Sundays beginning in November in AH-211
Diverse Topics. Diverse People. Demanding Times. Learning In God's House Together!
2018-2019 iLIGHT's year of...
Knowing God. Knowing Ourselves. Navigating Life.
Fresh Start. Fresh Format. Every Sunday morning join others struggling to navigate the grind, desiring deeper relationships, and longing for life abundant. We are spending the year leaning into God, revealing ways to navigate this seemingly exhausting crazy world with-God, with-purpose, with-hope. The approach is conversational and relationally focused--we are in this together. iLIGHT alternates between series of presented topics and of group conversation focused on a particular book. When we find God, we find ourselves. God, through us, will transform the world.
April 7 - May 12 The Road To Character by David Brooks
David Brooks is a NYT columnist and pundit; a self-professed “narcissistic blowhard born with a disposition of shallowness”. Brooks confesses writing this book to save his own soul. The Road to Character challenges us to rebalance the scales between our resume virtues of achieving wealth and status with our eulogy virtues that exist within our created selves—kindness, humility, faithfulness, love. Society fosters a drive to achieve but offers little in the way of strategies/space to develop profound character. As parents, teachers, neighbors, Christians we are called to be character builders for ourselves and each other. iLight spent March discovering God’s self-revelation of character; come and see how Brooks’ storytelling calls us to continue becoming more fully human. --Led by Steve Spadt
*All are welcome whether or not reading the book. Bring your own copy or borrow one from iLIGHT.
April 7 Introduction – Chapter 2
April 14 Chapters 3 & 4
April 28 Chapters 5 & 6
May 5 Chapters 7 & 8
May 12 Chapters 9 & 10
March 10 - 31 I AM...
We are created in the image of God, called to live the example of Christ. We have been taught by knowing God, we better know ourselves. However, we also realize that the mystery and the reality of God transcends our human understanding and our experiences; the language and symbols we use to depict God are limited. Who is God? What is God like? Can I even know God’s true character in order to be an image bearer? Can I really know how to be Jesus-like in my everyday life? Join this 4-week conversation discovering what God has revealed, through Scripture, about God’s own character. Led by Christen & Scott Blore
***This foundational discussion will springboard April’s conversation on the Road to Character by David Brooks.
February 3 - March 3 Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Join iLIGHT as we explore the issues in our criminal justice system through the eyes of attorney and author Bryan Stevenson. Bryan's #1 New York Times best selling book recounts his fight to exonerate innocent death row prisoners, challenge unfair and excessive sentencing, and confront abuse of the incarcerated, mentally ill and children prosecuted as adults. We will use video clips and excerpts from the book. All are welcome whether or not you are reading the book. Suggested chapters will be published in the bulletin. "The message of this book, hammered home by dramatic examples of one man’s refusal to sit quietly and countenance horror, is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made." - New York Times Book Review ---Led by Bob Maxwell
January 2019 "Justice For All"
The singsong of and justice for all, sighs from the lips of schoolchildren across the U.S. Hand over heart, these words resonate memory and meaning for us all. What exactly does justice for all intend, command? Does the intention and command differ when sighed from the lips of a Christian? Jesus unabashedly challenged the unjust systems and practices of his day. We are called to do the same: to be a voice for the voiceless, to question and reject unjust systems, and to work so that all may have life abundant.
During the month of January, iLIGHT will be seeking God’s heart for justice as revealed from Genesis to Revelation. This foundational conversation will springboard into February’s church-wide dialogue on the injustice of poverty and iLIGHT’s discussion on the injustice of racial bias in the criminal justice system. Led by Christen Blore and Matt Rizk
Join us this advent season as we evaluate the question “what is a human person?” We will explore how the Person of Christ informs our understanding of human personhood. Led by Greg Jensen
**Greg recommends Adam: God’s Beloved by Henri Nouwen for deeper personal reflection.
December 2: What Does it Mean to be Human?
St. Augustine famously stated, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” This class will provide a brief sketch of ancient, medieval, and modern descriptions of personhood. Additionally, this class will emphasize the Person of Christ as the basis for understanding personhood.
December 9: The Gift of Human Life
What does it mean to recognize every life as a gift? This class will explore the notion that persons become more fully human through friendship and communion with one another, made possible in and through Christ.
December 16: Disability and the Body of Christ
The final class will examine the church as a community of dependent persons who recognize disability and limits as important aspects of their created status, thus breaking down the oft supposed abled/disabled binary.
October 28 - November 25 You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith
We will unpack Smith's bold claim, "you are what you love....but you might not love what you think". This claim is of great significance for Christians trying to navigate a rapidly shifting and demanding culture, for parents trying to form empathetic, community-minded children, and for all looking to be captured by something real. You may purchase the book and begin reading before October 28th. There will be books available in iLIGHT as well.
