Adult Education

 

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Talk with us every Sunday at 10:05-10:55am in the basement fellowship hall.

Our Adult Conversations are your opportunity to bring your own thoughts and curiosities about faith, Biblical text, social issues, world events, and more into dialogue with a warm, intelligent, diverse group of Advent members and friends.

Our conversations focus on a wide variety of topics and are lead by staff, ministry leaders, congregants, and guests.

 

Fall/Winter Topic Schedule

 

9/18    “This Unusual Political Season”

Why and how shall we talk with friends and family about faith, God and our neighbors in the context of choosing national, local and world leaders? Together we will focus our conversation on faith values, concerns for our neighbors and hearing the Word of the Lord in Scripture. Together we will work to clarify what matters in this unusual political season. Presenter: Ellie Sudbrock

 

9/25    “The ELCA in Action – Update from the August, 2016 National Assembly”

Come and learn about the work of your Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and some of the decisions that were made at the Churchwide Assembly. Presenters: Ellie Sudbrock and Adolfo Ramírez

 

10/2    “Council Update for the Congregation” 

Our regular Council update for the congregation, addressing Advent’s financial situation, the Call Committee and call process, our building and its usage after BUCC, and a time for questions from the members of the congregation.

 

10/9    “Stewardship Task Force Presentation”

  • Giving is a response to God’s grace, not a tool to raise the church budget.
  • Giving is a function of discipleship and promotes spiritual growth.
  • Giving, like other spiritual practices, is encouraged and modeled by all of us.
  • Tithing is neither the beginning nor the end of one’s spiritual journey, but serves as an important benchmark.

Consecration Sunday is October 16. Come and learn about some exciting things that will take place this year leading up to our Consecration Sunday celebration, as well as receiving some tools to assist you in your own personal stewardship planning as you think about God’s abundance in your life and your thankful response to God for that abundance.

 

10/16  “People and Wildlife We Met in Africa” 

Come and see photos and hear stories from a recent trip to Botswana and Victoria Falls.  You will be impressed with the efforts of the government in Botswana in relation to wildlife conservation and job training for women. Presenters: Gail Wagner, Pastor Charles Miller, Sebastian and the cheetah ambassador

10/23  “Advent in El Salvador”

Come and learn more about Advent’s 2016 delegation visit to our sister congregation, Pueblo de Dios in Calderitas, El Salvador, and their other experiences in El Salvador. Presenters: Norma Martin and Delegation Members.

 

10/30  “Reformation, Then and Now”

Next year (2017) marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, and we will be having some very special conversations and educational events surrounding the anniversary at Advent. Get a head start on all the activities with a special video, a brief historical review of the events of the 16th century that led to the Reformation, and how the Church continues reforming in the 21st century. Presenters: Maury Johnson and Pastor Mills

 

11/6    “Life Lessons Learned in The Bush”

Two weeks isn’t a long time but when it’s basically you and the great outdoors (and lots of elephants), the mind sharpens and time seems to expand. Come look at some wonderful photos and videos from Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia and learn how all types of life – from elephants to termites to trees – interact and affect the ecology of the savannah, learn about the efforts by local governments to conserve their natural heritage, and how a safari can feed a school, dig a well, and support an orphanage. (Did you ever see an elephant swim? No? Then you won’t want to miss this presentation!) Presenters: Kathleen Carpenter and Barbara Sadowsky

 

11/13   Un Encuentro con la Habana/An Encounter with Havana – An Educational Journey

Visiting Cuba was not a trip I imagined I would do in my lifetime. This educational experience has left a positive impression of how people can work together and survive. This was a working vacation and it taught me so much of the history of Cuba and the relations it has had in the past with the United States; and what positive relations can be established in the future. Come and learn more about Cuba today through photos and conversation. Presenter: Elba Cabrera

 

11/20  “Cuba…A Cultural Journey”

Come and enjoy a power-point tour of the art, music, dance, and foods of Cuba. And of course, the world-famous automobiles! Presenter: Kathy Matson

 

11/27  “Happy New Year! An Overview of the Gospel of Matthew, part 1”

With the start of the new Church Year, our lectionary texts (weekly scriptural readings) will change again and we will now focus our Gospel readings on the writing or Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. Who was Matthew? To whom did he write his Gospel? What is his primary focus? Presenter: Pastor Sudbrock

 

12/4    “Christmas Ornament Decorating”

Come and join our Sunday School children as we together as a congregation start preparations for the coming of the Christ Child. We will paint wooden ornaments to be taken home, and enjoy some special Christmas music and sweets.

 

12/11   “An Overview of the Gospel of Matthew, part 2”

With the start of the new Church Year, our lectionary texts (weekly scriptural readings) will change again and we will now focus our Gospel readings on the writing or Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. Who was Matthew? To whom did he write his Gospel? What is his primary focus? Whether or not you were able to attend part 1, join us for part 2 as we learn more about Matthew and his Gospel. Presenter: Pastor Sudbrock

 

12/18  “Christmas Traditions and Customs” 

Back by popular demand, join us for this annual favorite conversation as we learn about different Christmas traditions and customs her at Advent and around the world, and share some of our own. The after the 11:00AM worship service, join us in the Fellowship Hall for our annual Santa Lucia celebration.

 

12/20  “St. Luke’s Gospel: An Introduction to the New Year, part 2”

With the start of the new Church Year, our lectionary texts (weekly scriptural readings) will change again and we will now focus our Gospel readings on the writing of Matthew, the first book of the New Testament. Who was Matthew? To whom did he write his Gospel? What is his primary focus? Whether or not you were able to attend part 1, join us for part 2 as we learn more about Matthew and his Gospel. Presenter: Pastor Sudbrock

 

*Watch for future information about the Winter and Spring Conversations and Special meetings.

 

 

Faith Development Classes

Advent periodically offers a program for adults who wish to learn more about the Christian faith and Lutheran theology. What some churches call a “New Members Class,” we call our “Seekers Class” because no matter who we are or what our faith background, we are all seekers. We are all seekers moving through life together, learning and growing in different ways at every juncture.

The Seekers’ Class gives a broad introduction to the Bible, Lutheran theology, and Christian living. We examine the Bible and what it means for our worship, service to others, and daily lives. We look at the major themes in Lutheran theology and how Lutherans talk about God, religion, and spirituality. We learn about theological concepts such as justification, grace, the priesthood of all believers, baptism, and the bread and wine we share every Sunday during Communion. We discuss how we live as Christians in the world today and why we volunteer, advocate, and love our neighbors as ourselves. Come and learn more about following Christ, the Lutheran church, and how your faith can be fed at Advent!

If you wish to be part of a Seekers program at Advent, please contact Pastor Ann at pastorann@adventnyc.org.