Adult Programs

Cherry Hill offers a variety of programs for adults.

                                        SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY                                           12:00 Noon  – Chapel Parlor

Dr. John Whitfield is currently offering a new adult Sunday School class: an Introduction to the New Testament. We will look at the process that led to the formation of the Gospels, and the letters that make up most of the rest of the 27 documents of the New Testament. Did you know, for example, that Paul’s letters were written before any of the Gospels? They are the earliest witness to the life, ministry and meaning of Jesus Christ. Did you know that scholars think Luke and Matthew shared a source for the sayings of Jesus that Mark did not have, that is now lost?  Come join us in Chapel Parlor to learn about these and other fascinating things about the New Testament. we will meet from 12:00 noon till 12:45. Grab a snack and beverage during the fellowship time after worship and come join us. You’ll be glad you did!

SUMMER BOOK STUDY

Members and friends of the congregation are invited to join the Monday afternoon study group in reading A.J. Jacobs book, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally As Possible.

A.J. Jacobs is not a religious man. He describes himself as Jewish “in the same way the Olive Garden is an Italian restaurant.” Yet his latest work, The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible, is an insightful and hilarious journey for readers of all faiths. Though no fatted calves were harmed in the making of this book, Jacobs chronicles 12 months living a remarkably strict Biblical life full of charity, chastity, and facial hair as impressive as anything found in The Lord of the Rings. Through it all, he manages to brilliantly keep things light, while avoiding the sinful eye of judgment.

Jacobs, a New York Jewish agnostic, decides to follow the laws and rules of the Bible, beginning with the Old Testament, for one year. (He actually adds some bonus days and makes it a 381-day year.) He starts by growing a beard and we are with him through every itchy moment. Jacobs is borderline OCD, at least as he describes himself; obsessing over possible dangers to his son, germs, literal interpretation of Bible verses, etc. He enlists the aid of counselors along the way; Jewish rabbis, Christians of every stripe, friends and neighbors.

In an open-minded way he also visits with atheists, Evangelicals Concerned (a gay group), Jerry Falwell, snake handlers, Red Letter Christians–those who adhere to the red letters in the Bible, those words spoken by Jesus Himself, and even takes a trip to Israel and meets Samaritans. Through it all, he keeps a healthy skepticism, but continues to pray and is open to the flowering of real faith. w

In the end, he says, “I’m now a reverent agnostic. Which isn’t an oxymoron, I swear. I now believe that whether or not there’s a God, there is such a thing as sacredness. Life is sacred.” Not a bad outcome.

Copies of the book are available for $5.00. A discussion of the book will be held on Monday, June 17 at 3:00 pm.  For more information or for a copy of the book, please contact Rev. Mark Phillips

             

                                               PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN 

There are two women’s bible study circles, Pikeville Circle – which meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10:00 a.m. at Henry Ford Village and also Peace Circle – which meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the church. Both circles are using the Presbyterian Women Horizons study for 2018-2019: God’s Promise: I Am With You. This year’s study takes participants on a journey through scripture to consider circumstances in which God articulated God’s promise of presence. This study does not delve deeply into manifestations of God’s presence – the tabernacle, the ark of the covenant, manna, the Temple, pillars of cloud and fire – but rather on God’s actual articulation of God’s promise. We will see anew that God offered these words of profound comfort and commitment to individuals and communities from the time of the patriarchs to that of the prophets; from the judges to the kings; before, during, and after the exile; into the New Testament and beyond, to the end of the age.

Janet Reickel is the moderator of the Peace Circle (Tuesday evenings) and Elaine Filiak  moderates the Pikeville Circle (Wednesday mornings).  Please contact them for more information.