New Providence Presbyterian Church - Maryville, TN
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
New Providence
Presbyterian Church
703 West Broadway Avenue
Maryville, TN 37801
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New Providence Presbyterian Church
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 "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for
 with ardor and diligence." - Abigail Adams
April 2017

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

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

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

New Prov Reads (NPR)
Our mid-week reading/study group, NewProv Reads is currently discussion How Jesus Became God by Bart Ehrman.  The group meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, beginning at 7 p.m. in the NPPC Parlor.  Questions?  Need more information? Contact Anne Van Pelt (
Mindfulness and Christian Spirituality

What exactly is mindfulness, and how does it relate to our Christian faith? Join us as we explore these questions and learn some practical ways to awaken to the "abundant life" that is all-too-often hiding in plain sight.  In the midst of our busy lives, practicing mindfulness can help us open ourselves up: to focus, to hear, and to respond to the call of Christ in our lives.  Curious? All are welcome on Thursday, March 23, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.
 Interested in learning about mindfulness and meditation? Please join us for a four-week class on Thursday evenings April 27, May 4, May 11, and May 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Led by mindfulness instructor Elizabeth Perryman, participants will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness and learn several skills, including meditation, that can help them manage their stress, sleep better, and enrich their lives. For more information, please contact Melanie Rasnake.
Pathfinders Party

On Sunday, April 9th, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. the Pathfinders Sunday School class will meet at the home of Renee Nasrollahi (2027 Cochran Road) for a pizza picnic. Everyone is invited to bring a salad, dessert or beverage to share. Homemade pizza will be provided!  So bring a friend - or two! -and come enjoy this time of fun and fellowship with NPPC friends old and new.  We hope to see you there! Children are welcome to attend, though childcare will also be available at the church. To request childcare, RSVP to Jaclyn Beeler.
Questions?  Contact Renee Nasrollahi.
Directions to 2027 Cochran Road: From the intersection/traffic light at Sandy Springs Rd., Montvale Station Rd., & Carpenters Grade Rd. continue on Carpenters Grade for 1/2 mile. Turn left on Cochran Rd. and travel approx 1/2 mile. The driveway (red brick pavers) will be on the right and black mailboxes on left side of road. If you get to property with board fencing--you passed us up!
The Great Vigil of Easter

On Saturday, April 15th, beginning at 7:00 p.m. we will celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter. One of the oldest Christian traditions and the first service of Easter, the Vigil may be observed any time between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Sunday. It celebrates our Passover with Christ from darkness to light, from bondage to freedom, from death to life. This interactive service will begin outside with the kindling of the new fi re and the lighting of the Paschal Candle, followed by a congregational procession into the sanctuary where worship will continue with the retelling of our sacred history from the first creation story through the joyful proclamation of the resurrection and our new creation in Christ. The service will also include celebration of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Whether you are a seasoned theologian or just beginning your journey of faith, an adult, a child or somewhere in between, the Easter Vigil is for you! Come join us as we begin the celebration of this most joyful season of the church year.
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. They have lately been looking at topics from the website This class meets in Room 109, in the rear of the library and are currently studying The Road to Character by David Brooks.  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 and are currently using The Wired Word. The class is taught by members and is primarily discussion based.  They meet in the Parlor and are studying The Beatitudes for Today.  Class contact is Terry Bunde.

Pathfinders - The Pathfinders is a group of mostly 20-40-somethings that enjoys a conversation/discussion format, often focusing on the relationship between Christian teachings and scripture, and current issues.  They are currently studying A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren and Unchristian by David Kinnaman.  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. 
If you have children or youth in your life and are looking for a place to find fantastic daily devotionals, check out this site  It's co-sponsored by the Presbyterian Mission Agency and is full of great resources specifically geared toward young people.

Austin Seminary sponsors a virtual book club through the social media site, Goodreads.  Participants can sign up to access book lists and take part in on-line discussions.  For more information visit their website at

Union Presbyterian Seminary hosts a Theology and Film blog that offers reviews on popular movies from a theological perspectives.  Guest bloggers include Union staff, faculty and alums, as well as members of the wider PCUSA community.  Check it out at
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).