Events & Classes


So What—About Mary?

A 4-Week Advent Bible Study

Mary has been revered by Catholics, and ignored by Protestants....yet she is the Mother of Jesus. So how do we understand and appreciate Mary and hear what she is saying to the Church of today?

This Advent study, “So What—About Mary?” is offered to help us learn from Mary and the gift she gives to our faith. We will examine the birth narratives in Matthew and Luke, learn about the cultural context of Mary’s life, and connect her story to our own.

Questions such as:

  • What difference does the virgin birth make in your faith? Is it true or not?
  • What are the differences between the Matthew and Luke birth stories?
  • What about Joseph?
  • What were the customs of betrothal and marriage at that time?
  • Are there social, economic, and political lessons for today?
  • What are some of the spiritual insights Mary gives to us?

This study will be four sessions in the church parlor. The first three sessions will be on Thursday evenings, 5:00-6:30, November 30th, December 7th, and 14th. The final session will be Sunday afternoon, December 17th, from 2:00-4:00.

This afternoon session will be a study of Mary’s Song of Praise, known as the Magnificat, in both scriptures and music, with a specific look at Bach’s Magnificat. There will also be a display of Nativities set up for the worship hour and the afternoon session.

All are welcome. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Carla Stengel at 287-2119.

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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), 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.

Go to to register for the retreat at Church of the Cross. For more information about the retreat check out the website at The cost is $25 and all registration money will go directly to Church of the Cross as host of the event.

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

Head Scratchers: When the Words of Jesus Don't Make Sense

Join the Faith Studies Class in the parlor as we use this book by Talbot Davis to seek understanding of some of Jesus' words that are confusing, perplexing, or sometimes offensive.

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

Ask It!

Should I take this job? Buy this house? Marry this person? Before you ask another question, ask the most important question of all. In this six-session study, Andy Stanley identifies the one question that makes it easy to determine the answer to all other questions. Through Andy's dynamic teaching style, you'll learn how to make decisions with confidence simply by applying the question that brings clarity to life's most challenging decisions. Join the Seekers Class to find out what this all-important question is.

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.