******Busy week...forgot to read....don't even have the book....can't make all 5 weeks....come when you can....read what you feel led...your presence is wanted....you are an important part of the conversation! Led by Christen Blore and Steve Spadt
October 28 Ch.1 You Are What You Love
November 4 Ch. 2 You Might Not Love What You Think
November 11 Ch. 3 The Spirit Meet You Where You Are
November 18 Chs. 4,5 What Story Are You In?, The Liturgies of Home
November 25 Chs. 6,7 Teach Your Children Well, You Make What You Want
2018 Topic Archive
February 4 and 11: Jesus’ Teachings & the Shaping of Modern Society. Led by Matt Rizk
February 18 - March 25 : Letting Go: Recalibrating Our Busy Lives. Led by Krista & Steve Spadt
February 25 Presentation
March 4 Presentation
March 11 Presentation
March 18 Presentation
April 8-22 : Parenting Pearls of Wisdom. Join this intergenerational conversation—offering parents the opportunity to ask questions of other parents who have made it to the “other side”.
2017 Topic Archive:
February 5 – 26: “The Cost of Discipleship.” Led by Mina Choi, Kristen and Frank Roland and Krista and Steve Spadt
March 5 – April 9: "Jesus of Nazareth: Risen or Not?" Led by Peter Crooke, Larry King, Keith Roberts and John Willingham
April 23 – May 7: "Christian...Is It What You Think?" Led by Leslie Gearhart and Krista Spadt
October 15 – November 5, 2017: "Just Generosity." Led by Mike Rush
October 23 – November 20: "Who, What, When, Where, Why."
October 23: "Bread", Led by Krista and Steve Spadt
October 30: "Weddings, Water, and Wine", Led by Matt Rizk
November 6: "Herbs, Spices, and Other Remedies", Led by Charlie Sweet
November 13: "A Grief Observed", Led by Pauline Sexton
November 20: "Calvary", Led by Mina Choi
November 12 – November 26: "Parenting with Fire" Led by Scott Blore and Rich Cummings
November 27 – December 18: "Hell-Yes...OR...Hell-No" Led by Scott Blore and Jeff Toner
November 27 Click Here for Presentation
December 4 Click Here for Presentation
December 11 Click Here for Presentation
December 18 Click Here for Presentation
December 3 – 17: "Which One...Matthew or Luke?" Led by Pauline Sexton
2016 Topic Archive:
January 3-February 7: "Pagans, Popes, Peasants, Presbyterians, & Postmoderns" Led by Christen Blore, Josh Gill, Keith Roberts, and John Willingham
Week #1, Pagans, Early Church--The Way, led by Christen Blore
Week #2, Popes, Middle Ages--The Cathedral, led by Josh Gill
Week #3, Peasants, Reformation--The Word, led by John Willingham
Week #4,Presbyterians, Modernity--The Quest, led by Keith Roberts
February 7 - February 28: "Be Mine" led by Christen Blore
Love for Us, Click here for week #2 presentation
March 6: "Interpretations of the Last Supper" Led by Christen Blore
March 13 & 20: "We're Off to See the Wizard" Led by Mike Rush
April 3 - May 1:"Faith & Life Lessons" Led by Steve & Krista Spadt, Jay & Barbara Belding, Vicki & Josh Gill, Allen & Glenda Childs, and Pauline Sexton
September 20-October 18: "The Story--Live"! Led by Mina Choi (The Sinful Woman), Larry King and Keith Roberts (David), Naomi Darville and Susan Darville (Mary & Martha), Linay Richards (The Judge), Art Shull (The Sower)
October 25-November 8: "Sneak Peek" , Barbara Butler Bass' Grounded: Finding God in the World, Led by John Willingham
November 15-December 20: TED..."Ideas Worth Spreading" Led by Scott Blore and Steve Spadt...check each week out below:
2015 Topic Archive:
January 4 - January 18: "Focus on Family" Led by Nancy Roe (Children's Behavior Concerns), Sharon Shaw (Eating Disorders), and Emsley Willingham (Healthy Family Eating)
January 25 - March 1: "Great Ends of the Church" Led by Christen Blore, Josh Gill, Keith Roberts, and John Willingham
March 8 - March 29: "Faith and Life Lessons" Led by Dick & Judy Mumaugh, Jay Stough, Art & Lindsay Shull, and Mina Choi
April 12: "Faith through the Generations: Kept or Lost?" Led by John Willingham
September 14 - October 5: "Faithful Finance" Led by John Baker
October 12- November 16: "Approach to the Bible vs Approach to a Stephen King Novel--Different or the Same?" Led by Christen Blore, Josh Gill, Keith Roberts, and John Willingham
November 23 - December 21: "Conversations with Rob Bell" Led by Scott Blore and Mike Rush
How We Began...
iLIGHT began on a Sunday morning in January, 2015 and in 4 short months welcomed 90 different people through its door. iLIGHT is an open and flexible forum for people new to such an experience or to seasoned church school goers alike. Please join us this September as we continue to grow, to connect, and to create abundance.Thank you for making iLIGHT’s inaugural year abundant. Abundant? Each Sunday morning the room was a melting pot of ages, of life circumstances, and of spiritual knowledge and experience. Names were exchanged, conversations flowed, and a nurturing community of faith and acceptance was re-created each week. Whether the topic was: how to improve your listening skills, using the Myers-Briggs Inventory to find spiritual balance, finding God in movies, or simply listening to fellow members share their life lessons and faith stories—there was abundance.There was an abundance of laughter, of learning, and of support in a “no expectations” setting. All were blessed with an abundance of shared grace, of shared growth, and of shared gifts.