Adult Spiritual Formation

Sunday Mornings @ 9:00 a.m. in the Eberwein Room

Exploring Acts (9/18 – 11/20)acts

Though titled “The Acts of the Apostles,” this book might also be called, “Luke – Part II.” Indeed, Acts picks up where Luke leaves off, proclaiming how Jesus’ early disciples and followers banded together and continued Jesus’ ministry on earth, including the birthing of the Church.

Led by Discipling Ministries Coordinator Barbara DeCarlo, all are welcome at any session. Prior attendance is never required.  Following 11/20, participants will turn to the book of Isaiah.

Sunday Mornings @ 9:00 a.m. in the Deacons’ Room

World Religions (10/2 – 11/6)world-religions

Interested in knowing what other faiths teach? Leaders Debbie Chen & Lila Gawell will take participants through a six-week exploration of the world’s major religions, using Adam Hamilton’s video curriculum.  In these sessions, Hamilton tackles questions people ask about other religions, including why we should believe the claims of Christianity over those of other faiths (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism). As part of the presentations, Hamilton interviews religious leaders of each tradition, treating each one with great respect, recognizing the unique contributions of each. He closes by distilling the essential beliefs of Christianity, in light of the other religious beliefs that have been presented.

Too Busy Not to Pray (1/15 – 2/5)too-busy-not-to-pray

Too Busy Not to Pray has been a classic on prayer for 20 years. During this time, the world hasn’t slowed down; if anything, the pace and intensity have seemed to increased, as have brokenness and pain.  The urgent need for prayer is clear. Leaders Lila Gawell and Debbie Chen will help folks explore this text, which seeks to broaden our vision for what our eternal, powerful God does when we slow down to pray.

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Wed Mornings @ 10:00 a.m. in Deacons’ Room

Exploring the Parables of Jesusparable-of-jesus

Interested in a lively, fresh investigation into the well-known but often challenging and confusing parables of Jesus? Whether you are encountering these parables for the first time or for the first time again, participants in this class (led by Barbara DeCarlo) will find them leading you into the mind and spirit of Jesus and offering lessons for living in the kingdom of God.

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Advent Small Groups – Weeks of 11/29 – 12/24

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Want to find fruits of Advent amid all the societal Christmas-time hoopla? Join with others in a 4-week study of the hope and peace to be found as we look back at God’s first coming, even as anticipate the day Christ will come again.

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Lenten Small Groups – Weeks of 3/5 – 4/9

Shadows, Darkness, & Dawn

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How will you make more room for God in your life this Lent? Join one of Trinity’s Lenten Small Groups and let Thomas Steagald be your travel guide as you journey through Lent with Jesus.

Together, participants will be moved from being a mere observer to becoming an actual participant in the scripture stories. You’ll enter the wilderness with Jesus. Later, you’ll meet some of the people who confront Jesus—Nicodemus; the woman at the well; the man who was born blind; Mary and Martha after the death of their brother, Lazarus; and religious and government leaders. Perhaps you’ll find similarities between their spiritual journeys and yours. As Jesus bravely enters the thickening shadows of conflict and rejection, you’ll be led to explore shadows in your life.

The six chapters contain six daily readings, each ending with thought-provoking questions or even calls to action. Day 7 of each chapter encourages you to rest and reflect on the week’s theme, and to pray for yourself and others.