Adult Education

Faith formation is important. It affects how we as adults interact with God--and with our families and communities, in the workplace, and in the larger world. In addition, continued adult study models for our children that faith's journey is never complete! Adults are encouraged to find regular opportunities to learn more, grow more, and reach deep.

Grace Presbyterian Church has a variety of opportunities for adults to continue to develop their faith, including weekly Sunday morning programming, Tuesday night pub theology conversations, and monthly multi-age fellowship/explorations.

To stay up-to-date on what's going on, "like" or "follow" the Facebook page for  Grace Presbyterian Adult Ed.

 

All our Adult Discipleship groups have suspended in-person meetings during the COVID-19 crisis but are lively and active online.

Please join us! See below for details.

 

Summer Grace Groups:

These small groups are Grace Adult Ed's main summer offering-- a great way to stay connected and deepen in faith and relationships. All will meet virtually.

This summer--beginning June 14-- the Adult Discipleship committee has pulled together a diverse array of virtual discussion groups on fascinating topics: women in the Bible, racism in America, money and possessions in the Bible, nurturing faith in children/teens, the theology of Richard Rohr, and the Christian spiritual journey.

We encourage all Grace members, visitors, and friends to sign up for one (or more!). There's something for all commitment levels, all interests, and all times of day. Your presence and perspectives are a gift to the community and a way to stay connected and keep growing in faith.  Friends and family near and far are welcome to sign up, too.  Please sign up by Wed, June 10.

See group descriptions here.

After you've looked over descriptions, you can sign up here.

 

Sunday Morning Seminar:

This class is pausing for the summer. Please join a Summer Grace Group!

Leaders: Rotating
Sundays: 9:15-10:15 a.m.; Family Room (downstairs)

This class is a long-running Sunday morning class at Grace. The group tackles different themes throughout the year, led by a variety of leaders drawn from the class.

Mar - Easter 2020: The class will explore The Messiah, focusing on the sections that relate to Easter.

Jan - Feb 2020: Two of the minor prophets, Amos and Hosea, lived in a culture that mirrors our challenges today – boundaries between religion and politics, worship and service, us and them.  This study will use Kerygma curricula to learn about these prophets and explore their relevance in the modern world.

Nov - Dec 2019: We studied one of the longer "major prophets" with this 'Introduction to Isaiah,' and then a focus on the Advent portion of Handel’s The Messiah which draws texts from Isaiah and other prophets.

Sept - Oct 2019: We kicked off this year’s program with Animate: The Bible, which used videos to explore different perspectives on the Bible: Canon; History; Testaments; Gospels; Genre; Interpretation; and Grace.

 

Coffeehouse Class

This class is pausing for the summer. Please join a Summer Grace Group!

Leaders: Nelson Thurman, Amy Trawick
Sundays, 9:15-10:15 a.m.; Room 10 (downstairs)

 

The Coffeehouse Class is a new discussion-based class that uses books by popular authors to explore what it means to be a thinking, questioning Christian in the modern era. Come any time after 9:00 a.m. to enjoy flavored coffees and teas and to catch up with fellow classmates. Class begins at 9:15.

Nov 2019 - May 2020: We are currently learning from Nadia Bolz-Weber's book Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People to challenge our thinking on saints, sinners, and the grace of God. You may read along with us or just come for the discussion. (NOTE: Feel free to bring a favorite coffee mug to keep in the room!)

Sept-Oct 2019: Using Rachel Held Evans' book Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again, we explored questions about the Bible like What do we mean when we say the Bible was inspired by God? and How do talking donkeys or stories of violence fit in with what we know about God?

 

Pub(lic) Theology

Pub theology is meeting once a month on Zoom. Contact Nelson Thurman or the church office for login information.
Leader: Nelson Thurman
Every other Tuesday (check Facebook page for the next meeting)
7:30-9:00 p.m. at local restaurants

 

Whether it’s wrestling with the breaking news of the day, the messiness of everyday life, or questions of faith, we learn, grow, and find comfort with each other. We don’t have all the answers, but we offer a safe place to explore the questions. Join your friends from Grace - and friends you bring - for a lively evening of food, conversation, and fellowship! Contact Nelson Thurman () for more information.

 

Men's Fellowship Breakfast

Men's Fellowship is meeting via Zoom. Contact Ben Trawick or the church office for log-in information.
Leader: Roy Giese
Second Saturday of the month
8:00-10:00a.m.; Wester Fellowship Hall

 

 

The men of Grace have a vibrant program that started over 20 years ago. The group gathers at 8:00 a.m. for a delicious breakfast, a nourishing Bible study, and supportive fellowship.

 

 

 

Women's Fellowship

Women's Fellowship is meeting via Zoom. Contact Donna Lucas, Pastor Katie, or the church office for log-in information.
Leader: Donna Lucas
Third Saturday of the month
9:30-11:00 a.m.; Family Room (downstairs)

Come join the women for fellowship and Bible study each month--or whenever you can make it!

 

Circle 6

Circle 6 will meet online. Contact Mary Helmantoler, Pastor Katie, or the church office for log-in information.

Leader: Mary Helmantoler
First Wednesday of each month
9:30-11:30 a.m.; Family Room (downstairs)

Our Presbyterian Women's circles have a long history at Grace. Circle 6 is alive with Bible study, fellowship, and special mission projects. They meet on the first Wednesday of each month from September to June. This year the circle is studying Love Carved in Stone (10 Commandments).

 

Intergenerational GIG (Growing in Grace)

GIG has been suspended for Spring 2020.

Dinner (informal; come when you're able): 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Program: 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Wester Fellowship Hall

This family dinner and activity program continues this year as a way to encourage inter-generational interaction and spiritual growth.

Upcoming programs include the Shrove Tuesday dinner and pancake races, where we will engage the meaning of Lent (Tues, Feb. 25).

Fall programs included “Woman at the Well in Modern-Day Nablus” (Oct. 2); “Thinking of Thanksgiving” (Nov. 6); and “Preparing the Way in Advent” (Dec. 4).