Adult Faith Formation

2021

(Unless indicated, groups are ongoing. Register through Realm or email Dan Wiard.)

Sundays

*HORIZONS BIBLE STUDY: NOT FOR WOMEN ONLY
1st Sunday (7 p.m. Sept. – May)
Most Christians read the Bible for comfort, instruction, and inspiration. Yet the Bible is also a resource that gives us permission to raise our voices to God in pain, anger, protest, and grief. During these challenging days of COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter, we can be grateful to PCUSA Presbyterian Women for offering the Horizons Bible Study as a resource for appropriating lament in our faith experience. The class will be taught by the pastors on a rotating basis. Participants may wish to obtain a copy of the Horizons Bible Study Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament although this is not required. If you are a circle Bible leader or a circle member who will miss your monthly meeting, you especially will value the monthly study session. And take note: the class is NOT for women only, but for anyone who wishes to deepen one’s relationship to God through Bible study and prayer. First Sunday of each month, September – May, 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.

THE HARBOR
Sunday (9 a.m.)
The Harbor is an in-depth Bible study that includes presentation and discussion. Past studies include the history of Christianity and Moses. Zoom link required.

ACADEMY OF SAINT JOHN
Sunday (8:45 a.m.)
The overall purpose of the Academy of St. John class is to equip God’s people for a more effective missional presence in, and engagement of, the world through: expanding our knowledge and understanding of Biblical revelation and our theological heritage, deepening our spiritual life and growing in Christ-likeness, cultivating our love of God and the embodiment of that love in service and mission to our neighbor, enlarging knowledge and appreciation of the diversity in Christian belief and practice, understanding the implications of the Christian faith for the critical issues faced in the world, and becoming more knowledgeable about the unique dimensions of our denominational identity. Zoom link required.

THE MIDDLE
Sunday (9 a.m.)
We are all in the middle of something. Some of us are in the middle of raising kids, our lives, taking care of parents etc. All of us are somewhere in the middle of our faith journey. This group explores and studies God’s message for them in these seasons of life. Zoom link required.

CONNECT 3
Sunday (9 a.m.)
While this Sunday School class typically meets during the last Service of Worship (10:30 a.m.), it currently meeting via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. and offers conversation and discussion geared around Scripture and contemporary studies. From books of the Bible to topical studies and current events (The Wired Word), this class offers life application insight into each lesson.

SEEKERS AND SOWERS
Sunday (10:15 a.m.)
This class explores the Bible verse by verse using curriculum and creative topics as its guide. This inductive Bible study follows three simple steps: observation, interpretation, and application. Zoom link required.

MEN AND WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP
Sunday (4 p.m.)
Men and women of all ages are welcome to join this study of God’s Word that meets weekly on Sundays, 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. Past study included N.T. Wright’s study on Philippians.

Beyond Sundays

SOUL TRAINING
Monday (6:30 p.m.)
This weekly Bible Study is open to men and women of all ages and focuses on spiritual development. Current study: The Book of Acts. Meets weekly on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom.

THE 4G NETWORK – GETTING GROUNDED IN THE GOSPELS
Tuesdays, Jan. 5 – Apr. 6 on Zoom
2021 offers a new opportunity for Bible study – specifically deepening our relationship with Jesus Christ through diving deep and lingering awhile in the 4 gospel narratives. Similar to A Year With the Bible, but with a less demanding reading schedule, we read a chapter a day and gather via Zoom on the Tuesdays between January 5 and April 6 from 12:10-1 p.m. Contact Parish Associate Lib McGregor Simmons to indicate your interest and to receive your Zoom invitation. Passages are posted weekly in the eNews.

MEN’S MORNING STUDY
Friday ( 7 a.m.)
This is an informal group of men, ranging in age from 20’s to 70’s dedicated to learning more about the Word. We study the Bible a book at a time, reading and discussing about a chapter of a given book a week. NO HOMEWORK. Only text used is the Bible itself, and we have them available if you forget yours. When social distancing guidelines relax, we will meet for breakfast and fellowship at Page’s Okra Grill on the first Friday of the month. Meets Fridays, 7:00 a.m. via Zoom.

