Fall 2017 Small Groups
If Sunday Mornings are where you're fed, then small groups is where you digest and grow. Find a group, plug in, and make MERCYhouse your home!
Women's Small Group Study on Deuteronomy
Leader: Katlyn Durand firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet: Thursdays, 6:30-8:00, starts September 21st
Location: Parish House Front Room (next to MERCYhouse)
Content: Deuteronomy: Becoming Holy People, by Stephen D. Eyre (LifeGuide Scripture Bible Studies)
Description: This small group will follow along with the MERCYhouse Sermon Series on Deuteronomy! We will talk about the Sunday sermon, and also use the above mentioned book to guide our discussion and help us learn more about God and his word. This group is for women who are interested in connecting with other women, digging into the sermon series together, and gaining deeper insight into God's great love for us and how that affects us today.
One sentence description: This group is for women who want to dig deeper into the Sunday sermon series on Deuteronomy, connect with other women, and gain deeper insight into God's great love for us and how that affects us today.
Five Aspects of Women
For: Women (ages 16+)
Leader: Melanie Krumrey (email@example.com)
Meets: Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (Starts OCTOBER 4th)
Location: Mercyhouse Parish house (next door to church, first floor, back living room)
Materials: Five Aspects of Women Workbook $40
Description: Man and woman. Masculinity and femininity. These are increasingly debated ideas in our culture. Still, Genesis 1:27 states that “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” What did God have in mind when He created masculinity and femininity? What does it mean to be female? To be male? Does the Bible offer insight into the roles beyond the book of Genesis?
Five Aspects of Woman is a two semester, 20 week course in a biblical theology of femininity. Each “aspect” is studied in its created, fallen, and redeemed state providing not only a deepened understanding of the beauty of created femininity, but also the breathtaking glory of God’s redemption story in Christ.
Course Expectations: purchase of Five Aspects workbook, regular attendance at weekly meetings (10 in the fall, 10 in the spring), and completion of weekly homework (1-2 hours/week).
One Sentence Description: Do you desire a deeper, biblical understanding of gender? Come gather with other women for a 20 week course on a biblical theology of femininity.
"Seamless" Study Group
Content: Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story by Angie Smith
Come join us for this fascinating and fast-paced journey through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation! We will be tracing the story line of the Bible, beginning to end, getting to know the main characters and places and how they point to Jesus.
Women’s Monday Morning Breakfast Group
For: Undergraduate and Graduate Women
Leaders: Isabelle Kopack & Liz Stubbs (Isabelle) 215-932-5979
Meet: Mondays 7:00am, Starting September 18th
Location: Roots Cafe in commonwealth honors college at UMass
Description: ‘What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone?’ (James 2:14) I find so often that as Christians we know what to say and what the bible tells us, but stay married to the world and it’s values. It is not enough to talk the christian faith, James says; we must live it. This study on James is going to challenge us, as well as teach us how to live out our faith daily.
One Sentence Description: Come eat hot food and put your faith into practice
Meet: Thursdays Breakfast at 6.30am, Starting September 21
Location: We had been meeting at the Bluebonnet Diner in Northampton. We are considering moving over to Amherst.
Description: For men that want to grow in their leadership abilities at home, in the workplace, school, in ministry and in the church and in other areas of their influence. No leadership experience required.
Discussion format with a weekly advance reading (light). We will study the reasons Christians need to strive towards leadership, Godly motivation for leadership, leadership qualities, leadership disciplines, leadership tests. The book we will start with will be from Oswald Sanders, “Spiritual Leadership”. The book costs about $15 unless we can grab some used. Advance light reading will enhance discussion time.
Roots Men's Breakfast
Leader: Austin Kopack 951-813-1675
Meet: Mondays at 7:00am, Starts Monday September 18th
Location: Roots Cafe, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass
Join us for hot breakfast and lively discussion as we seek to understand and apply the book of Deuteronomy to our lives as men.
Once Sentence Description: Applying Sunday's truths to Monday's problems.
Leaders: Cory and Kate Telman
Contact: Lois Grandmaison / Lois@knowmercy.org
Meets: Sundays @ 4:30-6:00pm, Starts September 17th
Location: 63 Pokeberry Ridge, Amherst (Brett & Jenna Marquard's home)
Materials: Lesson Booklet provided, suggested donation $12
Description: God has given us "new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead," yet most of us in the West have a murky understanding of what that hope really means for us and the world. In this group we will work to develop our understanding of this mystery by diving into some Bible passages that examine a few of the many facets of the resurrection. Come prepared to dig into the Bible during the week and hash out what you're learning in our group discussions as we live this hope together and discover what it means to set our minds on things above.
