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Sundays (see dates below), 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
The class series Christian Life will explore how our Christian faith is the basis and foundation of how we live out our lives. Topics for learning and discussion include:
Life in the Spirit—What is the Holy Spirit doing in our 21st Century lives? September 17– October 22
This I Believe: Creeds and Confessions—What do the statements of the doctrines of the Christian faith tell us about the basis of our beliefs? How can we apply these teachings to our lives? October 29 & November 12 & 19 & May 20
Life in Community: Building Healthy Relationships—What does it mean to be a Christian in community? January 7– February 4
Christian Virtue—What qualities of character shape our lives as Christians? February 11– March 11
Vocation—How does our Christian faith inform what type of work we do and how we apply Christian values in diverse, secular workplaces? April 15–May 13
Free child care is available by reservation only 7 days prior to the start of each set of classes. To register for a class and/or reserve child care, select the title of each class.


The Road to Jerusalem: A Lenten Retreat

Saturday, February 24, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Coleman Room (Bldg 700)
Led by Judy Beggs and Jim Peterson, SVPC Spiritual Directors

Lenten Retreat 2018As Jesus turned his face to Jerusalem in the final weeks of his ministry, so we are invited during Lent to anticipate Holy Week and Easter, to ponder their significance for us personally and as a church. We offer this mini-retreat to help stimulate this reflection through a spiritual practice of corporate praying through art. You will be led through a practice in small groups that will generate an image-based representation of your reflection on portions of Jesus’ journey. Through individual reflection and group sharing, you will mine the significance of these stories.

Sign up for the retreat here.
Artwork used by permission © Gwen Meghar



Make Meaning Before Money

Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.–9 p.m., Fellowship Hall (Bldg 300)
* Come at 7 p.m. for a light supper of salads and sandwiches. *

Where and why we create value for others (innovation) and how we imagine God to be involved in our meaning-making (theology) and value-making (economics) should become increasingly important to Christians in the Silicon Valley. Luke’s Gospel challenges our propensity to make value without meaning (Luke 19:1-27), and the good soil Jesus refers to in his parable (Matthew 13:3-14) challenges the way our consumer society increasingly compartmentalizes value.  

Lanny Vincent headshotLanny Vincent will present a short lecture based on his essay in A Primer on Innovation Theology: Responding to Change in the Company of God (2017), followed by an interview with Barry Vickrey and questions from those present.

For thirty-five years Lanny Vincent has been facilitating invention and foresight with Fortune 500 companies seeking to innovate. Formerly a Presbyterian pastor in the South and Midwest, Lanny continues to make sense of change and innovation with the inspired guidance of the biblical canon, even from his garage in the San Francisco Bay Area. Barry Vickrey is the lead elder for the Discipleship ministry area and a retired law school dean and professor.


Other Classes

Safe Church Training

The Safe Church Training classes are part of SVPC's program to ensure a safe environment where children, youth, and adults can grow in their relationship with God. This 90 minute class includes viewing of two half hour videos titled, “Safeguarding God’s Children.” Child care and snacks are provided. Pre-registration is helpful but not necessary