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.

Education for Ministry (EfM)

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

Education for ministry is a four-year program of theological education in which participants may enroll one year at a time. It is intended to enrich one’s faith through an informed and thoughtful understanding of scripture, theology, church history and liturgy, with the goal of enabling lay persons to undertake Christian ministry in the church and in the world more effectively. For more information, contact Virginia Emlen in the church office or Doug Anderson.

Faith Forum

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.

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Bible Study

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

Come and see.”  (John 1: 39)  This is Jesus’s invitation to the two first disciples, who were asking Jesus about himself.  To know him, Jesus answers, they will have to follow him, see him going about doing what he came to accomplish, in order to truly “see.”  “My Father is still working, and I also am working . . . Whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.” (John 5: 17, 19)

Our weekly class seeks to accept Jesus’s invitation by reading closely books of the Bible selected by the group.  In this 2015-16 year our choice is the Gospel of John–its Signs, discourses, and overarching theological view.  Whether participants are new to biblical study or experienced, familiar or not with the historical context and critical approaches, we find the text becomes ever richer the more familiar we become with it.  Discussion is animated and we, like the early disciples, do not always “get it.”  We learn from (or disagree with) one another’s insights while yet all are enriched spiritually and motivated by this communal engagement with scripture, which in John’s Gospel ends with the post-resurrection Jesus saying (to Peter), as at the outset, “Follow me.” ( 21: 19, 22)

For more information, contact the Rev. Emmanuel Mercer.

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.