Adult Education

Way of Love
At General Convention this year, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry asked that all Episcopalians commit to following the Way of Love.  The Way of Love describes the different parts of living a life following Jesus.  Those parts are:

TURN: Pause, listen & choose to follow Jesus
LEARN: Reflect on Scripture each day
PRAY: Spend time with God each day
WORSHIP: Gather with a community to praise God
BLESS: Share faith, give & serve
GO: Cross boundaries, listen deeply & live like Jesus
REST: Receive the gift of God’s grace

We will be using the Way of Love as the focus of our Small Plates Adult Education and other programs this year.  There is a brochure and some more information on the bulletin board in the library and on the one in the hallway by the kitchen.

Small Plates
We call the adult education program at St. Paul’s Small Plates.  Because our classes are short, ranging from 2 to 6 weeks in length and exploring a wide variety of topics.

The first Small Plates of the program year will start September 22.  We will be looking at translating the Bible.  What are the issues of Biblical translation and how to they impact our understanding of the Bible.  This class is 3 weeks long.  Small Plates classes take place from 9:15 – 9:45 am in the Small Plates classroom, classroom number 2 in the Sunday School hallway.

The Small Plates adult education class for October and November will begin on Sunday October 27.  This class is focusing on various types and styles of worship.  This class will run through Sunday November 17.  The Small Plates class meets from 9:15 – 9:45 in the Small Plates class room.

Bible Study
Bible Study meets on Wednesday morning from 10 – 11 am in the church library. 

This year we are beginning by looking at the life, journeys and writings of St. Paul.  We will start with an overview of the life of Paul and his journeys, move on to looking at the book of Acts, which has much of the story of the life of Paul and the early church and then move on to an in depth look at the epistles that Paul wrote and what they tell us about the faith and life of the early church.

Bible Study will start for the year on September 11.  All are welcome.  Come in the office door and you will be in the library.

If you are unable to attend the Bible Study, a recording of the session is posted on St. Paul’s podcast site (harrishill.podbean.com).

Pub Theology
Pub Theology is a gathering of people (usually in a pub) for food, drink and conversation about God.  St. Paul’s Pub Theology will be meeting at the Buffalo Brew Pub at the corner of Main & Transit on Tuesday October 22 at 7 pm. 

We will grab a table, order our food, pop, water or beer and start talking.

The initial topic for October Pub Theology is the problem of evil or put another way, if God is good, why do bad things happen.  But the conversation will go where it goes.  All are welcome and bring friends if you like.

Bible Challenge
The Bible Challenge is designed to have us read large portions of the Bible, including portions we don’t normally read.

This is part of the “Learn” step of the Way of Love.

Completing the whole challenge will result in reading more than ½ of the Bible.

The 2019-20 Challenge has 4 sections.  Epistles, Acts & Revelation, Writings & History.

The Bible Challenge begins the week of September 8.  There are readings for six days each week.  The brochure with the whole challenge can be found in the back of the church and on the bulletin board in the library and outside the kitchen.

Week of September 15 - 1 Corinthians
Day 1 - Chapters 1-3
Day 2 - Chapters 4-6
Day 3 - Chapters 7-9
Day 4 - Chapters 10-12
Day 5 - Chapters 13-14
Day 6 - Chapters 15-16

Week of September 22 - 2 Corinthians & Galations
Day 1 - 2 Corinthians Chapters 1-4
Day 2 - 2 Corinthians Chapters 5-8
Day 3 - 2 Corinthians Chapters 9-11
Day 4 - 2 Corinthians Chapters 12-13
Day 5 - Galatians Chapters 1-3
Day 6 - Galatians Chapters 4-6

Week of September 29 - Ephesians, Philippians, & Colossians
Day 1 - Ephesians Chapters 1-3
Day 2 - Ephesians Chapters 4-6
Day 3 - Philippians Chapters 1-2
Day 4 - Philippians Chapters 3-4
Day 5 - Colossians Chapters 1-2
Day 6 - Colossians Chapters 3-4

Week of October 6 – 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy
Day 1 – 1 Thessalonians Chapters 1-3           
Day 2 – 1 Thessalonians Chapters 4–5
Day 3 – 2  Thessalonians                               
Day 4 – 1 Timothy Chapters 1-3
Day 5 – 1 Timothy Chapters 4-6                   
Day 6 – 2 Timothy

Week of October 13 – Titus, Philemon, & Hebrews
Day 1 – Titus                                                
Day 2 – Philemon
Day 3 – Hebrews Chapters 1-4                     
Day 4 – Hebrews Chapters 5-7
Day 5 – Hebrews Chapters 8-10                   
Day 6 – Hebrews Chapters 11-13

Week of October 20 – James, 1 & 2 Peter
Day 1 – James Chapters 1-3              
Day 2 – James Chapters 4-5
Day 3 – 1 Peter Chapters 1-3             
Day 4 – 1 Peter Chapters 4-5
Day 5 – 2 Peter

Week of October 27 – 1, 2 & 3 John, Jude
Day 1 – 1 John Chapters 1-3             
Day 2 – 1 John Chapters 4-5
Day 3 – 2 John                                               
Day 4 – 3 John
Day 5 – Jude

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