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Sunday, September 2, marks the return of Sunday School at 10 am!  This fall, things will look a bit different than in years past.  We have combined our adult Sunday School classes into one to make it a true inter-generational gathering.

I will be leading that class three Sundays each month, but on the first Sunday of every month, Elaine will lead the class so that I can teach worship in our newly designed Sunday School rotation for elementary children.  Their program will function like Vacation Bible School with individual Bible, Worship and Activities stations.  It’s going to be a blast!

The adult class will be using the book Texts in Transit, published by Brethren Press.  It focuses on 26 New Testament Scriptures that are central to the Brethren and our unique understanding of our faith.

The book is organized in an interesting way.  It presents each New Testament passage in historical Biblical context.  It then provides the historical Brethren understanding of the passage, including early Annual Conference minutes and Gospel Messenger articles, along with other early letters and documents.

That is followed by a discussion of the text in today’s world – how Brethren thought has changed over 300 years, since our founding in 1708.  We’ll even talk about how Brethren thought has changed since the founding of this congregation nearly 125 years ago – and perhaps even how things have changed in our own lifetimes.

Remember, Scripture is “living and active” according to Hebrews 4:12, so it makes perfect sense that it can speak into our lives afresh and anew as we turn to it together.

Additionally, this class will serve as the Brethren Beliefs class that I have struggled to schedule for quite some time – so if you are interested in learning more about who we are – whether or not this knowledge leads you to join our congregation – then this is the class for you!  Please plan to join me!

In gratitude,
Pastor Angela