Join us for a weekend designed to help you recenter yourself and reconnect with God. Join renowned theologian Philip Newell for lectures (Friday night), a guided meditation (Saturday morning), and Sunday worship.
Members and friends of GPMC are invited to join the Preachers’ Workshop on Mondays from 10 – 11 a.m. This study is a chance to sit with the upcoming preacher and discuss the text that he or she will use for the next Sunday sermon. No biblical expertise or theological acumen required. Come ready to read the text and talk about it with others as seek meaning for our lives and the world. Your conversation will impact the Sunday sermon as our preachers listen and share in preparation for the next week’s message in worship. Come once, come as often as you can. We solve all the world’s problems in 60 minutes and have fun doing it. Although you do not have to read ahead of time, our reading list for the next few weeks is here.
Join Peter Henry and Susan Mozena on Sunday mornings as we explore the Reformation and its impact 500 years after it began. Each Sunday morning in October, at 10:10 a.m., we will cover various topics related to the fateful day when Martin Luther challenged the orthodoxy of his day and set off what came to be known as the Reformation. Our schedule of topics is as follows:
October 1- Continental Europe before the Reformation: what made the Reformation possible?
October 8- Who Was Involved in the Reformation: Luther, Zwingli, Calvin and more
October 22- What Exactly Happened in the Reformation and its Connection to Presbyterians
October 29- The Ongoing Impact of the Reformation
In addition to our Sunday morning series, we have several other special offerings. On October 15, 22 and 29, the preachers will be addressing three of the great themes of the Reformation: grace alone (Oct. 15), Scripture alone (Oct. 22) and to the glory of God alone (Oct. 29).
On Tuesday, October 17, our own Jim Biery will be talking about “The Impact of the Reformation on Church Music,” focusing especially on the work of J.S. Bach.
On Wednesday, October 4, Peter is joining members of the PSG (our men’s fellowship group for men in their 30s, 40s and 50s) and talk about the role and impact of beer in the Reformation.
Several books on the Reformation are in our church library. Feel free to check them out.
Reformation Sunday, October 29, will be a big celebration at GPMC with red velvet cake, banners and more.
Nathan Castle and Peter Henry are returning to lead Bible 101 on Sunday nights, 6:00 p.m. (following 5:00 p.m. worship), to cover basic biblical topics with members and friends. This fall we will start with The Apostle Paul: who he was, what he wrote and why he is important. We start on October 8 and run through November 19. Bring your Bible, bring a dinner if you like, and bring your questions.
You do NOT need to be a biblical scholar to attend. Anyone who wants to learn more about the Bible is welcome at Bible 101.
GPMC offers three adult education groups that use artistic media to explore questions of faith and living. They all return this fall, starting with the Novel as Theology on September 27. The novel for this month is Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the home of Shawn and Peter Henry.
Reel Theology, which pairs movies with theological conversation, resumes on Monday October 2 with Martin Scorses’s adaption of Endo’s novel Silence. The popcorn is ready and the movie starts at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.
Finally, Short Story Theology meets again on Wednesday October 11 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the home of Shawn and Peter Henry. The short story is available in the Reception Area beginning September 15.
Each of these groups is structured around robust, group conversation where nobody needs to be an expert. Just come ready to appreciate the story or movie, learn from one another, enjoy dessert or popcorn. Come every time, come whenever you can. You don’t have to be a “regular” to join us; if a title catches your eye you are welcome to be part of the conversation that night.
Bumper stickers, billboards and church signs all across this country declare, “Jesus Saves.” But does Jesus need to be saved? Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Join other members of GPMC on the third Monday of each month from 7:30 – 9 p.m., beginning September 18, as we explore Saving Jesus Redux. It is a total revision of a popular adult education resource from Living the Questions. The DVD-based curriculum includes contributors like Diana Butler-Bass, Brian McClaren and Amy Jill Levine. The 10-month study (September 2017 through June 2018) will explore themes like “The World Into Which Jesus Was Born,” “What Can We Know About Jesus (and How),” “Jesus’ Program: the Kingdom of God,” and “Who Killed Jesus.” You don’t have to be a biblical scholar to attend this study. Just be ready to come find Jesus, perhaps in a way you have never found him before.
LIFE/TUXIS Kickoff on September 26th from 6-8pm! Join us on Trinity Terrace for a magical evening as we kick off our middle school and high school youth groups with a cookout and Harry Potter themed party. During the school year, LIFE and TUXIS meet each Tuesday from 6-8pm in the youth lounge for dinner, conversation, Bible study, prayer, and fun! Special events include laser tag, lock-ins, retreats, and service activities. Check out our registration forms and calendar for more information.
High School Sunday School is back this year with new teachers and a new plan! Join Chelsea Gilbert, Alex Piku, and Christina Turner on Sunday mornings to talk about faith and life. There will be an information session Sunday, September 10 from 10-11am in Fellowship Hall during the Parish Life Brunch. We’ll have a table reserved just for you, so come get some good food and talk with us about Sunday School this year! Contact Sarah Godbehere for more information.