How is technology changing our world?
It can be compared to the frog in water slowly being heated to the point of boiling water story. Technology continues to pervade new corners of our lives without us acknowledging it, reaching children at younger ages with more sophisticated programming and reeling in adults who spend more time on their screens. There is increasing anxiety and depression in children and teens. We receive messages letting us know if our screen time has increased or decreased from the month before. Families send messages from the upstairs to downstairs to tell their children it’s time for dinner.

While technology is a powerful and useful tool, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there are potentially negative side effects when it is misused. During September, Surprise Church is providing a series of classes, “Helping Parents Win the Technology Challenge,” at 11 a.m. on September 15, 22 and 29, led by professionals who see these impacts daily.

On September 15, historian of science and technology, Dr. Mark Hagerott, will speak about how our culture has changed from placing an emphasis on frugality, Christian values, and commitment to serving community, to individualism and consumerism leaving us with increasing debt and growing numbers of people feeling isolated and dissatisfied yet still connected to the internet. How did we get to this situation? We will try to explore this issue together.

Ann Hagerott will present Sept 22 from the perspective of an educator about how several systems in the brain have been greatly impacted by technology and how families can set up boundaries to help minimize the negative effects.

At the final class, Dr. Michelle Westbrock, a licensed mental health counselor, will be speak about the ramifications of social media and the digital world on our emotional health.

The classes are open to the public and are held at Shiloh Christian School in Bismarck.


Making Space Class

Starts Sunday, October 6, 9:30 AM and is every Sunday in October

It’s time to de-clutter our lives!

This four-week course will empower you to make sure that your life is filled with clarity instead of clutter. Drawing wisdom from the Book of Proverbs, this helpful study is packed with profound insight that will help us prioritize in a busy world. Watch the trailer video. 

 Managing your Money class

Sunday, November 3 & 10 at 11 AM 
Money? Do you have enough? Want more? Funny, but no one ever says they want less! However, you will find that for most people, it doesn’t matter how much you make. You’ll always be seeking to get to the next step, and you will still have times that you come up short.
Your relationship with money is important. It affects nearly every aspect of your life: personal, spiritual, emotional and professional. Mike Schmitz, CPA, will share insights that help you overcome some of the barriers you have to achieving financial peace. 

 Here is your on-ramp to life “on-mission”!

This 4-week course is designed to enhance your understanding of what a relationship with God can really look like as part of the global family that Jesus died to create.  Learn more here.