Good Shepherd has a long history of Bible study groups. The current Women’s Bible Study that meets on Tuesday evenings September through May and monthly during the summer, is the continuation of a Bible study started in 1996. A group of women met at the Church one Saturday morning to ask what kind of activities could be added to address the needs of women in our church. One of the results was a Saturday morning Bible study meeting at 7:00 a.m. to address the needs of women with children who had jobs outside of the home during the week. We met early on Saturday before the needs of our children and family took over our day.
We have studied different books of the Bible under alternating leadership of women who formed the group. The time and place for meeting changed over the years from early Saturday mornings to weekday late afternoons, from the church library to afternoon tea in the homes of group members. The size of the group has fluctuated as well, from a large group of almost 20 (including friends not attending Good Shepherd) to a small group of two.
Some of our studies have included the Books of Daniel, Esther, Zechariah, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, Ephesians, Revelations, Hebrews, Acts of the Apostles, John, Mark, Proverbs, and Galatians. For our weekly studies we have also focused on themes, for example, Fruits of the Spirit, Women of the Bible and books, for example, The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, Song of the Seed, Grace In the First Person and The Purpose Driven Life. During the summers we meet monthly for potluck dinners and discuss a book. Some books we have discussed include Cutting for Stone, The Shack, People of the Book, The Year of Living Biblically, Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Last Lecture, The Book of Ruth, The Swan House, The Red Tent, Girl Meets God, and Gilead.
This year we used N.T. Wright’s book Mark for Everyone for our weekly studies. Our first summer monthly book will be Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber. We will meet at the home of Marcia Coreth at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27th. We welcome anyone who would like to join us for this dinner and book discussion and we invite you to suggest any new ideas for discussion or study by the women of our Church. Current members of the weekly group include Marcia Coreth, Alma Thompson, Barbara Kelley, Kathy Lehman and Vikki Curtis. Any one of then would be happy to talk with you about the women’s Bible study.