ADULT EDUCATION AT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ITHACA:
Our Adult Education series, meeting from September through June, aims to provide classes in the same areas of study as a Seminarian would encounter, including Greek Scriptures (New Testament), Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament), church history, theology, Gospel and cultures, worship, Christianity and the arts, interfaith understanding, and social justice. We bring in a variety of speakers from the community and surrounding regions, as well as using the talents within our own congregation. We hope you will join us for Adult Education at 11:30-12:30 pm on Sundays after the service.
Our topic will be “Epiphany: The powerful presence of whole persons.” What if we showed up in life to behold one another as the magi beheld Jesus? Or as Jesus beholds us? In this interactive program, we will explore how we are called upon to show up in life in two very different ways, sometimes at once. One way is as a whole person; the other is as a discreet individual. We will examine the two ways. Both skills are important, but modernity has left us rather clueless about how to be whole persons participating in one community in the universe.
Eric Clay, M.Div., PhD, will lead the class. He facilitates, coaches, and counsels groups and individuals addressing differences around religion, science, politics, economic class, race, and culture. Eric also is an on-call chaplain at Cayuga Medical Center and hosts The Made of Clay Report, interviewing area residents about their lives on WRFI 88.1 FM.
Dr. Arthur Weaver will lead a discussion about the Extinction Rebellion (XR) organization. XR is a decentralized environmental activism group that believes the current "business as usual" approach to climate action is inadequate. The group believes that climate change is the greatest challenge humans will face in this Anthropocene era, and they center civil disobedience and nonviolent direct action as their primary tools.
No class—Joint Services with St. James AME Zion Church
Congregational Meeting after the service.
Virginia Smith, Youth Counselor in the NYS Office of Children and Family Services at the MacCormick Secure Center near Brooktondale, will describe the work of the Center and explain how volunteers can be helpful. The Center is under the jurisdiction of the NYS Department of Juvenile Justice. Services for youth include education, mental health, substance abuse, and health care. At least two members of our congregation have already given talks there, and there is a potential for others who may be interested.
Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. Please enter your family recipe in our Chili Cook-off or a few can goods to go to the Ithaca Kitchen Cupboard.
Susan Multer will explain the function of the county food waste composting system, which is available to any of us (see article in this issue of Good News). She will also lead a discussion on how our church can be more involved in putting food waste to good use. The reason composting helps the planet will be clarified, free storage containers and biodegradable bags will be displayed, and a list of daily drop off sites for food waste including bones, plus paper napkins, will be provided.
Sr. Pastor Kirianne Weaver
For the six Sundays in Lent, March 1-April 5th, we will be reading and have discussions from the book “Lent in Plain Sight” by Jill J. Duffield. We hope you will join us.
Palm Sunday, last Sunday for book discussion “Lent in Plain Sight” by Jill J Duffield
Easter. There is an Easter egg gathering after the service, no adult education.
Youth Service Auction. Our youth’s main fundraiser to help them go to retreat and participate in service projects. This year, our goal is to attend Montreat, NC. No Adult Education class.