Christian Education for Adults

Fall 2020

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

Sundays

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, this class offers life application insight into each lesson.

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. Meets Sundays, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

ACADEMY OF SAINT JOHN
Sunday (9 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. Meets Sundays, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom. Fall studies include Max Lucado’s You’ll Get Through This, N. T. Wright’s Mark for Everyone, and Max Lucado’s Advent study Because of Bethlehem.

SEEKERS AND SOWERS
(Hebrews: Grace and Gratitude)
Sunday (9 a.m.)
In Hebrews: Grace and Gratitude, author and New Testament scholar David deSilva takes participants through a study of Hebrews, tracing the themes of grace and gratitude through this unique New Testament book. In the Book of Hebrews, participants will discover a bold perspective on who Jesus is and what he has done, as well as a powerful reflection on the meaning and significance of his death and resurrection in light of the Old Testament. As you read and study this letter, you will receive a deeper appreciation for the salvation we have received through Christ and hear afresh God’s call to a life of gratitude and faithfulness. Meets Sundays, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

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. Meets Sundays, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom.

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.

*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 along with Director of Christian Education Dan Wiard 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 ZoomRegister here.

*PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLE 6
3rd Sunday (7 p.m. Begins Sept. 20) 
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.

Mondays

MOZINGO SMALL GROUP
Monday (4:30 p.m. Begins Sept. 21)
This group will look at the main themes of the book of Genesis using the Six Themes Everyone Should Know series from the PCUSA. The book, as the church’s Scripture, points us toward our beginnings as a human race as well as the beginnings of our faith in the God who is revealed in Genesis. This God cares and loves the creation and provides for the good of human creatures by being present with them. We learn of God’s ways in the world and we find who God is in relation to those who look to God as a good and caring creator. Meets Mondays, 4:30 p.m. (Begins September 21)

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.

Tuesdays

A YEAR WITH THE BIBLE
Tuesday (12:10 p.m.)
It is not too late to join A Year with the Bible reading program. If you couldn’t start in January or if you find that you have more time available now than you did then or if the challenge sounds more intriguing to you than it did at the beginning of the year, join us now! The weekly discussion is led by Parish Associate Lib McGregor Simmons. Passages are posted weekly in the eNews. The group currently meets via Zoom on Tuesdays, 12:10-1:00 p.m.

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

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

Wednesdays

The two Get Fed opportunities, The New Testament in Its World and Missional Renaissance, have been canceled due to lack of interest.

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

BRANHAM/FELLER SMALL GROUP (Philippians)
Wednesday (10 a.m. Begins Sept. 16)
Philippians: Six Themes Everyone Should Know.  Philippi is Paul’s first destination outside Asia Minor, his first city to visit in Europe, and his first mission in a place where there was no Jewish community from which to begin preaching. Cynthia Campbell writes that in Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we get a unique glimpse of our beginnings as Christians. Some themes explored include the importance of community for followers of Christ, Christian joy despite persecution, the nature of Christian unity, what it means to be “in Christ”, and mutual hospitality.  Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. (Begins September 16)

Thursdays

WOMEN’S SMALL GROUP: Unshakeable Hope
Thursday (6 p.m. Begins Sept. 24)
Unshakeable Hope. This world has a tremble to it. There are things that seem unsteady in this life. But when we belong to God, it allows us to filter our problems through the promises of God. When we choose to be people of the promise, we choose to build our lives on the promises of God, not the circumstances of life. The stories of the men and women in Scripture were different, but the theme was the same: they were People of the Promise. Because of God’s promises, Noah built an ark on dry land, Joshua claimed the Promised Land, David became king, Peter preached the first sermon, and John caught a glimpse of the future. Like them, we can also build our lives on God’s promises, and trust him to keep them. This video Bible study will help you and your church stand on the definitive declarations of our mighty and loving God who governs the world according to his great and precious promises. Meets Thursday, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. (Begins September 24)

DAVIS SMALL GROUP: Esther
Thursday (6:30 p.m. Begins Sept. 24)
Esther: Courage in a Complicated World. Esther’s story in ancient Persia is filled with risky twists and turns and often perilous outcomes. How will God use this situation to care for his people and bless others? Open the book of Esther, and you step back in time to ancient Persia around 480 B.C. It is a time of kings and queens in a vast empire covering most of what we know as the Middle East today— and beyond. Esther’s story is filled with risky twists and turns, happy and fearful moments, dangerous and deadly outcomes. What is more, it shows us God’s deliverance and care for his people. Scattered throughout the world, the Lord’s followers trust that God will keep his age-old promises to make them a great nation and to bless others through them. As you look into Esther’s story, keep an eye open for the presence and work of God, who watches over and cares for his people always. Meets Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. (Begins September 24)

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

Fridays

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.

*Curriculum Description for 2020–2021 Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible study

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.