Events & Classes
For the Greater Glory of God
Six-Session Lenten Bible Study
Wednesdays, February 21-March 21, 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. in the Parlor
Pastor John will teach from the life of Christ, focusing on the spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. You may remember that Pastor John went on a thirty-day retreat at the Creighton University Retreat Center in Griswold, Iowa, during his sabbatical in 2016. “For the greater glory of God” is a phrase that Ignatius repeatedly used as the motivation for Christian action. As a companion to the class, Pastor John has written a Lenten Devotional by the same name. It is available in the church lobby.
God has a purpose for us on this earth. Our calling is to be in mission with God where God has placed us. Since many people spend the majority of their waking hours on the job, we need to stop compartmentalizing life into “spiritual activities” and “work activities.” How are we living examples of the gospel while we work?
You’re invited to the 2018 Work as Worship Retreat, where eleven influential business leaders and pastors will discuss what it looks like to connect faith and work. Taking place as a 1–Day Local Church Retreat on February 23, 2018, the live event in Dallas will be web-streamed to over 2,000 churches around the world. Church of the Cross UM at 3121 Wilmington Pike in Kettering will be one of the satellite locations. The day’s events will be held in the sanctuary beginning at 8:30am and will conclude at 3:30pm.
Join Patrick Lencioni (Author, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team), Joel Manby (CEO, SeaWorld), Phil Vischer (Creator, VeggieTales and Jellyfish Labs), Wendy Davidson (President, US Specialty Channels Kellogg Company), Anne Beiler, (Founder, Auntie Anne’s and author of Twist of Faith), Matt Chandler (Lead Pastor, The Village Church), and others in a day filled with real-life stories, biblical teaching, and practical wisdom that will equip Christians in the marketplace to see their work as an opportunity to care for their families, fulfill their calling, and bring glory to God.
Register here for the retreat at Church of the Cross. For more information about the retreat check out the website. The cost is $25 and all registration money will go directly to Church of the Cross as host of the event. Lunch, coffee, and snacks are included in the registration price.
Men's Prayer Breakfast
Men are invited to meet for prayer, coffee, donuts and fellowship.
Saturdays at 7:30am in Room 11
Contact: John McCormick
God's Love Letter to Humanity
COTC has a new Christian Education Class called Open Hearts, Open Minds. The class is open to all seeking to know more about God and living out their faith. They will study the complete narrative of "God's Love Letter to Humanity"--The Bible. Mark Egloff, who will be leading the class, says, "We will be starting at Genesis and working our way through the Old Testament and the New, tracking the covenant and relationship that has been between God and humankind."
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in Room 202
Contact: Mark Egloff
The Epistles of John--I, II, and III
Join the Faith Studies Class in the parlor as Dr. Tony Evans leads us through John's short letters that emphasize the importance of our fellowship with God as the means to love, obedience, and truth. Dr. Evans warns us against a weak Christianity that has become comfortable and complacent. We will use video, Bible study, and discussion.
Sundays at 11:00am in Room 11
Contact: Cathy Jenkins
The Christian Faith from Genesis to Revelation
Join the Bereans Class for a study of the Christian Faith. We will read and discuss selected Bible passages beginning with the creation story and concluding with the return of Jesus in glory. Between the beginning and the end we will discover how God works out His redemptive purpose through a nation (Israel) and through a person (Jesus Christ).
We will study the ups and downs in the history of Israel leading up to the birth of the Messiah. We will then look at key passages that help define our faith, beginning with the Sermon on the Mount, continuing with the parables of Jesus, Paul and grace, concluding with the "New heaven and the new earth" of Revelation. Be prepared for thoughtful and vibrant discussion and warm fellowship.
Sundays 9:30am Room 11
Contact: Dick Wright
Book of Hebrews
While the intensely captivating language of the Epistle to the Hebrews may stir and invigorate modern New Testament readers to renewed spiritual energy, readers often remain clueless as to the book's overall theme and message. Join the Seekers Class as we explore the message for each of us that is contained in the Book of Hebrews.
Sundays 9:30am Social Room
Contact: Dave Washburn
Understanding Poverty: A Lenten Study
This unique series of lectures and Bible Study occurred during Lent in 2017 on a subject that is at the heart of the gospel—our relationship to poverty. If you missed it, or want to review it, listen below.