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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 Event page!

2023 CE-A Committee Gregg Morton, chair, Ann Hamman, secretary, Kelly Bufton, Cyndi Frost, Robin Randall, Susan Tindall, staff 

Current Adult Ed

No Adult Ed this week but,

The Amos Group Invites You

to Worship at Trinity UCC

with Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III

April 30

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On April 30th  we are heading to Trinity UCC in Chicago to join them for worship. After a couple of years of study, including with many of you, we are eager to get to know our African-American brothers and sisters better. Direct connection is the best way to figure out how we can be allies in the struggle for justice and equity for all. This visit is an important step in that direction.

Lunch for Table Fellowship will follow; carpooling available.


Please sign up and come with us. The worship service will be very uplifting, and we know from experience that we will be warmly welcomed. We welcome members of the congregation and also folks in our communities.

Please indicate your interest on the sign-up sheet in the Narthex or contact Gregg Morton,

Past Adult Ed 2022-23

Creation Celebration and Adult Ed

Sunday, April 23


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We will be adding some new plantings to the Memorial Garden and dedicating them for God’s good creation at CPC!

Following our time outside, everyone is invited in the Chapel or on Zoom to join Dan Huntsha from Faith in Place for a workshop titled: “New Solar and Energy Efficiency – How to lower your footprint and save money.


In this presentation, Dan will cover the new ways folks can save money and reduce their carbon footprint at the same time. We’ll explore why the issue matters, concrete things you can do right now, and have some fun as we explore how The Far Side cartoons can make us laugh and explore climate truths at the same time.

Session Recording (sorry, the recording begins in the middle of the presentation)

Special Lenten Series

Discussions on Seven Words: Listening to Christ from the Cross by Susan Robb

Hybrid: Chapel and Zoom

10:45 am beginning 2/26

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We will begin a Lenten series on 2/26 using Susan Robb’s Seven Words: Listening to Christ From the Cross.


Each session will focus on the seven last words of Christ on the cross through a lens that finds life and hope in his final sayings, while exploring each from a biblical and historical perspective. Our facilitators will be different each week. You do not need to read the book to participate in the conversation but extra copies will be available in the church office. 

Please join us on this journey. Our classes are offered in a hybrid format. For Zoom Information, please contact


Session 1:  2/26/23:   Video Recording on Vimeo   


Session 2:  3/5/23:     Video Recording on Vimeo 

Session 3:  3/12/23:   Video Recording on Vimeo

Session 4:  3/19/23:   

Session 5:  3/26/23:   

Session 6:  4/2/23:      Video Recording on Vimeo

An Introduction to Second Temple Literature

Led by Dr. Malka Simkovich

Sunday Mornings from 10:45-11:45 AM

Jan 8, Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb, 12


Beginning January 8, we begin a  four-session study of Second Temple Literature, led by Dr. Malka Simkovich. Dr. Simkovich is Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Last year, she led us in an introduction to early Judaism and showed that she has a wealth of information to share – and is an excellent teacher. She says that the Second Temple period could be considered the most important for Jewish history. During that period, they worked out how to survive destruction and exile, helping to ensure their survival when they no longer lived in one region. The course will take us through some of the intertestamental books (also known as the Apocrypha). 


Please join us on this journey. Our classes are offered in a hybrid format. For Zoom Information, please contact


Lesson 1 1/8/23:  Lesson 1 Sourcesheet          Video Recording on Vimeo   


Lesson 2 1/22/23:   Lesson 2 Sourcesheet      Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 3 1/29/23    Lesson 3 Sourcesheet     Video Recording on Vimeo 

For this week, Dr. Simkovich recommends that we read a few chapters of a couple of the books ahead of class: 1 Maccabees 1-4; and 2 Maccabees 1-8. Reading ahead will help us to have an understanding of their content before we meet. One source: you can read them online at

Lesson 4 2/12/23    Lesson 4 Sourcesheet      Video Recording on Vimeo 

For this week, Dr. Simkovich recommends that we read Susannah, Bel and the Dragon, and The Prayer of Azariah ahead of class, so that we have an understanding of their content before we meet. One source: you can read them online at

Rev. Joe Morrow

Jan 15

A class led by guest preacher Rev. Joe Morrow from 4th Presbyterian Church about the journey of Martin Luther King, Jr. as he became called to seek justice.

