What does it mean to say we are People of the Book? As Christians, we are led to build a relationship with Jesus through reading God’s word in the Bible and through prayer. The Christian Education Ministry at River Road seeks to guide you in this process by offering tools you can use to study and discern God’s word and to assist you in making the most of your prayer time. As 2019 unfolds, watch for Bible reading tips for you and your family, prayer exercises, specific Bible verses, and more. These items will be shared in a variety of ways - here on the website and through our Facebook and Instagram spaces.
In the meantime, we encourage you to begin a Bible Study available through YouVersion. YouVersion is available on the web and through its mobile Bible app. This 21-Day devotional Bible study begins February 1. There are a variety of plans available, so you may choose the plan that best suits your needs. Please join with your friends at River Road Presbyterian Church on this journey. Feel free to share all People of the Book information with others.
Faith and Family
A little bit of parenting, a little bit of marriage enrichment, a little bit of faith development, and a little bit of Bible 101. Join us as we support each other and learn together! This class meets in the Parlor in the main building.
God in Action
This class explores how the Bible is relevant in all aspects of our lives using a rotation schedule including: Praying the News led by Jenn Cornell, History of the Christian Church led by Linda Thomas, and Bible Study (leader to be determined). This class meets in Kemp Hall.
Martin B. Williams Adult Bible Class
The class studies the Bible using The Present Word, a PC(USA) curriculum based on the Uniform Lesson Series. This faithful class joins in singing at the beginning of each class followed by sharing the Joys and Concerns of our congregation and prayer. This class is taught by a team of four devoted teachers and meets in room 01 in the basement of the main building. This class meets year-round. Upcoming classes include:
February 17: Praising God’s Mighty Works - Psalm 66:1-9, 16-20, Pat Ellison, teacher
February 24: Joining with all adults in Saunders Hall for Dr. Brian Blount’s study on Revelation
Sunday Speakers in the Fall
All adults are invited to join us for some special speakers this fall. These are great events for folks to try out Sunday school. They are also great invents to invite friends and neighbors! See below for upcoming events.
Sunday mornings with Dr. Brian Blount
The Book of Revelation
Sunday, February 24, March 3, and March 10
10:00 a.m. in Saunders Hall
When’s the last time you read the Book of Revelation? Want to get reacquainted? Want to engage it for the first time? On February 24, March 3, and March 10, Brian Blount will introduce the Book of Revelation. What is the Book’s Revelation? Why is it so important? In John’s time? In our time? Come encounter what the Book of Revelation reveals about God’s intent for human living and what we are called to do in response to that revelation.
Wednesday Evening Programs
Following Wednesday Night Suppers (held fall through spring), we often offer programs on specific topics, Bible studies, how-to sessions, etc. Be sure to sign up for supper before the program and share some fellowship!
Dr. Dawn Devries, John Newton Thomas Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Presbyterian Seminary, joins on Wednesday nights in February to discuss the Theology of Food.
Wednesday, February 13 - Wednesday, February 27
6:45 p.m. in Kemp Hall
Wednesday, February 13 - The American Food System: Thinking About our Realities as Christians
Our American food production and distribution system is in one way a marvel of technological success. We grow food that feeds the globe, and within our own borders, we have access to the greatest variety of cheap food of any country on the planet. And yet, this system comes with significant costs to the earth, to the animals we keep for food, to the farmers and workers within the chain of production, and to the health of those who consume the food. How should Christians think about these ethical challenges? How should they engage this system in ways consistent with their values?
Wednesday, February 20 - Food and Health: Should Churches Be Involved in This Concern?
There is increasing profound evidence that food may be the most powerful medicine available to affect human health. Many churches engage around food justice through participation in programs that address the problem of hunger and malnutrition in their communities. But does their advocacy need to come home to their own congregations? And what could such programs look like in a church?
Wednesday, February 27 - Eating Mindfully as Individuals and Congregations: Christian Teaching on Feasting and Fasting
If we want to begin to change our practices around food, it may be helpful to remember that our Christian tradition has many resources for thinking about eating and abstaining from eating. Are there practices from tradition that may be useful to revive in our own communities?
Women's Bible Study
The Women's Bible Study generally meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays each month through March at 1:00 p.m. in the Parlor, with a break during December. The group is studying another DVD series, Numbers: Learning Contentment in a Culture of More by Melissa Spoelstra.
Young Adult Small Group
Young adults are invited to small group dinners followed by discussion time on Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m. The group meets at the home of Rev. Andrew Whitehead. You may bring a dish or drinks to share. The group began with a study of the Psalms of Ascent (120-134). They will study one Psalm each week, starting with a reading of a few different translations then have a time for people to discuss their first impressions or emotional reactions to the Psalm. Andrew will provide background information and/or commentary where needed or when requested. RSVP to Andrew Whitehead.
Thursday Afternoon Bible Study
This groups meets every Thursday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in Saunders Hall. Leadership includes Leigh Anne Ring, Jane Sewell, and Linda Thomas. Questions? Contact Leigh Anne Ring.
Lenten Series - Death and the Afterlife
Dr. Douglas F. Ottati
Dr. Doug Ottati is the Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice at Davidson College and the author of numerous books and articles. He spoke to us in April 2017, on Who Is Jesus Christ?. Dr. Ottati spoke on Friday afternoon at Union Presbyterian Seminary and here at River Road at three sessions spread over Saturday and Sunday. His theological discussions were enlightening.