Discipleship Programs and Classes

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The winter/spring Discipleship classes will explore ways to grow and live out our Christian faith in our everyday lives. While some are offered as a series of classes, you do not need to attend all the classes in a series.

Classes are held Sundays at 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Soulé Hall, unless otherwise indicated. All are welcome.

Women's Book Study Group on Thursdays
Women's Connect GroupFebruary 20, 27, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 16, 23, 10–11:30 a.m., Fireside Room
Facilitated by Rev. Judy Joy

All women are invited to a new book discussion group. Rev. Judy Joy will be leading a study using Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, An Altar in the World, which is available for purchase at Sunday's book sale. Each Thursday we will discuss one chapter in Taylor’s book. Come and explore spirituality in the places where we are, as a way to connect with God and with each other. For more information, contact .

Paul’s Letter To The Romans
March 1, 8, 22, and 29
Taught by Dr. Bill Prior, Professor Emeritus, Santa Clara University

Paul's Letter to the RomansMartin Luther called Paul’s letter to the Romans “the most important piece in the New Testament.” It deals with many subjects central to Christianity, such as the role of faith versus observance of the Law, the relation between Christianity and Judaism, the nature of Christian life, and obedience to the government. In this class we will examine Romans in its literary and cultural context, as a letter written to some Christians in Rome in the mid-first century, by a man whose mission was to show that the gospel was meant for gentiles as well as Jews. We will try to understand what the letter meant at the time it was written, as well as what it means for readers today.


Postponed When Women Won the Right to Vote

Although men in California approved the right of women to vote in state and local elections in 1911, women were not granted the right to vote in national elections until the 19th Amendment was ratified by 36 states in 1920. Presbyterian Women and the Sunnyvale/Cupertino American Association of University Women invite everyone to attend a Reader’s Theater presentation of When Women Won the Right to Vote.

The play is a celebration of the 100th anniversary of an important moment and features four women sharing the history of the fight for women’s suffrage and four women portraying the views of ordinary women during the years when the battle was being waged. Perhaps your grandmother or great grandmother was one of those who cast a vote for the first time in the 1920 election.

Our vote is our voice, whether you are young or old, identify as she, her, hers; he, his or they.

Women Marching for the Right to Vote


Profiles In Faith’s Journey
April 5, May 17
Taught Rev. Dr. David Bowman, retired UCC pastor

Profiles in Faith JourneySomeone has proposed that each believer experiences continuous conversions along the way. Scripture tells us of the burning bush for Moses, the well at Bethel for Jacob, the Damascus Road for Paul. If then we journey toward a city not made with hands, it may be well for us to identify the landmarks by which we have come. On these two Sundays, Pastor Bowman will conduct a discussion with a journey companion who will share a few personal road markers. All are invited to attend and trace their own steps along “the Way,” as early Christians called their faith.

PC(USA) Mission Work
PC(USA) SealApril 19
Sponsored by Presbyterian Women and Mission & Service Ministry

A PC(USA) mission co-worker will describe and discuss our denomination’s work in a specific mission location. Mission co-workers serve around the world in evangelism, education, community development, health ministries, peace and justice, and interfaith dialogue in partnership with churches and organizations in the countries in which they serve. Come to learn more about our denomination’s outreach to the world.

So You Want to Talk About Race Book Study
So You Want to Talk About RaceApril 20, 27, May 4, 11, 7–8:30 p.m., Coleman Room
Moderated by Pastor Hardy Kim and elder Betsy Brittle

Do you have questions like “What if I talk about race wrong?”  Or “Talking is great, but what else can I do now?” If yes, you are encouraged to read this book, So You Want to Talk About Race. Author Ijeoma Oluo shares her wisdom and writes in blunt truths, with sometimes raw language, and teaches the reader about the realities of racism, power and oppression. Then let’s meet to discuss and reflect. Books will be available for sale at the BookSale after the 10 a.m. service starting March 1. Questions? Contact .


Bible Study
Bible StudySundays, 8:55–9:45 a.m., Room 304 (Bldg 300)
Taught by various leaders

Join us for 50 minutes between the Early Light and 10 a.m. services for this popular Sunday morning study. The class will use a standard set of questions to explore the scripture reading for that Sunday’s worship services. The study will emphasize new insights on how the scripture relates to everyday life.

Other Classes
Great Decisions at SVPC
Mondays, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 1–3 p.m., Coleman Room (Bldg 700)

Discipleship Ministry is sponsoring a discussion group on Great Decisions using the Foreign Policy Association materials. We will address topics including Climate Change and the Global Order, U.S. Relations with the Northern Triangle, Artificial Intelligence and Data, and others. No RSVP or admission is necessary, but to facilitate our planning, please let us know if you are interested in participating and if you would like to purchase an official briefing book at a discounted price of $25.  Contact .

Safe Church Training

The Safe Church Training classes are part of SVPC's program to ensure a safe environment where children, youth, and adults can grow in their relationship with God. This 90 minute class includes viewing of two half hour videos titled, “Safeguarding God’s Children.” Child care and snacks are provided. Pre-registration is helpful but not necessary