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Sunday Adult Education Fall Schedule

This October marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing 95 Thesis onto the door of Wittenberg Castle in Germany, which sparked the Protestant Reformation. This year MAPC will commemorate the last 500 years of the church, discuss the church’s work in the world today, and look at the trajectory of the Reformation going forward! We hope you will join us this fall from 10:10am to 11:00am as we celebrate the ways God has moved throughout history, is at work today, and calls the church into the future!

 

September 24, 2017

Ruth Brown: Mission Co-Worker for the PC(U.S.A.)

“How your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing and to Presbyterian Women’s Thank Offering are helping God’s people in Africa”

With a PowerPoint presentation of photos from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ruth Brown, PC-USA Mission Co-Worker, will describe her first-hand experiences with how donations from our annual offerings have assisted people in one of the world’s poorest nations.

     Funds from One Great Hour of Sharing have increased earnings from corn harvests by 20% and have helped over 100 families to improve childhood nutrition and family health.  Funds from other annual church offerings provided grants to promote:  human rights for widows and children, the acceptance of at-risk children back into their family homes, income stability for women pastors through their management of a pig farm, job training for scores of girls through after-school computer and language training courses, and improved income to scores of rural women through micro-savings and loan programs.

     Ruth will also briefly explain her upcoming role with our partnership church in Zimbabwe, CCAP-Harare Synod.

October 1, 2017

 Sharon Boersma

“The Life and Times of Martin Luther: Suffering Inner and Outer Turbulence"

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this year, we will hear many voices calling us to reverence the memory and work of Martin Luther and John Calvin. We will hear other voices confronting us with words and deeds of theirs which might make us defensive or embarrassed. These great reformers should neither be worshipped nor condemned.

They are human, like us. They are the folks next door, the parishioners in the pew ahead, fellow souls in the holy catholic Church, and members of the communion of saints. We should get to know them better. But if we took them out for coffee, it might take only ten minutes of conversation for us to feel that they are aliens from another planet! The realities of life, which formed them five hundred years ago, were quite different than those forming us in the twenty-first century.

Come to Christian Education sessions on October 1 and 8 to meet Martin Luther and John Calvin and the world in which they lived.

October 8, 2017

Sharon Boersma

 "The Life and Times of John Calvin: Seeking Inner and Outer Order"

October 15, 2017

Dr. Eric Springsted

"What did the Church Beliefs Look Like Before and After the Reformation" 

Sure. "Protestants and Catholics: Then and Now"  We will examine the theological issues of the Reformation that were battled over by Protestants and Catholics, including the Catholic reaction to the Reformation at the Council of Trent. We will then look at where we stand in relation to each other today, especially considering Vatican II We will do so both with respect to the theological issues but also to the present state of ecumenical efforts.

October 22, 2017

Dr. Eric Springsted

"Protestant Catholic Relations"

Sure. "Protestants and Catholics: Then and Now"  We will examine the theological issues of the Reformation that were battled over by Protestants and Catholics, including the Catholic reaction to the Reformation at the Council of Trent. We will then look at where we stand in relation to each other today, especially considering Vatican II We will do so both with respect to the theological issues but also to the present state of ecumenical efforts.

October 29, 2017

Rev. Beverly Bartlett

"Reformation Reader's Theater"

November 5, 2017

Dr. Darrell Guder

“How the Reformation Transformed the Western Church…and Didn’t.”

November 12, 2017

Dr. Darrell Guder

“The Trajectories of the Reformation Today”