Mid-Week Opportunities

Sermon Roundtable – A Unique Form of Bible Study

Leader: Steve Hancock
Noon in the Library

In this unique form of Bible Study, participants in this class study the Bible by reflecting on the biblical text that is being preached in worship the following Sunday. Steve Hancock leads the discussion, and each week provides background material about the historical context of the passage, definitions, of key words, authorship, and other information that will be helpful in interpreting the text. The class is invited to interact with the author of the text, discuss such questions as, “What does the author seem to be saying?” “What do I want to say in response?” Class members are invited to identify important ideas or themes that are prominent as they reflect on the biblical text in relation to their own lives, the church, and the world around them. The following Sunday in worship, they have the opportunity to hear the sermon preached they helped create.

First and Third Monday Morning Bible Study for Women

9:30 – 11:00 a.m., Second Hall

The First and Third Monday Morning Bible Study for Women has begun its “Spring Semester.” Marie Mainard O’Connell and Jeannie Ford are co-leading a study of The Beatitudes for Today by James Howell. This book is part of the “For Today” series, written by experts who are committed to providing engaging means to study texts and practices that are familiar to laity in churches. In this volume James Howell leads us on an exploration of the Beatitudes. In this study he considers each of the well-known phrases in these passages from Matthew (“Blessed are the poor in spirit,” etc.) and creatively applies Jesus’ teachings to our contemporary world and Christian lives today. The study meets on the first and third Monday mornings of each month, with the following schedule:

  • February 6: Introduction and Chapters 1 & 2 (“What Jesus Didn’t Say” and “What Jesus Did Say”) – Marie Mainard O’Connell
  • February 20: Chapters 3 & 4 (“Why It Matters Who Said These Words” and “Blessed”) – Jeannie Ford
  • March 6: Chapters 5 & 6 (“Poor in Spirit” and “Those Who Mourn”) – Marie Mainard O’Connell
  • March 27: Chapters 7 & 8 (“The Meek” and “Hunger and Thirst”) – Jeannie Ford
  • April 3: Chapters 9 & 10 (“Merciful” and “Pure in Heart”) – Marie Mainard O’Connell
  • April 17: Chapters 11 & 12 (“Peacemakers” and “Persecuted”) – Jeannie Ford
  • May 1: Chapter 13 & 14 (“Saints and Heroes” and “Presence of the Future”) – Marie Mainard O’Connell

The chapters in the study book are not long and they are very “readable.” Books will be available in the church office for $10.00 each. This group meets 9:30 – 11:00 a.m. in Second Hall. Please contact Jeannie Ford (jeannieford@secondpreslr.org, 227-0000) or Marie Mainard O’Connell (mariemo@secondpreslr.org, 227-0000) if you have question about this upcoming study. All women are invited and welcome to join us for this time of fellowship and biblical exploration.

Men’s Group Ministry Bible Study

Leader: Steve Hancock
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Rosalia’s Family Bakery, 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd.

All men are invited to meet for fellowship, support, and Bible study. Steve Hancock leads The Sermon Roundtable Bible study (see description above).

Younger Men’s Bible Study

Leader: Steve Hancock
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Rosalia’s Family Bakery, 2701 Kavanaugh Blvd.

Each Thursday morning this study focuses on the Biblical text that will be preached in worship the following Sunday. Rev. Hancock places the text in its historical, social and cultural context, helping group members understand more about the passage in its original setting. He then shares ideas about the significance of the text for today. Group members discuss the biblical text in relation to their own lives and the world around them.

Second Readers

Leader: Fayrene Johnson
Third Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m. ♦ Room 60

Second Readers is a group of women who enjoy reading and discussing books. Their choice of books is varied. Some are books they wish they had read before. Some are current bestsellers. Some are books they are reading for a second time from a new perceptive. Usually there is a broad theme that ties the books together. Among the writers they have read are Graham Greene, Eudora Welty, John Irving, Albert Camus, Virginia Woolf, Willie Morris, and Evelyn Waugh. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Contact Fayrene Johnson 663-2733 or fayrenej@att.net for more information.