Adult Learning & Fellowship

The goal of Adult Education at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville is to help each person grow in faith, know the Bible better, think more seriously about core beliefs, and do all of this in the company of fellow Christians.

Knowledgeable leaders guide Sunday morning adult education classes. Small group studies provide opportunities to dig deeper into a topic while getting to know others better. Annual men’s and women’s retreats held off-site are times of fellowship, worship, laughter and spiritual growth. Fellowship groups foster connections and nurture Christian friendships. Through each offering, we invite you to explore how we are called, equipped and sent into the world as God’s people.

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Please join us for a 21 Day Race Equity challenge during the month of September. The challenge can be found on the Myers Park Presbyterian Church’s (Louise Johnson’s home church) website by clicking the link here.  You don’t need to join the challenge on their website, just scroll further down the page for the resources. 
 
The challenge (and similar challenges) were created by Dr. Eddie Moore.  You may start the challenge at any point, but we plan to end it with a group discussion on September 30.
 
To support the challenge, the Adult Ed and LTN committees are hosting weekly conversations on Wednesdays that will focus on one of the daily resources.
 

Zoom 21-Day Race Equity Challenge Discussion Groups

Wednesday, Sept. 9 – The National Conversation on Race

7:00-8:00 pm              (David and Eleanor Letcher)

 https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/09/the-end-of-denial/614194/

Wednesday, Sept. 16 – What White Children Need to Know About Race

1:00-2:00 pm                 (Alicia Morrison/Lauren Madden, PhD)

https://www.nais.org/magazine/independent-school/summer-2014/what-white-children-need-to-know-about-race/

Wednesday, Sept. 23 – How to Be an Anti-Racist (podcast)

7:00-8:00 pm               (Jeff Vamos)

 https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-ibram-x-kendi-on-how-to-be-an-antiracist/

 Wednesday, Sept. 30 – Sharing Experiences of Our 21-Day Challenge

7:00-8:00 pm                (Sandy Stein)

From September to May, adults sometimes meet on Sunday mornings right after worship for programs that provide information, inspiration and opportunities for spiritual growth.

Please see our Adult Education calendar listings and news items for specifics on current programs. Coming up for fall 2020, on zoom after worship, we are looking forward to having Prof. Dale Alison from Princeton Theological Seminary to lead us in discussion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and Prof. Kevin Dean from Westchester University to lead us in discussion on election rhetoric.

Small groups provide opportunities for fellowship, study, prayer, sharing and discussion. Below are ongoing groups open to new participants.

Women of the Word (WOW)

Join other women of PCOL starting September 15 (and every other Tuesday from 7:00-8:30 pm by Zoom) for this study.  Why study BAD boys?  Maybe because we often learn by negative examples.  Maybe we can more easily see ourselves in people who are not perfect.  Maybe because their stories can help us better understand God’s grace – even to us!  Explore these characters with Louise Johnson and Courtney Steininger.  Questions?  Contact Louise at ljohnson@pclawrenceville.org and for Zoom link.

Tuesday, September 15 – Adam – the original bad boy (Genesis 2:15-18, 21-24; 3:1-12)

Tuesday, September 29 – Lot – Adam’s nephew (Genesis 19)

Tuesday, October 13 – Cain – Adam’s son; first murderer in the Bible (Genesis 4:1-16)

Tuesday, October 27 – Samson – Strong man?  (Judges 13-16)

Deborah Circle of Presbyterian Women
The Deborah Circle meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the church lounge for Bible study, discussion and sharing. New participants are welcome. For a schedule of meeting dates and curriculum, please contact Jill Cifelli at jcifelli@pclawrenceville.org.

Men’s Bible Study
The Men’s Bible Study gathers twice a month from 9:00 – 10:15 am in the church lounge. Men enjoy sharing, study and fellowship. New participants are welcome. For a schedule of the meeting dates and curriculum, please contact Jeff Vamos at jvamos@pclawrenceville.org.

Soul Food Bible Study/Fellowship Group (Coed)
Soul Food is a combination Bible Study and Fellowship Group. It meets the first Saturday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the church lounge for a simple potluck dinner followed by a Bible study. Leadership rotates among participants. New participants are welcome. For a schedule of the meeting dates and curriculum, please contact Louise Johnson at ljohnson@pclawrenceville.org.

Fellowship groups meet monthly to foster connections and nurture Christian friendships. With the exception of the Soul Food group, fellowship groups are primarily social gatherings. Various groups meet at different times. For more information about joining a group, please contact Louise Johnson at ljohnson@pclawrenceville.org or Elizabeth Ferguson at eliferg@gmail.com.

Soul Food Bible Study/Fellowship Group (Coed)
Soul Food is a combination Bible Study and Fellowship Group. It meets the first Saturday of each month from 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the church lounge for a simple potluck dinner followed by a Bible study. Leadership rotates among participants. New participants are welcome. For a schedule of the meeting dates and curriculum, please contact Louise Johnson at ljohnson@pclawrenceville.org.

Create and Relate
Create and Relate is a crafty group of women who meet each Monday morning from 10:00 am – 11:30 am in the church lounge to do handwork and to enjoy fellowship. They raise money for missions each year by selling their handiwork at the Fall Fest and at the Christmas Mission Boutique. New participants are always welcome and members attend as they are able. No skills are necessary; some create, some relate, and many do both! For more information, please contact Andrea Rabitz at rabitz@princeton.edu.

Video Lessons of Faith
For Challenging Times
Since the COVID-19 pandemic first disrupted all of our lives in March 2020, the staff and leaders of PCOL have generated scores of short videos with “encouraging words” to help us through these times. PCOL’s Adult Education Committee has been inspired by these lessons of faith, which can be useful at any point in one’s life – especially when times are difficult. Read more…

Adult Learning Events

Tue 29

WoW by Zoom

September 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oct 04

Power Half-Hour

October 4 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Oct 11

Power Half-Hour

October 11 @ 9:00 am - 9:30 am

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