Education is one of the hallmarks of the Reformed tradition. From Calvin’s Geneva, to John Knox’s dictum for all of Scotland, “a school in every parish,” to America and all parts of the world, education has been and continues to be a central feature of Presbyterian ministry.
Presbyterians value informational education, learning about the world and how it functions. We value vocational education, developing God-given talents in order to fulfill the vocation to which we have been called. And fundamentally, we value transformational education.
Come be transformed.
Adult Sunday School Classes:
Fellowship Sunday School Class
This is a warm fellowship of older adults who use a Bible study with curriculum, plus they share prayer concerns and sing hymns. They meet in the Parlor on the bottom floor of the Education Building each Sunday from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Koinonia Sunday School Class
This is a strong and caring community of 60-something adults who use a Bible study with curriculum, plus share prayer concerns. They meet in the lower level of the Sanctuary Building each Sunday from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Each summer, they host a fundraising dinner to provide college scholarships to members of our Park Lake family.
Disciples Sunday School Class
This is a wonderful community of 30 – 50 something adults whose studies vary between current events, theology and scripture study and who share prayer concerns. Always great discussions. They meet in Struble Hall on the bottom floor of the Education Building each Sunday from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Parenting Sunday School Class
This class just completed a study of the book, The 5 Love Languages of Children, by Drs. Gary Chapman and Ross Campbell. The class meets in the conference room in the lower level of the Sanctuary Building. The class is now looking at the book, Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt.
Children & Youth Sunday School Classes:
Nursery care for infants and toddlers is available on the second floor of the Education Building from 9:00 – 11:45 a.m. during Sunday School and worship.
Children and Youth Sunday School Classes are held on the third floor of the Education Building from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. each Sunday. Classes are available for:
- Elementary School.
- Middle School Youth.
- Senior High School Youth.
Men’s Monday Lunch & Bible Study:
This casual men’s group meets each Monday in Struble Hall of the Education Building from Noon-1:00 p.m. Please bring lunch. The Bible study is led by a co-pastor and group members.
Presbyterian Women gathers women of the church together in community to nurture faith through prayer and Bible Study, and to support the mission of the church worldwide.
The communities of women are called Circles. Women of all ages meet once a month from September – May in their individual Circles. Meetings are usually the first or second week of the month. Locations are listed in the Worship & Work monthly newsletter. Park Lake has four Circles, named after women of the Bible – Esther, Martha, Sarah and Dorcas (yes, that is the name of a woman in the Bible!).
Be sure to attend Circle meetings and enjoy a “ladies night out” of fellowship and spiritual growth. If you are not currently involved in a Circle, it is never too late to start. Presbyterian Women would love for you to join them!
The Bible Study for 2015-2016 is Come to the Waters by Judy Record Fletcher. Just as humans cannot live without water, Christians cannot imagine living without the Word of God. Water and the Word go hand in hand as we strive to live as faithful followers of Jesus. This Bible study turns to some of the water stories and images in the Bible to enable us to learn more about God and how God would have us live our lives. The study also draws our attention to the power of water, its potential, and its effects on our lives and culture. We are invited to remember that water is precious and that clean water is unavailable to millions of people. Water and Word work together to quench the thirsts of our bodies and our souls.
Mission projects of Circles vary. Circles ask Park Lakers to collect Box Tops for Education for Thornwell Home, Labels for Education for Duvall Home, food coupons for the Russell Home, and aluminum pop tabs for Ronald McDonald House. All of these items may be placed in the work room in the church office or given to any Circle member.
Other mission projects include:
- Esther Circle’s gingerbread house and nativity building event during Advent to benefit Habitat for Humanity – “Build a House, to Build a House.”
- Martha Circle’s luncheon in the spring to benefit the Park Lake Child Care Center.
- Angel Tree Christmas gifts purchased by the congregation for The Russell Home for Atypical Children.
For more information regarding Presbyterian Women, please visit the Presbyterian Women page on the PCUSA website.
Park Lake has a wonderful adult church library, as well as a children’s library. Stop by and look for something interesting to build your faith and your children’s.
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