YEAR LONG ADULT CLASSES - September 16- May 26
Sunday Morning Book Club
SESSION ONE - September 16 - November 11
People of Faith
First Bible - October 7, 14 and 21
First Holy Communion – October 28, November 4, 11 and Saturday, November 17 and November 18
SESSION TWO - November 18 – January 13
Living the Questions
Ongoing Adult Classes
SESSION THREE - January 20 - March 24
Prayers of the Old Testament
One of the key questions in the life of prayer is “Can I be honest with God when I pray?” If we look at the Old Testament, the answer is surely yes. From the exuberant praise of Moses and Miriam to the desperate cries of Jeremiah, the Hebrew Scriptures are fresh with heartfelt prayers to God. Led by Linda Landis, this class will invite you to meet God in fresh ways.
Ongoing Adult Classes
SESSION FOUR – April 7 – May 26
Prayers of the New Testament
Living the Questions 2
Ongoing Adult Classes
More Adult Learning Opportunities
Small Group Bible Studies
You are invited to join one of our Wednesday Bibles Studies. The first takes place at The Episcopal House – an independent-living apartment building for Seniors on Mason Street in Phoenixville, from 10 AM to 11 AM. The group is inter-generational and great fun. They’ll begin September 19th with one of the letters of Paul. The second study takes place in the Fireside Room at St. John’s from 7 PM to 8 PM also beginning September 19th also with a letter of Paul. Don’t worry if you can’t make all the sessions, flexibility abounds and grace is generous.
If you are interested in starting another study on a different day or time, please speak with Dana Deichmann, Parish Educator or contact the Church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Table Talk Evenings
Once in a while a social issue, book, movie, play or an issue emerges that elicits a desire for some discussion with others. Then we set up impromptu times of learning and discussion just for adults. So, if you discover such a book or movie or play and would like assistance in shaping an event to discuss it with other folks from St. John’s, speak with Dana Deichmann. Then we’ll find out if others are interested, make arrangements for a place to meet – homes where we can enjoy snacks and “beer” are terrific -- and dig into the topic together.
Theologian in Residence – March 2 and 3
Trusting in Faith – Living in Love
Each spring St. John’s welcomes a member of the faculty of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia for a weekend full of learning and growth. Sometimes we invite leaders from the town as we seek to be part of the spiritual and economic redevelopment of Phoenixville, other times we focus upon our own growth as a community of faith. This year we will welcome Dr. Erik Heen, a world renowned New Testament scholar as well as our sister congregations in our community for a Community of Faith Breakfast on Saturday at 8:30 AM with our learning time beginning at 9:30 AM. Please invite friends and neighbors to the breakfast. Then on Sunday morning, Dr. Heen will serve as our preacher and lead a special Adult forum. The specific topics for the Breakfast and Forum have yet to be determined.
Dr. Erik Heen holds the John H. P. Reumann Chair in Biblical Studies at LTSP and is our Seminarian Phil Waselik’s favorite professor. Phil says he is just fascinating to listen to and teaches in a way that “you can’t help but learn.” Dr. Heen is interested in the role of Scripture in the contemporary church as well as what the New Testament can tell us about the origins of Christianity. Increasingly, the history of biblical interpretation has also been a focus of his research. He is currently researching the use of the Bible among Lutherans in North America in the 20th century. As part of his interpretation studies, he seeks to learn all he can about how the Bible is being actually read in parishes and homes in the United States today. He's always eager to hear about innovative approaches to parish-based Bible study, including those that explore "the Lutheran understanding" of Scripture.
The Diakonia Program
DIAKONIA is a two year process of spiritual formation and theological education for baptized members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America or anyone wishing in good faith to study these teachings. This process occurs in three basic ways:
These are the tools DIAKONIA uses to help equip God’s people for service in parish and neighborhood ministries. This course of study, combined with spiritual retreats and group interaction, helps train people for the many diverse tasks and opportunities for ministry. The DIAKONIA curriculum consists of twelve courses, six per academia year. Each course is five sessions in length, and meets weekly for three hour sessions. This year DIAKONIA will be held on Monday evenings from 7 to 10 PM at St. Luks’s Lutheran Church in Devon. Contact Dana Deichmann for information.
Online Theological Study for Laity
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia offers a popular series of online studies designed for lay people. For more information go to the Seminary’s Website at www.ltsp.edu.