Adult Christian Ed Schedule Spring 2016

Adult Education Opportunities Now thru May 29

1 – Mary Bryan Hollister Class/Teacher: Nancy Chiles/SHP


            The Present Word: The Gift of Faith

2 – Conversations on the Christian Faith/B.Hawkins/MC 2.21

3 – Connections/ Facilitators:  Whitney Bayer and Seth Smith/MC 1.27

4 – Being Mortal II: The Gift of Years/L. Griffith/MC 2.26 & 2.27.  Part One of this study in growing older gracefully examined medical concerns and what matters in the end.  Part Two will follow up the other side of the coin looking at time as a gift and what sanctifies it.  We will visit these later years, those years beyond the systems in which we labored and the corporate institutions that defined our days, to examine some of the challenges they bring and what can be done to make this part of our spiritual journey creative rather than stale, a gift rather than a burden.  We will discussing Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years, Growing Older Gracefully, as a vehicle to help us nurture a heart more open to God’s Spirit which leads us to a more abundant life and makes us new again.

5 – Graceful Evangelism: Christian Witness in a Complex World/S. Mabie/SHM

     Evangelism – For some Christians sharing the “Good News” is a clear calling and an essential expression of faith. For others, Evangelism is the “E” word, to be avoided at all costs! Using the 2010 book Graceful Evangelism by Professor Frances S. Adeney of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary as a guide, we will examine how Evangelism has been expressed in the church in the past and what trends are effective today. The class will be a mixture of PowerPoint review of the chapters followed by discussion groups. Come share your faith, experiences, and ideas! – Steve Mabie, Teacher with Discussion Leaders Mimi Dixon and Gayle Hardy.

Adult Mid-Week Opportunities

Women’s Bible Study -We have now begun our new book, What Did Jesus Ask?  It’s a collection by religious leaders and Christian authors addressing the questions Jesus asks in the Bible. Selected essays will be discussed weekly.  Meet us at 7PM in the Session House Parlor.

Evening Prayer for Lent This worship service meets every Wed. evening from 5:30PM to 6PM in the Chapel. It is an opportunity to seek God’s will as we open ourselves to the revelation of Christ’s Spirit in the conflicts that form our Jerusalem. Please join us next Wednesday for our service of prayers, hymns and meditation on scripture readings for the coming Sunday.

Men’s Bible Study Each Thursday at 8AM we will continue to study Reformation and post-Reformation church history.