Everything Advent 2017 with Adult Ed

 


 Monday Night LIVE! 

Adult Christ at Christmas

with Terrance Glamp and friends
Monday, November 27, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Adult Ed Room/OCI or Online with Facebook LIVE!

 A virgin giving birth.  A child in the manger – shepherds - singing angels!  Perhaps these stories have become too familiar.  They were never preached or written for children, but rather for adults.  Learn the deeper meaning of the Christian stories and the challenge they present all of us today as, YES, we retell the birth of Christ to our children.

Sign up for this event HERE.

[Catechist credit earned: 1.5 hours per class for Church History/Scripture]


 Missing you:  Coping with Sadness and Loneliness
at the Holidays

with Mary Gardner
Saturday, December 2, 10 a.m. in the Adult Ed/OCI Room

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God" (2 Cor. 1:3-4).

As the holidays approach, Mary will navigate a path through this difficult time of year.  In 2005, Mary’s 10 year old son, Jack, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.  Life forever changed for Mary and the Gardner family.  Jack lost his battle in 2011. God's presence was felt in a profound way and she felt called into the ministry of grief counseling. 

Sign up for this event HERE.  If you will need CHILDCARE a link is available at the top of our Sign UP or click HERE.


An Invitation from Father Junot

Prepare for the Lord through Renewal

w/ Father Junot
Saturday, December 2, 6:30  p.m. in the Church

I would like to invite the whole community to join me as we are entering this great season of grace called advent. We are going to have Vesper/evening prayer that is an ancient tradition in the Church. In addition to that I will have a reflection on the theme chosen by our pastor for this season “Prepare for the Lord through renewal.”

 


Advent Evening of Reflection
Advent:  A New Beginning in our Relationship
with Jesus, the Son of God

with Katherine Angulo
Monday, December 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Adult Ed/OCI Room

Pope Francis says in The Joy of The Gospel, “Christianity spreads through the joy of disciples who know that they are loved and saved.” Katherine is the Associate Director of Youth Ministry at the Office of Formation and Discipleship for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, GA.  Join her as she helps us to prepare ourselves, our homes, and our families for the arrival of Jesus.  Let us do so in a way that nurtures our spirit in anticipation and hope of the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Sign up for this event HERE.  If you will need CHILDCARE a link is available at the top of our Sign UP or click HERE.


Visio Divina – Advent & Art

with Dale R. Molnar
Wednesday, December 13, 10 a.m., Adult ED Room and Church

Join Dale this Advent Season as we use the prayer method of Visio Divina utilizing an Advent Image.  Following the introduction, we will take a walking tour revealing the history and insights of the art and liturgical design aspects of our parish.

Dale R. Molnar is a nationally recognized ecclesiastic artist.  He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and has been a working artist for more than 35 years.  As a long time, active member of Transfiguration, he has had the opportunity to contribute his time and talents to many aspects of our church.  As the parish grew, he worked with the clergy to realize their visions.  His efforts as an artist and liturgical consultant can be seen throughout the archdiocese.

Sign up for this event HERE.  If you will need CHILDCARE a link is available at the top of our Sign UP or click HERE.


 eResource

Breaking Open the Word
Weekly email

Sign up on the Adult Ed Web page to receive Breaking Open the Word, an eResource we’ll email weekly throughout Advent. Its helpful commentary and thought-provoking questions will prompt us to delve more deeply into Sunday’s readings in advance, enriching our Mass experience and helping ready us to celebrate Christ’s birth.

To receive our weekly email click HERE.


 

Featured Events

Monday Night Live!

with Terrance Glamp
Mondays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., online with Facebook LIVE! or in the Adult Ed/OCI Room
November 27, January 22, and March 19

 "Like" our Transfiguration Catholic Church Facebook page and join us online as the dynamic Terrance Glamp leads us in unpacking several fascinating topics: Adult Christ at Christmas, What the Hell Happened to the Devil, The Role of the Laity in Shaping Today's Priesthood.

  • November 27 - Adult Christ at Christmas

A virgin giving birth ... a child in the manger- shepherds- singing angels!  Perhaps these stories have become too familiar.  They were never preached or written for children but rather for adults.  Learn the deeper meaning of the Christian stories and the challenge they present all of us today as, YES we retell the birth of Christ to our children

  • January 22 - What the Hell happened to the Devil? (A history of evil on the journey to goodness

 Reviewing the demon of the garden, Job and Jesus, and transforming the evil spirits, the devil and spiritual warfare into the realities we live today. 

  • March 19 - Quo Vadis Presbyters -  Role of the Laity in Shaping Today’s Priesthood  

Learn about the biblical foundations of the priesthood, its development from apostolic times to the present. Discuss the role of laity in priestly formation. What kind of priests do we want? How can we support them on their faith journeys as they support us?

 

To sign up for this series, click HERE. 

