Adult Formation

Sunday Morning Forums

Sunday, September 19

Rector’s Forum | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall East

Come learn more about our interim rector, The Rev. Dr. Bob Dannals, and the vision of ministry for the coming year at Bethesda.

Sunday, September 26

Preaching Forum | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall East

The Preaching Forum is a wonderful blend of a bible study with the opportunity to learn more about the context of the morning’s sermon.  This Sunday, Greg Knight will have a conversation with the day’s preacher in a discussion that dives into the lectionary readings and the insights they inspire.

Community Forum: Peggy Adams | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall West

Peggy Adams, a West Palm Beach animal rescue shelter, has a long history of helping match dogs and cats in our area with loving homes. Their Executive Director and CEO, Rich Anderson is a Bethesda parishioner and has always helped us with our annual Blessing of the Animals service each year. Learn more about what you can do to help our four-legged friends.

Sunday, October 10

Community Forum: Rector Search Committee Update | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall West

Join us for a special town hall forum to discuss the progress of the Rector Search Committee.  The members of the committee will inform the parish about where things stand in our search for a new rector and will answer any questions that parishioners may have.

Sunday, October 17

Preaching Forum | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall East

The Preaching Forum is a wonderful blend of a bible study with the opportunity to learn more about the context of the morning’s sermon.  Each week, Tom O’Brien will have a conversation with the day’s preacher in a discussion that dives into the lectionary readings and the insights they inspire.

Community Forum: Trivia Night Fundraiser | 9:45 a.m. | Parish Hall West

The Bethesda Youth Pilgrimage Class will be on hand to talk about their trip to Spain in the summer of 2022 and promote their Trivia Night Fundraiser coming up later in the week.  Stop by our table to find out more about how you can support our young people on their spiritual journey.

Wednesday Night Middle Way

Middle Way meets on Wednesday evenings with a community meal beginning at 6:00 p.m.
Classes follow dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the evening ends with a brief candlelight prayer service at 7:45 p.m.
There are no prerequisites for attending classes.

Iconography | September 22 & September 29 | 6:00 p.m. | ECW Room

Our Middle Way classes are an opportunity to dig deeper into a life of faith through study tracks designed to speak to our bodies, minds, and souls.  Our Art Track features discussions about the way visual art, music, and writing inspire our souls.

We start this year off by learning about the history of Christian icons, why they’re read rather than viewed, and how they are used in religious practice.

Generational Spirituality | September 22 & September 29 | 6:00 p.m. | Guild Room

Our Middle Way classes are an opportunity to dig deeper into a life of faith through study tracks designed to speak to our bodies, minds, and souls.  Our Theology Track features discussions about how the search for God in the world around us challenges our minds to look for the intersections of faith and life.

Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millenials, and Gen Z, it seems like there’s no shortage of stories about who the people are who make up these categories, what they value, and how they communicate.  When it comes to the Church, these generational differences can seem even more pronounced.  Why don’t young people participate in Church life?  Why do older generations hold on to familiar rituals and traditions?  We will assemble a panel of parishioners, each representing a different generational age group, to have a wide-ranging round table conversation about what divides us and, more importantly, what we have in common.

Yoga | Begins September 22 | 6:00 p.m. | Parish Hall West

Our Middle Way classes are an opportunity to dig deeper into a life of faith through study tracks designed to speak to our bodies, minds, and souls.  Our Yoga Track features intentional focus on breathing and mindfulness through a holistic approach to embodied spiritual learning.

Newcomers Class | September 29 through October 20 | 6:00 p.m. | Library

For all those who are new to the Bethesda community, our Newcomers Class offers a chance to learn more about the history of our church, explore the various ministries that we offer, and allows participants a chance to meet the clergy and parish leadership. We honor all those who find their way through our doors seeking to deepen their connection to God and this class is a wonderful opportunity to meet others who are taking that journey as well.

Mid-week Offerings

Previewing the Lectionary | 2:00 p.m. | Zoom

Want to learn more about the Bible? Join Tom O’Brien’s “Previewing the Lectionary” Course that examines the meanings and background of the readings for each upcoming Sunday.

This one-hour Zoom class will meet each Thursday at 2:00 p.m. until October 7, 2021 and will meet each week at 11:00 a.m. on Fridays after October 7.

Please join us by using the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86058259817

Theology in Film: SECOND BEST | September 21 & September 28 | 7:00 p.m. | Zoom

We begin our Theology in Film year with a discussion of Mark 9:38-50: Leading Not Astray But to Love on September 21. Jesus tells the disciples that everyone who acts in his name will be rewarded. At the same time, he has hard sayings regarding the consequences for those who scandalize little ones. We will pair this scripture with the movie SECOND BEST (1994): The story of a difficult relationship between a british postal officer and his adoptive son. The film discussion will be on September 28.

Theology in Film is a class for adults that meets via Zoom on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:00 p.m.. Films are assigned every other week for participants to watch on their own. The movies discussed are typically available on popular streaming platforms or digital rental and are also frequently available on DVD through the Palm Beach Library System.

Please join us by using the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86058259817

Ladies Bible Study: Parables of Jesus | September 29 through November 10 | 10:00 a.m. | Guild Room

This ladies’ bible study meets in the Guild Room Wednesday mornings, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., during the academic year, with breaks that coincide with school vacations. Participants are primarily ladies with school-age families. We use video-based topical studies with ample time for group discussion — but we also change up our format from time to time! Themes we’ve covered in the past: God’s Grace, Using Words Wisely, The Miracles of Jesus; Ruth, Philippians, “Bible 101.”

All levels of biblical literacy are welcome. We participate in at least two outreach events every year, such as the Easter Homebound Luncheon and Angel Tree project. Sorry, childcare is currently not available for this study.

For information about our weekly children & youth activities visit the Childern and Youth page.

SUNDAY MORNING FELLOWSHIP

Coffee Hour | Parish Hall West

Join us for Sunday coffee hour after the 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. services in the Parish Hall.

141 South County Road, Palm Beach, Florida 33480 | (561) 655-4554

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