New Providence Presbyterian Church - Maryville, TN
Sunday, February 25, 2018
New Providence
Presbyterian Church
703 West Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37801
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New Providence Presbyterian Church
Adult Education News
"You are not only responsible for what you say, but 
also for what you do not say."  
Martin Luther
June 2017

Women's Study Group
2nd & 4th Mondays
7:00 p.m. 
will resume in August

Men's Lectionary Bible Study
Mondays at 7:30 a.m.
Midweek Lectionary Bible Study
Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
At Shannondale
will resume in August

New Prov Reads
1st & 3rd
Wednesdays at 7 p.m.
will resume in August
Sunday School
Sunday mornings
10:00 a.m.

Summer Yoga Classes to Begin

Were you part of our Yoga for Advent Class in December and were hoping it would continue?  Did you hear about the class, but weren't able to participate?  Whether you are a returning participant, or brand new to the class we are excited to announce that yoga will be returning to NPPC this summer.  Give your body, mind, and spirit a treat and join us on the first and third Thursday nights of June and July at 7:00 p.m. in Eastminster Hall. Those dates are June 1, June 15, July 6, and July 20. There is a $10 fee for each class. Bring your towel and yoga mat and come when you can.  You'll enjoy it! For additional information, contact Andrea Franks (, (901) 834-7124).
Pathfinders to Explore the Reformation
It's 2017 and you know what that means - it's the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation!  Whether you're a church history buff who can quote all of Luther's 95 Theses by heart, someone who is new to the Reformed tradition and want to know what all the fuss is about, or somewhere in between, then you are invited to come join the Pathfinders Sunday school class this summer for a fast, furious and - believe it or not! - really fun trip through the history of the movement that makes us who we are as Presbyterians.  The Pathfinders meet at 10am on Sunday morning across the connector in the Westminster Wing.  Just follow the signs!  For more information contact Melanie Rasnake at
Adult Sunday School

NPPC currently offers five adult Sunday school classes, and if you've never had the opportunity to check out what this exciting area of adult education ministry has to offer, I encourage you to come and give it a try.  We have groups for a wide variety of interests, life stages, and learning styles, so come check it out!  All classes meet on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m., in the following locations:
Disciples - The Disciples class studies the four Revised Common Lectionary texts for the current Sunday with a focus on the context of the passages, the implications of the original Hebrew and Greek languages, the history of how these passages have been interpreted by the church over the centuries, and some questions designed to lead us into insights and appreciation for these scriptures. This class, which is currently using the Feasting on the Word curriculum, is led by class member and meets in Eastminster Hall.  Class contact is Margaret Kidd.
Faith and Culture  - The Faith and Culture class seeks to examine and reflect on the meaning of Christian faith in an increasingly complex and diverse world. Through discussions of contemporary theologies, recent developments in biblical scholarship, current ethical issues, and other topics involving the intersection of culture and faith, members of the class explore ways to maintain a faith that is relevant, vital and meaningful in the modern world. This class meets in Room 109, in the rear of the library and are currently studying Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett.  Class contacts are Bill Savell and Teal Willoughby.
Seekers of Seven - The Seekers cover a wide range of topics from the study of Scripture to books on theology, faith, and Christian responses to current issues. The class is taught by members and is primarily discussion based.  They meet in the Parlor and are studying Church History by Gary Neal Hansan. Class contact is Terry Bunde.
Pathfinders - The Pathfinders is a group of mostly 20-40-somethings which enjoys a conversation/discussion format, often focusing on the relationship between Christian teachings and scripture, and current issues.  This month they will begin a study on the Reformation.  Class contact is Tyler Johnson.
The Rest of Us - The Rest of Us class is a diverse group of adults-single, married, young children at home, grandchildren, lifelong Presbyterians, new Presbyterians, and those still seeking. They are currently led by Walt Greene and Bill Schult, and are using The Present Word curriculum.  Through discussion and study the class seeks to develop a faith that is active in our world. This class meets in Room 206 on the third floor of the main building.   Class contact is Denny Moore.
All Sunday School Classes - If you would like more information about any of our classes or adult education opportunities please contact Melanie Rasnake (e-mail  983-0182) or John Pittenger (
Around Town and Around the Web

The Adult Education Committee is always on the lookout for interesting Christian education opportunities and resources offered within our own community and beyond.  Each month we will pass along links and information on a few of those which are of special or current interest. 
To mark this year's 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, PBS has is offering several resources in celebration of this monumental event.  Check them out on their website here
The Wall Street Journal also recently published this interesting article on the Reformation's credited founder, Martin Luther
The Presbytery of East Tennessee offers workshops, lectures, and other learning opportunities on a variety of topics throughout the year.  To stay up to date on current happenings, visit the PET website and sign up to receive the newsletter and other updates at

If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, contact Coco Everett (e-mail, 983-0182).