Summer Book Club

It’s that time of year!

Let’s spend our summer in fellowship together around a good book! Plan on joining one of our groups as we read books written to encourage our faith and inspire us to pursue personal holiness as we walk with Christ.

Our summer book clubs meet in homes. Due to limited capacity, registration is required. Once you have been added to a group, your leader will be in touch with more details.

Book Club

Tuesday Morning

Psalm 23-Bible Study Book: The Shephard with Me by Jennifer Rothschild

Many women know Psalm 23 by heart but haven’t experienced its power in their lives. This beloved psalm can breathe new life into women who are weary and unsure of their next steps. It’s more than a psalm that comforts in death; it gives confidence in life. In this 7-session study by Jennifer Rothschild, gain fresh insight and encouragement from Psalm 23. Explore the depths of God’s compassionate care while debunking the self-reliance myth. Learn how your vulnerability is not a liability because you can trust the Shepherd’s goodness throughout each season of life.

Leader: Jeanne Moore & Beth Renney
Meets weekly on Tuesdays: June 11-July 23
Time: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Beth’s Home
Cross Streets: First & Nees

Book Club

Tuesday Evening

Stepping Heavenward: One Woman’s Journey to Godliness by Elizabeth Prentiss
The classic, Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss, will lead you on your own unforgettable journey as you follow Katherine through her life from sweet sixteen to her grown-up later years. As she learns that true happiness is found in giving oneself to others, you, too, will be immeasurably encouraged to step heavenward—to live with greater Godliness, humility, tranquility, and hope.

Leaders: Cathy Blevins
Meets bi-weekly on Tuesdays: May 14-July 23
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Cathy’s Home
Cross Streets: Temperance & Nees

Book Club

Wednesday Morning

Finding Grace in the Face of Dementia by John Dunlop

When a patient is diagnosed with dementia, it impacts not only the patient but also those who care for them. It can be devastating to watch loved ones lose the independence, personality, and abilities that once defined them, knowing there is no cure. How should Christians respond to a diagnosis of dementia?

Experienced geriatrician Dr. John Dunlop wants to transform the way we view dementia―showing us how God can be honored through such a tragedy as we respect the inherent dignity of all humans made in the image of God.

Leader: Pat Buckner
Meets weekly on Wednesdays: May 22 – July 31
Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.
Location: Pat’s Home
Cross Streets: Shepherd & Locan

Book Club

Thursday Evening

None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different from Us (and Why That’s a Good thing) by Jen Wilkin
God is self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, sovereign, infinite, and incomprehensible. We’re not. And that’s a good thing. Our limitations are by design. We were never meant to be God. But at the root of every sin is our rebellious desire to possess attributes that belong to God alone. Calling us to embrace our limits as a means of glorifying God’s limitless power, Jen Wilkin invites us to celebrate the freedom that comes when we rest in letting God be God.

Leaders: Daneen Long
Meets weekly on Thursdays: May 23 – July 11
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Location: The Frappe House
Cross Streets: Willow & Nees

Book Club

Thursday Evening

Hidden in the Heart – Marinate in and Memorize Scripture
It’s been said, “There are no wasted words of Scripture, only hurried readers.”  Join us in a “slow-read” approach to God’s Word.  Each of us will choose a passage and slowly ponder each verse and line until it’s written on our hearts and in our minds, then we will share what we are learning with each other.

C.H. Spurgeon (commenting on Psalm 119:15 “I will meditate on Your precepts”, writes), “Truth is something like the cluster of the vine:  In order to have wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times.  The bruiser’s feet must come down joyfully on the bunches or else the juice will not flow; and the grapes must be properly tread or else much of the precious liquid will be wasted.  So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth if we desire the wine of consolation from them.

Leaders: Dorinda Sample
Meets weekly on Thursdays: May 23-June 20
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Gina Wathen’s Home
Cross Streets: Sunnyside & Shepherd

Book Club

Thursday Evening

In His Image: 10 Ways God Calls Us to Reflect His Character by Jen Wilkin
Sometimes we ask What is God’s will for my life? When we should really be asking Who should I be? The Bible has an answer: Be like the very image of God.

