For Adults

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT

SUNDAY MORNING DISCUSSION GROUP
8:45 AM           Facilitated by Tom Miller
Each Sunday morning, beginning on September 11th, Tom Miller leads a discussion group in the Library on a given topic.  Typically class lasts 45 minutes – 1 hour, and includes group reading, sometimes viewing a video clip, and conversation on a particular series.  No pre-reading is required.
ENOUGH: Discovering Joy through Simplicity and Generosity by Adam Hamilton.
Enough is an invitation to rediscover the Bible’s wisdom when it comes to prudent financial practices.  In these pages are found the keys to experiencing contentment,overcoming fear, and discovering joy through simplicity and generosity.  This book could change your life, by changing your relationship with  money…. October 30 – November 20.

SENT: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas by Jorge Acevedo
As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them … – John 17:18  God sent Christ into the world as our Savior.  That’s what Christmas is all about.  In turn, Christ sends us into the world.  But do we really understand how, where, and why we are sent?  This five-week, church – wide Advent study challenges us through story,art,and Bible study to discover what it means to be Christ’s hands,feet,head,and heart.  Centered around a DVD with 8-10 minute videos created by a group of dynamic young pastors, Sent is appropriate for adults and youth….November 27 – December 18.

THURSDAY EVENING GROUP STUDY
7:00 – 9:00 PM        Facilitated by Tom  Miller, with occasional special guest presenters.

This group will go deeper into material in each study.  Participants typically do some reading on their own in preparation for the group meeting.

A Study of Prophets and Patriarchs
Join in a course to understand the prophets and patriarchs as we cover significant portions of the Hebrew Scriptures.  These texts would have been foundational for Jesus’ ministry and teaching, and our group will study them searching for meaning today….September 8 – November 17.

November 24th – No Class.  Happy Thanksgiving!!

SENT: Delivering the Gift of Hope at Christmas by Jorge Acevedo.
We will join the church- wide study series in Advent on Jorge Acevedo”s book Sent…
December 1,8,15,22.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOKS AND WINE
7:30 – 9:00 PM        Facilitated by Rev. Carol Hill
Sharing in wine or other beverages of your choice is optional, but conversation and contemplation about the given book is not!  We will gather in Pastor Carol’s living room to consider contemporary theological texts.  We will cover a different book each  month.  Selections will be highlighted in the gathering ( so pre-reading will help, but is  not strictly required).  Participants are encouraged to purchase their own books or check them out at the library.

November 2,9,16,and 30th – A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
At ninety, Jimmy Carter reflects on the public and private life with frankness that is disarming.  He adds detail and emotions about his youth in rural Georgia.  He writes about racism and the isolation of the Carters.  He describes the profound influence his mother had on him, and how he admired his father even though he didn’t emulate him.  He admits that he decided to quit the Navy and later enter politics without consulting his wife, Rosalynn, and how appalled his at his retrospect.  We will consider what makes our lives full,busy,and empty.

December 7 and 14 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Looking ahead… in January and beyond, we will consider some  of the following:
For the Bible Tells Me So, Movie and conversation around human swxuality
Good Christian Sex by Rev. Bromleigh McCleneghan
Between the World and Me by Te Nehisi Coates
Our Lives Matter by Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey
Cancer is Funny by Rev. Jason Micheli
Accidental Saints by Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber
We Make the Road by Walking by Brian McClaren