Adult Church School
January 8 - February 19
Rev. Dr. George Stroup
In our Presbyterian Book of Confessions the Brief Statement of Faith states that the Holy Spirit “gives us courage...to unmask idolatries in church and culture?” What is an idol? The Bible tells us that idolatry is the worship of that which is not God, but how are we to discern the difference between God and an idol? The Old Testament tells a story about the people of Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 32). Moses went missing and the people, terrified by his absence, have Aaron construct a golden calf for them to worship. When Moses finally returned he burned the golden calf, ground it to powder, scattered it on the water, and made the people drink it. The first two of the Ten Commandments tell us that we “shall have no other gods before [God]” and that we shall not make for ourselves idols. Were idols only a problem for ancient Israel or do we still have idols in our homes and in our lives? Do we have idols in Trinity Church? What are they? Is an idol something material, or can an idol be something mental? Can an ideology become an idol? In this class, we will explore these and related questions.
contemporary issues & action
Generations and the Church
Everyone experiences God in a unique way—this becomes more and more obvious when we consider the generational differences in how people encounter God, pursue their faith, and live in a community. This class will focus on the diversity of faith expressions in different generations—looking at the unique gifts that our historical experiences offer us.
Art of Listening
Coordinator: Counseling and Enrichment Committee
“You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness.” –James 1:19-20
We could all be better listeners. This class offers an opportunity to explore the many forms of listening. As James teaches in his gospel, we are not only able to avoid conflict when we listen. We are also instructed that the outcomes from angry, impatient words are not productive in God’s eyes. Toward the beginning of each worship service, we are instructed to listen for the word of the Lord. How can we achieve and follow that instruction in a more effective way? Join us in this series, we consider strategies for improving our listening skills.
The series will include topics of general listening, listening in the workplace; listening in marriage and relationships, listening to children/adolescents, and listening to one another in our congregation. All topic discussions will be led by mental health professionals, pastoral staff, or invited members of the congregations.
(September - May)
Coffee and Connections
Williams Hall C
Connections will be joining the "Generations and the Church"class in B110.
Serendipity will follow a format of a traditional Sunday School class as a place of ongoing fellowship and spiritual development.
Serendipity will begin at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday with 30 minutes of fellowship in which members can catch up with one another around the coffee/tea table that might just have a few doughnuts or muffins on it! The class will officially begin at 9:45 a.m. with singing a couple of "old favorite" hymns (requests will be taken) followed by announcements (which may include a "Session Minute" to update about recent Trinity happenings) and a time for reporting "joys" and "sorrows" followed by our lesson and ensuing discussion, which will be led by a teacher of theology from within the Trinity Community. All classes will end with the Mizpah Benediction.
There will also be class mission projects and social events from time to time, and the blessing ("Serendipity").