Adult Sunday School and Small Groups
Adult Sunday School
Daughters of the King — in the CLC, room B017
Daughters of the King is a group of women devoted to studying God’s word and applying it to our daily lives as Christians in today’s world. We are currently studying How Happiness Happens by Max Lucado. We invite you to “drop in” for a visit. Contact Loretta Highfield at email@example.com.
Explorations — in the CLC, room B018
The Explorations Class will study the Reflections Bible Study by the Bible Project. The lessons will feature a short podcast or video and reflection questions to help us create space for the biblical story in our lives. We will reflect on topics such as: What matters to God? How can we live in peace in God's family? And what does it mean for Jesus to be the "I am"? In order for us to also participate in the class co-facilitated by Marguerite and John, we will transition to their study, “Whose Christianity is It? Exploring a Range of Christian Beliefs” from October 2 to November 6.We will finish out the fall with the Reflections Bible Study as well as an Advent lesson. In the spring, we will explore The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul. Contact Ginny Poulsen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practical Christianity — in the CLC, room B105
This class is designed to look at what it means to be a Presbyterian living in today's world. This fall we’ll be looking at the Gospel of John using the book John by Mark A. Matson. John & Gayle Akerman will be the facilitators of these classes supported in conversation and fellowship by everyone who attends. Contact John Akerman at Jakerman73@gmail.com or Gayle Akerman at Akerman.Gayle@gmail.com.
Reading Scripture: Yesterday and Today — in the CLC, room B103
“The words of scripture . . . become a reality only when they touch the minds and hearts of sentient beings, according to the different needs of each.” Karen Armstrong, The Lost Art of Scripture, p. 201. Join in our study of Holy Scripture each Sunday morning this fall as we continue our study of the Gospel of John. Just as our class name says, we will Read Scripture. We will recognize that it comes to us from Yesterday, we will read it Today. Contact: email@example.com.
Stumbling Disciples — in the CLC, room B106
Navigating life’s curvy and sometimes bumpy road can be a struggle. Together the Stumbling Disciples will use God’s word as our “GPS” to guide us through the hurdles of parenting, support us as we face the future with aging parents and nurture our marriages that have sometimes been neglected from the busyness of life. Please join us as we laugh, learn and lean on God through the joys and challenges of life. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-414-2753
Tell Me More – September 11-25 in the CLC, room B104
The pastors and elders will meet with all of our friends who are not yet members of Wake Forest Presbyterian and would like to learn about the benefits. One of the more unusual benefits of joining at this time is that you will have a vote when it comes time to elect a new pastor! But there's so much more to the Presbyterian Church USA than voting on matters. Come learn the foundations of our faith and how it shapes the way we do most everything around here. Members, too, are invited if any of you would like to "get reacquainted" with your church and denomination! Contact: email@example.com
Whose Christianity is It? Exploring a Range of Christian Beliefs – in the CLC, downstairs
Marguerite and John will be co-facilitating an elective class being offered at 9 a.m. in the CLC October 2 - November 6. Come to all or just come to one, your choice. Youth and adults are welcome, as are any existing Sunday School classes that would like to join us for any sessions that interest them.
The goal for this elective series is to equip our learners so they can articulate both sides of the modern Christian spectrum to better define who we are as a denomination, who we are as WFPC, and where the learner lands on the spectrum. At July's 225th General Assembly, votes were taken on several of these issues that show the range of theological diversity within the PCUSA denomination as well as Christendom as a whole. The goal is not to make anyone believe what someone else believes. The goal is to present a picture of God's kingdom where the wolf lies down with the lamb, and we find we can reasonably share with and learn from perspectives different from ours. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct 2 Inerrancy of Scripture
Oct 9 Role of Women in Church and Culture
Oct 16 Racial Equity and Christian Nationalism
Oct 23 Is PCUSA the church of the Democratic Party and evangelical Christians the church of the Republican Party?
Oct 30 LGBTQIA+ – Scripture and Gender Neutrality
Nov 6 Is the PCUSA Secularism in Sheep’s Clothing or the Prophetic Witness to God’s New Creation?
Adult Small Groups
Iron Sharpens Iron Wednesdays — Wednesdays at 6:45 PM via Zoom (with some in-person)
Iron Sharpens Iron tends to go deep by focusing on how scripture informs our day-to-day lives.
Our Wednesday night group will be using the book Made for a Miracle by Mike Slaughter and focus on the two components of every miracle: divine action and human responsibility. Contact Keith Thomas at email@example.com.
Iron Sharpens Iron Saturdays — Saturdays at 8:00 AM in the CLC, room B017
Why do several men make time in their Saturday mornings to join together? To provide some insight, here is a snip from our group covenant that we recite at the start of each meeting: We gather together with one purpose in mind… to become better disciples of Jesus Christ. We do this by encouraging one another to keep His commands and resist temptation. Through the grace of mutual accountability, our aim is to encourage each other and to accept Christ into our lives and permit the Holy Spirit to lead us to love and good works. Our method for moving us forward in our walk with Jesus is to read Christian books and chapters of the Bible together, exploring the contents and discussing how we can use these concepts to improve our discipleship and our relationships with Jesus, and all of the mortals in our lives, as well. We each take turns leading the weekly discussions to ensure this role does not become a burden to anyone. We look forward to adding new perspectives to our weekly adventures - thank you for considering joining us each Saturday morning at 8 am in the CLC. Contact Rob Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morning Glory Circle — 2nd/4th Thursdays at 10:00 AM in the CLC, room B017
The Morning Glory Circle invites you to join us as we explore the teachings of Jesus through our study of The Forty Parables of Jesus by Gerhard Lohfink. We meet at church in the classroom next to the kitchen at 10:00 on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month starting on September 8. Please join us as we learn together, enjoy fellowship, support one another through prayer, and reach out with Christ's love to those in need. Contact Brenda Patrick at email@example.com.
Perspectives — Tuesdays, every five or six weeks, at 7:00 PM offsite
Because the best way to truly understand other people is to see the world through their eyes, Perspectives attempts to do just that by reading and discussing books that express a wide variety of viewpoints about important and sometimes difficult issues. We will be reading both fiction and nonfiction books over the next few months. Our first book this fall will be Jesus and John Wayne, and we’ll meet to discuss it on October 4. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Son Risers — Fridays at 6:15 AM in the CLC, room B018 and online (hybrid)
We meet on Friday mornings for breakfast, fellowship, prayer and study. The study is for men, husbands, sons, brothers — all male sinners are welcome! Our aim is to uphold each other in our Christian walk and seek God through prayer; study of His Word; honest, open discussion; and laughter. This year we are studying questions in the Bible using The Jesus Code by O.S. Hawkins. Contact Andres Esguerra at email@example.com.
Women of the Word — 2nd/4th Tuesdays at 7:00 PM on Zoom
This fall we plan to study Gentle and Lowly, by Dane C. Ortlund. Gentle and Lowly takes readers into the depths of Christ’s very heart for sinners. Focusing on Jesus’s words that he is “gentle and lowly in heart,” Ortlund dives deep into Bible passages that speak of who he most deeply is, encouraging readers with the affections of Christ for his people. We will also meet in person for some fellowship opportunities. In the winter, we will study, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, by John Ortberg which uses the New Testament account of Jesus walking on water as a conceptual framework for discussing leaps of faith and encouraging readers to make them.
WOW provides lunch and collects needed items for the Raleigh Women’s Center monthly. We started serving this ministry during the pandemic. Interested in joining us, please reach out to Mary Beichner, firstname.lastname@example.org, Athy Robinson, email@example.com, or Sandie Buda, firstname.lastname@example.org.