Sundays at 10:15 in the Parish House Lower Level, Room 1-2-3
Adult Forums are scheduled weekly. Subjects cover a broad range of topics and guest speakers lead us in contemporary issues of the day and theological discussions. See the listings below for upcoming Adult Forums.
December 2013 Adult Forums
December 1, First Sunday of Advent—Advent Wreath Making
The first Sunday in Advent will be set aside for all ages and all generations to make, and then take-home, an Advent wreath. We will provide essential materials, but anyone contributing clipped greens would be a big help. The Moms’ Group is hosting this event. Please contact Meghan Jodz to offer help preparing for this all-parish event.
December 8, Second Sunday of Advent—The Historic Jewish Jesus
Presenter: The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney
What do we know about the historic, Jewish, Jesus? What does the historical record outside of the Scriptures say about the most famous man from Nazareth? What import does Jesus’ Jewishness have for contemporary Christians? How does the Jewish Jesus in the Christian Gospels relate to Gentiles, as the Church rapidly changes its ethnic make-up from a Jewish movement, to an inter-ethnic movement, to a primarily Gentile movement? We will explore these questions in the Scriptures, writings of ancient historians, and contemporary scholars.
Second Sunday of Advent—Learning to Wait
We’ve made an Advent wreath, now what? Each year, many households strive to emphasize the Christian aspects of Advent in the home—one of which is waiting. For children especially, waiting is a difficult thing. Join Melissa Wilcox and Tory Kline to learn how to use the Advent wreath as a way to learn how to wait as a family and, at the same time, enjoy a discussion about what we actually mean by “waiting” in Advent.
December 15, Third Sunday of Advent—The A-Historic Jesus
Presenter: The Rev. Peter Vanderveen
Each of the Gospels renders the beginning of the story of Jesus differently. Over the centuries, we have tended to make one story out of the four, downplaying differences and over-accentuating certain aspects of Jesus’ nature according to the stories we favor. In the seasons of Advent and Christmas, the dominant picture of Jesus is drawn from Matthew and Luke—but our celebration of the Incarnation can be made more complex and rich if we keep in mind the testimonies of Mark and John that treat time and Jesus’ nature in time quite differently.
December 22, Fourth Sunday of Advent—“Good News of Great Joy”
Everyone is invited to attend this Nativity play at 10:20 in the Assembly Room. The pageant is a gift to the entire congregation from our Good Shepherd (Grades 4 and 5) classes, and we hope you will attend. This year we are asking the congregation to participate in the pageant by wholeheartedly singing all of the carols. Your part is an important one!