8 am Chapel Communion / 10 am Sanctuary Worship
Director: Alexandra Mead
Committee Chair: Steve Hess
October 6: Dominican Republic Mission Team, More Than Construction
Over the last three years, teams of volunteers from the Presbyterian Church in Morristown have ventured to the Dominican Republic for mission trips. Many of the participants have returned multiple times because of the powerful experiences they had and the compelling opportunity to serve there. In this session Betty and Julia Darcy, Carolyn Crosthwaite, and Vern Verhoef will be joined by rookie Dominican team worker Cali Woods to share their experiences and discuss their vision for PCM's future relationship with the people of the Dominican Republic.
October 13: Rev. Linda Gaden, Seeing God in the Everyday Moments
What is it that keeps us from recognizing or seeing God in the everyday, everywhere moments of our lives? We take so much for granted in our lives. How can we make God the life sustaining habit of our lives as we continually engage with God? Where might we seek and experience God’s presence (and pleasure) in the most ordinary and mundane things of life? In this session we will contemplate God’s presence in the everyday comings and goings of our lives. You’ll be surprised at the small changes we can make in our lives to make God our life’s sustaining habit. Linda Gaden has been a member of PCM for over 30 years. She is a recent graduation of the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary and is currently serving as Pastoral Assistant at PCM. She has served in several area Presbyterian churches as a Commissioned Lay Pastor, and she served as chaplain of Broadway House for Continuing Care in Newark. Linda is a former nurse where she worked oncology, medical-surgical, infectious diseases and has cared for those suffering with HIV/AIDS.
October 27 and November 3: Rev. Dr. David Lawrence, From Egypt to the Promised Land, The Wilderness Sojourn
Why did it take the people of Israel so long to reach the Promised Land and claim it as their own, after they were freed from enslavement in Egypt? The Hebrew Bible devotes many chapters in the end of Exodus and the beginning of the Book of Numbers to this lengthy sojourn in the wilderness. Dr. Avivah Zornberg’s commentary on the Hebrew Bible calls the travel from Mount Sinai to the land of Canaan “a forty year death march” and “a great failure,” filled with much complaint and distrust, as well as great resentment toward the wisdom and care of God. In two sessions, on October 27 and November 4, we will examine the narrative contained in the Book of Numbers, often overlooked by today’s Christian community, thinking about the wilderness experience and what we can discover about trusting God and faithful living in the face of deep adversity in our own lives.
November 10 & 17: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Europe and the US, Dr. Brid Nicholson
In the first session Dr. Nicholson will explore the complicated religious and political history of Iran and Saudi Arabia, including European involvement in the 20th centiry in it's pursuit of oil resources. In the second session we'll look at the rising tensions in the Middle East, and try to understnad why Europe and the US appear to be taking significantly different positions.
Dr. Nicholson received her Ph.D. from Drew University and is Associate Professor of History at Kean University where she also serves as Director of the Holocaust nad Genocide Program and Jewish Studies Program. She received the Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Scholarship at Kean in 2010. The child of an American diplomat, she spent much of her childhood in the Middle East.
December 8: Why I Celebrate Chanukkah and Christmas, Diann Parkas
Diann grew up in a Jewish home, had a traditional Bat Mitzvah, and she became a Jewish believer in Jesus over 30 years ago. Diann will share how following Jesus as the Messiah is a natural outgrowth of her traditional faith for her and other members of her religious community.
Diann earned a Master of Arts degree from NYU and is currently enrolled in a PhD program of Biblical Studies at Antioch Baptist Bible Seminary. She was a dancer before her religious conversion and has continued to use dance to convey her faith.
Director: Jeanne Mueller
Committee Chair: Vicky Willson
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