.
Centered around seven sacraments, Evans’ quest takes readers through a liturgical year with stories about baptism, communion, confirmation, confession, marriage, vocation, and death that are funny, heartbreaking, and sharply honest. A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.
October – Baptism
November – Confession
December – No Class
January – Holy Orders
February – Communion
March – Confirmation
April – Anointing of the Sick
May – Marriage
September through May
After reading and discussing the books, White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and So, You Want to Talk about Race by Ijeoma Oluo, we are continuing the conversation. This is a safe place to learn about our history, which will inform our present struggles. During 2021-22, we are using the resource, Dialogues on Race.
Our purpose is to grow in knowledge as we move towards action. Living as an antiracist requires us to speak up and step in whenever we witness injustice. We encourage all to take small steps in our current sphere of influence and work to expand our sphere of influence.
Our discussions are facilitated by Rev. Linda Zastovnik, Rev. John Ryan, Dionne Howard and Frances Hamilton. Rev. John Ryan has a MA from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. He received his D.Ed.Min. from the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He serves as Pastor for Faith Formation at Davidson College Presbyterian Church in Davidson, NC. Dionne Howard, Ed.S. has enjoyed a 30 year career as a classroom teacher, adjunct professor, instructional coach, and staff developer. Frances Hamilton is a retired career educator with experience as a classroom teacher, literacy facilitator, curriculum writer and staff in-service developer. Additionally, she has been a Montessori teacher and held a position in a School Admissions Office. As a Black woman, she also brings the experience of growing up in the Jim Crow South.
Christ in the Passover
Friday, April 15, 2022
7:00 – 9:00 pm
This year, Passover begins on Good Friday—nothing could be more meaningful! Wonder why? This 2 hour event will help you understand the connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament, between the Jewish and Christian faiths. The Passover is the Old Testament feast that celebrates and remembers God’s liberation of Israel from Egypt. It also foreshadows Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. Learn the history and significance of this sacred event. You will receive details to prepare your own simplified Seder meal for the event (optional).
The Last Days of Jesus
The Last Days of Jesus provides an overview of six major events surrounding Jesus’ death and resurrection. We will begin each session in Israel— showing key places, such as the Garden of Gethsemane, a rolling stone tomb, Mount of Olives, and more. Featuring beautiful retellings, solid overviews, and incredible cultural insights from top Bible scholars, this class will deepen your understanding of key Easter events.
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus
Nabeel Qureshi describes his dramatic journey from Islam to Christianity. Providing an intimate window into a loving Muslim home, Qureshi shares how he developed a passion for Islam before discovering, almost against his will, evidence that Jesus rose from the dead and claimed to be God. Unable to deny the arguments but not wanting to deny his family, Qureshi struggled with an inner turmoil that will challenge Christians, Muslims, and all those who are interested in the world’s greatest religions.
Engaging and thought-provoking, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus tells a powerful story of the clash between Islam and Christianity in one man’s heart–and of the peace he eventually found in Jesus.
Taught by Lea Burt, Led by Rev. Linda Zastovnik. Lea Burt is semi-retired from the air conditioning business where he was a design engineer for 40 years. Now he enjoys traveling with his wife, Robin. When not working on their horse farm, Lea enjoys fly fishing, golf, and road biking. Lea was raised in a Methodist family and has been active in the church ever since.
Galatians: Accepted and Free
Once you place faith in Jesus you are transformed. You are made new. You are forever part of the family of God. You are fully accepted, and you are free. Join Pastor Linda as we read this passionate letter that is now called the book of Galatians, led by Jada Edwards. The Study Guide is required. Bring a Bible (any version) to class.
