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.
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 January 19:
This winter the class will study A Crazy, Holy Grace by Frederick Buechner.
“When pain is real, why is God silent?”
Frederick Buechner has grappled with the nature of pain, grief, and grace ever since his father committed suicide when Buechner was a young boy. He continued that search as a father when his daughter struggled with anorexia. In this collection of essays, the author finds that the God who might seem so silent is ever near. He writes about what it means to be a steward of our pain, and about this grace from God that seems arbitrary and yet draws us to his holiness and care. Finally he writes about the magic of memory and how it can close up the old wounds with the memories of past goodness and graces from God.
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!