ACTS II: Becoming the New Apostles
ACTS II is our sequel to the Book of Acts in the New Testament. It is our story today as we seek to follow Jesus Christ in a confusing, demanding, often hostile world. Believing that training is essential, we are embarking on a journey, similar in many ways to a lay seminary, which will lead us to understand our role as new apostles, literally “sent ones.” So far we have studied the early church and the scriptures in Acts, our Reformation heritage, messages of the Hebrew prophets, and spiritual formation.
Our Acts II New Apostles series is now engaged in an in-depth dive into social and personal issues that we confront in today’s world. Join us in McFarland Chapel on Sundays from 9:45 to 10:45am.
June 24—Bible Study: Exodus 6:1-13
July 1—Bible Study: Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
July 8—Immigration and the law, led by Bruce Black
July 15—Root causes of immigration, led by Morgan Smith
July 22—Contributions of local immigrants, A panel discussion
July 29—Bible study: Isaiah 5:1-7
Journaling as a Spiritual Practice, Fridays in July
The Acts II Spiritual Formation will be offering a spiritual journal writing class each Friday in July at 11:30 in the Rendon Room. Jeannie Bowman and Christine Vogel will lead the class in a half-hour segment, followed by writing in the sanctuary during the noon hour when the church is open to the public. All are welcomed, whether just interested in the subject or with seasoned journal-keeping experience. The class will be based on Christina Baldwin’s book Life’s Companion. Having the book is not a requirement. Please bring a journal and writing instrument with you to class.
Religion and Science Discussion Group
First and third Mondays at 7:00–8:30 p.m. in Rendon Room (first floor)
Join this stimulating conversation! The group explores books of science and religion and members express wide-ranging opinions. The group is currently discussing Reverence by Paul Woodruff.
Fireside Chats with the Mystics
Tuesdays from 5:00–6:00 p.m. in the Rendon Room (first floor)
Fireside Chats with the Mystics has just started a new focus: Mother Theresa’s wisdom and faithfulness is now guiding our spiritual growth and meditation time. We gather every Tuesday 5-6 PM in the Rendon Room and newcomers are always most welcome! No book nor preparation needed – just come with an eagerness to connect with the Holy through soulful conversation, silence, and reflections on selected passages from the mystics who have preceded us on the journey. This group has been gathering for two and a half years now! Some come weekly; some more occasionally. Each gathering can “stand on its own”. For more information or to get the code for entering the building, contact group convener Linda Loving at email@example.com.
Presbyterian Women’s Bible Study
Third Friday of each month from 1:30–3:00 p.m. in the Volunteer Room (third floor)
Presbyterian Women invites all women to participate in a monthly Bible study September through May. The 2017-2018 study is entitled “Clouds of Witness: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.” It looks at nine themes in the writings to the Hebrews, a community under great duress. The author relates the themes to other parts of our faith tradition and the overarching motif of community. For more information, contact Jean Ball.
Spanish Bible Study
Saturdays from 9:00–10:00 a.m. in the Volunteer Room (third floor)
Enjoy the blessing and challenge of God’s word in another language.
Please watch this section for announcements about retreats, special outside speakers, and community-wide learning opportunities!