Adult Education

There are numerous chances to learn more and expand your faith. Below are featured Adult Sunday School classes and special speakers from the Westminster Speakers Series, as well as a listing of our current groups that meet on a regular basis. Want more information? Visit our calendar to find out details, or contact Renee.

Our WWW programming has begun! Each evening starts with dinner prepared by one of our cooking teams at 5:45, followed by programs at 6:30. Childcare is available for children under the age of 10. We try to finish by 7:30 each night. You do not need to RSVP. We appreciate a donation of $5 per person if you are able.

We’ll start on October 4 with “Good News” youth summer stories from our middle and high school youth about how they spent their summer at Montreat, and learning and doing service work at Maryville College and Operation Backyard. Their stories are always impressive and inspiring.

We’ll take a week off during KCS fall break and return on October 18. At that point, there will be two opportunities from which to choose.

First, Dr. Phillips will lead a class he’s calling Dietrich Bonhoeffer: The Confessing Church and Nazi Germany.

Here’s what he has to say about the class:
“Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a German Lutheran Pastor, Theologian, Activist and one of the founding members of the Confessing Church movement, a movement of Christian leaders who opposed Adolph Hitler. Bonhoeffer’s life and work continue to inspire people across the broad spectrum of religious thinking. This class will look at the political and theological background of Nazi Germany and then focus specifically on Bonhoeffer and the way his thinking about God and faith was shaped by the world around him. I will be using two books primarily and class participants are encouraged to get either or both. For a close look at Bonhoeffer himself, we will use Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Letters & Papers from Prison. Not an easy book to read, it does allow us to look at both Bonhoeffer the person as well as the theologian. If you prefer a more readable book, we will also be drawing from A Spoke in the Wheel: The Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Renate Wind, a brief but very informative biography. For those who want to dig a little deeper, so to speak, I would suggest looking at the following works by Bonhoeffer:
The Cost of Discipleship – Will dedicate a class to this book and would love for some folks to engage this work.
Ethics
Meditations on the Cross – A collection of daily devotions
Psalms: The Prayer Book of the Bible”

We will be placing an order for Letters and Papers From Prison and A Spoke in the Wheel for $15 per book. Please let Melissa Everett (melissa_wpc@comcast.net) know as soon as possible if you would like to order one of the books. Both are also available for Kindle if you would prefer to order on your own.

Our second class offering for Wednesday evenings will be this semester’s “Bucket List” hands-on activity. We are hoping to provide a unique opportunity for everyone to try doing something adventurous. Maybe it will be something that has always been on your “bucket list” of things to learn to do… Maybe it will be something you’ve never thought about, but it sounds fun and you’d like to give it a try. You’re guaranteed to have a blast, and make new friends doing it!

This semester’s class will be — STAINED GLASS!! From October 18 to November 5, Barbara Adamcik will teach you the beautiful craft of making stained glass art. By the end of the 5 sessions, you will have a 8-12 inch square piece of art, and at least one Christmas ornament!! Barbara will have pre-made designs (you choose your colors), or you can invent and assemble your own design. Anybody can try this, and end up with a beautiful piece. (This activity is most appropriate for people 10 years old thru adult.)

Here’s the schedule:

October 18 – Handling & cutting glass, how it fits together, basic soldering
(everyone will get the opportunity to assemble and solder a small project.)
October 25- November 8– Designing and making your windows
November 15– Making stained glass ornaments

We are suggesting participants pay a $10 materials fee for this 5-week class, although it is not required.

Ash Wednesday falls on February 14, 2018 with an Ash Wednesday service and imposition of ashes. On subsequent Wednesdays during Lent, we’ll have evening prayer services.

Come join our Companions in Christ women’s spirituality group that meets every Wednesday night from 6:30 to 8:00 in the Prayer Room! This group is always open to new people joining. Be on the look out for upcoming articles in the Abbey and bulletin concerning a new study to begin this fall. The class is committed to a study in community of spiritual development by choosing a relevant book, or, discussion and experiential practice of spiritual practices. They usually have scriptures, sometimes hymn singing, sometimes meditative time, and always prayer centered. We hope you will join the weekly gathering as they progress together on their spiritual journeys.
Twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday mornings at 7:30 am a group of men from the church gather in the McKinnon room for a time of fellowship and learning. We start off with a light breakfast and then move into the lesson for the day. The lessons are prepared on a rotating basis amongst the group and the topics are very diverse. Here is a sample of some past topics: “Does God Take Sides?”, “Football, The Moral Hazard”, “Abe Lincoln – Infidel or Believer?”, “Who Stole the American Dream?”, “Why Don’t the Rich Give to Charity?”. The discussion is lively, thought-provoking, and humorous. Our pastors are part of the group and they join right in, often to referee and keep us on track. Come join us and bring a friend as we attempt to connect our faith and life.

Access this page at any time for a current schedule of meetings, lessons and announcements.  Each lesson will be attached to this page for your convenience to read and print a copy.

Next Meeting Date:  Thursday, November 9 at 7:30 a.m.

Breakfast will be served

Lesson: Jerry Carley will make a presentation consisting of a brief introduction about Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Collins is also an author who is interested in the relationship between science and health. Jerry will also show a video of Dr. Collins’s commencement address to the graduating class of 2017 at SMU.

We welcome any thoughts, suggestions, or ideas you may have about the group. Many thanks to all who are volunteering to present a lesson or provide breakfast for the group.  As always, remember, no reservation is necessary.

If you have questions, contact Larry Ridley at larry2543@gmail.com

 

A Bible study for women meets at two different times each month. Both groups use the PC(USA) Horizons Bible study curriculum.  This year, the study is entitled “Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews” The first group meets at 10:00 a.m. on the first Thursday morning of each month in the SHOW room. The second group does exactly the same study, but meets on the fourth Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the McKinnon Room. Contact Mary Boyd for more information.
This congenial group meets on the third Tuesday of each month to discuss an assigned book. Join them in the library at 10:30 for great conversation. Contact the church office or check the Abbey for the current book title.
For a complete updated listing of adult Sunday school classes, visit the Sunday school page.