2016-2017 Adult Ministry Offerings
Sunday Christian Education
Providence’s adult Christian Education classes are designed to provide a context where adults may engage in meaningful, challenging, and exciting education programs that prepare and strengthen them to live as faithful people in God’s world.
As a congregation, Providence seeks to embody a generous, welcoming spirit in all aspects of church life, including our Christian Education classes. We hope that you will join us!
We offer a variety of on-going classes that meet each week as well as short-term studies throughout the year. Additional information about each class is available in each monthly newsletter and weekly issues of the Communique.
All church school classes meet Sunday from 10:15 to 11:00 am. For the summer months, we offer an Adult Sunday School class in the fellowship hall. For Summer 2017, the following schedule is being offered in the Fellowship Hall at 10:15 am. Each class is a stand alone study, so please join us for one, two or all of the classes depending on your summer schedule!
Fellowship Hall Room 101
Facilitator: Beverly Howard
For 2016, we will study a book by Sue Monk Kidd called When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions. Sue Monk Kidd is best known for her novels such as “The Secret Life of Bees” and “The Invention of Wings”. In When the Heart Waits, she chronicles her own spiritual crisis when life seemed to have lost meaning. She offers wisdom and hope for the upheavals in life that blister the spirit and leave us groping.
Adult Ministry Center Room 402
Facilitators: John Garver, John Heiskell and Bill McCormick
September 18: Bill McCormick, Luke 22:47-24:53 “Passion, Resurrection, Ascension”
October 2: Bill McCormick, Acts 1:1-35, 2:1-4:31 “Prelude to Witness & Pentecost”
October 9: Acts 4:32-5:42 “Greed, Persecution”
October 16: Acts 6:1-8:3 “Organization; Stephen Martyred”
October 23: Acts 8:4-9:30 “Philip’s Ministry, Saul’s Conversion”
November 6: Acts 9:31-11:18 “Peter and Gentiles”
November 13: Acts 11:19-30 “The Church at Antioch”
November 20: Acts 12:1-23 “Persecution under Herod”
November 27: Acts 12:24-14:28 “Mission to Galatia”
December 4: Acts 15:1-35 “Circumcision”
December 11: Acts 15:35-18:17 “Mission to Macedonia and Greece”
December 18: Acts 18:18-19:20 “Mission to Ephesus”
December 25: No Class on Christmas Day
January 1: Acts 19:21-21:14 “Journey to Jerusalem”
January 8: Acts 21:15-23:35 “Paul a Prisoner”
January 15: Acts 24:1-25:12 “Paul before Felix and Festus”
January 23: Acts 25:13-26:32 “Paul before Agrippa”
January 29: Acts 27:1-28:31 “Journey to Rome”
Adult Ministry Center Room 407
Facilitators: Sharon and Charlie Starks
Providence Class will begin a series they call “Who’s in Charge” facilitated by Roy and Barbara Lindstedt
Fellowship Hall Main Room
Facilitated by various class participants and Lal Rodawla
Sojourners Class -Going Deeper in Christ
What does it mean when we say we want to “go deeper” in our faith? What should we go deeper into? 1 John spells out exactly what a deep life with Christ looks like and why really knowing Christ is the most important piece.
Go Deeper in Christ – Session One (02/05/2017)
Deep Joy, Deep Walk, Deep Clean
To know deep, lasting joy, we have to truly know Christ.
We were made to live substantive lives in Jesus Christ.
Our sin is real, but our God willingly forgives.
1 John 1:1-2:2
Go Deeper in Christ – Session Two (02/12/2017)
Let Christ fill your hunger.
1 John 2:12-17
Go Deeper in Christ – Session Three (02/19/2017)
Deep Truth, Deep Hope
Jesus came to rescue and redeem his creation.
We are being formed into the likeness of Christ.
1 John 2:22-3:2
Go Deeper in Christ – Session Four (02/26/2017)
Deep Love, Deep Certainty
We show true love through sacrifice.
To know Jesus is to confidently know eternal life.
