Adult Ed Series

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Sunday Morning Video Series
Starting September 16th, please join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM for a video hosted by Eric Metaxas and by a variety of Christian authors and scholars. Rob Hudson will be leading us in brief discussion and fellowship.

Sunday Evening Book Study & Fellowship
On Sunday Evenings, 7:00 PM also starting September 16th, for those wanting to dig deeper, we will gather as a study and fellowship group discussing selected sections of Mere Christianity and working through the Personal Study Guide.

Each session will last around 1 ½ hours. Please sign up by emailing Rob Hudson (rhudson621@aol.com) of your interest and allow us to order books and study guides for those interested.

Sunday School Volunteer Sign Up

Sunday School is BACK AT IT!

As the summer winds down, the Children’s Education team is gearing up for the 2018-19 program year! We will kick off on Rally Day 9/9 with a Grace Gathering for children age 2 yrs. – 5th grade. If you want to be a part of our awesome programming, sign up here. We are only asking for one month commitments this year… think about it… it’s only 180 minutes of your time! Contact khudson@gracejenkintown with questions.

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Vacation Bible School registration now open

Vacation Bible School 6/17-21/18

VBS Registration OPENING!
Spring is near and summer is right behind it! VBS registration for volunteers, child and adult participants, and teachers will open on March 1 and close June 3. A donation of $10 per person/ $35 per family of 4+ is requested. We are inviting all members of the church and the community to enjoy bible school with us from June 17-21 in the evenings 5:45-7:45pm with dinner provided each night.  Contact Kelly Hudson khudson@gracejenkintown.org with any questions.  Click here to register.

High School Mission Trip June 23-29

The high school students will be traveling to the Youngstown, Ohio area June 23-29.  Students and leaders will be hosted by Canfield Presbyterian Church and working with their mission partners serving disabled young adults, those with food insecurity and also working to improve area homes.

You can register using the form below.  Fill it out and return it to the Church Office by March 1.

High School Mission Trip Registration form

Middle School Mission Trip July 21-27

The middle school students will be traveling to and volunteering in Baltimore, MD, July 21-27.  Our mission partner there is The Center  and days will be spent being the hands and feet of Jesus to the Baltimore community.

You can register using the form below.  Fill it out and return it to the Church Office by March 1.  

Middle School Mission Trip Registration form

Adult Ed Series:  Family Matters!

Adult Ed Series:  Family Matters!

In his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul offers these words: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7) What might Paul have to say to those dealing with the anxieties of mental illness, addiction or gun violence? The Adult Education Team seeks to provide a safe environment for families and individuals to learn about these issues and their impact on all of us.  Join us to learn more!

 

April 8: Morning Session: Understanding Mental Health: Normal Life Stressors vs Mental Health Issues

What is mental health? Is it simply the absence of a mental disorder, or is there more to our mental well-being? Ray Rife, LCSW will lay the groundwork for our “Family Matters” mini-series by exploring these and other questions. Ray has worked in all phases of mental health service delivery during his career in front-line and administrative roles, including time at Ground Zero following 9/11 and with service members and their families around deployments and redeployment cycles.

 

***Also on April 8, SPECIAL EVENING OFFERING at 6:00 pm: “Dying in Vein:”***

This documentary offers a deeply personal exploration of opiate and heroin addiction that drops you directly into the lives of an addict in recovery, a couple trying to get clean, a family grieving the loss of their son, and an Emergency Room Physician trying to save one patient at time. Through these stories, the contemporary belief of 'living life pain free' is explored, as well as the shame and blame that exists around addiction. The film looks at the impact of socioeconomic class on our broken treatment system, and how a group of emergency care physicians are working to save their patients. The Adult Education and Student Ministries Team co-sponsor this intergenerational event for all who are interested, including our high school students and their parents. Discussion will be facilitated by the staff of Renew Family Services.

 

April 15: Understanding Addiction

Is addiction a question of willpower or a brain disorder? What do we mean when we call addiction a disease?  Dr. Carl Yusavitz, Director of Pastoral Service for the Penn Foundation, returns to address these and other questions concerning substance addiction. Myths around alcohol and drug use; dopamine’s effect on the brain, and the possibility and means to recovery will all be covered.  

