Spring 2020 Book and Bible Studies


pathways to making

Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

Interested in developing a daily practice of devotion and study during Lent? Then join our online study of Adam Hamilton’s Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times. In response to the often overwhelming anxieties activated by our world today, Hamilton offers insights and spiritual practices to help readers to live into the biblical refrain, “be not afraid.” This study will provide daily opportunities for examining the effects of fear on our own spiritual wellbeing and for learning new approaches to understanding and facing fear. Rather than meeting weekly to discuss each chapter, we will read small sections of the book each day during Lent (February 26 – April 11) and participate in a brief discussion, exercise, or reflection through the Hub. Daily participation requirements will be minimal, but hopefully the readings and activities will, on some days, inspire you to go deeper! For more information, contact Mindy Boffemmyer (mboffemmyer@stpaulsc.org).

Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess

During Lent, the Monday Evening Women’s Book Study will be digging into Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess, by Tom Berlin! If you would like to join the group to “Look at Your Mess Through the Eyes of Christ,” contact Sue Justice (abba.java.psu@gmail.com) or Tori Von Leer (tvonleer@stpaulsc.org). We will meet March 2 - April 6 at 6:30-7:30 pm in the Wesley Lounge.

Mary Oliver: Devotions

Every journey needs a guide — and what better guide through Lent than the beloved poet, Mary Oliver? Join Sarah and Ted Voigt on Sundays, March 1 - April 5 (skipping March 8) at 5:30-7:00 pm in Abba Java for a 6-week journey with this renowned poet! Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, Oliver is widely celebrated as an accessible, insightful observer of the natural world, the life of faith, and the interplay between the two. Imagine a six-week journey with Oliver at your side, illuminating ancient passages of scripture; provoking bite-sized meditations on key Lenten themes; and pointing toward everyday practices for individuals, families, and congregations. All you need is this devotional, a Bible, and a copy of Oliver’s wonderful collection, Devotions (the poems can also be found online). The Poetry of Lent: A Lenten Companion to Mary Oliver’s Devotions will be provided. Contact Sarah for information (svoigt.wesley@gmail.com). Childcare is available.

Introduction to the Bible

Join Pastor Becky for a 3-session “Introduction to the Bible,” offering an overview of its background and history, on March 17, 24, and 31 at 7:00-8:30 pm in the Wesley Lounge. All you need is a study Bible! Contact Pastor Becky to participate (bmcgee@stpaulsc.org).

Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World

Shannon Milinovich will offer a 5-session study of Anxious for Nothing: Finding Calm in a Chaotic World by Max Lucado on Sundays (April 19 and 26; May 3, 17, and 31) at 5:30-7:00 pm in the Asbury Room. In this five-session video Bible study, Max Lucado explores God’s promises in Philippians 4:4–8 and shows that while anxiety is part of life, it doesn’t have to dominate life. As you follow God’s prescription for worry — celebrate his goodness, ask for help, leave your concerns with him, meditate on good things — you will experience his peace. You can stop letting anxiety rule your day … and find true calm and contentment in Christ. To participate, contact Shannon Milinovich (shannon_milinovich@hotmail.com). Childcare is available.