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Christianity 101 / Chuck Austin
Located in the East Hall, Training Chapel, Room 214
This class is designed to develop a firm acceptance of God’s Word, His love for us, and His calling in our lives. It is designed for newer members, those who want to know more about their Seventh-day Adventist faith, or those simply wishing to go back to the basics in order to solidify their faith journey.
Each lesson presents basic Bible teachings, avoiding legalism. Students are provided an opportunity to study, pray, and have an open discussion in a comfortable, supportive and united setting.
The class follows a different study plan than the other adult Sabbath school classes, cycling through a specific one-year program. A different lesson study begins each quarter, allowing us a chance to learn more about God and His plans for each of us. After one year, many of us may transition to a more traditional style Sabbath school class, though many choose to remain in Chrisitanity 101.
The class is structured yet adaptable, and it’s a great time to get acquainted with other new believers and discover a new way of life through Jesus Christ. We all need guidance on this spiritual journey, and there’s a lot we can do to help one another along.
In Christianity 101 we focus on cultivating interests and friendships that resonate with our love for Jesus. After all, the church is a living Body—the Body of Christ—comprised of His believers. There is a specific place for each person within the church, and Christianity 101 works to help each of us strengthen our relationship with our Creator and find a role within our church.
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1
Richard Carrigan Group Study
Located in the West Hall, Room 211
This rotating-teacher class is known for its in-depth, careful study of each Sabbath School lesson from our denomination’s Adult Study Guide. Class always begins with prayer, inviting the Holy Spirit to lead the lesson. Prayer requests and praises are an essential part of this time. As we pray for one another, friendships are formed and deepened. We uphold the biblical responsibility to bear one another’s burdens (Galatians 6:2) and be attentive to felt needs. We grow together on a foundation of love for Jesus Christ.
As we go through each lesson in the study guide, firmly based in Scripture, we encourage studying the lesson throughout the week before so we can share our thoughts, insights, and experiences that can add to the concepts being addressed.
This class is smaller, allowing for plenty of interaction. We participate in a general discussion during class, making sure each one of us has what we need to truly understand and apply the lesson. There is freedom to ask questions and highlight topics of interest, and we support each other as we strive toward a committed walk with Jesus.
Our of the sheer love of God’s word, you’ll find much joy in this class as we review and discover the Bible’s truths. And we can’t wait to hear your thoughts and revelations.
“The Sabbath school work is important, and all who are interested in the truth should endeavor to make it prosperous” (Testimonies on Sabbath School Work, p. 109).
Frank Hurd Group Study
Located in the back section of the sanctuary on the West side.
Dr. Frank Hurd leads this easy-to-find, inviting, involving class. This moderately-sized gathering has been a Sabbath morning staple for years, and many visitors and guests have joined us throughout the years. All are warmly welcomed to participate.
Lessons in this class also follow the Adventist Sabbath School Adult Study Guide. We emphasize the practical application to our daily lives, and thoughtful discussion helps to reinforce topics from the week’s lesson. Prayer time fosters our connection to Jesus and provides an official invitation for the Holy Spirit to guide us during our study.
Dr. Hurd has spent over 50 years in the practice of alternative health and wellness. He has lectured extensively about preventive medicine and healthy lifestyle practices. He supports the Adventist principles of a vibrant life being obtained through a healthy, plant-based diet. Good physical health has a role in enhancing a person’s relationship with Jesus, as we are at our best when we can enjoy optimal mental, physical and spiritual health. In this class, it is not uncommon to hear Dr. Hurd explain how our modern health principles can relate to the topic being studied.
This is a great Sabbath school class to join if you enjoy a whole-person approach to knowing Jesus. You will find this welcoming group dedicated to being prepared for Jesus’ soon return.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Les Derfler Group Study
Located in the East Hall, Prayer Room
“This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men.” (Titus 3:8, NKJV).
Are you looking for deeper meaning in Bible truths? Are you actively seeking a closer walk with God? Do you wish for fellowship with other believers? Les Derfler’s class, located at the east hall of the church in the Prayer Room, is intended for students who desire these very things. This “seminary-level” class provides a loving environment, deep study, and much discussion. God will bless a group that is motivated by love and a desire to know Him more intimately. You will witness abundant blessings.
This is a fun and friendly group, with much enthusiasm and love. Most weeks, there are usually about eighteen men and women in class. Class discussion lifts up Jesus and points to Bible truths many have overlooked. This might be the Job model for the Mark of the Beast, or Ezra and how his story relates to the Advent movement. Lessons follow the traditional Sabbath School Quarterly. References might be made to the writings of Ellen White to enhance Bible teachings. In this class, the focus is on reaching for deeper meanings within the lessons. This is achieved through in-class Bible study, discussion, and time spent in prayer.
All are welcome to join this class who wish to be challenged and inspired. Be prepared for a fast-paced and exciting study.
Caryl Ermshar Group Study
North of Sanctuary
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (Hebrews 10:24-25, NKJV).
North of the sanctuary is the class of Caryl Ermshar. The class is extremely small, made up of women committed to study and fellowship. The preference is that the class remains one for women. Necessary attendants to these ladies are welcome, of course.
This is a Sabbath School class where students are able to freely share thoughts and concerns. Questions are raised that might not in a different setting. The class promotes a relaxed, supportive, and comfortable atmosphere. In it, the women are an integral part of the teaching process. Through this teaching process, they find a deeper commitment to God and a better understanding of His Word. Friendships are formed and continue outside of the church setting.
