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Adult Faith Formation 2019-2020

Adult Faith Formation
FALL 2019


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.

Parenting with Love & Logic
Sundays, September 8th through October 27th, at 10:05am in WM 204
Led by Corinne Gaertner, this eight-week class will be an opportunity to develop strong parenting techniques and strategies. The Love and Logic approach to parenting is built around the science of crafting caring and respectful relationships. Whether you’re embarking for the first time with your new baby or navigating the turbulent teens with your youngest, come learn strategies and techniques that will help you create calm and loving solutions. 

Sacred Interludes: A Brief Introduction to World Religions
Sundays, September 8th through October 6th, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
Led by Rev. Chuck Jones, this five-week class will focus on major religious traditions to examine their worldviews, concepts of the sacred, the human dilemma, and purpose for living with the goal of providing a better understanding of ways to relate to them in a global community. We will be surveying Hinduism, Buddhism, the Chinese traditions of Confucianism and Taoism, Zoroastrianism, and Islam.

Sundays, September 8th through October 6th, at 10:05am in EM 305/30
Led by Mary Beth Hunt. Jesus told us, “Do not be afraid.” But in a world filled with racial and political tensions, terrorism, loneliness, illness, and aging, how is that possible? In this five-week class based on Adam Hamilton’s book Unafraid, we will discuss how to face our anxieties and fears, take practical steps to overcome them, and learn to live with courage and hope. The book, which draws from Scripture and science, is optional but highly recommended.

Proverbs—Timeless Wisdom
Sundays, October 13th through November 3rd, at 10:05am in EM 305/306
Led by Rev. Bill Hull, this four-week class will study and reflect on the role of wisdom literature across a number of cultures and religious traditions, including the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament. The class will focus specifically on the book of Proverbs, exploring how these sayings inform our faith as followers of Jesus Christ.

 Open My Lips: Prayer in Practice
Sundays, October 13th through November 3rd, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
Led by Will Wellman. The Psalmist (51:15) declared, “O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.” Prayer is a cornerstone of the Christian faith and yet, for many of us, it remains a mysterious spiritual practice. This class will provide an opportunity to study various types of prayer in the broader Christian tradition and put them into practice as a community and as individuals.

Dietrich Bonhoeffers Meditation on the Psalms
Sundays, November 10th through December 15th, at 10:05am in EM 305/306
Led by Rev. Robert Wierenga, this class will study Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Meditations on Psalms. Bonhoeffer loved the Psalms and encouraged Christians to spend time immersed in them. Throughout the class we will listen to Bonhoeffer’s words on Psalms 22, 47, 62, 85, 100, and 127.   

The Time Between: The Intertestamental Period
Sundays, November 10th through December 15th, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
Led by Marsha Rydberg. During the 400 years between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament culture, language, politics, and even religion changed. To better understand Jesus’ world, we’ll study the history, culture, and religious literature of the time between the Testaments.

Christianity & Consumerism
Sunday, December 22rd, at 10:05am in EM 307/308
Led by Will Wellman. The celebration of Jesus Christ entering into history during Advent & Christmas is so often overshadowed by rampant consumerism. This class will take time to stop, step back, and think through what exactly God is calling us to in this season, and in all times, regarding our relationship with material possessions.


Covenant Group Bible Study — New! Starting October 2nd
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 sstichter@srbp.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 mmaddux@madduxattorneys.com or Will Wellman will@palmaceia.org

Women’s Bible Study — Launching September 8th
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 nicole@palmaceia.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 will@palmaceia.org