Adult Sunday School - All Classes Start 9:15 am
Adult I (Coed) - Encouragers Class - New Building
Leaders for this class are George and Mary Elizabeth Smith. The goal of this class is for the members to be family to each other while challenging each other's minds and hearts. The Encouragers Class is leader-led with open discussion. Henri Nouwen's Here and Now - Living in the Spirit is an example of the type of book this class studies. The Encouragers Class will be studying Chuck Poole's book The Tug of Home in January and February (2009). The theology of this Sunday School class is expressed beautifully in the following quote by Barbara Brown Taylor: 'It is a world full of chips and dents and scars. Even where we have glued it back together you can still see the cracks, but in its own way it is lovely, a mosaic of many colors, a mended work of art, a testament to the God who is willing to work with broken pieces and who calls us to do the same!'
Adult II (Coed) - Fellow Strugglers - New Building
This class is taught by Mike Peters. The Adult II class follows a plan of Bible study that covers content, history, and contemporary application of Scripture. Occasional book studies are also offered. For example, in the winter of 2008 this class studied Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Cost of Discipleship.
Adult III (Coed) - Eugene Casenave Class - New Building
Coordinators for this class are Larry Clark and Steve Cook. This class explores issues that involve one's personal faith. Book studies (both classical and biblical), theological thought, and various aspects of Christian spirituality are areas most often addressed.
Adult IV (Coed) - New Building
Bill Thompson is the contact person for this class. The Adult IV class provides individuals the opportunity to look at how Christian faith can interpret and critique our current culture. Social concerns and contemporary issues are discussed.
Adult V (Coed) - New Building
Teachers for this class are Mary Foose, Elta Johnston and Gloria Martin. The Adult V class offers individuals an opportunity for serious Bible study, personal reflection, and the integration of faith into the whole of living. This class uses materials from Smyth & Helwys Publishing.
Adult VI (Men) - The Men's Class - New Building
Tom Turner is the contact for this class. Our Adult VI class offers in-depth Bible study in the context of a community of men of all ages. This class uses Scripture-based materials, including those from Smyth & Helwys.
Adult VII (Women) - Room 204
Teachers for this class are Lynda Street and Betty Click. The Adult VII class provides a complete study of Holy Scripture in the context of a community of women. This class uses materials from Smyth & Helwys Publishing. Although attended primarily by women over 50, women of all ages are welcome.
Adult VIII (Coed) - Sophomore Class - New Building
Teachers for this class are Kelley Williams, Jr. and Paul Smith. Since we agree with Paul's words from I Corinthians, we have adopted the moniker 'Sophomore Class,' from the Greek 'sophos' (wise) and 'moros' (foolish). Thus, we strive to be wise fools for God. 'Sophomore Class' is also appropriate for us because we have moved beyond the mil served to babes and freshmen (to paraphrase Paul again) to the solid food offered to upperclassmen, yet we are not nearly wise (nor aged) enough to be known as 'The Senior Class of the church.' We are in the middle of our spiritual journey with much still to learn. We believe God speaks across the ages to those with ears to hear; therefore, we alternate in-depth studies of Biblical books with readings of contemporary authors. Finally, to return to Paul and I Corinthians yet again, we acknowledge that if we are Biblical scholars but have not love, it profits us nothing. The aim of our study and discussion is to make each of us better followers of Jesus and bring us closer to God, each other, and the community at large.
Adult IX (Coed) - Foundations - Room 206
Teachers for this class are Gregg & Lida Caraway, Katharine Martin, Brad & Laurie Smith, and Dudley & Julie Wooley. This class is designed for younger adults and all who are young at heart. Both biblical and topical studies are addressed. Examples of recent studies include 'The Fruits of the Spirit,' and Boundaries (a book about dealing with emotional boundaries from a Christian perspective).
Adult X (Coed) - Crossroads - New Building
Teachers for this class are Doug Caver, John Evans and Sid Scott. This class is designed for adults who are facing the difficult, competing pressures of the high-intensity, busy-oriented world in which we live. For some it may be work, for some marriage, for others it will be struggles raising children (toddlers to teens), and for some it will simply be the pressure of trying to be a Christian in today's do-it-all, have-it-all world. Lessons are teacher-led, but with high levels of class discussion and interaction. The primary focus is on everyday issues and what the Bible tells us about dealing with them.