AE - Sunday Mornings

Our Sunday morning classes are designed to be communities where members and visitors are invited to join the journey growing deeper in faith and fellowship. Some classes geared more for "age and stage" of life, while others are intentionally intergenerational.

 

Class Descriptions & Current Offerings

Alternative Christmas Gift Market — December 2

All classes are invited to attend the Alternative Christmas Gift Market on December 2 in Fellowship Hall. There will be “alternative gifts” for everyone on your list from 15 agencies. Westminster’s Alternative Christmas Gift Market is a marketplace where people can enjoy a special kind of Christmas shopping and discover the joy of giving gifts that spread hope and the good news of Jesus’ birth.

Covenant Class 

Begun in the fall of 2006, Covenant Class has morphed into a broad-age class comprised of former Pathfinders, Westminster 100’s, and New Beginnings members. It is primarily a lecture format and is where we often hold special speakers and themed series. Open to all, it seeks to be a place of genuine community, mutual support, and intentional growth. Team leadership. 

December 2 — Alternative Christmas Gift Market

December 9 — Rev. Juan Sarmiento on Kwame Bediako
The Rev. Juan Sarmiento from the Outreach Foundation will show a short documentary followed by a discussion on The Rev. Dr. Kwame Bediako. 

December 16 — Fragile Incarnation
Led by Rev. Guy D. Griffith

December 23 — Fellowship Time

December 30 — No classes for any age this Sunday. 

January 6, 13, 20, & 27 — Victor Judge on Thomas Merton
The year 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the Trappist monk Thomas Merton who is acknowledged as one of the most influential literary-theologians of the twentieth century. In his role as writer and social critic, Merton articulates his conviction that nihilism, alienation, and divisiveness impede our efforts to discover a common humanity—a conviction that continues to challenge us as participants in the human condition. To honor the memory of Merton and his contributions to the canon of religious literature, we shall study his autobiography, The Seven Storey Mountain and his volume titled Thoughts in Solitude in which he addresses the importance of quiet reflection in one’s spiritual formation. Victor Judge, the assistant dean for academic affairs at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, will lecture.

February 10, 17, 24, & March 3 — Embracing "Other": An Interfaith Series
In this interfaith series, we will spend four weeks learning about the Jewish experience. We will explore everything from the Holocaust to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the realities of our own identities. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks says, “For though my faith is not yours and your faith is not mine, if we are each free to light our own flame, together we can banish some of the darkness of the world.” This is ultimately the goal of this series—to listen, to learn, and to love. Click here for class descriptions and Westminster Academy tie-in topics!

Faith and Fellowship

This class offers fellowship, support, Bible study, and educational opportunities for people who are “empty nesters” to “early retirees.” The class is designed to be interactive as we share our experiences and concerns in dealing with the challenges of this stage in life, such as aging parents, college-age and grown children, “the empty nest,” and retirement. Emphasis will be placed on developing camaraderie through social events, group mission projects, caregiving opportunities, and sharing our own faith and experiences. Coordinated by Trudy and Mark Sullivan, Alice and Mike Russell, and Myra and Rowan Leathers

December 2, 9 and 16 — Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt
Led by Tom Wylly and based on the book by Ted V. Foote, Jr. and P. Alex Thornburg. Stand-alone classes, so please join any time.

Save the date for our Christmas party on Sunday evening, December 16, at 6:00 pm! Invitations coming soon.

December 23 — Michael Renwick will lead a discussion about the Nativity

December 30 — No classes for any age this Sunday. 

Murdoch MacLeods

Named for a former pastor who helped lead the congregation to its current location, this class is for men who seek in-depth Bible study, world religions studies, and fellowship. Led by Eli Richardson.

New Member Class

Offered twice a year, this seven-week class allows those interested in learning more about Westminster or those seeking to unite in membership to explore topics such as Reformed Theology, worship, mission and service with members of the staff and lay leaders. The winter class begins on January 6, 2019. Click here to learn more. Led by Westminster staff.

Reading the Christian Classics

This is a class that was originally started in the fall of 2013. It is designed to introduce the congregation to authors and books that have been (or will be) significant to the church’s faith and life. This fall we will begin with Richard Foster’s Streams of Living Water: Celebrating the Great Traditions of Christian Faith which provides a rich and generous reading of church history. Later in the fall, we will look at Fredrick Buechner’s The Sacred Journey and Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia by Dennis Covington. Coordinated by Doug Berry, Guy Griffith, and Richard Warren the class will be a rich place for those who want to dive deeper.

This class will not meet in December 2018.       

Search

Are you looking for that fellowship group where you might find others who share your concerns and questions? Feel too young for some classes and too old for others? Have questions or concerns about your faith that you're not sure how or where to raise? Search is a small group that, although focused on a theological theme, consists of group discussion and gentle leadership around the theme. Led by Dr. Joan Schleicher.

December 2 —Brain Research and Faith
Dr. Michael Kaminski finishes up his series on what we have learned from brain research and its relationship to our faith.

Beginning December 9 — The Science of Mindfulness
We will begin a series on mindfulness using the Great Courses curriculum, The Science of Mindfulness: A     Research-Based Path to Well-Being by Dr. Ronald Siegel. 

The Calling (Christian Adolescent Parents, Loving and Leading Into Nearness with God)

A new class geared toward parents of Junior and Senior High youth. Click here for more information on this class. Led by Shelby Bailey, Susan Weathersby, and Fran Linley.

December 2 — Your items are needed for the Youth Bake Sale!

Young Couples & Families with Young Children

This class invites "young" couples (newly married) and parents of young children (newborn–elementary age) to join us for regular Bible-focused lectures as we will explore various aspects of the life of faith as it relates to family and relationships. Led by Sarah Ashley Rohe, Catherine, and Patrick Warfield.

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