~ CURRENT SUNDAY MORNING CLASSES ~
Adult Education classes are offered each Sunday morning.
Classes begin at 9:45 a.m. and end at 10:45 a.m.
Messy Church begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 10:45 a.m. (except
on Celebration Sundays, when Messy Church ends at 11:00 a.m.)
New this year is a separate track of classes for adults that links their participation with the children and youth of the church. Every Sunday, the Messy Church program begins with all ages together in Fellowship Hall at 9:30 a.m. for a joint opening. Following the opening at 9:45 a.m. the adults will proceed to room 25A (at the end of the Choir Room hallway) for their class and discussions of the topics that are loosely linked to the topics and themes that the children will be studying. This track of classes is particularly targeted to Young Adults, Millennials, and parents, but all adults are welcomed and encouraged to attend if they wish.
MODULE 1: September 15 – October 20
Inquirer’s Class for New Members
Are you a relative newcomer to the Lewinsville community of faith? Would you like to learn more about this congregation: its ministries in the community, beliefs, how and why we do what we do and who we are? Perhaps you’d like to explore membership at Lewinsville and what that might mean for you and for your life. The Inquirers Class is designed for you. During the six week class, we’ll explore
- worship at Lewinsville Church
- how your spirit might be nourished here
- how God might be calling you to use your gifts, joining us in ministry
- the beliefs and theology of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
- the history of our congregation
- the various mission projects and other ministries of this community of faith.
The class is held in the Library during the Christian Education time on Sunday mornings September 15 through October 20 (excluding October 6) and each class lasts 1 hour, beginning at 9:45 am. At the conclusion of the class, participants are given the opportunity to become members of Lewinsville Church.
Class Leader: Rev. Dr. Scott Ramsey
The Bible Project/Biblical Themes
Each week participants will view and discuss a fully animated film that will trace a key biblical theme from its first appearance through the entire narrative of the Bible.
- September 15 – Holiness: When referring to the holiness of God, the holiness definition takes on a much richer meaning. God’s holiness is His defining characteristic. The holiness of God is a term used in the Bible to describe both His goodness and His power. It is completely unique, and utterly all-powerful, radiating out from God like an energy. In fact, God’s holiness is so overwhelming, that it can actually be dangerous to approach. Discussion led by Dan Thomas
- September 22 – The Law: There are a total of 613 different commands given to the Israelite people, the most famous of which being the Ten Commandments, in the first five books of the Bible alone. These first five books are collectively called “The Torah” which in English means “The Law.” That name is a little misleading, though. While the Torah does have plenty of laws in it, it’s more of a story about how God is creating people to love Him and love others. When Jesus spoke about the Torah, He talked about how He was bringing this story to its fulfillment. Discussion led by Rob Hunter
- September 29 – Public Reading of Scripture: There’s a verse in (1 Timothy 4:13) “Until I come, give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching”. More that says, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.” In this verse, Paul is instructing a young preacher named Timothy in the ways that he can keep his congregation engaged. The importance of preaching and teaching are easy enough to understand, but what about the public reading of Scripture? Discussion led by Rachel Russell
- October 6 (after church at 11:15) Justice – One of the fundamental characteristics that set human beings apart from other creatures that God created is their need for justice. Why is it, though, that animals are able to kill their own kind or abandon their children and it be considered natural while humans are held to a much higher moral standard? It turns out that the Bible has an interesting take on this question. Discussion led by Rob Hunter
- October 13 – The Covenants: We might think of God as our friend, our teacher, and our master. And this is all true, but there is another facet of our relationship with God that doesn’t get quite as much attention, and that is God as our partner. In the very beginning of the Bible, this is the relationship we see. God creates man as a partner to help him spread more goodness throughout the world. Unfortunately, we, as human beings, didn’t live up to our end of the deal. It is this broken partnership with God that is the reason we are stuck with the fallen and corrupted world in which we live. Thankfully, the rest of the Bible describes God’s efforts to repair this broken partnership. Discussion led by Dan Thomas
- October 20 – The Image of God: It’s a pleasant idea, but one that can be a little hard to truly comprehend. If, though, you lived in Biblical times, you were probably used to people claiming to be the “image of god”. Most everyone in those times lived under the rule of a king, and these kings proclaimed themselves to be god’s image on earth, having the authority to carry out the will of the gods. These kings would also create idols – statues of wood, stone, or precious metal that were also said to be the physical embodiment of gods on earth or, “images of god”. Discussion led by Cathy Saunders
Location: Room 103
Class Leader: Various – see each class date
The Lewinsville Forum
Do (or should) Christians have a unique, faith-based perspective on major issues of public policy? At a time of growing partisan tension and rancor, we will hold another session of the Lewinsville Forum, our long-running venue for looking at specific public policy issues through the eyes of faith.
