Adult Education

Here at CPC we celebrate that we are on a lifelong faith journey where we are always growing and changing. God calls us to learn new things and to teach the things we know well, so we respond to this call by offering Adult Education classes and programs. Some classes run for several months while some programs are once a year. For more information about upcoming Adult Education programs at CPC, check out our Bulletins and Facebook page!

SPRING 2020: EXCITING NEWS FROM ADULT EDUCATION

We in the Adult Education Committee have been spending part of our Zoom time putting together a great program for the upcoming school year.  As you should all know by now, there will only be one worship service each Sunday and so we have scheduled programs for the hour after worship (10:45 to 11:45) to make it as accessible as possible to all of you.  All sessions will be given in person (with appropriate social distancing) AND by Zoom, so you can pick your preferred method.  The church has acquired additional conferencing equipment so that the sessions will be fully interactive.  Please note that the following dates (especially the later ones) and subject to change, so be sure to check out the church website for the most up-to-date information.  Also, the website will have the links to any reading materials for the classes.  Finally, we invite everyone to give us your suggestions, comments and criticisms, so we can make this year the best we can.  Thank you.

CE-A Committee Geoff Silver, chair, Kathy Florence, secretary, Kelly Bufton, Cyndi Frost, Ann Hamman, Gregg Morton, Susan Tindall, staff 

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(Note: for previous adult ed course information and resources click HERE)

 

The Light of the World

A Beginners Guide to Advent

Sundays 12/6-12/20 10:45-11:45 am

Led by Pastor Susan Tindall

Our next Adult Ed series will begin on Sunday, December 6th. We hope you will join us for our new adult education series on Sunday, December 6 at 10:45am on Zoom! Our study will focus on the new book by biblical scholar, Amy-Jill Levine. Sunday's session will focus on the first chapter, The Meaning of Memory. You do not have to read the chapters to join the conversation. There is plenty of material for discussion. If you are not able to read the book, you may wish to read and review Luke 1:5-25 and 57-79 to help frame our conversation. Kathy Florence will be guiding our discussion!

Books are available from Pastor Susan or ordered from Amazon.

With in-person worship suspended for now, our class will meet over Zoom only! See the Thursday blast, Worship bulletin or email the office for the Zoom link.

See the Adult Ed page for class resources and more information

Presbyterian Women Bible Study Circles

Horizen's Bible Study: "Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament"

THE NEW 2020-21 PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN’S STUDY GUIDE, "Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament", is now available to order. Into the Light uses scripture to show how bringing our laments to God heals us and deepens our faith. We will surely have lively discussions in our Circles this coming year. If you have not yet ordered your study guide let your Circle leader know, and you may then mail payment of $12.00 to our treasurer, Donna G. Adding extra as a PW donation would be very much appreciated; just indicate that on your check.

And if you have been thinking of joining a Circle, this is a perfect time to do so.

 

Three Circles are available: one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one at night. Call Linda Cirillo to get started and to order your copy of "Into the Light"!

 

Past Adult Ed Resources 2020-21

 

The Good Funeral: Planning and Mourning

in the Community

Sundays 10/25-11/22

10:45-11:45 am

Week 1: “The Good Funeral: Planning and Mourning in Community.”

Led by Rev Beth Freese Dammers

 

The first session will focus on what we believe as a faith tradition about death and eternal life. 

Five Wishes Living Will Document

Week 2: Sunday Nov 1, 2020

Dying is a Process

Led by Paula Cyphers and Kris Veenbaas, Co-Directors of

Older Adult Ministries

Join Paula and Kris for a discussion on end of life decisions, including the difference between palliative and hospice care. They will review end of life directives and make a plan for sharing your wishes with family.

Five Wishes Living Will Document

Week 3: Sunday Nov 8, 2020

Funerals and Witness to the Resurrection

Led by Rev Beth Freese Dammers and

Brian Sullivan from Sullivan Funeral Homes

We will be joined by Brian Sullivan of Sullivan Funeral homes for questions about every aspect of planning a funeral. Beth took a tour on our behalf and we will be showing that during class. 

