Adult Education and Nurture
We take seriously the importance of learning and growing in God's Word and in faith. We offer a full range of adult classes on Sunday morning, weekly Bible study groups, and seasonal workshops that enable adults to explore the Bible in depth and apply their faith in life. For all those seeking more maturity and depth in their faith - come grow with us!
Sunday Mornings This Fall
Time: 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Where: Library (First floor, center building, alley side)
Faith Trek is a small group of CCPC adults who are curious about their faith and the world, and want to explore both in the company of a circle of friends. The circle expands easily, and we would be delighted to have you join us.
On September 15 the group will begin a new book: a discussion of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins. Contact Margaret Chan (301-656-5034) with questions or to secure a copy of the book. Please feel free to drop by on any Sunday!
Time: 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Where: Geneva Hall (Second floor, Education building, street side)
The Open Forum offers a forum for the discussion of a variety of topics on the intersection of faith and life. Join us this fall for these discussions:
September 15 – Palestinian Christians: Their Current Situation
Sir Rateb Y. Rabie, founder, president, and CEO of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (HCEF), will discuss the current reality for Palestinian Christians and their relationship with Jews and Muslims. He will focus on how we can build solidarity with them and show a DVD presentation called “Living Stones: Palestinian Christians, witnesses of Christ in the Holy Land.” HCEF’s work on the ground in Bethlehem and here in the United States also will be highlighted. Born in Amman, Jordan to Palestinian parents, Sir Rabie has devoted his life to improving living conditions in the Holy Land and preserving its Arab and Christian heritage. He is an advocate for peace and justice in Palestine and for improved Christian-Jewish-Muslim relations.
September 22 – Understanding Dementia
Back by popular demand! CCPC’s Dr. Bill Leahy will answer your questions about dementia and discuss how best to care for loved ones with these types of neurological problems. Bill has authored over 30 scientific and clinical articles and book chapters on neurology. For 32 years, he has been president of Neurological Medicine PA in Maryland and practices both pediatric and adult neurology. He remains on staff at Johns Hopkins University with the rank of associate professor. He served in the Medical Corps during the Vietnam War and held positions in the NIH. His most recent book, Caregiving at Home, was written for baby boomers who are caring for parents or loved ones.
September 29 – Shikokho Update
Susannah “Susie” Scanlon, who worked as a summer intern helping to develop administrative, budgeting, and computer skills in three of the programs CCPC sponsors (the Medical Clinic, the Women’s Microfinance Initiative Loan Program, and the Shitoli Solid Rock children’s feeding program) will update us on what is happening “on the ground” in Shikokho. CCPC’s Sally Kelly will also give us a progress report on WMI. Susie Scanlan is a senior at Princeton, majoring in finance. She also holds a bronze medal in fencing from the 2012 Olympics!
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Open Forum discussions you won’t want to miss:
October 6 – CCPC’s Susan Dentzer: “An Update on the Affordable Health Care Act”; and October 13 – CCPC’s Dr. Derek Hawver: “Coping with Grief.”
The Bible in Context Class
Time: 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.
Where: Room 350-B (Third floor, Education building)
Beginning September 22 - Early Christian Creeds: What does it mean to say that Jesus is the Son of God? Since the earliest statement of faith, “Jesus is Lord,” Christians have sought to clarify their faith through personal and corporate creeds and confessions. Come join us as we explore the assertions of two of the earliest affirmations, the Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed. All are welcome!
Wednesday Mornings (Bi-Monthly)
The Wednesday Morning Bible Study Group will begin a five-week study of the Parables on Wednesday, September 11. The group meets twice a month in Geneva Hall, usually on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. More information is available from study leaders Jane Duffield and Grace Hyslop. Come join us as we explore these simple stories with a heavenly message from a Mid-Eastern perspective. By studying the parables through their historic context, we can better interpret their meaning and power for our own time. See you in class!
September 11 – Introduction: The Genre of the Parable (and what parables have in common with television news!) - Mustard Seeds, Leaven, and the Kingdom of God
September 24 – The Parable of the Rich Man: How to Mismanage a Miracle - The Rich Man and Lazarus: A World Turned Upside Down