~ CURRENT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES ~
Adult Education classes are offered each Sunday morning.
Classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and run for one hour.
~ CURRENT WEEKDAY CLASS ~
MODULE THREE: JANUARY 6 – 27, 2019
THE 5 LOVE LANGUAGES: The Secret to Love That Lasts
The 5 Love Languages is a #1 New York Times Bestseller by Gary Chapman. The book was first published in 1992 and was most recently republished in 2015.
Chapman posits that each one of us has a “primary love language” that when fulfilled keeps the “emotional love tank full.”
If you have been married for 15 years or fewer and would like to explore The 5 Love Languages with other married couples, then join The 5 Love Languages small group.
Dan & Tonya Deyo and Dave & Pattie Gunter will lead the group and help participants discover a renewed sense of their spouse’s love.
Class Leaders: Dan & Tonya Deyo and Dave & Pattie Gunter
Class Location: Library
500 YEARS AND COUNTING–PROTESTANTISM’S NEXT CHAPTER
In the aftermath of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation, it is appropriate to consider these questions: Why do Protestant churches still exist? Are we Protestants still protesting something? If not, what is the point of being a Protestant today? Should we assume the present division of the Christian religion into institutionally separate (and even competing) expressions will persist indefinitely? Or are we instead entering a “post Protestant” and perhaps even “post denominational” era?
- January 6 – The Origins of “Protestantism”
- January 13 – The Evolution of Protestant Christianity
- January 20 – A “Post Protestant” Era?
- January 27 – The Global South: The Explosive Growth of Post-Colonial Christianity
Class Leader: R. Bruce Douglass
Class Location: Chapel
MODULE FOUR: February 10 – 24, 2019
BRINGING MARK’S STORY OF BLIND BARTIMAEUS ALIVE
Midrash is an ancient Jewish method of exploring scripture. It is an interpretive act, a creative way of reading the scripture, that allows us to be personal with the story, craft new stories, and make connections between stories in scripture and ourselves and our world.
What happens next? What happened to the people on the edge of the story? Where can you relate? Can you find connections?
We’re going to spend three weeks on Mark 10:46-52 and see what we discover. Each class will stand alone; but each class will clearly build and connect. So come however you are! Bring your curiosity and playfulness and prayerfulness. You will be surprised how deep we can go and how fun it will be.
Class Leader: Rachel Russell
Class Location: Library
THE CONTINUING DISCUSSION: RECLAIMING JESUS
In mid-2018 a group of two dozen ecumenical leaders (primarily Protestant) issued Reclaiming Jesus: A Call to Faith in a Time of Crisis. The document was organized around six “We Believe…” statements of scriptural belief, each followed by a “Therefore We Reject…” statement opposing particular trends in current American politics.
Using a nine-lesson curriculum, Pastor Scott Ramsey and Linton Brooks led an adult education discussion of the statement in November and December, hoping to be able to condense the material to allow completion in only six sessions. The richness of the material and the high quality of the discussion made that impossible, so we will use the short February module to complete our discussion, as follows:
- February 10 – Truth is morally central so we must reject the lying that is invading our political life.
- February 17 – Christ’s servant leadership rejects authoritarianism and demands democracy
- February 24 – A conclusion: Changing the World Through the Life and Love of Jesus
Class Leaders: Linton Brooks with Pastor Scott Ramsey
Class Location: Chapel
WEDNESDAY BIBLE STUDY with Bag Lunch
Each WEDNESDAY, a weekly Wednesday Bible Study will be held in the Chapel from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. The Bible study will generally involve an exploration of the biblical text that will be preached the following Sunday. The study will usually be facilitated by Rev. Scott Ramsey or whoever will be preaching the next Sunday.
Bring a bag lunch, a Bible, and a curious heart and mind. We’ll have fun digging into the Scriptures! If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Scott .
ABOUT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AT LEWINSVILLE
Lewinsville offers a variety of classes and special events to guide us during the program year in our individual and corporate journeys of faith, discovery, discernment, and service.
Lively discussions on faith and social issues. Look for our “Faith & Public Policy” classes during select modules during the year.
Probing Biblical and theological study. Each Adult Education module includes a course on the Bible and/or theology.
Life skills and religion and the arts. Our Adult Education classes include one course in this subject area.
Family of Faith Focus. We have an ongoing group of parents who explore what it means and how to raise children in our reformed tradition.
Multiple times and places for learning, including online. Even if you can’t attend all sessions of a class during the 9:45–10:45 hour on Sunday mornings, come when you can. Watch for our annual Lenten Studies program during Lent with a Biblical scholar, our Salzman Lecture each fall, and special Inter-generational events with an education focus.
Faith has been described as belief, commitment, relationship, and mystery. Lewinsville’s adult education program, Christ Care groups, women’s circles, faith and public policy breakfasts, and men’s and women’s retreats are opportunities to explore these dimensions of faith with others.