This summer we will be offering TWO studies as part of our summer adult Sunday school offerings. Everyone is invited to attend! These classes are open to everyone – those who enjoy a short-term focus, classes who want to take a summer break from their usual groups to meet with others for the summer, and others who are interested in the study topic. Talk to Rev. Debi Tyree or Rev. Brian Marcoulier for more information or see a copy of the book to review in advance.
Books will be available for purchase at the first two sessions of each class offering. They are also available as Kindle editions for those who prefer to use their e-readers. Watch for opportunities to pre-register for the class during the month of May. We will be meeting in the Small Fellowship Hall.
During June, we will be studying “Defying Gravity: Break Free from the Culture of More” by the Rev. Tom Berlin.
Stuff. And more stuff. And even more stuff. The next thing you know, we’re pulled into the orbit of materialism! In “Defying Gravity,” Tom Berlin takes a look at the difference between “want” and “need” and illustrates how possessions can create an unbearable weight on our lives. He shows us how too much stuff affects our ability to serve and thrive, and then he helps us explore what is required to sustain a vibrant life.
“This book challenges us to pause our busy life, take a deep breath, and discern as disciples of Jesus Christ whether we will live a life conforming to the world or a life transformed in Christ.” Bishop Young Jin Cho
Our July study is “Table Grace: The Role of Hospitality in the Christian Life” by Douglas Webster. We will also be using this book as a part of our worship theme and study during July and August.
When we as Christians open our homes to friends and strangers, set the table, put on a meal, and break bread together, we invite God’s blessing. This pattern of hospitality is at the heart of the gospel. Food for the body and food for the soul can and does belong together. Table fellowship fits into the New Testament narrative so unobtrusively that we can almost miss it. Jesus used simple hospitality and meal time conversations to share some of the most profound truths of the gospel. Our Faith is often squeezed into a corner of life reserved for church services and Bible study groups. But God desires to be at the center of our ordinary, every-day life together and never more so than in a home open to others.
Table grace is food for the mind, a metaphor for communion with God.
Table grace is food for the body, a means for sustaining physical strength.
Table grace is food for the soul, a method for understanding God’s values
Table grace is food for the hungry, a model for serving Christ and his Kingdom.
Doug Webster is a seasoned pastor and a remarkable teacher and preacher of God’s Word. In this book, he weaves a biblical tapestry of hospitality, revealing its connection to worship, prayer, and the renewal of church today. A wonderful introduction to a major theme of scripture. readable, wise and engaging. Timothy and Denise George Beeson Divinity School, Samford University.