Sunday, March 16, 4:00pm in Room 30 (Ambassadors Classroom). All Children’s Ministry volunteers are encouraged to attend and anyone else who is interested in learning more about our community vision within our Children’s Ministry. The discussion time will be centered on a new initiative in expanding our Christian education beyond our walls to the community through an Early Childhood Learning Center. There will be lots of discussion regarding our current Wednesday evening programming, and so much more.
If you are a current volunteer or would like to learn more about volunteering, please make plans to attend this very important meeting together.
This Wednesday evening, March 12, everyone will meet in the Worship Center at 6:30pm for a Spring Break devotional entitled, Spring Enrichment. The Wednesday Night Diner will be closed, and there will be no adult, teen, or children’s Bible classes.
Spring Wednesdays for Adults…Beginning March 19
Our Story / Our Struggles / Our Advice: Wisdom From 190 Years of Marriage – Kevin Brown, moderator / Room 30
“Love will keep us together. Love will tear us apart. Love the one you’re with.” We’ve all heard the poetic notions, but if you’re seeking sage advice from older Christian couples about what true love is really like, look no further than this class. Whether you are celebrating a new relationship, trying to stay happily married, or just need some spiritual mentoring on relationships in general, come join us as we search deep into God’s Word with various couples who have loved, lived, and can back up their advice with years of experience to “tell it like it is.”
The Irony of Galatians – Alfred Chapple / Room 12
Law? Grace? Children of the Promise? Works of the Law? To the Jews first and also the Greeks? The apostle Peter said that the writings of “our beloved brother Paul” contain “some things hard to understand.” If that was true in Peter’s day, how much more so today. Paul was educated in the most elite schools of Pharisaism. The “Christianity” of Paul’s day functioned as a subset of Judaism, not as a competing religion. Paul’s seemingly anti-Jewish or anti-law rhetoric needs to be understood as dialogue within the “ekklesia” of his day. More than that, we must keep in mind that Paul wrote like a rabbi, employing Jewish hermeneutics, rabbinic-type logic, and ideas current in the Jewish tradition of his day. Join Alfred’s class for some real insight into the New Testament context.
As Christians, We Are… : Metaphors from 2 Corinthians – Jan Knox / Room 14
Metaphor: a word or phrase for one thing that is used to refer to another thing in order to show or suggest that they are similar. Throughout John’s Gospel, Jesus used this literary tool to reveal Himself to the world when He said, “I am…the bread of life…the light of the world…the gate for the sheep…the good shepherd…the resurrection and the life…the true vine. The apostle Paul also used metaphors, particularly in his second letter to the church at Corinth, to describe the identity and function of Christians. Come and explore what it means to be a fragrance, letter, clay jar, ambassador, and temple for the Lord.
Serving in Times of Crisis – John Knox / Room 7
Sometimes the call comes in the middle of the night – a family member or close friend is experiencing a crisis. Our immediate question is: “How can I help?” Join this class in learning how to serve those who are dealing with various kinds of crisis, including serious illness, unexpected death, family problems, criminal events, or emotional issues.
The Imitation of Jesus: Christ Formed in You – Harold Durham / Room 5
“My little children, for whom I am again in the anguish of childbirth until Christ is formed in you!” Paul was very emotional about young Christians so many centuries ago. Can we be what Paul expressed in those words of love and concern for the Galatian Christians? Can Christ really be formed in us in this modern world with all the temptations that surround us? Come and join the discussion!
What the Prophets Foretold/What Jesus Fulfilled – C Frizzell / Room 10
Staying a slight step ahead of the teaching schedule for the Sunday morning adult Bible classes, Chris’ class will provide a prep resource for the Sunday morning teachers. However, any and all will be welcome in this study of a wide range of biblical texts – from Leviticus to Revelation – to show how God’s great plan through the ages is fulfilled in Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.