Spiritual growth doesn’t only happen in corporate worship, but often happens in less formal gatherings like small groups. A small group typically meets on a weekly basis for fellowship, study, prayer, and reflection. Small groups of six to 10 people allow us to experience the purpose and power of Christ in our lives, dig deeper into our faith and grow closer to God. We want to help you find a place to truly belong, to celebrate the joys of life and to weather the storms together. And, we want you to become who God made you to be through personal and spiritual growth.
Want to join a new small group?
Two Ways To Get Started!
Start with a new group: Twice a year, St. Luke’s has a launch event. At the launch, you’ll learn what it means to be in a small group and meet people looking for the same type of group. The Small Groups that form at the Launch follow a 6-week curriculum based on building and growing community around issues of faith. After completing the initial curriculum, your group will decide if you want to continue meeting and will have the opportunity to pick new curriculum. Register today for the next launch on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, from 6:30-8 pm, in the Fellowship Hall.
Start your own small group: Do you have friends that are ready to dive deep into Christian study and have meaningful accountability? It only takes three to eight people that share the goal of becoming a more deeply devoted follower of Jesus Christ to start a small group. Let us help you get started! We’ll meet with the group, cast the vision and provide the kickoff curriculum. Contact Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears to get started.
Want to join an existing group?
Into the Word, Into the World
A 32-week study that proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. Equal attention is given to Old and New Testaments with concentration on Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts. Participants will read familiar passages, seeing them in fresh ways and expecting God to speak through them. Into the Word, Into the World approaches all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service. Requires the completion of Disciple I to enroll. Cost $40.
Mondays beginning September 9
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Led by Jana Gaddy and Sandy Hendon
Remember Who You Are
A 32-week study that makes a connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Several themes weave their way through the study: the call to remember; the call to repentance; the need for renewed vision; and the place of community. Sixteen sessions are devoted to the major and minor Old Testament prophets, excluding Daniel. The second sixteen sessions cover the thirteen letters traditionally attributed to Paul. Requires the completion of Disciple I to enroll. Cost $40.
Tuesdays beginning September 10
6:30 – 9 p.m.
Led by Jana Gaddy
A 6-Session Journey on Learning to Trust God
Relating to the story in Matthew 14 to life today, John Ortberg invites you in this 6-week study to learn the essential skills for water walking by knowing how to discern God’s call, transcend fear, risk faith, manage failure, and trust God. Cost: $20 (includes the book and study guide).
Tuesdays | September 10 – October 15
Led by Peggy Keus and Gail Jacobson
Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study
A 34-week study that moves through the biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem. Disciple emphasizes disciplined reading of and listening to the Scriptures. It results in biblically nourished persons committed to live as disciples of Christ. Students use both the Bible and the study manual to complete daily reading assignments. The study book also includes commentary and questions for reflection and response. Cost $40.
Wednesdays beginning September 11
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Led by Peggy Keus and Bob Mueller
The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery
Join St. Luke’s newest associate pastor, Rev. Michelle Manual, for an exciting journey to spiritual discovery! What you don’t know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and maybe even how you make your way in the world. It can also keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you’re stuck in the same ruts? The Enneagram is an ancient personality type system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. The 5-week class establishes a unique approach―a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of God and of ourselves. Participants will purchase their own book and study guide, The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile.
Wednesdays | October 16 – November 13
Led by Rev. Michelle Manuel
Etched Upon the Heart: The Power of Character in Life and Work
Some people strive to be successful. Others strive to be good. Some people strive to be happy. Others strive to be holy. Some people strive to be valued. Others strive to be helpful. Sometimes, we put these sets of traits in conflict with one another, but must it be so? Do we give up success in order to be good? Must we give up happiness to know the holiness of God? Is it crucial to turn away from expecting reward to be a servant of others? At the heart of all these pursuits are questions of character. What are the essential qualities, the internal character traits, like integrity and humility, which guide our actions as men? How do these show up in our life and in our work, and what difference do they really make? Men of all ages are invited to join Dr. Tom Pace for teaching, a light breakfast, and round-table discussion.
Wednesdays, September 18-November 20
6:30-7:45 a.m. | Fellowship Hall
Led by Dr. Tom Pace
Join men of all ages for Bible study and fellowship on Thursday mornings. Beginning October 3, we will begin the Scripture+Shared study, Storytime: The Parables of Jesus. All men are welcome!
Led by John Holmes
Join other men (ages 25-45) for a downtown study group at lunchtime on Thursdays. We are currently reading through The Christian Atheist: Believing in God but Living As If He Doesn’t Exist. To order a copy of the book, click here.
Thursdays │ September 5 through November 21
Led by Whitney Mears and Barry Alsup
Want to join a community of other moms to share in the joys and hardships of motherhood? Moms need other moms. We just weren’t made to do it alone and that together is better. Come join the community! A place to find friendship, community, resources and support. Childcare for your “little” is available with an advance reservation.
Mondays │ beginning October 7
9:15-10:30 a.m. │Room ES308/313
Led by Julie Ellerbrock and Cindy Donaldson
A weekly Bible study for mothers of children, led by Children’s Ministries Director, Julie Ellerbrock. Moms are super busy; yet, we all need time with Christ and time with each other as we journey through motherhood. This commitment is simple – just come. The conversations are rich. The studies are impactful. The relationships formed are life-changing. Childcare is available at no cost to participants with an advance reservation. Contact Adrian Chandler to make a childcare reservation at [email protected]. For more information or to receive a copy of the book or current study, contact Julie Ellerbrock at [email protected].
