Adult Education

IMG_0374The life of faith is an all-encompassing life. Our call is to love God with our whole beings.  This means we don’t love God with just our heart or just our strength. We love God with ALL of ourselves… including our minds. Westminster Presbyterian Church strives to offer our congregation the opportunity to study, learn and share in a collaborative, nurturing environment through an array of continuing adult education classes.  One-hour educational opportunities are available @ 9:50 a.m., Fall through Spring.  Special Sunday evening seminars and other classes are also offered periodically.  Read about upcoming opportunities below!

All Sunday morning classes start @ 9:50 a.m. 

Fellowship Hall
This class, which meets in the Fellowship Hall, offers a variety of topics from Bible study and theological questions to current issues and conversation with our mission partners.

October 15 – November 12:
Reconsidering the Reformation – A Five Week Series
October 31 of 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of what has become known as the Protestant Reformation. Half a millennium after fundamental disagreements over the means of salvation and the authority of the Bible, many modern Americans are unaware of the seismic tumult of issues that sparked a series of bloody wars between Protestants and Catholics in Europe and their lasting impact. Join us as we first reconsider the historical and theological context of this movement, then consider the echoes of those “protesting” voices that still resound in church hallways, choir rooms and our own living rooms.  More info and details to come!

October 15 and 22:  Mike Cook, a founding member of Cook, Brooks Johnson Law Firm and our very own Rev. Bill Clark present “The Path to the Presbytery”
October 29:  Ted Wardlaw, President Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
(presentation TBD)
November 5 and 12:  Eric Wall, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music and Dean of the Chapel, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary presents “9.5 Theses for Church Music.”  In this 500th Reformation anniversary year, what has the Reformation given us and taught us about music and singing in worship? Five centuries of church history have impacted the church’s song in dramatic and life-giving ways. We will explore, listen, and sing through nine and a half ideas!

Reconnections – Room Ten
Come be fed and fed by one another! This multigenerational class encourages conversation and reflection on topics that explore the deeply important work of living faith together in all our families.

More Than Words: 10 Values for the Modern Family
As a jumping off place for lively and fruitful conversation, we will begin the fall semester using a book written by Erin Wathen, Senior Pastor at Saint Andrew Christian Church in Kansas City, Missouri. Your pastors, Bill, Judy and Lana will play host and facilitator as our class members come and go on their busy Sunday mornings. Grab your coffee from Morning Manna and join us for a quick chapter review followed by thoughtful discussion about the ways the values of compassion, forgiveness, abundance, equality, and more can be lived out more authentically in the lives of our families and communities.

October 15:  Joy:  Living with Creativity and Purpose
October 22:  Community:  The Art of Neighboring
October 29:  Forgiveness:  The Daily Bread of Relationships 

Bible Study – Room Nine
The Bible Study Class is an informal gathering where we share personal experiences that help us understand the scripture and our life in Christ.  There is great freedom in our group. Nothing is “out of bounds” and none of us are trained Bible scholars. Everyone’s contribution is appreciated, though there is also freedom to sit and just listen to others and not say anything.  We welcome all who are interested in our experience together.

October 15:   I Thessalonians 4:13 – 5:28
October 22:  II Thessalonians 1:1 – 2:16
October 29:  II Thessalonians 2:17 – 3:17