 

April 22: Addiction and Its Impact on the Family

My family? Your family? Every family can claim a role in the ongoing story of addiction. And each family member plays a part. Perhaps yours is that of “family scapegoat,” or even “chief enabler.” What is enabling and why do we do it? How can we change our behavior in order to facilitate recovery? Hope Stein, LSW, Certified Addictions Counselor and founder of Renew Family Services will help us to learn more about family recovery in this informative session.

 

April 29: Next Steps

Where do we go from here? Knowing what we now know, what can we do? In this session, Michael Bernert of the Livengrin Foundation will guide us through the process of empowering a loved one to seek recovery, including intervention; what effective recovery looks like; health coverage for treatment; support networks and other resources.

 

May 6: Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

Our community, like many across the nation, is impacted by gun violence. The Presbyterian Church (USA) has produced a documentary about gun violence entitled Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence. We will view Part I of this film in this session. Trigger examines the ripple effect one shooting has on a survivor, a family, a community and a society. It is told from the perspectives of those who have been directly impacted and those who are called daily to respond to this ongoing tragedy. Grace Presbyterian Church is committed to listening to the voices of those who experience the devastation of gun violence, and Trigger provides a starting point for engaging in this critically important conversation.

 

May 13: “Heeding God’s Call”

Handguns reach streets and neighborhoods through a highly developed illegal trade – gun trafficking. These are the guns used to threaten, wound, maim and kill. The linchpins of gun trafficking are criminal entrepreneurs, traffickers, the straw buyers who stand in for them to make their bulk purchases and gun dealers who look the other way and enjoy the profits. As people of faith, what can we do to address this crisis? Bob Fles of “Heeding God’s Call,” a faith-based movement to prevent gun violence, will be with us to discuss the many ways in which this organization partners with faith communities in working to stem gun violence.

 

May 20: Where Do We Go From Here?

Part 2 of Trigger will be shown, followed by guided discussion and debrief concerning gun violence prevention efforts and our call to participate in congregational initiatives going forward.  

Past Events

Past Events in 2018

  • Annual Meeting & Talent Show 1/28/18 at 11:30am Download the 2017 Annual Report
  • Adult Education: Neighbors Series Sunday mornings at 9:30am from 1/7-2/11/18
  • Women's Retreat 2/2-4/2018
  • Adult Education: Telling Our Faith Stories Series Sunday mornings at 9:30am from 2/18-3/25/18
  • Lentflix Friday evenings at 5:45pm February 16 - March 23 2018
  • Joint Bible Study Wednesday evenings, February 21-March 28, at 7 pm, at Cedar Park Presbyterian Church, 7740 Limekiln Pike, Philadelphia (about 10 minutes from Grace). 
  • Men's Retreat march 9-11, 2018

Lentflix! 

Your Adult Education Team brings something new to the Lenten table this year with a Friday night film series showcasing themes of challenge, transformation and redemption. Join us at 5:45 pm for pizza followed by “flicks.” Please note: while films chosen are rated G - PG-13, most are best suited for adult audiences.  Parental discretion is advised.  Click here for a schedule of the film series.

LentFlix!

Your Adult Education Team brings something new to the Lenten table this year with a Friday
night film series showcasing themes of challenge, transformation and redemption. Join us at
5:45 pm for pizza followed by “flicks.” Please note: while films chosen are rated G - PG-13, most
are suitable for adult audiences. Parental discretion is advised.

Friday, February 16 - The Butler (PG13) This film tells the story of a White House butler who
served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes
that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and
beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family.

Friday, February 23 – The Spitfire Grill (PG13) With the help of her former warden, ex-con
Percy Talbott moves to Gilead, Maine to make a fresh start. She gets a job waiting tables at the
Spitfire Grill and rents a room above it. Friendliness is not a word used to describe Gilead and
the locals are suspicious of Percy. That she does not conceal her incarceration does not help
them warm to her. This gentle drama centers on the relationships between Percy, the
townsfolk and the Spitfire Grill.

