“Just As I Am” Church School Class: Waking Up White, Sundays March 5-April 30

Since August of 2016, The Rev. Denise Anderson and the Rev. Jan Edmiston, the co-moderators of the 222nd General Assembly of the PC(USA), have been inviting congregations to read and discuss the book:


Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving.

So in response to that invitation, the next series in the
“Just As I Am” Church School class will be an exploration of
Waking Up White
led by Rev. Andy Acton and Rev. Jennie Sankey,
Sundays March 5-April 30

Each Sunday we will explore one of the nine sections of the book and seek to understand ourselves in the story of race in our nation and world.

We’ve secured some books for the class which can be purchased for $10; please contact Andy or Jennie if you would like them to hold a copy for you. There is a limited amount. You may also buy a copy on your own from a local bookstore, order online for $10-12 or download the Kindle version for your reading device for $9.

See you at 9:40 am on Sunday March 5, in Room A91!

Lent-In-A-Bag

This past Sunday during church school, children, youth, their families and church school teachers gathered in the Fellowship Hall to prepare for Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday, March 1.  After spending some time learning about the meaning of Ash Wednesday and Lent, participants visited several interactive stations to pick-up and make items that can be used along with their Family Lenten Devotional, i.e. Lent-In-A-Bag! And they worked on a couple of projects that will make their way into worship during the Lenten Season.

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Presbyterian 101–Week One, “Called To Worship The Triune God”

Our “Just As I Am”  church school class will be offering “Presbyterian 101” on Sundays through February 19. Our pastors, a few guest and member speakers will be teaching this engaging 6-week series where we will explore what Presbyterians believe and how those beliefs are expressed in our worship life together at PHPC.

We intended to begin last Sunday January 8 with an exploration of the “Call To Worship and The Triune God” but had to cancel class because of the inclement winter weather. But you can catch up on that lesson by clicking below on the video below.  Join us on Sunday January 15 as member and theologian Brian Powers leads the class in a study of “The Prayer of Confession/Assurance of Pardon and Sin.” At 9:40 am in Room A91 in the west wing of the church building.

 

 

How We Spent Our Summer Discovering God

Many thanks to Rev. Jennie Sankey, associate for Christian Education and the CE Committee for their incredible vision for the summer! It was a sacred experience cherished by all!  Here’s some highlights…

Sunday June 5: Discovering Jesus On The Road. Everyone made their own Flat Jesus to take on their summer journeys!
Sunday June 5: Discovering Jesus On The Road. During 11 am Church Schoo, everyone made their own Flat Jesus to take on their summer journeys!

 

Flat Jesus went out to lunch in Duluth!
Flat Jesus went out to lunch in Duluth!
Flat Jesus seen in Sin City!
Flat Jesus visited Sin City but didn’t save anyone cause it was more than a 100 degrees!
Flat Jesus greeted the HS Youth returning from Montreat, NC.
Flat Jesus greeted the HS Youth returning from Montreat, NC.
Flat Jesus traveled to New Orleans for the HS Youth Mission Trip.
Flat Jesus traveled to New Orleans for the HS Youth Mission Trip.
Flat Jesus visited Mike The Tiger at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Flat Jesus visited Mike The Tiger at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Flat Jesus ate good at a quaint inn in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Flat Jesus ate good at a quaint inn in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Flat Jesus was on a boat in Rhode Island.
Flat Jesus was on a boat in Rhode Island.
Flat Jesus learned to say "Aloha!"
Flat Jesus learned to say “Aloha!”
Flat Jesus in Texas
Flat Jesus in Texas
Flat Jesus in Nashville
Flat Jesus in Nashville
Flat Jesus at the Panama Canal
Flat Jesus at the Panama Canal
Flat Jesus found a Thousand Dollar Chocolate Candy Bar at The Hands of Christ Duluth Co-Op
Flat Jesus found a Thousand Dollar Chocolate Candy Bar at The Hands of Christ Duluth Co-Op
Flat Jesus walked over the Niagra Falls!!!!
Flat Jesus walked over the Niagra Falls!!!!
Flat Jesus even brought manna home from Kroger
Flat Jesus even brought manna home from Kroger
Sunday June 12: Discovering God In Dreams. During Dr. Dave Fry's sermon on Ezekiel's vision of The Valley of the Dry Bones, artist and pastor Lisle Gwynn Garrity of A Sanctified Art painted a representation of the text on canvas. The finished piece is hanging outside the sanctuary!
Sunday June 12: Discovering God In Dreams. During Dr. Dave Fry’s sermon on Ezekiel’s vision of The Valley of the Dry Bones, artist and pastor Lisle Gwynn Garrity of A Sanctified Art painted a representation of the text on canvas. The finished piece is hanging outside the sanctuary!
During the 11 am Church School class, Lisle guided folks through an art exercise where they put their visions of God's love and kingdom on large banners
During the 11 am Church School, Lisle guided folks through an art exercise where they put their visions of God’s love and kingdom on large banners
Sunday June 19: Discovering God In Our Neighbor. We studied Matthew 25 "The Least of These," read and discussed stories of two residents at Clifton Sanctuary Ministries and prepared health kits for Clifton.
Sunday June 19: Discovering God In Our Neighbor. We studied Matthew 25 “The Least of These,” read and discussed stories of two residents at Clifton Sanctuary Ministries and prepared health kits for Clifton.
Sunday July 17: Discovering the Spirit in Creation. Elder and church intern Courtney Henry lead a wonderful lesson on the Creation story in Genesis.
Sunday July 17: Discovering the Spirit in Creation. Elder and church intern Courtney Henry lead a wonderful lesson on the Creation story in Genesis.
Sunday July 24: Discovering God Among Strangers and Neighbors. Folks studied the story of Abraham Greeting Three Visitors and The Parable of The Good Samaritan. And then participants made large prayer posters and origami prayer birds to go to the cities of Baton Rouge, Dallas, St. Paul and Orlando who suffered terrible tragedies this summer.
Sunday July 24: Discovering God Among Strangers and Neighbors. Folks studied the story of Abraham Greeting Three Visitors and The Parable of The Good Samaritan. And then participants made large prayer posters and origami prayer birds to go to the cities of Baton Rouge, Dallas, St. Paul and Orlando who suffered terrible tragedies this summer.