White Memorial offers a number of opportunities for fellowship, support and Christian education for adults to enrich their faith journey.

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Adult Faith Formation
Fall 2019 Classes and Schedules

A word of invitation... You have an opportunity this fall to deepen your faith and connect with other disciples. In the listings that follow you will see a variety of groups that you are invited to try. I encourage you to read through the list, choose a group, attend at least six times and see if it is the group for you. Investing in your life of faith is worth your time and energy and may change your life for the better. If you have questions, please contact me. It would be my pleasure to meet with you and help you find a place to connect here at White Memorial.
Contact: Tracey Daniel, Associate Pastor for Faith Formation.

Sunday Classes: Biblical Studies and Theology

Christian Fellowship | Calvin 200
The Ascent of Israel will be the fall Bible study of the Christian Fellowship Class. Covering Judges and Samuel, the course will chronicle the transformation of Israel from struggling tribes to a united monarchy able to stand with neighboring nations. Bill Jackson, the teacher, uses lectures, with handouts of scripture and commentary. Visitors are always welcome. The class contact is Carol Vassey.

Cover to Cover | Calvin 203 | Monthly
This Bible study is designed to read the entire Bible in one calendar year. New members are welcome every month of the year. The class is oriented around the calendar year and will meet 09/08, 10/06, 11/03 and 12/08. For more information about Cover to Cover, contact Jim Ferry.

Greatest Generation | Witherspoon 400
Greatest Generation is a loving and faithful community of senior adults. The class uses the quarterly resource, The Present Word, which explores biblical text. A rotating group of class members moderate the class each week. The class contact is Gary Mock.

Searchers | Calvin 204
Searchers studies the Bible using a DVD-based curriculum and class discussion. The class is a mix of singles and couples. Beginning in September, Searchers will study Mickey Efird’s DVD series on Genesis. On the third Sunday of each month the class will attend the Aging Well series, which will meet in the Chapel. Contacts are Betty Landes and Louise Eaglesfield.

Theological Forum | Knox 302
Relating scripture to current issues is the heart of this class and is intended to help participants gain a better understanding of their own views on faith. Come and enjoy the fellowship that comes with these thought-provoking discussions and learn a little bit more about yourself. Drop-ins are always welcome. For more information about the class contact Flo Durway.

Sunday Classes: Age and Stage Studies

Aging Well | Chapel | 3rd Sundays
Aging Well provides a forum where participants can approach some of the most pressing questions which arise as we age. While for many, aging may reflexively signify fears of loss or the unknown, here in community at White Memorial, there is space to discuss both our joys and our concerns, sorrows and unanticipated growth. Experts like psychologists, physicians, pastors and laypeople will share what they have learned about the aging process. This is a drop-in class. Liisa Ogburn, who has written over 150 articles on aging for WRAL, is the class facilitator. The first class is September 15, 2019.

Parents of Youth | Calvin 302
This is a group of parents of any age youth who come together to support each other. Through group discussion with rotating leadership the group searches for answers to parenting questions through the lens of faith. Drop-ins are welcome. Class contacts are and Cliff Britt.

P.A.R.K. | Calvin 300
Presbyterians Actively Raising Kids is a discussion group for parents of children 5th grade and younger. The study topics vary and each week there is a new topic for discussion. The conversations focus on strengthening faith of parents and children. The class leader is Anna Townsend.

Sunday Classes: Topical Studies

Faith Foundations | Knox 301
Faith Foundations focuses on growing in faith by studying the Bible and discussing current events. The class enjoys examining new concepts, pondering unresolved questions and marveling at the ultimate mystery of God. Class leaders are Susan Hibbert  and John White.

Knox Class | Knox 300
This fall the Knox Class will be studying Interrupting Silence – God’s Command to Speak Out by Walter Bruggemann. Class members receive the weekly emails of The Wired Word, a series of articles and study questions on contemporary topics with relevant Biblical passages, and the class uses these for lively discussion. The Knox Class welcomes all, whether you like to join in discussion or just prefer to listen. The class contact is Harriet Worley.

Spiritual Gifts | Calvin 303
The Spiritual Gifts class discusses topics with an emphasis on the New Testament, in addition to reading other books about faith. Typically, class members participate in discussions about weekly readings. This is a small class with a relaxed atmosphere and is open to new participants of any age. This fall the class will be reading Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths by Bruce Feiler. The class contact is Emily McNair.