At a minimum we will discuss (1) how Christians should balance the need to protect our borders with the need to care for the poor and weak, using the current situation on the southern border as a starting point for discussion, (2) how Christians—especially white Christians—should deal with the legacy of slavery, including our attitude toward Confederate monuments, toward historic figures who didn’t follow what we would consider today appropriate conduct (Washington owned slaves; Lincoln’s view of African Americans would be called racist today) and toward the question of reparations, (3) whether liberal democracy is dead and if so, should Christians care. We are still considering which other topics to cover. The facilitators would welcome specific suggestions which can be sent to Linton.email@example.com. The discussions in each week will be self-contained, so participants can attend as many or as few sessions as they wish.
The goal of these sessions is not to select among alternatives but to see how our faith colors our approach to any alternative. The facilitators have both served in government, one in a senior position in a Democratic Congress and the other in a senior position in the executive branch under a Republic President. Their goal will be to force us to confront the implications of our faith, not to evaluate (much less promote) specific partisan solutions.
(Schedule note: Adult Education will meet October 6 following the single 10 am service at 11:15 a.m.)
Class Leader: David Morrison, Linton Brooks
September 15, 22, 29: The Myth of the Perfect Family
The great hall of faith in Hebrews 11 provides us with a list of men and women who through extraordinary faithfulness “conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames”—believers of such immense faith that “the world was not worthy of them” (11:32-38). Yet these spiritual giants were raised in anything but model homes, and many of them were themselves highly flawed parents.
By contemporary standards, most of these families would be considered dismal failures. They include polygamous families rife with division and jealousy, prostitute mothers, heathen fathers, clans rampant with favoritism and fratricide. The only discernible pattern here seems to be one of human sin.
This Messy Church breakout class for adults will explore this topic which will link their study with the “Messy Beginning” stories of Adam & Eve/Cain & Abel; Noah and sons and Abraham’s family. Participants are encouraged to meet in Fellowship Hall with the children and youth for an opening session at 9:30 a.m. The breakout groups will meet at 9:45 a.m.
Class Leader: Jen Dunfee
Location: Room 25A
October 20, 27: The Bible Project (Exodus 1 & 2) – description coming soon.
REFORMATION SUNDAY – October 27, 2019
Reformation Jeopardy – Chapel
MODULE 2: November 3 – 24
Old Testament 101 – Chapel
Talking about Whiteness in the Context of Faith – Library
November 10, 17, 24: Messy Church – Spiritual Gifts/Faith in Life – Room 25A
MODULE 3 (Advent): December 1 – 15:
Waiting for the Messiah – Chapel
Advent in Art, Legend and Music – Chapel
December 8, 15: Messy Church – The Bible Project/Advent Series – Room 25A
INTERGENERATIONAL CHRISTMAS EVENT: December 22
A Play: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Fellowship Hall
MODULE 4: January 5 – 26
Religion & Nationalism since the Protestant Reformation – Chapel
Music of the Avett Brothers & It’s Christian Roots & Symbolism – Library
January 12, 19, 26: Messy Church – The Liturgical Year-The Life of Christ – R00m 25A
MODULE 5: February 9 – 16
Why Do Christians Believe That? – Chapel
Exploring Christian Poetry – Library
February 16: Messy Church – The Generation Gap – Room 25A
MODULE 6: March 1 – 22
Prayer – Library
Earth Care-Lent 4.5 – Chapel
Why Do Christians Believe That? Pt. 2 – Room 103
March 15, 22: Messy Church – Spiritual Practices/Sunday to Monday – Room 25A
LENTEN STUDIES: March 29-31:
Carlos Cardoza-Orlandi on ”The Acts of the Apostles” – Fellowship Hall
MODULE 7: April 19 – May 17
“God of Vengeance” – Room 103
Getting Your House in Order – Chapel
Inquirer’s Class – Library
April 19, 26: Messy Church – Spiritual Practices/Sunday to Monday, Part 2 – Room 25A
May 10, 17: Messy Church – What’s the Least I can Believe and Still Be a Christian? – Room 25A
~ CURRENT WEEKDAY CLASS ~
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.