2016-2017 Adult Classes


Discussion led by Carmen Porco, director of Housing at American Baptist Homes and Caring Ministries

March 12 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 303

Understanding the Messiah, part II

Understanding Handel’s ‘Messiah’ (Part II) will be held on three Sundays (March 26, April 2, and April 9). March 26 will feature scripture from Isaiah, John and Acts, as well as music from ‘Messiah’ regarding “The Suffering Servant” as Jesus is portrayed in this oratorio. On April 2, the class will listen to two of the most poignant numbers from ‘Messiah’ that speak of Jesus’ humiliation and cruel punishment at the hands of his enemies. The first two classes will be held in Room 301, led by Diane Adams, Beverly Davison, Mark Wurzelbacher, and Chris Boveroux.

On April 9, Palm Sunday, we will join with children and youth in Fellowship Hall for an Intergenerational class titled, “Preparing for Christ’s Death and Resurrection.” Several different children, youth, and adults will take part in an original play featuring a young George Frederick Handel and a young Charles Jennens (his librettist for ‘Messiah’) arguing about their futures, the two as grown-up men, and culminating in a re-enactment of the London performance of the work. A full crowd is anticipated for this fun event! Intergenerational Sunday School will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. and end at 10:20 a.m., in time for choir rehearsal before morning worship at 11:00 a.m. Don’t miss it!!

Hourglass Bible Study: Development of the Early Christian Church: Acts 1-28

This winter and spring the Hourglass Bible Study will explore the development of  the early Christian church, as told in Acts.  The class will meet at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, January through May in the Conference Room.

Click here for detailed information about the course schedule.

Hourglass Bible Study:  Our oldest stories and how they affect us today:  Genesis Chapters 1-11

This fall the Hourglass Bible Study will explore the stories from the first 11 chapters of Genesis. We’ll read both the stories themselves and similar stories from other religions to get a broader sense of their significance to humanity.

Our focus, however, will not be on whether the stories are true, but on what the stories tell us about our understanding of God and our relationship to God today. The class will meet at 9:30 on Sunday mornings, September through December in the Conference Room.

Click here for detailed information about the course schedule. Handouts of background reading for the weekly sessions can be downloaded or can be mailed to you by request to the church office

Luke – The Gospel for Today

Jesus, as he is portrayed in the Gospel of Luke, calls us to follow him into our present world.  In the first three sessions of our adult education, Sept 11, 18, and 25, we will look at the Gospel of Luke for guidance in this tumultuous political season.  Translating from the “then” to the “now” what does Jesus say to us about accepting the stranger and outsider; about social justice and stewardship of wealth; about the importance of women in the church and the world?  Come to the class not to find easy answers but to share our questions as we seek to follow Jesus.  The class will be led by Beverly Davison.

The class meets  Sept. 11 – 25 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 302.

An Invitation to the Life of Meditation/Contemplation

The class will be led by Pastor Mark Clinger and will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the narthex from Oct. 2 through Nov. 13.


Understanding the Messiah

Understanding “The Messiah” is a 4-week discussion/illustration course focusing on Handel’s beloved masterpiece, using CDs and curriculum materials.  Coordinated by Diane Adams and Chris Boveroux, this course will also feature some solos and choir numbers from “The Messiah” during the 11:00 worship hour on those Sundays (November 20-December 11).

The class meets at 9:30 a.m. in Room 303 from Nov. 20 through Dec. 11.



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