Adult Education at United Church
As the eminent Christian Educator Craig Dykstra says, “The life of Christian faith is dynamic and moving, led and shaped by the Spirit.” Adults’ faith is never static. Just as with children and youth, our faith fluctuates and changes as long as we live; through Christ, it is always being made new. At times the Spirit draws us to involvement in social justice issues, and at times to quieter practices of prayer or joyful expressions of art. Honest and responsible discipleship requires regular attentiveness to the ever-changing condition of our minds, bodies and souls- and attentiveness, too, to the leadings of the Spirit as we seek to connect more deeply with the mystery of Christ’s love in our lives.
Our Adult Education offerings provide multiple pathways for such connection. Informed by the core convictions of our denomination and our particular congregation, our forums, classes, small groups and retreats give congregants opportunities for everything from growth in biblical literacy to inspiration for Christ-centered engagement in the issues of our day to the nourishment of yoga and silent prayer. There is no right way for everyone. Let the Spirit lead you to the places that make your heart burn.
Sunday Adult Forums at 10 am
Throughout the year, there are Sunday morning Adult Forums at 10 am in the Assembly Hall to discuss current and relevant issues.
December 8: No Adult Forum
Sunday School Classes for Adults at 10 am
FAITH & FAMILY CLASS
Sundays, Family Parlor
This conversation-centered group is open to parents of children of all ages. The primary intent is to support one another through one of life’s most challenging and fulfilling journeys of faith: parenthood.
SPIRITUAL GROWTH CLASS
Sundays, Conference Room
The small-group class offers in-depth reflection on spiritual classics and contemporary volumes on contemplation. The class is reading the devotional “LOW” by John Pavlovitz. In this Advent devotional, Pavlovitz reminds us that God comes to meet us in the low places of our lives: when we live humbly, when we seek forgiveness, in our grief and suffering, when we act on behalf of someone else, and when we pray. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussions. Extra devotionals are available.
SACRED CONVERSATIONS ON RACE
Sundays, Room 161
SCOR offers Christ-centered conversations about the impact of racism on all areas of American life.
Monday Noon Book Group
The new book for discussion is called “Christ in Crisis: Why We Need To Reclaim Jesus” by Jim Wallis. Bring a snack lunch and join us Mondays at 12pm in the Library.
Mondays, 6:30pm, Room 161
Informal Spanish and English conversations to build community and language skills.
Monday Night Women’s Group
Mondays, 7:15 pm, Library
The women’s group will be discussing a new book, “Feel Free” by Zadie Smith. The book is available in local libraries and for sale online. I hope you can join us for some or all of these discussions and dinner – all female identified folks are welcome to participate at any time.
December 9: Women’s Group will discuss pp. 251-347 in “Feel Free” by Zadie Smith.
December 16, at 6:30pm: For Women’s Group Christmas Potluck and Gift Exchange Pat Langelier will again be our host for this fun annual event. Please bring a dish to share for dinner and an anonymous wrapped item for the Yankee Swap gift exchange.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
You are invited to join us on Wednesday mornings at 7 am for one hour to listen for God’s Word in the lectionary readings for the coming Sunday in the Church Library. Coffee and/or hot water for tea is available but the conversation will wake you up and the fellowship will sustain for the day!
December 4, 2019: Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12
Quilts of Love
First Thursday of every month at 9am in the Art Studio. Members make lap quilts for residents of the SECU Family House and new Habitat for Humanity homeowners.
Siler City Bible Study in Spanish
Thursdays, 7:30 pm
Contact David Mateo email@example.com for more information.
Fridays, 9:15 am, Assembly Hall
Kathy Shea, instructor. All are welcome. Free of charge!
Fridays, 11 am, Library
All are welcome to communally spend time in silent meditation and prayer.