Adult Education

Adult Education – Fall 2019

September 15 through November 17

Our congregation emphasizes adult education as essential to spiritual development. Each Sunday at approximately 10:30 am, FPCE provides a variety of exciting learning opportunities. Fall 2019 classes will run from September 15 through November 17 unless otherwise noted.

The All-Church Class will be the only one on September 29.
No classes October 20 due to the congregational meeting.

September 29

Guest Teacher: Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, Senior Pastor of our sister church, Academic Dean of Bethlehem Bible College, Director of Christ at the Checkpoint.
Hosted by Mission Council.


Missions Class (Dining Room) – Messengers of Hope. In this class we will meet Messengers of Hope and see how we ourselves can be one. We have messengers visiting from around the world (Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Ukraine), and closer to home, at Northwestern, here at FPCE, and Chicago. All will speak to their experience in varying contexts, where finding hope can be a challenge.

Community Life (Parlor) – What we do, all the time, with all we have: A Stewardship Class. All that we have is a gift from God, and God calls us to use our gifts well. To be a good steward of one’s gifts is to be a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ. In this class we will be illustrating how stewardship and discipleship are one and the same through biblical examples, theological exposition, practical implementation, personal assessment, and community building. This class will be co-taught by Melanie Myatt and Pastor Henry Coates. It will run from September 15 through October 27.

Bible Class (Room 213) – Exploring The Shema. One of the most famous and important prayers contained in the Bible is the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5): “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one, and as for you, you shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” It is a powerful prayer, and one with a lot of meaning packed into just a few words. We will unpack this prayer, looking at how its words are threaded throughout the Bible and in our own lives today. This class will be led by J.J. Ivaska.

Theology Round Table (Room 206) – The Kingdom of God. Mark wrote, “After John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand.’” Besides the Bible, our discussion will refer to George Elton Ladd’s The Presence of the Future: the Eschatology of Biblical Realism.

Single But Not Alone (Room 102) – Living a Life Worthy of God – A Study of 1 Thessalonians. Welcome, all singles! The Single’s Ministry is a diverse group that welcomes adults who are single at any stage in their lives. Although as a group, we may have many differences, we are all in a season of singleness, whether it will be for another year or for the rest of our lives. God has given each of us the gift of singleness. With this gift, it is up to each of us to accept it and unwrap it in order to realize the fruits of this gift in fullness and the meaning and purpose that God has for us at this time in our lives. This class is facilitated by Karen Alicia Shaw. Fall meeting dates are September 15, September 22, October 6, October 13, October 27, November 3, November 10, and November 17.