There are a number of adult study groups and opportunities to learn and to grow spiritually.
The Board of Adult Christian Education (BACE) sponsors a number of groups which meet from September through June (and sometimes over the summer due to popular demand):
GIST (God is Still Talking)
This non-traditional Bible study group of 10-15 people meets every Sunday from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Led by Rev. Lee Ireland, the group has lively and insightful discussions about the books and related topics.
The GIST group started Fall 2012 with "The Gospel According to Jesus," by Stephen Mitchell, followed by "11 Days in May," by J.D. Messinger and "Living Buddha, Living Christ," by Thich Nhat Hanh. Next on the reading/discussion list was "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" by Eben Alexander III, M. D.
The group has continued with studies of the "Book of Romans" and the "Book of Acts" from the Bible.
Some of the following books have been read in the past: Promise of Paradox, by Parker Palmer Gospel of Mary Magdelene Gospel of Philip Finding Jesus, by David Christian Gospel According to Thomas The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron The Shack, by William P. Young
Sometimes a book gets such a great response, Rev. Lee will offer a second class during the week as an alternative meeting time.
Traditional Bible Study
This lectionary-based Bible study group is lead by David Maier and Mary Jaensch. Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first and third Mondays of each month and usually attended by about six people.
Adult Confirmation Class
This course mirrors the teen’s confirmation class. The adult class meets once a month with an abbreviated course outline. Those who participate may choose to be confirmed along with the teen confirmands. The class is taught by the Rev. Lee Ireland with help from a lay leader.
This group of 8 to 10 people meets monthly to study concepts within spirituality - not necessarily within our own church.
Women Who Run with the Wolves
Lee Ireland has led this popular group of OCC members and non-members, 15 to 25 people participating. The first group met in the evenings and a second, larger group met mornings.