Our Adult Education Ministry provides a variety of topics and teaching/learning styles through classes designed to meet the needs of adults who continue to study and seek to grow a faith relevant to their daily living. We have two types of classes:
Short-term Courses: These are courses, which last four to eight weeks. They are designed to meet the needs of adults who are not part of a permanent class and to address particular needs and topics on a short-term basis.
Permanent/Ongoing Classes: These classes meet together regularly throughout the year and have a permanent class roll. (Please know additions can be made at any time.) Some of these classes use study materials produced by the Presbyterian Church, and some classes choose books or topics, which change periodically throughout the year. All of the classes strive for elements of study, community, and fellowship. All are invited to visit these classes at any time without obligation to join.
All adults are invited to move in and out of the short-term courses and ongoing classes in a flexible way to meet individual needs.
Everyone is invited to celebrate 500 years of Reformation and creativity through a series of specially planned classes that will take place during September, October, and November in Second Hall:
Setting the Stage
Sunday School Series
September 3 – 24, 9:50 a.m. • Second Hall
During the month of September we will host a variety of presentations and topics to help provide a context for the Reformation—its story and its people. These presentations will set the stage for exploring the social, theological, cultural, and liturgical repercussions in the changing world of the early 15th century:
Jeopardy – Reformation-Style
The World of Music at the Time of the Reformation
The World of Art at the Time of the Reformation
Rick Steves: Travel in the Footsteps of Martin Luther
Martin Luther: The Voice of the Reformation
Sunday School Series
October 1 – 29, 9:50 a.m. • Second Hall
Martin Luther is often considered the most prominent Protestant Reformer whose Ninety-five Theses of October 31, 1517, has traditionally been seen as the public launch of the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther lived in a world where the pope held as much or more power than any king, and his word was infallible. Europe was permeated by one all-encompassing religion. Luther was but one of many clergy who began to question the teachings of the Catholic Church at the turn of the century. How did Luther’s controversial teaching and preaching bring him into conflict with the Pope and the Holy Roman Empire? How did his life and his work impact ordinary citizens? What is Luther’s legacy for today?
Weaving together information from the book Brand Luther by Andrew Pettegree, and scenes from a PBS documentary film on the life of Martin Luther, participants in this class will explore how an unheralded monk turned his small town into a center of publishing, made himself the most famous man in Europe—and started the Reformation.
Books will be available for $10.00.
The Church Reformed and Always Reforming
Sunday School Series
November 5 – 26, 9:50 a.m. • Second Hall
Protestant theological roots can refresh and renew our faith as we experience deeper dimensions of our Protestant heritage. Key dimensions of Protestant theological understandings provide a vision for Christian life in the church. An appropriate slogan continues to be: “The church reformed and always being reformed according to the Word of God.” The churches that emerged from the efforts of the Protestant reformers were not perfect churches by any stretch! The same is true for today—no church fully arrives in being all God wants the church to be. Participants in this class will explore some of the theological themes and issues that grew from reformers of the 16th century and will examine the important ways they continue to influence the world, the church, and the lives of Christians today.
Coordinator: Terri Cross
This class is designed to help young adults grow in faith and bond together through Bible studies, outreach projects, social events and participating as a group in ongoing church projects. Connections is an informal, discussion-based class. Topics will vary throughout the year.
The class will begin the fall with a discussion/video based course, Half-Truths: God Helps Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say, by Adam Hamilton. The class will have the opportunity to explore popular sayings that miss the point.
“Everything Happens for a Reason”
“God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”
“God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle”
“God Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It”
“Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin”
They are simple phrases. They sound Christian—like something you might find in the Bible. We’ve all heard these words. Maybe we’ve even said them.
They capture some element of truth, yet they miss the point in important ways. Join Adam Hamilton in his search for the whole truth by comparing some common Christian saying with the wisdom found in the Scripture. All young adults are invited to join these conversations.
Friendship Bible Study Class
Teacher: Graham Catlett
This group of “scholars” gathers each Sunday for Bible study using “The Present Word,” based on the Uniform Lesson Series. The theme for the fall is “Covenant With God”—an exploration of the ways God relates to and deals with people. This quarter’s sessions are based in the Hebrew Scriptures and will trace the major covenants that God made with people on behalf of the earth and the human community—Noah, Abraham, David, and the new covenant found in the Messiah. These covenants established by God extend to God’s people today. All are invited to join this group as they explore how God has provided judgment, justice, grace, and hope, enabling God’s people to continue in relationship with God.
Seeking More Light Class
Coordinator: Greg Adams
The Seeking More Light Class strives to be an inclusive community where issues of faith and how to live faithfully in today’s world can be explored, discussed and supported. All are welcome to join at any time for a particular book study or to stick around longer.
Beginning September 10 the class will read and discuss The Sacred Journey: A Memoir of Early Days, by Frederick Buchner. Books will be available in the classroom for $10.00. In October the class will attend the Martin Luther class in Second Hall. In November the class will read and discuss Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu.
Parenting of Teens
Kathy & Kenneth Rich
Youth Building, Second Floor
This is a discussion-oriented class which also serves as a support group for parents of teens and pre-teens. All parents of pre-teens and teens are invited to join for discussions and time for sharing the joys and challenges of raising teens. The class will gather in September to reconnect and make plans for further fall discussion and topics.
Leader: Nancy Hicks
Participants in this class gather each Sunday in the Heritage Room to read scripture, pray together, share experiences and encourage one another to discern the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. We believe the Christian spiritual life is grounded in relationship—God’s way of relating to us, and our way of responding to God. All are invited to join us this fall. We will decide together what we will read and discuss in September.