Adult Sunday School
Adult Sunday School
Bible Study – Galations – Tom Trevethan, George Lindquist
Starts October 1, 2017 – Room 18
Our class will attempt to rejoice in the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, being celebrated globally this year, by a close reading and discussion of St. Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.
Galatians was one of the key Biblical texts that fueled the Reformation. It is filled with glorious and comforting and challenging truth for the contemporary world.
Do the Right Thing: The Social Conscience of the Early Church/strong>
March 11 & 18, 2018 – Room 24
Norm Fichtenberg will present a two-part intro into the social ethics of Christians in the first five centuries, exploring both guiding principles of Christian behavior and their application to specific societal challenges.
The Year In Culture
February 18 & 25, 2018 – Room 24
We’ll meet to learn about and discuss notable movies, TV shows, music, and books from the past year, plus take time to share recommendations of what we’ve loved.
Lynn and Mary Degener of China Outreach Ministries (China Friends)
February 4, 2018 – Room 24
Lynn and Mary share about their outreach to Chinese students, scholars and their families here at the University of Michigan. God has been doing some amazing things!
John Calvin–A Very Different View
January 21 & 28, 2018 – Room 24
At a Jesus and Justice Conference last year, Matt Tuininga, Professor of Moral Philosophy at Calvin Seminary, delivered a lecture on John Calvin which presented a view of Calvin’s teachings and theology which is different than most of us are familiar with — a view that challenges viewers to consider or re-consider the practices of evangelical Christian churches regarding justice issues. On each of the next two Sundays, a 20-minute video segment of Dr. Tuininga’s lecture will be shown after which there will be a discussion led by Bill Dahms.
Link to video on You Tube
January 14, 2018 – Room 24
Do you have the desire to walk alongside someone who is hurting? Is God calling you to use your gifts to become a Stephen Minister? On January 14, we will have an adult Sunday School class to explain the process and time commitments of becoming and being a Stephen Minister. We’ll talk about the training that is provided and answer any questions you may have. If you have even the slightest interest, please come and learn more about it!
January 7, 2018 – Room 24
Council will be hosting an open Q&A session about the reset year or anything else you’d like to ask about. This is a simple idea we read about on the denominational blog (network.crcna.org), and it sounded like a good one! The description was apt, and so we’re borrowing their words: Attendance is voluntary; there is no agenda; no decisions are made; no discussion is held. But every Q&A offers an inherent promise: ‘Ask a question—any question—and we will do our best to provide you with a complete and transparent answer. And if we don’t know, we’ll find the answer and get back to you.’ If you’re unable to attend, that is fine; we’ll keep a record of what was asked and said to share with the AACRC community. And we hope to have more of these sessions in the coming months.
Advent Prayer Stations
December 17, 2017 – Room 24 & Fellowship Hall
On this third Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Joy, you are invited into a meditative space during education hour. Advent is a season of anticipation and holy waiting. It is a season to slow down and pay attention, to listen to the prophets, to look for God in God’s distressing disguises.
Multi-sensory Advent prayer stations will be set up in Room 24 (quiet reflection) and in the Fellowship Hall (a bit more communal space), with instructions provided at each station. You are invited to participate in as many as you need, as long as you need, as many times as you need. God bless.
December 3, 2017 – Room 24
John Bush – Do you have special memories of Christmas to share, or would you like to hear from others about the interesting ways (and places) they’ve celebrated Christmas?
Arab American Friendship Center
November 19, 2017 – Room 24
The Forgotten Holy Land Documentary
November 12, 2017 – Room 24
A short documentary featuring modern-day footage of ancient biblical locations, shot from the air as well as the ground.
Ancient Rome from a Christian Perspective – Eric Wright
October 15, 22, 29 & November 5, 2017 – Room 24
Christians thrown to lions! Centuries of persecution! Where did ancient Christians *really* fit into the Roman world?
Eric Wright will give four multimedia presentations appraising ancient Roman culture from a Christian perspective. Sessions will focus on ancient Rome in its historical context, how the early church was threatened by–but also benefited from–the empire it arose within, its relationship to paganism, and on the continued legacy of Roman culture both in the church and in the western world.
Sound like a Western Civ. course requirement? NOT TO FEAR! The presentations will be informative *and* lighthearted, designed to foster the sharing of mutual expertise on the subject. Bring your prior knowledge and a willingness to have fun! *All* are welcome!
Martin Luther Documentary
October 1 & 8, 2017 – Room 24
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we’ll watch a documentary about Martin Luther and spend time discussing his influence.
Madelyn Beltz – Wycliffe/SIL
September 24, 2017 – Room 24
Madelyn Beltz will talk about how translating God’s Word helps preserve cultures, how digital technology helps distribute the Gospel, being aware of what oral learners need, and what she does.
