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. Upcoming classes include:
December 16 - Rev. Bob Shenk (Saunders Hall) Pastoral Conversation: A Practical Introduction to Providing Pastoral Care in Everyday Life
December 23 - Jessie Cooke
December 30 - No Sunday School
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:
December 16 - Love and Worship God, Psalm 103:1-17a, 21-22; Pat Ellison, teacher
December 23 - Ray Roberts and Sandy Spicknall will share pictures from the recent trip to Israel.
December 30 - Modeling God’s Love, Matthew 25:31-46; Tim Ailsworth, teacher
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.
December (TBD) - Rev. Bob Shenk, Lead Chaplain for Special Projects, Bon Secours will be speaking.
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 fall study will feature a DVD series, A Woman Overwhelmed by Hayley DiMarco. In January, the group will study another DVD series, Numbers 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday Afternoon Bible Study
This Bible Study meets each week on Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Saunders Hall from fall to the end of the year, then again from January until mid-spring. The fall study will be The Psalms.
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. Carroll Londoner will join us for the first two Wednesdays in November.
November 7, 6:45 p.m. In Kemp Hall
WHEN THE CHURCH “SPEAKS OUT” WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO DO?
Historic Presbyterian Beliefs and Christian Actions in Society
This presentation will examine eight (8) historic principles that have guided the Presbyterian Church in the United States since its foundation in the earliest colonies. These principles were developed to guide the denomination through all the church conflicts, differences in biblical interpretations of scripture, how the church is to govern itself when there are critical differences, and a basic “Christian Attitude” we Presbyterians should have among ourselves and with our brothers and sisters in other denominations whose liturgy, scriptural interpretations, and ways of governing themselves may differ from the “Reformed Tradition” of John Calvin, and John Knox.
November 14, 6:45 p.m. in Kemp Hall
THE CHRISTIAN ETHIC OF LOVING ONE ANOTHER IN THE MIDST OF CHALLENGING TIMES
How to maintain the Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church while holding different views on spiritual and organizational issues (or better still: how not to demonize fellow Presbyterians when you disagree) - the presentation examines the historical accounts of how the early Presbyterians from several Reformed countries came to the colonies and overcame their different “cultural, political, linguistic, and spiritual interpretations” to become a “Presbyterian Synod in the Americas” and formed a vibrant and at times “cantankerous” denomination among all the religious groups that came to the Colonies.
November 21 - No dinner or program
November 28 - Hanging of the Greens
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.
The Bible Boys take on current topics and explore them through perspectives of faith and history. The most recent discussion on October 19, 2016, centered on Faith and Politics. Below are some photos and the video from the evening. You may see previous Bible Boys events on our YouTube Channel.
Dr. Martin L. Cook
Martin L. Cook teaches Professional Military Ethics at the United States Naval War College. Dr. Cook spoke to us regarding Just War in the Age of Terror. He was our guest for three sessions over one weekend in April of 2016. The information he shared as well as his insights on current events fascinated our audience.