Adult Learning

The Case Library Conversation Series Spiritual Life Adult Bible Study Passages Horizon Bible Study

 

They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Acts 2:42-47

 

At Westminster Presbyterian Church, we seek opportunities to nurture our love for and understanding of God, and to evolve as thoughtful, compassionate and integrated people. To continue this mission, members and friends of WPC participate in weekly Bible Study and Spiritual Life classes, as well as attend other special events such as concerts, art exhibits, retreats, lectures and panels. All are welcome and encouraged to join and participate in each event. Click on a link below to learn more about learning opportunities and programs.

 

Adult Bible Study
Sundays, 9:15 am in Parish Hall Balcony  

Beginning on Sunday, September 18, 2016 our adult Bible class resumes from our summer hiatus.  Our Sunday morning class welcomes adults who are interested in exploring the Christian story, by studying the scripture and applying those lessons learned to our present lives.  Hearing, reading, and wrestling with scripture helps us nurture the sensitivities, attitudes and abilities we need to live and work together as a community of faith.  Whether you were raised in the church, or if you're a more recent member, we welcome your voice in these discussions. Come as your schedule permits on the first room on the balcony. This class uses Feasting on the Word curriculum which explores the Bible passages used in our worship services. 

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The Case Library Conversations

Sundays, 9:00 am to 10:15 am in the Case Library

The Case Library Conversations presents opportunities each Sunday at 9 am in the library to hear from community leaders, experts and members on local, national and global issues.  These offerings are always lively and intelligent.  Participants are invited to dialogue, discuss and respectfully disagree.  Mostly important through these conversations we can examine how our life-long adventure in faith informs our response to these local, national and international issues.

October 22 & 29, 2017

Will New York State Vote for a Constitutional Convention This Year?Presenter: Peter J. Galie, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair of the Political Science Department of Canisius College.

Every 20 years New Yorkers have the right to call for changes to our constitution – yet we haven’t chosen to since 1967. Why not? Is there momentum for change now, and what are the forces opposed?

November 5, 2017

Election 2017

Presenter:  Buffalo News Bob McCarthy

November 12, 2017

Mission Sunday

Presenter:          Ricardo Herrera, from the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers

 

November 19, 2017

Youth Report

Presenter:  Mark Aquino

November 26, 2017 No program

 

December 3, 10, & 17, 2017

Mary: Mother of Jesus, Theotokos (Bearer of God)

Presenter:  Eleanor Ash, former adjunct professor Canisius College

Join us as we examine diverse interpretations -- including feminist -- of Mary's place in scripture, religion, spirituality, history and culture. Selections of past and contemporary music, poetry, other writings, and visual art will help with our study, reflection, personal understanding, and prayer.

Join us on the Sundays in January 2018 for our Travelogue Series.

January 7, 2018

Travels in New Zealand

Presenters: Debbie Erwin & David Weeks

January 14, 2018

From Southeast Asia to the Sands: Cruising the Indian Ocean

Presenters:  Claude Welch & Jeannette Ludwig

 

January 21, 2018

The Rural Mountains of Guatemala in a Mobile Health Care Clinic

Presenter:  Dr. Candace Marr

 

January 28, 2018

The Galapagos Islands

Presenter:  Fran Holmes

February 4, 11, and 18, 2018

The 17th Annual Understanding Islam Series

Organizers: Jerry Kelly 

This year will mark the 17th year Westminster has co-sponsored, with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, this critically important conversation.  This annual conversation, learning and reflection is designed to gain a deeper appreciation with our Muslim brothers and sisters of each other's faith traditions.  

 

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Spiritual Life Program
Sundays, 9:00 am in the Heritage Room

Join Spiritual Life again in September for programs which are designed to nurture and enhance the spiritual life of members and friends of Westminster Presbyterian  Church. Grounded in scripture and from the perspective of our Presbyterian faith, we strive to develop opportunities for reflection, experiential learning and conversational sharing that magnifies our witness to the Divine. All are welcome, everyone is encouraged to attend.

