Adult Education

St. Paul's strong Adult Education program offers a variety of short- and long-term classes throughout the year. We seek to feed those hungry to know more about God, the church, and the world. Our opportunities are developed by Meg Baker, Director of Christian Education, in close collaboration with the Adult Education Committee.

Advent Study

INCARNATION: REDISCOVERING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS

INCARNATION: REDISCOVERING THE SIGNIFICANCE OF CHRISTMAS

Study by Adam Hamilton

led by Mike McCurry

Tuesdays

November 28, December 5, 12, 19

7:00–8:15 PM in Room 109

$15


Learn the meaning behind the names of Christ and the difference He makes in our lives this Christmas. His parents gave him the name of Jesus. But the prophets, the shepherds, the wise men and the angels addressed him by other names. They called him LORD, Messiah, Savior, Emmanuel, Light of the World, and Word Made Flesh. In this class, we will explore the meaning of these titles and what they tell us about the child whose birth we celebrate at Christmas. The class fee ($15) includes a copy of the book.


Click the button to go to the online registration form and pay securely by credit card. If you prefer to pay by cash or check, please use the paper sign-up form available in the church office. If you have questions about registration, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org.


Incarnation Class Registration

Virtual Study Groups

Drop-in ANytime or Join Now!

During most of the programming year, we offer two or more adult study opportunities each week. All of these studies are designed to no-prep, no-stress, and free-of-charge (some with optional study guides available for those who wish to dig deeper). Participants may attend on a regular, occasional, or a drop-in basis. 


Each session is held through the Zoom meeting platform. If you have never zoomed before, have no fear. Zoom makes it easy to participate online from your computer, by cell phone, or by your home phone. 


For more information, please contact the Minister of Spiritual Care and Formation, Dr. Meg Baker, at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933, ext. 104. If you are interested in setting up an independent small group for study, prayer, or support and would appreciate some guidance, Meg is also available to help you get started.

  • Fall Study: Courage

    COURAGE: JESUS AND THE CALL TO BRAVE FAITH

    Wednesdays, Oct 11 - Nov. 15

    4:00-5:00 PM

    by Zoom


    Unlock the courage that you already possess as a follower of Christ! All are welcome to participate in Courage: Jesus and the Call to Brave Faith, a six-week Bible study held on Wednesdays evenings. (You can participate even if you are not able to make all six session.)


    In this course, Bishop Tom Berlin challenges us to examine the life of Christ to better understand what true courage is and the remarkable life offered to us. A participant’s study guide, while not required, is available upon request or may be ordered online. Contact Dr. Meg Baker for more information (mbaker@stpaulsk.org, 301-933-7933, ext. 104).


    Click the button to register or go to  https://forms.gle/mkLiW6F4zXJ7sCuJ8

    Fall Study: Courage


  • Advent Study: An Unlikely Advent

    AN UNLIKELY ADVENT: EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY

    Study by Rachel Billups, led by Meg Baker

    Wednesdays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20

    4:00-5:00 PM by Zoom


    Experience the unexpected this Christmas. This Advent study explores the themes of hope, love, joy, and peace by sharing the stories of Elizabeth and Zechariah, Herod, the Magi, and the shepherds. Each set of unexpected characters has something to teach about living faithfully on the journey to Christmas. For more information, or to receive the Zoom invite, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org. 


Taste & Sing

November 15, 2023

12:00 noon, Octagon Room


Our casual time of food and song is held at 12:00 noon in the Octagon once a month, September-May. With Meg Baker on piano and Erin Steele leading the singing, we’ll sing some hymns suggested by the group. Feel free to request your favorites! Then we enjoy a short program on a featured composer, lyricist, or theme, offering a deeper dive into the stories behind our worship songs. No musical experience needed!


Our time together culminates with fellowship over a tasty lunch for a $5 donation. Each meal is prepared by Ginny Hagberg.

Read Through the Bible:

A 2-Year Plan

An Invitation from Pastor Pat:


On January 1, 2022 we began a two year pilgrimage to read the Bible in its entirety. Along the way life has provided interruptions that may have caused us to fall behind or abandon the journey altogether. If you added all of the catch up days together - you may feel there is absolutely no way to get back on track. Beloved, exhale. This reading is intended to be a journey of discovery. So exhale, it’s a new opportunity to start fresh. 

~ Pastor Pat


Our pastors are offering the entire congregation the opportunity to read through the Bible together over the next two years, using a plan developed by Dr. Steven Witmer of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. If you read each day, you will cover the Bible from beginning to end. But if that sounds like too much of a commitment, don't worry - you can jump in any time. 


Click the button for the *pdf chart showing the daily reading schedule for this month. This schedule is also available in the Epistle newsletter.


