Winter/Spring 2020 Programming

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Take advantage of one of the following classes, small groups, or service opportunities in 2020.

Monday Evening Classes

Short Stories by Jesus: A Closer Look at the Parables
Feb. 3, 10 • Led by Dr. Mike Graves
According to Mark’s gospel, Jesus did not speak to his followers “except in parables,” which is something of an exaggeration. But not by much since it was clearly his favorite way of teaching. Parables, however, are not simple stories; they are more like puzzling riddles. In this class, we’ll look at several parables, trying to figure out their meaning and why Jesus spoke in riddles.

Self-Observation as an Aid to Spiritual Growth: More Than Navel Gazing
Feb. 24, Mar. 2 • Led by Dr. George Gordon, Emeritus Minister of Congregational Care, Country Club Christian Church
Self-Observation is a process that aids us in detecting our deeper motivations for our actions, a prelude to serving others. Service without awareness frequently results in as much damage as good. In the spirit of Jesus who both retreated and acted, we will think about what that means for our lives.

Another Look at Jesus’ Death and Resurrection
Mar. 23, 30 • Led by Dr. Mike Graves
Every year at this time, Christians mark the death and resurrection of Jesus. But not all Christians mean the same thing by these pivotal events in the life of Jesus, especially the resurrection. Some understand it literally, others more metaphorically, and still others embrace options in-between. On the eve of Holy Week and Easter, we will explore how to make sense of these events.

Pathways to Learning
A series of elective offerings open to everyone, focusing upon timely topics on the Bible, spirituality, current events, family life and technology. 10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. in the Social Hall.

Caring for Creation in 2020
Jan. 12 • Led by Kristin Riott, Executive Director, Bridging the Gap
As Christians, what’s our role in taking care of God’s creation? Get a big-picture view of sustainability efforts in Kansas City, and how you can get involved.

Making Sense of the Cross
Mar. 15, 22 • Led by Dr. Mike Graves
The cross is one of the most central icons in Christianity, adorning churches everywhere. But what does it mean? What was accomplished on the cross with the death of Jesus? Together, we will explore these questions as well as what scholars call models of atonement, how we are made right with God. (Note: This is a repeat of a Monday night class from last fall.)

Interfaith Dialogue: The Abrahamic Traditions
Apr. 26, May 3 • Led by Mahnaz Shabbir, Sheila Sonnenschein, and Kris Kvam
Most people are painfully aware of the tensions between various faith traditions in our world, especially in this post-Holocaust, post-9/11 world. Unfortunately, not everyone is aware that Jews, Muslims, and Christians are related, each of them as children of Abraham. On these two consecutive Sundays, we will have an opportunity to hear from three women as they talk about their own faith tradition and how they relate to one another’s faith perspectives.

2020 Mission Trips
Contact Rev. Corey Meyer at [email protected] for information

Adult trips: Ecuador – Jan. 17-24 • Puerto Rico – May 28-June 1
High School: ​Fort Worth, TX – June 7-13​ ​
Middle School: ​Oklahoma City, OK – June 21-24 ​ ​

Fellowship and Spiritual Development

Women exploring scripture and forming friendships. Come and go as your schedule permits on either Tuesday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. or Wednesday from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Youth Center. Begins Jan. 14/15. No classes weeks of spring break (Mar. 17/18), or Holy Week (Apr. 7/8), and ends week of Apr. 28/29.

Hosted by Dr. Mike Graves, this popular men’s group meets for beer and conversation on a host of spiritual topics, with a guest speaker each session. Gatherings are at Bier Station, 120 E. Gregory Blvd., 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 5: Andy Johnson, Professor of New Testament, Nazarene Seminary
Thurs., Mar. 5: Dave Ehman, Licensed Psychologist
Thurs., Apr. 2: Doug Hundley, retired attorney who speaks on biblical topics

For women of all ages, with guest speakers on spirituality and real-life issues.
Connect with other women looking for conversations that matter. Blue Moose, 4160 W 71st St., Prairie Village, 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Feb. 20: Molly Marshall, President, Central Baptist Seminary
Mar. 26: Donna Houtteman, docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Apr. 23: Rev. Catherine Stark-Corn, Minister to Children and Families

Neighborhood Communion Small Groups
You are invited to participate in small group gatherings in your neighborhood. This time is for fellowship and guided discussions of books or material developed by Dr. Mike Graves. New groups start up in February and continue through the spring. Sign up begins Dec. 29. Contact Barbara George at [email protected] for more information.

Special Events

2020 Celebration Dinner and Auction
Save the date for the 2020 Celebration Dinner and Auction on Fri., Mar. 13 from 6:30-10:00 p.m. at 2016 Main Event Space. Tickets and sponsorship packages available in January.

College Anxiety Presentation
A panel of university professionals will offer guidance for parents as they prepare and support children beginning and continuing their college experience. No charge. Everyone welcome. Spring 2020 date to be announced. Info: [email protected]

Celebrating our Centennial
Starting in fall 2020, Country Club Christian Church will begin a year-long celebration of 100 years of ministry in Kansas City. Mark your calendar for the
Centennial Kickoff Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Watch for more information about other celebrations throughout the year.