Tech-Wise Family, with John Bush
September 17, 2017 – Room 24
Ever wonder how much screen time is too much for the young people in your lives?
In his new book, The Tech-Wise Family, Andy Crouch (a former executive editor of Christianity Today) has some philosophies about living with technology that can help.
Get tips for your own tech strategy, or share what you’ve learned with others who don’t yet have school-age kids (or tweens, or teens, etc.)
Hope Beyond Boarders – Pastor Kelly N. Anderson
May 21, 2017 – Room 24
Pastor Kelly N. Anderson, is a graduate of Luther Seminary and a 2016 recipient of their Graduate Preaching Fellowship.
The focus of her fellowship has been the Christian Church’s response to the global immigration and refugee crisis. She is spending this academic year traveling around the world and the nation to learn more about how churches and Christian organizations are serving refugees and displaced persons, especially in our current global immigration crisis.
She will share with us how we in Washtenaw County can support the resettling of refugees in our community. For more information about her travels and refugee work visit her blog at https://hope-beyond-borders.net
Walk with Me… – Health Ministry
April 23 & 30, 2017 – Room 24
On April 23 Therese Langan LMSW Owner and Director of Parkside Family Services in Adrian will present an overview of addiction(s), and how we might walk with those struggling with addiction.
On April 30 Dr. Daniel Clauw Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine and Psychiatry at UM will talk about addiction, the use of opioids and alternative measures in the management of chronic pain.
Campus Ministry for the Next 75 Years – Matt Ackerman
March 19, 2017 – Room 24
Anniversaries are a time to look back at what God has done, and forward to where we think God may be leading. Rev. Matt Ackerman, Pastor for Worship and Community at the Campus Chapel, will share reflections from a 75th anniversary year that celebrated the Chapel’s past and looked forward to what ministry with today’s and tomorrow’s students might look like.
March 12, 2017 – Room 24
Circles Washtenaw – Changing lives by empowering families to move out of poverty and achieve economic independence.
Suzanne Van Dam, the Circles Program Coordinator, Bill Dahms and Tom Larson will be introducing this new program as well as discussing opportunities to volunteer.
Church Between Borders
February 19 and 26, 2017 – Room 24
Representatives from the CRC will lead an interactive workshop to spark thought and discussion for Christians interested in engaging immigration from a Biblical perspective. If you’ve ever wondered “Why don’t immigrants just get in line?” or, “My grandparents came the legal way, why don’t they?”, you’ll find practical, fact-based, and hopeful answers to those questions.
Immigration Timeline In United States…
Lauris Kaldjian MD, PHD – Christian Practical Wisdom in Healthcare
February 12, 2017 – Room 24
Watch video of the class…
Many of us know Dr. Kaldjian. He has lived in Ann Arbor and has been a member of our community. He has written the book ” Practicing Medicine and Ethics: Integrating Wisdom, Conscience, and Goals of Care”.
Here is an endorsement of the book written by Gilbert Meilaender. “Both our shared political discourse and the day-to-day encounters between physicians and their patients are characterized by complex questions about the place of conscience in medicine. Lauris Kaldjian, trained as both physician and ethicist, offers a way to think through these difficulties by focusing on medicine as a practice shaped by its goals and marked by important virtues. Both patients and physicians can find here help for thinking in moral terms about the encounters they share.”
Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University
Christian Practical Wisdom in Healthcare
As a Christian physician and ethicist, I am reminded every day that medicine brings both benefits and challenges. We have so much to be grateful for when it comes to healthcare and medical technology, yet we also have to be discerning and vigilant so that we are not mislead by false goals, mistaken assumptions, or fears that can drive decisions in a medical culture that is ready to use technology to satisfy both needs and wants, whether at the beginning of life, the end of life, or anywhere in between. To choose wisely between the options we encounter when we become patients, we need a Christian practical wisdom that arises from our identity and freedom in Christ and goes forward with trust in God’s abiding care. This practical wisdom is also a gift we can give to each other when as family members, friends, or pastors we are called upon to accompany our loved ones and “co-discern” with them when they are struggling as patients to know what should be done, or not done.
Christian practical wisdom in medicine encourages integration of faith and reason to understand health, illness, suffering, disability, and death, so that what we believe guides what we choose. We need such wisdom to respond to a wide range of questions in healthcare, such as: How should the belief that we are “embodied souls”, who bear the image of God, guide our care for persons with dementia? How does our understanding of death (as a “conquered enemy”), suffering (as within God’s providence), and hope (in eternal life with Christ) guide our decisions about palliative care and our rejection of assisted suicide? In what ways does a truly holistic concept of health (as the integration of the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual) invite Christians to harmonize the concerns of the body with concerns of the soul?
