Sunday Morning

Adult Sunday School – Deuteronomy
Sundays 10:00 am, August 23 – December 20
Available on the SJD App for phone and TV and through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: Calvin Harris, Brooke Holt, Tom Knudson, Stephen Loftin, David Modesett, Tony Mayer, Susan Neuhaus, and Meg Rice
No Sunday School on November 29th, December 27th & January 3rd

Please join us for our 2020-21 Sunday morning adult education study of Deuteronomy. Deuteronomy is the final sermon of Moses, given to the people of Israel as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. It is also a sermon for each of us, today — a sermon which takes God's Word and our own experience and challenges us to trust God, discern his path for our lives, and follow that path, no matter what.

GO Education: Early Childhood & At-Risk Youth
Sundays, 10 am, September 20 – October 25
Available by Zoom and through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: Suzanne Gusemano, Dan Gannon, Larry Lawyer, Kirk Craig, Joshua Montgomery, Dr. David Pesikoff, Principal Rita Graves

Learn about early childhood development & at-risk youth from a local faculty of specialists.

GO Education: After-Prison Ministry
Sundays, 10 am, November 1 – 15
Available through the SJD Teaching Center

With 10,000 people coming home from Texas state prisons to Houston every year, there are many challenges for them to successfully reenter society. About a quarter will recidivate or return to prison within three years. Employment, housing, transportation and identification are just a few of the barriers to success to be overcome.

This three-part series will look at the challenges to those returning to society from incarceration, and some of the faith-based programs and ministries that are working to make certain that they do not return to prison. We hope you will join us as we talk about some of the people that are making a difference for the Kingdom in this area.

History of the Christian Church
Sundays 9:00 am, September 20 - November 22
Available by Zoom and through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: David Lasater, Jim Loftis, Melissa Grobmyer

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Parish-wide Life Group studies

The Great I AM: A Study of the Book of Exodus
August 23 - October 18
Available through the SJD Teaching Center and the SJD App
Life Groups meet online throughout the week
Faculty: The Rev. Charlie Holt

This 9-week study of the book of Exodus will cover the following themes:

  • The God Who Knows His People
  • The God Who Redeems His People
  • The God who Saves His People
  • The God who Heals His People
  • The God Who Speaks to His People
  • The God Who Dwells with His People
  • The God Who Sanctifies His People
  • The God Who Loves His People
  • The God Who Guides his People

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Weekday Courses

Becoming Beloved Community
Tuesdays 5:00 pm, Ongoing
Available by Zoom
Faculty: The Rev. Louise Samuelson

This book club open to anyone interested in truth, justice, and healing related to racial inequality. In July White Fragility by Robin Diangelo was read and discussed. In August we will disucss The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. This is available as a book as well as a video series on Amazon Prime. Contact Louise Samuelson to sign up for the September book study.

Bible Basics
Thursdays 11:30 am, August 13 - October 22
Available by Zoom and through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: Tom Knudson

Have you tried to read the Bible straight through and got lost in Leviticus? Bible Basics will give you basic knowledge of how the Bible is organized and the great themes, and enable you to find your way around as you do your own study or participate in another study or class.

The Core: Leadership Foundations
Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00 pm, September 16 – November 18
Faculty: Tony Mayer, Chris Hairel, and Andy Breckwoldt
Available by Zoom and through the SJD Teaching Center

The objective of the Leadership Foundations Course is to develop participants’ leadership capabilities with Jesus as the model. Whether leading a small team or a large organization, this program has been designed for those who are in leadership roles and want to increase their capacity, capabilities, and effectiveness to impact the world around them. You will have the opportunity in this course to work on the challenges you face today in your leadership role – regardless of what type of role that may be (business, church/ministry, education, or other).  If you have a sense of calling to grow and become more influential in your sphere, while living out the principles of your Christian faith, you should consider this program.

Hope of Glory: Philippians
Thursdays 10:30 am, beginning September 17
Available through the website, the SJD App and the SJD Teaching Center.
Small groups available via Zoom
Faculty: Meg Rice

Paul's letter to the Philippians is arguably the most tender of all Paul's letters to the various churches he established. In it are remarkable truths about the nature of Jesus Christ. During this church's time of difficulty and hardship, Paul makes a stunning argument for faith in the unshakeable Son of God. His words are comforting today as we face the uncertainty of our world. Jesus is still unshakable and can be relied upon in our world today.

Men’s Life
Tuesdays beginning September 15
Available by Zoom and through the SJD Teaching Center
Zoom information is sent to the course participants each Monday via email
Faculty: The Rev. Reagan Cocke & the Rev. Charlie Holt

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Self-Study Courses

The Art of Marriage
Available for self-study through the SJD Teaching Center

God can turn any marriage into a masterpiece. Every marriage is unique, expressed by the colorful personalities of each spouse and textured by the circumstances at play in their lives. Blending these to make marriage work is a divinely inspired art form — challenging to master but definitely worth the effort.

The Core: The New Covenant and the Early Church
Available for self-study through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: The Rev. Charlie Holt

This course aims to provide historical, literary, and theological context for the New Testament in order to strengthen a student’s understanding. Rather than move through the books in canonical order, this study will move through the books thematically, focusing on the formation of the Gospel narrative into the early church. The timeline of the early church provided in Acts will serve as a touchstone for contextual understanding of the various books of the New Testament.

The Core: Old Covenant & Ancient Israel
Available for self-study through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: The Rev. Charlie Holt

The center of any Christian worldview is Bible. This class will help a maturing follower of Jesus know the story, theology and practice of ancient Israel by studying the dynamic content and function of the Old Covenant Scriptures.