[Neighbor is] not he whom I find in my path, but rather he in whose path I place myself,
he whom I approach and actively seek. ― Gustavo Gutiérrez

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Study of Habakkuk
Leader:  Steve Burlew
Meet:  Sundays @ 9 am in the upstairs front meeting area, beginning February 4th.
Focus:  Habakkuk? What’s a “Habakkuk”? Join me as we meet this man of God who sees the world around him falling apart, and learns what to do about it. By the time we finish our 4-week study, ol’ Habbie will be your new best friend!


Hungering After God
Leader:  Keith & Denise Chase
Meet:  Sundays @ 9 am in the library, beginning February 4th.
Focus:  Are you hungry for more of God?Do you want to see more of His presence among us? Does your heart break for the needs in your family, community, nation and world? Please join us for a 4-weeks as we seek the Lord, study His Word, hear testimonies of God’s power and pray together.


The Power of Prayer
Leader:  Bernardo & Shanti Michael
Meet:  Sundays @ 9 am in the upstairs front meeting area, beginning March 4th.
Focus:  Prayer remains central to our Christian faith. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV). Do you have a burden for prayer and intercession? Join us for an introduction to a study on prayer where we will consider the importance, power, and discipline of prayer that marks our walk with God.


Growing Strong in God’s Family
Leader:  Anna Peachey
Meet:  Sundays @ 9 am in the library, beginning April 8th.
Focus:  Prayer remains central to our Christian faith. “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16 (NIV). Do you have a burden for prayer and intercession? Join us for an introduction to a study on prayer where we will consider the importance, power, and discipline of prayer that marks our walk with God.


Berean Class (adults of all ages)
Leader:  Allen Carr
When & Where:  Sundays @ 11 am in the upstairs front meeting area
Focus:  Bereans were the inhabitants of the ancient city of Berea, also known in the Bible as Beroea and now known as Veria. According to the Acts 17:11, Paul of Tarsus and Silas preached at Berea, and the inhabitants “eagerly examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so”, and many of them believed.

Today…being referred to as a Berean would define us as people who are faithful in testing what we are told against what the Word of God has to say on matters of life and living.

We invite you to join us for the Berean Bible Study Class this fall. It is a scripture-based class with opportunity for prayer, praise and lively discussion. Throughout the fall, we will be looking at the Sovereignty of God through studies in Isaiah, Hebrews, and Revelation.


ESL Bible Study
Leader:  Glen Heise
When & Where:  Sundays @ 11 am in Pastor Woody’s office
Focus:  We will learn about Jesus by studying the Bible. At the same time we will learn English by learning what words in the Bible lesson mean, and how to say them.


Wednesday Adult Classes & Groups

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Beyond Colorblind Book Study
Leaders:  Pastor Lynda and Pastor Woody
Meet:  7-8 pm in the sanctuary, January 17 to April
Focus:  In this broken world, ethnicity and race are often points of pain and injustice. In her book, Beyond Colorblind, Sarah Shin reveals how our brokenness in these areas can be restored and redeemed for our wholeness and other’s good. Shin shows how to make space for God’s healing, and helps us to develop skills for navigating cross-cultural con- flict, pursuing reconciliation and justice, and sharing the gospel.

Chapters of the book include: Beyond Colorblind; Ethnicities Made for Good; The Cracks in Our Ethnicity; Ethnicities Restored for Better; Re- deemed Ethnic Identities Sent Out to Heal; Trust-Building with Ethnic Strangers; Cross-cultural Skills in Community; Responding to Cross- cultural Conflict in Community; Prophetic Ethnic Justice; and Culture Re -Creators.

Join us in discovering how our ethnic stories can be transformed for compelling witness and mission through a new Wednesday evening book study!

Books for this study can be independently purchased or purchased through the church for $5. Copies will be available through Pastor Lynda prior to the start of the class or on the night of class.


ESL Class
Leader:  Glen and Wanda Heise
Meet:  Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm in the upstairs library area
Focus:  Our adult ESL class serves beginning adult English language learners, although intermediate and advanced learners are welcome.


Intercessory Prayer Group
Leader:  Mary Lou Ruegg
Meet:  Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm in the Prayer Room
Focus:  A guided prayer experience for those who are called to intercessory prayer.


Spanish Bible Study
Leaders:  Carmen Dones and Robert Reyes
When & Where:  Wednesday @ 6:30 in  private homes
Focus:  Join us for a small group Bible study, which currently involves the study of Luke and Acts through a question and discussion format. It is a great time of fellowship, support, and encouragement!


Fellowship Dinner Groups

The Harrisburg BIC Church annually sponsors an opportunity for individuals and families to be intentional about practicing hospitality and sharing meals with one another through Fellowship Dinner Groups. Groups generally consists of 8-12 adults who meet once at least once a quarter for the purpose of:

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–  Connecting and sharing with others

–  Experiencing diversity

–  Discovering uniqueness and similarities with others

–  Appreciating something new – like food, traditions, friendships.