In outline, a Christian practical wisdom in medicine would include the following:
Pursuing goals that reflect our Christian calling (flourishing)
Seeing physical and spiritual reality accurately
Being guided by what is morally good (pleasing to God)
Deliberating humbly and praying to harmonize goals, reality, and morality
Committing our way to God and trusting in his gracious providence
Acting on conclusions with courage and confidence in Christ
Walking humbly, waiting patiently, and responding willingly to God’s leading
The challenges we encounter in making decisions about healthcare remind us that our love for God, and our love for our neighbor, must be discerning as it is expressed in and through the complexities of this world. Another way to put this is to say that our love needs to be wise, a point that was of great concern to Paul when he wrote to the Philippians, saying: “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God (Phil 1:9-11).”
The Year In A&E – John Bush
January 29, 2016 – Room 24
Oscar Nominees – Best Picture
La La Land (14 nominations)
Hidden Figures (3)
Hell or High Water (crime)
Manchester by the Sea (drama)
Hacksaw Ridge (war heroism)
Hidden Figures (book, children’s, & film)
Manchester by the Sea (drama/depressing)
Hacksaw Ridge (but graphic)
Arrival (intelligent sci-fi)
Lion (tear-jerker; drama)
Silence (drama; Christianity in 17th cent. Japan)
Fences (Denzel Washington; drama)
Mudbound (book into movie; drama from 1940s Mississippi Delta)
Grammy Nominees – Album of the Year
Adele – 25
Beyonce – Lemonade
Justin Bieber – Purpose
Drake – Views
Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide To Earth
Notable Albums – Best Reviewed
David Bowie – Blackstar
Beyonce – Lemonade
Frank Ocean – Blonde
Solange – A Seat at the Table
Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Notable Reviews by the Banner
Various Artists – God Don’t Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Bon Iver – 22, A Million
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Lily & Madeleine – Keep It Together
Mumford & Sons with Baaba Maal – Johannesburg
Switchfoot – Where the Light Shines Through
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
Crowder – American Prodigal
Lecrae – Church Clothes 3
Needtobreathe – Hard Love
Skillet – Unleashed
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Lecrae – Church Clothes 3
The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
The Girls, by Emma Cline
Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
Evicted, by Matthew Desmond (non-fiction)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
The Association of Small Bombs, by Karan Mahajan
The Mothers, by Brit Bennett
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance (non-fiction)
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (fiction)
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance (non-fiction)
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Atlanta (FX; comedy )
The Americans (FX)
The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
The Crown (Netflix)
A Series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snicket; Netflix)
Mark from World Outreach
January 22, 2016 – Room 24
Book recommended by Mark – “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus,” by Nabeel Qureshi
Janet & Peter Payne
January 15, 2016 – Room 24
Janet & Peter are missionaries/former AACRC members, who now live in and serve out of Mt. Herman, CA.
They shared about their ministry and reflected on the state of faith in Europe.
You can see the video here: Watch video…
Sara Chang – Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
November 20, 2016 – Room 24
Sara is one of the missionaries supported by AACRC.
Online Video of the November 20 Adult Ed Sunday School
Youth International Mission Trip
November 13, 2016 – Room 24
The youth team will share their experiences from this past summer’s trip to Casa Adobe in Costa Rica.
Online Video of the November 13 Adult Ed Sunday School
A Missionary Love Story
October 30, 2016 – Room 24 – Jaye Starr
Jaye will share how she, an American Muslim, fell in love with the Reform Christian Mission in Oman.
Learn about her journey and the mission’s 125 year evolution to continue the work of Jesus in this far off land.
Theology 101: Why Do We Say What We Say? The Heretic’s Guide to Theology
October 2 and 9, 2016 – Room 24 – Harvey Stob
When Jesus calmed the storm at sea, the wide-eyed disciples literally asked, “What kind of being is this?!” (Matt. 8:27).
That question and its answer fully drew the church’s attention in the 4th cent. But then it deepened: “What kind of being is this God who is three and yet one?” Today there is “Latin Trinitarianism,” Relative Trinitarianism,” “Eternal Functional Trinitarianism,” “Social Trinitarianism,” “Perichoretic Trinitarianism,” and others I’ve yet to read about.
We will set the stage for in depth looks at these different trinitarian doctrines and try to see what they might teach us about the God who is in love with us.
What Kind Of Being Is This (A)
What Kind Of Being Is This (B)
What Kind Of Being Is This (C)
What Kind Of Being Is This (D)
PowerPoint Used In The Class (download)
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