Faith Formation for Adults
GPPC is blessed with remarkable resources for education, and we seek to draw on those resources (such wise and talented people!) and to provide a variety of classes to challenge, guide, and support our members as they grow in the Christian life and faith. Classes meet from 9:30 am – 10:30 am and at other times during the week as noted.
Fall Classes 2017
This year marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s famous 95 theses, which helped spark the founding of the Reformation, an event that changed the world. To commemorate this historic event during October we will have a series on the reformation and how it has impacted our worship, our preaching, our songs . . .
- October 1 “How much do you know about the beginnings of the Protestant movement? Come to this session to learn about its founder Martin Luther. He was a complex man with many ideas and moods and strengths and flaws. And he left a larger than life footprint on the whole future of Western Christianity.” Professor Dawn DeVries will be our leader for this session.
- October 8 “Celebrating the Glory and Grace of God: Worship and Preaching in the Reformed Tradition” “The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of the glory and grace of God.” That statement is number 62 of the 95 Theses that Reformer Martin Luther compiled and, according to some accounts, posted on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 1517. With that and all his bold statements, Luther changed the shape of the church and its worship in countless ways. Dr. Beverly Zink-Sawyer will help us to look at the ways in which our Presbyterian worship and preaching has been formed and informed by the theological convictions of Luther, Calvin, and others who reformed the Church of Jesus Christ.
- October 15 Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race book discussion continues. The Reverend Denise Anderson and the Reverend Jan Edmiston, Co‐Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), have invited the church to read and discuss the book, Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race, by Debby Irving. Here is a quote from the Rev. Anderson about this book discussion and study: “We need to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Believe it or not, this was really good news to me when I heard it at the end of my first anti‐racism training session. What I understood in a second was that it is okay to be uncomfortable. I heard this in a room full of brown, black, and white people, all with different experiences, all wanting God’s justice to be made real, all committed to loving one another. Thinking about racism in such a setting made me mighty uncomfortable, just as reading this book did. There are two wonderful gifts from this experience, though: when we pay attention to our discomfort, we can learn and change and love each other better, and we are all always (always, always, always!) held in the grace of Christ. Here’s the thing: Being uncomfortable isn’t the only thing going on when reflecting on the stories in this book. What you’ll find by using the questions at the end of the each chapter is that your life is much richer than you thought, it’s more vibrant, and you have way more resources than you thought you did for understanding what’s going on with racism in our country. Learning about how to interrupt racism is part of learning how to be a disciple of Christ. We’re learning how to love God and love others as ourselves.”
- October 22 Following in the footsteps of Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, and John Calvin to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Come and meet Tricia Vesely, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Hebrew at Union Presbyterian Seminary who will be leading a “Reformation Tour” to Germany, France, and Switzerland, May 21 to June 2, 2018. Tricia will be speaking about the places where the Reformation began.
- October 29 The Lutheran Reformation in Song Martin Luther established and promoted vigorous congregational singing and the composition of a wholly new repertoire for the German churches. We’ll look at the texts and listen to the music of Luther’s Bohemian predecessors, his own compositions and those whose creation he fostered. We’ll also survey the 16th century German hymnals and consider the chorales that still find a place in our Presbyterian hymnals. Ardyth Lohuis will be our leader for this session.
- November 5 Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Racebook discussion
- November 12 Stay Tuned for announcement of the program for this Sunday
- November 19 Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Racebook discussion
- November 26 Sunday after Thanksgiving Holiday – no classes