Sunday Classes

FAITH & FAMILY – 10:00a.m., Room 029
As young Americans opt out of Christianity and the church, they list attitudes and behaviors of Christians as concerns. Let’s work together to build ourselves into people who are good examples of being Christ in our world, rather than as judgmental people others want to avoid.  Drop off your children in Sunday School, and join us as we follow Adam Hamilton’s, When Christians Get it Wrong discussion guide.  No need to buy the book or do any reading outside class.  Questions? Contact Sarahlynn Lester at 314-495-4730 or Sarahlynn@LesterBoal.net.  On October 14 and 21, November 4, and January 6 and 13, Faith & Family will meet in the Fireplace Room (030).

 

CHRISTIAN CONCERNS LECTURE SERIES
9AM IN ROOM 029

September 9, 16, 23, & 30: Ruben Rosario will speak about Oscar Romaro, an advocate for the poor in El Salvador who was assassinated in 1980.  The Rev. Dr. Rubén Rosario Rodríguez is a graduate of Princeton and Union Theological Seminaries and the Associate Professor in the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University.  He is the Director of the Mev Puleo Scholarship in Latin American Theology, Culture and Politics.

October 7, 14, 21, & 28: Dr. David Oughton will speak on Anti-Semitism before, during and after the Holocaust. He will examine the causes of the Holocaust and how to prevent future genocides. He is a professor of the world’s religions at Saint Louis University, is vice-president of the board of Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis and is a member of the Council and Education Committee at the St. Louis Holocaust Museum. He has studied the Holocaust in Jerusalem, concentration camps in Europe, and at the United States Holocaust Museum.

November 4 and 11: Tobias Winright will speak about creation as spoken of in the Bible in relationship to the issues of climate change. Professor Winright holds the Hubert Mäder Endowed Chair in the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics and is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics in the Department of Theological Studies both at Saint Louis University.

November 18: Books hold wisdom and the history of various cultures. Patrick Cuba will discuss the urgent effort to preserve knowledge and cultural history in the hidden libraries and homes of threatened cultures. Mr. Cuba is the lead software developer at the Walter J. Ong S.J. Center for Digital Humanities at St. Louis University, and has worked with the Hill Monastic Museum and Library. They have rescued over 200,000 manuscripts from places of war and disasters or destruction by groups like ISIS and the Taliban.

November 25 : The Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers will speak on the three uses of the Law in Reformed Tradition as developed by  John Calvin. He will touch on the theology and history that shaped and continues to shape our denomination. Dr.  Meyers is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Lindenwood University and a member of our Presbytery.

December 2, 9, and 16George Durnell leads a series on music of the seasons of Advent and Christmas: O Magnum Mysterium: A Musical Consideration of the Wonder of the Incarnation. Beginning with Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata” and Francis Poulenc’s “Four Christmas Motets”—very different pieces that use the same texts: “O Magnum Mysterium” (O Great Mystery) and “Quem Vidistes, Pastores?” (What have you seen, shepherds?).

 

FIREPLACE ROOM SERIES
10AM IN ROOM 030 (FIREPLACE ROOM)

The Story of the Stained Glass Windows and Music In Our Worship Spaces

September 9 and 16 in the Sanctuary at 10:00a.m.  When the visitors from General Assembly arrived on June 17 for worship they entered through our red doors. Their eyes were immediately drawn to the stained glass windows–and for good reason.  While the original use of stained glass was a means of telling the stories of the Bible in an age when many did not read,  it continues to be a form of art that adds to the richness and beauty of a worship space.  Elder and Church member, Ray Lester, will speak about our windows in the sanctuary and the stories they tell us. 

September 23 in the Sanctuary at 10:00a.m.: Director of Music Ministries, Bill Stein, will talk about our Casavant Pipe Organ, including the choice of the builder and the installation process. He will give a brief “how does this work?” demonstration and discuss what the instrument has brought to our ministry of music, congregation, and community.

September 30 in the Chapel at 10:00a.m.:  Members Bob Rubright and Nancy Hughson have researched and written about various aspects of our Tree of Life Chapel. They will discuss the meaning behind the name of the Chapel, the windows, and the organ built by Martin Ott.

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October 7–World Communion Sunday—one service, no Sunday School at 10am.

October 14 and 21: Church member, John Huxhold, will discuss the effects of television and the Internet.  Our constant streaming of news and entertainment have revolutionized our culture in both positive and negatives ways. He will explore the research, issues raised and other related matters to the role of the media in our culture today.  John taught English at Meramec Community College.

October 28:  Rise Against Hunger (in the Gathering Space—help create 100,000 meals for those in need.

November 4: TBA

November 11 and 18: Attorney James Hacking will discuss topics surrounding immigration in the U.S. today. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from  Saint Louis University. Since 2007 his practice has been devoted almost exclusively to immigration law handling  spouse & employment visas, citizenship, asylum and deportation cases.  He was a founding member of the St. Louis Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations and has served on the U.S. Attorney’s Hate Crimes Task Force.

November 25: Thanksgiving weekend—no Sunday school

December 2: Amy Stark from the Care & Counseling Center will lead a small-group discussion on Social media and loneliness in teens today.  She is a graduate of the School of Social Work at Washington University and has an M. Div. Degree from Eden Seminary.

December 9: TBA

December 16, 23, 30: NO CLASSES