Kopacks Small Group
Leaders: Isabelle & Austin Koapck, (I) 215-932-5979 (A) 951-813-1675
Meet: Wednesdays 6:30, begins September 20th
Location: 11 Tracy Circle, Amherst (We are happy to provide rides for people without transport)
Kick-off Fire Pit: Friday, Sept 15 @ 7pm: Come enjoy S'mores and good conversation around the fire.
Description: A Christ-centered community gathering together each week to eat, pray, fellowship, and study God's word. This semester we will be digging deeper into the sermon series on Deuteronomy by discussing scripture and applying it to our lives. We will be spending time as a group talking about that week's passage, then splitting into men and women for accountability and prayer.
Additionally, there will be fire-pit nights, potluck meals, and some fun outings.
Once Sentence Description: This group fosters deep community by sharing life and spending time together outside of small group meetings.
South of Amherst Small Group
For: People living in South Hadley, Granby, and Chicopee area
Leaders: Kaitlyn and Tommy Moore (T) 978-460-3544
Meets: Mondays 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: Moore's Home 17 Center St. Granby, MA 01033
Content: Deuteronomy: Becoming Holy People, by Stephen D. Eyre (LifeGuide Scripture Bible Studies)
Description: Come join us as we dig deeper into the Sunday Sermon Series on Deuteronomy using the study guide listed above. Our group alternates men/women (a definitive schedule will be provided) but will include additional full-family, childcare-provided fellowship on Sunday afternoon a month. This group is open to anyone, and we'd love to have you if you're looking for a small band of people from MERCYhouse to study scripture, pray, eat, and do life together with.
Once Sentence Description: If you're looking to find friends that you can call family who all want to grow in both their faith in Jesus Christ and their understanding of God's word... this is the group for you!
Hamptons Small Group
Leaders: Dan & Sarah Moylan (D) 413-478-2065 (S) 413-687-2848
Meet: Fridays 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Starts September 22
Kick-off Picnic: Friday, Sept 8 @ 5:30pm: Pack up your dinner and join us for a kick-off picnic in Northampton at Paluski Park (240 Main St, Northampton MA). All are welcome!
Women’s Location: Cindy & Ben Bishop’s Home: 11 Lawson Dr, Easthampton 01027
Men’s Location: Shannon & Charlie Sarkisian’s Home: 10 Old Rock Valley Rd, Holyoke, MA 01040
Description: Dive deeper into the MERCYhouse Sunday Sermon Series on Deuteronomy! The Hamptons Small Group will meet together to pray and discuss the truths that are revealed from each Sunday sermon this semester. It is the perfect small group for people who want to study God's word in a consistent and friendly atmosphere with others from MERCYhouse. This group is open to anyone, and men and women meet separately on alternating Fridays.
Once Sentence Description: This group is for those who want to take the truths revealed to them on Sunday mornings and apply it to their lives throughout the week.
The Story of God: a one semester journey through the Old Testament
Leader: Dr. Joe Greene, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meets: Tuesdays, 6:30pm-8:00pm (starts Sept 19)
Where: conference room in parish house next to main church building
Description: The Old Testament can be daunting, but it's an invaluable part of every Christian's understanding of the nature of God and of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This group will study the entire Old Testament through Bible reading and the use of an excellent book. If you find yourself unsure about how to understand the Old Testament or just want to go deeper come join us!
Materials: Casket Empty by Carol M Kaminski
Joe grew up in the Valley and helped to plant MERCYhouse back in 1999. He has a PhD in theology from Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, NC and has graciously agreed to teach this class for us this semester. He will be assisted by Rick Carbonaro.
What Christians Believe
Leader: Pastor Robert / Robert@knowmercy.org
Meets: Meets Wednesdays @6:30-8:00pm, Starts September 20th
Location: MERCYhouse Conference Room (1st floor of green building next to our red brick main building)
Materials: Doctrine by Driscoll and Breshears (book can also be purchased for $10)
Description: If you’ve ever wanted to know more about the foundational beliefs of the Christian faith or wanted to learn more how to articulate those truths to others, this group is for you. Each week we’ll be discussing a chapter in a book called Doctrine which will cover topics like creation, the trinity, the cross, resurrection, the church, and end times. Discussion will include lots of time for question and answer as we work out what it means to believe in the basic doctrines of the church throughout history and the implications of those beliefs in our current day context. Weekly preparation for group meetings will include reading one chapter each week.