By exploring ten characteristics of who God is―holy, loving, just, good, merciful, gracious, faithful, patient, truthful, and wise―this book helps us understand who God intends for us to be. Through Christ, the perfect reflection of the image of God, we will discover how God’s own attributes impact how we live, leading to freedom and purpose as we follow His will and are conformed to his image.

Leader: Dana Taylor
Meets weekly on Thursdays: May 30-June 27
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Dana’s Home
Cross Streets: Maple & Nees

Book Club

FULL: Wednesday Morning

Aging with Grace: Flourishing in an Anti-Aging Culture by Sharon Betters

Whatever season of life you’re in, God has equipped you to flourish―to live in the transforming power and beauty of His grace. As we age, we can easily lose sight of this message as cultural ideals glorifying youth take center stage.

In this book, Sharon W. Betters and Susan Hunt offer present-day and biblical examples of women who rediscovered gospel-rooted joy later in their lives. Equipped with a biblical view of aging, Aging with Grace will help you encounter afresh the gospel that “is big enough, good enough, and powerful enough to make every season of life significant and glorious.”

Leader: Sharon File & Helene Loscutoff
Meets weekly on Wednesdays: May 15 – June 19
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Sharon’s Home
Cross Streets: Sierra & Armstrong

Book Club

FULL: Wednesday Evenings

Lies Women Believe: And the Truth that Set Them Free by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth (for 20-35 yr. olds)
In this bestseller, Lies Women Believe, Nancy exposes those areas of deception most commonly believed by Christian women—lies about God, sin, priorities, marriage and family, emotions, and more. She then sheds light on how we can be delivered from bondage and set free to walk in God’s grace, forgiveness, and abundant life. Nancy offers the most effective weapon to counter and overcome Satan’s deceptions: God’s truth!

Leaders: Pamela Cookingham & Mia Washburn
Meets weekly on Wednesdays: May 22 – July 17
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Location: Pamela’s Home
Cross Streets: Shepherd & Sunnyside

Book Club

FULL: Wednesday Morning

Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

“Why is God allowing this? What have I done wrong?”
Many of us have asked these questions when life hits us hard. When our circumstances defy explanation, it is difficult to untangle our emotions from the truth. Before long, we feel confused and frustrated. We doubt His care for us. We wonder how He could allow these circumstances at all, or if He is really in control. During a time of darkness and adversity in his own life, Jerry Bridges dug deep into the Bible for answers on God’s sovereignty. What he learned changed his life―and it will change yours too. Find the answers to some of your most heartfelt questions, such as: is God in control? Can I trust God? Explore the scope of God’s care and control over nations, nature, and the tiny details of your life.

Leader: Lorna Brandau & Pamela Cookingham
Meets biweekly on Wednesdays: May 22 – July 17
Time: 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Location: Pamela’s Home
Cross Streets: Shepherd & Sunnyside

Book Club

FULL: Thursday Morning

Knowing God by J.I. Packer
Long considered one of the most influential books in the modern Christian day, Packer’s classic has been helping Christians discover the joy of Knowing God for more than 45 years. Rooted in profound theological knowledge, yet readable and practical, this thought-provoking work will renew and enrich our understanding of the Lord.

Leader: Sharon File & Laura Ross
Meets weekly on Thursdays: June 27-August 8 (not meeting on July 4)
Time: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Sharon’s Home
Cross Streets: Sierra & Armstrong

Book Club

FULL: Thursday Evening

Joyful Surrender by Elisabeth Elliot
In our age of instant gratification and if-it-feels-good-do-it attitudes, self-discipline is hardly a popular notion. Yet it may be one of the most important lost virtues of our time. In Joyful Surrender, former missionary and beloved author Elisabeth Elliot offers her understanding of discipline and its value for people of all ages and seasons. Elliot masterfully and gently takes readers through Scripture, personal stories, and incisive observations of the world around her to help them discover the understanding that our fulfillment as human beings depends on our answer to God’s call to obedience.

Leader: Dina Shapazian
Meets Weekly on Thursdays: June 20 – July 25
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location: Dina’s Home
Cross Streets: Bullard & Armstrong