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Here is an opportunity to meet with others to study the Bible, share life stories, and build strong ties of friendship and support.
Every year, the PC (USA) offers a themed Bible study through the Horizons program, sponsored by the Presbyterian Women Organization. San Francisco Theological Seminary hosts an introductory seminar on the second Saturday of every September featuring the author of the year’s study as the primary speaker. The day begins with registration and coffee at Alexander Hall of the SFTS campus and then gathers here in our sanctuary for the main teaching and discussion part of the day. Participants enjoy lunch together in Alexander Hall and return to the church for the conclusion of the seminar. Watch here for more information on the 2014 seminar.
For the academic year of 2013-2014, the book is called “An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy” by Janice Catron.
The books of Exodus and Deuteronomy invite us to remember that the central actor in human experience — in our own lives and in the experiences described in Exodus and Deuteronomy—is God. Our God is one who redeems, who brings liberty and fulfillment even when we do not deserve it, when we cannot redeem ourselves. We have the assurance of God’s abiding presence as individuals and as a community of faith. This presence helps us see that God’s redemption is more than a “saving from” harsh circumstances; it also is a “saving to” the fullness of life God intends for humanity.
Author Janice Catron invites us to explore Exodus and Deuteronomy with her and see together the promise ofwhat our relationship with God can be and the realitiesof what that relationship often becomes. It is God ourRedeemer who, by grace, gives us the power to helpourselves and others live into the fullness God intends forus, and to move forward as people who have been set free.
Led by Pastor Joanne Whitt, the ongoing study group meets on the first Wednesday of the month through June 2014 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm in the library. All are welcome.
March 8th, 2014
First Sunday in Lent, we explore "Vulnerable Love" in worship and our Sunday Seminar Bible study of John 3:1-17; also by writing letters to Governor Brown about fracking. We'll show Brene Brown's TEDTalk in the after-worship Bible study.