Education - Adults
“I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.” - Jesus in John 15:5
Contact Gina Dawson, Director of Christian Education
301-881-1881, ext. 2006
What is the Apocrypha?
Sundays, 8:45am, in the Parlor
Join Hunter Prillaman and Phil Dawson in an ongoing study and discussion of these books that are part of the Bible in some Christian traditions, but not others. We’ll learn about their history, what they meant to the early Church, and what they have to say to us today. Join any time (there will be frequent recaps). Bibles with the Apocrypha will be provided.
“Sacred Rhythms” Study
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00pm, January 18 to March 15, 2018, Room 206
Talking about Sacred Rhythms is a helpful way of talking about spiritual transformation because it provides relief from some of the heavy-handed and rigid approaches to the spiritual life that many of us have experienced. This language draws on the imagery of the natural rhythms, such as the ebb and flow of the ocean waves and tides, which come and go but are full of infinite variety and creativity.
Instead of “I really ought to have a quiet time” or “I really should pray more,” we are compelled to seek out ways of living that are congruent with our deepest desires — our natural rhythms. Sometimes this feels risky, but choosing this way of life opens us up to the presence of God in places of our being where our truest desires and deepest longings occur.
You are invited to nine-week study on Ruth Haley Barton’s book, Sacred Rhythms: Arranging Our Lives for Spiritual Transformation. See Gina Dawson for a free copy of the book.
Bible Study: The Book of Daniel
Every Other Sunday beginning January 28, 2018, 7:30-8:30pm (online via Zoom Meeting)
From Rev. Eugene Peterson: “Obedience to God in the pressures and stresses of day-by-day living and trust in God’s ways in the large sweep of history are always at risk, but especially in times of suffering and persecution. Obedience to God is difficult when we are bullied into compliance to the God-ignoring culture out of sheer survival. Trust in God is likewise at risk of being abandoned in favor of the glamorous seductions of might and size.
Daniel was written out of just such times. Daniel is composed of six stories and four visions. The stories tell of souls living faithfully in obedience to God in a time of adversity. The visions are wide-screen renditions of God’s sovereignty worked out among nations who couldn’t care less about him.”
Beginning on Sunday, January 28th, from the comfort of your home, meet up with fellow Bible study participants online to discuss and learn more about the book of Daniel. Rather than meeting weekly, we will get together every other Sunday to go at our own pace, which means no homework! For instance, we’ll get together on Jan. 28, Feb. 11 & 25, Mar. 11 & 25, and so on until we are done (no later than early June). All you need is a Bible and a computer/laptop/tablet with a minimum of an internet connection. A microphone and camera would be great so that you can communicate in real-time (chat option available if you don’t have a mic).
First Friday Night Film Series: “The Red Turtle”
February 9, 2018, 6:30-9:00pm, Room 205/206
A family-friendly film and our first animated one, The Red Turtle (rated PG) will be shown in February. From the legendary Studio Ghibli (creators of Spirited Away, Ponyo, and Kiki’s Delivery Service), this masterfully animated fantasy tells the story of a man shipwrecked at sea who becomes stranded on a beautiful but desolated island. He learns to live in isolation, seemingly tormented in his efforts to escape by a giant red sea turtle. But all is not what it seems…
Book Discussion: “The Reason I Jump” by Naoki Higashida
February 16, 2018, 7:30-9:00pm, Room 206
Our next book in “the Other” series is The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-Year-Old Boy with Autism. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.
Naoki Higashida was born in Kimitsu, Japan in 1992. Diagnosed with severe autism when he was five, he subsequently learned to communicate using a handmade alphabet grid and began to write poems and short stories. At the age of thirteen he wrote The Reason I Jump, which was published in Japan in 2007. Its English translation came out in 2013, and it has now been published in more than thirty languages. Higashida has since published several books in Japan, including children’s and picture books, poems, and essays. The subject of an award-winning Japanese television documentary in 2014, he continues to give presentations throughout the country about his experience of autism.
Books ($10) will be available in mid-January 2018.
Here are some options for you to study online. If you have a resource you'd like to share with us, please contact Gina Dawson, Director of Christian Education.