ALPHA

Leaders:

Graeme Sellers & Dirk Duhlstine


Day & Time:

Tuesdays 6:00-7:30 PM

September 20 - November 29 (eleven sessions + one Saturday)


Location:

Wonderful Mercy Church


Description:

Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith in a relaxed, no pressure atmosphere. Each talk considers a different question around faith, life, and God. Alpha is designed to create conversation; questions and open discussion are encouraged. Everyone is welcome.


A light dinner will be provided. Nursery care is available through age 4. A children’s program is available for children age 5 through 5th grade.


Note: A one day seminar on Saturday, November 5, is included in the Alpha course. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend.


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THE GOOD AND BEAUTIFUL COMMUNITY

Leader:

David Hammerslag


Meeting Time:

Wednesdays 6:30–8:00 PM


Meeting Type / Location:

Hammerslag Home: 3881 E. Birchwood Place, Chandler


Start/End Date:

September 28 - November 30


Description:

Our faith is not just about "me and my Jesus." We are the salt and light, the body of Christ in the world. How can we be that? We will learn together from James Bryant Smith's "The Good and Beautiful Community" how to live as a good and beautiful community of Christ-followers, shining the light of the Spirit into all our relationships. Each week includes a chapter reading assignment and a put-your-learning-into-practice "soul training" exercise outside of the meeting time. Group discussion centers on the reflections from the chapter reading and sharing experiences from practicing the exercise.


This book is the third in a series, but anyone can jump in, even if they have not read the others. Participants must have a copy of Smith's book.


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LEARNING HOW TO SEE: CHRISTIANITY

Leader:

Lee Meyer


Day & Time:

Mondays 7:00-8:00 PM

October 3 - November 7 (6 sessions)


Location:

Virtual via Zoom


Description:

On this third season of the Podcast Learning How to See, Brian McLaren invites us to see and experience Christianity in new ways. Exploring sections from his new book Do I Stay Christian? Brian helps listeners, perhaps at a spiritual crossroads, to honestly examine their evolving faith.


Joined by guests Diana Butler Bass, Lisa Sharon Harper, Rabbi Jill Jacobs, Valerie Kaur, Richard Rohr, James Finley, Barbara Holmes, and Tripp Fuller, Learning How to See, season 3, reveals how a contemplative mind can help us see, understand, and engage with the Christian faith.


Group members may wish to purchase and read Brian McLaren’s new book, Do I Stay Christian? available in hard copy, digital, or audio formats.


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THE PRAYER COURSE FOR MEN

Leaders:

Brandon Doss & David Hammerslag


Day & Time:

Thursdays 7:00-8:00 PM

September 29 - November 17 (eight sessions)


Location:

In-person at Wonderful Mercy


Description:

The definition of prayer is really very simple: a conversation between you and God. Why then do so many of us feel as if our prayer lives are inadequate or that prayer itself is dry and boring?

 

The Prayer Course is a simple, fun course designed to evoke a passion for prayer in everyone—the committed follower of Jesus as well as the skeptic and the scared. In eight video sessions, Pete Greig, founder of the worldwide 24/7 prayer movement, demystifies prayer, helping prayer become achievable, enjoyable, life-giving, and life changing.

 

The Prayer Course is reliably accessible, full of surprising stories of answered prayer, and tremendously engaging.


Optional Resource:

How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig, a companion resource which follows the course framework and contains insightful stories, recommended reading and resources, and full notation of all Scripture and resources.


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THE PRAYER COURSE FOR WOMEN

Leaders:

Leslie Doss & Sharon Hansen


Day & Time:

Thursdays 6:30-8:00 PM

September 29 - November 17 (eight sessions)


Location:

The Sellers Home (contact j.sellers@wonderfulmercy.org for address)


Description:

The definition of prayer is really very simple: a conversation between you and God. Why then do so many of us feel as if our prayer lives are inadequate or that prayer itself is dry and boring?

 

The Prayer Course is a simple, fun course designed to evoke a passion for prayer in everyone—the committed follower of Jesus as well as the skeptic and the scared. In eight video sessions, Pete Greig, founder of the worldwide 24/7 prayer movement, demystifies prayer, helping prayer become achievable, enjoyable, life-giving, and life changing.

 

The Prayer Course is reliably accessible, full of surprising stories of answered prayer, and tremendously engaging.


Optional Resource:

How to Pray: A Simple Guide for Normal People by Pete Greig, a companion resource which follows the course framework and contains insightful stories, recommended reading and resources, and full notation of all Scripture and resources.


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TRAUMA TRAINING & CARE FOR AFGHAN REFUGEES

Leaders:

Meg Crossman


Day & Time:

Every other Monday 6:30-8:00 PM

September 19 - November 28


Location:

Wonderful Mercy Church


Description:

Join this group to learn more about the experience of trauma. Then, use that knowledge to connect meaningfully with Afghans who are now living in the East Valley. This group provides a concrete way to follow the exhortations of God to accept, love, and help strangers and immigrants.


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