A class on The Book of GENESIS
The class, led by Prof. Bob Owens, will discuss a selection of the most important Genesis stories. The Book of Genesis has always been one of the Old Testament books most loved and esteemed by Christians. Do you wonder why? Perhaps it is because Genesis is a book of stories, rather than laws, essays, or sermons. But it may also be because these stories treat topics that are always important to people of faith: God’s creation of the world; the origin of evil and suffering; the social and environmental results of personal sin; the hopeful examples of faithful and moral persons; the promise that God will save the world from its brokenness. Genesis is a complicated, sometimes dark, but ultimately hopeful book. Here is the story of the human fracturing of the once-beautiful creation; here also is the story of God’s intention to create a new goodness for the world via the lives of Abraham and Sarah and their descendants.
The Adult Forum is an opportunity for us to deepen our knowledge and our understanding of Christian life, to learn how to love God and to serve our neighbors. A broad range of presentations invites us to reflect on topics such as prayer and spirituality, theology, social justice, worship, and sacraments. Coming in October: As We Age 101. The Pastoral Care Committee will present a three-part series on aging. Arising from the desire to help seniors at Calvary with both practical and spiritual considerations that we face as we age, the committee has reviewed and discussed a wide range of information and distilled it to several topics that we hope will be helpful. Aging is a journey! Please join us as we start the conversation to take steps that will make the path easier for you and those in your life as we age. We will meet at 10 a.m., in the Refectory.
Sunday October 6: Be Prepared for Emergencies. Presented by Tracy Morris, RN BSN, UPMC Community Provider Services, Geriatric Outreach Nurse, Living-at-Home Program. Make it easier to receive proper care in the case of emergency by initiating some basic steps. Medication cards, apps for your cell phone, emergency forms, life alert and home safety will all be discussed. There will be forms and other materials available.
Sunday, October 13: Wills and Power of Attorney, POLST/Advanced Directives and Calvary’s St. Michaels Society. Presented by Gordon Fisher, Attorney, and Deborah Kelly. Deborah Kelly, Planned Giving Chair, will talk about the St. Michael’s Society and the importance of including Calvary Church in one’s legacy. These generous gifts will sustain Calvary’s ministry, music, outreach, and building long into the future.
Sunday, October 20: Funeral Planning. Presented by Calvary Clergy and Alan Lewis, Director of Music at Calvary. We will talk about planning one’s funeral at Calvary, including the service, music and reception.
Education for Ministry
Education for Ministry (EfM) is an international program of lay theological education which integrates the study of the Bible and Christian tradition with theological reflection on the life experiences of the group’s members. Six to 12 participants form “communities of learning” that meet weekly for four academic years to worship, discuss study materials, develop their ability to “think theologically,” and become more aware and effective ministers of Christ in the world.
Spiritual Reflection Group
The Spiritual Reflection group gathers to read and discuss the writings of various spiritual thinkers. Meetings are held 7-8 p.m. on the first and third Tuesday evening of each month at Calvary.
This women's book study group meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month to discuss short religious works.
“Contemplative Prayer is a the practice of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, experiencing God’s presence within us” –Fr. Thomas Keating
This group meets Monday evenings at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether new to Contemplative Prayer or not.