Video Recording on Vimeo

Powerpoint slides

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Holy Disruption

by Tracy Daub

Sunday Morning Adult Ed

Nov 27-Dec 18

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The CE-A committee invites you to mark the time of Advent during our series on Sunday mornings using Tracy Daub’s book titled Holy Disruption: Discovering Advent in the Gospel of Mark. The sessions present a fresh understanding of the holiness of Christmas grounded not in a conventional, cozy message but through Mark’s disquieting gospel, which  invites its readers to experience God’s disruptive but transformative love for us and our world. Each week a  new facilitator will present a chapter from the book and have a conversation about various readings from Mark.  If you would like a copy of the book, contact Pastor Susan. 

Lesson 1 11/27/22: Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 2 12/4/22:  Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 3 12/11/22:  Video Recording on Vimeo

Rabbi Steven Bob

beginning Sunday, September 18  10:45 am for 6 sessions (no class 10/3 or 10/9)

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Rabbi Steven Bob, rabbi emeritus at Congregation Etz Chaim, will be joining us again for a series of six classes on the books of Ezra and Nehemiah beginning this Sunday at 10:45 in the Chapel (also on Zoom).

Rabbi Bob, currently teaching at Wheaton College and Elmhurst University led a fascinating course on Jonah last year and we are sure to get another stellar performance, enlightening us on how Jews interpret the Bible. The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah describe a dynamic period in the formation of the Bible. During the first decades following the return from Babylonian exile new rituals and new texts emerge.


We will look closely at key verses from Ezra and Nehemiah which provide the foundation for Judaism and Christianity. We can count on Rabbi Bob to present this material in his enthusiastic and engaging manner.

Lesson 1:  PDF Handout Lesson 1

                   Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 2: PDF Handout Lesson 2

                  Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 3: PDF Handout Lesson 3

                  Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 4: PDF Handout Lesson 4

                  Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 5: PDF Handout Lesson 5

                  Video Recording on Vimeo

Lesson 6: PDF Handout Lesson 6

                  Video Recording on Vimeo

Sunday Morning Adult Ed

Special Session!

Sunday, October 9 10:45 am

Middle East Travel Seminar and Choir Post Service Presentation

Slide show presentation available HERE


Join the folks who traveled throughout Israel and Palestine in June in Fellowship Hall after worship for a lively discussion of insights and inspiration gained from the trip, along with amazing pictures. There will also be an opportunity for the group to answer any questions you might have. The conversation will be hosted in Fellowship Hall and online with Zoom.

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Carissa Zaffiro

Exodus World Services

Sunday, Nov 20

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War and persecution have forced people to flee their countries and seek refuge elsewhere. DuPage county has a large number of refugees being settled and there are ways our church can help them feel welcome. 

Our Adult Education committee is privileged to welcome Carissa Zaffiro of Exodus World Service to speak to us about how we can help, both as a church and as individuals. Exodus World Service is a ministry that works with the Christian community to welcome refugees.

Video Recording on Vimeo

Pastor Beth Freese Dammers

Sabattical Insights

Sunday, Nov 13

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Pastor Beth shares stories, insights and learnings from the summer sabbatical that took her from walking the Cotswold Way (England) to Taizé, France, the Iona Abbey (Scotland) and walking two legs of the Camino in Galicia, Spain.

Video Recording on Vimeo

Presbyterian Women Bible Study Circles
Horizon's Bible Study: "Celebrating Sabbath"


Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight

By Carol M. Bechtel

Suggestions for Leaders by Laura Mariko Cheifetz

Welcome to the 2022–2023 Presbyterian Women/Horizons Bible study, Celebrating Sabbath: Accepting God’s Gift of Rest and Delight.

In the nine lessons of this Bible study—with passages from Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, and Acts—we’ll consider Sabbath

  • as a celebration, not a day of dreary formality

  • as God’s intent for all of creation that includes busy women too

  • as one day of the week, perhaps a Sunday

  • as a time to surrender unhealthy striving and frantic busyness, and instead trust that God will provide

  • as a reminder that life is precious and working too much is against God’s plans for our precious lives

  • as a day devoted to community and justice and not exclusively to self-care.

Ultimately, Sabbath reminds us to honor God who honors us by giving us a day each week to reset our pace, our priorities, and our lives.

All women of the CPC community are invited to participate in the Presbyterian Women’s Bible study for 2022-23. CPC has three groups that meet monthly for study and fellowship, generally on the fourth Tuesday, one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one at night.

And if you have been thinking of joining a Circle, this is a perfect time to do so. Call Donna G or Linda C to get started and to order your copy of "Celebrating Sabbath"!

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