Market Square Presbyterian Church

20 S. Second St., Harrisburg, PA 17101


Adult Education Opportunities

Note: Elder Trum Simmons is the chairperson of the Adult Education Committee. Please feel free to talk with Trum or Pastor Tom Sweet about ideas you may have for our Continuing Education for Adults.

The ATWOOD BIBLE SEEKERS meets at 9:30 every Sunday morning in the Conference Room beside the church office with the Reverend Chuck Hiller providing leadership and guidance.

The KOREAN BIBLE STUDY meets on the 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month at 11:00 a.m. in the church library.

ADULT FORUM IN APRIL – Meets Sunday mornings at 9:30 on the fourth floor off of Geneva Hall.

April 22 – City Beautiful H20.   Our Earth Sunday Adult Forum features Andrew Bliss of Capital Region Water who will apprise us of a major new project about to be undertaken in Harrisburg to repair infrastructure and remediate the storm water system that propels millions of tons of dirty storm water into the Susquehanna River.  Costing several hundred million dollars under federal mandate, this project will an environmental “positive” while affecting all Harrisburg rate payers financially.  Come and learn all about it..

April 29 – “Beyond Affirmation.  What’s Next?”  Joanne Carroll is our featured guest as we discuss how Market Square can further its ministry with transgender persons and their friends, families, and allies.  Joanne is president of TransCentralPA, a support, advocacy, and education organization.


May 6 – “Nuclear Abolition” – One of our favorite presenters, Dr. Jim Jones, will speak about the clear and present dangers embodied in and by our nuclear weapons stockpiles and the current fragile political climate.  Drawing from the compelling new book by Daniel Ellsberg called The Doomsday Machine and Jim’s own intense interest and research, this is a forum of immediate and immense importance.

May 13 – “Rain Gardens – Why, Where, & How?” – Sponsored by our Environmental Action Committee and by popular request, Shirley Stark will present on an important ecological topic of her passion and expertise.  Rain gardens divert water and slowly move it into the ground.  This helps to reduce flooding and to improve water quality.  Native rain garden plants also provide habitat for birds, butterflies, and beneficial pollinators.  The presentation will provide design, plant selection, and maintenance information to help us creation attractive rain gardens on our properties.

May 20 – “The Dance of Peace” – Lori Sweet learned the Seven Point Movement Meditation on the Seneca Indian Reservation in the 1990s.  This practice also is known as the Tsalagi (Cherokee) Dance of Life and the Universal Dance of Peace.  The Tai-chi- like movements and contemplative focus calm the practitioner who holds the intention to honor all of life, to express gratitude, and to seek peace with all of our relations.  The movement is a portal through our own hearts for the love and peace of the Great Spirit/God to be shared in the world.  In this way, the practice becomes an act of peace and embodied prayer.  After a brief introduction, you will have an opportunity to participate in the dance (as it is traditionally practiced in community) or to witness and observe the dancers as the Spirit of Peace is invoked.

May 27 -  “An Inconvenient Slideshow: A Realistic View of Our Changing Climate” – The slideshow will feature slides and discussions from Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project designed to raise awareness about the climate crisis and solutions to arguably the greatest challenge of our day.  The Reverend Sandra Strauss has taken training in this Project and will be our presenter this day.

WHAT’S UP WITH PAUL? An Introduction to Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

Through six bi-weekly sessions from 12:30-2:00 p.m. (please bring your own lunch, if desired), Deacon Kevin Burrell is leading us in an exploration of 1 Corinthians.

The last two class sessions in this series will occur May 13 & 27. 

The class meets in the Adult Forum room on the fourth floor of the building and newcomers to the class always are welcomed!


The last two class session of the current LIFT (Learning In Faith Together) series will be held Wednesday evenings May 2 and 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the church.  Our theme for this six week cycle is “The Lord’s Prayer As a Guide to Biblical Spirituality.”  The Reverend Ruth Hope Woodlen is the class leader.


Led by Cheryl Goode, the class will meet at the church at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 7, for the last gathering of the current season. The group will share a picnic together and both review this past year and look ahead to the next.  New and interested folks are welcome!  Call Cheryl at the church for details!


The spring selection of Reformed Readers has concluded.

Information about the fall 2018 selection will be announced here when selections and leaders have been determined.