With in-person worship suspended for now, our class will meet over Zoom only! See the Thursday blast, Worship bulletin or email the office for the Zoom link.

SFH General Price List

Vital Statistics Info Sheet

Pastor Beth and Brian Sullivan tour of Sullivan Funeral

Week 4: Sunday Nov 15, 2020

Asset Planning

Led by Alan Alongi and Jeff Ellithorpe

You are invited to continue on this journey through the Good Funeral. This week we turn to putting property and assets in order. Join Attorney Allan Alongi and financial expert Jeff Ellithorpe as they lead a discussion on wills, family trusts and living legacies.

Week 5: Sunday Nov 22, 2020

The Good Funeral: Final Wishes

Led by Rev Beth Freese Dammers

To close our series, Pastor Beth will help us develop a Five Wishes document, create a worship plan and how to communicate your wishes to your loved ones and church.

Five Wishes Living Will Document 

Amos Group Presents: Anti-Racism Study and Discussion

Sunday, September 20, 2020

"Dialogue on Faith and Racism"

The Rev. Dr. Barbara Wilson from the Chicago Presbytery (bio here)

Participants will begin to consider the ways in which our Christian faith as Presbyterians informs our understanding of our Calling as the Church in relationship to systemic racism

 

Click here to watch a video for the session

 

Click here for lesson materials

Sunday, September 27

"Why Is It So Difficult to Talk About Racism; Racism 101"

Kris Veenbaas, Leader

Why Is It So Difficult to Talk About Racism:  Participants will begin to consider the ways in which our Christian faith as Presbyterians informs our understanding of our Calling as the Church in relationship to systemic racism. Kris Veenbaas is facilitating this Sunday's discussion on "Racism 101" and "Why it is so Difficult to talk about Racism?" Please come join us in the sanctuary or on Zoom. Reading the materials prior to the lesson is highly encouraged but is not required!

Why Is It so Difficult to Talk about Racism Handout

 

Racism 101 Handout

Racism 101 Slide Presentation

Sunday, October 4

"A History of Racism in the United States: 1492 – 1954 "

Amy Hall, Leader

How we are wrapped into our history even if we do not mean to be and are shaped by it?

History of Racism Part 1 Handout

History of Racism Part 2 Handout

History of Racism Parts 1 and 2 Slide Presentation

"The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein review  

 

Sunday, October 11

"A History of Racism in the United States: 1954-present"

Geoff Silver, Leader

How we are wrapped into our history even if we do not mean to be and are shaped by it?

History of Racism Part 3 Handout

History of Racism Part 4 Handout

Sunday, October 18 from 10:45-11:45 am

"White Privilege and the Implications for Our Segregated Church"

Gregg Morton, Leader

What is White Privilege? We will work to unmask manifestations of white privilege in our everyday lives and discuss the impact of white privilege on people of color. Do Segregated Churches Imply Racism? Consider which is the call for the body of Christ – segregated worship or fully integrated worship

Reading Material:

"White Privilege"

"Do Segregated Churches Imply Racism?"

"White Privilege" Slide Presentation (handout version)

     Speaking notes

"Do Segregated Churches Imply Racism" Slide Presentation (handout version)

     Speaking notes

 

The Present Word

(Currently not meeting due to Covid 19)

How does faith mix with our daily life?  How does scripture influence this interplay?  This small group setting meets for one hour on Join Walt King on Sunday mornings starting at 9:00 a.m., from September through May.  All are welcome. For more information, contact Pastor Susan Tindall

2019 Session "Responding to God's Grace" will begin Sunday, October 6, 9-10 am. All are welcome to join for conversation and fellowship.

Men's Breakfast Fellowship and Discussion

(Currently not meeting due to Covid 19)

The Men’s Breakfast Fellowship

The Men’s Discussion Group is held in the Parlor every Tuesday at 7:00-8 a.m.  All men from the church are invited to a “Bring Your Own Coffee” setting for discussion and fellowship.  Currently, they are studying Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To by Lillian Daniel.

Contact Bob Parsons or the office at office@chcpc.org

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