St. Paul's Adult Faith Formation

Classes & Small Group Studies

Sunday Mornings

9:30am Micah Class: Contemporary topics of faith.

Back Bridge Classroom, Lower Level. All means all and all are welcome!

 

Sunday, October 20, 9:30 & 11 a.m.

Sacred Resistance: Interfaith Justice Advocacy in Kansas

Presented by Rabbi Moti Rieber, Executive Director of Kansas Interfaith Action

Kansas Interfaith Action is a statewide, faith-based issue-advocacy organization that “puts faith into action” by educating, engaging and advocating on behalf of people of faith and the public regarding critical social, economic, and climate justice issues. KIFA’s mission is to bring a moral voice to public policy in Kansas, with particular focus on the areas of racism/discrimination, economic injustice, gun violence, and climate disruption. KIFA pursues a state legislative agenda, as well as working to connect people of faith and conscience from all around the state into a strong voice for justice, compassion, and peace.

In this 30 minute presentation, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of KIFA, will speak on the interfaith justice advocacy of KIFA, as well as the overall political climate in Kansas and in the country.

Rabbi Moti Rieber has served as Executive Director of Kansas Interfaith Action and its predecessor organization, Kansas Interfaith Power & Light, since March 2011. A native of New Jersey, he has lived in Kansas since 2007. He is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. A life-long activist on peace, social justice, and environmental issues, “Reb Moti” brings a variety of congregational, interfaith, and organizational experience to the work of Kansas Interfaith Action. Reb Moti and his wife, Suzy, live with their three teenage children in Overland Park.

    Fall 2019 Small Group Studies

    Bible Basics (4 Sessions, Led by Pastor Sandra Cox)

    Tuesdays, Oct. 22 – Nov. 12
    7:00 – 8:30 pm

    If you have been reluctant to join a small group Bible study because you are either intimidated by the Bible or just feel overwhelmed at the thought of trying to read it, then this is your opportunity! In these sessions, you’ll explore just what the Bible is (and isn’t!), how to find your way around it, and how to read it and find deep, rich meaning for your life.

    Bible Basics will be offered first as a weekday option, for those available during the day, then on a weeknight, for those who are not available during the day. Please only sign up for one or the other. To enroll or ask questions, contact Pastor Sandra Cox.

    Is This Your Retirement? (7 Sessions, Led by Cheryl Scott)

    Session 1: Saturday, Sept. 14
    9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
    Sessions 2-7: Wednesdays, Sept. 18 – Oct. 23 (no class Oct. 2)
    6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

    Based on the book Is This is Your Plan to Retire? by Charles Kuster

    Retirement is not an event, but often we treat it that way. Retirement Planning includes 3 components: Legal, Financial, and Life Planning/Lifestyle. Often we focus on the first 2 (legal and financial) and drag our feet on the life planning component.  This study will touch in general on legal and financial with the main focus on Life Planning for retirement.  This focus is important because we are living longer thus enjoying longer retirement (perhaps as much as 20-40 years) and often we are in good health the majority of that time.  We will consider what will make retirement a success for you and what will make you happy during the early, mid and late phases of retirement.  Yes, there are 3 phases of retirement and we will break those out in our study.

    We will start with a kickoff session Saturday Sept 14 to spend time getting acquainted, hearing where we all are on our retirement planning spectrum and hearing from some folks who have already retired.  They will share what planning they did prior to retirement as well as thoughts on what they wish they had done.  This will be followed by six Wednesday evening sessions.

    If you are beginning to consider retirement options and want to think beyond the “event” to the last 20-40 years of your life, including where you will live, how you will spend your  time,  how do you set priorities on your time, what will be fulfilling,  are your financial and legal affairs in order, and what will make you happy, then you should consider being a part of this group discussion.  Anyone beginning to think about retirement and pondering what that might look like should consider attending.

    To enroll or ask questions, contact Cheryl Scott.

    Continuing Small Group Studies

    Monday Women’s Study Group

    Meets during the school year on Mondays at 9:15am

    The Monday Study Group is a group of women who meet weekly throughout the school year for engaging study and conversation. Check the calendar or contact Linda Stoner, lindajstoner@gmail.com, for more information.

    Wednesday Men’s Study Group

    Meets each Wednesday at 6:30am

    Group includes time for study and fellowship and engaging conversation. Check the calendar for current topics and contact person.

    3D Thursdays

    Meets each Thursday, 6:30-8pm

    3D Thursdays are open to everyone! If you’ve been part of a study in the past, this is a great time to reconnect. If you’ve ever wondered if 3D could be for you, now is a great time to join us and find something to renew your spirit.

    Women’s Study Group

    Meets each Wednesday from 1:00-2:30 pm

    This group meets for a time of study and reflection on issues of faith. 
    Contact Pastor Sandra Sandra@stpaulslenexa.org

    Caregivers

    Meets selected Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 pm

    This group is open to anyone who is caring for someone else: spouse, parent, child. Our time is spent supporting each other and spiritual renewal.
    Contact Pastor Sandra Sandra@stpaulslenexa.org for next meeting date.

    Adult Faith Formation Team contact:
    Rev. Sandra Cox, Pastor of Faith Formation, sandra@stpaulslenexa.org

    Child care during classes:
    Child care is provided for many of St. Paul’s on-site classes, or can be arranged if needed.