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Berean Circle

Berean Circle will meet on Wednesday, November 8, at 10:30 am in the library. We will be covering Lesson 3, “In Community with the Living Word” of our study, Cloud of Witnesses, The Community of Christ in Hebrews. The class is facilitated by Anne Collins. Please join us!

Berean Circle

Berean Circle will be meeting on Wednesday, October 11 at 10:30 am in the church library. We will be covering Lesson 2, “In Community with the Living God” of our study, Cloud of Witnesses, The Community of Christ in Hebrews. All are welcome.

New Adult Education Starting

Martin Luther: 500 Years after Wittenberg
Sundays, October 1–29
9 a.m. in the Chapel

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s publication of his 95 Theses criticizing the Church’s sale of indulgences, the symbolic beginning of the Protestant Reformation which reshaped Europe and the world. Throughout October, leading up to Reformation Sunday, we will learn about Luther through video and primary sources. What drove him to challenge the most powerful institutions of his day? How did this obscure, brusque monk manage to be heard when others had failed? Does his message and method still matter and speak to and for us today? Class is led by John Sitler.


Berean Circle

Berean Circle, our regular monthly Bible study, will use the 2017-2018 PW/Horizons Bible Study, Cloud of Witnesses, The Community of Christ in Hebrews. This study will approach Hebrews through the lenses of peace, peacemaking, and hope. It is now time to order the study books, which cost $10 each, so we have time to read through the Introduction and Lesson 1 before September 13. Please contact the office so we know how many books need to be ordered. Please call the office for more information.

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.