[Catechist credit earned: 1.5 hours per class for Church History/Scripture] 


Conversations with Father Fred

with Father Fred Wendell
10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. , Adult Lounge
November 27, January 8 and 29, February 5, March 5 and 12, April 9 and 23, May 7

Fr. Fred has been a priest for many years and has much wisdom to share.  He will delve into many subjects that you may have questions about.  Such topics could include:  Moral and World Issues.  Pope Francis.  Did it make a difference in the Church that we know today?   Come for a cup of coffee and bring your questions. 

 To sign up for this new study and fellowship group, click HERE.

If you will need childcare, please click here to sign up your child(ren) at least 3 days in advance.

Spirituality Studies

The Holy Longing:  The Search for a Christian Spirituality

with Bev Sauer and Maureen Ingalls
Tuedays, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
now in session

Channeling the deep, mysterious desires of our hearts, Ronald Rolheiser leads readers from restlessness to peace, showing a contemporary path to authentic and healthy spiritual life. 


In The Holy Longing, Ronald Rolheiser probes the question “What is spirituality?”, cutting through the misunderstanding and confusion that can often surround this subject with his trademark clarity. Using examples and stories relevant for today, and with great sensitivity to modern challenges to religious faith, he explains the essentials of spiritual life, including the importance of community worship, the imperatives surrounding social action, and the centrality of the Incarnation, to outline a Christian spirituality that reflects the yearning and search for meaning at the core of the human experience. 

Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand what Christian spirituality means and how to apply it to their own lives, The Holy Longing translates the universal struggle for love and integration of spirit into a language accessible to all, explaining God and the Church for a world that more often than not doubts the credibility of both.

  • November 28:  Chapter 8
    • A Spirituality of Justice and Peacemaking
  • December 5:  Chapter 9
    • A Spirituality of Sexuality
  • December 12:  Chapter 10
    • Sustaining Ourselves in the Spiritual Life

[Catechist credit earned: 1.5 hours per class for Spirituality]


 

PREP Time Track Studies for Adults

Growing Up Catholic Parenting Series - Taming Technology

led by Mike and Melissa Bell
Sundays, 8:20-9:35 a.m., Adult Lounge
Now in session. Join us at any time.


Working your way through this wonderful, crazy thing we call parenting? Join us as seasoned couples lead this 6-week series:  Taming Technology. These faith-based, small-group discussions will center on the challenges and joys of parenting today. Let’s connect and start meaningful conversations about how our faith forms our parenting and way of life. Join us for as many sessions as you can. 

Taming Technology

  • November 26 - Writing a Family Agreement 
  • December 3 - ADVENT:  A Light Approach to the Serious Matter of Preparing for The Coming of the Lord Part 1 
  • December 10 - ADVENT: A Light Approach to the Serious Matter of Preparing for The Coming of the Lord Part 2
  • January 7 - Begin Parenting Series Part 3:  Family Matters (stay tuned, more information coming soon!)

While this class is a series, we invite you to come when you can.  Hope to see you there!

To sign up for this series, click HERE.  

If you will need childcare, please click here to sign up your child(ren) at least 3 days in advance. 

[Catechist credit earned: 1.5 hours per class for Morality] 


 Catholicism DVD Series 

led by our deacons
Sundays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Adult Lounge
Now in session.  Join us at anytime.

In breathtaking, high-definition cinematography, the truth, goodness, and beauty of Catholicism are illustrated in a multimedia experience. Journey with Bishop Robert Barron to more than 50 locations throughout 16 countries. Be illuminated by the spiritual and artistic treasures of this global culture that claim more than one billion of the earth's people. Learn what Catholics believe and discover the fullness of the faith.

  • November 26 - The Fire of His Love: Prayer and the Life of the Spirit
  • December 3 -  World Without End:  The Last Things
  • December 10 -  Wrap up/Conclusion

To sign up for this series, click here.

[Catechist credit earned: 1.5 hours per class for Church Doctrine/Church History]


The Mystery of God Catechism study

with Bev Sauer
Mondays, 4:00-5:15 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
Now in Session.  Join us at anytime.

Who is God? And why does he matter? Join us and you'll not only learn the answers yourself, but you'll discover how to share them with others - especially those who no longer believe.

If you will need Childcare please sign up HERE 3 days in advance.


 

Acts of the Apostles Threshold Bible study

with Suzanne Fragale
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:15 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
Now in Session.  Join us at anytime.

The most thrilling and adventurous book of the Bible, Acts shows us Christianity being lived for the first time. It takes us to some of the great cities of the ancient world. It introduces us to all kinds of people: apostles, prophets, martyrs, philosophers, governors, kings, merchants, jailers, and sailors. It narrates for us a variety of events: dramatic spiritual experiences, missionary journeys, trials and imprisonments, powerful speeches that provoke dramatic responses, sea voyages and a shipwreck, and the clash of ancient cultures. And it invites us to see the adventure continuing on and on in our lives.

If you will need Childcare please sign up HERE 3 days in advance.


 

Pivotal Players Series

with Lori MacDonald
Wednesdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
Now in Session.  Join us at anytime.

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players DVD series is a multi-part film series that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization

If you will need Childcare please sign up HERE 3 days in advance.

Basic Catechist Certification Classes

Click here to sign up for any of the classes below.

