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 Adult Education  

FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUAL GROWTH

Women's Groups

Men's Groups

Opportunities for All

Sunday Morning Adult Education

Women’s Weekday Opportunities

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Women at the Well

Morning Weekly Group and Evening Monthly Group

Women at the Well welcomes women of all ages and stages to join us!  The two groups have a different format, time, and content. The weekly group meets Wednesday mornings from 9:15-10:30am and uses a particular book chosen each semester as a guide for shared conversation, reflections, and prayer. The monthly group meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00pm (sometimes the third Thursday to avoid holidays) and uses a podcast as the basis for discussion on various topics. Both groups are wonderful opportunities for women to get to know each other as we discuss the intersection of culture and faith and our own spiritual journeys.

If you would like to be added to the email list, let Debbie Kirk know dkirk@hmpc.org.  

Men’s Weekday Opportunities

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Waking Up with the Word 

Waking Up with the Word is a long running bible study for men.  Two Tuesdays a month it meets by Zoom and two Tuesdays it meets in-person on the Westminster Hall Patio.  The group uses an ancient bible study process called Lectio Divina.  We look at the passage that will be preached on the upcoming Sunday.  The study revolves around three questions:

What is a word or phrase that stands out to you?

Allow that word or phrase to develop into a memory from your life, a though on the passage or metaphor

What is Christ calling you to through the passage?

No previous bible study experience is needed.  It is a great group of guys who are welcoming and wise in their comments.  For our in-person meetings coffee and bibles are provided.  If you have questions or would like to be added to the email distribution list, please contact Pastor Mac.

 

 Presbyterian Pint 

Men of the church are welcome to join us for fellowship and faith in a friendly environment! We typically meet the third Thursday of every month at 7:00pm at various locations. We discuss relevant questions of theology and culture. All men of any age and stage of life are welcome! Contact Pastor Mac to be added to the distribution list. 

Opportunities for All

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Seeing The Word

​This monthly small group comes together for bible study and discussion on the third Monday of the month at noon.  This group uses the St. John’s Illuminated Bible to discuss a scripture using a visual image. 

The Saint John’s Bible is the first completely handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a Benedictine abbey since the invention of the printing press.  Beginning in 1970, master calligrapher Donald Jackson expressed in media interviews his lifelong dream of creating an illuminated Bible. Following a Saint John’s University-sponsored calligraphy presentation at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 1995, Jackson discussed a handwritten Bible with Fr. Eric Hollas, former executive director of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Between 1996 and 1997, Saint John’s explored the feasibility of the Bible project, Jackson created first samples, and theologians developed the illumination schema. The Saint John’s Bible was officially commissioned in 1998 and funding opportunities were launched. The public was introduced to the project in 1999 and production was completed in 2011, with the final word penned in May 2011 and touch-up work completed by December 2011.The Saint John’s Bible is divided into seven volumes and is two feet tall by three feet wide when open. The Bible is made of vellum, with 160 illuminations.


  If new people would like to join the group this summer, all are welcome!  Please contact Pastor Mac  if you’d like to be added to the distribution list.


Summer Dates
•   No June Meeting

•   July 15 at Noon - WH South -  The Book of Kells

•   August 19 at Noon - Chapel  - The Lindesfarne Gospel

 

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THE GATHERING 

SUMMER SCHEDULE

Sunday Morning Adult Education
SUMMER SERIES

9:30-10:20am


July 14: Meals on Wheels packing event
We will be packing lunch bags for Meals on Wheels during the Sunday School hour. These bags will be delivered to the MOW clients as an extra meal. The Mission Committee will be purchasing the items for these meal bags with Hunger Action budgeted funds. Join us for this hands-on and meaningful project.


July 21: Celtic Christianity 101
St. Patrick, St. Columba, the Gospel of John, God’s creation, the Isle of Iona, the Synod of Whitby, and more.  What are the marks of Celtic Christianity?  Come “scratch the surface” of this interesting topic that can impact your spiritual journey. Led by Pastor Mac.

July 28: Lectio Divina
Lectio Divina (Latin for "Divine Reading") is an ancient devotional practice that includes multiple readings of a single Scriptural passage, quiet reflection, and in a group setting, conversation. Bring a Bible and join Fred Woodward to learn more and give it a try
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August 4: St. Cuthbert & the Holy Island

St. Cuthbert is a 7th century saint who is buried in Durham Cathedral in England.  He conducted ministry along the present day Scottish border and lived on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.  There are many interesting stories and legends about him, and today there is a 100 km pilgrims' path in his memory.  Come join Pastor Mac to learn about Cuthbert.

August 11:  Avery County Mission Trip Presentation
Our Mission Team will share their week building with Habitat for Humanity in Avery County in western NC.  Not only do they work hard as the “hands and feet of Christ” they enjoy getting to know each other better through times of devotion, reflection and sharing at the end of each day.

August 18: Doves & Pigeons
Forget everything you know about pigeons. Pigeons are one of nature's most successful creatures. Pigeons and doves belong to the same family of birds, and Biblical Hebrew uses two words for these two species: usually translated as pigeon, but also as dove. Occasionally these words occur together. "Pigeon Dan", expert on pigeons, will wrap up our Summer Series on August 18. Come for a fascinating look into one of God's creatures as Dan takes us into a world of wonder and interaction with some of his sought after companions he has raised and trained.

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