The Bible at 9:30 a.m.
The Bible at 9:30 will study three things this year: How the Bible came to be; Galatians; and Ezra-Nehemiah. The first class will be September 8, addressing the question “How the Bible came to be.” Who wrote it, when, why, and most of all, how did it all become the Bible? Class meets in the French Room/Library, and all are welcome. Bibles and name tags are provided.
First Friends at 9:30 a.m.
Come for spiritual growth, learning, fellowship and support for couples and individuals. To find out more about this group and to view the schedule, visit our First Friends page.
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. - Exploring the Faith
Faith Seeking Understanding: Being Presbyterian Today
Fall Series - September 8- October 27
What does it mean to be Presbyterian today? How does being Presbyterian influence the way we live?
“In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth praying, ‘Come, Lord Jesus.’” - A Brief Statement of Faith
At the core of our Presbyterian identity is a secure hope in the grace of God in Jesus Christ, a hope that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, empowers us to lives lives of gratitude: “In affirming with the earliest Christians that Jesus is Lord, the Church confesses that he is its hope, and that the Church, as Christ’s body, is bound to his authority and thus free to live in the lively, joyous reality of the grace of God.” (Book of Order F-1.0204) This strong emphasis on the grace of God in Jesus Christ is our heritage from the founder of the Reformed tradition, John Calvin. This series is designed for:
- Seekers and new Presbyterians who wonder what it means to participate in the life of a Presbyterian Church
- Longtime Presbyterians who find continuing comfort in the Presbyterian tradition as well as for people who have questions about our beliefs and practices
- Those who think that Presbyterians we are too tied to past practices as well for those who think we are too quick to follow cultural and societal changes.
- Officers of the church, Deacons and Ruling Elders, who have questions about why we do things the way we do
The framework books for the series by Donald K. McKim, available in the Church Office, are Presbyterian Faith That Lives Today ($14) and Presbyterian Questions, Presbyterian Answers ($12). Reading them is not required for class participation.
- October 6- “How Does Jesus Affect Our Lives?”
A three-voice Meditation on the person of Jesus with our three Resident Ministers, Andrew Frazier and the Revs. Khayla Johnson and Amy Ruhf.
- October 13 - “How the Spirit Works—the Global Forces Driving Our Ministry in Today’s Liquid Culture”
Speaker: Rev. Jay Sanderford.
- October 20 - “Presbyterian Polity: Decently and In Order: Why We Value Good Order, Shared Authority and Committees”
Guest leader: Rev. H. Carson Rhyne, Stated Clerk, Presbytery of the James, retired
- October 27 - “Presbyterian Liturgy and Sacraments—How We Worship”
Special Presentation by Dave VanderMeer, Minister of Music and Fine Arts
Additional Reading and Study Groups
Other small groups, such as reading groups and bible studies, are also available. For more information visit our Small Groups page.