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Adult Formation Programs (Fall 2016)

September – December


  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church is committed to knowing and sharing the Good News of God made known through Christ.
  • Our faith community strives to know and share the cornerstones of our Episcopal identity: scripture, tradition and reason.
  • Parishioners are encouraged to explore all aspects of faith and to study a variety of issues facing humanity and to ask tough and thought-provoking questions.

All are welcome to join in adult formation programs and events at St. Paul’s. Come to learn, to ask questions, and to develop community as we journey together.

To learn more about where we are headed this fall, read the article in September 2016 Newsletter by The Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista, page 2, titled, Formed by the Christian Story.

Click HERE to download a copy of the Adult Formation Programs brochure for Sep-Dec 2016.

In the Youth Wing – 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Images of God”: A Three-Week Formation Series, led by the Rev. George Adamik
Dates: Sep 14, 21, and 28.

Oct 5: Film: “The Harvest”

Life Together: Belonging in the Church,” A Three-Week Formation Series, led by the Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista
Dates: Oct 12, 19, and 26.

Destined for God: Pathways of Moral Choice,” A Three-Week Formation Series, led by the Rev. J. Carr Holland III
Dates: Nov 2, 9, and 16.

Childcare is available for the Wednesday sessions upon request; email Beth Barnes: eanbarnes@gmail.com

In the Chapel 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM

SCRIPTURE AND FORMATION – Liturgical Season: Ordinary Time

Sep 11: The Strange New World of the Bible. The Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista

Sep 18: Formed by the Christian Story. The Rev. George Adamik

Sep 25: The Formation of the Old Testament. Andrew Zawierucha

Oct 2: Made in God’s Image: Formed by the Old Testament. The Rev. Javier Almendárez Bautista

Oct 9: The Formation of the New Testament. Andrew Zawierucha

Oct 16: Introduction to The Parables of Jesus: Formed by the New Testament. Garrett Briggs

Oct 23: The Parables of Jesus: “The Parable of the Sower,” formed by the New Testament. Garrett Briggs

Oct 30: The Parables of Jesus: “The Parable of the Prodigal Son,” formed by the New Testament. Garrett Briggs

Nov 6: Annual Meeting, No Adult Formation

Nov 13: The Parables of Jesus: “The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man,” formed by the New Testament. Garrett Briggs

Nov 20: The Parables of Jesus: “Parables Related to Prayer,” formed by the New Testament. Garrett Briggs

Nov 27: Thanksgiving, No Adult Formation

December Liturgical Season: Advent
Preparing the Way” – A Three-Week Advent Series
Dates: Dec 4, 11, 18
Details to be shared in late Fall.


All Wednesday evening and Sunday morning sessions are free and open to all.

Pre-registration is not required.

Information about program updates will be shared via the church bulletin, the biweekly e-news.

We welcome you to join us in a journey of faith and exploration.

Ongoing Programs and Resources

Centering Prayer. A combined St. Paul’s/Cary Presbyterian Centering Prayer group meets at Cary Presbyterian Church at 9:00 AM on Fridays. Centering Prayer practitioners sit in silence for 20 minutes with the intention to open their hearts and minds to God. After the Centering time, the group participates in Lectio Divina, book study or discussions of videos for 30-45 minutes. Come and join us! Contact: Martha Waters, Martha.wtrs@gmail.com.

The Daily Office. A series of prayers for daily devotions in the morning and evening. Recordings are made by St. Paul’s readers and are available in .mp3 format HERE.

The Julian Gathering. Meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month 9:15 – 10:15 AM for contemplative prayer and the study of Julian of Norwich, a 14th century mystic and author of The Revelations of Divine Love, often acknowledged as one of the world’s great spiritual classics. Contact: Lanny Wase, lannywase@mac.com, 919-466-9050.

Ministry of Mothers Sharing (MOMS). A seven-week series for women who would like to devote time to their spiritual development, this peer-led ministry offers mothers of all ages a place to share the stress, concerns, and positive experiences that have influenced their spiritual growth. St. Paul’s offers at least one series of MOMS each year, as well as a session of MOMS TNT (for moms of Teens and ‘Tweens.) More information is available: www.stpaulscary.org/ministries/adult-education/.

People of All Colors and Cultures Together (PACCT). Monthly meetings are held on first Tuesdays at 7:00 PM in the Youth Wing to discuss race relations and diversity in our community and America. Text Andrea Johnson at 919-348-9599.

The Women’s Study Group. A group for women who are interested in reading and discussing literature, we alternate reading fiction and non-fiction each month. Many, but not all, of our selections have spiritual/religious themes. Meetings are monthly on the second Tuesday from 12:00 noon to 1:30 PM in the Bride’s room. Child care is available on request. Contact Leah Dail: LeahDail@gmail.com.