ADULT SPIRITUAL FORMATION

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL OPTIONS

G.I.F.T. (Growing in Faith Together) Class

May 14

The Belhar Confession is a Christian statement of belief originally written in Afrikaans in 1982. It was adopted as a confession of faith by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church (DRMC) in South Africa in 1986. According to the Belhar Confession, unity is both a gift and an obligation for the church. Another key theme of the Belhar Confession is the dichotomy of reconciliation and the justice of God. According to the confession, God is the God of the destitute, the poor, and the wronged, and for this reason the church should stand by people in any form of the suffering. It claims that individual, racial and social segregation is sin, and that all forms of segregation always lead to enmity and hatred.

This will be the last Sunday School lesson for the Summer. Class will resume, Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in Room 200B

CONNECTIONS CLASS

How Jesus Saves The World From Us

Christianity has always been about being saved. But today what Christians need saving from most is the toxic understanding of salvation we’ve received through bad theology. The loudest voices in Christianity today sound exactly like the religious authorities who crucified Jesus. This is a book for Christians who are troubled by what we’ve become and who want Jesus to save us from the toxic behaviors and attitudes we’ve embraced. Each of the 12 chapters proposes an antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as “Worship not Performance,” “Temple not Program,” and “Solidarity not Sanctimony.” Each chapter includes thought-provoking discussion questions, perfect for individual or group study.

Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in Room 201A

LIVING THE QUESTIONS CLASS

Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith

Celebrating the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality. Featuring over a dozen leading theologians and progressive thinkers, the seven-session program includes a participant reader written by evoluntion

Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in Room 204A

ADULT BIBLE STUDY

Kerygma:  The Bible and Theology (Book 2 includes Themes 3 and 4)

Ecclesiology: What is the Church?

Anthropology: Who is Humanity?

Over centuries the church has developed theological ideas in the form of doctrines, which have been embraced by all Christendom with little variation. The Bible and theology series explores eight major Christian doctrines. It examines the Old and New Testament texts that inform belief and explores how the church has formulated that belief as doctrine.

Mondays, Apr. 3 – May 8, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in Room 204A

MEN’S BIBLE STUDY

Study material:  An eye-opening Great Courses study, ” Comparative Religion” defining and comparing 12 major similarities of elements of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism via DVR and discussion.  Included topics compare the sacred people, signs, stories, rituals, goals and other basic tenets of each of the religions.  Meets weekly, open to all ages.  Contact Jay Crane.

Tuesdays from 8-9 AM, Youth Center

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY  

A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want…” Travel the shepherd’s path to the green pastures and cool, refreshing waters of Psalm 23.  As a shepherd, Phillip Keller shares his insights into the life and character of sheep – and of the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for them. This beloved classic will give new meaning to the ageless Shepherd Psalm, enriching your trust in and love for the Lord who watches closely over you.

Morning class begins Monday, June 12, 2017 at 10 AM (Church Parlor)

HERITAGE GROUP

Jr. High and Heritage Luncheon

The Heritage Group is a great way for our older adults to enjoy fellowship, stimulating programs, and great activities together. Monthly luncheons or outings are scheduled on the 3rd Tuesdays (September – May).

Leaders:  Margaret Ann Campbell and Harriet Bates

Third Tuesday of the Month (September through May)

YOUNG ADULTS

The Young adults are a fast-growing group in our congregation. Check out the monthly calendar, Like us on Facebook, or contact Katherine Mull for latest plans.