“So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God?”
Who am I? Who are we to each other? These essential questions weave in and out of our life from childhood into older adulthood. We wonder whom we were created to be and who have we become. We discern what will be our purpose and what has been our legacy. We learn who will care for us and how we will care for others.
The 2017-2018 theme for our spiritual formation as a congregation is the search for identity within community. We ask “Who am I? Who are we as Christians?” We consider the call to move from stranger to saint, alien to citizen in the household of God. We are family. The call to see yourself as a child of God and to be family with all that inhabits God’s creation orders our concept of self, our approach to intimate relationships, our economic and civic responsibilities, and our global awareness.
Wired Word - Breaking News And The Good News
Breaking News and the Good News:
Join us as we engage breaking news with scripture and hope through the national curriculum “The Wired Word.” This ongoing discussion class will explore a current news story each week through the lens of a relevant scripture text and the insights of the group. Join us to become a community of regulars — or drop in whenever you can!
DatesEvery Sunday in January, February and March.
If you are considering becoming a member of NDPC, please plan to be part of this opportunity to learn more about what makes this church unique and how you can be a part of its ministry. This class will provide participants the opportunity to explore the benefits and responsibilities of membership at NDPC, learn about the PCUSA and the wider church, develop friendships with other new members, and listen to others’ faith stories.
Dates: Saturday, January 20th 9-11:30 Join Feb. 18th.
Thursday, March 1st 6-8:30pm Join March 18th.
Sunday April 8, 15, 22 at 9:30am-10:30am. Join May 20th
Facilitators: Pastoral Staff and Evangelism Committee
Location: Pastor’s Study
Centering Yoga is a basic yoga class with emphasis on attuning inward and listening to the experience as it unfolds. While we will create strength and flexibility our intent is to align body, heart and soul to better channel the love and compassion that Jesus taught. Please bring a mat and a blanket/towel if you like. This class usually fills to the brim so please be early or on time.
DatesSundays in January
Keeping Love Alive
The first 2 chapters in Genesis begins with a clear premise that we were created to be in relationship. So:
- Why is it so hard when it was so easy when we first fell in love?
- If our souls were made for peace and joy, why do so many of us live with loneliness?
- How do we protect our relationship from becoming another statistic?
- What can we do to keep our love energized?
With the complexity and pace of our lives today, keeping the love alive in our marriages often gets overlooked. During the early stages of your relationship doing loving things for your partner comes easily and automatically. We had faith it would be that way forever. Understanding the stages of committed love relationships and how to become more conscious in your marriage can help you re-kindle and keep love alive as God has meant for you to do. This class will acquaint you with the history and stages of marriage, moving from conflict to connection and being a loving couple. The first two sessions will focus on an introduction to couplehood as a spiritual path using the IMAGO therapy curriculum for faith communities. The second two sessions will be guided by experienced IMAGO therapists and present more in-depth and interactive models of spiritual partnership. We ask that you commit to coming as a couple to both of the last sessions presented by our guest facilitators.
DatesSundays in January
FacilitatorsFacilitator on 1/7 & 14: Rev. Beth Waltemath Facilitators on 1/21 & 28: Linda McNeely McLeod, M.Ed., L.P.C. and Louis W. McLeod, Ph.D. Linda and Louis McLeod are both have practiced focused on couples’ therapy. They have trained with Dr. Harville Hendrix and are both certified Imago Therapist and presenters of the “Getting the Love You Want” workshop for couples over the past 27 years. They have been married for 34 years and have 2 adult children.
The Gift of Years: Spirituality and Sage-ing
The biblical narratives are lavish in their praise of elders. Proverbs calls grey hair a crown of splendor and the book of Leviticus admonishes the people to Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect to the elderly and revere your God. In contrast, the popular imagination today associates old age primarily with stigma marked by the decline of physical beauty, ability, and the onset of chronic disease. As more people live longer we need new models for the journey of aging. This course considers our own personal models of aging and the possibility that, as in scripture, old age may be a gift that holds greater opportunity for deepening authentic self-hood and our life in the Spirit than any other stage in human development. This class is appropriate for all ages.
DatesSundays in February
FacilitatorsKathryn Sandifer and Mary Anona Stoops
This course combines simple mindfulness practices with the internationally used system of Nonviolent Communication to help us develop care and understanding in our communication. We will practice bringing awareness to our communication patterns, and we will learn tools to help us cultivate deeper listening and compassion for ourselves and those we communicate with.
DatesSundays in February
Christianity and Capitalism
An “invisible hand” guides and shapes American life. But take a close look at the hand. Whose is it: God’s… or capitalism’s? This course will provide a space for participants of all ages, ideologies, and backgrounds, to engage significant questions about the intersection of Christian theology and the American economy. We will explore ideas about freedom, justice, opportunity, and equality. We will interrogate our idolatries, listen, learn, and share our truth, and try to grow in our love for one another.
DatesFeb. 25 to March 25.
TimeSundays, 6 pm to 8 pm
FacilitatorsRev. David Lewicki
Spirituality of Work and Career
Vocational discernment is not just for people who serve in ministry nor for those who are just beginning their careers. Everyone has special and unique calls throughout their entire lives. We continually face opportunities to discover how practicality and spirituality can give all aspects of our lives meaning and direction. Whether it’s a new position or a place of burnout and boredom, there is always an invitation to renew our interest in the gifts we have to offer each other through our work and to deepen our connection to the direction and purpose we have on earth. This is a discussion class based on video testimonials of people working in various contexts.
DatesSundays in March
FacilitatorsLisa Richardson and Mark Cochran
- Why a particular cross?
- Why so much reasoning and so little feeling?
- Why so much talking and so little listening?
- Why so much Peter and Paul and so little John?
Our class will answer these questions as we explore Celtic Christianity – its history, art, music, poetry, and sacred love of the earth. We will engage in Celtic spiritual practices, create Celtic art, and take joy in “listening for the heartbeat of God.” You are invited to learn about and enjoy the lilt and lingering influence of a branch of Christianity that is an expression of our faith that is as old as the Bible and as new as the sunrise. We all love it but know too little about it. The embodied spirituality of our Celtic tradition will prepare us for a deeper dive into creation care as spiritual practice in April as we celebrate Earth Day.
DatesSundays in March
FacilitatorsEllen Gadberry, Beth Waltemath and Joe Sandifer
Spiritual Lives of Children
When does a child begin to have faith in God and what does it look like? What are some of the ways that we can nurture children as they grow in their spiritual lives as parents, teachers, and advocates? These are some of the questions we’ll explore through looking at everything from how the Bible portrays children’s relationship with Jesus to the latest psychological and brain research on children’s spiritual development. Come and bring your own stories of how children you know and love are experiencing the love of God.
DatesSundays in April
Our faith calls us to be stewards of the earth. Current national priorities may leave us bewildered as to the best ways to live out our calling. The recent book Drawdown is a compilation of the work of some 50 research fellows and a technical staff headed by the American environmentalist Paul Hawken. Drawdown outlines 100 substantive solutions to reverse global warming. The class will allow us to consider which of these answers can be most readily employed in our lives. How can we live together in a faithful community and preserve the planet for the generations to come?
It is not necessary to have a copy of the book (2 – 4 pages on each solution) but if you are interested, they will be available for $16 (cash or check) in the class. To reserve a book, please sign up at (I have to figure out the signup mechanism if we do this).