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.
Adult Sunday School Series
“The End of White Christian America”
Sundays, April 8-29
Leader: Steve Hancock
For most of the country’s history, White Christian America—the cultural and political edifice built primarily by white Protestant Christians—set the tone for our national policy and shaped American ideals. But in recent decades new immigration patterns, changing birth rates, and religious disaffiliation have transformed the United States. The year 1993 was the last in which white Protestants constituted a majority of the population. Today, even when Catholics are included, white Christians make up less than half the country. In this class we will explore how this seismic change has profoundly altered the politics and social values of the United States.
Adult Sunday School Series
“David in Four Seasons”
Sundays, May 6-27
Leader: Randy Hyde
According to biblical tradition David was the second king in the ancient United Kingdom of Israel who helped establish the eternal throne of God. A former shepherd, David was renowned for his passion for God, his touching psalms and musical abilities, his inspiring courage and expertise in warfare, his good looks and illicit relationship with Bathsheba, and his ancestral connections to Jesus of Nazareth in the New Testament. In this four-week class, Randy Hyde will lead participants in an exploration of Kind David based on the four seasons of his life: Spring (youth), Summer (young adulthood), Fall (mid-life), and Winter (old age). For background study, attendees are encouraged to read 1 & 2 Samuel. The sessions will be based on the following specific passages:
- May 6: Spring – 1 Samuel 16-17
- May 13: Summer – 1 Samuel 23
- May 20: Fall – 2 Samuel 3-5
- May 27: Winter – 2 Samuel 11-23
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.
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.
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.