Easter Pancake breakfast 2012After Worship on Sunday there are opportunities for education, conversation and engagement.  We call the hour from noon to 1 pm. “Sunday Nurtures.”  On the first Sunday of the month we often have a Community Potluck lunch.  There is no program, just a time for food and fellowship.  On other Sundays there may be what we call a “sermon talk-back” where the preacher sits down with people to engage in conversation about the sermon and the challenges it presents.  Sometimes there are questions asking for more information, sometimes people speak up about how the sermon connected with their life. Sometimes there are efforts to think strategically about how action might flow from the words and challenges embedded in the sermon.

Adult Education Sunday Nurture sessions are created and sponsored by various commissions in the church.  They may deal with personal faith and sharing (especially during Advent and Lent), or provide important information about justice issues and policy concerns of interest to the members of the congregation (e.g. gun control, affordable housing, death and dying, climate change, war and peace, interfaith relations).  We are nurtured by these things. We say that God is still speaking.  In our Sunday Nurture programs we listen to each other, to the wider community and to the Holy Spirit.

The two LISTS below show information about upcoming SUNDAY NURTURES (left) and recent SUNDAY NURTURES (right)

A Deeper Conversation About Hospice, April 9Hospice How Do We as a Community Support One Another in End of Life Decisions? 12 PM.  This is an important follow-up conversation to the nurture on Hospice in November.  The goal is to identify practical ways that we as a community of faith can support one another during the end of our lives. We will be reviewing advance directives and living wills and outlining the legal protocols regarding the power of attorney.  We will also be brainstorming ways that we, as a church community, can provide family-type support to church members as they approach the end of their life.Read more...
Stories of Colombia, March 12, 12:00 PMPazWe welcome you to this full conversation about how the story of Colombia is so interwoven with the life of our church.  We are so fortunate to learn from Luis Murillo, whose story and family story has been a witness to the darkest periods of Colombia’s Civil War and it’s current movement toward peace; and Rev. Barbara Gerlach, who helped lead the church to faithfully respond to how to be a witness for justice and peace for refugees from the civil wars of Latin America.  Please contact Rev. Sam at 202-294-5437 or mcferran.sam@gmail.com if you have any questions.Read more...
Re-Imagining a Season of Meaning and Hopeadvent-candles Re-Imagining a Season of Meaning and Hope, Sunday, December 18, 12:00 PM. Please join us for this nurture on how Advent can be a season of spiritual growth.  During this time of waiting and longing, where has God’s light entered upon our lives to provide us with new purpose, meaning and hope?  Whether it is in our relationships, our community, our work, or our journey of faith, how has Advent become a time of spiritual transformation?  Maybe it is through re-examining our traditions, our history, or our gifts, that we will rediscover a new vitality in following God’s call in our journey of faith.  Read more...
Holding the LighthospiceA Sacred Conversation about Hospice and Compassionate Care, November 27th, 2016, 12 PM.  As we enter the Advent Season, we dwell upon the light of God in our lives and in the lives of family and friends.  As we contemplate the end of our lives or the lives of our loved ones, let us make informed decisions that promote dignity, are in accordance with our faith and values, and honors the people in our lives.  Please join us for an informative and sacred conversation about hospice care and how to bring your faith to end-of-life decisions.Read more...
Confirmation Journey 2017confirmationParents’ Gathering, Sunday, November 13, 12 PM – 1 PM, Living Room.  In January, a remarkable group of junior and high school students will begin the confirmation journey.  To prepare for this journey, we are inviting parents for an important conversation about hopes and expectations.  In the past 12 months, it’s been wonderful to see this group grow in faith through Sunday school, community service, an urban ministry retreat, and taking leadership roles in worship.Read more...
Adult Nurture: “Yes, Jesus was a Refugee”RefugeeAdult Education Nurture: “Yes, Jesus was a refugee.”  Sunday, December 13, following worship.  Jesus was a refugee. But what does that mean to us today? As the rhetoric about appropriate responses to the current refugee crisis grows more intense and options appear more complicated, how do we think about this moment in historical context? How can we engage in ways that are faithful to our Christian call? And how does all of this tie in to the Advent and Christmas season?          Read more...