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Ok,
I don’t really hate Sunday School, but I hate that name. The name
“Sunday School” makes me think that 10:00-11:00 am hour on Sunday is
only for children. As if to say we should stop going at age 12, maybe
17. As adults, we think we’ve outgrown Sunday school. I used to hate
Sunday School as a child. I can remember being bored to death as
teachers droned on trying to fill time before “real church” started. 
Maybe that perception and history is why Sunday
School has been in sharp decline over the past couple of years in
America. The Barna Group, a research group that focuses on issues of
faith and culture, published a recent statistic that 81% of Americans
haven’t attended a Sunday morning “Sunday School” or small group in the
last week (April 2013); yet, only 31% of Americans say they haven’t
attended church. That means many of us are going to church and not
taking advantage of the smaller community of teaching and relationships:
Sunday school and Life groups.
At COTHS, our statistics are a little better.
Roughly 50-60% of us are in Life groups and Sunday school and community
there is strong. We have great reports from both adults and children
that Sunday School is an hour well spent. In fact, when I talk to new
families about why they are coming back, they often talk about how their
kids LOVE Sunday school.
So, I would like to challenge those 40-50% who
are not involved in a Life Group or Sunday school community. This is a
great time to start as things officially “kick off” in the next couple
weeks. Here is a listing. If you need a map of the church, click here:  

New Adult and Student classes begin this Sunday, September 8th at 10:00 am:
  • Revelation – taught by Tim Harris in Room M306
  • College & Career – taught by Justin Carlson in Room M303
  • Sacred Secrets (Women’s Bible Study) by Beth Moore – taught by Heather Richardson in Room M304
  • New Testament Survey – taught by Dr. John Furman in Room M302
  • Connections Class (new member class) – taught by Staff in Room M237
  • Live a Praying Life – taught by the Troyers in the Chapel
  • Students – What is your Response? Addressing the new frontier of social and political issues,taught by Mike Childress in the Student Center 

Women’s Bible Studies starting soon:

  • Sunday Evening (5:00-6:45pm)NEW! iMom – a life group for moms in the marketplace (childcare available) Starts Sept. 15 in Rm M226.
  • Wednesday Evening (6:30-8:30pm)Believing God by Beth Moore/ Led by Tonja Weed(childcare available) Starts Sept. 18 in the Library.
  • Thursday Morning (9:30-11:30am) Starting Sept. 19 (childcare available):

The Making of a More Honest Me by Beth Moore/ Led by Rhonda Smith in Rm M303

Gideon by Priscilla Shirer/ Led by Kim Worrell in the Library

Isaiah Part One by Precepts International/ Led by Rebecca Long in Rm M226

Raising Boys and Girls by Sissy Goff, David Thomas and Melissa Trevathan/ Mom2moM offering in Rm M306

  • Thursday Evening (6:30-8:30pm)Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss/ Led by Beth Ann Freisleben and Kristin Gilbert (no childcare available) Starts Sept. 19 in the Library.

For more information on any of these women’s studies, click here.

Other Ministry Kickoffs:

  • DivorceCare – New Class starts Sept. 16! Rm M226 – Click here for more information.
  • Celebrate Recovery for Teenagers – “The Landing” starts Sept. 16.
    Meets 7:00-8:30pm in the Student Center (same time as Adult Celebrate
    Recovery in Fellowship Hall!) 6th-12th Grade. Contact Todd Meyer for
    details: toddm@coths.org.
  • Men’s and Women’s Community Bible Study – For more information, contact Durant Vick durantvick@cox.net or Sandy Vick at sandyvick@cox.net.

Men: Thursdays 7:00pm-8:30pm – Studying Romans in Chapel

Women: Tuesdays 8:45am-11:45am – Studying Genesis in Fellowship Hall

Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:30pm – Studying 1 & 2 Thessalonians at First Baptist Church

  • Community Bible Study for Early Teenagers (middle school) – eTeen starts Sept. 9, 6:30-8:30 at St. John’s Lutheran. For more info, contact Stacey Bravo at csbravo@hotmail.com.

 Todd+