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The Discipleship classes are designed to build upon one another; however, each class is structured so that you can attend when your schedule allows. Pre-registration for classes is requested but not necessary.

Free child care is available by reservation only. Please contact 7 days prior to the beginning of each class/series you wish to attend.

Bible Study
Bible StudySundays, January 6–May 26 (no class Easter, April 21), 9–9:50 a.m., Room 304 (Bldg 300)
Taught by various leaders

Join us for 50 minutes between the Early Light and 10 a.m. services for this popular Sunday morning study. The class will use a standard set of questions to explore the scripture reading for that Sunday’s worship services. The study will emphasize new insights on how the scripture relates to everyday life.

The World in Which Jesus Lived, 3-Part Series
See dates below, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
Part 1: Sunday, November 18
Taught by Rabbi Kleinberg, Ph.D.

We will consider early rabbinic texts from the period around the time that Jesus lived. These texts will guide our engagement with the question, “What characteristics should one cultivate in seeking the divine encounter?” Rabbi Darren Kleinberg is Head of School at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto, California.

Part 2: Sundays, January 13–February 17
Taught by Rev. Dr. Libby Boatwright

We will study Bible passages related to Holy Land sites that will be visited by a spring, 2019 travel group led by Libby. This class will be of interest to anyone who has previously traveled, or plans to travel to the Holy Land.

* Register for the World in Which Jesus Lived Part 2 class *

Part 3: Sundays, May 5–19, 2019
Taught by Dr. Bill Prior

A study of Greek and Roman philosophy, government, and religion in the time of Christ.

* Register for the World in Which Jesus Lived Part 3 class *

This I Believe: Creeds and Confessions
Creeds & Confessions
Learn about the Creeds & Confessions in the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Confessions.
See dates below, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall (Bldg 500)
  • The Barmen Declaration, September 30—Taught by Rev. Steve Whitney
  • A Brief Statement of Faith, February 24—Taught by Rev. Hardy H. Kim
  • The Confession of 1967, April 14—Taught by Rev. Joey Lee

* Register for the Creed and Confessions Class *

Invitations from God—A Lenten
Contemplative Retreat
Sundays, March 10, 24, 31, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall
Taught by Judy Beggs, Jim Peterson and Eleanor Whitney

Join us for a 3-part mini-retreat series during Lent. Using Adele Ahlberg Calhoun’s book Invitations from God, we will focus each session on one invitation that God always holds out to us.

  • Invitation to Practice the Presence of People
  • Invitation to Forgive
  • Invitation to Remember

Each session will include a brief presentation on the invitation, a reflection on a relevant scripture passage, discussion of roadblocks and awarenesses that arise around the invitation, and practices to put the invitation in place.  

* Registration is encouraged but not required. *


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Rev. Laurie Kraus
Sunday, April 7, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Soulé Hall

Rev. Laurie Kraus, PDA Director, will update us on the important work being done by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), the emergency and refugee program of the PC(USA). Rev. Krause's 30 years of pastoral experience include doctoral work and graduate level teaching, both in the theology and practice of ministry in disaster, and in multicultural ministry practice.



WDPD: What Do Presbyterians Do
Sunday, April 28, 2019
Led by Judi Pogue and Mary Green Vickrey

Presbyterian Women will discuss the structure and programs of the Presbyterian Church (USA), with a focus on the Presbyterian Mission Agency. The class will highlight literature and online resources.

* Register for the WDPD class *


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