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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

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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

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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.

Science & Faith – Saturday 17

God and ParameciumSaturday, September 17, 2016
Refreshments – 6:30 pm
Presentation  – 7:00 pm
Discussion – 7:30 pm

Discussion facilitator: Carl and Jackie Allen

This presentation is built around the study of extraterrestrial samples, and the opportunities they provide to understand time, place, and life thru the lenses of personal experience, mythology / theology, and science.

About the Presenters:
Carl Allen is NASA’s curator of extraterrestrial samples, and Jackie Allen is an accomplished space science educator.

Berean Circle Resumes September 14

Fall 2016 ImageBerean Circle, a Bible study utilizing the book, Who Is Jesus? What a difference a Lens Makes, resumes this Wednesday, September 14 at 10:30 am. Please read Mark, Chapters 1-8 prior to meeting. We will distribute books when they arrive.  All are welcome to join us.

New Adult Education Class

scrolls_13252bcThe Five Scrolls
Sundays from August 28 – October 2
9 am in the Chapel

The Festal Scrolls are the five shortest books in the Writings, a part of the Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament. We will look at these books – Ecclesiastes, Esther, Song of Songs, Ruth, and Lamentations – in the order they are read during the year in the Synagogue. Each is associated with a Jewish festival: the feast of Tabernacles, Purim, Passover, the festival of Weeks, and the Ninth of Av.

Class will not meet next Sunday, September 18.

Order Your Books for Berean Circle

Fall 2016 ImageIt is time to order the books Who Is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes. The circle will meet 2nd Wednesdays starting September 14 at 10:30 am. Contact the church office at 265-7628 by August 14 if you would like to order a book.  The cost for each book is $10.

New Adult Education Class

ship_7207cp.2Sundays starting July 31 – 9 am in the Chapel

Often dismissed as absurd or trivialized as an amusing children’s tale, the book of Jonah is in truth a literary gem, full of wordplay and irony, a prophetic parable and mordant satire that challenges our own notions of inclusion and justice.  Join us for a close reading of this imaginative text.

July 31: Running Away from God
August 7: Swallowed Up and Spit Out
August 14: God Changes His Mind?
August 21: A Bush, A Worm, A Petulant Prophet — and a Question

New Adult Education Class July 17

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July 17 and 24 – 9 a.m. in the Chapel

Rev. David Cameron will lead a study of the concept of “Freedom” from a Christian perspective for two weeks. The Enlightenment of the eighteenth century emphasized the individual’s right to freedom from institutional control. But followers of Jesus cannot settle for “freedom from” without also asking what we are “free for?” Please join us.