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Christian Education


Advent season is upon us.  With that in mind, our Sunday school class will be viewing a film entitled "Not a Silent Night" with Adam Hamilton.  This study imagines Jesus from Mary's point of view---her pride, her love, her hope, and her agony.  Please come join us in preparation for the celebration of our Lord Jesus Christ's birth.  The class meets at 9:00 each Sunday in the classroom over Tartan Hall.  

On the fifth Sunday of the month (12/31), the CEMT is again furnishing a complimentary breakfast to anyone who wishes to attend.  There will be a short lesson following the meal.

Our high noon Bible study class continues with its study of Exodus.  Meeting each Friday, the Scripture is read verse by verse and discussed at great length.  Information is also shared on the customs and beliefs of the time.  The class meets in M2 each Friday at 12:00.

The Jewish Roots of Christianity group will not be meeting in December.  A study of the book "Grafted In" by D.T. Norman Lancaster will begin in January.  The class meets on the last Sunday of the month at Cheryl Pelham's home.

Our book club will not meet in December.  We will resume in January on the 4th Tuesday (1/23) at 2:30.  The book for discussion will be "A Beautiful Mind" by Sylvia Nasar.  Our meeting will be in M2.

My three-year term as elder of Christian Education will be ending this month.  It has been both an honor and challenge to be the leader of the team that is responsible for furthering your education in one of the most important topics you will ever study. I can only hope that along our faith journey together these last three years, you have been exposed to studies that have challenged you as well as taught you lessons that will remain with you throughout your life.  In addition, the guest speakers were chosen to provide valued information in the fields in which their expertise laid.  The game night, movie nights and other entertainment nights were for your enjoyment, and hopefully, furthered your close friendships with your fellow Christians.

We have had hard working, dedicated members on our Christian Education Ministry Team that have worked diligently to bring you all of these activities.  And let's not forget those delicious meals on Wednesday night.  Jim McInnes was our master chef but I also thank one and all of those who helped with setting up, preparing and bringing food, cleaning up, reviewing films, helping with ordering supplies and being there whenever needed for whatever purpose.  And thank you all who participated in our studies by showing up with your interest, with your questions, and with your thirst for additional knowledge.  In addition, my thanks goes to those individuals who stepped forward to lead classes in Sunday school, Wednesday night studies, high noon Bible study, and Jewish Roots of Christianity.

I pray that you continue to support the Christian Education team in its efforts to bring you closer to Christ.  Please take advantage of all programs offered to that end that will help you in your faith journey to deepen your knowledge and commitment to worship in a manner pleasing to our most gracious God.  So let it be.