Market Square Presbyterian Church

20 S. Second St., Harrisburg, PA 17101


Adult Education Opportunities for  2016

SPRING 2017 Adult Education


First floor Conference Room

March 5
The class will join the Adult Forum.

March 12, 17, & 26
John Taylor, Acts of the Apostles


Various topics
9:30 a.m. in Rm. 416, Upper level

March 26 “The Experience of Returning Home from Service in Vietnam” with the Reverend Chuck Hiller & the Reverend David Watkins,
Chuck and David served in Vietnam and returned home in 1968 and 1969, respectively. Though they both were on the same ship, the USS Gordon, they did not know each other at the time but met later through their service in the church. Each has health issues related to the war. Each have experienced PTSD and faith-related issues related to the war. Come and learn of their after-the-war experiences and some of the places they eventually found help and hope.

April 2 – “A Study of a Minor Prophet, Amos, and His Relevance for 2017” (Part 1)

Judd McConnell will lead a two week series on the prophet Amos, one of the Minor Prophets…minor not because he was not important but, well, come and learn why we have “minor prophets” in the scripture even though they have outsized messages. Although helpful to attend both sessions, it is not necessary.  Come as you are able. During Part 1 (April 2), participants will encounter the contextual times of this 8th century prophet, review the central theme of Amos, and explore the various passages of his prophetic message.

April 9 – “A Study of a Minor Prophet, Amos, and His Relevance for 2017” (Part 2) with the Reverend Judson McConnell. Participants will enter into the African Bible Study Method focusing on passages in Amos.  We will consider the prophecy of Amos in light of our own understandings and feelings and its relevance for today both personally and in the wider community.

April 16 – Easter Day - NO Adult Forum today.

April 23 – “Eating for Your Health and the Health of the Planet” with Dr. Jim Jones

What and how we eat has definite and important ramifications for our own personal health as well as our planet.  In Jim’s inimitable way, he will share compellingly and winsomely some facts and factors that will help us all to move toward greater health.

April 30 – “The Heroin and Opioid Epidemics” with the Reverend Ruth Hope Woodlen

There are few things so heartrending in our contemporary society as the number of persons losing or despoiling their lives in the heroin and opioid epidemics, yet many of us know little about them.  This informative presentation will illuminate the particulars of this addiction and its resulting personal and societal consequences with an eye to possible helps and solutions.


9:30 a.m. in Room 420 (next to the Room for the Inner Way)

The group meets to discuss books and other issues that might be relevant to LGBT Christians but all are welcome---allies and LGBT people alike.  For more information, please contact class facilitator, Paul Whitman (

LIFT (Learning in Faith Together)

Wednesday nights - 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. Conference Room

Plan to get your LIFT (Learning In Faith Together) for the Spring.  Our theme for this six week cycle will be a study of the Beatitudes.  The class will explore the scriptural context and the present day implications of these blessings.  Through a discussion format we discover new perspectives on scripture and our faith.

Last cycle our group of 10 included members of the Quaker meeting and MSPC; this cycle we want to include you as well. Join us on Wednesday nights from  7:00 to 8:15 on February 15 & 22, March 8,15,22, &  29 (No class on March 1 as it is Ash Wednesday and Market Square has a worship service) in the conference room of MSPC.


Every 3rd and 4th Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the church library

Every 1st and 2nd Saturday at 3:00 p.m. in the conference room (beginning in March)

Sunday Bible study covers the basics of the Christian faith, particularly major themes in Systematic Theology.

Saturday Bible study focuses on the Gospel of John. Currently, all Bible studies are led by the Reverend Ki Nam Lee.

Other Educational Opportunities

THE MONDAY BIBLE STUDY meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the church library:  January 8 & 23; February 13 & 27; March 13 & 27; April 10 & 24; May 8 & 22.

The group has chosen the Horizons Bible study titled, “Who is Jesus? What a Difference a Lens Makes.” The study takes us on a journey through the Gospels, Hebrews, the non-canonical Gospels, other Abrahamic faiths and concludes with contemporary cultural interpretations, while giving us a view of who the man Jesus was and allowing us to develop our own viewpoints of him.  Cheryl Goode is the convener of the group; for more information, please contact her at the church.