Adult Bible Study Class

This diverse class uses The Present Word.  Through the exploration of biblical text, adult study groups are invited into a deepened relationship with God. The Present Word engages participants in an experiential style of learning—connecting faith and life.  The Present Word nurtures individual growth of the participants as children of God rooted in the Christian community, life in the Spirit and Christian hope. Discussion and activities encourage participants to live out their faith in their individual and congregational activities.. The lessons are ordered so that all the books of the Bible will be covered by the lessons in five years. The class has a discussion format and everyone is invited to join us on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in Room A.

This winter quarter is a study of personal and corporate expressions of worship.  We begin our study with King David, a strong example of a spiritual leader who worships God in his own life, but who also takes bold measures to ensure Israel’s right worship as prescribed in God’s holy covenant.  We look at worship through the eyes of Mary’s Song in Luke 1 and how this song of thanksgiving and praise is reminiscent of many of the Hebrew psalms attributed to David.  We also explore worship through the building of the Temple in Jerusalem to the disciples sitting at the feet of Jesus.

Monday Connection

The name of this class is derived from the idea that we endeavor to strengthen our faith during our Sunday morning class in order to connect it to the remainder of the week.  The class explores a wide range of topics which are biblical-based, incorporating a variety of books, DVDs, and tapes which are selected by the class.  The format of this class is facilitated discussion, and members who wish, volunteer to lead the class for one or two consecutive Sundays.  This interesting format allows for diverse teaching styles and introspection to the lesson.  Class members bring a variety of experience from their own faith journey.  Join us in the Parlor on Sundays at 9:45 a.m.

Starting February 23:

This winter the class will study Sabbath as Resistance – Saying No to the Culture of Now, by Walter Brueggemann.

The Sabbath is not simply about keeping rules but rather about becoming a whole person and restoring a whole society. Brueggemann calls out our 24/7 society of consumption, a society in which we live to achieve, accomplish, perform, and possess. We want more, own more, use more, eat more, and drink more. Brueggemann shows readers how keeping the Sabbath allows us to break this restless cycle and focus on what is truly important: God, other people, all life.  Sabbath as Resistance offers a transformative vision of the wholeness God intends, giving world-weary Christians a glimpse of a more fulfilling and simpler life through Sabbath observance.  The 6 Sessions are: Preface and Sabbath and the First Commandment, Resistance to Anxiety, Resistance to Coercion, Resistance to Exclusivism, Resistance to Multitasking, and Sabbath and the Tenth Commandment.

Topics Class

Meets Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. in the library.

We hope you can join us for our “Topics Class” taught by Jenny Trussell and Rev. Matt Nieman.  Bring your favorite caffeinated beverage, and drop-in to join a lively discussion about a different faith-based topic each week.  No advance reading required – and feel free to arrive late, leave early, or simply attend as you are able.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us!