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ADULTS

QUEST  (Meets in the Session Room)

Topic:  ANTONIN SCALIA ON FAITH:                       

LESSONS FROM AN AMERICAN BELIEVER

This class will explore the deep faith of a great jurist.  As Justice Thomas said of him: “Nino’s faith was robust, deeply personal, and central to his life—it guided him and gave structure to his life…..it fueled a deep commitment to his judicial oath and the duties and obligations that it entailed.”

Antonin Scalia thought deeply about matters of religion and shared his insights with many audiences over the course of his remarkable career.  As a Supreme Court justice for three decades, he vigorously defended the American tradition of allowing religion a prominent place in the public square.

As we turn through the pages of this book we will also be discussing what the framers of the constitution believed about separation of church and state and how the Supreme Court has interpreted that constitutional mandate over the years.

Come join us for an informative journey into the faith of Justice Scalia and an engaging discussion on the role of religion in the life of our nation.

SECOND CUP  (Meets in the Kirk Center)  Teacher:  David Hill

This new adult class will have a weekly discussion centered around one of Rob Bell’s short videos (12-14 minutes) from the Nooma series.  Pastor Bell will indeed spark your thinking with the topics he explores. No boredom in his presentations.

Here’s how the series has been described.

Jesus lived with the awareness that God is doing something, right here, right now, and anybody can be a part of it. He encouraged his listeners to search, to question, to wrestle with the implications of what he was saying and doing. Wherever he went, Jesus started discussions about what matters most, because for Jesus, God is always inviting us to open our eyes and join in.

Nooma is a series of short films that explore our world from a perspective of Jesus. Nooma is an invitation to search, question, and join the discussion.

DISCOVERY BIBLE STUDY   (Meets in the Chapel)

Teachers:  Pat Davis, Joy Carden, Sam McClurg

This class will be using the weekly Bible study curriculum called ‘The Present Word’.  The study is thematic in approach and helps participants to  1) know the content of the Bible, 2) understand the message of the Bible in light of their experiences and relationships, and 3) be aware of God’s self-disclosure, especially God’s redeeming love as revealed in Jesus Christ.

This quarter the focus will be on the “grace of God” as a central conviction of the Christian faith.  The class will look at what it means to live in the grace of God and perceive God’s grace all around us.

CHILDREN                    

Curriculum:  Growing in Grace and Gratitude 

3’s-K      Room 120            Leader:  Kathy Grawe

Gr. 1-5    Kirk Center        Carrie and Lindsay Southard

Fall 2019 examines Old Testament stories that reflect worship—ways we come before God in worship and ways in which God meets us, calls us and sends us. We celebrate the grace, beauty, and joy in God’s good creation and our response is praise. God can call us by name and send us a job to do. In the Ten Commandments, we hear God’s words to us and we learn ways in which we love God and love others. We offer gifts and give our thanks. Like Joshua, we can remember God’s activity in our lives and mark the moment with ritual. God’s people have the opportunity time and time again to dedicate themselves to following God. Ruth’s words become an affirmation of faith, a commitment to follow God. In two stories of David, we get a sense of the joy and delight of worship. We turn to aspects of our participation in worship through confession and repentance, what God truly desires from us, and life application. Jonah must confront his disobedience and turn back to God. Micah reminds us that God doesn’t want “stuff.” God wants us to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God. Finally, Esther puts her faith into action “for such a time as this,” reminding us that we can live what we believe too.

YOUTH

CONFIRMATION CLASS     Rm 213—CE Building                                      Teachers: Beppie Lever, Martha Baitcher

This class takes 6th-7th graders through the confirmation process which will prepare them to profess their personal faith and the faith of the church.