Students have studied the Sabbath School Quarterly lesson for the week. The women are prepared to discuss the lesson when they arrive to Sabbath School. Lesson studies always begin and end with a time for prayer. In this way, God’s wisdom can clearly guide the class through careful study of the Bible. They also pray for one another and share praises.
This is a class of women with one mind, working together to understand the Three Angels’ Message. hope to share it with the world and welcome other women who desire the same.
Sanders / McFeeters Group Study
Sanctuary, East Side
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God iswith you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
The Sabbath School Class led by Bill McFeeters and Ed Sanders is located in the church sanctuary on the east side. This class offers a very personal and spiritual look at Bible truths. It is lead with the principle that Jesus wants to remove our suffering, wants to restore us fully. He promises to soon return and do just that. In this class, you will receive a message of recovery. This is a message of hope and forgiveness. Jesus can free us all from whatever addictions are an issue. Students are urged to “go after Him” and cultivate meaningful relationships.
Lessons follow the Sabbath School Quarterly. There is a lot of class participation as the week’s lesson is reviewed. Students guide discussions and ask relevant questions. Students are reminded that Jesus was an outcast when here on Earth, yet He saved us. His method was, and always will be, “I love you.” We are to reflect His character, display the right mindset.
No high-pressure appeals will be made here. Everything presented is based in Scripture, but no ideas will be forced. What you will always experience in this class is an attitude of reaching out. Students aren’t afraid to ask one another, “Are you okay?” This is an accepting, open, and caring group who desire to walk with Jesus.
Donna Griffith Group Study
Multipurpose Room, Downstairs
“Then He said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men’” Matthew 4:19 (NKJV).
Donna Griffith’s Sabbath School class is located in Multipurpose Room of the church, downstairs. This is the largest Sabbath School class within the church. On certain weeks, the class is made up of forty or more men and women. These men and women have all come together to better understand the Word. They want to be ready for the soon return of Jesus.
Class always begins with an appeal for prayer requests and praises. These are briefly discussed and taken to heart. Time is spent in prayer to lift these requests and ask for His wisdom during the lesson. There is also a prayer chain that is used outside of class. Students are able to lift each other up all through the week.
The Sabbath School Quarterly lesson is discussed in-depth following prayer. Ellen G. White Notes are referenced. These Spirit of Prophecy comments are supplementary to the Sabbath School Study Guide. The Bible is always the ultimate Word. Students are encouraged to bring up questions or reference specific points in the week’s lesson. The class is interactive, relying on student participation to get the maximum benefit from the lesson.
The message you will receive in this class is: we are in a spiritual war. Are we prepared? While we may be in the midst of a battle, there is no need to fear. With faith in Jesus, we are assured victory with Him.
Pasillo Oeste, Planta Baja
“Alabad a Jehová, invocad su nombre; Dad a conocer sus obras en los pueblos” (Salmos 105:1).
La comunidad hispana en nuestra iglesia se reúnen cada semana para tener la clase de escuela sabática completa. Esta clase está diseñada para aquellas personas que hablan español. La clase comienza a las 9:30 junto a las otras clases en nuestra iglesia. Nuestros hermanos y hermanas hispanas se reúnen en la planta baja, en el pasillo oeste de la iglesia. Te sentirás muy bien acogido al llegar a nuestro grupo, sin importar como este tu caminar con Jesús. Encontraras un grupo muy cariñoso, accesible que aman a Jesús y su único propósito es compartir el amor de Dios.
El tiempo de la escuela sabática comienza con canciones, seguido de un devocional, el énfasis de las misiones, seguido con oración y alabanza sincera. La clase sigue la traducción al español de la lección de escuela sabática. Esta es una oportunidad para aquellos que no entendieron algo en la lección para hacer preguntas importantes. A través de la discusión, los estudiantes pueden obtener aclaraciones sobre ciertos puntos de la lección que no entendieron en la casa. La clase es apena lo suficientemente grande como para invitar a interesante y animado debate, es lo suficientemente pequeño para que todos se sientan cómodos compartiendo. La interacción de la clase es agradable y edificante. Los estudiantes aprenden del estudio de las escrituras y de escuchar a otros.
Young Adults Group Study
Elders’ Room, North of Sanctuary
“ But the Lord said to me: Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak” (Jeremiah 1:7, NKJV).
Young adults, those eighteen to thirty-five years of age, are invited to a Sabbath School class designed just for them. This class meets weekly in the Elders’ Room, north of the church sanctuary. It is a close-knit group who desires to know God more intimately. Students ultimately become a community of friends in a place promoting a connection to God.
Study material for this class varies from quarter to quarter. This might involve close study of the Four Gospels, chapter by chapter, in chronological order. There may be careful examination of certain books of the Old Testament. In these books, an unexpected, renewed meaning for today can be found within its pages. Young adults apply what they have learned in their daily lives.
The class format is relaxed, flexible, and discussion-driven. Students are invited to raise questions and comment as appropriate. This engages the group and promotes better understanding of the Bible. Students are challenged to dig deep into Scripture, living the Word to the fullest.
In addition to Sabbath School, a Friday night vespers is scheduled every month. Various community-building activities are scheduled each quarter. Such recreational activities have included rafting, game nights, beach trips, and hikes through the Redwood Forest. You are invited to be a part of this dynamic, active group.