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Adult Education Class

Sundays at 9 a.m. in the Chapel

Many people are aware that Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) uses a 12-step program that alcoholics can follow to recover from their addictions. Though this program is essentially secular, the roots of the AA program were heavily influenced by Christianity and, indeed, that approach has been (re) adopted by Christians as a basis for Celebrate Recovery (CR), a Christ-centered 12-step program.

This lesson will describe both programs, sketch out this long-term relationship between Christianity and 12-step programs, and describe personal experiences with both programs. One of the recognized conclusions is that 12-step programs are also beneficial for a wide range of non-addicts, essentially any who struggle with “hurts, hang-ups, and habits” as CR describes it. Discussion is led by Mark Snell.

Berean Circle

Fall 2016 ImageBerean Circle will be meeting on Wednesday, January 11 at 10:30 am in the Library. We will be discussing the fifth lesson, “According to Paul,” from our study of Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes. The key scripture is 1 Corinthians 1:18-25.

Winter Seminar

kathryn-class-imageOn the Edge of the Inside: Seeing through Eyes on the Margins
January 4, 11 and 25 – 6:30 pm

We will consider what it means to live “on the edge of the inside” from the perspective of Clare of Assisi, and what that might look like in 2017. Clare lived a life of prophetic witness, not so much by what she wrote or said as in the radical, system-critiquing way that she lived her life. She found both inner and outer freedom by structurally living on the edge of the inside of the church and society. Sign-up sheets for the seminar are in Immanuel Parlor and Reception Desk. Seminar will be led by Kathryn Cameron.

New Class Beginning November 27

emmanuelA Season of Hope and Anticipation: Advent Themes in the Four Gospels
9 am in the Chapel

• November 27: Matthew shows us that God is not absent or far removed but dwells with us as Emmanuel.

• December 4:   Mark shows that God’s love and self-sacrifice can be seen clearly, even in times of desperation, struggle, and suffering.
•  December 11: Luke paints a picture of hope and renewal and offers a message of reversal: the lowly will be raised up, and the great brought down.
•  December 18: Instead of a birth narrative, the Gospel of John has a creation story, with Jesus featured as co-creator with God. Through Jesus, people experience God as light and life, living water, and bread of life.

“Finding Your Why” Study

seminar_14515cJoin us for a small study group seminar will be offered on Wednesday, November 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm to explore together the topics “Finding Your Why (Why are you here?)” and “Finding Purpose for the Second Half of Life.” A sign-up sheet is on the Reception Desk. Rev. Jerry Self will help with the discussion. We need at least two signed up by Monday, November 7th to hold the seminar. Call 243-1498 with any questions.

Berean Circle November 9

Fall 2016 ImageBerean Circle will be meeting on Wednesday, November 9 at 10:30 am in the Library. We will see who Jesus is this month through the eyes of Luke (lesson 3). If you haven’t read the whole gospel with the thought of hearing the stories for the first time, at least look at Chapters 1-4, 14, and 16.

Finding Your Purpose

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Join us for a small study group seminar will be offered on Wednesday, November 9th from 6:30 to 7:30 pm to explore together the topics “Finding Your Why (Why are you here?)” and “Finding Purpose for the Second Half of Life.”  A sign-up sheet is on the Reception Desk.  Call 243-1498 with any questions.

Science & Faith – The Uniqueness of Humans

faith colorSaturday, October 22, 2016
Refreshments – 6:30 pm
Presentation  – 7:00 pm
Discussion – 7:30 pm

Discussion facilitator: Dr. Bob Reinovsky

This discussion examines 6 topics which are sometimes used to distinguish humans from other primates:  aggression; theory-of-mind; applications of the Golden Rule; empathy; transmission of culture; and a capacity for anticipation/deferred gratification.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Reinovsky is a practising scientist and program manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

New Adult Education Class

walls1cBuilding Walls
October 9-30
9 am in the Chapel

Beginning October 9, we will begin a four week class on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
Building a wall is currently a hot topic. Come see how Nehemiah handled it!
Class is facilitated by John Sitler.

Berean Circle

Fall 2016 ImageBerean Circle will be meeting on Wednesday, October 12 at 10:30 am in the Library. We will see who Jesus is this month through the eyes of Matthew (Lesson 2). If you haven’t read the whole gospel with the thought of hearing the stories for the first time, at least look at Chapters 5-7 and 13. Please join us.