FAITH FORMATION & SPIRITUAL GROWTH
Opportunities for All
Sunday Morning Adult Education
Women’s Weekday Opportunities
Women at the Well
Morning Weekly Group and Evening Monthly Group
Women at the Well begins the fall schedule in September and welcomes women of all ages and stages to join us! There are two groups, each with different format, time and content. 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.
The Weekly Group
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 book selection for the winter semester is Hope: A User's Manual by MaryAnn McKibben Dana.
The Monthly Group
The monthly group meets on the third or fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00pm and uses a podcast as the basis for discussion on topics of interest over dinner at a local restaurant. Our next meeting will be February 16. Additional dates are: March 16, April 27, and May 25.
If you would like to be added let Debbie Kirk know firstname.lastname@example.org.
Men’s Weekday Opportunities
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.
The Presbyterian Pint men's group will be reading Adam’s Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation by Richard Rohr. We will be meeting every two weeks over 4 sessions for this study: The dates are: January 26, February 9, February 23 & March 9.
This book deals with five challenging concepts: Life is hard, you are not important, your life is not about you, you are not in control and you are going to die. Please purchase the book on your own and read through p.34 before our first meeting. All men of the church are welcome to join us! Contact Pastor Mac to be added to the distribution list.
Opportunities for All
Brown Bag with Pastor Mac
The series is on a break - Check back for updates!
Seeing The Word
This monthly small group comes together for bible study and discussion on the third Monday of the month. 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.
Pastor Mac has just begun looking at New Testament Illuminations with the group. If new people would like to join the group this winter/spring, all are welcome! Please contact Pastor Mac if you’d like to be added to the distribution list.
Sunday Morning Adult Education
Everyone is invited to join us each Sunday morning for a variety of offerings as part of your sabbath practice through opportunities that nurture our bodies, minds and spirits through different formats. Some are more physically active, others are through hands-on experiences, some are inside, and some are outside. The Adult Committee provides offerings designed to equip adults living out their faith in the world in the areas of current issues and culture; Bible study; peacemaking, justice and mission; spiritual formation and practice; and reformed theology. A variety of resources including classic theological literature, current books, music, and media are used to engage us in sharing faith with one another. All are designed for adults of any age and stage in life and faith to encourage our thoughtful engagement with scripture, vigorous discussion of challenging issues, and reflective consideration of spiritual practices.
THE GATHERING - LENT 2023
Nine O'Clock Class
9:00-10:00am | Room 200
This class will resume after Easter!
9:30-10:20am | WH South
February 26-April 2
Facilitated by Jimmy Hulsey
Following the journey of Jesus to his death on the cross and what following Jesus means for us are the themes of Lent. No question, this is a journey of sacrifice.
Arguably, no theme resounds throughout the Bible more than sacrifice. Who is this God who demands sacrifice? Is there more than one way to think of sacrifice? Was the cross about divine love or the payment of a debt? Why did Jesus have to die? Is there a difference for us in thinking that God demands sacrifice of our lives and thinking that God offers God’s own life for us?
I invite you to join me for the six Sundays that occur within Lent for a class on the journey of sacrifice. My intent is that it will follow Scripture, explore our faith and rock with lively discussion. Even during Lent, I am not one for giving up on a bit of fun.
- Jimmy Hulsey
9:30-10:20am | WH North
During Lent, the Ponderers class will take up "Presbyterian Questions and Answers" about the Christian Life and the coming Reign of God. We will reflect on topics such as prayer, healing, personal holiness, Jesus's resurrection, and His return. No special background or preparation is needed. Join us in Westminster Hall North for warm hospitality and a meaningful conversation!