READING SCHEDULE


Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you journey with us:

  • Do your best to read each section fully, but keep a journal where you write down a “best thought” from each day’s scriptures. This will help you remember what you’ve read and will be a great aid for discussion.
  • Pray as you go! Instead of waiting until the end of the study time, just say a quick prayer right away as you feel moved, and keep reading. Listen for the nudging of the Holy Spirit as you read God’s word!
  • The readings are different lengths; some longer, some shorter. Plan to spend the same amount of time every day with your reading. If it’s a short one, take the time to meditate on phrases that strike you, or read again in a different translation than you usually use.
  • As you read, ask yourself: “How do I live out the heart of this Scripture?” For instance, James 1:22 tells us to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only.” You might consider, How is God calling you to live differently as a result of what you’ve read?

The Upper Room

St. Paul's continues to receive our usual shipment of paper copies of The Upper Room daily devotional guide. 


If you would like The Upper Room mailed to your home address, or know someone who would, please contact Erin Steele at stpaulsunited@stpaulsk.org and provide the name, mailing address, and whether you prefer the pocket-size or large print version.


To receive a single copy without being added to the on-going mailing list, please phone Meg Baker at 301-933-7933 ext 104.

Helpful Bible Guides and resources

The American Bible Society provides many free Bible resources to help you engage in God’s Word and encounter the God of the Bible. 


Opportunities abound on their website, https://bibleresources.americanbible.org, where you can subscribe to the Daily Bible Reading and access topic-specific resources, such as Bible background and context, practical applications for daily life, and short studies on each book of the Bible. Helpful tools are also available, such as “Getting the Most Out of Your Bible Reading,” which offers tips and prompts to deepen your reading experience. 


Allow the Scriptures to speak to you as you read the Bible each day. Engaging in regular “dialogue” with the biblical text reveals new understandings about God, and about yourself.


Click HERE to download the most recent Daily Bible Reading Guide. The two-page layout is designed to be printed and folded as an easy-to-carry pamphlet.

WE Gather Together: Virtual Small Groups

Now Forming!


In this time of isolation, we are working to organize opportunities for congregants to participate in “virtual” small group gatherings either by phone or online. Some of you may want to meet together just to be in community, others may wish to focus on prayer or Bible study, and still others may be interested in some sort of online adult study. We hope you will be a engage with our faith community in this way. To find out more, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker [at] stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

Past activities

St. Paul’s offers many workshops, trips, and special opportunities throughout the year. Here are some of the things we've done in the past: 


Fall 2019: Christian Faith 101, a popular adult study explores the religious, historical, geographical, political, and cultural context for the birth and evolution of the major components of Christian faith, doctrine, scripture, and practice. 


October-November 2019: A special short-term class on Bible Study and Meditation, led by Meg Baker.


Sept-Oct 2019: Fall Supper & Study classes met for 6 weeks and looked at practicing spiritual disciplines, the faith journey of an African American inner-city poet, and the connections between biblical books Galatians and Romans.


July 28, 2019: Field trip to attend a performance of the Broadway musical “Amazing Grace” at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC.


March-April 2019: Lenten Supper & Study classes met for 6 weeks to dive into topics including The Book of Acts, the Lenten Journey through great works of art, quiet prayer, and women of the Torah.


February 2019: The Wesley Challenge. The Wesley Challenge is structured as an independent daily devotional, with each day’s reflection focused on one of 21 questions that John Wesley encouraged the first Methodists to ask about their faith journeys. Weekly DVD wrap-up sessions let us process the journey together.


Fall & Winter 2018: Disciple IIA. We offered the full Disciple II program in two parts. The 16-week class in 2018 offered a deep dive into Genesis and Exodus. The 2019 session, Disciple IIB, focused on Luke and Acts. Disciple II, like the popular Disciple I program, emphasizes deepening our relationship with God and our growth as disciples through close contact with biblical texts, reading, reflection, and discussion.


Fall 2018: FaithFlix. Adults of all ages met Sundays to enjoy a light lunch while watching and discussing a short faith-provoking film clip during this drop-in, come-as-you-are series of sessions.


December 2018: Celebrating Abundance. This new advent study, led by Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton, used the Walter Brueggmann text of the same name and encouraged reflection on the radical gift of a baby born in a dusty city to a young unwed mother and laid in a simple manger.


Oct.-Nov. 2018: Present Over Perfect. A short-term study held on Thursday nights, using the book by New York Times bestselling author Shauna Niequist, inviting us on a path away from frantic efforts and daily striving for perfection, and toward real peace with ourselves and God.  


Sept.-Oct. 2018: Supper & Study. Our annual series of short-term classes included 6-week offerings on these topics: Making Sense of the Bible, The Synoptic Gospels, The Lord's Prayer, and Invitation to the New Testament.


August 26, 2018: Stained Glass Window Tour. Senior Pastor Rev. Adam Snell offered a guided tour of the windows of our Sanctuary, explaining the parables, Biblical narratives, imagery, and historical figures that adorn our sacred space.


August 18, 2018: Trip to the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. See www.museumofthebible.org for more about this new museum.