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.
We encourage you to participate in Bible Studies available through YouVersion. YouVersion is available on the web and through its mobile Bible app. There are a variety of plans available, so you may choose the plan that best suits your needs.
As we enter the Lenten and Easter season, please pick up a Lent and Easter bookmark available at the church. This handy bookmark offers suggested readings for each week. You can pace your reading during the week and check off each reading to keep on track. We hope this helps you in your experience of the journey to the cross.
Feel free to share all People of the Book information with others.
Christians live in God’s Kingdom at the same time we live in the world. The world’s cultural messages are strong and often counter to the Kingdom messages. We are called to be transformed into Christ’s disciples by the renewal of our minds. One way to hear God’s Kingdom message is to read Scripture. Another is to read books written by Christians that build us up in the faith. In this space we will offer titles of books that have encouraged and strengthened others.
Let’s Read! Join us in March as we read our first book together. In Extravagant Grace, author Barbara DuGuid turns to the writing of John Henry Newman, former slave boat captain and writer of the beloved hymn, Amazing Grace, to teach us God’s purpose for our failure and guilt. Her empathetic and honest approach, candidly incorporating illustrations from her own struggles, lifts our focus from our own performance back to the God who is bigger than our failures – and who uses them for his glory. Rediscover how God’s extravagant grace makes the gospel once again feel like the good news it truly is. Extravagant Grace is available in print and eBook formats.
We invite you to share with us any books that you have found valuable in your faith journey. Please let our Christian Education Ministry consider promoting titles that have touched you in this space.
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:
March 24 - Calling to Salvation - Luke 19:1-10; Floyd Cotton, teacher
March 31 - Called to Discipleship - Matthew 4:12-22; Bill Osborne, teacher
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!
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.