Adult Education – September 2017

Standing Before God

The Protestant Reformation in the 1500s prompted over 500 years of reform and shaped ministry to God’s people for centuries. Let’s celebrate the past and act in the present.

Sundays, 9:15 a.m, in the Assembly Room unless otherwise noted.

For a look at Adult Education offerings through October, download the brochure: AE Sep-Oct 2017 (pdf).


Young Adults in Ministry: Nassau’s Mission Dollars at Work

Katie McGee and Jonathan Freeman

September 10

Katie and Jonathan have both served God and the church this year as Young Adult Volunteers with the PCUSA. Come and hear their stories about why they chose to do a YAV year, what that meant for their life and work, and how their experience has impacted their plans and their future. The YAV motto is “A lifetime of change” – That’s a lot of promise!

Katie McGee has a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Alabama. She worked as a Presbyterian Disaster Assistance YAV in the Center at Ferncliff Camp, outside of Little Rock, AR. Thailand and an Elephant Nature Park are in her future, but there’s more.

Jonathan Freeman has a degree in Christian Education from Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina. His YAV site was in Indianapolis, where he focused on interfaith dialogue and service with Habitat for Humanity. He will move one to an internship for the Waddell Fellowship program with the University of Georgia’s Presbyterian Student Center.


Healthcare Headwinds: New Jersey’s Stake in the ACA Fight

Jackie Cornell

September 17

What impact would federal health care changes and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act have on New Jersey’s health, families, state budget and economy? A leader from New Jersey Policy Perspective, which has been on the front lines of the fight to preserve the ACA, will join us to discuss the organization’s analyses of the devastating impact, what New Jersey can do to protect the gains we’ve made, and how you can get involved.

Jackie Cornell, Director of Development & External Affairs, leads NJPP’s fundraising and outreach efforts. Before joining NJPP in August 2017, Jackie served in many leading policy and political roles in New Jersey. She was appointed by President Barack Obama as the regional director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; has served as Congressman Rush Holt’s political director and outreach director; founded and led New Leaders Council – New Jersey; and has held crucial positions with Obama for America, Organizing for America, New Jersey Citizen Action and Planned Parenthood. She comes to NJPP from the New Jersey Hospital Association, where she worked as the senior director of Federal Relations and Regulatory Affairs.

Passionate about leadership development, Jackie currently serves on the National Programs Committee for the New Leaders Council as well as the on the Advisory Board of the New Jersey chapter. She is also adjunct faculty at The College of New Jersey, teaching courses in women and public policy and feminist advocacy.


Beginning September 17

In-Depth Bible Study: First Corinthians

George Hunsinger

9:15 AM
Maclean House

George Hunsinger returns for the 21st year to lead this verse-by-verse examination of the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians.In this epistle the Corinthian congregation wrestles with doctrinal and ethical issues in conversation with their “founding pastor,” Paul, and Paul offers compelling good news in his understanding of the cross the resurrection, worship, and life together in Christian community.

Bibles are available for use during the class. Find them on the Deacon Desk by the church kitchen. New members are always welcome. Class meets next door in Maclean House (Garden Entrance).

George Hunsinger is Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.


Old Problems for a New Administration

Sandra Matsen

September 24

Come and examine an overview of important and difficult policy decisions awaiting our new Governor and State Legislature in 2018. Join a discussion of these issues and learn where you can find candidate positions to help you make your choice when you vote on November 7.

Sandra Matsen currently serves as the League of Women Voters of New Jersey legislative agent representing the members’ policy interests in Trenton.  A member of the League since the early 1980s she has held numerous local and state League positions, serving as president from 1999-2003.


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