- The Hidden Power of Acceptance
- Your Life is Rich in Purpose
- Approval in Christ > Human Approval
- The Truth About Your Inheritance
- You’ve Been Set Free For This
- Your Restoration Restores Others
Cold Case Christianity
Christianity, with all of its claims could easily be described as a “cold-case”; a case for which insufficient hard evidence exists to make any sound conclusions about its truth claims. However, in Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace uses his nationally acclaimed skills as a homicide detective to look at the evidence and eyewitnesses behind Christian beliefs. He includes gripping stories from his career and the visual and interrogation techniques he developed while a police officer. Along the way, he uses analogy and anecdotes to examine the powerful evidence that validates the claims of Christianity.
Cold Case Christianity speaks to readers’ intense interest in detective stories, and inspires readers to have confidence in Christ as it prepares them to articulate the case for Christianity. Study the evidence. Test the witnesses. Defend the truth. During these 8-sessions, Wallace examines the authors of the Gospels and asks four critical questions used by detectives.
- Were they present?
- Were they corroborated?
- Were they accurate?
- Were they biased?
Lea Burt will teach each session while Linda Zastovnik leads our class discussions. The book is required, the study guide is optional.
Holy Land Study: Along the Road with Jesus
God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. That is what The Story is all about: the story of the Bible, God’s great love affair with humanity. This study helps us to understand how the Upper Story (God) intersects with the Lower Story (Us).
Praying for Afghanistan
As the anniversary of 9/11 approaches we reflect on our world, on the serious life changes for the people of Afghanistan, and for the future of the thousands of refugees who have fled their homeland. We are mindful of the extreme emotions of our own troops who have served. Our country is so fragile due to polarizing opinions, views, facts and lies.
Come and sit with us; bring your worries and your fears. Lea Burt will share a bit of what he has learned about the differences between Islam, the Taliban and ISIS-K. He will also address your questions (submitted in advance) and we will close with a short prayer service.
Murals on the walls at the US embassy on July 30, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Summer Reading 2021
So many books, so little time! For all (meaning all genders, all ages), this summer you will love each of these three books. We will meet on the last Tuesday of each month to discuss. Sign up for one, two, or all three. Include your spouse and/or friend.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger. Discussion led by Carey Bullock. Tragedy strikes Frank’s family—which includes his Methodist minister father, his mother, older sister and kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal. Forty years later, he discovers the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.
Wearing God by Lauren F. Winner. Discussion led by Rev. Kake Nations. Lauren Winner, an Episcopal priest who teaches at Duke Divinity School, notes there are hundreds of metaphors for God, but the church only uses a few familiar images: creator, judge, savior, father. Let’s explore some others: God as clothing (“clothed with Christ”), as the vine/vintner who animates life; the lactation consultant; and the comedian. Oh, I love God as the comedian!
Peace Like a River by Leif Enger. Discussion led by Janice Mack. Eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy in the Midwest has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been charged with murder. Family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, and the most tragic of fates.
Book Study: A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held Evans
Rachel Held Evans died unexpectedly last year at the age of 37. Strong-willed and independent, she embarked on a radical life experiment–a year of biblical womanhood. Intrigued, she vowed to take all of the Bible’s instructions for women as literally as possible for a year. Pursuing a different virtue each month, we will delve into the scriptures alongside her book. With just the right mixture of humor and insight, compassion and incredulity, A Year of Biblical Womanhood is an exercise in scriptural exploration and spiritual contemplation. Join us in the lessons of her life.
In the Holy Land
with Ray Vander Laan
Wakening Women returns this summer with more stories of biblical women—some we’ve met before, some will be new—and connecting them to contemporary global gender issues. In doing so, Rev. Katey Zeh speaks truth to women’s oppression and erasure while reminding us of the sacredness of women’s experience, wisdom, solidarity, and sisterhood.
Book Study: The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi
Connect deeper with the Bible and your faith as Kathie Lee Gifford journeys with Messianic Rabbi Jason Sobel through Israel, studying the Bible in its Hebrew context.
The Rock (Jesus Christ): Hear directly from Kathie about her life-changing and ever-deepening connection with Jesus, the Lover of her soul.
The Road (Israel): Explore dozens of ancient landmarks and historical sites from Israel, the promised land of God’s covenant.
