Adult Sunday School Classes meet each Sunday morning at 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM, September through May, in the Chapel building. All classes welcome visitors, guests, and new members.

September 18 - October 23, 2022

Continental Connections: Themes from the Life and Writings of Karl Barth and Eugene Peterson and What We Can Learn From Them

From May through July, Andrew and family traveled through Switzerland and Montana. Andrew's study for his sabbatical was to walk through the life of Swiss theologian Karl Barth and then to see the influences of Barth upon the Presbyterian minister and Montana native Eugene Peterson. Over these six weeks, Andrew will present stories from the lives of both men, tales of his journeys into their homelands and even their homes, and draw out lessons that might generate faithful living in us in the direction of the God we meet in Jesus Christ.

October 30 - November 20, 2022

The Seekers Class: Inhabiting Eden by Patricia K. Tull

In this thoughtful study, respected Old Testament scholar Patricia K. Tull explores the Scriptures for guidance on today's ecological crisis. Tull looks to the Bible for what it can tell us about our relationships, not just to the earth itself, but also to plant and animal life, to each other, to descendants who will inherit the planet from us, and to our Creator.

This is My Story: "Every Christian story needs sharing. We require a few other persons to whom we can tell our stories." - Eugene Peterson

One of the lessons Andrew hopes to bring more fully to life in our congregation is to see the hand of God working in the ordinary and routine moments of our earthly journey. The story of Christ is not only found in the Bible but in the way that his risen life is manifested in daily living now. This class will be a participatory one with some activities to work on during the week between sessions. We will be working on how to write about the places, the relationships, and the influences that have shaped our knowledge and relationship with God. Participants will be asked to write some of their own stories and to share them with the group. This will be vulnerable. There will be challenges. It might also be the revelation of God in our midst. Please email Andrew at andrew@rcpres.org if you wish to participate.

Prophets of God's Power to Save

This Bible discussion group will grapple with the issues raised in the Books of Malachi and Habakkuk, two very short Old Testament books very often quoted or alluded to in the New Testament. Both focus on God's plan, choices, loyalty, and the difficulty of understanding why God does these things. We will discuss traditional and modern approaches to understanding these two books, how they interplay with the rich traditions of Israel's relationship with God and the early Christians' relationship with Jesus shown elsewhere in the Bible, and how their proclamation can inform ours. Malachi (OT, Minor Prophet, 4 short chapters, 2 weeks) , Habakkuk (OT, Minor Prophet, 3 chapters of poetry, 2 weeks).

November 27 - December 18 | Advent

The Seekers: Prepare the Way for the Lord by Adam Hamilton

For two thousand years, Christians have turned to the story and message of John the Baptist in the weeks leading up to Christmas. In Prepare the Way for the Lord: Advent and the Message of John the Baptist, best-selling author and pastor Adam Hamilton explores the Advent themes of John's life and ministry, and how John calls all followers of Jesus to prepare our hearts for his coming. (DVD Study)

The God of Love

The writer of the Gospel of John is also considered to have written three letters that are among the lesser-read letters in the New Testament. As Christians, and Reformed Protestants in particular, we tend to focus more on the letters of Paul. But John, in his First Letter, lays out an insistent message of love as the basis for life with God and each other, and uses a Trinitarian framework that contrasts with and enriches the Pauline framework. We will address textual issues, how the letter has traditionally been received theologically by different groups of Christians, and how its message of love and human involvement in God's intra-Trinitarian life impact how we might see our Christian lives and proclamation today.

Advent Creations: An intergenerational Adventure

Parents, children, and youth come join us for a hands-on exploration of creating some memorable Advent traditions that you can continue year to year. Create an advent wreath and an Advent Candy Land style calendar. Stuff a stocking for Family Promise and create a Nativity set for a church member who has lost someone they love in the past year.

Discover RCPC

This class is intended for those new to our faith community who wish to learn more about how we make our life together in Christ. It is a great way to meet other new people in the church and listen for how God might be calling you to participate more deeply in our life together.

Presbyterian Women

Presbyterian Women is an organization for ALL women of Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church. Traditionally and currently our morning meetings occur during the months of September through May on the second Tuesday of every month from 10:15 AM-12:45 PM in the Fellowship Hall. Women gather to sign cards for shut-ins, collect donations for Turning Point, and leave a least coin offering for worldwide missions. The business meeting starts at 10:30 followed by a Bible study led by Ruth Marple. This year the Bible study curriculum is called What My Grandmothers Taught Me: Learning from the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy of Jesus. This study will examine the lives of women whose stories may have impacted Jesus, such as Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. The morning ends with a time of fellowship over a delicious lunch provided by Lisa Goad. In addition to the monthly morning meetings, a nighttime or weekend event is planned each month for all women to allow bonding and fellowship with the women of the church who work, have small children at home, or cannot attend morning meetings. Those events are advertised each month.

Men of the Church

A men’s group has been meeting for several years from September through May for about an hour per week. Typically, the group is reading a book and taking time each week to check in with one another. Although most of the group attends RCPC, we have had others join us as well and they are welcome. This past year and beginning this year, we have been and will continue to meet by zoom so that we can safely gather until such time as the Covid-19 virus is less of a threat.

Adult Small Group Bible Study

The Small Group lessons are based on the Sunday sermons and scripture. Being a part of a small group is an experience rich in personal connection and spiritual growth. In small groups we discuss what is shared in worship, therefore the experience of worship is more deeply ingrained into our minds and hearts. As we contemplate it all together the concepts take root and our faith grows!