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.
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.
September 16, 23, & 30 - Janet Carter returns with Parenting. Click here for more information.
October 28 - Reformation Sunday - Linda Thomas and Dr. Carroll Londoner return to teach about John Calvin.
November 4 - CARITAS Director of Community Engagement, Tiffany Hall Terry will be with us.
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 email@example.com.
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. Mary Mikhael - Syria: A Light in the Darkness
Dr. Mikhael, a native of Syria, will speak on "Syria: A Light in the Darkness" on Wednesday evening, October 3, 7:00 p.m. following Wednesday Night Supper. This is her final event, which is sponsored by the Presbytery of the James through the Peacemaking Program of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Dr. Mikhael offers a timely and important voice about the growing refugee crisis and deepening tragedy in this war-torn region that longs for peace, as well as the response of the religious community.
A graduate of PSCE (now Union Presbyterian Seminary) and Columbia University, Dr. Mary Mikhael is the recent past president of the Near East School of Theology in Beirut and the author of the 2010 Presbyterian Women Horizon's Bible Study, Joshua; A Journey of Faith. All are encouraged to hear Dr. Mikhael and to learn from this articulate Christian witness.
Other opportunities to hear Dr. Mikhael include the Fall Retreat at Camp Hanover on September 27, Westminster Canterbury on September 28, 3:00 p.m., and Chapel at Union Seminary on October 3. All are invited to these occasions as well as to a Middle East themed luncheon for $10 at the seminary followed by a forum for discussion. For lunch reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.