Sept.15 – 22 “Race to Nowhere” and Our Response (Library and Lounge classes meet jointly in the Library) Today’s teens and their families are under more pressure than ever to perform perfectly and do everything. Yet, even success under these measures does not bring happiness. What can we do and how should the church respond? Join us to watch the documentary, “A Race To Nowhere,” that explains these pressures and then help provide a Westminster response. Second class will have refreshments along with discussion. All generations are encouraged to attend and share their stories with the youth. Facilitators: Sharon Webb and Dee Weikle.
Sept. 29 Westminster Benevolences in Action: Forman Christian College in Pakistan (Library and Lounge classes meet jointly in the Library) "A Peaceful and Prosperous Pakistan: Forman Christian College and the soul of an Islamic nation." Robert Johnson, Executive Director of Friends of Forman Christian College and a former Dean and Associate Professor at Forman Christian College discusses Forman's 150 year legacy in the subcontinent of advocating for the self-development and well-being of the people and culture of India and now Pakistan. In its ten year resurgence since denationalization, Forman has reaffirmed that heritage with a special emphasis on delivering quality higher education to "the least of these."
Oct. 6 – 22 After The Apostles Much that we know today as Christianity had not yet developed by the time Jesus’ last disciples died probably about the year 100. We shall study such historical issues as the development of church organization and the papacy, the controversy over what it meant to say that Jesus was “the Son of God,” and the process by which the New Testament came to be recognized as scripture. Facilitator: Earle Hilgert
Oct. 27 Camp Meetings and Circuit Riders: Nineteenth Century Frontier Revivals Within the so-called “Second Great Awakening” during the first half of the 19th century, the camp meeting revival movement provided one of the most colorful and controversial developments in American religious history. The earliest meetings were conducted under Presbyterian auspices, led by Presbyterian ministers James McGready and Barton Stone. Meetings became a common form of religious service in the Southern frontier in which the population was widely scattered. Meetings were conducted outdoors, lasted several days, and drew crowds of thousands of attendees. This method worked in tandem with itinerant ministers who travelled to rural communities to perform services. Using visuals to re-examine these unique forms of Americana, Arthur Kroll will be the presenter.
Nov. 3 Planned Giving (Library and Lounge classes meet jointly in the Library) Many charitable organizations are emphasizing Planned Giving. The special class scheduled for November 3 offers an opportunity to learn just what that means. Planned giving allows people of all ages and financial stages in life, through various gifting techniques, to connect their values with their valuables. We will talk about how past gifts have helped ensure the financial health of our Church, and why colleges, hospitals, community foundations, and similar organizations are emphasizing legacy gifts. Several members of our own Congregation will be with us to share simple and straightforward information on what options are available and on how planned gifts fit into overall financial planning. Mark your calendars to join us for this dialog. Giving to our Church and other causes near and dear to our hearts is complex. We give annually and for special initiatives. Some gifts are restricted, while others are given to the organization's “greatest needs.” The goal of this session is to provide you with some tools to make thoughtful, deliberate choices regarding philanthropy. Facilitator: Carolyn Shears
Nov. 10 : NO CLASS: Westminster Christmas Fair and Alternative Market Join fellow congregation members shopping at our alternative market in Fellowship Hall. Fair-trade goods, non-profit organizations with special Christmas offerings, and a simple soup lunch provided by the kitchen committee.
Nov. 17 Westminster Benevolences In Action: IMPACT and PACEM Many members at Westminster are active in various community groups working to make this a better place to live. Is this a part of our Christianity? What is the theological basis for our participation? Come discuss two such organizations supported by Westminster, the vision and hopes of those who lead our efforts and how these organizations hope to move forward. Facilitators: Dan Heuchert and others
Nov. 24 Advent Music Advent is a time of waiting and expecting. We use special music, prayers, and sermons to draw us into the season and the frame of mind to welcome the risen Christ. Come reflect on the season and experience the music of Advent. Facilitator: Jane Penner
Dec. 1 Intergenerational Advent Activities (all classes together) Come make a family advent wreath, get advent calendars and devotionals to help focus on the spiritual aspect of the season while enjoying fun and fellowship. All are welcome!
Dec. 8-15 Expectant Waiting on God: Advent and Contemplative Prayer How do I go about intentionally drawing closer to God in prayer during Advent? What is contemplative prayer, and how is it different from my usual personal approach to prayer? Meditation doesn’t work for me; are there other forms of contemplative prayer that might refresh my spiritual life? In these two Sundays, we will explore questions such as these through lecture, discussion, and experiencing several forms of contemplative prayer. Rozanne Oliver, who studied Leading Contemplative Prayer at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, will lead.
Dec. 22 -29 No Sunday School
Jan. 5-19 Organizational Ethics from a Christian Perspective Moses Pava’s Leading with Meaning: Using Covenantal Leadership to Build a Better Organization provides a departure point to look at the current state of organizational ethics. We will explore the hard data but interpret (and discuss it) it in terms of covenant, moral imagination and modern day idolatry. We will explore what this means for Christians in the modern world. Facilitator: Charlie Chadwick
Jan. 26 Sabbath Keeping (Library and Lounge classes meet jointly in the Library) In the fall we began the year acknowledging how hectic modern life has become and remembering that Sabbath is a way we can reconnect with God and keep our priorities straight. Join MaryAnn McKibben Dana, author of Sabbath in the Suburbs as she discusses this important reconnection and ways to make it happen. Mary Ann McKibben Dana is pastor of Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church Virginia.
Feb. 2-23 APOCALYPSE: Visions from the Book of Revelation Readers' reactions to the Book of Revelation are remarkably varied. Some Christians are obsessed with it, viewing it as a kind of secret history of the world, especially of contemporary events and people, and seeking the key to decipher it. Other Christians go to the opposite extreme of neglect. They know that the book contains much bizarre imagery, and are mystified and even intimidated by the unfamiliar. So they ignore the book or try to read it and give up in despair.
The truth is that with a bit of help and sound interpretation, Revelation is a part of God's Holy Word with much to offer in its message of hope. Here is an opportunity to discover and better understand Revelation. This four-week series will help you understand the message, key themes, and symbolism of this fascinating concluding book of the Bible. Alternative theories on its interpretation will be presented, with primary emphasis on the Presbyterian view. Included among the visuals used will be Christian artists’ depiction of Revelation’s apocalyptic images. Facilitators: Arthur Kroll and Earle Hilgert
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