Adult Small Group Studies

TPC Adult Small Groups engage with a variety of religious topics in a range of formats. Some groups meet in member homes; others meet at the church. Some meet weekly; others monthly. Topics and formats vary from six to eight-week book studies authored by contemporary theologians, such as Rob Bell’s Love Wins and recently deceased Marcus Borg’s The Heart of Christianity, to after church discussions of the lectionary readings and Pastor Ken’s sermon.

The TPC Adult Education Committee is pleased to announce new adult small groups for fiction lovers and insight seekers, beginning in September 2017. These groups will meet monthly: two in the daytime on Thursday mornings, the third on an evening to be determined.

Here are the Fall 2017 book choices and tantalizing previews from their book jackets. September will start off with a foray backward to 1960s Minnesota when the Twins were playing their debut season, and the country had a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum, a preacher’s son, it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years later, Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.

October sweeps us across the ocean to Janus Rock and a remote lighthouse off the southwestern coast of Australia. Set after the first world war, The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, is a tale in which a lighthouse keeper and his wife make a choice that shatters many lives, including their own—in which justice for one character means another’s tragic loss, and we care desperately for both.

November’s choice is the last novel of C. S. Lewis, Till We Have Faces. Fascinated by the myth of Cupid and Psyche, Lewis retells their story from the perspective of Psyche’s sister, Orual. With his trademark insightfulness, Lewis reminds us of our own fallibility and the role of a higher power in our lives.

Small groups offer a meaningful experience and the chance to build closer community among participants. They are a great way for new members to enter into congregational life and for long-term members to reconnect.