Spiritual Growth

Growing in Faith, Growing in Friendship

APC offers a variety of Sunday School classes, Bible studies, and discussion groups designed to support, encourage, and guide individuals no matter where they are on their faith journey. Please consider joining one–or several–and grow in faith and friendship together. All are welcome.


Faith & Families (Adult Sunday School)

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., Garden Room (106)
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August 13, 2017 – May 20, 2018.  An informal and welcoming class which discusses how to live out our faith amid the busyness of daily life. No outside preparation is required and drop-ins are encouraged. During the year, we will study “Animate Faith: Practices,” and “The Thoughtful Christian,” watch Ted Talks, and read “Love to Stay” and “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem,” both by Adam Hamilton.


Courageous Conversations (Adult Sunday School)

Sundays, 8:30 a.m., Garden Room (106)
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Through May 20, 2018. A supportive environment in which individuals have the opportunity to engage difficult questions about life and faith. This class encourages honest and open discussion prompted by a series of topics from “The Thoughtful Christian.” Drop-ins are welcome.


Crossroads (Adult Sunday School)

Sundays, 9:30 a.m., Room 210
Class coordinator: Dale Carter
Through May 20, 2018. A relaxed atmosphere in which individuals can enter into thoughtful conversations on a variety of topics in history, theology, and faith. The class is focused on seniors, but all ages are welcome to attend. Drop-ins are welcome. During the year, we will study the life and writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and read “Creed: What Christians Believe and Why,” and “Moses: In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet,” both by Adam Hamilton.

DISCIPLE I Bible Study

DISCIPLE I is an intensive, small group Bible study with daily scripture reading and weekly class discussions enhanced by video commentary. Genesis to Revelation…study the Old and New Testaments in 24 weeks in this class designed for busy adults seeking to engage with the entire biblical text. APC offers two pastor-led DISCIPLE I classes:
Sundays, 1:30-3 p.m., Garden Room (106), led by Rev. Caitlin Phillips, begins September 10
Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Room 210, led by Dr. Ollie Wagner, begins September 11



Those who have completed DISCIPLE I may continue with DISCIPLE II, an in-depth study of the books of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts. APC offers two classes of DISCIPLE II:
Sundays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 211, led by Alan Frutchey, begins September 10
Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Garden Room (106), led by Nancy Hathy, begins September 5


Jesus in the Gospels

Sundays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Room 210
Class Coordinator: Nancy Hill
Begins August 20. Learn how Jesus and the New Testament scriptures are rooted in Judaism’s Old Testament. Each week the study connects scripture to daily life as well as Jesus’ call to discipleship.


Monday Morning Bible Study

Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Room 203
Class Coordinator: Mary Dantzler
Begins September 11. In the fall, we will read “Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith” by Barbara Brown Taylor, and “Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say” by Adam Hamilton. In the spring, we will read “The Call: Life and Message of the Apostle Paul” by Adam Hamilton, then study “Invitation to Romans.”


Church History Study

Thursdays, 9-11 a.m., Room 205
Class Coordinator: Charles Moriarty
Begins August 24. Explore the history of the early church and the Protestant Reformation. We will study “Luther: Gospel, Law and Reformation” with Professor Phillip Cary, “The Lives of Great Christians” with Professor William R. Cook, and “From Jesus to Constantine: A History of Early Christianity” with Professor Burt D. Ehrman.


Christian Believer

Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Room 205
Class Coordinator: Beth Bowles
Focus on the classical teachings of the Christian faith through the use of words, symbols, and hymns. Participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars.


Faith and Modern Life

Fridays, 10-11:30 a.m., Garden Room (106)
Class Coordinator: Beth Bowles
Ongoing. This group reads and discusses different books on faith, beginning with “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.


Presbyterian Women Bible Study

Four PW Women’s Circles meet monthly for Bible study, mission work and fellowship. Drop-ins are always welcome.


Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study

Dr. Ollie Wagner leads a study of the upcoming Sunday’s lectionary passages for a small group of men on Monday mornings, 7-8 a.m. in the Pastor’s Study. Drop-ins are welcome. An optional and informal breakfast follows. Contact .


Living Prayer

This women’s prayer group meets on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. to pray for those on the church prayer list. Contact .