Adult Sunday School


1 Corinthians Bible Study
September 11, 2016 to Advent 2016 – Chapters 1-10
Epiphany and Lent 2017 – Chapters 11-15
Room 19 – George Lindquist and Tom Trevethan

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.

Circles Washtenaw
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)
Moonlight (8)
Fences (4)
Hidden Figures (3)
Arrival (sci-fi)
Hell or High Water (crime)
Lion (tear-jerker)
Manchester by the Sea (drama)
Hacksaw Ridge (war heroism)

Movie Recommendations
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)
Moonlight (drama)
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

Music Recommendations
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
Lecrae – Church Clothes 3
Kacey Musgraves
Margo Price
Maren Morris
Dinosaur Jr.
Childish Gambino

Notable Books
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)

Books Recommendations
When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi (fiction)
Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance (non-fiction)

Notable Television
Stranger Things (Netflix)
Atlanta (FX; comedy )
Westworld (HBO)
The Americans (FX)
The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)
The Crown (Netflix)

Television Recommendations
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

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Sara’s Story
Mission Ministries – Sara Chang – IVCF


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

Trip Updates & Photos…
CRWM – Padilla DeBorst


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)
PowerPoint Used In The Class (view)


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