Mount Olivet currently has eight adult Sunday school classes that meet at 9:40 a.m. on Sunday mornings. Below is a brief description and contact information for class leaders. All of our classes welcome visitors and guests.

Room L5 | Multigenerational
We get together on Sunday morning to learn more about the Bible and its importance in our daily lives.  Class members volunteer to teach and all members participate in the discussions.  Members select the topics and the teacher determines how to present the material.  Single, married, young, old. All are welcome!

What We’re Reading
9:30 Study Group is reading Simply Good News, Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good by N.T. Wright. The author offers a fresh look at the Gospel, explaining why Jesus message is good news and why it is more timely and transforming today than we know.  The Gospel means good news. But if the message has been around for 2,000 years, what makes it significant today? What is so good about stories involving damnation, violence, and a God who sacrifices his only son?  Noted Bible scholar N.T. Wright shows us how Christians today have lost sight of what the good news of the gospel really is. In Simply Good News, he takes us back in time to reveal how the people of the first-century the gospel’s original audience would have received Jesus message. He offers a clear and thoughtful analysis of what the good news really is, and applies it to our lives today, revealing its power to transform us.  View Book

Contact: Debby Fairweather, rdfairweather@verizon.net.

Room L9 | Multigenerational
We work continuously to be a place of inclusively, commitment, and realism, a safe place where all are leaders.  The group studies the Bible and other books and material with the intent of building community and growing stronger in the practice of being Christians.

What We’re Reading
Faith and Fellowship is beginning a study of Restored: Finding Redemption in Our Mess by Tom Berlin. In this book, pastor and author Tom Berlin helps us see our mess through the eyes of Christ to find redemption and restoration. Using Scripture, devotional tools, and the writings of Ignatius of Loyola, John of the Cross, St. Augustine, John Wesley, Evelyn Underhill, and others, Berlin encourages reflection and meditation through our own brokenness. Only then can we focus on the cross as the place where we truly surrender control, leave our mess, and find redemption.  View Book

Contact: David Traynham, dftraynham@gmail.com.

Room L2 | Multigenerational
In a brief parable in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus likened his disciples to salt and light.  He stressed that God did not bless us so we would simply enjoy our position of blessing, but that we would be a blessing to others. The class explores what it means to be salt and light for the world with a focus on how Jesus lived and modeled the mission of being a blessing, and attempts to balance traditional understandings of Christianity with fresh interpretations of the challenges of being a disciple of Jesus in the 21st century.  The class is an intergenerational group, eager to welcome new members.

What We’re Reading
Salt Shakers is beginning a study of John Shelby Spong’s Eternal Life: A New Vision.  Bishop John Shelby Spong is known for his controversial ideas and fighting for minority rights. In Eternal Life: A New Vision, a remarkable spiritual journey about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he came to a new conviction about eternal life. God, says Spong, is ultimately one, and each of us is part of that oneness. We do not live on after death as children who have been rewarded with heaven or punished with hell but as part of the life and being of God, sharing in God’s eternity, which is beyond the barriers of time and space.  Spong argues that the discovery of the eternal can be found within each of us if we go deeply into ourselves, transcend our limits and become fully human. By seeking God within, by living each day to its fullest, we will come to understand how we live eternally.  View Book

Contact: Cindy Huber, chuber13@verizon.net

Room L1 | Multigenerational
We focus on connecting relationships with our faith, the Bible, and each other.  Class studies offer an informal atmosphere for nurturing spiritual growth and seeking wisdom, no matter where you are in your journey.  Class members collectively select topics of study, resulting in an eclectic mix.  Lessons are intended to stand alone – even when “connected” to a common theme – so that anyone can feel included on any given Sunday.

What We’re Reading
Connections is discussing a variety of podcasts and articles, including Rob Bell podcasts and articles about what Pope Francis is doing differently than his predecessors. Members propose a topic, which they can lead or hand off to someone else to lead. This one-off format provides the flexibility members need after a busy week or missing a week or two.

Contact: Steve Neff,  stevenneff@gmail.com

Room L3 | Parents of All Ages
Spirited Parents is for parents of all ages.  It is a warm, enthusiastic group that wants to make parenting fun and rewarding for themselves and their children, instead of stressful and chaotic. Since children don’t come with owner’s manuals, the class looks for inspiration and guidance in scripture, various books, and from each other.  Parents with children of all ages are welcome.

What We’re Reading
Spirited Parents is beginning a new study of Letters from a Skeptic: A Son Wrestles with His Father’s Questions About Christianity by Dr. Gregory Boyd and Edward Boyd. Father and son exhibit respect and love toward one another as they honestly address subjects such as why the world is so full of suffering; why an all-powerful God needs prayer; how you can believe in someone who rose from the dead; and how another man’s death can pardon others. Spirited Parents meets Sunday mornings from 9:50-10:35 to allow time for drop off and pick up of kids from their Sunday school classes. View Book

Contacts: Lucinda Maine, lmaine@aacp.org and Sherri Hunter, sherrihunter@verizon.net

Scripture Study

Library | Multigenerational
Scripture Study Small Group is a small group that studies scripture in depth, a book at a time.   The group aims to immerse itself in the living Word in order to understand it in context and to seek its application to our busy world.  Vistors and new members are welcome.

Scripture Class is studying The Bible from Scratch: The Old Testament for Beginners by Donald Griggs. This text is an overview of the Bible starting with the Old Testament.

Contact: Susan Sutter | sutter2009@gmail.com , Heather Weir | heather.weir@gmail.com , and Laura Lund | lslund@yahoo.com