Launch Groups are designed for you to meet and connect with other people who share your interest in a particular topic and to grow in your FAITH. They are short-term, medium-sized groups (20-40 people) and are a welcome place for newcomers and members to easily find a place of connection. Our church affirms the truth of scripture—that when we are connected as one body and one community, then we are a reflection of the love of Jesus Christ.
Fall 2013 Launch Groups
Faith and Work: REGISTER
5 Tuesdays beginning October 1 through November 5
7-8:30 pm in the “Bank” – 900 Santa Cruz Ave
Facilitated by Kevin Kim and Nancy Ortberg
Explore theologically and practically how the Gospel shapes and renews our work, our culture and our world.
There's something about the sanctity and the spirituality of work that has been lost. Because of that, we experience a diminished vision of everything that God had in mind when He gave us the gift of work.
- We will explore together a theology of work and culture, believing that the Gospel changes everything.
- We will become wiser at applying the beauty and power of the Gospel to our work as we wrestle through these issues.
- We will seek a Gospel-centered perspective to re-introduce us to the joy and meaning of our vocation.
- We will become agents of renewal, redemption and hope to our culture and our world.
Faith and Jesus: REGISTER
6 Thursdays beginning October 10 through November 14
7-8:30 pm in A25 (upstairs) – 950 Santa Cruz Ave
Facilitated by Ian Hamilton
Gaze upon the beauty of the Lord in this encounter of Jesus as seen in and through the lens of the Bible.
Consider these different portraits of Jesus as we learn together spiritual practices to enhance our discovery of His Life in ours.
Jesus as Emmanuel … God with us
Jesus as Shepherd … In His care
Jesus as Savior … Set free from sin
Jesus as Servant … Humility and obedience
Jesus as Light … Guidance for our days
Jesus as Lord … A call to follow
Faith and Prayer: REGISTER
6 Tuesdays beginning October 8 through November 12
7-8:30 pm in Room C20 – 950 Santa Cruz Ave
Facilitated by Monte Fisher
Discover different methods for connecting with God and leaning on His love, strength and guidance for our lives and for others.
Join us as we explore various prayer tools and techniques and exercise our learning in prayer workshops. Our experienced team of “prayer warriors” will guide you through …
- Jesus’ teachings on prayer as we study the multidimensional Lord’s Prayer
- Praying with scripture
- Interactive intercessory prayer
- Praying into forgiveness
- Healing prayer (a.k.a. “soaking prayer”)
Guest speakers include Betsy Bowersox, Cindy Marty, Beth Seabolt, Holly Nugent, Jan Shockey, Ivan Pineda, and Amy Brown.
Faith and Mission: REGISTER
Sundays, October 6 - 27
11 am - 12 pm in D-01 (basement) - 950 Santa Cruz Avenue
Facilitated by Mark Swarner, MPPC Mission Pastor
Engage with the church’s work in education as it relates to worldwide problems such as human trafficking and poverty as part of a powerful witness to the transforming love of Jesus.
Human Trafficking - Extreme Poverty - Educational Inequity
The ability of the Church to address major global problems in an informed and effective way is a key part of our proclamation and demonstration of Christ's power to break bonds and restore lives. We will be exposed to some of our mission partnerships and initiatives around education and its profound impact.
Guest speakers will include representatives from global and local initiatives supported by MPPC.
Faith and Science: REGISTER
6 Sundays beginning October 6 through November 17
(meets 1 Saturday, October 19 from 7 -9 pm instead of October 20)
9:30-10:45 am in Garden Court – 950 Santa Cruz Ave
Facilitated by Derek Shaeffer
Explore some of the challenges and opportunities presented by science in the context of Christian belief and engage in stimulating discussion as we wrestle with these issues.
Join us for this series, including two special Saturday evening seminars, and a session devoted to parenting kids in a culture where science has a "corner on the truth." Guest speakers will give their perspectives on:
Revelation in Nature and Scripture
Origins Today: Genesis through Ancient Eyes (John Walton special seminar)
Viewpoints from the Medical Sciences, Theology and Technology
Philosophical Foundations of Science
Confronting Atheism in Science
Guest Speakers include: Derek Shaeffer, Eric Robinson, John Walton, Michelle James, Hardwin Mead, Kevin Neuner and Kirk Hoiberg
Saturday Evening Seminars
Faith & Science – Saturday, September 21, 7 pm at the Café (700 Santa Cruz Ave, MP)
Derek Shaeffer, Ph.D. and Rev. Eric Robinson will lead an exploration of God’s revelations of Himself in nature and scripture to gain a fuller appreciation of how the worlds of science and theology inform our understanding of God's work.
Origins Today: Genesis Through Ancient Eyes – Saturday, October 19, 7 pm at the Cafe
John Walton, noted author and professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College, will offer a fresh perspective on the complex issues of Faith and Science by seeking to understand the message of Scripture within its ancient context.
Faith and Marriage: REGISTER
5 Sundays beginning October 6 through November 3
9:30-10:45 am in D-11 – 950 Santa Cruz Ave
Facilitated by SOLID START Ministry Group
Learn about ways we can tune up our marriages as we journey together in life.
We welcome couples to join us as we study the book, The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted by Dr. Gary Chapman.
We will address questions that affect our marriages:
- How does our own spiritual understanding and commitment affect our marriage?
- Where are the obstacles in our communication?
Guest speakers will include other MPPC couples.
Please register soon as space is limited.