FAITH & FELLOWSHIP HOUR OFFERINGS 2020
Faith in the Presbyterian Tradition
Sundays, Year-round, at 10:05am in room CH 310
Led by Mike Peacock. This class discusses the particular lens through which Presbyterian & Reformed Christians read & interpret the Bible and make decisions in their daily lives.
World Religions in Art
Sundays, January 5th through January 26th, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
Led by Kem Toole. What is religious art? This class will seek to answer that question each week through an exploration of a different world religion and how these different world religions are reflected in artworks. Throughout the class we will look at art reflective of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.
Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks
Sundays, January 5th through February 9th, at 10:05am in EM 305/306
Led by Marvin Crabtree and Scott Stichter. If gratitude is good, why is it so hard to do? To get a better understanding of this dilemma, the class will watch and discuss six films by Diana Butler Bass about her book Grateful. In her book, Diana Butler Bass untangles our conflicting understandings of gratitude and sets the table for a renewed practice of giving thanks.
Dialogue in Action: Discussions on News and Faith
Sundays, February 2nd through February 23rd, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
Led by Will Wellman. Faith is often said to be a completely spiritual exercise, removed from the things of this world. However, as has been demonstrated by numerous Christians throughout the centuries, Christian faith demands an active engagement with the world and issues of the day. Join us as we read and discuss current news stories alongside various Scripture passages. We’ll explore what it means for us to “love God” and “love your neighbor as yourself” in the 21st century.
Do Not Sound a Trumpet: An Exploration of the Individual in the Season of Lent
Sundays, March 1st through April 5th, at 10:05am in EM 305/306
PCPC’s Lectionary Call-in Podcast members will be leading this Lenten series focused on the Gospel Lectionary passages in Matthew and John. Using a theme from the Ash Wednesday reading for 2020, the class will explore the strengths and limitations of individual points-of-view, and the spiritual compromises of pride, norms, and loyalty. Though listening to the weekly podcasts is not required, the team will be discussing the Sunday passages through other themes and concepts in on-demand streaming, available three days before each class.
Laurus: Lenten Book Study
Sundays, March 1st through April 5th, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
Led by Will Wellman. Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin is the story of a 15th century Russian faith healer on a quest for redemption. The novel spans multiple continents and the entirety of the life of its main character, Laurus. This award-winning, powerful novel reads as a spiritual journey and explores numerous themes including love, repentance, faith, redemption, hope, and salvation and will provide a launching point for discussions on Lent. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the e-mail list, which will send out readings for each week, and for a book.
Creating a Space: Holy Ground
Sundays, April 19th through May 17th, at 10:05am in EM 304
Led by Sally Speer (LCSW). Creating a space that is safe and hospitable can become Holy Ground. It’s a space where a person can be fully heard and others can support their care through listening. PCPC is offering this space for any and all that want to join-in and belong together. With Holy Ground, knowing one another is always open & safe.
Who, What, When, Where, Why: The Bible Past & Present
Sundays, April 19th through May 17th, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
The Bible is fundamental to Christianity and yet it can be overwhelming to approach. Oftentimes we go where we are most familiar and avoid the rest. This class will introduce the Bible, how it came to be, it’s history, and what it means to us today. Not only will we learn about the Bible but we will read, explore, and interpret it together. All are welcome!
Is It Good News?
Sundays, May 24th through May 31st, at 10:05am in EM 305/306
Led by Mary Beth Hunt and Barbara Lewis, USF librarian and digital media expert. The Bible tells us, “The truth will set you free,” but what is true? Half of all Americans admit to sharing made-up news online, most didn’t know it was fake when they shared it. In this class, we will learn how to evaluate information sources and become discerning media consumers.
Creation & Covenant: Summer Bible Study on Genesis
Starting Sunday June 7th, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
Will Wellman will lead a discussion through the Book of Genesis, the Old Testament lectionary text for the summer. Come learn about the beginnings of Creation and the formation of God’s covenantal relationship with humanity through leaders like Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Everyone is welcome to drop in on whatever Sundays you are in town throughout the summer. Visitors are welcome, too!
Covenant Group Bible Study — New! October 2nd-Feb. 26, 2020
Wednesdays, Starting October 2nd at 6:00pm in EM 304
This new in-depth Bible study will begin in October and meet weekly for six months. Utilizing the Covenant Bible Study videos and guide, the group will explore the Biblical concept of covenant throughout the Old and New Testaments. Come learn what it means to be called into relationship with God and to live that out faithfully in community. Scott Stichter will be leading this group Bible Study. To get on the class list email email@example.com
Men’s Bible Study
All men are invited to join this Bible study which meets every other week on Monday mornings at 7:30am in the Fellowship Hall. The group includes time for fellowship and study of the upcoming Sunday’s Gospel lectionary text. Breakfast is included. For more information and to get on the email list, email Michael Maddux firstname.lastname@example.org or Will Wellman email@example.com
Women’s Sunday Evening Bible Study
Women are invited to join this bible study which will provide an opportunity for Christian nurture and support of its members and the studying of scripture and its application to our modern lives. Pastor Nicole and Allison Kelly will begin this study on Sunday, September 8th at 7:00 pm in Eastminster 304. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Koinonia Spiritual Cohort
September 2019 through May 2020
Koinonia is a Biblical Greek word meaning communion, participation, fellowship. The Koinonia Spiritual Cohort is a nine-month commitment (September through May) that provides space and direction for folks seeking a deeper relationship with God and others. Throughout the nine months we’ll learn about and explore various Christian spiritual practices, meet in small groups, go on retreats, and deepen our engagement with Scripture. We’ll kick off with a weekend retreat in mid-September. If you’re interested in being part of the 2019/2020 Cohort or have any questions, please email Will Wellman at email@example.com.