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Fellowship and Learning Opportunities

There are many opportunities to gather together for fun, fellowship, prayer and learning at St. Mary's. For more information, contact the persons noted below through the church directory or call the church office at 907-563-3341.

Adult Education

Meets at 10:30 am each Sunday in Waldron Hall in the Fall, Winter & Spring. Periodically, there are special events, such as lectures and workshops, that are held on different dates and times.

The classes are proposed by the congregation and clergy -- and cover a variety of topics to address spiritual and temporal needs. Please check the current schedule in our weekly e-newsletter for upcoming topics and email Ross Aldridge if you need more information.

During St. Mary's Summer schedule, Adult Education offers, "Today's Gospel" at 9 AM in Cay's Room. It is an informal discussion of the Gospel passage in each week's liturgy. By attending this session before the 10 AM service, it is a great way to get to know fellow parishioners and to get a head start on the subject of the sermon. Rachel Mason will be leading the first discussions, but facilitation may be rotated in the near future. Please feel free to drop in or come each Sunday!

St. Mary's Fellowship and Handiwork Group

Meets Tuesdays from 10:00 am till 12 Noon at The Thomas Center for Senior Leadership. Please bring your current needlework, craft or see what others are working on. The handwork that folks work on include: knitting, mending, quilting, crocheting or making rugs. Coffee, tea and good conversation are included. Please email Margaret Sharrow for more information.

Bible WorkBench

Meets Thursdays at 7:00 - 8:15 pm at The Thomas Center for Senior Leadership. Each class uses examples from art, literature and the news media to explore how a particular Bible story interacts with our experience of the world and the stories of our lives. Class materials cost $25 for two months. Email Rachel Mason for more information.

*Bible Workbench is a program sponsored by the Education Center in Charlotte, SC, and is a community of seekers, thinkers, educators and artists who believe that stories are the basis of spiritual education and growth. Rachel Mason leads most of the discussions, but other members, particularly Eric Wohlforth and Patricia Koch, also lead the group on occasion.

St. Mary's Women's Book Club

Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month at The Thomas Center for Senior Leadership from 6:30 - 8:00 pm to review the book of the month. For more information, please email Sherrie Simmonds.

Each August, this group hosts a "Locavore Potluck" at which there is a vote on books for the entire year. 

Men's Book Study Group

Meets twice each month at 6:30 pm on: the first Wednesday of the month for dinner, usually at Sorrento's on Fireweed, and the third Wednesday of the month at Title Wave Books. On an occasional fifth Wednesday of the month, this group meets at a member's home for a pizza and movie night. For more information, please email: Larry Koch or Eric Wohlforth.

*The Men's Study Group has existed since 1991. Its purpose is to read and study books of common interest, both religious and non-religious, and to discuss them.

Thursday Morning Men's Bible Study Group

Meets Thursdays at 7:00 am in Waldron Hall for coffee and a light breakfast, fellowship and to study God's word. This group talks about their experiences and how they relate to the scripture that is being read. For more information, please email the Rev. Michael Burke.

Centering Prayer

A form of meditative prayer that focuses on God's presence within us. Join us on the second and fourth Saturdays at 9:00 am in Cay's Room. For more information, please call the church office at 907-563-3341.

Bazaar Workshop

The Bazaar Team meets for workshops two to three times every month for 10 months of the year. All are welcome. The workshops are an opportunity to get to know and support one another. The team has projects available for newcomers who would like to join - even if you feel that you are not “crafty”.

Traditionally, the Annual Holiday Bazaar is held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving and it is a success due to the very dedicated team of Bazaar Women and Bazaar Dudes, St. Mary’s Youth, the Boy Scouts, the Creative Playschool staff and countless numbers of folks from the St. Mary’s family.

For more information, please email Judy Veerman.