TNT | Calvin 304
Join this group of loving, open and faithful individuals focused on study, as well as service and outreach opportunities. The class style usually involves group discussion through shared leadership about biblically based and topical studies. This fall the class will study the Gospel of Mark using the Mickey Efird DVD series. All are welcome. The class contact is Linda Robinson.

Midweek Classes


Men’s Breakfast & Bible Study | 7 a.m. | Geneva
Men of all ages are invited to come for a hot breakfast, fellowship and Bible study. The preaching pastor of the week leads a short Bible study related to the upcoming Sunday sermon. Bible study, breakfast and prayer conclude promptly at 8:00 a.m. each week. Contact for the group is Don Thompson.

Women’s Breakfast & Study | 7 a.m. | Pickard Hall
Women of all ages are invited to come for a hot breakfast, fellowship, study and prayer. This group studies the Presbyterian Women’s Bible lesson once a month and on other weeks they study a variety of topics. All participants are invited to stay as long as they like or to leave early for work or other commitments. The group contacts are Susan Allen and Miriam Dorsey.

God Talk | 9:30-11 a.m. | Calvin 200
God Talk is a women’s study led by Grier Richards. This fall God Talk will be discussing Barbara Brown Taylor’s Holy Envy and how relationships with other world religions impact and strengthen Christian Faith. God Talk is accessible to newcomers and regular attendees. The class contact is Angie Faulk.

Tuesdays with Tracey | 10:30 -11:30 a.m. | Calvin 100 
Pause, Ponder, Pray. This Tuesday morning women’s group will be reading The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt and Repairing the World by Bob Abernathy and William Bole. The group will examine interviews of many notable individuals as they discuss their own faith, doubts and spiritual practices. Come join this group to explore these stories of faith, and to examine what you believe and why. The class contact is Tracey Daniel.


Bible Belles | Wednesday mornings (except the 1st Wednesday of each month) | 9:30 a.m. | A member’s home
Bible Belles is a reading and discussion group comprised primarily of senior adult women. The group meets each Wednesday during the Sunday School year except the 1st Wednesday of each month. New members are welcome. For more information, contact Gail Smith.

Meaning as Millennials: Faithful conversations about Christianity and Culture | 7-8:30 p.m. | Monthly | Offsite
Meaning as Millennials is a social and study group for people in their late 20s to late 30s interested in exploring their faith and today’s culture. Discussions are based upon Scripture, articles, current events, podcasts, or books. This group meets monthly at various homes and venues around Raleigh. For more information contact Grier Richards.

Fall Wednesday Series* | 6:30 - 8 p.m.
September 11, 18, 25: Meditation 101 (Also offered Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26; 10:45 a.m. - noon), Chapel, teacher Cate Church Norman

October 2, 9, 16, 23; 6:30-8 p.m.: A New Look at Some Old Stories (Also offered Thursdays, October 3, 10, 17; 10:30 a.m. - noon), Calvin 203, teacher Judy Siker

November 13, 20: Marriage Enrichment, Sanctuary, teacher Christopher Edmonston

* Childcare available for Wednesday evening classes with registration.


Lilies of the Field | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | Calvin 301
This group of women of all ages studies the Bible and other Christian books. Participants grow in their understanding of what it means to be a disciple of Christ through supporting, encouraging, challenging and comforting one another. All are welcome. Register online for childcare. Class leaders are Lillian Poole and Candy Lewis.

Thursday Morning Bible Study | 9:30-11 a.m. | Witherspoon 400
This small co-ed group focuses on biblically based topics through a discussion format. Various books and/or DVD courses are selected and used during the year. This fall the class will study Genesis: A Conversation, A Bill Moyers’ Special from National Public Television, led by teacher Jewel Deane Suddath. New members welcome. Class coordinator is Nancy McLean.

Disciple Bible Study | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Calvin 301
This high commitment eight-week Disciple Bible study will examine the book of Romans using a video and daily Bible readings. The class will explore the radical vision of God’s relationship with both Christians and Jews as described in Paul’s writings. The cost of the book is $15. Class leader is Kevin White. Space is limited. Register online by September 9, 2019.

Additional Opportunities

Burn & Learn | 9-10:30 a.m. | Courtyard
September 14, October 12, November 9
Enjoy a 45-minute walk or run while listening to a podcast followed by a 30-minute discussion. Bring your smart phone and headphones. No registration required. Contact Tracey Daniel with questions.

Make and Advent Wreath | 3-4:30 p.m. | Knox 306
November 10
Multi-generational class from second graders to 102 years young! Join us as we make an advent wreath. No artistic talent required. Reservations needed for the event and for childcare. For more information, contact Tracey Daniel.