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Beyond Sundays is a Christian Education & Discipleship Ministry opportunity to take discipleship outside the church walls throughout the week. These self-generated faith formation ministries, such as Bible studies, mission-focused groups, or interest groups, are open to the Salisbury Presbyterian Church congregation and the greater community. If you would like more information about offering a study or group through the Christian Education & Discipleship ministry team, or you would like to feel your way through what something might look like, please contact Dan Wiard at the church. As an example, Short Stories by Jesus is a Beyond Sundays offering that will begin in January, 2018.

Short Stories By Jesus

Mondays, January 22 – March 26, 2018 “Short Stories by Jesus” will use Amy-Jill Levine’s book by the same title as it’s guide as we explore some of Jesus’ parables in the context in which they were written, how we interpret them, and their application to our life.

“Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning. Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity and have often allowed anti-Semitism and misogyny to color their perspectives.

In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narratives. In Short Stories by Jesus, she analyzes these “problems with parables,” taking readers back in time to understand how their original Jewish audience understood them. Levine reveals the parables’ connections to first-century economic and agricultural life, social customs and morality, Jewish scriptures and Roman culture. With this revitalized understanding, she interprets these moving stories for the contemporary reader, showing how the parables are not just about Jesus, but are also about us—and when read rightly, still challenge and provoke us two thousand years later.” (Harper-Collins Publishers)

Short Stories by Jesus will meet in the home of Dan and Lynn Wiard on Mondays, from 7:00-8:15 p.m. Please RSVP by December 29 so books can be ordered. A study guide will be provided. For an in-depth review of Levine’s book, click here.

W.I.L.D. (Women in Loving Discipleship)

A women’s Bible Study for busy moms raising children.  Come join us on a Wednesday nights for fellowship, fun, God’s Word, and some time with just the girls.  If you would like more details or to be added to the Evite, please contact Julie Nobles, Catherine Boone, or Susan Chappell.  Meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Bible 101

Interested to learn more about the Bible, but not sure where to start?  You’re not alone–it’s a great question for the curious.  Join us for a monthly Bible study aimed at giving a broad overview of the Bible’s history, themes, and application to our lives right now.  Meets the first Friday morning of each month–contact tessaschuman@gmail.com for details.

Presbyterian Men

Wednesday Breakfast Bunch of Deeper Roots Ministry meets on the first Wednesday of the month (7:00 a.m. American Diner) for fellowship, conversation, and study.  Friends are welcome.  Contact Scott Lau for information.

Early Risers Men’s Bible Study meets on Thursday mornings for breakfast and study (6:00 a.m., Fellowship Hall)

The Deeper Roots Ministry Men’s Lunch meets the second Wednesday of the month, 1:00 p.m., at Tavern 19 at Independence Golf Club. It is an opportunity to learn more about fellow church members, to meet ones you do not yet know, and to discover a new, good book. All men of the church are invited. Bring a friend. Contact Mike Paulette to RSVP.

Women’s Fellowship Circle

Second Wednesday pf the month (10:00 a.m., F&E 206); Prayer Shawl Circle – 4th Wednesday of the month (10:00 a.m., F&E 206)