Adult Study and Small Groups

Adult Study & Small Groups

Biography Hour

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Biography Hour will continue to place special emphasis on those biblical characters and historical figures who embodied the work of justice in notable ways. Persons of interest for this term will include Mary, Mother of Jesus, Mahatma Ghandi, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Queen Esther, Will Campbell, Malcolm X, Cornell West, Leo Tolstoy and Mother Teresa.

Women's Bible Study

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

We will continue our second Advent study, "The Messiah: An Adult Advent Study", written by Walter Brueggemann and centered on study of the four titles of the Messiah given in Isaiah 9:6: “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”. Later in January and February we will explore a Kerygma study entitled, "Blessed are You: The Beatitudes of Jesus in Scripture and Life". We will examine Old Testament roots and context and explore the contemporary implications of these powerful words

Introduction to the Bible

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

Pastor Desiree Lawson is leading this course. It is designed to give a basic overview and understanding of God's revealed word to humanity. The class environment will be one of mutual respect and a willingness to learn from diverse perspectives. Everyone has something unique to bring to the discussion. There are readings assigned in advance, and class preparation only enhances and enriches our study and learning. Special emphasis will be placed on personal spiritual development in order to maintain one's own spiritual health.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a Lutheran pastor, published theologian, and seminary teacher, but is perhaps best known for his role in the German Resistance during World War II. He was arrested by the Nazis in 1943 and spent the last two years of his life in prison until his execution on April 9, 1945. In this class, we will read 40-Day Journey with Dietrich Bonhoeffer, edited by Ron Klug, which provides a selection of writings from two of his books: Life Together and The Cost of Discipleship. Bonhoeffer was passionately dedicated to Christian discipleship and community, and his writings reflect his belief that God was "at the center of life." As the editor describes Bonhoeffer's view, "The disciple encounters the reality of God both in the immediacy of relationship with Jesus Christ and in following Jesus into concrete, responsible, ethical action on behalf of human need." Once a week, we will meet to share the experiences and insights of our personal journeys within Bonhoeffer's framework of Christian discipleship and community. This class, led by Wren Collé, will begin on Thursday, January 7 at 3:00 p.m., and will conclude on February 18.

Sunday Adult Education

Sunday, January 24, 2021

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Each Sunday we gather together to discuss and investigate the meaning of God's Word for us. Come join us as we discuss the sermon Bible passage and its meaning for our lives today.

Practicing Workshop: The Practice of Loving

Sunday, January 24, 2021

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

This workshop series is based on the book "Practicing: Changing Yourself to Change the World" by Kathy Escobar. This first workshop will be a focused discussion of what it means to truly love one another. The author alerts us, “For as much as we talk about love, preach about love, and tell people they should love, we often aren’t that great about practicing it.” We will practice listening to each other in small groups as we discuss various situations and questions that will help us to find ways to practice loving.

For January, we'll read a classic: "Journal of the Plague Year" by Daniel DeFoe. Catherine knows that seems like a downer right now, but her sister-in-law just finished it and raved about it. Her sister wrote, "Surprisingly, it was incredibly comforting. For in the book, it was a play-by-play of what was happening today. The decrees, the reactions, the first wave, the second wave, etc, etc. So, I found comfort that there is nothing new under the sun. And more comfort that humanity has found a way to adapt and survive. It's the evidence of God's promise that He is always with us." This sounds like something we all could probably use right now! That meeting will be January 29, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Catherine Crow will lead the discussion.