Friday Focus – August 4, 2017

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SPOTLIGHT on Adult Sunday School
A member from each of our three adult Sunday school classes shares a synopsis…

Shalom:
    Shalom is a round-table discussion Bible study where we take a book of the Bible and cover a chapter every Sunday. We are now studying the book of Psalms. We sit around a table and bring our Bibles, reference books, commentaries, and I-Pads—whatever helps us answer questions that come up in our discussion. We do not have a teacher but ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern the meaning and application of the chapter. At times we have periods of silence as we meditate on the words of God. We would love to have you come and visit or join us as we have a vibrant conversation of Scripture, so crucial today as never before. —Kathy Schlittenhart

Agape:
    We started out as the young marrieds’ class around 1958 or 1959, then reorganized and renamed the Agape Class about 30 years ago. As people of that generation have moved to Newberg and become part of NFC they have joined our class. So we are a fun-loving group of mostly retired folks that care and pray for one another, love to study the Bible, connect with and pray for missionaries, and keep up on what is happening at GFU. Since the church was reorganized this last month with a new schedule, our attendance has increased substantially with past members returning and new folks joining us. —David Brown

Children of Light:
    Why do I go to a Sunday school, even as an adult? First, we, as part of the Children of Light class, have learned to trust each other on significant levels. Over time it grows exponentially for each of us. We cheer each other’s successes and help carry each other’s deepest pains and most urgent prayer requests. Second, there is profound caring for each other. It’s powerful to hear another lift your burden to the Lord in prayer. Hugs and tears reinforce this caring. Third, generous and genuine laughter is part of almost every gathering. Fourth, a good measure of honesty, even when we disagree, encourages mutual trust and caring.
    These add up to “generous social security,” a type the government can’t match. We are personally and spiritually secure with each other. Yes, we have insightful, relevant, and biblical lessons too. I wish everyone had a group like this, not only because I believe the church is much more than mere private faith, but because it feels good to be known, loved, respected, and challenged. —Doug Bartlett

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