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The Discipleship classes are designed to build upon one another; however, each class is structured so that you can attend when your schedule allows. Pre-registration for classes is requested but not necessary.

Free child care is available by reservation only. Please contact 7 days prior to the beginning of each class/series you wish to attend.

Save The DateS

Contemplative Retreats—led by Jim Peterson and Judy Beggs

  • Pre-Advent Retreat—Saturday, November 10, 2018
  • Lenten Retreat—Sundays, March 10, 24, 31, 2019
Bible Study
Bible StudySundays, September 16–November 18, 9-9:50 a.m., Room 304 (Bldg 300)
Taught by various leaders

By popular demand, this we offer a fall Sunday morning Bible study. Join us for 50 minutes between the Early Light and 10 a.m. services. 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.

* Register for the Bible Study class *

A History of Our Singing Faith
Sundays, October 21–November 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
Taught by Mary Green Vickrey

Singing FaithIn Colossians 3:16 early Christians were urged to “sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.” Since the beginning of our faith, people of God have set words to music to express praise, joy, pain, and sorrow. Course topics include the new Glory to God hymnal, major European hymn writers, American contributions to hymnody, important contemporary writers, and stories of SVPC's favorite hymns. Mary Green Vickrey is a choir member and ordained elder who holds a master’s degree in music history and composes hymns.

* Register for the Singing Faith class *

Pre-Advent Retreat
Preparing the Way in the Disruption of Life: An Act of Radical Hope
Saturday, November 10, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Coleman Room
Led by Spiritual Directors Jim Peterson and Judy Beggs

Pre-Advent RetreatWe read in Isaiah, “A voice of one calling: In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord.”  Our pre-Advent retreat will provide an opportunity to reflect on the call to prepare the way in our lives, as we seek to follow Christ amidst the uncertainties of life. We will focus on passages from Isaiah and Psalms as we consider how we wish to cry out to God, where we experience God’s faithfulness, and what it is to have radical hope in the midst of life’s disruptions.

* Register for the Pre-Advent retreat *

The World in Which Jesus Lived, 3-Part Series
Jerusalem See dates below, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
Part 1: Sunday, November 18
Taught by Rabbi Kleinberg, Ph.D.

We will consider early rabbinic texts from the period around the time that Jesus lived. These texts will guide our engagement with the question, “What characteristics should one cultivate in seeking the divine encounter?” Rabbi Darren Kleinberg is Head of School at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, California.

* Register for the World in Which Jesus Lived Part 1 class *

Part 2: Sundays, January 13–February 17
Taught by Rev. Dr. Libby Boatwright

We will study Bible passages related to Holy Land sites that will be visited by a spring, 2019 travel group led by Libby. This class will be of interest to anyone who has previously traveled, or plans to travel to the Holy Land.

* Register for the World in Which Jesus Lived Part 2 class *

Part 3: Sundays, May 5–19, 2019
Taught by Dr. Bill Prior

A study of Greek and Roman philosophy, government, and religion in the time of Christ.

* Register for the World in Which Jesus Lived Part 3 class *

This I Believe: Creeds and Confessions
Creeds & ConfessionsLearn about the Creeds & Confessions in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Confessions.
See dates below, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
  • The Barmen Declaration, September 30—Taught by Rev. Steve Whitney
  • A Brief Statement of Faith, February 24—Taught by Rev. Hardy H. Kim
  • The Confession of 1967, April 14—Taught by Rev. Joey Lee

* Register for the Creed and Confessions Class *

Interrupting Silence
Wednesdays, January 9–February 27, 2019, 6:30–7:45 p.m., Fireside Room
Taught by Rev. Judy Joy

Each week we will study a scripture passage from Walter Brueggemann’s most recent Bible study, Interrupting Silence: God’s Command to Speak Out. We will discuss ways we might speak out in faith for justice, especially for those whose voices have been silenced. 

* Register for the Interrupting Silence Class *



WDPD: What Do Presbyterians Do
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Led by Judi Pogue and Mary Green Vickrey

Presbyterian Women will discuss the structure and programs of the Presbyterian Church (USA), with a focus on the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The class will highlight literature and online resources.

* Register for the WDPD class *



Public Lectures

Indonesia and the Future of Muslim–Christian Relations
Muslim Christian RelationsMonday, November 12, 7:30–9 p.m., Soulé Hall
Taught by Drs. Bernard and Farsijana Adeney-Risakotta

Indonesia, the fourth most populated country, has the largest Muslim population in the world. The principle of pancasila has promoted tolerance between the 209 million Muslims (87%), the 26 million Christians (10%), and 4 million Hindu (2%). Historic tension between secular and orthodox Muslims challenges Indonesian religious tolerance.

Bernie was born in China to missionaries. He received a B.D. in theology from the University of London and a PhD in international relations and ethics from University of California in Berkeley. He was a visiting fellow at Cambridge University in 1990 and the International Institute for Asian Studies in Amsterdam in 2001. His most recent book is Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam. Farsijana holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from the Theological Seminary, Jakarta, and a PhD in anthropology and Indonesian studies from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands. Bernie became a mission co-worker for the PC(USA) in 1991 and Farsijana in 2003. They were married in 1997 and currently live in Yogykarta where they teach at Duta Wacana Christian University.

Co-sponsored by Presbyterian Women and the Mission & Service ministry.


Completed Classes

Addictive Disorders
Addictive DisordersSundays, September 16 & 23, October 7, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
Taught by Dr. Allan Graham

Allan will lead us toward a better understanding of the reality of addictive disorders and how habits for coping with daily life can lead to serious addictive disorders. Treatment for addictive disorders and reflections on the opioid crisis will be important related topics. Dr. Graham is a retired medical doctor, with professional experience in this domain, and a member of our congregation.



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