The Adult Education team led by Fred Carlson conducts class in the pews at St. Alban’s between the two Sunday services from 9:30 AM until 10:20 AM from September through May.
All are welcome to attend!
The Saint Alban’s Schedule for September – December 2021
September 12, 19, 26, October 3
Concise Theology: Historic Christian Beliefs
The class attendees each week will choose the theological topic to be explored using J. I. Packer’s vastly readable and acclaimed paperback, Concise Theology. Packer writes in a non-academic style, and our adult ed team chose this book because of Packer’s status within the contemporary Anglican communion. The topics have succinct 2-3 page explanations with dozens of scripture citations per topic. A veritable feast for discussion and sharing with others.
October 10, 17, 24, 31
Canonicity: of Scripture and the Apochrypha
The first class will highlight the standard of canonicity of the Old Testament as it was declared at various times before Jesus, and the similar standards of canonicity of the New Testament as declared by the church since the late first century. The Reformation isolated some 16 Old Testament writings from canonicity in Protestant Bibles but they were declared fruitful for learning. These writings, called the Apochrypha, have been selected for certain readings in our Sunday and daily lectionaries in the Anglican Church in North America due to their value in instruction. The second and third class will highlight the lengthy book “Ecclesiasticus, or the Wisdom of Jesus, son of Sirach” and the last class will highlight “The Wisdom of Solomon.”
November 7, 14, 21
Hard Sayings of Jesus
As God, Jesus Christ of Nazareth declared truth to all mankind. He spoke in parables, questions, pushbacks against the Pharisees, rebukes of his own disciples, and visions of judgement meant to guide His flock, the church. We look at some “hard sayings” of our Lord and Savior and pray the Holy Spirit convicts us of what we may not be hearing in His words. The sayings are chosen from F.F. Bruce’s classic volume “The Hard Sayings of Jesus.”
November 28 – No Adult Ed
No Adult Education Class on the Sunday after Thanksgiving – Advent 1.
December 5, 12, 19, January 9
Luther: The Movie
Special Advent Series: Presented in four parts. The class will watch the 1999 movie “Luther” starring Joseph Fiennes. The Reformation concepts of solo scriptura and salvation through God’s grace by faith alone are presented clearly in this well-produced movie. Discussion and Q & A each of the 4 weeks with about 30 minutes of the movie each Sunday with discussion.
No class December 26 or January 2, 2022.
Saint Alban’s Additional Bible Studies 2021 – 2022
Saint Alban’s Women’s Ministry (SAW)
St. Alban’s Women (SAW) is a multi-generational group of Christian women who meet for Fellowship and Bible Study on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Our group includes young women, active mothers, empty nest mothers, and wise grandmothers. All of us love the Lord. We hold our Bible Study Meetings virtually with several opportunities for face to face fellowship throughout the year.
A new Bible Study starts in September: Darlene Schacht’s study of the Book of Esther. This book is a beautiful story of one woman’s courage and trust in God. Esther’s trust in God in the face of persecution is inspiring. We see how every aspect of God’s Providence is perfectly timed. King Xerxes’ heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the scripture says: “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.” – Proverbs 21:1
Our Fall Meeting Schedule is as follows (all 7:00-9:00pm):
09/14 – Esther Chapters 1&2 09/28 – Esther Chapters 3&4
10/12 – Esther Chapters 5&6 10/26 – Esther Chapters 7&8 11/09 – Esther Chapters 9&10
12/14/2021 – Fellowship Event – Christmas Home Eucharist and Cookie Exchange
Questions? Ready to join the Virtual St. Alban’s Women Bible Study? Sign up in the Narthex or Email Kathy Pierce: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saint Alban’s Men’s Group (SAMs)
St. Alban’s Men’s Group (SAMs) meets every Friday morning from 8am to 9:30am for Bible study, breakfast, prayer, and fellowship at Dick’s Diner, Rt 22 Murrysville. We use Bible studies with an Anglican perspective by noted authors N.T. Wright, John Stott, Tim Keller, J.I. Packer, and others. SAMs recently completed a book study of The Practice of the Presence of God featuring letters and conversations of the famed monastic Brother Lawrence, 1610-1691, including parallel scripture studies. We are now reading the Daily Lectionary scriptures every Friday together. Questions? Fred Carlson (412) 856-0982 or email@example.com.
Confirmation Class and Reception
If you, as an adult, wish to be received into the Anglican Communion you can ask for this at the Bishop’s visit October 24, 2021, after a brief set of Newcomers’ Classes that can be arranged at mutually convenient times.
If you have youth in your household between the ages of 12 and 18 who wish to declare their faith publicly at confirmation please let Father David know so we can schedule them into the next set of youth sessions.
Adult Education Starts September 12!
Children's Christian Education
The Children’s Christian Education, under the direction of Diane Kaufmann and her team work with the children each Sunday morning at 9:30 AM in the church hall from September through May. Classes include studies for children from pre-school through college to build on a Christian foundation that each student can rely on to help them through their time away from home as young adults.
In addition to the Sunday classes, Diane and her team facilitate a yearly week of Vacation Bible School (VBS). Children from throughout the community come to learn in a fun and interactive environment. Stay tuned for this year’s dates!
Christian Education for Children at St. Alban’s
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Struggling to meet the needs of the children of St. Alban’s in an increasingly secular society, the goal of our Sunday School remains focused on helping all students, from pre-school through college, grow in faith and love of God’s Word. Classes meet on Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM.
The Elementary class follows the Biblical-based curriculum What’s in the Bible? while exploring all 66 books of the Bible. Examining the Bible and dividing it into specific sections, the children study the Old Testament books of law, history, poetry, wisdom and the major and minor prophets, while considering the New Testament books of the Gospels, church history, the epistles, and prophesy. Sunday morning lessons consist of a children’s chapel service, video supplements, a morning snack, games, and crafts.
The Senior Class, under the tutelage of Kathy Pierce, Elaine Griesheimer, Jessica Sikora, Bob Birdseye, Fred Carlson, Anita Little, and Diane Kaufmann, explore a wide variety of curriculum materials, from internet resources produced by the Open Church, to current movies, to a complete DVD series based on the life of Jesus. We are so grateful to both our staff and parents who work hard to insure that our teens connect with God’s Word.
While education is the primary focus of the Sunday School, we also strive to provide opportunities for service and fellowship. Once a month the children of the Sunday School gather for a service project. This year the children enjoyed packing College Care Packages, making stationery sets for veterans at the Fisher House, sponsoring the Operation Christmas Child shoebox, organizing Project Hope, gathering warm outerwear and toiletries for the Blackburn Women’s Shelter, filling pretzel treat bags for residents at a local senior citizens facility, collecting donations for Heifer International, and stuffing Birthday Bags for Loaves and Fishes. The children’s offering each Sunday is used to support two children through Compassion International: Josiane from Brazil and Gurmesa from Ethiopia.
Whether gathering for fellowship during the annual inter-generational ice cream social, Share-Your-Heart Sunday, making pretzels during Lent, searching for eggs during the Love Sunday Easter Egg Hunt, competing in the Sunday School’s Who’s First quiz shows, enjoying the Recognition Sunday picnic, playing with friends at VBS, or celebrating Christmas with a birthday party for baby Jesus, the children of St. Alban’s experience fun and fellowship as an important part of the Sunday school program.
The staff encourages visitors and welcomes all parents who wish to bring their children to Sunday School for Christian education, fun, and fellowship! Please call the church office for more information.
Sunday School Director