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.
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 do Starbucks, Equinox, and Dive Bars have in common with First Presbyterian Church of Evanston? How can the commonality help us meet our 2022 church goals? A new Adult Education class, beginning this Sunday morning between services, will explore how these places and Pastor Hylton’s October 20 Sermon on James 1:18-27 intersect. The class, led by Paul Haase, is open to everyone and will meet November 3 and 17.
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.