April 2017 Adult Church School Options

April Adult Church School Opportunities

Adult church school compressed

We offer multiple options for adult learning during our Sunday morning Education Hour (9:30-10:25 a.m.).





Singing our Prayers:  Chanting the Compline
with Clarence & Ben
April 2 & 9—Branch Hall

This Lenten season, consider taking up chanting “the Prayer at the Close of the Day” or Compline. The practice of corporately chanting/singing prayers dates as far back as the 4th century. The Church of England adapted the service in English for use in the Anglican monasteries, which is the version we’ll use. This would be the last prayer of the day, before everyone retired to bed. Chanting can be relaxing and enjoyable, as well as a great way to still your mind and body. In this class, we will learn how to chant the prayers, many of which we already say in Sunday worship. The only musical experience that is truly required is a willing and open heart. All are invited! We will take three weeks to learn the chants for the service, and then we will gradually add hymns and other music. When participants feel ready, or just want to listen, they are invited to join Ben and Clarence to chant Compline in the Sanctuary, after the Wednesday evening Lenten study.

Engaging the Bible – with DCE Virginia Callegary
April 2 & 9—Room 252

Through personal reflection, journaling, and discussion we will engage the Bible in fresh, new, and meaningful ways. Leading voices in the Christian faith including Nadia Bolz-Weber, Phyllis Tickle and Rachel Held Evans will help us reinvigorate and deepen our understanding of the Bible.


Book Discussion—Custer Died For Your Sins, by Vine Deloria, Jr.
with Genevieve and Sequoyah
April 23-May 28 – six weeks—Room 258

We will read five selected essays from Vine Deloria, Jr.’s 1969 book entitled “Custer Died for Your Sins:  An Indian Manifesto.” Deloria is known for writings that advocate for an intellectual view of activist movements and disrupt established views on policy and science. The group will discuss how the author’s fifty-year-old stance on issues facing American Indians resonates with contemporary topics of ethnicity, culture, and Christian perspectives. Each class will provide an opportunity to consider selected scripture relevant to the discussion for the day.

Please let the church office know if you would like to be part of a group book order, there is no electronic version of this book.


The Bible in Depth – Proverbs – facilitated by Doyle 
Continues all year – all are welcome to join in at any time—Clark Parlor

This lively conversational study will probe the wisdom of the Book of Proverbs, a collection of short, pithy sayings and a couple of longer instructions. Come and sift through the observations made by the wise of ancient Israel, and decide which still seem “wise” today, and which do not.