Sunday Morning Faith Formation

Coed Adult Bible Study

Paul’s letter to the church in Rome is simultaneously considered one of the most theologically dense books of the New Testament, and the clearest summary of our Christian faith. Join us for a coed adult bible study on two Sundays this fall (Oct. 27 and Nov. 10) as we explore this letter together. The Bible study will be held in the Anderson Library from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Childcare will be provided on the Youth Floor and light refreshments will be served. All are invited.

Lecture Series: Israel Journeys

Rabbi Charles Savenor – Sunday, Oct. 27, at 9:45 a.m. in the Living Room
Join Rabbi Charles Savenor as he brings us Israel from a Jewish perspective, while highlighting his synagogue’s historic trip to Israel in December 2018 to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the State of Israel. The largest single synagogue trip in history, this multigenerational journey had 450 synagogue participants. He will use this trip to Israel as a vehicle to discuss Jewish values and connection to Israel, while tying it to Israel’s past, present and future.
 

Jewish/Christian Interfaith Dialog – Sunday, Nov. 3 at 9:45 a.m. in the Living Room
Join Tehilah Eisenstadt to learn how someone raised as an Orthodox Jew began to reclaim her spiritual connections when her love for Jewish text and ritual was strong but prayer felt fruitless. It was in meeting Christian and Muslim siblings in faith that allowed prayer and text study to come alive in new ways. Come join the journey as we explore, post-Jewish Holiday month, the notion of forgiveness. Jews focus on forgiveness around Yom Kippur, Christians talk about forgiveness year-round. What can we learn from each other? Bring your wisdom and experience and questions. Tehilah will bring some Jewish texts on the topic and we will provide New Testament verses.


November Lecture Series

As we are in the process of searching for a new senior pastor, it seems worthwhile to reflect on what leadership in the church is and should be. Leaders in a church context—both clergy and lay—are called to follow an approach to leadership that differs in some important ways from the models we often encounter in other arenas, such as politics and business. The Bible is filled with striking examples of leaders who challenged people’s assumptions about what a leader should and could be. For example, Moses was a murderer with neither eloquence nor confidence who begged the Lord to send someone else. David was initially overlooked as too young and inexperienced. Esther was underestimated due to her gender and appearance. Who would have predicted that Saul, the zealous persecutor of Christians, would become Paul, a leading evangelist of the early church? And of course there is the example set by Jesus: an inspirational speaker, to be sure, but also a convicted criminal who associated with outcasts, made a ruckus in the Temple, and set an example of servant leadership by kneeling to wash his disciples’ feet.

In this November series, we will have the opportunity to reflect more on the concept of leadership in the church. The series will begin on Nov. 10 with a presentation by Rev. Mark Ramsey, the Executive Director of Macedonian Ministry. Macedonian Ministry forms cohorts of pastors around the country for a three-year experience of peer learning on leadership, emerging ministry needs, strengthening congregations, and helping congregations engage their communities. Rev. Ramsey will speak on Leadership and Ministry and Playing Away Games, and will invite us to reflect on the unprecedented complexity facing Protestant church leaders today. He will discuss the challenges and the opportunities, along with implications for church leadership and how congregations discern what is essential going forward and what is no longer essential.

On Nov. 17, the Reverend Dr. Robert Dykstra will speak on Uses of the Self in Pastoral Leadership and Ministry. Dr. Dykstra is the Charlotte W. Newcombe Professor of Pastoral Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. An ordained Presbyterian minister, Dr. Dykstra has served as a minister, hospital chaplain, and pastoral counselor. His academic interests include pastoral care and counseling, psychoanalytic theory, developmental psychology, and the integration of biblical and theological precepts with research in the human sciences.

On Nov. 24, in celebration of Pledge Dedication Sunday, the Stewardship Committee will join the Adult Education Committee in hosting a special lecture by Sean Mitchell, Chief Advancement Officer at United World Mission and Founder of Generosity Development. Mr. Mitchell will build on our discussions of leadership by speaking about stewardship. In his book Gracious Stewardship, Mr. Mitchell and co-author Millie Snyder encourage us to view stewardship not as simply fundraising, but as an opportunity to experience and celebrate the transformative grace of Christ.

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