We offer opportunities to learn more about our faith and our role in today’s world. We welcome newcomers and inquirers to our classes on Sunday morning and during the week.
When: Sunday morning, 9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
Where: East Wing, 1000 Douglas Ave
What: Our Sunday school class for youth and adults gives attendees a chance to lead or participate in discussions of a wide range of bible-based books and other materials led by church members or the pastor.
Topics range from interpretation of scripture to lives of religious thinkers to evolution of church doctrines, to ways of doing God’s work in the world.
Sessions are held prior to worship every Sunday except on major holiday weekends. Discussion series range from four weeks (Lent and Advent) to eight weeks and are based on insights participants gain from assigned advance readings.
Full participation by all is encouraged in a friendly, respectful environment. Breakfast is available before class. Class descriptions and assignments are posted in the church and announced in the church newsletter.
This year’s Advent Study Class will start November 27, using the Thoughtful Christian’s module “Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel: An Adult Advent Study on the O Antiphons” by Barry Ensign-George. Let Richard Lindeborg know if you want the weekly texts by email or in hard copy. (RALindeborg@cs.com). Class is at a new time: 9:15 a.m. Zoom attendees should use the same link as for the Worship Service. Changed instructions for in-person attendees: Use the west entrance to the church; class is in the first classroom upstairs. Richard Lindeborg can email you a short study guide early in the week before each session.
Readings for each class are 4–5 pages long and will be e–mailed to participants or handed out the week before Sunday class. Let Richard Lindeborg know if you want the texts by email or in hard copy. (RALindeborg@cs.com)
Publishers write: “Among the most beautiful prayers ever composed, the “O Antiphons” have for twelve centuries voiced the Church’s longing for Christ’s Coming at Christmas. These antiphons refer to Christ under seven great titles: Wisdom (Sapientia), Lord Most High (Adonai), Root of Jesse (Radix Jesse), Key of David (Clavis David), Dayspring (Oriens), King of Nations (Rex Gentium), and God With Us (Emmanuel).
“Sometimes called the ‘Greater Antiphons,’ these verses are recited at Vespers, one each evening, between
Dec. 17 and Dec. 23. They give voice to the Israelites’ longing for the Messiah, as well as our own longing
for Jesus to come—both at Christmas and at the Second Coming.”
Discussion of each antiphon will begin with a short choral presentation of the text.
Reading assignments are:
Nov. 27: O Wisdom
Dec. 4: O Lord Most High and O Root of Jesse
Dec 11: O Key of David and O Radiant Dawn
Dec 18: O Ruler of the Nations and O Emmanuel
The Jump Start Breakfast will resume the first Sunday of Advent (November 27), serving from 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. This light meal isa good start for choir members, whose Sunday morning warm-up runs from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., and Advent Study Class members, whose class runs from 9:15 to 10:00 or so.
Pastor Katie Palmer leads an inquirers class for those interested in finding out more about who we are are what we believe as needed throughout the year. Those interested in finding out more about church membership are encouraged to approach an Elder at the communion table on Sunday morning following worship.