Adult Formation News

By Susan Zwingli, susanzwingli@gmail.com (email me to register for these classes or call 503-579-9058)

Are you looking for exciting ways to deepen your faith and grow in spiritual maturity? Check out these new and ongoing opportunities at St. James:

King City Bible Study Group (a St. James outreach program)
Exploring the Apocrypha: First Esdras
Thursdays starting September 8th, King City Civic Center conference room, 10am-11am
Cost of the book: $10, scholarships available, REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

“Apocrypha” means “hidden away” and refers to a collection of Jewish writings authored between 250 BCE and 100 CE. We will be reading First Esdras which is thought to share content with Ezra and Nehemiah in the Old Testament. Apocryphal writings were found by the early Christian church to be particularly useful in articulating faith and examining ethics. The consensus was, however, that they be used privately (“hidden away”) and not in communal worship. Protestant reformer, Martin Luther, described the writings as “useful and good for reading”, and his contemporaries, John Calvin and Ulrich Zwingli, wrote that they contained “much that is true and useful” to the Christian life. Join us for our weekly reading, interpretation, and lively discussion, and decide for yourself! All are welcome.

Transforming Questions (a course in basic Christianity)
Tuesday evenings starting October 11th – December 13th
6-6:30pm BYO brown bag dinner, 6:30-8:00pm class
Cost of the course: $25, scholarships available, REGISTRATION OPEN NOW

Susan Zwingli will be in the narthex on two Sundays, September 18th and 25th, to take down names of those who will attend.

So often, the tough spiritual questions of our faith stop non-Christians from discovering Jesus for the first time. They can also hinder confirmed Christians from knowing Jesus as well as they could! This class is designed to address basic questions about our faith in order to transform our beliefs and shape our thinking. Transforming Questions invites non-Christians, Christian newcomers, and longtime Christians to ask, seek, and knock in community as we deepen and develop in spiritual understanding together. This course offers a chance to share a meal, hear a presentation, and engage in facilitated small group discussion. Participants will receive study materials prior to class. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Bible Challenge: Read the Bible in a Year – This is a corporate (all church body) activity!
REGISTRATION OPENS NOVEMBER 20th

Stay tuned for details on this fantastic opportunity to read the Bible together as a church. Biblical literacy is at an all-time low, and many Christians believe in and profess ideas that aren’t theologically accurate or found in scripture. In these times, every Christian needs a stronger, well-informed faith, a faith that stands on scripture. However, this requires a commitment to read the bible and understand its content. So, come be a part of a church-wide movement to read the bible in a year! We will be offering registration in the church lobby on Sundays, November 20th, November 27th and December 4th to get our book order ready. Once begun on January 1st, the participation format uses daily independent reading, journaling, and prayer. We will offer weekly facilitated meetings to discuss content and questions, and monthly small group potlucks at parishioners homes. This is a year-long commitment, so pray and reflect on your choice to participate. Are you ready to give a year of your reading time to God? If the answer is yes, get ready to join a world-wide journey into an amazing transformation of faith!

Lenten Madness: Who Will Win the Golden Halo?

REGISTRATION OPENS FEBRUARY, 2017, and the activity lasts for the entirety of Lent

For the first time ever, St. James is bringing Lenten Madness to Hazelett Hall! Stay tuned for details on this madcap adventure that places 32 saints into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Two saints pair up for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints progress to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen; eight make it to the Round of the Elated Eight; four advance to the Faithful Four; two enter the Championship; and the winner is awarded the coveted Golden Halo! Along the way, participants will learn basic biographical information about each of the 32 saints from videos and other presented materials. We will also toss in quotes, quirks, trivia, and legends regarding our sainted ones! This activity offers fellowship and fun for all so keep your ears open for more details as we approach the Lenten season!

 

Adult Gospel Study
Every Sunday, 9:05am-9:55am, St. James lower level library (handicap accessible)

Remember to pop into the library between the Sunday services to explore the day’s Gospel with fresh insight and further detail! Please let Susan know ahead of time if you need to use the handicap access downstairs.

Prayer Group
Every Thursday, 5pm-6pm, meets in Hazelett Hall to pray for global, communal, and individual concerns.

 

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