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Adult Education at First Pres

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The adult education ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton invites member of the community to join them for the education hour, which is held between services from 9:45 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.. Classes are offered for children and adults.


The following classes are offered for adults January 6, 13, 20, February 3 and 10.


Changed by the Whirl-wind: Faith’s Response to Catastrophe


In the face of a major catastrophe, faith can rarely remain unchanged.  This class will study the changes evident in Swiss Reformed Theologian Karl Barth and Hasidic Rabbi to Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto Kalonymus Shapira in response to the Holocaust.  Whether gathered in the 13 volumes of Barth’s Church Dogmatics, or Shapira’s Shabbat sermons hidden in buried milk-cans in the ghetto, both show the change catastrophe has on ourselves, our neighbors, and on our understanding of God’s presence.


Making Sense of God’s Will


When the earth quakes, and a poor nation’s economy is destroyed; when the floods rise, washing away a  community’s hopes and dreams; when a child suffers neglect and abuse; when violence tears apart nations; where is God? If God is all powerful, and if each one of us is a beloved child of God, then how can God allow tragedy and suffering to infest his creation?   If God counts the hairs on our head, and knows every sparrow that falls, why is finding and understanding God's will so difficult at times?  For this class we will be using the book, Why? Making Sense of God's Will by Adam Hamilton.  Rejecting simplistic answers and unexamined assumptions, Hamilton addresses how we can comprehend God’s plan for the world and ourselves.


Sin Boldly


“Justice is getting what you deserve.  Mercy is not getting what you deserve.  And grace is getting what you absolutely don't deserve."  Join us as we use selected chapters from Sin Boldly:  A Field Guide to Grace, written by Wheaton College graduate and former Chicago Sun-Times religious columnist Cathleen Falsani, to see examples of God’s grace in the world and discuss how we can find grace in our own lives. 


For the complete list of classes held this program year, go to http://www.firstpreswheaton.org/education/Pathways2012-2013.pdf


Worship services are at 8:30 am and 10:45 am on Sundays. The 8:30 service is traditional in style and the 10:45 am service is contemporary.   Child care is provided for children four years old and younger during the services and the education hour.

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