All are welcome to brush up on the basics of our faith, earn credit for catechist certification, or both:

January 11:  Scripture and Divine Revelation

with Jean Sherwood, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

February 15:  Prayer and Spirituality
with Bev Sauer, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

March 22:  Morality and the 10 Commandments
with Bill Garrity, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

April 19:  Sacraments and Liturgy
with Sheila Murray, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

If you will need childcare for any of these classes, please click here to sign up your child(ren) at least 3 days in advance.


 

Ongoing Study & Fellowship Groups

These classes will NOT be meeting this upcoming week of November 19 - 25.

Bible Study in Plain English

with Kathy Van Leuven
Mondays, 2:30-3:45 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
Now in Session.  Join us at anytime.

This is a great beginner's Bible Study that gives a brief synopsis of the New Testament in very basic language.  Participants will have a workbook that will correspond with every book in the New Testament of the Bible. 


 Senior Spirituality

with Marjie Schutz
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
Now in Session. Join us at anytime.

Are you 50 or older? Join us for this new fellowship study group for seniors. We’ll start with the Bible Study in Plain English--The Old Testament - a perfect study for beginners yet a refreshing overview for those who are comfortable with the Bible!


 

Tuesday Evening Women in Faith

Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., FLC
Sunday Scripture Study, now in session. Join us at anytime.

Explore the weekly scripture readings for the following Sunday's Mass.

Interested? Contact Adela Kennelly


 Journey

Psalms for All Seasons

Beginning Thursday, November 9, 9:45-11:30 a.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
with Ruth Elsbree
Join us at anytime.

The Book of the Psalms is a unique collection of the song-prayers of Israel. To study Psalms is to study prayer, ultimately to enter into prayer. The study will challenge participants to reflect on their own prayer and life experiences. Join us as we continue our journey in faith with a new scripture study.

Interested? Contact Ruth Elsbree


 Thursday Evening Men’s Bible Study

Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 p.m., FLC, now in session.  Join us at anytime.
Paul's Letter to the Ephesians (continuing)

We begin our year studying Paul's Letter to the Galatians and follow it up with Paul's Letter to the Ephesians straight from scripture.

Interested? Contact Joe Floccari.


Friday Morning Men’s Bible Study

Fridays, 7:00-8:00 a.m., FLC
Book of Revelation Threshold Bible Study (continuing).  
Now in Session.  Join us at anytime. 

The book of Revelation is not about what the future holds, but about who holds the future. It lays out contrasting visions of the world the world of the Lamb and the world of the beasts and expresses the magnitude of our choice with inspired imagery. Reading Revelation momentarily gives us the eyes of God to glimpse the heavenly meaning of our worship, to look evil in the face and see its full reality, to gaze upon the cosmic meaning of Christ s sacrifice, and to envision the world renewed by the hope of God s victory. Revelation offers the world a wakeup call and teaches us how to live in joyful hope.

Interested? Contact Rick Kime -- Click HERE to order a copy of the book.


Friday Women in Faith

Fridays, 9:45-12:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room
Choose from one of these four studies, now in session.  Join us at anytime.

Interested? Contact Sandy Heath.  Click on any of the above titles to order the book or to learn more about each study. 

If you will need Childcare please sign up HERE 3 days in advance


 Mourning & Hope

7:00-8:30 p.m. - 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, Room 108
Facilitated by Mary Gardner

Grief and loss are a part of life.  Sadly, many suffer alone.  Sharing your experiences with others can help. A trained listener will be on site.

 

 

Catholic Social Teachings

led by Chris Offen

Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m., Adult Ed/OCI Room

  • January 18 - The Catholic Church:  Hope for our Country and our World? - presented by Tom Reichert, Pastoral Director of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.  He will focus on some of the conflicts in our country and world; and see how the principles of Catholic Social Teachings could provide guidance in resolving some of these events.

These meetings are presented by Catholic Social Teachings and is part of a series of discussions on timely topics that impact our lives and our world. Mark your calendar, invite a friend, and sign up for the discussion and childcare.

Please sign up for classes HERE.  

Please sign up for childcare HERE

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Adult Education Hospitality Team

Interested in joining our hospitality team for Adult Education classes and events? We set up drinks and treats, serve as a welcoming presence, and put everything away afterwards. Come a little early and stay a little after at events you already plan to attend, and become a part of our team.

To find out more or join us, please contact Bev.

Registration & Childcare

All adult education classes meet in the Adult Ed/OCI room unless otherwise noted. Please visit our Upcoming Events page for links to sign up for classes; if you need assistance signing up, please contact Bev Sauer, 770-977-1442 x128, or bsauer(at)transfiguration.com,  or Karla Colman, kcolman(at)transfiguration.com. Registration is encouraged, but not required unless otherwise noted. Classes can be cancelled for various reasons (weather, sickness, etc.). Only registered participants can be notified.

Babysitting is available for Adult Education classes with reservations at least 3 days in advance. To sign up, click HERE. For questions about childcare, please call Karla Colman, 770-977-1442, ext. 138, or email kcolman(at)transfiguration.com.

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