Let the wise listen and add to their learning and let the discerning get guidance.
Sunday School CLasses
The Biblical Studies class deals with information from historical critical scholarship related to the Bible. The class, led by retired Professor of Music at the University of Louisville Acton Ostling, meets in Room 252, adjacent to the church Parlor. The class is of interest to Christians who want to understand the Bible more thoroughly in terms of its long history. No prior Biblical knowledge is necessary, simply a curiosity for historical details related to the Bible and Christian origins.
“Great Figures of the New Testament” is the topic chosen by the class for its 2017-18 study. Using DVDs, the class will look at specific characters including shepherds and kings, a prodigal son, a good Samaritan, John the Baptist, Jesus’ friends, the Pharisees, the Sadducees, Pontius Pilate, Paul, and other leaders of the early church. The 30-minute DVD lectures are given by Amy-Jill Levine, professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, and will be followed by class discussion. The class meets in Room 216, behind the Chapel choir loft. Scotty and Linda McArthur are the class coordinators, but class leadership is shared.
Living Our Faith
This class is for Christians who wish to explore the connection between faith and life in everyday living and who seek spiritual answers to personal dilemmas. One of the major themes is the passage of our children from “our children” to fully realized adults. The class meets in Fellowship Hall B, with facilitator/teacher Rev. Dr. Dianne Reistroffer.
“Waking Up White” by Debby Irving is the book to be read and discussed by the Pathways class. The book explores the author’s struggle to understand racism and racial tensions, and offers fresh perspectives on bias, stereotypes, manners and tolerance. Exercises at the end of each chapter prompt readers to explore their own racialized ideas. The class meets in Fellowship Hall A. Class coordinator is Elizabeth Clay.
Reading The Bible
“Reading the Bible” doesn’t require knowledge of Greek or Hebrew. But understanding what a Biblical phrase or verse means in today’s language calls for knowledge of its historical setting and what it meant when it was written in another language, with concern for its theological meaning today. The class is led by Dr. Marty Soards, Professor of New Testament Studies at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, who has studied and written widely about the various translations of the books of the New Testament from their original form. The class meets in the Chapel and Jim Haynes is class coordinator.
The class is for parents of children from birth through the early teens. While titled “2nd Sunday”, the class meets on both the second and fourth Sundays of each month. Lee and Vic Baltzell are class facilitators, with leadership shared among class members. Curriculum deals with issues facing young parents trying to raise faith-based youngsters in this tumultuous and ever-changing world. With the goal of helping each other find ways to make God the center of our family lives, class members share experiences and ideas. The class meets in Room 251, adjacent to the church Library.
Bible Study Offerings
Morning Joy Bible Study
Beginning in September, Morning Joy gets under way at 9:45am led by Sr. Pastor Steve Jester. Coffee and registration begins at 9:30am in Fellowship Hall A & B, followed by an introductory lecture exploring the specific chosen topic. In subsequent weeks, the lecture will begin promptly at 9:45am and small discussion groups will follow at 11a for those who choose to participate. A fall and spring session will be available each year.
Men’s Weekday Bibly Study
The John Rodman Men’s Bible Study class meets each Friday from 7 to 8 a. for fellowship, prayer and study of a Bible passage. During 2017-18 the group will be studying the gospel of John, led by the Rev. Dr. John M. Mulder.
The group focuses on the meaning of each weekly passage and related commentaries, and how they relate to their personal lives. The class meets in Room 251, next to the Library.
Transit (Young Adults)
The Transit ministry is for young adults in transition – college years, entering the workforce, climbing the career ladder, and everything in between. Some class members are Louisville natives while others are new to the area. The group meets on the first and third Thursdays of the month, at various homes, for a 7 p. dinner and conversation. The group’s theme for the year is #Basic: What do we really believe as Christians? It is led by Associate Pastor Nathan Sautter.