Adult Education

We believe that Christians never stop growing. Our spiritual education is for life. We mean by this that it is life-long and its purpose is to build a meaningful life. Spiritual growth—becoming like Jesus—doesn’t just happen. There needs to be a commitment to grow. Whether you are looking for a formal class, an informal gathering, or the quiet reflection of centering prayer, you are sure to find something that meets your needs no matter where you are on your spiritual journey.

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Regular Programs

Education for Ministry (EfM)

Wednesdays 7 p.m., September–June, Dixon House Library

Education for Ministry (EfM) provides participants with the education to carry out every Christian’s ministry. Mentored by multiple-certified parishioner Doug Anderson, this course helps with the often subtle task of interpreting the richness of the church’s faith in a complex and confusing world. A group consists of six to twelve participants and their mentor who meet weekly for nine months a year. Through study, prayer, and reflection, EfM groups move toward a new understanding of the fullness of God’s kingdom. You will dig deeper into the Christian faith with this in-depth, seminary generated course covering the Old and New Testaments, Church History and Theology. Discussion is interactive, devoting much of each session to reflection on the readings, one’s faith and life experiences. Tuition assistance may be available.

To learn more, contact Doug Anderson.

Bible Study: Revelations

Wednesdays 10:30 a.m., Dixon House Library

Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. our Assistant Emmanuel leads a study of Scripture. Beginning in September, we will examine the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. Filled with dramatic and often terrifying symbolism, not unlike Hebrew apocalyptic literature of the time, this vision to John of Patmos beckons interpretation for the modern reader. We plan to read it verse by verse alongside both traditional and modern commentaries.

Revelation provides a foretaste of the heavenly banquet and the New Jerusalem even as we endure trials in this life. While it might be viewed as a ‘liberation theology’ for those under the yoke of Roman oppression during its writing, it also transcends time and space as it peers into a future where redemption and compassion will one day prevail, either in this life or the next. Everyone is welcome.

Parents’ Exchange

Sundays 9:40–10:40 a.m., Meeting Room (Church School Wing)

Parents gather to exchange ideas, discuss family issues of faith and offer support to one another. For more information, contact Cathy Davis.

Centering Prayer

Wednesdays 7 a.m., Chapel

In the Healing Chapel under the glow of a candle, participate in a 40-minute period of quiet meditation. For more information, contact Ken Class.

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Faith Forums

Sundays 9:15–10:15 a.m., Dixon House Library

The presentation will change from season to season, but there will always be an absorbing, thought-provoking program or discussion directly related to living the Gospel—the Good News of Jesus—in our daily lives. Come and be prepared to have your horizons expanded, your thoughts stretched and your spirit enriched. Please signup for our newsletter for details of the current program.

The topics which will be presented this fall are:

  • The First Christianity and Empires, September 17 – October 1
  • October 8; Canterbury Tales with Saint Paul’s: A Modern Version of an Ancient Pilgrimage
  • October 15; Iconographer Susan Kelly vonMedicus
  • October 22; Protestantism—the Evangelical Explosion
  • November 12; Why God Desires Our Trust More than Our ‘Correct’ Beliefs.
  • November 19 and 26; Shakespeare and the Bible
  • December 3, 10, and 17;Martin Luther’s Christmas Sermons

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Autumn Programs

Trending on Tuesdays: Saint Paul’s in Africa

October 10, 17, and 24 at 7 p.m.

On three consecutive Tuesday evenings in October Saint Paul’s will explore its connection to Africa. The series begins on October 10 with parishioner Maria Johnson telling of her travel to Ghana last March to volunteer in a school and library, her response to God’s call. Hear her story. The history of Ghana is closely tied to slavery in our country. It is also the birthplace of our Assistant Emmanuel. Our ministry “Room at the Inn” is settling a family who fled the Congo. What are the country’s history, culture, and politics? Why do refugees flee? Don’t miss finding out more of our overseas connection to Africa.