2018-2019 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.
Fellowship Hall Room 101
Facilitator: Beverly Howard
For 2018/19, we will study a book by Brian McLaren called Why did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? It’s a look at “Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.”
Adult Ministry Center Room 402
Facilitators: John Heiskell and Bill McCormick
Study of Psalms.
Adult Ministry Center Room 407
Facilitators: Sharon Starks
Fellowship Hall Main Room
Facilitated by various class participants and Lal Rodawla
Paul wrote to the Galatians in a trying time filled with false teachings. Unfortunately, the Galatians had started to believe the lies. All Paul’s hard work in establishing the church in Galatia seemed to be unraveling. We all have a tendency to pervert the gospel, and we are all susceptible to believing the false teachings of our day. The Book of Galatians will take you back to the basics—what the gospel is, how you receive it, and how you can apply it to your daily life. Even more, you’ll discover how to combat the false teachings of today.
May 12, 2019 —Galatians 1 – Only One Gospel
May 19, 2019–Galatians 3 – Faith Versus Works
May 26, 2019–Galatians 5 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Joy-God designed you to be joyous.
June 2, 2019–Galatians 6 – The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace-Empty your anxieties by filling up with God.
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:
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: Kathy Roberts
Our group began 15+ years ago with the foundation of Renovare Resources for spiritual renewal and Christian growth. We read, study, discuss, grow and pray together as well as enjoy fellowship and support. Our small group meets once a month on a Sunday evening with Kathy Roberts as our leader.
3rd Tuesday of the month
11:30 am for lunch, predetermined
Contact: Alice Majure (email@example.com)
Like Naomi is a group of ladies, widows, singles, and divorcees who love meeting every third Tuesday of the month, 11:30 am, for lunch, predetermined. We do occasionally help with certain projects of the church and like to serve whenever we can. We share our faith, uplift each other, and become closer friends in our walk with the Lord, in other words, we are there for each other. We would like to invite church and nonmembers who like to laugh, cry, or be serious, we cover the gamut. Please contact Alice Majure for more information, 704-942-8343 Drjetal@aol.com
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. 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 2018-19: (September 26) The Last Ballad by Willey Cash (Facilitator-Leigh Myers); (November 7) The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell (Facilitator-Kay Starnes); (December 5) The 100 Year Old Man who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson (Facilitator-Brenda Stone); (January 30) Varina by Charles Frazier (Facilitator- Betsy Peace); (February 27) Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford (Facilitator-Mary Good); (March 27) An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Facilitator-Gale Kinney); (April 25) One Good Bone by Bren McClain-will be in attendance for discussion! (Facilitator-Lynette Sisson); (May 29) A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds (Facilitator-Nancy Chambers)
1st Tuesday of the month
Office Conference Room
Contact people: Barbara Kinniburgh, 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!
Presbyterian Women 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 PW events for the church year 2018-2019:
- Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall: Kick Off Luncheon
- February 22-24, 2019: Winter Retreat held in Montreat, NC
- May 19, 2019 from 12:30 to 2:30 in the Fellowship Hall: Birthday Luncheon
Presbyterian Women – Circles
Second Tuesday of the Month
Barbara Kinniburgh, Leader
Diane Lowe, who has led the Agape Circle for three years, has moved to Lincolnton. The circle is now under new management. The Agape Circle meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 am in the Library. Jane Hudson has presented excellent Bible studies for several years. This year’s topic is “God’s Promise I Am With You. It appears the study will be very interesting and personal. We undertake several mission projects a year, support fellow members and enjoy an occasional lunch. We welcome new members and cherish the old. Any questions, call Barbara Kinniburgh.
Third Tuesday of the Month
Leigh Myers and Kristin Dickey, Leader
Esther meets the third Tuesday of the month in the church parlor at 7pm. Esther is mainly compromised of moms of high schoolers and college students. Co-leaders are Kristin Dickey and Leigh Myers. This year, we are continuing our study of CS Lewis’ Screwtape Letters. In the past, we have provided lunches for Habitat workers and for SACOH women. We also typically mail gift cards and notes of encouragement to our church’s college students before their final exams.
Second Wednesday of the Month
Donna Glover, Leader
Women Of The Church – Small Groups
First Wednesday of the Month
AMC Room 403
Contact person: Frances Davis and Martha Gilbert
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.
Contact person: Elizabeth Gill and Kim Sumrell
Sisters 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 meet twice monthly on select Tuesday mornings. We are studying the book, Made for More by Hannah Anderson. Sisters participates in various service projects throughout the year, including Salvation Army Center of Hope ministry and college student Church Mouse ministry. Leaders are Elizabeth Gill and Kim Sumrell.
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
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: Wade Davis
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!