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 studying On the Road to the Cross: Experiencing Easter with Those Who Were There by Rob Burkhart. This text tells the story of Easter through the eyes of Simon the Leper, Malchus, the Centurion at the cross, Cleopas, Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea, Barabbas, Simon of Cyrene, and Mary Magdalene. Each offers a unique perspective on one of the greatest events in human history and yet their stories are often overlooked. On the Road to the Cross allows you to experience Easter through the eyes of the everyday people who witnessed the triumphal entry, saw Jesus drag his cross to Calvary, and cried through Christ’s last words. Each new perspective opens the door to a fresh consideration of Easter and its impact on their lives and ours.  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 Richard Rohr’s Jesus’ Plan for a New World, The Sermon on the Mount. When Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God, he was talking about an utterly different way of relating to human society as we know it. He was talking about a new world order, a term recently on the lips of politicians. What a false sense of the term they have used contends Richard Rohr. “I doubt that any major political leader would align a new world order in terms of cooperation, trust, service and redemptive suffering,” writes Rohr. “For all the talk of a new world order, it’s simply the old world order. The ‘New World Order, ‘ or the ‘Reign of God, ‘ is the heart of the New Testament.”  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 No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan. The author explains Islam—the origins and evolution of the faith—in all its beauty and complexity and addresses the events of the past decade, analyzing how they have influenced Islam’s position in modern culture. Aslan explores what the popular demonstrations pushing for democracy in the Middle East mean for the future of Islam in the region, how the Internet and social media have affected Islam’s evolution, and how the war on terror has altered the geopolitical balance of power in the Middle East. He also provides an update on the contemporary Muslim women’s movement, a discussion of the controversy over veiling in Europe.  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