Small Group Classes

As part of our commitment to providing excellent programming, we have small group classes which meet during the Fall and Spring.  These classes are an opportunity for those people who feel called to delve a bit deeper with the guidance of some remarkable mentors.    

Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 PM.

Financial Literacy with Jim Moore

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Classes meet Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Sign up ends Oct. 11
Class size limited to 12
Sign up for class by clicking this link.
Class meets in Room 212

Have you ever woken up at night and worried, what happens to my family if something happens to me? Do I need life insurance? How much?

Do you have concerns over retirement? When is the best time to retire? How much will I need?
How do I determine the best time to take social security? How does the spousal benefit work?
I have a child that is not responsible financially or is handicapped. Should I use a trust to protect the?

We will address issues such as these and others in 4 sessions on Social Security and Medicare; Retirement Planning; Insurance­—Life, Property and Casualty and other insurance needs; and Estates and Trusts. We will use the talents of various professionals in our parish to lead the discussions and answer questions you

Journeying Through Dementia with Alzheimer's & Dementia Services

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Classes meet Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Sign up ends Oct. 11
Class size limited to 12
Sign up for class by clicking this link.
Class meets in Trezevant

Join us for Journeying Through Dementia with RuthAnn Shelton  & JJ Doughtie,  Alzheimer’s &  Dementia Services.

  • Dementia—what is it?
  • Communicating with a person with dementia
  • What do I do when my loved one acts out?
  • Caring for the Caregiver

The Book of Acts: How the Early Jesus Movement (Early Church) Understood Identity and Mission and How We Understand Them Today with Dan Pigg

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Classes meet Oct. 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Sign up ends Oct. 11
Class size limited to 12
Sign up for class by clicking this link.
Class meets in the Peete Room

The Book of Acts, or what scholars consider the second volume written by Luke, provides a significant window onto the life of the early Jesus Movement from the day of Pentecost to Paul’s imprisonment in Rome. That means the period covered is roughly 30 to 65 AD/CE. Today, scholars differ on when the book was written, perhaps in the 80s or as late as 120 AD/CE. Our understanding of “history” is not the understanding that first-or early second-century Christians would have held, so we must first begin to see the world from their perspective before we can understand how we relate to the material presented. What did early preaching of the Christ message sound like? What did Gentiles have to do in order to become part of a fellowship that was Jewish in its heritage? Were kosher laws important and necessary? Was circumcision necessary? What should table fellowship look like?

All of these are questions that the first thirty years of the Jesus Movement considered important. They too were wrestling with what inclusion meant. We will look at those from the perspective of what do the underlying messages tell us. Any study of Acts must surely consider the role of the apostle Paul, a person whose name is attached to more portions of the New Testament than any other. While he never met Jesus during Jesus’ ministry, his encounter with the post-resurrected Jesus called him to a new reality. Acts traces portions of his journey, and his letters give us details about the challenges of his message in various locations. Our study of the Book of Acts will give us an opportunity to look at the earliest stages of the Jesus Movement, to observe their challenges of understanding a world that was breaking open to the gospel, and to find what those messages mean for us in the 21st century.

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