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Adult ForumSunday Morning Adult Forums
These are held between the early and late worship services during the school year. We generally meet in Morrison Hall. On special occasions, however, we may meet in the Commons or the Nave.

The Village

This group of adults in the middle stages of life will gather together between services in room 101/103. This is a self led, conversation based group for those in their 20s-50s. We will meet most Sundays during the school year with occasional gatherings outside of church. Please check the facilities calendar on a weekly basis. Staff support: Crista Cruz

Monday night Kerygma, Fall 2019 (every Monday evening at 7:30PM)

We always decide as a group what study we want to do next. We just started the book “Tattoos on the Heart - The Power of Boundless Compassion” by Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit Priest who lives and works with gang members in LA. It’s a terrific book.

When we get close to finishing this, we’ll decide on a couple other books or possibly a series Kristen told me about called “Way of Love Practices for a Jesus-Centered Life”. She has the books and said there were podcasts available on line.

Wednesday morning Men’s Group. (every Wednesday at 8 AM)

mens groupFor the early fall season, the Men's Group is reading Who Made the Moon by Sigmund Brouwer (2008). The subject matter is explaining how we can understand the creation of the universe in both scientific and Biblical perspectives. Although the author agrees with the writers of Genesis that God is the architect of our universe, he gives the reader a brief course in physics to demonstrate that science and faith can be compatible. Brouwer is quick to point out the pitfalls of faith and science if we are called upon to defend the Bible to those who are agnostic or atheist.

Although we usually don't schedule books in advance, I think we have agreed to also read: Wild at Heart by John Eldredge. I have not read the book. Here is what one reviewer said about it:

"A formidable answer to an age-old question: How can a man make himself tolerable and useful while accepting and expressing his primordial maleness. The searching and aggressive urges to conquer what needs subduing, protect the vulnerable, fix what is broken, compete and risk what demands to be risked in himself and the world? The author's message is set in the Christian tradition without being controlled by its ideology. Eldredge believes that institutions can oppress a man's heart and keep society from benefiting from his fierce desire to love, do good, fight evil, and go beyond the limits. The exceptional writing and ideational balance (and a sensitive interpretation by Kelly Dolan) make this a compelling effort to integrate the hero's gritty nature with the public good.' "

Wednesday Morning Kerygma (meets every Wednesday at 10 AM in Morrison Hall)


Summer Reading Assignment: Tattoos on the Heart-The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Gregory Boyle

September 4, 11, 18
Book: Tattoos on the Heart by Father Gregory Boyle
Leader: Ned Armstrong
We will study the gang phenomenon in the US and learn about a remarkably successful Roman Catholic priest who has led a parish in the most gang infested section of Los Angeles for over thirty years. Fr. Boyle’s Home Boys Industries has gained nationwide fame for its ability to rehabilitate even the most hardened gang members.

September 25, October 2, 9
BOOK: Inviting God In : Celebrating the Soul-Meaning of the Jewish Holy Days by Rabbi David Aaron (2006, 188 pages)
Leaders: Mark & Marilyn Swenson, and Sandy Noell
This book is more about explaining why Jews should celebrate their nine most important Holy Days, than exactly how those days are celebrated. There is a spiritual theme(s) linked to the significance of each holy day. Aaron also gives us the biblical and religious meaning of the holy days in a clear and straightforward manner. We will study three Holy Days each of the three weeks of the class, and give people the chance to bring in something Jewish people would use to celebrate a particular holiday, e.g.,matzoh, unleavened bread, songs or readings from a traditional Seder, etc. Sort of a show and tell! We also will make some comparisons with our Christian holidays.

October 16
Book : (No need to buy) Forgiveness: How to make peace with your past and get on with your life by Dr. Sidney Simon and Suzanne Simon
Leader: Susanna Wilson, co-leader: Ruby McCowan
We will talk about why it’s hard to forgive, what the ‘pay-off’ is to NOT forgive, and what we learn from the Bible about how and why to forgive.

