Adult Faith Formation Gathering!

All friends and family of Grace Church are invited to attend our next two church-wide faith formation conversations held on Sunday, September 1, and Sunday, September 8, in Fellowship Hall from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

On Sunday, September 1, join Pastor Bill Bryan as he explores the dynamic history and implications of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century. What were the tensions that gave rise to this momentous breakup of the Western church? Who were the “reformers” and what did they want? How does this period of history relate to who we are as Methodists today? Pastor Bill will speak to these and other important questions, so please join us for this insightful look at our past.

Then, on Sunday, September 8, we will consider the origins and global expansion of the Wesleyan Methodist movement in the 18th and 19th centuries with Dr. Jeffrey Barbeau, a member of Grace Church and professor of theology at Wheaton College. Celebrating the publication of his latest book, The Spirit of Methodism: From the Wesleys to a Global Communion, Dr. Barbeau will explore “the ways we are connected to a global community of believers. This book is designed to help us all understand where we come from and how we are all connected.” Join us for an overview of his work, an introduction to some of Methodism’s amazing stories, and for a rich conversation about our faith. In preparation for this talk, you can find The Spirit of Methodism on Amazon but copies will also be available for purchase in Fellowship Hall.

Looking ahead: please mark your calendars for Sunday, November 3. Pastor Doug Bowden and Larry Hartman will share with us insights gathered from their fall group study of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's life-changing book Life Together. Join us at 9:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall for what is sure to be an enlightening presentation and moving conversation.