Adult Sunday School – Deuteronomy
Sundays 10:00 am
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
Classes Resume January 10, 2021

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.

Sunday School for Children
Available on the SJD App and TV App, and Online
Children's Sunday school online provides age-appropriate video lessons for preschool, elementary, and preteen groups coupled with parent guides.

The History of Christianity Part I: From Resurrection to Reformation
Sundays Jan 10 – May 16, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Available through the SJD Teaching Center
Faculty: Melissa Grobmyer, Jim Loftis, and David Lasater
Text: The Story of Christianity, Volume I by Juston L. Gonzalez (available through The Bookstore)

A narrative history of Christianity, from the Early Church to the Dawn of the Protestant Reformation. From Jesus’ faithful apostles to the early reformist John Wycliffe, González skillfully traces core theological issues and developments within the various traditions of the church, including major events outside of Europe, such as the Spanish and Portuguese conquest of the New World. With lively teaching and discussion, The History of Christianity class promises to provide a fascinating and panoramic history of the dramatic events, colorful characters, and revolutionary ideas that shaped the first fifteen centuries of the church. Sign up here.

Spring Discovery Membership Class
Jan 24 – Feb 7, 5 – 6 pm
Available on Zoom

The (online) classes are designed for you to get to know St. John the Divine and each other. Let Kim Jameson introduce you to the Church of St. John the Divine and learn about the history and traditions of the faith while meeting other new members and clergy, staff, and fellow parishioners. Sunday, February 7m may be rescheduled due to the Superbowl.

Contact Kim Jameson for more information.

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Parish-wide Group studies

Trusting God: Redeeming Promises of the Word
Feb 21 – Mar 28
Author and Teacher: The Rev. Charlie Holt
Available soon in the SJD App and Teaching Center

Do you find it hard to trust? Can we really count on anything to be secure and certain? The precious and great promises of Scripture are abundant. God is faithful. He makes and keeps his covenant promises. This Lent explore the five great covenant promises of the Bible that all find their “Yes” in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Sign up for an online group here.

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Weekday Courses

Men's Life: The Good Steward
Tuesdays 7:15 am beginning March 9
Available by Zoom
Faculty: Tom Knudson

During the season of stewardship, when every church asks for the support of its members in time, talent, and treasure, is the real request for us to get our checkbooks out and commit financially? Most of us struggle to figure out how best to talk about the subject.

But what is stewardship? As a concept, it is inanimate and thus impersonal. What if, instead of studying stewardship, we studied the person - the steward. What if we looked at what the Bible says about stewards - who they are, how did they come into being, what God asks of them.

Join Tom Knudson in this 4-week study of biblically-based, critical success factors for being a good steward.

New to Men's Life? Sign up here.

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. Our current book is Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. Contact Louise Samuelson,, for information and the Zoom link.

Find Your Purpose Leadership Class
February 16 – March 9, 7:30 – 9 pm online

  • Are you currently in a professional or personal transition?
  • Are you wondering if your current job is where God wants you to be?
  • Would you like to better understand your purpose and direction in life?

God has uniquely and wonderfully designed you for a specific purpose. This four-week study will help you to better understand your unique gifts and strengths, and will build your sense of purpose in the context of God’s vision.

Email Andy Breckwoldt to sign up.

GO Education: Human Trafficking
Wednesdays, Feb 3 & 10, 6:30 pm
Available through Zoom
Faculty: Debi Tengler, Arrow & Child Family Ministries; Joe Madison and Chris Harrison, Demand Disruption

In this two-part series, learn the ABC's of anti-trafficking and take an honest look at why human trafficking exists. Sign up here.

  • Feb 3: In our first session, Debi Tengler, chief relations officer for Arrow & Child Family Ministries presents "The A,B,Cs, and Ds of Anti-Trafficking".
  • Feb 10: In our second session, Joe Madison and Chris Harrison of Demand Disruption will lead the presentation: "Why Does Human Sex Trafficking Exist".

Hope of Glory: Ephesians
Thursdays 10:30 am, beginning January 7
Available through the website, the SJD App, and the SJD Teaching Center.
Small groups available via Zoom
Faculty: Meg Rice

In the prison letters of Paul, Ephesians stands out as majestic or as some theologians have suggested, the Alps of the Bible. Like the Alps, the concepts are majestic, awe-inspiring, and glorious to behold. The study of Ephesians will challenge you and fill you with purpose. You will grasp how being a believer in Jesus Christ means a new life One where you are not a bystander but an active participant in bringing about God's kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Men’s Life - Life Together
Tuesdays, 7:15 – 8:00 am, beginning January 12
Available by Zoom and through the SJD Teaching Center
Zoom information is sent to the course participants each Monday via email
Faculty: Charlie Holt
Text: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer available through The Bookstore.

In Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, renowned Christian minister, professor, and author of The Cost of Discipleship recounts his unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years in Germany. Giving practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups, Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

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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.

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