To join a Fellowship Dinner Group, watch for more information in late January/early February!


Life Groups

A life group is a small group gathering (between 6 to 12 people) that meets on a regular basis to ‘do life’ together. It is an effective way for everyone to feel personally connected to the Harrisburg Brethren in Christ Church community and to learn and grow in an intimate and supportive environment.

Each group is unique, and may include any or all of the following: fellowship, prayer, worship, study of Scripture, or service. Most people who have been a part of a life group say the greatest benefit is the close relationships that develop. In a group of 6 to 12, members learn to participate in prayer by having a conversation together with God, to study God’s Word in community, and to share personal gifts and talents with each other. Life groups also offer a sense of stability and security through providing support and care in times of crisis, change, and stress.

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Contemplative Prayer Group
Leader:  Zach Maser
Meet:  1st & 3rd Monday; 6:30-8 pm in the prayer room.
Focus:  The purpose of this group is to be intentional about creating a sacred, holy space where the experience of God can become known to us in deeper ways, in hope that we can begin to incorporate these experiences into our daily lives.


New Cumberland Discovery Bible Study
Leader:  Mike & Peggy Spellman
Meet:  For 10 sessions, January to May on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7-8:30 pm in a private home
Focus:  Bible study focused on applying the Bible to our daily lives and supporting each other through sharing and prayer.


Midtown Discovery Bible Study
Leader:  Sheldon & Marietta Sawatzky
Meet:  For 10 sessions, January to May on the 2nd & 4th Fridays, 7-8:30 pm in a private home
Focus:  DBS teaches people to discover God’s Word for themselves with emphasis on obedience & action. We will study lessons on obedient discipleship from Sermon on the Mount and other New Testament passages. Our time will also includes prayer and sharing.


Men’s Prayer
Leader:  Tim Johnson
Meet:  2nd Sunday of the month from 8 to 8:45 am in the small youth room
Focus:  Men of all ages and spiritual maturity are invited to join us monthly for a brief time of worship or reflection followed by directed prayer. The goal of our time together is to prayerfully support the ministries of our church and our local community while also encouraging men in their journey as spiritual servant leaders.


Men’s Fellowship
Leader:  Dan Rosario and Christian Pearce
Meet:  2nd & 4th Saturday of the month from 9-11 am in the upstairs front meeting area
Focus:  God’s design has never been for us to go at life alone. Life is busy and responsibilities are demanding, but we are simply better off when we intentionally pursue growth in the community. We become better Christ followers, husbands, dads, leaders, and workers. We would love to have you join us on Saturday mornings for Spirit-led fellowship, prayer, support and transformation; there’s a place for you to grow and belong at HBIC!


Hymns of the Church
Leader:  Randy & Marilyn Miller
Meet:  Every other Sunday from 4 to 6 pm (includes a light meal) at the Miller’s home.
Focus:  Fellowship, sharing, study of the stories behind the great hymns, singing, & prayer.


Treasure in Jars of Clay: Friendship & Freedom
Leader:  Bernardo & Shanti Michael
Meet:  1st & 3rd Thursday from 6 to 8 pm at the Michaels’ home
Focus:  We’ll be exploring themes drawn from 2 Corinthians 4:7, “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us,” exploring what it means to have friendship and freedom in Christ, and how to grow in our relationship with Him.


Women’s Fellowship
Leader:  Shanti Michael & Carmen Dones
Meet:  1st & 3rd Saturday at 9 am in the upstairs front meeting area
Focus:  An in-depth Bible study focusing on the tools to equip us for our faith journey, not only to understand what we have in Christ or what He has done for us but also for learning disciplines to keep us grounded and rooted in Him and on a path to victorious and fruitful living.


Young Adult Fellowship
Leaders:  James & Suzanne Horton
Meet:  1st and 3rd Sunday from 1 to 3 pm in the upstairs Library. Lunch is provided.
Focus:  Want to find friends who understand the issues and challenges life is setting before you? Join other men and women in their 20s and 30s as we navigate our faith and world. Whether you’re single, married, new to the Harrisburg area or a longtime HBIC member this group is for you. Join us for a time of Bible study and prayer. Also, check the bulletin for specific social events that happen throughout the year.

Please also join us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on the meetings, activities, and events we are planning!


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Learn more about membership...

Membership_Class-2-2Does it really matter if I’m a member or not? Why do I have to take a class to even become a member? Do I have to sign anything? People often ask these questions in the process of exploring church membership. In membership, individuals commit to a spiritual family that provides encouragement and support. Members are also called to a biblical degree of responsibility, service, and sacrifice to their brothers and sisters. Leadership within a church also pledges to assist members with care, counsel, prayer, and spiritual growth.

If you are interested in learning more about membership, plan to join the pastoral staff for one of our two-session Membership Classes that will be offered in the Spring and Fall following the morning worship service at 12:45 pm in the CE (Christian Education) Room.

To register or for more information, please contact the church office at 561-2170 or office@harrisburgbic.org.