Helping one another grow into the heart and mind of Christ What exactly is the heart and mind of Christ? St Paul offers an answer in the 2nd Philippians. The mind of Christ seeks unity and harmony in all things and among all people. It is free from faction and vainglory—in other words, it resists promoting its own self-interests and doesn’t seek to glorify itself.
Instead, it is taken up with concern for others. It practices humility and is attentive to and obedient to God’s will. If someone has the mind of Christ, he or she is steadfast in work, content, pure, enthusiastic, and quick to rejoice. The heart of Christ is compassionate and generous. God’s default is not judgment but mercy. The heart of Christ is quick to love and quick to forgive.
Sunday Adult Forums
Contact Caroline Melby or Pastor Susan Springer.
Offered at least two Sundays a month following the 9:30 am service, Adult Forums cover topics like the church seasons, spiritual gifts, what it means to be an Episcopalian, church history, how to pray, planning for the end of life, and more. Taught by clergy, staff, or guest lecturers, forums last about an hour and usually include time for Q&A. Click here for the latest schedule.
Education for Ministry (EFM)
Tuesday, 7:00pm to 9:00pm
EfM is a four-year certificate program of theological education sponsored by the University of the South, in Sewanee, Tennessee. Each EfM year is comprised of 36 weekly meetings at St. John’s. The focus of each year is as follows:
- Year 1—Hebrew Bible
- Year 2—New Testament
- Year 3—Church history
- Year 4—Christianity in the modern world.
In addition to an in-depth study of Scripture and supplementary texts, the program provides individuals the opportunity to discern and reflect upon one’s own call to ministry in the world. The focus of the program is on fellowship, formation of community, and theological reflection. Participants can receive 18 continuing education credits for each year of study.
Wednesday Morning Holy Eucharist & Bible Study
Wednesday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Contact Father James Williams or Father Andy Carhartt
Meet for a short service of Holy
Eucharist in the chapel and then adjourn to the McKeown Library to study and discuss the upcoming Sunday’s readings. Fr. James and Fr. Andy guide the group through a lively discussion of the appointed Old Testament reading, the Psalm, the Epistle reading, and the Gospel reading. Drop-ins are warmly welcomed. No expertise in the study of Holy Scripture is required!
Bible and Bagels
Second and Fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:00 am
This men’s Bible study group meets twice a month in St. John's Parish Hall (enter through the parking lot) to share coffee and bagels, enjoy fellowship, and read and discuss the readings for the upcoming Sundays. Drop-ins are warmly welcomed. No expertise in the study of Holy Scripture is required!
Living the Questions
Wednesdays, 6:30 pm (Please contact us for the schedule)
This is an occasional series, usually 3-6 sessions in length, either in the Fall or Spring, that takes on a different aspect, each time, of contemporary Christian life and theology. Working in small groups with either a book or DVD resource, we'll meet for about 90 minutes, each session, at St. John's.
Lenten Supper & Study Series
Wednesdays during Lent, 6:00pm
Contact Caroline Melby
The Lenten Supper and Study Series address a different topic each year. Past topics have included the Christian response to violence, and the Christian call to steward the earth. Some years noted guest lecturers are engaged; in other years lectures are led by clergy, or there are DVD series moderated by lay leaders. The format typically includes a presentation and small group discussion. Participants gather for Contemplative Evensong in the chapel at 6:00 pm, and then adjourn to the parish hall for a potluck soup supper at 6:30 pm. At 7:00 pm the program begins and lasts about an hour.