1 John 2-5:11-20
This Study Through the Bible Course is based on sermons by Bryan Wilkerson from www.PreachingToday.com. Study written with JoHannah Reardon.
There’s a place to belong at Providence Presbyterian. Connect with other adults and grow in your relationship with Christ through one of these fellowship groups:
- Act Up With Acts Bible Study
- Art Group
- Ladies Spiritual Disciplines
- Like Naomi
- Literary Group
- PPC Book Club
- Trinity Prayer Group
Mondays beginning October 5, CLC Parlor
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Facilitator: Alice Majure (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 704-443-5378
Let’s study how the Holy Spirit is acting in our lives and in Providence Presbyterian Church. For those who would like to, we will lunch each week following our study.
Various dates (announced in the Communique)
10:00 – 11:00 am
Conference Room in Office Building
Contact: Jessica Jacks-Turkas
“In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth…” Genesis 1:1
“To try to talk about art and Christianity is for me one and the same thing, and it means attempting to share the meaning of my life, what gives it, for me, its tragedy and its glory.” Madeleine L’Engle, Walking on Water (1972)
Over and over again, Scripture tells us that we worship a God who is creative, a God who is capable of making something out of nothing, a God who finds beauty in that which is broken. There is a deep connection between who God is and the creative process. If you’re interested in exploring the intersection of art and faith, imagining art for our worship space and our campus, or collaborating on liturgical art projects, join the Art Group.
Art Group members work through the creative process to visualize and express the Word, works, and wisdom of God and Jesus in order to creatively share our Christian beliefs. The process of each piece is a collaborative effort that is prayerfully considered and often constructed over a period of time. The Art Group’s primary goal is to construct pieces that compliment worship during the liturgical calendar.
1st Sunday of the month
Contact people: Mary Lee Hayes and Kathy Roberts
Settle down to seek God with this group of women. Between meetings,we practice prayer or meditation or solitude (i.e. Spiritual Disciplines) on our own. At meetings we share ways we’ve noticed God working in and through our lives. With hearts for God, faces that smile and hands with which to embrace, we laugh and cry together walking with one another through that process called spiritual formation.
3rd Tuesday of the month
10:00 am in the CLC foyer
Contact: Alice Majure (email@example.com)
Like Naomi Circle is a group of widow ladies that meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month, we meet to share, support and share a meal together. If you are a widow and would love to join our group, we would love to have you meet with us. Please give Alice Majure (704-443-5378) a call if you would like more info.
Meets in the Parlor during the day…
Time and dates are published in the communique as they vary.
Contact person: Adele Daniels (firstname.lastname@example.org or 704.540.8863) for more information.
We select our reads as a group when we complete a reading selection. Our focus is on classics and we enjoy lively discussion and camaraderie. On January 31, 2017 from 1-2pm we will discuss The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton and decide on our next literary read! Please join us.
Last Wednesday of the month
Contact person: Leigh Myers (If you love to read, come join us! Any questions? Contact Leigh Myers (email@example.com).
The PPC Book Club meets in August and decides the selections to be read for the Church year (September-May). The following have been selected for 2016-17: (September 28) Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Late Larson (Facilitator-Gale Kinney); (October 26) The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright (Facilitator-Wenona Van Winkle); (November 30) When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi (Facilitator-Kay Starnes); NO DECEMBER MEETING; (January 25) The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Facilitator- Brenda Stone); (February 22) The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Facilitator-Lynette Sisson); (March 29) The Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian (Facilitator-Martha Gilbert); (April 26) The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Facilitator-Joan Faison); (May 31) A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (Facilitator-Nancy Chambers
1st Tuesday of the month
Office Conference Room
Contact people: Barbara Kinniburg, Daisy Risser, Anne Wood
The Trinity Prayer Group meets monthly to pray for the people who are on the prayer list, for our church, for our ministers. We try to contact those on the list periodically to see what needs they have and to let them know they are in our prayers. Our group has been meeting for about 15 years. We welcome new members!
