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Fall 2014: Living In Harmony with God, Others and Creation

AUGUST 31

GREEN TEAM: Community Sponsored Agriculture; Sam Riccobene, host
(Smoot Hall)

FALLING UPWARD: book discussion led by Barbara and Kent Miller (Room 103)

SEPTEMBER 7

GREEN TEAM: Panel on Water Conservation led by CPC Members (Smoot Hall)

FALLING UPWARD: book discussion led by Barbara and Kent Miller (Room 103)

SEPTEMBER 14

CONFLICT: “Can We Talk Effectively?” led by Rev. Phineas Walker of Mission Presbytery (Library)

FALLING UPWARD: book discussion led by Barbara and Kent Miller (Room 103)

SEPTEMBER 21

CONFLICT: “Are You Listening Intently?” led by Rev. P.Walker (Library)

FALLING UPWARD: book discussion led by Barbara and Kent Miller (Room 103)

SEPTEMBER 28

CONFLICT: “The Ayes Have It: The Power of the I Statement” led by Geoff Leech, Elder at St. Andrew Presbyterian, San Antonio (Library)

FALLING UPWARD: book discussion led by Barbara and Kent Miller (Room 103)

OCTOBER 5

CONFLICT: “Focusing on Interests, Not Positions” led by Kimberly Key, Psychotherapist, member of Lake Travis Presbyterian (Library)

FALLING UPWARD: book discussion led by Barbara and Kent Miller (Room 103)

OCTOBER 12

CONFLICT: “Turning Gripes into Goals” led by Mike Murray, Human Relations Specialist, member of First Presbyterian of Austin (Library)

FALLING UPWARD: book discussion led by Barbara and Kent Miller (Room 103)

OCTOBER19

CONFLICT: “The Preferred Path” led by Dr. Karl Slaikeu, Interim Presbyter of Mission Presbytery (Library)

175TH ANNIVERSARY: Looking Ahead: Where Do We Go from Here? (Room 301)

OCTOBER 26

CONFLICT: “Standing in the Other’s Shoes” led by Marilyn White, Mission Presbytery Peace Advocate (Library)

GREEN TEAM: “The Story of Stuff,” a film about consumerism (Smoot Hall)

THE GREEN TEAM This class, developed by CPC’s newest ministry team, expands on ideas explored in our recent Lent 4.5 small group reflections. It will offer ideas for how to live more simply and faithfully in relation with God’s creation. Sam Riccobene and other members of the Green Team will host this class.

FALLING UPWARD Based on a reading and discussion of Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward, members will look at navigating the two halves of our lives. This class will explore how God’s grace enables us to create a sturdy vessel for traveling our life’s journey and then gives us the internal content to deal with our joys and pains so we can live fully to the end of our journey, home at last. Members are encouraged to purchase a copy of this book.

THE CONFLICT CLASS Developed by Mission Presbytery to provide strategies for living more peaceably in today’s fast-paced, uncivil and often violent society, this class will help members learn how to live with greater kindness and intentional courtesy with others as faithful Christians in our faction-torn world.

NOVEMBER 2

CHURCH RETREAT AT MO RANCH

A LOOK AT THE REFORMATION, discussion led by Ann Hartman, CPC member and Austin Theological Seminary student (Library)

NOVEMBER 9

GREEN TEAM: “Renewal,” a film about the diversity of today’s Religious-
Environmental Activists (Smoot Hall)

THE OTHER TALK TO HAVE WITH YOUR KIDS: book discussion, led by Sally Estes (Library)

NOVEMBER 16

GREEN TEAM: “Texas Coal Wars,” a film on the battle for clean air
(Smoot Hall)

THE OTHER TALK, book discussion led by Sally Estes (Library)

NOVEMBER 23

GREEN TEAM: (to be announced) (Smoot Hall)

THE OTHER TALK. book discussion led by Sally Estes (Library)

NOVEMBER 30

EXPLORING THE ADVENT TEXTS: led by Joseph Moore (Smoot Hall)

DECEMBER 7

EXPLORING THE ADVENT TEXTS: led by Kim Rogers (Smoot Hall)

DECEMBER 14

EXPLORING THE ADVENT TEXTS: led by Cynthia Rigby (Smoot Hall)

DECEMBER 21

EXPLORING THE ADVENT TEXTS, led by Kim Rogers (Smoot Hall)

DECEMBER 28

EXPLORING THE ADVENT TEXTS: led by Kathy Trevino (Smoot Hall)

THE OTHER TALK TO HAVE WITH YOUR KIDS This AARP book offers a practical guide to making the tough decisions parents and their adult children will eventually face. The Other Talk helps you to take control of your life--when that time comes, your children will be able to make decisions based on what you want. Conversations on this topic are difficult and this book provides tools to develop a strong partnership with your children as you plan for the rest of your life. Members are encouraged to purchase this book, available through AARP. Contact Sally Estes, leader of this 3-week class, if you wish to purchase the book.

EXPLORING THE ADVENT TEXTS This all-church class will be a Bible study of the lectionary texts for Advent. Various pastors will lead participants through all of the texts for each of the Sundays of Advent. Class participation and discussion will be an important aspect of these classes. Please bring your Bible with you.