Sunday Classes

Raising the Challenging/Challenged Child Sundays
10:00a.m. in room 029, starting Sunday, September 8
In today’s complex world, raising a child is challenging enough, but when you add emotional, physical and mental challenges, the job becomes more complicated. This group is designed for parents as they navigate the challenges of dealing with schools, peers, their larger families, medical professionals and just the day-to-day challenges each unique situation brings. The group will be an opportunity to pool resources and information along with sharing experiences in this faith based, non-judgmental support group. Contact Mike Lages at malages08@gmail.com or Karen Blanchard at kblanchard@kirkwoodpres.org.
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SPIRITUAL FORMATION CLASS
9:30a.m. in Room 028, September 8
The Spiritual Formation series will focus on deepening the stillness of the heart through prayer, meditation, study and reflection. Tom Edelstein is the convener of the group which will meet the second Sunday of the month at 9:30a.m. in room 028. If you have any questions please contact Tom at tedelstein@att.net or Karen Blanchard at kblanchard@kirkwoodpres.org.

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CHRISTIAN CONCERNS LECTURE SERIES
9AM IN ROOM 029
September  8-29: Updates on Russia: September 8 and 15th–With the awareness that Russia has returned to the news in new ways, Dr. James Wertsch, Vice Chancellor for International Relations and Professor of International and Area Studies at Washington University, will focus on how Russian cultural identity influences Russia’s current political worldview. On September 22 and 29, Charlie Allen will  speak about “The Cold War as Experienced by Ordinary Russians and One American.”

October 6-27: Rubén Rosario Rodríguez, Professor of Theological Studies and Director of the Mev Puleo Program in Latin American Politics, Theology, and Culture at SLU, will speak on “Religion and Science: Human Uniqueness Reconsidered.” Science and religion are sometimes seen as competing (and contradictory) worldviews. Some traditional Christian doctrines seem to be in conflict with evolutionary perspectives. Is it possible to reconcile our evolutionary descent with the Christian belief in human uniqueness?

November 3-24: Sheldon Enger, a longtime speaker on Judaism and facilitator with Washington University’s Lifelong Learning Program, returns.  He will lead an exploration and discussion of the Ten Commandments as seen through Jewish eyes and walking  through the scriptures to gain a deeper perspective on the roots and meaning of these important biblical mandates.

December 1 & 8: How climate change will affect our future.  Carl Campell, a retired stock and bond analyst, has taken a deep interest in climate change.   For the last five years he has written a 5-day-a-week “Carl’s Climate Letter”, a one-page digest of the day’s climate change news and views from sources the world over providing a unique and important resource in examining  the climate issues we face.

December 15: Composer/guitarist Dan Rubright will speak on “The Guitar: Metaphor for Life.” Dan has performed this piece–using his guitar throughout– most recently at the University of Kansas Business School and before large businesses here in Missouri.  He is the leader of two local jazz concert groups and is a guitarist for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and the Muny.

January 5-12: Member Dr. Ron Evens will speak on “Exploring the St. Louis hospital, clinic and urgent care center complex”. Ron has held numerous leadership roles at Washington University Medical Center and is an inspiring and brilliant commentator who  knows a great deal about  the history of and current issues regarding medicine in St. Louis and beyond.

January 19-26: Rev. Dr. Alan Meyers will speak to us on the topic of “How Did Jesus Become God?: A Study in Earliest Christian Thought”.  Examining the recent work of New Tetament scholars Larry Hurtado, Bart Ehrman and others on the historical question on how the belief arose that Jesus is divine, at one with God in a unique sense.  How did a Jewish monotheist like the apostle Paul, for example, come to believe so quickly that Jesus should be honored with divine titles (as in Philippians 2:5-11)?  Dr. Meyers is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Lindenwood university and Parish Associate at Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in St. Louis.

Additional speakers in the year to come will include Art Historian, Peggy Carothers, Paul Robinson of Concordia Seminary, and Christopher Saxton about the events after the Civil War, and George Durnell on the composer Randall Thompson.

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

September 8  and 15th: The Way We Do the Things We Do: ‘Reformed and Still Reforming’ is a refrain in our tradition. This series will walk through our origins of our denomination from the Reformation and share some of the statements of our tradition today.  Dr. Blanchard will lead a discussion about the roots of our Presbyterian tradition and the next week will explore the present day statements by the PC(USA) on a variety of topics.  There will be a box at the Welcome Desk for you to put any questions–Karen will try to incorporate the answers as much as possible into her time of sharing.

September 22 and 29: Member Ray Lester returns to share additional information on our amazing stained glass windows. The first week will focus on the personalities of the Old Testament and the following week the New Testament. This time he will explore the meanings behind the colors used in the stained glass and the use of flames in the various images. The group will also hear about some of the imagery and symbols in the smaller windows along the east wall of the sanctuary. The class will meet in the Sanctuary.

October 6:  World Communion.  One service at 10am — No class

October 13:  Whether you are a senior or someone who is working with your parents or grandparents on financial and legal issues, we all need to knwo the most current information on the laws as we plan and consider various issues from healtcare  to wills and everything in between.  Member and lawyer, Mark Easley, with Senior Elder Law and Estate Planning will speak about current laws, issues to be aware of and answer questions you may have.

November 3:  TBA

November 10th: NO CLASS.  Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing – Join those of all ages in the Gathering Space at 10:00a.m. to help put together 10,000 meals as we work with Rise Against Hunger packaging up foods to be distributed in places that have been hit by natural disasters or drought.

November 17th and 24th: St. Louis has been the confluence not only of rivers, but also of ideas and innovation.  Hear about the World’s Fair of 1904 that brought people from around the world and put St. Louis on the map. The following Sunday we will hear about the Cortex area in mid-town (the innovation district in Midtown Saint Louis) now a hub for technology, science research and development as well as many of the city’s technology startup companies. Carol Shepley, author of “St. Louis: An Illustrated Time Line” and writer of articles for Time, Money and Harper’s Bazarre, will examine aspects of both the history and present growth of the City of St. Louis.

Future events include an Advent event with Lynn Rubright on December 15 and in the new year we will welcome Jani Holyan leading a discussion of the book  “The Gift of  Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed”, beginning in late January into February.