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.

The MONDAY BIBLE STUDY led by Cheryl Goode meets at the church on alternate Mondays at from 10:30 a.m. until noon. The current study is centered on the New Testament Book of Hebrews. (See church calendar for meeting dates.)

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

March 25 -  Conclusion of “Market Square Presbyterian Church As A Community Of Resistance” 

Elder Trum Simmons and Pastor Tom Sweet conclude their discussion about what it means for the church to be a “community of resistance.”

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

April 1 – Easter Day.  No Forum

April 8“What the Resurrection of Jesus Christ Means to Me”A panel of Market Square clergy including Sandy Strauss, Kelly Wiant, Tom Ward, Chuck Hiller, Jim Richwine, Lois Richwine, Bob Hotchkiss, Tom Johnston, Dave Arnold and moderated by Tom Sweet will converge around the meaning of the Resurrection for life in the world and our lives.

April 15“Tax Resistance”H. A. Penner, one of our most distinguished speakers in our Adult Forum series, will return to Market Square to talk about his life as a federal tax resister.  He asks, “What moral injury do we suffer when we pay for war while praying for peace?”  Ouch!  Mr. Penner is a member of the Akron (PA) Mennonite Church and is the Mennonite Church (USA) representative to the National Campaign for a Peace Tax Fund.  This is a not-to-be-missed presentation.

April 22City 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.

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

Through six bi-weekly sessions beginning Sunday, March 25, 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (please bring your own lunch), Deacon Kevin Burrell will lead us in a discussion of I Corinthians. We'll look at the passages in terms of contemporary Biblical scholarship to explore the following themes: Community Formation, Christian Living, Class and Theology, Role of the Old Testament, and Paul as a Model for Ministry. Paul's private letters to associates in churches throughout Asia minor pre-date the Gospels and spearheaded the growth of the Jesus movement among non-Jews in the first century. Class will meet in the Adult Forum room on the 4th floor.

Coming in April: LIFT BIBLE STUDY

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 Lord’s Prayer as a guide to Biblical Spirituality. Prayer is the most familiar aspect of spirituality. Using Matthew’s scriptural form, the class will examine The Lord’s Prayer in the context of both the Old and New Testaments. We will explore how Jesus understood the spirituality he inherited and how that impacts our own spirituality. The Reverend Ruth Hope Woodlen will be the class facilitator. Join our discussions on Wednesday nights from 7:00 to 8:15 on April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2, and 9 in the conference room of MSPC.

Please let the MSPC church office ( or Ruth ( know of your planned attendance so we can plan for enough materials. We need you to LIFT us higher.