Summer Sunday School: Living Faithfully in Challenging Times
Sundays, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Stone Hall
June 16: "An Explosive Mix: Politics and Religion in Jesus' World (and ours?!)"
A new super-power flexing its muscle, reactions to globalization and pluralism, growth of extremism and withdrawal from the dominant culture—all this and more...in the first-century world of Jesus! We’ll explore how lessons from religion and politics in Jesus’ time can be applied to our lives today.
June 23: "Why Race and Religion are at the Heart of America's Identity Crisis"
Over the last decade, the U.S. has shifted from a majority white Christian nation to one where no racial-religious group constitutes a majority. Dr. Jones will lead a conversation about why these shifts have led to an identity crisis among those who were previously in the majority and how these anxieties are fueling increasing partisan polarization and a new round of culture wars focused on immigration issues.
June 30: "God and the Art of Happiness"
Christians live in the hope of heaven, but we tend to be tentative about experiencing too much joy this side of paradise. This doesn’t need to be the case! Based on her own personal experience of pain and loss, Dr. Charry will offer a biblical vision of Christian happiness that brings together pleasure and piety, goodness and happiness.
July 7: "Did the Exodus Happen and Does It Matter?"
The Exodus from Egypt is the foundational story of the Old Testament, but outside of the Bible there is no direct evidence that it actually happened. Yet some scholars contend that even though it may not have happened in space and time, the exodus is a powerful story of God’s rescue of his people. Did the exodus happen? Does it matter? We will also consider the question of divine violence as God uses the Red Sea to kill the Egyptian army. How can a God of love be a God of anger?
July 14: "Ambassadors for Christ: Diplomatic Service in the Arabian Peninsula"
Derek Hoffmann & Tamara Shaya Hoffmann
NPC members Tamara Shaya Hoffmann and Derek Hoffmann depart later this summer for an assignment with the State Department in the United Arab Emirates. They’ll share how they see their diplomatic work as part of their Christian vocation.
July 21: "Reaching the World from Kakuma Refugee Camp"
Violence and hatred have forcibly displaced more people in the world than at any time since World War II. Humanitarian agencies work around the clock to help these women, children, and men physically survive. But there is a need for more than humanitarian response. Come and explore the unique and critical role of the church in the global refugee crisis.
July 28: "Our Amazing Universe: Science, Wonder, and Praise"
Modern telescopes are revealing a mind-boggling universe filled with galaxies, nebulae, planets, black holes, and mysterious dark matter. Astronomer Jennifer Wiseman will discuss how the latest advances in astronomy and other sciences relate to Christian faith, ethics, and awe.
August 4: "Howard Thurman: Spiritual Prophet for Today’s Church"
Howard Thurman was a leading theologian, philosopher, and church leader of the 20th century who made a profound impact on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thurman scholar Anthony Hunt will offer perspectives on his life and writings, giving particular focus to Thurman as a Mystic-Prophet, his thoughts on the search for common ground, and ways that Thurman’s life and work might inform our contemporary situation.
August 11: "Alienated America: How the Unchurching of Communities is Harming the Country, and How to Turn it Around"
Looking to all corners of America, Carney will explore how failing social connections are responsible for the great divide in our country today, and why conventional analyses and solutions are not adequate to solve the problem. He sees the challenges facing modern America from a different angle, and will propose a framework for leading us out of the wilderness.
August 18: "In the Age of Artificial Intelligence, Can Morality Be Coded?"
Consideration of artificial intelligence (AI) often includes job replacement concerns, and the ability for humans to have the upper hand over machines. But an even more fundamental question of value must be asked: can morality be coded? When using AI for combat operations, where decisions are made by algorithms determined by facts and patterns, is there room for the moral implications of an action on the preservation of virtues like love, hope, and kindness?
August 25: Summer Trip Reports
Kristin Franke, NPC's Director of Youth Ministries will share about the summer trips of our youth.
Summer Family Hour: Unlocking the Parables
Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Jones Hall
Come enjoy breakfast as we unlock the meaning of Jesus’ parables through videos, skits, and hands-on activities. All ages are welcome at Family Hour! We also have optional childcare
in the main church building for children up to age 4.
June 16: Parable of the Feast
June 23: Prodigal Son
June 30: Lost Sheep
July 7: Samaritan
July 14: Celebrating Vacation Bible School
July 21 Sower
July 28: Pearl
Coming Fall 2019:
Following Jesus: The Story of His Life and Ours
This fall, we’ll be following up “The Story” with “Following Jesus: His Story and Ours,” focusing on the story of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. Materials and a reading schedule will be coming soon!