The Rabbi (God’s Word): Go beyond a Sunday-school approach to the Bible by digging into the original languages and deeper meanings of the Holy Scriptures. Jason’s insight into the Hebrew language, culture, and heritage will open your eyes to the Bible like never before.
Bible Study: In the Beginning
You may think you know these stories. Or, you may have begun to read the Bible, but couldn’t get through Leviticus (I know!). From Genesis to Deuteronomy, we will get the big picture of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible and learn its foundational message. In addition to the scriptures and the stories we will learn more about The Torah and its significance to Jews – during the time of Jesus and today. Our class time will include viewing videos produced by The Bible Project. If you join in to Zoom by audio only, you can view the videos on your own.
No book is needed but your Bible (any version). If you do not yet have one, let me know. Invite others!
It’s a story you know by heart, but The Journey combines historical information and archaeology with Adam Hamilton’s thoughtful, conversational teaching style to give you a new perspective on the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem.
Journey to the Holy Land with pastor and best-selling author Adam Hamilton retracing the actual path of Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem.
Bible Study: Revelation
There have been quite a few jokes about 2020 being a year that everything has gone wrong: a global pandemic, fires, hurricanes, and riots. What does the Bible say about such things? Where is God in the midst of it all? What is the truth about the “End Times?”
Book Discussion: Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp
Peace within us can be impeded by clutter around us. Learn new habits to help clear out your clutter, simplify your space, and take back your life. Do you spend valuable time moving your piles around the house, but you can never find that piece of paper when you need it? As you try out the many easy, doable solutions within the book, you’ll begin to understand why you hold on to the things you do, eliminate what’s crowding out real life, and make room for the life of true abundance God wants for you.
Prayer & Discernment
Learn more about prayer by practicing prayer. For 7 weeks, we will learn about prayer through the book, The Quest, by Beth Moore. Is there a question you have for God? Is there a decision or a concern where you are seeking direction?
People of Peace
Meet 6 people who have made a difference by choosing peace: Jesus Christ, Mother Teresa, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mahatma Gandhi, Elisabeth Elliot & Rachel Saint. You will receive a handout each week prior to the class.
Abundant Peace — Jesus Christ
Calming Peace — Mother Teresa
Worldly Peace — Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Living Peace — Mahatma Gandhi
Forgiving Peace — Elisabeth Elliot & Rachel Saint
Seeking Peace One Day
Do you know that International Peace Day is September 21? If not, it’s because you have never heard the story behind it. Once you do, you will never forget it. You will be sent the link to view the documentary online.
Join us online as we pray for peace on Peace Day. We will join the “Global Peace Wave” with a Minute of Silence at noon.
September 21 from 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Online Prayer for Peace
Global Minute of Silence at Noon
Christianity and World Religions
Adam Hamilton, explores four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism—and compares the beliefs of each with those of Christianity. As Christians, we must build bridges with others so that we might grow in our faith and seek peace in our world.
Matthew Bible Study
Dig into the very first book in the New Testament.. We will read 2-3 chapters each week and view a short clip from the Visual Bible: Matthew. In this dramatization, the complete Gospel is presented word-for-word based on the New International Version of the Bible. Whether you’ve never studied the Bible before or you are a master of the text, you will engage with this gospel in a new way. Join us as we walk with Jesus through his life, ministry, death and resurrection.
The New Testament You Never Knew
N.T. Wright will lead us in discovering things we never knew about the stories within the New Testament. Through reading the New Testament we continually discover that God indeed keeps his promises, but those
promises don’t always look like what people expected. Especially when it comes to Jesus. Sessions include: The Books of the New Testament; The World of Jesus and the Apostles; The Life and Death of Jesus; The Resurrection of Jesus; The Ministry of the Apostle Paul; The Early Christians and the Church; The Mission of the Church; The Creation of the New Testament.
Beginning in the Bible
White fragility is defined as the discomfort and defensiveness on the part of a white person when confronted by information about racial inequality and injustice. In this in-depth exploration, Robin DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
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