Cross Training


Wednesday night programming for the entire church family:  designed to help us form deeper relationships with one another and grow in faith.   All are welcome!

Register and pay online (dinner and class reservations)

Our Lenten Cross Training begins February 19!

Six Wednesday nights: February 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25

5:45 – 6:30   Casual Dinner in Fellowship Hall

6:30 – 7:00    Informal worship in the Chapel featuring a brief message and music.

7:00 – 8:00    Classes for all ages (Sr. High Youth Group meets at  this time)


PROACTIVE PARENTING      In conjunction with Meghan Barlow & Associates

How to be a better parent in today’s busy, 24/7/365 world; how to be a calm parent in this age of anxiety.  Avon Lake UCC staff and the professional counselors at Meghan Barlow & Associates will present the following six topics:

  • Core Values for the Family
  • Brain development of children and adolescents: helping children set goals, communicating in a way that matches/fits with brain development.
  • Anxiety and stress: what parents need to know to help their children develop better coping skills.
  • How parenting and marriage work together: what to do if you and your co-parent are not on the same page.
  • The role of spirituality, faith practices and gratitude in the parenting journey
  • What high school students think parents should know about what it’s really like to be a teenager.

THE RISKS OF HOLY WEEK     Leader:  Rev. Deb Gorman

Jesus made some very risky choices during Holy Week.  What do these two stories from the bible tell us of God, of Jesus, and of our own choices?  Deb Gorman will lead a discussion based on a video series entitled, “Entering the Passion of Jesus” narrated by lively teacher Amy-Jill Levine.  A perfect way to deepen your faith during this holy season of Lent.

There is a $15.00 cost for the student book – please register and pay by February 10 so we can order the books.

ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING     Leader:  Cynthia Kotora

Do you feel weighted down with worry? Could you use some calm in your life? We’ll look at Philippians 4:6-7 and see how this most underlined passage in the Bible can help with the burdens we all have. According to this promise, anxiety comes with life, but it doesn’t have to dominate your life.
Max Lucado’s book, Anxious for Nothing, and the corresponding videos will be the basis for our journey together. You can purchase the book if you’d like to (available at local bookstores or through Amazon), but it’s not necessary. Each week we’ll talk about a specific part of the scripture and how we can apply it to our daily lives.

THE GOSPEL OF THOMAS      Leader:  Lou Suarez

Discovered in Egypt in 1945 (along with a number of other ancient texts), the Gospel of Thomas is purported to be a collection of 114 “hidden” sayings that “the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas wrote … down.”  In this Cross Training class, we’ll read, discuss and attempt to interpret the sayings that the gospel attributes to Jesus. Along the way we’ll consider such questions as the following: When was the gospel written and by whom? How is the gospel similar to the four canonical gospels, and how is it different? In what ways does the gospel reflect a Gnostic worldview? Why was the gospel criticized by the early church fathers and condemned as heretical? As time permits, we’ll look at other texts in the Thomas tradition.

MUSIC AND FUN FOR CHILDREN     Leaders:  Holly Kessler and Eileen Zakel

Holly Kessler is forming a children’s choir which will learn a few music basics and sing in worship on Mother’s Day.  Each week children will engage in music with Holly and then ALUCC’s Christian Education coordinator will lead games and crafts

PRECONFIRMATION     Leader:  Beau Dansizen

This course is an ALUCC tradition for all 4th grade kids, similar in some ways to confirmation and first communion combined, but in a lighter format. (Formal confirmation class takes place during 8th grade). Kids will study theology, church history, worship and sacraments as well as what it means to become a member of a church. Cross Training worship is part of the class, which runs 6:30 – 8 PM. Class is free for all 4th grade kids. On the final day, communion is celebrated with family in worship, and all participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.


You may participate in any of the above classes, whether or not you can be here for all six weeks.  Babysitting is available for young children if you pre-register.  Complete registration form or email to add or verify childcare.