The Christian Education Committee will host its annual Fall Kick-off Party in Musselman Hall on Sunday, September 13 from 9:00-9:45, during the normal Church School session time. There will be food and activities in Musselman Hall for children and youth of all ages, with a great assortment of fun fall crafts. Downstairs there will be a Coffee Klatch in the Deppich Room for the adults.
The Sunday School schedule for 2014-2015 will be available for parents and teachers at the Kick-off.
Adult Education is offered on most Sunday mornings from mid-September through the end of May, with a Christmas and a Palm Sunday/Easter break, Our format is generally that we watch a DVD , followed by a discussion, usually led by Rev Judy. The group meets in the Deppich Room on the first floor from 9:00-9:45. However, the first Sunday of every month is usually a Koffee Klatch with no program planned—it’s a great chance to chat informally with other adults in the parish. Coffee and doughnuts are available both for Adult Ed and Koffee Klatch.
This year, in light of the upcoming visit of Pope Francis, we will begin the year by exploring the Vatican—one of the most difficult places in the world to enter, and one which is full of priceless artifacts and documents. We will watch a DVD called Secret Access to the Vatican, which will show us around, and give us access to rooms and repositories never seen by the general public, including the ongoing excavation of the ancient cemetery on which the Vatican was built, which supposedly contained the bones of St Peter. The DVD also gives a look behind the scenes at the Swiss Guard, which provides up-to-date security for this most extraordinary hidden world.
Then we will take an opportunity to explore our own faith journey in company with Peter France, a BBC presenter who walked from childhood faith in his little Yorkshire village to loss of faith throughout his adult life a busy, “Cosmopolitan” television personality to a rediscovery of faith in his late 50’s. It is a warm, open, and very engaging journey that takes him around the world as he recounts his story. Then we will take a look at Heaven—both as a concept and as a hope. Finally, most of us have never had to really suffer for our faith, but in light of events taking place around the world we are going to look at some who stood up because of their Christian faith in the dark times—in Europe during World War II. We will see Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace, about the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman who actively opposed Hitler, and whose resistance—and involvement in the plot to kill Hitler—ultimately cost him his life. We will also watch Assisi in Silence, and learn about how the monks, priests and nuns of Assis, the town of St Francis, set up a secret network to hide many of Italy’s Jews. Finally, we will watch The Hiding Place, which tells the true story of Corrie ten Boom and her family who worked to hide Jews when the Nazis invaded Holland, and who were arrested and sent to concentration camps. All they had left was their faith, and they drew on it deeply.
The first Sunday of Adult Ed will be on September 20. We will begin Secret Access to the Vatican.