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Adult Education

Adult Education at FPCE

Winter 2020 Sunday Adult Education Classes
February 2 through April 5

These classes are held each Sunday at approximately 10:30 am,
except where noted below.

All-Church Class
March 15 – Dining Room
Guest Teacher: Dr. Andrew Root.

Dr. Root is the author of numerous books. His 2018 work, Exploding Stars, Dead Dinosaurs, and Zombies: Youth Ministry in the Age of Science, seeks to dispel the false rivalry between faith and science. The entire church is encouraged to take part in this class. It will also follow up on some of the themes discussed during the All-Church Retreet, which will also be held at FPCE on March 13-14.

THE ALL-CHURCH CLASS WILL BE THE ONLY ONE WHICH MEETS ON MARCH 15.

RECURRING CLASSES

Bible Class (Parlor) – Christians in a Secular World. What does it mean to be a Christian in a world that no longer needs God?The church is changing. Or is it declining? Or maybe even dying? Come join Pastor Henry as we together explore what it means to be Christian in a Secular Age. We will be listening to podcasts featuring Dr. Andrew Root of Luther Seminary in preparation for his visit with us in March. You can find the podcasts
at https://www.newtimereligion.org/.

Community Life (Room 213) – Marital Drift: How to restore and refresh your marriage.
Class attendees will learn the causes of marital drift, how to stop the negative drift, and restore and refresh your marriage. Research on this topic shows that many couples cite marital drift and loss of common purpose as one of the reasons for their divorce. A healthy marriage is a growing, living relationship that needs nurturing. But when neglected, couples find themselves drifting physically, emotionally, and spiritually. This class will be taught by Pastor Ray Hylton, and clinical professional counselors Judith Hylton and Linda Hoff-Irvin.

Missions Class (Dining Room) – Training for Today’s Realities. This class will be a series of training sessions to prepare us to be ready to respond to a variety of life’s realities. Topics will include the following:

  • Our Emergency Operations Plan where Parish Nurse Julie Ruchniewicz will teach us how to respond to an emergency at the church.
  • Our homeless guests: Interact thoughtfully with our homeless guests and neighbors who are part of the life of the church. Led by Sue Murphy, executive director of Interfaith Action Evanston and Betty Boggs, executive director of Connections for the Homeless.
  • Refugees: Go deep with our Muslim refugee families.

Singles Together in Christ (Room 102) – Putting Hope in the Coming of Jesus – A Study of 2 Thessalonians. Welcome all singles! We are 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. Join us for this incredible opportunity to connect with other singles within the church as we grow in our faith. Facilitated by Karen Alicia Shaw. Meeting dates at 10:30 am: February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23, March 1, March 8.