 October 29, 2017

Gratitude as a Spiritual Practice

Presenter: Fred Cooley

Gratitude means many things to many people but can be a specific and most helpful part of our prayer life. One of the six recommended components of prayer in the Book of Order is “giving thanks,” or gratitude.

November 5 & 12, 2017

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

Presenters:  Allan Hayes & Janie Morris

November 19,  2017

Walking & Talking

Presenter:  Ansie Baird

Walking adds kinesthetic and visual stimuli to conversation and helps us pay attention

November 26, 2017 — No program

December 3, 2017

Joyful Hymns of Advent: Past and Present

Leaders: Gretchen Brand and Bill Gray

What would the Advent season be without music? Come join us as we sing traditional favorites from childhood as well as some of the hymns of today.

December  10 & 17,  2017

Advent Preparations

Presenter: Don McLean

 

 

 

February 4, 11, and 18, 2018

The 17th Annual Understanding Islam Series

Organizers: Al Ryan & Jerry Kelly

This year will mark the 16th year Westminster has co-sponsored, with the Muslim Public Affairs Council, this critically important conversation.  This annual conversation, learning and reflection is designed to gain a deeper appreciation with our Muslim brothers and sisters of each other's faith traditions.  This is a join presentation with Case Library Conversations and will take place in Case Library.


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WOW - Women of Westminster: Horizon Bible Study

 

3rd Thursday of each month, 12:15PM in the Case Library

Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews

Women of Westminster (WOW) cordially invite all women to a monthly lunch-time Bible study.  We begin on Thursday, September 21 and continue to meet on the third Thursday of the month at 12:15PM. Join us as we explore the 2017-2018 PW Horizons Bible study, Cloud of Witnesses: The Community of Christ in Hebrews.  In this study we will  explore nine themes found in the book of Hebrews, and relate these themes to other parts of our faith tradition.This letter was written to a community in which , in a sense, with all communities of which we are a part, and bring these groups with us wherever we go.  This ever-present “great cloud of witnesses” strengthens and encourages us as we “run the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer  and perfecter of our faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2
Join our classes as your schedule permits.  Cost of the study guide is $8, or the large print  edition is $12.  Study guides are available for purchase from Debbie Katz.  If you prefer, you can order a study guide directly online at www.pcusa.org/horizons. For more information about this series, please contact:  Debbie Katz, (716) 884-9437, ext. 329 or dkatz@wpcbuffalo.org. 

 

 

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Passages - Ready or Not - A Program for Older Adults

1st Tuesday of the month

12:30 Lunch in the Oak Room   1:15 PM Program in Case Library

Throughout our lives we experience periods of stability and times of transition.   So it comes as no surprise the last stage of our life is also marked by various passages.   Many older adults face a change of lifestyle and a redefinition in the light of changed circumstances. On the first Tuesday of each month there's a gathering for adults who have reached this time of their life.   These programs focus on the topics that deal with the physical, spiritual and mental interests of older adults. The monthly programs will be announced in the Sunday bulletins, future newsletters and our monthly  postcard reminders.   For more information about this group or if you would like to be included in our postcard reminder list, please contact Debbie Katz at 884-9437, ext. 329 dkatz@westminster-bflo.org

 

Centering Prayer Group

Tuesday mornings at 8:30 am in the Meditation Room

Our Centering Prayer Group resumes on Thursday, September 15th at 8:30AM for 30 minutes of silence in the Meditation Room. After each Centering Prayer session, we enjoy coffee and bagels together as we compare notes as we develop the discipline of centering prayer.   Come if you're interested in this form of prayer.  Come if you're not sure what centering prayer is, but would like to know more.  Come as your schedule permits, everyone is welcome.  For more information contact Debbie Katz at dkatz@wpcbuffalo.org or (716) 884-9437, ext. 329.

 

 

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