Adult Ministry

Why is education in God’s Word so important at Providence?  The Bible reminds us that all of us–adults and children alike–should constantly seek God’s truth.

“You shall put these words of mine in your heart and soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and fix them as an emblem on your forehead. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise.”
Deuteronomy 11: 18-19

Seeking God’s truth is spiritually rewarding, and it is a great way to meet people and understand how our faith relates to what is going on in the world around us. Providence offers opportunities for engaging classes Sunday mornings, and on Mondays at 7:15 pm.  These classes, led by either staff or members, are offered in a relaxed setting.  The nursery is available on Sundays from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

Here are the adult classes currently on offer at Providence. Please join us any time!

Contemporary Christian Issues (The Newspaper Class)

  • Sundays at 9:00 am, Room 207

September to May: This class focuses on topics taken from today’s headlines. Hank Schlenker leads a discussion-based class with a focus of looking at current events through a Biblical lens. Popular and long running, this class is an attractive choice to drop in on to sample what goes on in Adult Education at Providence.

Bible Studies

  • Sundays at 11:00 am, Room 207, Sept. 16 – Dec. 9
  • Led by Dan Garber

Invitation to the New Testament, Disciple Bible Study

Dan Garber will lead this 8-lesson study. Explore the writings of the New Testament using the story of Jesus in Matthew as the starting point. This survey of the testament looks at how the early church took ownership of and was shaped by the story of Jesus and how the church learned how to develop as disciples and create communities of faith.

Participants find a deeper conversation with the writers of the New Testament and a renewal of our commitment to be shaped—personally and communally—by the story of Jesus. The study is accessible for adults with little prior Bible experience. Participants may also gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the New Testament as an integral part of the Christian Bible and a renewed discovery of our identity in God and God’s vision for all things.

The NSRV version of the Bible is suggested (there are some available at the church.) The textbook is $12.00. If you would like a copy please contact Judy Woodburn at

  • Mondays at 7:15 pm, Parlor, Sept. 17, 2018 – Jan. 14, 2019
  • Led by David Kepley

Paul’s Letter to the Romans, Adult Bible Study

David Kepley will lead this 14-week class examining Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. Paul is at the peak of his theological powers.  He moves deftly through topics such as justification and grace; sin and salvation; a vision of unity; and the faithfulness of God.

Christians have been contemplating these issues throughout the history of the church.  Most scholars believe that studying this letter moved Luther to break with the papacy, triggering the Protestant Reformation about 500 years ago.

So what’s it all about anyway? We will wrestle with the issues together this fall.  Great stuff!! No previous study is required.

The Kerygma student’s book is $25. If you would like a copy please contact
Judy Woodburn at