Thrive

Periodically throughout the year, we offer classes in a variety of fields (spiritual, biblical, theological, relational, and even financial) to help equip you for a deeper walk with the Lord. Our topics are as diverse as our congregation so there’s sure to be something for everyone.  

Thrive classes resume the week of September 14.  
See you then!

General Classes (Co-ed)

Coaches Discipleship Group
Leader: ML Woodruff
Wednesdays beginning 9/14. 6:00-7:00am. Café Istrouma

This group develops coaches in how to integrate the Gospel while deepening relationships with Christ and fellow coaches.

Precept-Sermon on the Mount 
Leader: Betty Bain
Thursdays beginning 9/8, 9-11:30am. (Pick up books 9/1.)  Worship Center Chapel

Faith that does not compromise is promised a reward in the world to come, and also a life free from anxiety in this world. Get a deeper understanding of the fruit and security that come with righteousness in the life of a true believer. You'll never look at the Beatitudes the same way again. Workbook $25. Childcare available.*

Not All Roads Lead to Heaven  Author Dr. Robert Jeffress
Leader: Jeff Ginn
Wednesdays beginning 9/14, 6:30-8:00pm. Worship Center Chapel

In this study you will explore the truth of the exclusivity of Christ in Scripture and learn solid answers to the most basic questions surrounding this foundational belief. Childcare available.*

Philippians Study Guide: To Live is Christ & To Die Is Gain Author Matt Chandler
Leader: Tim Babcock
Wednesdays beginning 9/14, 6:30-8:00pm. Hope Bldg Rm 213/215

The story begins in Philippi, where Paul introduces three individuals that were all enslaved by the kind of things we often choose over the gospel.  Lydia, the business woman; the slave girl; the jailer. Their lives portray dysfunction and emptiness but are totally transformed by the Gospel. True joy and Christ's love begin to live within them, giving them a life of purpose. In fact, Paul himself was enslaved and then by God's grace and mercy he could pen these popular and profound words. "To live is Christ, and to die is gain" and "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me". Workbook $10.  Childcare available.*

On Campus Classes for Women

MOPS
Leader:  Elisabeth Nipper
Wednesdays, September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9, December 14, January 11 & 25, February 8 & 22, March 8 & 22, April 12 & 26, 9:30-11:30am. KIDZ Building Fellowship Hall

MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) encourages and equips moms of young children to realize their potential as mothers, women, and leaders, in relationship with Jesus. Contact istroumamops@gmail.com for more info. Childcare available.* 

MOPS/MOMSnext
Leader:  Robin Skinner
Wednesdays, September 14 & 28, October 12 & 26, November 9, 6:30-8:00pm.  KIDZ Building Chapel

Our MOPS/MOMSnext group is designed for mothers of preschoolers and school-age kids! Whether you're the mother of a preschooler or a fifth-grader, you will find community and encouragement in this season of your life.  Contact istroumamomsnext@gmail.com for more info. Childcare available.*

Fear and Faith
Leader: Terry Bracey
Wednesdays, 9/14-11/16 6:30-8:00pm. Hope Bldg Rm 201

Fear and anxiety can paralyze our spirit, damage our relationships and hinder our faith. Women will learn how fear impacts their relationships, self-esteem, peace of mind, and walk with God. We will walk through Scriptures that show God's love and strength and study the lives of people in the Bible that faced overwhelming challenges and overcame fear while learning to trust in God's sovereignty and faithfulness. Childcare available.*

Moms of Special Needs Children Bible Study
Hosea: Unfailing Love Changes Everything  Author: Jennifer Rothschild
Leader:  Charlotte Hollman
Wednesdays, 9/14-10/26, 1-3pm. Hope Bldg Rm H102/104

Hosea, an old-testament prophet, preached his own life message using his marriage as the sermon illustration. The study of Hosea looks deeply at that message. It provides background to better understand the intricacies of the man and his message. You'll be guided to understand, but more especially to apply the message of the prophet of love. The book will challenge us with judgment so harsh it will singe our hair—an unheeded sermon warning of devastating doom shortly to come. But it will show us the kind of love we dream about. Be amazed by the love of Hosea for his wayward spouse—and more amazed by the unfailing love of God for His wayward people, and for all people. Hosea showers us with hope—hints and portents pointing to the coming of the promised Messiah.

Recovery

Divorce Care 
Leaders:  Ray & Alison Raney
Wednesdays, 9/14-12/7, 6:30-8:30pm. Hope Bldg Rm H217/219

Find help and healing for the hurt of separation and divorce.  Don’t go through separation or divorce alone.  Co-ed.  Book $15. Childcare available.*

Life After Loss 
Leader:  Peggy Arcement
Wednesdays, 9/7-12/14, skipping 11/23, 6:30-8pm. Hope Bldg Rm H214/216

This 13-week class is for those grieving the death of someone close. The class is designed to offer comfort, support and valuable information to help through the difficult grief process. Co-ed.  Book $10. Childcare available.*

*Childcare Info

For Wednesday night Thrive classes, register your children ages birth - 5th grade for Kidzpointe
Middle schoolers are invited to COLLIDE
For weekday morning Thrive classes that offer childcare, please email childcare@istrouma.org to register.

Off Campus Bible Studies for Women

The Armor of God  Author:  Priscilla Shirer 
Leader: Debbie Pacas
Mondays beginning 9/12, Light refreshments served 6-6:30pm. Study 6:30-8:15pm.  Lake Sherwood Acres

All day, every day, an invisible war rages around you — unseen, unheard, yet felt throughout every aspect of your life. A devoted, devilish enemy seeks to wreak havoc on everything that matters to you: your heart, your mind, your marriage, your children, your relationships, your resilience, your dreams, your destiny.
But his battle plan depends on catching you unaware and unarmed. If you're tired of being pushed around and caught with your guard down, this study is for you.
Email debbie@debbiepacas.com for more information.

Gripped by the Greatness of God  Author:  James McDonald
Leader: Diann Eubanks
Tuesdays beginning 9/27, 9-11am.  Seven Oaks Subdivision, Prairieville

This is a video series by Pastor James McDonald, a look at the book of Isaiah studying and marveling at the power and greatness of God. So often, our problems and difficulties overwhelm us because our view of God is so small. By seeing the Lord as He truly is, we are resized and our perspective is changed. Come learn how your relationship with God can thrive as you understand just how great and good is our God! Email dceubanks@Reagan.com for more information.

 
Mike Holmes
Discipleship Pastor
 
  Kristen Murphey
Administrative Assistant
 
 

*Childcare Information

For Wednesday night Thrive classes, babies - 5th graders enjoy KidzPointe at 6:30pm in the Bain Building. 

6th - 8th graders are invited to our COLLIDE for middle school students.

For weekday morning Thrive classes, please email childcare@istrouma.org to register for childcare.