Tuesdays │ Ongoing
9:15-10:30 a.m. │ Room ES314
Led by Julie Ellerbrock
A new small group for women ages 40 and above
Join St. Luke’s Chief of Staff, Jennifer Boubel, for a study of Jen Wilkin’s book None Like Him. In this book, Wilkin reminds us that our Creator possesses many attributes we don’t – and that’s a good thing! During this 10-week study, the group will take a closer look at the God who is infinitely knowable, creative, able to provide, timeless, unchanging, powerful, wonderful, and more. Participants will purchase their own book, None Like Him: 10 Ways God Is Different from Us (And Why That’s a Good Thing) by Jen Wilkin.
Tuesdays │ September 10
through November 12
12 – 1 p.m. │ Room ES306
Led by Jennifer Boubel
Throughout the school year, these women gather weekly to study the Bible, encourage each other, and pray. The group includes a variety of ages and professions — all women are welcome. Current members are in their 40s, 50s, and 60s and range from mothers of young children to grandmothers. For information, contact Mary Schuler at 713-402-5008.
Wednesdays │ Ongoing
12 – 1 p.m. │ Room ES306
Striking a balance between work, motherhood, and all of the other things that fill up our lives can be tough. Bible study may get pushed to the side because it feels like one more thing on the “to do” list… but the truth is that time spent studying scripture and being in fellowship with other women brings refreshment. Join Lori and Katie on Wednesdays at lunch time for encouragement and meaningful discussion about our faith.
Wednesdays │ Ongoing
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. │ Room ES309
Led by Lori Fahrbach and
Rev. Katie Montgomery Mears
Sundays, October 13-November 17 | 4-5:30 p.m. | ES308/313
This parenting program is designed to help parents raise responsible, respectful children who are fun to be around and become productive adults. It provides solutions for families of children from early childhood to beyond adolescence. Hosted by Childrens Ministries.
Going through the valley of grief is a difficult journey, but working on and leaning into the grief is worth the investment. Course materials: $35. Contact Shelley Quillin to register.
Tuesdays | September 10–December 3 |6:30-8 p.m.
Hines Baker Room | Led by Rev. Bill Denham
DivorceCare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you and help you face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life after divorce. Course materials: $35. Contact Susan Silvus to register.
Tuesdays | September 10–December 10 | 6:30-8 p.m.
ES309 | Led by Susan Silvus and Jon Norman
Join us in exploring this creative approach to Bible study. We will share techniques and spend time together in God’s word. No art experience needed. Supply list and Bible selection information will be emailed after registration. Childcare is available with advance registration. Go to https://www.stlukesmethodist.org/childcare-request-form/ to make a childcare reservation.
Fourth Sundays │ Beginning June 23
4:30-6 p.m. │ Room ES306
Led by Sally Penning and Helen Shultz
Interested in learning or brushing up on bridge? All are welcome. No reservations necessary.
1:30-3:30 p.m. │ Room EN204
Contact Kathy Austin, 713-252-6727
12:30-3 p.m. │ Room EN204
Contact Joanna Reid, 713-520-7344
All who enjoy reading and discussing books are welcome. Each month a book is read and then discussed at the meeting. Books are chosen by members of the group and range from the most contemporary to the classics. Whether you read the entire book, make it part way through, or did not have a chance to read it, everyone is welcome to come join! Contact Dorothy Voss, 713-660-7243, for more information.
Wild Swans by Jung Chan
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by G. Honeyman
Catching Christmas by Terri Blackstock
The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
Oil and Marble by Stephanie Storey
Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan
The Dairy of a Bookseller by Shawn Bythell
Second Mondays │Monthly
10-11:30 a.m. │ Room ES306
The group plays American Mah Jongg where all levels of experience are welcome. For more information contact Lori Wilson-Reynolds, 713-665-3553.
Mondays (1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th)
10 – 11:30 a.m.
The Night Circle welcomes all women of the Church and friends to join this caring group of praying and supportive women. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month and rotate meeting locations between member’s homes and the Westheimer campus. Programs are presented by members or outside speakers and light refreshments are served. For more information, call Pat Deckert at 713-334-6848.
3rd Tuesdays (monthy)
SCRIPTURE + SHARED
Scripture+Shared is a church-wide Bible Study ministry with materials written by St. Luke’s clergy launched every fall and spring for 6-10 weeks. The studies feature daily and weekly readings, as well as a video lesson. You can access the material by downloading the Scripture+Shared app or by clicking here. For more information contact Kathy Neely or call her at 713-402-5139.
In a Sunday morning class you will find opportunities to enrich your Christian education, continue growing, develop friendships, study, serve and journey together! Not sure which class to try? Stop by the Connection Desk on Sunday morning or contact Kathy Neely for guidance. Classes expect new visitors every week, so feel free to visit! Check out individual class information here.
Ready to move forward on your spiritual journey, transforming your heart, your relationships, and even our city? We all want to live and love more like Jesus each day, but we don’t know where to start, and the last thing we need is another commitment. It just shouldn’t be that the demands of our lives keep us stalled on the journey. We get it- and we care about your spiritual growth and want you to grow constantly in your love for Jesus, for one another, and for the world.
So we designed Starting Point, a three-week class designed to jumpstart your journey! Starting Point Classes take place predominately on the first, second and third Sunday of the month at 11 a.m. (except for July and December) and run just a little more than an hour in the Hines Baker Room.
Week one: “UP” – hearts transformed by a relationship with Jesus
Week two: “IN” – lives transformed by Christian community
Week three: “OUT” – our city transformed by our service and witness
You may take the classes all in a row, or pop into any class you missed the following month. And yes- childcare is always available. To learn more or register, call Rebecca Alsup: 713-402-5032. Or just drop into a class that works for you!
Class schedule for 2019:
Up: August 4, September 8, October 6, November 3
In: August 11, September 15, October 13, November 10
Out: August 18, September 22, October 20, November 17