From the Adult Class:
Our class is reaching the end of our study based on the book, Imagine Heaven. The books relates the stories of thousands of those who have had near death experiences. We have been looking at these stories as a prompting for us to explore what the Bible has to say about what they have experienced and what that could say about how we should live. We expect to have our last lesson in this study on February 4th. Please join us if this is of interest to you.
We discussed what to do for our next study and decided to look at questions and answers provided in the Heidelberg Catechism. Bible references are also provided in support of the answers that are given and provide a basis for a good discussion. These questions get to the heart of the gospel message, what we believe, and how we are to live our lives. We anticipate that we may not all agree with all the answers provided, but we think that they will drive us to think about what we believe about what the Bible says and how to apply that to our lives. It is our hope and prayer that this will increase our knowledge of the Scriptures and deepen our relationship with God. The first two questions are:
1. What is your only comfort in life and death?
2. How many things are necessary for you to know, that you in this comfort may live and die happily?
If you are interested in the answers provided for these questions, we encourage you to join our first class in this study. We will meet at our normal time on Sunday morning at 9:00 AM on February 11th to begin this study and discuss these questions.
– John Overzet
From the Kids’ Table Class:
The Kids’ Table class brings together people of multiple ages – from Generation Z to Baby Boomers – around a table at which we are all children of God. The group is studying Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels about the Kingdom of God. Class members take turns facilitating the Bible study; the youth work with an adult to lead. As the group talks about the characteristics and values of the Kingdom of God, the discussion often turns to ways in which we see the Kingdom breaking through into this world at Stone Soup Community.
On the first Sunday of each month, the Kids’ Table participates in Intergenerational Sunday School with the children’s class; we enjoy hanging out with the younger children working on projects and learning new things together. On the third Sunday of each month, the class meets at a restaurant for breakfast, reading from the Gospels as we share a meal. It’s never too late to jump in; anyone age 12 and up is welcome to join us at the table as we learn, grow, share, eat and laugh together.
– Gabrielle Hastings