TUESDAY MORNING BREAKFAST AND BIBLE STUDY
Contact persons: Dr. Mike Hoyt
This group meets Tuesday mornings at 6:45 for a hot breakfast prepared by Tony and Howard (cost $5 per person).
One hour study begins at 7:00 a.m. This fall the group will study reflections on the life of David from First and Second Samuel using a study book by Eugene H. Peterson “Leap Over a Wall”.
(Study books are available in the Church office.)
Group meets in the room beneath the sanctuary. All are welcome!
Contact Person: Dr. Mike Hoyt and John Byce
This group meets on the first Tuesday evening of each month (except July) from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Community Tap, 205 Wade Hampton Blvd., Greenville, SC 29609. The group gathers for a time of fellowship and discussion of the Scripture. The name of this informal Bible study group comes from the casual discussions that Martin Luther would have with friends around the dinner table. Students and fellow reformers would flock to Luther's table for the food and drink and stick around for the conversation. Many of these conversations were recorded by students and later published as "Table Talk."
This group tries to recreate this type of setting and encourage a fellowship-based discussion of scripture. What better place to meet than in the back of a beer store in the North Main neighborhood. The Community Tap has agreed to host this group. Light food is provided and drinks are available for purchase.
For more information, please contact John Byce.
BIBLE STUDY: "FEASTING ON THE WORD"
Teacher: Rev. Debbie Kyser
This class meets on Tuesday evenings from 6:45 until 9:00 or Friday mornings from 9:15 to 11:30 in the Kelly Library (Room 25).
This is a Lectionary-based study, which will usually tie in with the Scripture passages for the following Sunday's worship. The Lectionary is a listing of Bible passages compiled by most of the mainline denominations, designed to (1) coordinate the Scriptures we study and preach with the church year, (2) ensure that over a three-year period, most of the Bible will have been covered, and (3) strengthen the connections among the various branches of the Church Universal as we look together at the Scriptures we all hold in common.
Each week we will look at four to six Scriptures. These will typically include a Psalm, another Old Testament passage, a Gospel lesson, and a reading from one of the letters. The curriculum material focuses on one of these passages; but in our class meetings, we will also look at how these Scriptures speak to each other. One of the important tenets of Presbyterianism is that we understand Scripture best when we allow Scripture to interpret Scripture. In other words, by exploring one passage, we may also learn to understand another passage more clearly.
Last year the class found that this study allowed us to become more familiar with the entire Bible, but at the same time gave us a chance to look deeply into particular passages. We explored a great variety of Scriptures and a variety of styles of Scripture. We will continue that study with this year's lectionary. This is not a repeat of last year, but an ever-changing, ongoing relationship with the living Word of God.
This study is open to anyone, regardless of your level of experience with Bible study. All you need is a Bible, a thirst for knowledge of God's Word, and a willingness to be open to the Bible and each other. Because there is no book to buy, this is a class you can join at any time instead of having to wait until it starts over again. It will, however, require some preparation. I will hand out reading assignments, background information, and questions to consider that will cover several weeks at a time, and I will communicate information by e-mail when appropriate. The only cost for this class is $10.00 a person per year to help defray the cost of printing the reproducible handouts that are used.
For more information, please contact Debbie Kyser.
PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN CIRCLES
Presbyterian Women includes all the women of Fourth Presbyterian Church, seeking fellowship, mission and bible study as sisters in Christ. This year, we have four small groups, “circles”, that will engage in different Bible studies. Take a look at the choices below and decide which group would be best for you. Circles meet on the second Tuesday of each month.
*Bell Mebane Circle meets at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Wing (Oct through April). They will study Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey. Childcare may be available with advance notice through Little Folks of Fourth; please contact Little Folks Director Hope Greene at 864-235-1754 a week prior to circle.
*Circle 2 meets at 10:30 a.m. in classroom 24 (Oct through April). They will study the book of Ephesians with a study guide by N.T. Wright.
*Circle 3 meets at noon in the Mildred Crymes classroom (Oct through April). Members bring a lunch. They will study Parables from the Backside by J. Ellsworth Kalas.
*Circle 4 meets at 6 p.m. inside the Fellowship Hall (Sept through May). Jan Welch is the circle leader. They will study Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Power and How They Can Be Restored by Marcus J. Borg. Beth Templeton will lead the study.
Want to learn more about Presbyterian Women? Check out presbyterianwomen.org
2018-19 Faith Formation Groups
Are you looking for a way to build relationships and grow your faith? Join a faith formation group! Participants agree to a faithful commitment of meeting two evenings a month from September-May at group facilitator houses. The two groups who are currently open to new participants are:
-a group led by Jackie and Jeremy Putnam entitled, "The Gospel According to Harry Potter" which will meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 6:30-8:30pm
-a group led by Julia Sibley-Jones and Erin Washington using "Soul Feast" by Marjorie Thompson which will meet on the 2nd and 3rd Thursdays from 7-9pm
To learn more or inquire about starting your own group, email Jackie@fourthpres.com