Adult Spiritual Growth Offerings

Sunday School

In November

Adult spiritual growth in November: Two opportunities. Right on the heels of the Reformation anniversary, we’re going to zero in on more recent history with an adult class focusing on the Confession of 1967. Commonly called C-67 for short, this has been one of the more controversial additions to the theological architecture of Presbyterians. Throughout the month, we will immerse ourselves in C-67 and its call to sacrificial reconciliation.

In addition, we are offering the congregation a chance to break into study groups and read together the book “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving, which explores how we are socialized in America to look at race. If you would like to be part of such a group, contact Arlene Decina (arlene@burkepreschurch.org).

In December

Advent begins Sunday, December 3. We have multiple Sunday school offerings for all ages throughout the season. If you don’t normally attend Sunday school, this would be a great time to try out the program. Here’s what you can expect:

1.) For children in grades kindergarten through third grade—and their parents! You all are invited to a shared experience of story and service on December 3 and 10. First, next week, we will participate in a Godly Play story. Then the following week, we will work together to support homeless families through our new mission partner Homestretch. Together we will package health kits and make cards for the families. On December 17 (the third Sunday in Advent), children will return to their regular classes and adults will delve into the story of the prophet Isaiah. Through this Godly Play session for adults, you’ll see how the story parallels, and is an extension of, the story we hear on December 3. Things will kick off in the Conversation Corner at 10:15 a.m. on all three Sundays.

2.) For adults, also on December 3, 10 and 17, our own Bob Hemm will lead us in a study of prophesy and the life of Jesus Christ. We will examine the prophesies of the Old Testament and how they appear in the New Testament and life of Jesus. We'll address questions like: How do the prophesies support the case that the crucified Jesus of Nazareth was the expected Messiah? What were the Jewish expectations of the Messiah and how they were fulfilled (or not) by Jesus? Why (and how) have some prophesies been disputed? What did Jesus himself prophesy, and why does it matter? Join us in the library at 10:15.

Wednesday Evenings

Oasis

These sessions are designed to be a refreshing gathering place and a conversational learning opportunity for parents of children who are attending Rainbow, although all are welcome. Group conversation might include the challenges and joys of finding and following ways to live and walk a life of faith in families, with children, and in a faith community.

Following the Rainbow Schedule
7-7:45 p.m. in the Conversation Corner