GATHERING AROUND BOOKS (The GAB Group)
4th Friday (5:30 p.m.)
Do you love to read and discuss what you have read with fellow bibliophiles? This new group may be just what you looking for! Each month we will read and discuss a fiction or non-fiction book which may not be overtly religious, but contains content and themes that can be discussed from a faith perspective. Dick Query, Ellen Creed Branham, and Lib McGregor Simmons have put their heads together to compile the 2020-2021 list. Even if you have not finished the book (or haven’t even cracked it open and gotten as far as the first page!), you are invited to drop in on what promises to be a lively discussion. Meets on the fourth Friday of every month from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Register here.

Presbyterian Women (PW) Circles

Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament.  In this nine-lesson study, Lynn Miller revives lament as a proper theological response to the difficult situations of our world. One of the foundational points of the study is that, in scripture, lament usually leads to hope. After crying out to God, the one who laments remembers God. And while that does not fix things in the moment—the injustice, the loss still exists—the lamenter is strengthened to face the world and to hope. And for us as Christians, hope is not just an emotional response or an attitude of pie in the sky. Hope implies movement: both God’s inherent movement toward justice and our movement toward God. Recovering lament may be one of the church’s most timely gifts to the world.

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLE 2
3rd Tuesday (10:30 a.m.)

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLE 3
2nd Tuesday (2:30 p.m.)

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLE 4
2nd Wednesday (9:30 a.m.)

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLE 5
2nd Thursday (7 p.m.)

PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLE 6
3rd Sunday (7 p.m.) 
One meeting focuses on the PW study Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament while the other gathering will be a time for more casual conversation and fellowship time. Location TBD.

Lenten Small Groups

While this year Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 17, we begin our Lenten program on Sunday, February 14, with a special Zoom presentation with the Rev. Dr. Von Clemans. Our theme: Living into Lent. This presentation launches our church-wide small group ministry for the forty days of Lent.

Our small group study will use the book Living into Lent, by Donald K. McKim. McKim describes his book as being written for those “who want to focus on Christian living and reflection during the season of Lent.” Through daily readings and weekly gatherings, participants will engage in devotions, a biblical text for devotion drawn from the Scripture passage, a theological quote, a devotional essay, an Action Step, and a prayer that connects life and Scripture to our call to discipleship as followers and ambassadors for Jesus Christ.

Registration for small groups is currently open to the MPPC community. Small groups are listed in the “Community” tab of Realm. Individuals can sign up for any open group through Realm or by contacting Trish Snead in the church office. If you are new to our Lenten Small Groups or unsure which small group you would like to attend, you can indicate your interest by signing up for either “OPEN In-Person” or “OPEN Virtual.” We will form groups from these “OPEN” groups or connect you with an existing group. If you do not see a group for you, and you would like to start a new small group, please let Trish know. Finally, if you are curious about the study and want to participate in the February 14 presentation before committing to a small group, you can access the presentation here when it becomes available. We welcome your participation!

Current Lent Small Group facilitators and their meeting times are listed next. Small group leaders will have books for his or her small group beginning the week of February 1. Please contact your small group leader to coordinate pickup of your book(s). Suggested donation for books: $7.00. Please check Realm to see when groups are full. You will have access to access to your group’s ZOOM link once you are assigned a small group.

CURRENT LENT SMALL GROUPS

  • Clarke Allen (YOUNG ADULTS WITHOUT CHILDREN) – Thursdays, 8:00 p.m.
  • Andrea Ansley – To Be Determined
  • Sharon/Charlie Barnett – Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
  • Ellen Creed Branham/Caroline Feller – Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m.
  • Susan Dalton/Martha Feil/Cynthia Rivers – Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
  • Maryanne Davis – Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
  • Chesnut Denton – Sundays, 10:00 a.m.
  • Robert Ellis (MEN & WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY) – Sundays, 4:00 p.m.
  • Anne Farmer/Sue Verner – Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
  • Brittany Greer (YOUNG WOMEN) – Sundays, 7:00 p.m.
  • Joe Molinari (MEN’S GROUP) – Fridays, 7:00 a.m.
  • Don Horres – Thursdays, 6:00 p.m.
  • Jo Lemmons (ANGEL WINGS) – Fridays, 8:30 a.m.
  • Holly Limbert (THE MIDDLE) – Sundays, 9:00 a.m.
  • Bill Marsh (SEEKERS & SOWERS) – Sundays, 10:15 a.m.
  • Coby Mozingo – Mondays, 4:30 p.m.
  • Mona Knight/Susan Mellichamp (OLD VILLAGE) – Tuesdays, 6:30 a.m.
  • Jane Parker/Susanne & Dick Query – Sundays, 5:30 p.m.
  • Joe Rainero – Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.

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