Adult Christian Education – September

Adult Christian Education – September

Sunday mornings at 10:10 a.m. There are six adult classes to choose from, while your children and youth attend grade level classes. 

Hands of Hope:  Room 105, lower level

The Book of 1 Peter with Kyle Idleman

This world looks nothing like the promised perfect    kingdom of God. And yet we as God’s people must live in it every day. In The Book of 1 Peter, Kyle Idleman walks through the short letter and unpacks the importance of our witness in this world. The world’s not as it should be. Until the day that God rights all wrongs, we have a job to do. Let’s be about the business of the kingdom.

Journey: Room 212, main level

Starting September 8: Makes Me Wanna Holler by Nathan McCall

Nathan McCall is now a senior lecturer at Emory        University’s department of African American Studies.   He was a writer for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution and        Washington Post before that.  His first book, “Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America,” tells of how he grew up in Virginia and fell into the wrong     circles, then got out of those circles.  We’ll read this book specifically with an eye toward understanding a set of circumstances different from our own to nudge us to love our neighbors more effectively.

Searching Our Heritage: Room 109, lower level

The Searching Our Heritage class will be taking part in the “Building a Discipling Culture” study facilitated by Pastor Craig and Gonzalo Mariano. 

Seekers: Room 107, lower level

A Way Through the Wilderness by Rob Renfroe

At one time or another, everyone has a wilderness     experience, a time when life is barren and difficult and we feel alone and desperate, not knowing where to turn. Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a financial or health crisis, divorce, or some other painful experience, we see no end in sight and wonder how we can make it through another day. In the Scriptures we see that often God’s people went through a wilderness experience, and these experiences changed them in profound ways. The truth is that it’s impossible to go through the wilderness without being changed. There’s a way through the     wilderness that can leave us broken and bitter and far away from God. But there’s another way through—God’s way—that leaves us with a deeper faith and draws us closer to God than we ever imagined. With sensitivity and warmth, Rob Renfroe explores the wilderness      experience—what it is, how we get there, why God    allows it, and how we can get through it God’s way so that we learn the lessons that can be learned only in the desolate seasons of life when we are totally dependent on God.

Verse by Verse: Room 106, lower level

In Verse by Verse we will be studying the book of 1   Samuel.  The book of 1 Samuel records the lives of   Samuel and Saul, and most of the life of David before   he became king. 1 Samuel portrays the establishment   of kingship in Israel. Join us as we begin this fascinating study on one of Israel’s great prophets and the beginnings of one of the great kings of Israel.

Ready to Launch: Room 101, lower level

Ready to Launch is our newest class, with topics for parents of children ages 0 to kindergarten.  The Ready to Launch class will continue “Building a Biblical Financial Foundation” on September 8 and 15.

Starting September 22: Estate Planning Sessions for the Young Family: How to set your family up for success even if you’re not around to protect them

While not a replacement for working with a trained professional to develop an estate plan, these sessions are designed to be an educational and informative look at how a comprehensive estate plan protects your kids and helps your spouse be successful in maintaining the family if tragedy strikes. Each session will provide attendees with a usable form or include some other type of project or interactive component to help reinforce estate planning concepts while also allowing time for Q&A. Topics that will be discussed as part of this 5-week series include:

· Basics of estate planning – covering the different types of documents that make up a well-crafted estate plan (powers of attorney, living wills, last will and testament, trusts, etc.) and how things work in the absence of an estate plan

· Biblical view of estate planning – reviewing various scriptures that support the idea that estate planning is a faith-based activity

· How to include children in your estate plan – explaining how guardianship works after the death or incapacitation of parents and discussing how to build a plan that safeguards an inheritance until the child (or grandchild, niece, nephew, Godchild, etc.) is of suitable age or maturity to receive it

· “Legacy Planning” vs. traditional estate planning – sharing how legacy planning is different (i.e., better) than traditional planning and challenging attendees to think in terms beyond dollars and cents when creating a plan

· Epic Fails of Estate Planning – studying common estate planning mistakes and learning how to avoid making these mistakes in your own planning

· Probate workshop – taking a look at what it means to be named the Executor, Trustee, Agent, etc. in a family member’s documents, considering situations that arise in the probate world where one’s moral duty might be different than one’s legal duty when administering a loved one’s estate, and learning tips and strategies that can be implemented now that will help you are called into action later.

**Although this information is geared toward families with young children, all are welcome. Parents of teenagers, those with college-aged kids, empty-nesters and retirees alike will be able to learn from and apply the information shared.