Lenten Book Study

Join in a weekly discussion group about Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace, by Miroslav Volf, on Zoom and/or use our guide to study on your own. We will be meeting every Monday morning at 10 am on Zoom and our discussions will be led by Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon and Rev. Lucy Strong.

 

See the Study Guide here.

Buy the book on Amazon here.

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Queens, Saints, and Visionaries: Exploring the Legacy of Medieval Women

Have you ever heard that women weren’t a significant part of Christian history? Particularly when it came to the development of the early and medieval church?

This course will introduce you to the wide range of women who contributed to Christian identity formation. From abbesses and educators to playwrights and poets, we will explore the lives of these significant women (through their own writings and texts that were composed about them).

Each week, we will delve deeply into the lives of specific women in order to get a better picture of the world these women inhabited and shaped. If we gain a deeper understanding of the challenges they faced and the triumphs they achieved, we might see new ways we can support women in shaping our communities today.

Join us to celebrate the influential women who defied conventions, left their mark on history, and continue to inspire us today!

Exploring Faith Through “The Chosen” Series

Already watched by millions of people and translated into over 50 languages, “The Chosen” is a groundbreaking historical drama based on the life of Jesus.  While unique in some aspects (largest crowd sourced media production in history, first multi-season series about Jesus, etc), “The Chosen” stands in a long tradition of interpreting the Bible through various forms of media, including art, music, and staged drama. Film adaptations hold a uniquely powerful place in the reception history of the Bible.

 

Join us as we facilitate a “visual Bible study” following the first season of the Chosen.  After an introductory/overview in Week 1, Joel LeMon will lead us in taking a look at the history of dramatic portrayals of biblical texts as interpretations of Scripture and consider how “The Chosen” stands in this tradition. 

 

In Weeks 3-6, we will examine the show/episodes themselves (2x episodes per week) and examine the scriptural basis of them in a group discussion format.  What choices did the showrunners make in creating the show, and how did their choices have an influence on our faith and our understanding of the Gospel?  Fans of the show and those who are just learning about “The Chosen” for the first time are all welcome.

Flower Guild Workshop

The Flower Guild Committee is having a Flower Arranging Workshop on February 21st from 1:00 to 3:00. We would like to invite anyone who is interested in flowers or flower arranging to join us. We will meet in the sanctuary.  Come for fellowship and a learning experience!

Connections Class

Grab a cup of coffee in Five Points and join us as we re-launch the Connections Sunday school class! We’ll preserve the first 10-15 minutes for fellowship and will then sit in a circle for conversation. You all may have heard or read Kate Bowler (Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon has quoted her “Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved” in sermons in the past). She does a regular podcast and interviews all kinds of interesting folks. We’ll use four of her podcast episodes as conversation starters this winter. These can all be downloaded through the link below. They range from 27-42 minutes in length—perfect for listening on a walk or a commute. And if you can’t listen ahead of time, come anyway!

We will cover the Podcast conversation between Kate Bowler and Will Willimon: “Your Work is a Calling.”

Connections Class

Grab a cup of coffee in Five Points and join us as we re-launch the Connections Sunday school class! We’ll preserve the first 10-15 minutes for fellowship and will then sit in a circle for conversation. You all may have heard or read Kate Bowler (Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon has quoted her “Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved” in sermons in the past). She does a regular podcast and interviews all kinds of interesting folks. We’ll use four of her podcast episodes as conversation starters this winter. These can all be downloaded through the link below. They range from 27-42 minutes in length—perfect for listening on a walk or a commute. And if you can’t listen ahead of time, come anyway!

Jim Blitch will cover the Podcast conversation between Kate Bowler and Miroslav Volf, Life Worth Living.

Connections Class

Grab a cup of coffee in Five Points and join us as we re-launch the Connections Sunday school class! We’ll preserve the first 10-15 minutes for fellowship and will then sit in a circle for conversation. You all may have heard or read Kate Bowler (Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon has quoted her “Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved” in sermons in the past). She does a regular podcast and interviews all kinds of interesting folks. We’ll use four of her podcast episodes as conversation starters this winter. These can all be downloaded through the link below. They range from 27-42 minutes in length—perfect for listening on a walk or a commute. And if you can’t listen ahead of time, come anyway!

We will cover the Podcast conversation between Kate Bowler and NT Wright, The Mystery of God

Connections Class

Grab a cup of coffee in Five Points and join us as we re-launch the Connections Sunday school class! We’ll preserve the first 10-15 minutes for fellowship and will then sit in a circle for conversation. You all may have heard or read Kate Bowler (Rev. Rebekah Close LeMon has quoted her “Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved” in sermons in the past). She does a regular podcast and interviews all kinds of interesting folks. We’ll use four of her podcast episodes as conversation starters this winter. These can all be downloaded through the link below. They range from 27-42 minutes in length—perfect for listening on a walk or a commute. And if you can’t listen ahead of time, come anyway!

Rebekah LeMon will cover the Podcast conversation between Kate Bowler and Catherine Price, Serious About Fun.

Food, Farms, and Faith

The Food, Farms and Faith class will explore our relationship with food as consumers and as Christians. Our relationship with food seems to be important to God. Food is mentioned in the Bible 1,207 times. 18 of Jesus’ 39 parables include references to food. Many Christians say a prayer before every meal to express their appreciation for the food they are about to eat. Are Christians called to do more than pray?

 

Sam Adams, Professor of Biblical Studies at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, will focus on the significance of food in the biblical world. What does Scripture envision about food for the faithful, how they should gather for meals, and the challenges of maintaining a sufficient food supply? How might modern believers respond to the biblical witness and how should it inform our lives?