Women Of The Church
The Women of the Church is among the most active and longest standing organizations at Providence. You can find a circle or small group most any weekday to enjoy Bible study, book discussions, and fellowship. Contact the co-directors, Brenda Rorie or Cindy Smith for more information. The following is a list of WOC events for the church year 2016-2017:
- Sunday, September 18, 2016 at 12:30 PM in the Christian Life Center: Kick Off Luncheon
- Friday, February 24, 2017-Sunday, February 26, 2017: Winter Retreat held in Montreat, NC
- Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:30 in the Fellowship Hall: Birthday Luncheon
Women Of The Church – Circles
Second Tuesday of the Month
Diane Lowe, Leader
Third Thursday of the Month
Leigh Myers, Leader
Second Wednesday of the Month
Gwynne Whitley, Leader
Women Of The Church – Small Groups
First Wednesday of the Month
AMC Room 403
Contact person: Frances Davis
The Prayer Shawl Ministry at Providence knits beautiful shawls for our members and friends who are experiencing illness or trauma of any kind. We also give prayer blankets to small children when they are baptized. Our ministry extends beyond the Providence community. In addition to making prayer shawls, we also knit caps for Hospice, sweaters for Guidepost Magazine’s “Knit for Kids” program, and scarves for WWII veterans. We have sent shawls, hats, sweaters, and scarves to people across our country in Washington, California, Arizona, Colorado, Indiana, Alaska, Maine, Louisiana, New York, West Virginia, and Illinois and to people around the world in Cameroon, Malawi, Zambia, Peru, Netherlands, Romania, Turkey, Kosovo, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Thailand, and Banda Ach. This truly is an outreach ministry! We have approximately 15 regulars. We meet to knit and to share our “bits” with each other. We offer extra prayers and blessings for the completed shawls. If you knit, even a small amount (it is as simple as knit 3, purl 3), you can join us in this ministry. Each knitter provides her own yarn and needles. Our ministry is a blessing for us as well as for those who receive our prayer shawls.
First and Third Tuesdays of the month
Contact person: Elizabeth Whitehead
Sister Small Group provides encouragement, support, friendship and laughter to all who attend. We are “Sisters in Christ” who enjoy sharing with other Christian women as we all grow in our faith. This is a wonderful place for great fellowship and support. We use a variety of study material written for Christian women.
Men Of The Church
Providence Men’s groups provide opportunities for men of all ages to gather for fellowship, study, and service on a regular basis.
First Sunday of the Month
Contact people: Jason Brodie, Roger Purgason
The Shepherds mission is to build up and bring together the men of Providence Presbyterian Church through faith, fellowship, and service. We invite you to join us for spiritual growth, fellowship and mission work.
3rd or 4th Thursday of the month
7:00 PM in Member Homes for dinner and fellowship
Contact: Courts Holland
This group of men celebrates the joy of His forgiveness through service & fellowship.
We encourage individuals to minister in the community: individually and collectively as a group. Members of the group have participated in local and international ministries such as:
- Engaging in hospital ministry, medical care funding, prison ministry, homebuilding and other services in Chimbote, Peru.
- Leading Bible studies at the Mecklenburg County Jail.
- Hammering, painting, roofing, etc. with Habitat for Humanity’s Critical Home Repair Program.
- Sorting food donations with Loaves & Fishes.
- Packing meals with Stop Hunger Now.
- Teaching Crown Financial Bible study.
- Supporting the Children’s Hope Alliance, a children’s home in Barium Springs, by doing an on campus project each year. The picture below is a group doing grounds work – all of whom were invited and encouraged by the TGIF group to join in with the sprucing up project.
4th Monday of the Month
Contact person: Dale Brown
Our men’s group gathers once a month and shares a meal at the host member’s home. We prepare and serve meals for the Rescue Mission twice a year and also prepare meals for various church events and youth group meetings. We cover a wide range of topics that are mostly current issues. We have been together for many years and we support one another as camaraderie is at the heart of TGIM!