SUNDAY GROUPS SCHEDULE
September 18 to May 21
Coffee Hour—10:30-11 AM
each Sunday in Finlator Hall
Christmas Breakfast—December 18
No Sunday school—December 25 & January 1
Easter Baptism—April 16
Grope Group, Room 310
The Grope Group cherishes diverse views and a sharing of experiences and insights. The name comes from a member’s observation that the group was just “groping for truth.” Discussions this year will revolve around essays, articles, short stories, and TED talks covering a wide range of protagonists. Fall will commence with an Exploration of Empathy through (just for starters) Sebastian Junger’s Tribe (which highlights U.S. soldiers returning from war), ZZ Packer’s Drinking Coffee Elsewhere (stories starring African Americans), and select chapters from Leslie Jamison’s Empathy Exams (a unique meditation on pain and suffering). After that, having dared to approach and comprehend the discomfort of humans, we’ll spend the winter and spring looking at some of the technology that portends additional agony (if “only” economic), including military drones, robots in the workforce, and other actors of sci-fi-become-reality. Though short weekly readings are frequently distributed, they are never required, and all are welcome to attend and participate in class discussions.
Facilitator: Eric Larson
New Group for Parents, Room 308
We are excited to kick off a brand-new Sunday Group that is open to all, but will be particularly focused on creating community for parents and caregivers of children and youth. We envision initially exploring topics related to parenting, using excerpts from books and TED Talks as jumping off points, and we hope that those who join us will help us shape and fine tune the direction of our future discussions. We are excited to see where this new opportunity leads – please come join us!
Facilitators: Kelly Furr, Katey Zeh and Matt Todd
Exploring the Bible Group, Room 306-307
This Bible study group is led by a rotating team of teachers focusing on various themes or books of the Bible. The format involves some lecture and lots of open discussion. The teachers are Lisa Grabarek, George Reed, Nathan Powers, Kelli Walker-Jones and Allen Page, who offer a rich mix of life experiences in theological study, teaching, parish leadership, counseling and social justice activism. This promises a rewarding and stimulating class experience. Fall topics will include Lisa leading a series on, “What We Might Learn from the Questions Jesus Asked,” Allen discussing “Can Paul Be Redeemed for the 21st Century?,” George exploring “A Progressive’s Look at the Book of Revelations,” and Kelly continuing her series on “Reading the Psalms as Poetry.” We invite all ages, singles and couples to join us. Previous Bible study experience is not needed.
Facilitator: Steve Smith
Young Adults Group
Young Adults is less about age and more about a stage of life where people transition through academic life into an urban setting. These people, single, partnered, LGBTQIA, heterosexual, black, white, latino, asian, certain, and doubtful, are all desiring to be in community. Pullen Church hopes we can be a place where Young Adults can find a community, grow in faith, and serve others. Tuesday Night Live is a weekly Young Adult gathering that fosters connections with each other, to the greater life of Pullen, and to the greater justice work within our world. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the location of these events each week.
Contact: Nancy Petty, email@example.com
Care of Creation Group, Room 309
In his 1982 book Nature and Madness, Paul Shepard asked the question, “Why does society persist in destroying its habitat?” This year the Care of Creation Group will investigate the question from a philosophical, psychological and spiritual perspective, exploring the current cultural paradigm that drives this behavior. In this election year we will explore the environmental issues at stake and how we can actively take part to support the Earth: through our own self-care to maintain resiliency, through activism, and by learning from others who have found solutions for living in a more just and sustainable way. Group sessions will involve videos and discussions led by guests and Pullen member facilitators. All sessions are open to everyone.
Facilitator: Karen Delahunty
Discoverers Group, Room 303
If you climb to the third floor via the “front stairs” (those overlooking Cox Avenue), just cross to the door that enters the hall where most adult classes are found. The first room on the left bears this sign on the door: “If you close it, they will come.” That’s sort of a clue to the kind of group the DISCOVERERS is/are. This fall the spotlight is on Questions: the ones we ask, the ones we’ve been asked, the ones we’re afraid to ask, the ones with answer and the ones without. Bring your questions and your answers and join us.
Facilitators: Suzanne Newton, Beth Barnwell and Grace Evans
McMillan Group, Room 312
This fall the McMillan Group will devote most of its time to ‘gleaning gems’ from a series of chapel talks which were presented to Meredith College students by Dr. Carlyle Campbell, president of Meredith, from 1939 until1967. In addition to being the president of Meredith, Dr. Campbell was a long-time member of Pullen. A collection of these talks compiled by Dr. Norma Rose will be our guide.
Facilitator: Robert McMillan
Pullen 101, Room 203
Pullen 101 is an 8-week contract class designed to introduce newcomers to Pullen and our ministry and mission. Topics include our Pullen identity, history, theology, worship, Baptist identity, structure, missions and education. In each session, church members share why they are at Pullen. The class also provides an opportunity to get to know Pullen people and staff. The fall 2016 series of Pullen 101 begins on September 18 and ends on November 6. The spring 2017 series runs from January 8 to February 26.
Contact: Cathy Tamsberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday night is a busy time for the Pullen family. We begin at 5:15 PM in Finlator Hall with a meal that provides valuable time to visit with fellow Pullenites. Dinner is available until at least 6:00 PM. After dinner we share information about church and community events followed by the naming of prayer concerns. At 6:30 PM adults participate in a program that concludes at 7:30 PM as the children’s and youth programming ends. The program topics vary and typically include Bible study, social justice issues, theology or spirituality, matters of concern to our church family, international partner reports, and activities for fun and self-improvement.
Wednesday Nights for 2016-2017 begin on September 7 and end on May 17. There are no activities on November 23 and April 12, the days before Thanksgiving and our Maundy Thursday service. We also take two weeks off at Christmas, December 21 and 28. The cost of the meal is $6 for adults, $3 for children K-5th grade, and free for college students. The family maximum is $20. Meal reservations are not required.
Wednesday nights are a great time to get to know Pullen people, so we encourage everyone, especially newcomers, to join us.
Meditation Spaces, Poteat Chapel & Room 305
For those who need a quiet space on Sunday mornings, Room 305 is open during the Sunday Group hour for quiet reflection.
The Azelene Medlin Memorial Library is a resource for all ages. It contains many recent books, reference materials, periodicals and videos on a variety of topics of interest to the Pullen family. The library is open whenever the church building is open and self-help check-out makes it easy to get what you need when you need it. This year the Library Committee is transitioning our collection from a card catalogue to a computer search program for quicker and easier access. Instructions for using the computer program will be posted when this project is completed.
If you cannot find what you are looking for, librarian Robin Hemrick and the Library Committee are always open to suggestions about new resources we could add to our library’s fine collection.
For more information, contact: