Faith formation is a lifelong endeavor. Adults meet during the Education Hour following worship for forums in the social room to explore a variety of topics, including bible study, spiritual disciplines, mission and service, contemporary issues, and more. Leaders are members and guests.
During Lent, Adult Forums will continue examining spiritual practices that can deepen our relationship with others and with God.
March 4: How to be a welcoming church
Linda Mackay, Chair of the Membership/Evangelism Committee and others from the Board of Deacons will lead a discuss on how to be a welcoming church, challenging us to live out our Welcome Statement.
March 11: Prayer as Spiritual Practice
The Rev. Janet Newman will lead discussion about prayer as a Lenten practice.
March 18 and 25: Holy Week through art
Using fine art to help us deepen our understanding of the events of Holy Week will be the theme of these forums. Susan Marteney and Larry Bell will introduce us to classic paintings that provoke new understanding of the last week in Jesus’ life here on earth.
April 8: Casey Park Playgroud
Renee Jensen and Tiffany Beebee from the City Planning Department will discuss the Casey Park Playground Community Project, which will provide Westminster with an opportunity for hands-on involvement during construction week the first week of May.
April 15: Opendore
Larry Bell will present the Opendore Project, which is April’s Loose Change designee. Opendore was the home of suffragette Isabel Howland, who acted out her faith in the divinely given equality of all persons.
The Westminster Book Group takes a break in the winter, then will resume meeting in March, April and May. The group has chosen the following books, so you have plenty of time to read them on long winter nights in January and February.
March: Occult America by Mitch Horowitz, 258 pages, $13.60 on Amazon, Leader-Ann Wiley
April: Auburn, New York: The Entrepreneurs’ Frontier by Scott W. Anderson, 237 pages, available on Amazon, various prices, and from Seymour Library, Leader Robyn Warn
May: The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich, 240 pages, available on Amazon, various editions and prices, and from Seymour Library, Leader Pat Corp
On Wednesday evenings between Ash Wednesday and Holy Week, our study time will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. As Presbyterians we hold to the saying "ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda, secundum verbum Dei” which translates into "the church reformed, always reforming according to the Word of God.” During our Soup and Study time, we’ll look at the history of the reformation, how we continue to reform today, and what the church might look like as it reforms in the future.
wednesday noon study group
The Wednesday Noon Study Group meets 12-1:00 pm in the conference room, exploring a variety of themes and topics. Bring a bag lunch and join Patrick and friends every Wednesday or as many as you can make it.
In 2016, a few members of the church asked why there was no American flag in the church's sanctuary. It turned out that there hadn't been a flag in the sanctuary for almost two decades. Since it's been many years since the Session studied the question of the appropriateness of a permanent US flag in the sanctuary, the Christian Education and Worship Committees, in collaboration with our pastor, have decided to study the question again. In order to make this conversation as open and inclusive as possible, we've decided to use the Wednesday noon study.
In January and early February, we will discuss the topic of faith and patriotism, with a specific eye to the display of national symbols in a worship space. Classes will explore church history, theology, vying contemporary perspectives, federal regulations, and worship practices.
We will meet in the conference room of the Education Building on Wednesdays at noon. Class will begin January 10 and conclude on February 7. Please note that, because of a scheduling conflict, the January 24th class will actually take place on Tuesday, January 23.