Friday, March 2 - Chariots of Fire (PG) Based on a true story, Chariots of Fire is the story of two very different men who compete as runners in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Eric Liddell, a serious Christian Scotsman, believes that he has to succeed as a testament to his undying religious faith. Harold Abrahams is a Jewish Englishman who wants desperately to be accepted and prove to the world that Jews are not inferior. The film crosscuts between each man's life as he trains for the competition, fueled by these very different desires.

Friday, March 9 – The Straight Story (G) Filmed along the 260-mile route that the actual Alvin
Straight traversed in 1994 from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin, "the Straight story"
chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis.,
in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his
relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle. By sharing his life's earned
wisdom with simple stories, Alvin has a profound impact on the characters that color his
pilgrimage.

Friday, March 16 – My Name is Khan (PG13) Rizwan Khan, a Muslim from the Borivali section
of Mumbai, suffers from Asperger's syndrome, a form of high-functioning autism that
complicates socialization. After 9/11, Rizwan is detained by authorities at LAX who mistake his
disability for suspicious behavior. Following his arrest, he begins a journey to meet US
President Bush to clear his name.

Friday, March 23 - Life is Beautiful (PG13) In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish bookkeeper named
Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido
and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German
forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a
Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand
prize for winning is a tank
 

Adult Ed Series

Sunday Morning in Adult Ed: Telling our Faith Stories
What does it mean to be spiritual? Religious? Is spirituality simply whatever religion is not?
How have we come to define ourselves as Christian? Were/are there members of our families
and communities that have helped us in that journey? Beginning with a look at family systems,
we’ll consider our own spiritual/religious inheritances and how we come to an understanding of our Christian identity. Led by Pastor Judy with guest speaker Dr. Carl Yusavitz to open the
series.

February 18 – Family Matters! What does it mean to you to be a Christian? Did religious
participation have a major impact on your religious or spiritual life when you were growing up?
Did your family celebrate any major religious life rituals? If you are married and/or with kids,
are they in the same religious tradition? Rev. Dr. Carl Yusavitz, Director of Pastoral Services at
the Penn Foundation in Sellersville, PA, will set the stage for our series by giving us a working
understanding of family systems.

February 25 – “Spiritual not Religious?” According to the “Faith Matters” surveys, the most
detailed ever taken of Americans’ religious and civic lives, a large number of Americans define
themselves this way. So what does it mean for those of us in the Christian tradition? Are the
two mutually exclusive, or is there room for both? Where and how does faith fit in? We’ll look
at three different patterns of spirituality; take the “Spirituality 101” self-survey, and discuss
what it means to reject religion in favor of spirituality.

March 4 - What’s Your Story? “God loves stories – that’s why He created us!” - Elie Wiesel.
Those of us whose spirituality is intimately bound up with the church often find it is not so easy to move from busyness to quiet, from speaking to listening; in fact, sometimes our church lives make this very difficult! So how can we live into our communal faith lives while also nurturing our spirits? Often, the answer lies in our stories. In this session, we’ll use a community
genogram to begin framing our spiritual autobiographies. Bring your favorite candy to share!

March 11 – Wearing your Sunday Best! This week we’ll continue to fill in our faith stories by
looking at our family genograms. A genogram is a way of helping us understand each person in a family, their history and connections to one another. A spiritual family genogram looks at
patterns related to personal faith and family religious practices, such as how and whether
families celebrate rituals of connection (meals, coming and going), celebration (birthdays,
anniversaries) and community (Thanksgiving, Christmas). Paper, pencils and erasers provided!

March 18 – Wearing your Sweats – In exploring our family genograms, we may occasionally
uncover some things that we didn’t know about before, including the occasional spiritual
wound. Poet Robert Bly believes that one’s spiritual wounds are the source of one’s genius and
“… precisely the place from which we will give our major gift to the community.” Come
prepared to engage the source of your genius by examining your personal genogram. Wearing
sweats encouraged!

March 25 – On the Road Again… “Two people journeyed from Jerusalem to Emmaus on that
first Easter afternoon. A stranger joined them on this walk, and they began to share their
story… The stranger shared his story…” Now that you’ve learned something about your own
faith story, that of your family and the community in which you were raised, how do you go
about sharing that information? When is it TMI? Too little? Learn “Judy’s 8 Commandments
for Sharing” to set a tone for sharing your faith story.