New Providence Presbyterian Church - Maryville, TN
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New Providence
Presbyterian Church
703 West Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37801
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Adult Ed E-News

New Providence Presbyterian Church
Adult Education News
"Christian education begins where evangelism ends, helping believers grown in their faith." Perry G. Downs
April 2018

Women's Study Group
2nd & 4th Mondays
7:00 p.m. 

Men's Lectionary Bible Study
Mondays at 7:30 a.m.
Midweek Lectionary Bible Study
Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
At Shannondale
New Prov Reads
Resumes March 7
1st & 3rd
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
Sunday School
Sunday mornings
10:00 a.m.
Present Opportunities
In this Spring edition of adult e-news, you will find information about the traditional Sunday morning classes-some great studies!  We encourage you also to participate in one of the many other educational opportunities NPPC has to offer. Study helps you explore your faith, get help with some of life's difficult questions and do all of this with other folks on the same journey. We offer something for all ages and interests, and if we don't meet your needs, just let us know. We would love your suggestions. 
Individual Study Resources
When it comes to individual study, the NPPC Resource Center has many works to choose from. Recent additions include:
A Gospel of Hope by Walter Brueggemann
Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the 7 Deadly Sins by William Williman
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
Faith in Words: A Celebration of Presbyterian Writers by Ann Weems
Plans for the Future
The adult education committee is currently making plans for a church-wide study in October. Stay tuned for an update!
Midweek Opportunities
MEN'S LECTIONARY STUDY meets each Monday from 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM at Vienna Coffee House, and the MID-WEEK LECTIONARY STUDY gathers on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m.  at Shannondale.  Both groups use the Revised Common Lectionary texts for the current week and are led by the Rev. Steve Musick.  These groups seek to link the four lectionary passages to a common theme or meaning and to link that further to our understanding of God's plan for us and the world.
NEW PROVIDENCE READS (NPR) is a mid-week study/reading group that welcomes adults of all ages.  Readings are selected by the members from a wide variety of topics. Discussions are led by group participants and guest facilitators, including NPPC staff and Maryville College Religion Dept. faculty. The current study is Found in the Middle: Theology and Ethics for Moderate Christians with Both Liberal and Evangelical Instincts by Wesley Wildman. Come join us on first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Class contact is Anne Van Pelt (
WOMEN'S STUDY GROUP meets in the parlor from 7:00-8:15 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month  for book discussion.  The next book for discussion will be Everything Happens For A Reason and Other Lies I've Loved by Kate Bowler. April 9-Preface-Chapter 4, pp. 1-52; Facilitator Renee Nasrollahi, April 23 Chapters 5, 6, 7, pp.53-125, May 14 Chapters 8 & 9 pp. 126-175. If you are interested in hearing Bowler, she is coming to Montreat for the 2018 Women's Connection August 10-12. This Women's Study Group is for all ages and often includes folks from other churches. Come join us and invite a friend!  For more information contact Renee Nasrollahi (
NEW PROV U is an opportunity for the congregation, especially those 55 and older, to find enrichment opportunities through a variety of presentations.  These programs take place on Wednesdays, once per month, with lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a one-hour program beginning at 12:00.
Adult Sunday School

NPPC currently offers five adult Sunday school classes, and if you've never had the opportunity to check out what this exciting area of adult education ministry has to offer, I encourage you to come and give it a try.  We have groups for a wide variety of interests, life stages, and learning styles, so come check it out!  All classes meet on Sunday morning at 10 a.m., in the following locations:
Disciples - The Disciples class studies the four Revised Common Lectionary texts for the current Sunday with a focus on the context of the passages, the implications of the original Hebrew and Greek languages, the history of how these passages have been interpreted by the church over the centuries, and some questions designed to lead us into insights and appreciation for these scriptures. This class, which is currently using the Feasting on the Word curriculum and other lectionary-based resources is led by class members and meets in Eastminster Hall.  Class contact is Margaret Kidd.
Faith and Culture - The Faith and Culture class seeks to examine and reflect on the meaning of Christian faith in an increasingly complex and diverse world. Through discussions of contemporary theologies, recent developments in biblical scholarship, current ethical issues, and other topics involving the intersection of culture and faith, members of the class explore ways to maintain a faith that is relevant, vital and meaningful in the modern world. The current study is Jonathan Haidt's The righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. This class meets in Room 109, in the rear of the library and are currently studying The Rebirthing of God, by John Philip Newell.  Class contacts are Bill Savell and Teal Willoughby.
Seekers of Seven - The Seekers cover a wide range of topics from the study of Scripture to books on theology, faith, and Christian responses to current issues. The class is taught by members and is primarily discussion based.  They meet in the Parlor and are studying Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now by Walter Brueggemann. Class contact is Terry Bunde. Join us any time.
Pathfinders - The Pathfinders is a group of mostly 20-40-somethings which enjoys a conversation/discussion format, often focusing on the relationship between Christian teachings and scripture, and current issues.  The class meets in W-202 and they are currently reading Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Irving.  Class contact is Tyler Johnson.
The Rest of Us - The Rest of Us class is a diverse group of adults-single, married, young children at home, grandchildren, lifelong Presbyterians, new Presbyterians, and those still seeking. They are currently led by Walt Greene and Bill Schult, and are using The Present Word curriculum.  Through discussion and study the class seeks to develop a faith that is active in our world. This class meets in Room 206 on the third floor of the main building.  

If you would like more information about any of our classes or adult education opportunities please contact John Pittenger, Adult Ed committee leader (
Around Town and Around the Web

The Adult Education Committee is always on the lookout for interesting Christian education opportunities and resources offered within our own community and beyond.  Each month we will pass along links and information on a few of those which are of special or current interest. 
Some excellent periodicals available for you include Horizons, the publication of Presbyterian Women that gives you insights from women around the world and inspiration to live boldly. (Check out their website at You will be impressed with the many resources to be found there). Another good one is Presbyterians Today. This is the award-winning, general-interest magazine of the PCUSA. Published 6 times a year, it explores practical issues of faith and life, tells stories of Presbyterians who are living their faith and covers a wide range of church news and activities.

Maryville College Associate Professor Dr. Phillip Sherman will be teaching a four week series at First Presbyterian in Oak Ridge starting April 8th. The subject is Evangelism, and if you attended Dr. Sherman's NPPC lectures on Islam, you know this will be a meaningful study. The dates are April 8th at 1:00, April 15th, April 22nd and April 29th. These are Sunday afternoon dates.
The Presbytery of East Tennessee offers workshops, lectures, and other learning opportunities on a variety of topics throughout the year.  To stay up to date on current happenings, visit the PET website and sign up to receive the newsletter and other updates at

If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, contact Coco Everett (e-mail, 983-0182).