Faith + Life

The Faith + Life series provides opportunities to expand your faith formation. Each week, we will offer a different series, ranging from Bible studies, to spiritual practices, to conversations about what our faith has to say about current events. The class will meet from 10:00-10:50 a.m. Child care is available in the nursery.

Faith + Life: Bible Basics

When: 1st Sundays at 10 a.m.
Location: Hunter Building Room 205

Next Session: Sunday, February 4 -  Join Janice Langholz on Sunday, February 4, to continue exploring the Gospel of Thomas. 

I’m going to ask Rock Springers to take a step outside our familiar early Christian context, and to explore who we are by looking at who we are not. Biblical scholar Karen King recently suggested that Christianity defined itself through a process of building dogmatic barriers between itself and Judaism on the one hand and Hellenistic Greek paganism on the other. In the process I’m convinced that we may have lost as much as we gained, especially in the realm of spiritual growth and exploration. As a result, Bible Basics this year will be taken from  A New, New Testament A Bible for the 21st Century Combining Traditional and Newly Discovered Texts, edited by Hal Taussig.  According to the publisher  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013) "Over the past century numerous lost scriptures have been discovered, authenticated, translated, debated and celebrated. Many of these documents were as important to shaping early-Christian communities and beliefs as what we have come to call the New Testament; these were not the work of shunned sects or rebel apostles, not alternative histories or doctrines, but part of the vibrant conversations that sparked the rise of Christianity." The Bible Basics class this year will enter that conversation. Please join me in this exploration. 

Contact Coordinator:
Janice Langholz
jlangholz@msn.com
571-218-9914


Faith + Life: Where is God In

When: 2nd Sundays at 10 a.m.
Location: Hunter Building Room 205 

Next Class: Sunday, January 14 - Where Is God In...Civil Rights
What are the civil rights challenges of the 21st century?  Which do you see as most pressing for God’s people? Join Dale Dwyer on January 14 for a discussion of this timely topic.

 


 

Faith + Life: Bible 101

When: 3rd Sundays at 10 a.m.
Location: Hunter Building Room 205

Next Session: Sunday, January 21 Linda Carder goes “behind the scenes” studying the history, culture and faith of the Hebrew people. On January 21, the class continues the book of Exodus. Advance reading of chapters 13-26 is recommended.

 

 


 

Faith + Life: Spiritual Practices in Daily Life

When: 4th Sundays (except December) at 10 a.m.
Location: Hunter Building Room 205

No class in January due to the Annual Meeting!  

 

 

Contact: 

Director of Faith Formation - Ashley Martinage
7035384886

Upcoming Faith + Life Events

March 4, 2018 - 10:00am
March 11, 2018 - 10:00am
March 18, 2018 - 10:00am

Latest Faith + Life News

Faith + Life: February
Posted: Jan 11 2018 - 3:48pm

1st Sundays: Bible Basics: the New, New Testament. On February 4, Janice Langholz and the Bible Basics class will look at Thunder, a one of a kind, document found in Egypt, written in Coptic, and featuring a feminine voice. “I am the first and the last. I am she who is honored and she who is mocked…I am he the mother and the daughter.” No, that is not a typo. “I am he the mother…” What if we had that as scripture, instead of “In the beginning was the Word”? What might that early “Christ community” have looked like?  

2nd Sundays: Where Is God In... Immigration?  Early chapters in the Old Testament suggest that most people were “strangers,” “aliens,” or “foreigners” in the lands God led them to. Join Dale Dwyer on February 11 to explore the notion of borders, the right of sovereignty, and the approaches Christians support with regard to U.S. immigration.

3rd Sundays: Bible 101. Linda Carder goes “behind the scenes” studying the history, culture and faith of the Hebrew people. On February 18, the class finishes the book of Exodus and moves on to Joshua. Advance reading of Exodus 17-25, and as much Joshua as you’d like, is recommended.

4th Sundays: Spiritual Practices in Daily Life. Many of us think of “mindfulness” as synonymous with quiet meditation, the Buddhist notion of sitting in silence. But mindfulness can be exercised in all of our daily activities by keeping ourselves fully in the present. On February 25, Lorie Brush will lead us in a mindfulness exercise of stretching our physical bodies and attending closely to the feelings created by our working muscles. Please dress in comfortable clothes.

Sundays at 10:00–10:50 a.m., Hunter Room 205

Latest News

Men of Rock Spring are invited to gather at Mylo’s Grill in the Chesterbrook Shopping Center at noon on Friday for the monthly Men’s Lunch. Contact Emory Hackman, emory1home@cox.net, for details.

Friday, March 2, 12:00 p.m., Mylo’s Grill

All are invited to help decorate the Sanctuary with spring flowers for Easter and include a dedication in the bulletin. Donations of any amount can be placed in the collection plate during services or in an envelope in the Saegmuller Room.