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Bible & Book Studies

At St. John's we have book studies and Bible studies for women, men and everyone. Studies change based on season and books are available online and at our Hospitality Center.

For Women

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Women's Bible & Book Studies
Mondays and Tuesdays

Periodic Bible studies for women that usually run 4-11 weekly sessions. Classes are usually held on Mondays and Tuesdays at various times during the day either in-person or via Zoom. There is a small charge for study materials. Childcare is provided for in-person classes with reservations. See the schedule below for upcoming studies.

Contact: Donna Bruce at donnabruce@comcast.

2024 Women's Bible & Book Study Schedule

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(Bible Study) Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense

by Jennifer Rothschild

Tuesdays, June 25 - August 13, (8 weeks), 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., IN-PERSON 

Led by Shanlii Payment

Does God care? Is He fair? Is He even there? Although you may know all the right answers, they don’t always feel right. "Missing Pieces: Real Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense" provides a personal study experience for this video-driven women's Bible study. Explore these and other questions in this realistic look at the messy, mysterious uncertainties of faith. God’s ways don’t always make sense, but He is trustworthy. Come close to Him. Trust Him more than your feelings. God will reveal Himself and fill in your missing pieces.

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(Bible Study) Luke in the Land, Walking With Jesus in His First-Century World

by Kristi McLelland

Tuesdays, September 10 - October 29 (8 weeks), 9:30 am. - 11:30 a.m., IN-PERSON

Led by Shanlii Payment

Follow Kristi McLelland through Israel as we study snapshots from the Gospel of Luke to see where the stories of the Bible took place. During the sessions, challenge the way you read the accounts of Jesus through teaching videos that take you to locations in Israel like Bethlehem, the Sea of Galilee, Gethsemane, Jerusalem, and the road to Emmaus. Along the way, you'll see how Jesus, the Messiah, brought His kingdom to earth for everybody.

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(Book Study) Out of Chaos, How God Makes New Things from the Broken Pieces of Life

by Jessica LaGrone

Tuesdays, October 1 - November 12 (7 weeks), 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., IN-PERSON

Led by Barb Stanfield

Life is a hot mess. Chaos surrounds us, and at times, it seems to rule our souls, our families, and our world. But does chaos always end in failure or flaw? In the beginning God brought order from chaos, filling the chaos with a beautiful creation, and he's been doing it ever since. Where you and I may experience confusion and disorder, God sees an opportunity for something new--for a rebirth, a renewal, and a renovation. God did this in the beginning, he did it again at the cross, and with renewed vision for our disordered world today, we look to God to do it again. When we experience chaos in our own lives and everything feels like it is falling apart, God is just getting started. When the Spirit of God hovers, chaos can give birth to hope.

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(Bible Study) The Gospel of John, Savoring the Peace of Jesus in a Chaotic World

by Melissa Spoelstra

Tuesdays, October 29 - December 10 (7 weeks), 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., ZOOM

Led by Donna Bruce

Life. It seems to move at a break-neck pace. Days are filled with noise, screens, and appointments. Sometimes worry and fear are constant companions. The chaos can leave you looking for a place to be still, but that resting spot always seems to be an elusive destination. Jesus offers a different kind of life. He offers peace. He is peace. In this 7-session study on the Gospel of John, Melissa Spoelstra will encourage you to slow down and linger with the living Word. You’ll appreciate the pace of the Savior who never hurried but completed all that the Father called Him to accomplish. As you turn the pages of John’s Gospel, you’ll be challenged to take on the posture of a learner—understanding that the peace Jesus offers is not an ease of circumstances, but a stillness of the soul. As a result, you’ll grow in intimacy with Him and learn to live, serve, and rest in His peace. 

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(Advent Study) The Journey, Walking the Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton

Tuesdays, November 19 - December 17 (5 weeks), 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., IN-PERSON

Led by Dara Bell

In "The Journey", Adam Hamilton travels from Nazareth to Bethlehem in a fascinating look at the birth of Jesus Christ. As he did with Jesus' crucifixion in "24 Hours That Changed the World", Hamilton once again approaches a world-changing event with thoughtfulness. Using historical information, archaeological data, and a personal look at some of the stories surrounding the birth, the most amazing moment in history will become more real and heart-felt as you walk along this road.

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Ladies Book Club
Meets 1st Monday of the Month

Women reading and discussing books. Selections of books are made on an alphabetical order of attendees so everyone has a chance to select a favored book. The books suggested must be available at the library so no one has to buy the book unless they want to. Meets the 1st Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. in room 245 (except if the 1st Monday is a holiday and then the group meets the 2nd Monday). Contact: Ann Look at 505-768-7013 or visit sjumcwomen.org to get a list of the current books.

For Men

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Men's Bible Study
Mondays at 10 AM and 7PM

Six-week studies in the fall and spring, Mondays at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Contact Jack Nuzum at jcnuzum@juno.com or 505-265-5241 for current schedule.

For Everyone

Family Spirit Sunday School
Daily Email Bible Study
Online Daily

Readers from St. John’s and around the world study together in St. John’s email Bible study. Topics range from in-depth word studies to lighthearted applications of scripture to popular culture. A brief scripture passage and study tip are delivered Monday through Friday via email, and we each read at a time and place of our own choosing. Answers to reader questions come out on occasional Saturdays. Contact: Regina Hunter at 505-294-2877 or drhunter@nmia.com.

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Walk to Emmaus
Held seasonally, contact for more information

The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal program (a 72-hour cloistered retreat with follow up) intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders. Contact: Mike or Linn Furnish at 505-884-6626.

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