Adult Christian Formation Opportunities

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 Christian Formation opportunities.  One-hour classes are available @ 9:50 a.m. on Sundays, Fall through Spring.  Special Sunday evening seminars and other classes are also offered periodically.  Read about upcoming opportunities below!

Adult Christian Formation opportunities are available to all!
 All classes commence at 9:50 a.m. on Sundays.

Fellowship Hall Class
Week Two of Living Generously
Oct. 21:  This week our miniseries on living generously continues with Service Sunday School, highlighting our longtime mission partner Foundation Communities, which provides affordable housing and many other services to low-income Austinites. We will put together welcome baskets of donated goods for those moving into Foundation Communities housing, and we will hear the stories of residents from Angela Avendano, our liaison. Whether you are young or old, please join us in Fellowship Hall for this opportunity to learn and serve!


Coming Up Oct. 28 & Nov. 4:
When in Romans: An Invitation to Read Paul’s Most Important Letter (a two-week class on Oct. 28 & Nov. 4 w/ Beverly Gaventa)
October 28: From Beginning to End
We start by looking at some other ancient letters, since Paul writes in the style of his day. Then we think about the churches Paul was addressing, and how they may influence what he writes. We end with a brief overview of Romans.
November 4: Lingering in the Middle
We start with some key texts that reveal both Paul’s central convictions and how he tries to get them across. Then we take up the teaching about obeying authorities in Romans 13, a text that has troubled Christian readers almost from the beginning.

Read Beverly’s bio here.

Reconnections – Room Ten
Aug. 26-Nov. 11 
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.  We will examine Unafraid:  Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times, by Adam Hamilton.  Drawing on recent research, inspiring real-life examples, and fresh biblical insights, Hamilton shows how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, loneliness, insignificance, and aging.  Then he helps readers understand and counter fears related to such outside perils as terrorism, death and the apocalypse. Writing with generosity and intelligence, Hamilton shows how believer and unbeliever alike can develop sustaining spiritual practices and embrace Jesus’ recurring counsel: “Do not be afraid.”  Our class format will start with a brief check in, followed by short videos (Ted Talks and others) that highlight the themes in the book. Class members are invited to purchase the book and read two chapters a week. Oct. 21: We will examine Chapters 13 & 14.  Please check out this link to see an overview of the book and author.

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.  All are welcome!
Oct. 21:  We will examine the lectionary text from the worship service.