New Adult Education January 6-February 3
John Byce and Jonathan Miles will lead a class called Exile on Main Street. They will be looking at the theme of Exile and how God’s people often find themselves controlled by foreign powers. When should the faithful serve the king and pray for the welfare of Babylon and when should they resist? Where is our ultimate allegiance and what does that mean to followers who find themselves citizens of a rebellious nation. John and Jon will reference the writings of the prophets in the Hebrew bible and discuss how the apostles understand loyalty and subversion under Rome. They will also explore how this theme of Exile might help us advance God’s Kingdom while being a citizen in our country today. Crymes Room
“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery that it is.” Frederick Buechner Join us as use the stories in Julia Sibley Jones blog, This Uncharted Now, to draw out your own stories of noticing, honoring, and giving witness to God In the everyday moments of life. We will discuss how, by listening to our lives, we can more deeply Pay Attention, Be a Disciple, Be Brave, and Be Church. Room 22
Mary Lou Jones has arranged a Creation Care themed class that will follow up on a previous class lead by Dr. David Rutledge (Furman University professor, member at Westminster). Dr Rutledge has agreed to participate again as well as Dr. Bill Holt, Dan Weidenbenner from Village Farms initiative as well as a speaker for Greenville recycling. This class will discuss how health and Creation Care are related and ways that the church can serve local and global communities by our mission initiatives. Kelly Library
Sundays, October 14-November 18, 10:00 AM
Jonah, The Prophet Who Hates Mercy...
This little nugget of biblical satire seems amazingly relevant. We are going to see what this four chapter book of the anti-prophet is saying to us in 2018. We will discover that it's not just a kid's story and explore what it might be saying to religious types (like the kind of people that actually come to Sunday School!) who hope, (expect!) God's grace for our own community. But how do we feel about God's grace outside our community? Or even for our enemies? Does our faith make us feel entitled or give us status over people whom we disagree? – Led by Rev. Hoyt Classroom 22
Jonah Conclusion click here to listen!
Preaching the Women of the Old Testament
Minnie has led a class previously covering strong female characters of the bible. She is back and digging deeper to focus on the women that you likely have not heard of. Minnie sounds really excited about sharing their stories with us! Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about the role of women in Holy Scripture. - Led by Minnie Thomas Crymes Room
August 26 - October 7
Class One - Bodies, Souls and Biblical Faith - Led by Rev. Dr. Hoyt
What is the soul? How does it relate to the body? What part is really us? What happens we when die? Scripture describes a renewed creation free of evil where heaven and earth come together and God will dwell with us in something like the Garden of Eden. But what happens after death and before resurrection of the body? We wanna know!! Pastor Mike will help us better understand biblical teaching and the traditions of the church on these matters of life and death. Classroom 22
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September 23 and 30 were taught in a bible study format and unable to be recorded
Class Two - Religious Baggage - Led by Rev. Trey Meredith
We will ask for submissions on topics that are problematic to our personal understanding of the Christian faith. Many of us are not lifelong Presbyterians and even the ones of us who are, might have grown up with assumptions of what the Christian life should look like, but modern thought may have us questioning those teachings or assumptions. There may be things lingering in our Agnostic drawer that could use a revisit with refreshed theology. Trey, with some clerical help from John Byce, will compile some scripture passages in hopes to address these issues and lead class discussions. Crymes Room
The Christian Education Committee is interested in knowing what you think about our educational programs and what you would like to study. If you have suggestions or comments, please feel free to contact Rev. Mike Hoyt at email@example.com or 232-8123.
Other Bible Studies are offered at various times throughout the week