October 23, 30
Book: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene by Jean Yves Leloup
Leader: Pat Wing
We will study the gnostic gospel known as The Gospel of Mary.

November 6, 13, 20
(No book needed)
Leader: Barb Stout
History of dreams; what psychologists think of dreams (Freud, Jung, modern thought); dreams in the Bible-who had them and what did they mean; how to start a dream journal and how to remember dreams; sleep and sleep patterns; dream interpretations, thoughts, resources and practice; can dreams be used to solve problems; new age-like lucid dreaming.

November 27

December 4, 11
BOOK : Where Did Christmas Come From? ( Out of print )
Leader: Ruby McCowan
Using information found in the above-referenced book, we will learn how and when many of our Christmas traditions began.

December 18, 25, January 1

January 8, 15, 22, 29
Book: God’s Promise: I Am With You
Leaders: Sandy Noell, Diane Stark, Pat Wing
God’s promises will wend their way through scripture, and through Old Testament and New Testament study, will also apply to our everyday circumstances, problems and challenges.

February 5, 12, 19,
Book: Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs , (2000, 2007 - 256 pages , plus an interview with the author )
Leaders: Mark & Marilyn Swenson
We studied Bad Girls of the Bible this past year. REALLY Bad Girls covers eight more Biblical women. We can cover all eight in the three weeks which are scheduled, by assigning different women to different people in the class and having them report out. The author says some of the Really Bad Girls are (sometimes) proud of it!

February 26
Leaders: Cheryl Boone and David Moore

March 4, 11, 18, 25
Henri Nouwen’s book: A Spirituality of a Giving Heart
Leader: Laura Boucher, co-leader: Sandy Noell

April 1
We will have a presentation by a guest speaker on one of the most famous artworks in the world, Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, The Last Supper.
Arranged by: Martha Redstrom-Plourd

April 8
This is the Wednesday of Holy Week-No class

April 15
We will walk the Labyrinth at Richmond Hill, followed by a short chapel service. For those wishing to stay, a lunch will be provided. ($15)
Leader: Martha Redstrom-Plourd

April 22, 29
Leader: Barb Stout, co-leaders: Sue Baird and Susanna Wilson We will study ACEs and their lifelong consequences.

May 6
Leader: Rev. Brenda Overfield

May 13
Presentation of the 2020-2021 plans and pot luck.

Book Clubs

There are currently two informal women’s Book Clubs which meet once a month during the day. There is also a Coed book club which meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 4:00 p.m., at the Church. Parishioners are encouraged to form groups of interested members.

The Church Library

The Library is maintained under the Adult Education Commission to ensure the availability of Christian education books and other materials, all of which can be read and checked out by parishioners.

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2019- 2020

September 8: Welcome and review of year’s sylabus


September 15: Necessary Conversations Part II: Trusts

Lisa Tuck, Esq.

Sept. 22: Medicare 101

Mr. Tim Eells

September 29: Ministries Fair


October 6 - 27: Old Testament Lectionary Readings

Group Led

November 3: Conversations with the Vestry


November 10 & 17: Gospel Lectionary Readings


November 24: No Adult Forum


December 1: Advent Wreath Workshop (advanced sign-up necessary)


December 8: New Testament Lectionary Reading

J & D Vance

December 15, 22 & 29: No Adult Forum


January 5: Epiphany Intergenerational Program

Kristen Ketron

January 12: Meet the Candidates


January 19: No Adult Forum: Annual Meeting


January 26: Jeopardy Game

High School Hosting

February 2- 23: Old Testament Lectionary

Group Led

March : National Church Lenten Programming w/ Presiding Bishop


April 5 &12: No Adult Forum: Palm Sunday & Easter


April 19: Conversations with your Vestry


April 26 – May 17: Psalms of the Lectionary


May 26- September 2: No Adult Forum