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Introduction to the Small Groups & Spiritual Formation Program

Sept. 17 | 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. | Rev. Joel Strom

What exactly does “spiritual formation” even mean?  And what are small groups?  Who can join them?  Who can lead them?  How do they actually form our faith?  Come explore something new in the life of TPC, and get the nuts and bolts of this exciting new program!  

 

How Spirituality Develops Throughout Our Lifetime

Sept. 24 | 9:00 & 11:15 a.m. | Ann Lehwald

Just as change is a constant in our world, so change is present within our faith.  It’s a primary reason faith is often called a “journey.”  In this one-week study, participants will explore how our faith in God changes over time by examining the relationship of body, mind, and spirit in faith maturation.

 

Prayer Series

Oct. 15, 22, 29, | 9:00 a.m. | Dotsie Bregel, Patty Rath, & Shilpika Simet

10/15 - Why Pray? If God knows what we need, why should we ask?  In this session, we’ll explore prayer from biblical and historical perspectives, while also gaining an understanding of, and confidence in prayer. 

10/22 – What Happens When We Pray? Does God intervene in the world based on our prayer requests? In this session, we will look at different views Christians have about prayer, particularly whether prayer just changes the one who prays or if God is moved on the basis of our prayer requests. 

10/29, 11/5 – How to Pray? While prayer may be   something we experience in worship, it is often something we do not do in our personal lives unless we are taught. In these two sessions we will explore different types of prayer, and ways of using and enjoying prayer in our daily lives.

 

Animate: Bible

Oct. 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 12, 19 | 9:00 a.m. | TBA 

Please see the descriptions below to explore Animate: Bible in detail.  It is a refreshing opportunity to explore what the Bible is, how it came to be, and how we read it today.

Canon | Mining for the Word | Eric Elnes

How did these 66 cultural history lessons, poems, family trees, allegorical stories, and community letters—all gathered from sources that stretch across time and place—become the Bible? 

History | Parchment to Pixel | Phyllis Tickle

Does the way we access the Bible change the way we interpret it?  Tickle believes this question is paramount as technology makes it easier for us to look up a verse online and out of context. 

Testaments | One Story, Two Parts | Rachel Held Evans

How do we make sense of the images of an angry God with the God of love?  Rachel’s suggestion might surprise you.

Gospels | Unexpected Good News | Nadia Bolz-Weber

Why are the Gospels called “good news”? Nadia peels away our assumptions about these books and reminds us that Jesus came to upend our ideas about what “good news” really looks like.

Genre | Rhythm of the Text | Jose Morales

Poetry, history, songs, letters, prophecies, dreams—this is the stuff the Bible is made of.  Jose suggests we have to know how to dance with all the rhythms we find in this sacred nightclub.

Interpretation | Scripture Reads Us | Will Willimon

There are the words on the page and then there are the words behind the words—the history, context, & intention of the author.  Willimon gives us tools to move beyond just reading the Bible to make sense of what we find there.

Grace | Love Is the Bottom Line | Jay Bakker

Can you love a book that’s caused you pain? Jay offers a vision of Scripture for all who’ve been hurt by well-meaning Christians or doubted there’s much worth reading in a book that has brought about so much struggle.

 

Faithful Disagreement in a Community of Faith

Jan. 7 | 11:15 a.m. | Rev. Rob Carter

If faith is the one thing through which we’re called to view all of life, then our faith must speak to every issue of the day—including the difficult, often controversial ones.  Should we avoid exploring difficult topics out of fear of disagreement?  Pastor Rob doesn’t think so, but believes faithful engagement of difficult topics is an important component of a community’s faith formation, as long as we dialogue and disagree with each other faithfully.  In this Session, Rob will explore what faithful disagreement entails and where it can lead.   

 

Waking Up White

Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4 | 9:00 a.m. | Mission Committee Members

For 25 years, Debby Irving sensed inexplicable racial tensions in her personal and professional relationships. As a colleague and neighbor, she worried about offending people she wanted to befriend. As an arts administrator, she didn't understand why her diversity efforts lacked traction. As a teacher, she found her best efforts to reach out to students and families of color left her wondering what she was missing. Then, in 2009, one "aha!" moment launched an adventure of discovery and insight that drastically shifted her worldview and upended her life plan. In Waking Up White, Irving tells her often cringe-worthy story with such openness that readers will turn every page rooting for her—and ultimately for all of us.

The co-moderators of the PC(USA) have called upon all churches in the denomination to explore this book, in the hopes of facilitating both discussion and increased understanding of the racial tensions and divisions amid our communities.

 

Spiritual Practices for Families

Jan. 21, 28 | 9:00 a.m. | TBA

What family has time to be spiritual? Maybe we need a new definition of spirituality that transcends notions of retreats and silence. In the first session, we will explore the importance of family spirituality in the Bible and our busy lives, as well as practical suggestions for incorporating spiritual disciplines in families of adults and children.  The second session will focus on families of adults, and ways to use spiritual practices to deepen relationships with one another and with God.

 

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