2019-2020 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
We will study N. T. Wright’s book Simply Christian – Why Christianity Makes Sense.
Adult Ministry Center Room 402
Facilitator: Anne Wood
We’ll be reading Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis.
Fellowship Hall Room 104
Facilitators: Sharon & Charlie Starks
We are exploring the book Amazing Grace by Kathleen Norris which has very short chapters. Each Sunday, a class member volunteers to read one of the chapters aloud, and then we have an in-depth discussion. As the year progresses, we’ll discuss other class material options and adopt a different theme when it becomes necessary.
Fellowship Hall Room 103
Facilitated by various class participants and associate pastor, Lal Rodawla
Galatians: The Fruit of the Spirit
Take an in-depth look at all 9 aspects of the Fruit of the Spirit.
9 Session Bible Study
John A. Huffman Jr.
Paul’s underlying theme in Galatians is the grace of God, supplied through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. His sacrifice is the supreme example of godly love, and we, as imitators of Christ, need to reciprocate this love by the power of the Holy Spirit. This nine-session study takes an in-depth look at the Fruit of the Spirit. Learn how to live by the Spirit’s power.
September 15, 2019
The Fruit of the Spirit Is Patience
God wants to make you patient with people and events.
The Hebrews followed rituals that set them apart from other nations. This study teaches that a holy person is not an odd person, but a distinct person, who reflects God to others.
September 22, 2019
The Fruit of the Spirit Is Kindness
Learn to experience and demonstrate God’s kindness.
The purpose of this study is to enlarge our understanding of God’s kindness and put it into action.
September 29, 2019
The Fruit of the Spirit Is Goodness
What does it mean to be good, and how can we do it?
This study discusses how the Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to abandon our old lives, adopt a God-centered goodness, and reveal that goodness through actions.
October 6, 2019
The Fruit of the Spirit Is Faithfulness
Faithfulness is an ethical virtue that governs our behavior.
The purpose of this study is to help us recognize God’s faithfulness and develop a desire to imitate it.
October 13, 2019
The Fruit of the Spirit Is Gentleness
The revolutionary power of becoming meek.
The purpose of this study is to give us a proper understanding of gentleness, and how the Holy Spirit can use it to transform our lives. Gentleness revolutionizes our view of how God treats us, how we evaluate ourselves, and how we relate to others.
October 20, 2019
The Fruit of the Spirit Is Self-Control
Solve the problem of acting like yourself.
Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can we die to our sinful nature and live a life fully honoring to God. This study will examine our need for, and the steps to attain, self-control.
The class discusses topics that are relevant to this age group (marriage, raising kids, etc.). We apply God’s word to these issues. Our class follows the same schedule as Children’s Sunday School.
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:
- Art Group
- Ladies Spiritual Disciplines
- Like Naomi
- Literary Group
- PPC Book Club
- Trinity Prayer Group
- Bethel Bible Study
- Monday Manna
Various dates (announced in the Communique)
9:00 – 10:00 am
Office Conference Room
Contact: Alexa Adams email@example.com
Come explore the intersection of art and faith, imagine art for our worship space and campus, and collaborate of liturgical art projects.
1st Sunday of the month
Dates and time announced in the Communique
Contact person: Kathy Roberts firstname.lastname@example.org
Settle down to seek God with this group of women. Between meetings, we practice pray or meditation or solitude, but walk together with one another through the process called spiritual formation.
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).
September 25- News of the World by Paulette Jiles (Facilitator-Nancy Chambers)
October 30–The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson (Facilitator-Mary Good)
December 4–The Elephant in the Room: One Fat Man’s Quest to Get Smaller in a Growing America by Tommy Tomlinson (Facilitator-Gale Kinney)
January 29–Furious Hours :Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep (Facilitator-Henri Bickett)
February 26–Tomorrow’s Bread by Anna Jean Mayhew (Facilitator-Leigh Myers)
March 25–Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger (Facilitator-Elaine Pool)
April 29–Lost & Found by Brooke Davis (Facilitator-Cathy Lawler)
May 27–Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah (Facilitator-Kim Sumrell)
1st Tuesday of the month
Office Conference Room
Contact person: Anne Wood firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
Begins Wednesday, September 11 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Adult Ministry Center Room 402
Contact: Anne Wood
This year will cover the Old Testament and run about 30 weeks.
Meets Mondays 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Fellowship Hall Room 104
Facilitator: Alice Majure
We will ginish our study of the Book of Isaiah and then move to a new book this fall.
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, Tamera Green email@example.com and Laura Grayson firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The following is a list of PW events for the church year 2019-2020:
- Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 12:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall: Kick Off Luncheon
Presbyterian Women – Circles
Second Tuesday of the Month
Brenda Stone, Leader
The Adelphi Circle meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7 PM in the Parlor of the CLC from September to May, except for two “Socials,” when we meet at local restaurants. Brenda Stone is the leader. This year, our Bible study will focus on life-changing stories of Old Testament women whose struggles have relevance in our lives today. Adelphi Circle members participated in many of PPC’s outreach activities. As we did last year, this year we will feed Habitat workers lunch, provide dinner for the SACOH ladies we host each year, feed the combined Middle and High School Youth, host the Annual Christmas Brunch for PPC Seniors, send Valentines to our college students, and participate in our church-wide Weekend of Service. We have supported each other through illnesses and surgeries with dinners and encouragement, celebrated with each other as children married and grandchildren were born, and offered love and emotional support for those dealing with aging parents and the loss of family members. We welcome new members to join us for fellowship, study, and service!
Second Tuesday of the Month
Wendy Felker, Leader
The Agape Circle meets the second Tuesday of each month at 10 am in the Library. We undertake several mission projects a year, support fellow members and enjoy an occasional lunch. We welcome new members and cherish the old.
Third Tuesday of the Month
Leigh Myers and Kristin Dickey, Leader
Esther is mainly compromised of moms of high schoolers and college students. Co-leaders are Kristin Dickey and Leigh Myers. This year, we will be reading and discussing Detours by Tony Evans. 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
Mary Lee Hayes, Leader
Women Of The Church – Small Groups
First Wednesday of the Month
AMC Room 403
Contact persons: Pam Holt and Becky Croom
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.
Meets twice a month on Tuesdays
CLC Middle School Classroom
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. This year, our study will center around Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World. Sisters participates in various service projects throughout the year, including Salvation Army Center of Hope ministry and college student Church Mouse ministry.
Meets one Sunday evening at month
(Dates announced in the Communique)
Leader: Courtney Ritchie
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. Contact: David Llewellyn and Bret Myers for more information.
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: 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: Phil Kinney
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!