Discipleship Programs and Classes

Due to COVID-19, the church campus is closed. Please refer to our calendar for online classes, activities and contact information.

Online: When Women Won the Right to Vote
 
Wednesday, April 21 ● 11:30 a.m. ● via ZOOM

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 invite you to view a video featuring 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. Presbyterian Women and the Sunnyvale/Cupertino American Association of University Women created the video after the live program of “When Women Won the Right to Vote” was cancelled in March 2020. Please join us!

When Women Won the Right to Vote

Online: Affirming Church Series
 

Affirming Church SeriesLegal Rights of Queer People

 
Thursday, April 29 ● 6-7:30 p.m. ● via ZOOM
Rev. Michael Kirby, Senior Pastor, Northminster Presbyterian Church, Evanston, IL

People who care about queer people need to know and care about their legal rights. Whether it’s gay marriage, employment discrimination, or transgender health treatments, the decisions of courts and legislatures have a profound impact on the lives of queer people. This program will explore the unique legal issues that queer people face, the advances that have been made in recent years, the challenges that lay ahead, and the role of the church in protecting these rights.

Rev. Michael Kirby has been a leader in the PC(USA) on issues of marriage equality. He was a practicing lawyer in Texas before entering the ministry. Rev. Kirby will be interviewed by Barry Vickrey, Discipleship lead elder and a retired law professor.

 

* Watch our Previous Affirming Church Conversations Here

 

Online: Conversations with God: Discussion Group on Black Prayers
 
ConversationsMondays, May 3 & 10 & 17 & 24 ● 5-6 p.m. ● via ZOOM
Lef by Rev. Dr. Stephanie Lutz Allen

Four-week discussion group: Three weeks on prayers from James Melvin Washington's classic book, Conversations with God: Two Centuries of Prayers by African Americans, AND the fourth week we’ll look at the Biblical imagery in Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb." Each week we’ll discuss the prayer/poem, then close with a meditation, as a guided Lectio Divina.

This class is open to everyone. Send an email to to sign up.

Online: Luke's Parables
 
Wednesdays, May 5 & 12 & 19 & 26 ● 7 p.m. ● via ZOOM
Taught by Dr. Bill Prior

Jesus of Nazareth was, among other things, a teacher, a rabbi. One of his most important teaching instruments was the parable. Some of Jesus’ parables, such as the Parable of the Good Samaritan and the Parable of the Prodigal Son, are among the most famous passages in scripture. Parables can give us information about the life of first-century Israel. They can also guide our lives today. Most important, perhaps, they can give us insight into the mind of Jesus.

The richest source of Jesus’ parables is the gospel of Luke. We will examine four parables: the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, the Rich Man and Lazarus, and the Wicked Tenants. The first three of these are unique to Luke; the fourth is found in all three of the synoptic gospels. Join us as we explore these four parables for the window they provide into the origins of Christianity and for their message for us today.

Online: Sunday Morning Bible Study
 
Bible StudySundays ● 8:45–10 a.m. ● via ZOOM
Taught by various leaders

Join us for this popular Sunday morning study. The class will use a standard set of questions to explore the scripture reading for that Sunday. The study will emphasize new insights on how the scripture relates to everyday life. Check the church calendar for contact information.

 

SVPC Youth 2021 College Panel
 

There are lots of books to read or classes to attend to understand more about the college process, but sometimes the most valuable information comes from your friends who have been through the process. We assembled a wonderful group of parents and students from SVPC who “survived” the college selection and admittance process. Each brought their unique experience and perspective as they decided what was next after high school, and shared their stories and knowledge with students and families that will go through this process soon.

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Other Classes

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