CLASSES

 


Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

With Senior Pastor David Joynt
Wednesdays, January 15-February 19
6-7PM, Upper Youth Room 512, free

Christians believe God is the source of truth and creator of reason. Yet we live at a time when many people dismiss Christian faith as pure fantasy or unreasonable conviction. C.S. Lewis, Oxford Professor and Christian believer, wrote Mere Christianity to show why faith is reasonable and how to connect our heads and hearts.

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Holy Yoga

With Erin Lunn & Jennifer Cecil
Wednesdays, January 15-May 13, 6-7:30PM
Room 411, Cost: $5 per class

This is a type of yoga practice that combines stretching and movement with worshipful moments and prayer. All levels welcome, no experience necessary. Bring a yoga mat and a friend!

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Men’s Ministry Study

Wednesdays, January 15-April 1, 6-7:30, Room 412

We are very excited to start offer this Wednesday evening opportunity! We will work through the study, Nine Attributes of a Man, by our upcoming 2020 Men’s Retreat speaker, Vince Miller. This will be a great study to come alongside each other, deepen our faith, and consider how to be the best men we can be to our friends, family, and coworkers.

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Small Groups Sampler

With Senior Pastor David Joynt
Wednesdays, March 4-April 1, 6-7pm, Chapel, Free

We want you to be a part of a small group at VPC! This class will provide the opportunity to see how small groups work before committing to your own. There will be multiple small groups, each discussing the previous Sunday’s sermon. Small groups are a powerful way to grow closer to God, your church, and other people at VPC. We are excited to start this program!

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How did we get where we are today? Modern Church History

With Dr. Grayson Carter, Chair, Church History, Fuller Theological Seminary
Wednesdays, March 4-May 13, 6-7PM
Upper Youth Room 512, free

The Church continues to change in order to be relevant to those it ministers to. But how did we get where we are now? Join Dr. Carter as he takes us through the issues that shape the church of today.

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Spiritual Formation: Exploring Your Spiritual Journey

Thursdays, February 6-27
6-7PM, VPC Library 

with Kathy Oppenhuizen, Beth Allen, & Leslie Turner

 

Have you found a place in your life when you can be still and sit in God's presence? This is a time to consider and reflect on God's ways in your life. This is a time to join others who seek God, desire to be refreshed and renewed on life's journey. We will reflect on writings from Henri Nouwen and other spiritual formation writers. 

 

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Adventures in Learning

  • FREE classes for adults of all ages
  • Come 15 minutes early for cookies and beverages
  • Registrations are encouraged, walk-ins are welcome

Chair Yoga & Meditation

Tuesdays, January 14-February 25
11AM-Noon, Room 415/416

“Gentle Chair Yoga with Sarah Starr.” Move at your own comfort level to this DVD filmed in a huge field of sunflowers. This class is designed for men and women of all ages. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

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Understanding Addiction

With Shirley Polk 
Thursday, January 23, 7-8:30PM, Room 415/416

Shirley will define addiction, its triggers, and its cravings. She’ll discuss 12-step programs and new medications that initiate recovery and help maintain sobriety. There will be a Q&A at the end of her presentation.  

Shirley graduated from the University of Illinois with an RN/Bachelor of Science Degree and dual Masters Degrees in Nursing and in Counseling from ASU. She presently has a private practice, counseling people with cognitive-behavioral health issues, including addiction.

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martin luther - his life and theology

Instructor: William B. McKee
Tuesdays, Jan. 28 - March 3
3:00-4:00 PM, Room 415/416 

Martin Luther lived in a time of change as society emerged from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance. Church and state exerted influence on the day-to-day lives of people. Martin Luther was an ordinary person who was thrust forward as a leader in those times. We'll discuss how his life changed as guided by his conscience, including his involvement in the Protestant Reformation. We'll also reflect on how those same issues guide our conscience today as we deal with change in our contemporary society. 

Bill is a fun, friendly and fascinating teacher! He is the Scholar in Residence at Valley Presbyterian Church. Bill is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and he earned a Master's Degree in Economics from UCLA. He graduated from Fuller Seminary where he earned a Masters in Theology. Bill writes on theology and teaches adult Christian education.

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Ringing Bells for Fun!

With Jennifer Hamm 
Thursday, January 30, 10-11:30AM, Room 415/416

This class is all about having fun while learning some handbell basics. Ringing bells is a unique skill that can be easily learned and keeps your mind sharp. Ability to read music is a plus, but not a necessity. Learning to play handbells helps you learn to read music.

Jennifer is the Minister of Music at Valley Presbyterian Church and Chancel Choir Director. Jennifer learned to play handbells as a child and played in church groups for several years. In college, she was the Director of Handbells at Mountain View Presbyterian Church for three years. She has incorporated handbells into her music ministry at each church she has served.

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Classic Movies

With Janel Willert 
Tuesdays, February 4-25, 7-8:30 PM, Room 415/416

Back by popular demand, Janel will educate us with her knowledge of old movies, as well as entertain us with movie clips from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. Janel will speak about different movie stars each week.

Janel is a movie buff and loves old classic films. She met many famous stars while attending Turner Classic Movies events and while working as a television news anchor.

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Life as a City Firefighter

With Darryl Bair, City of Phoenix Fire Battalion Chief (ret.) 
Thursday, February 6, 7-8:30 PM, Room 415/416

Darryl will lead a discussion covering his career as a firefighter in an informal Q&A setting. Topics include: hiring, training, career paths, types of calls, fire station routine, cooking, shift work, fire suppression tactics and strategy, and fire prevention.

Darryl is a retired Fire Battalion Chief with the City of Phoenix. He joined the department in 1971 and retired in 2009 after serving 37 years. Darryl graduated from ASU with a teaching degree. He was also an Evening Division Adjunct Professor at Phoenix College teaching Fire Science for 25 years, while with the Fire Department.

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Valentine’s Party

Thursday, February 13, 6:30-8:30PM, Room 415/416

This party is back by popular demand with an extra special treat! There will be a delicious dessert buffet, door prizes, the opportunity to learn about future classes, and live music. Adults of all ages are welcome.

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Chair Dancing

Tuesdays, March 3-April 28, 11AM-Noon, Room 415/416

Exercise to the beat without leaving your seat! We’ll use “Chair Dancing”, a fun DVD promoting aerobic fitness. Move at your own comfort level. This class is designed for men and women of all ages. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Come when you can.

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Improve Your Balance

Tuesdays, May 5-26, 11AM-Noon, Room 415/416

Have fun with your contemporaries as you improve your balance in this fall prevention class. We’ll use the DVD “Stronger Seniors”. Move at your own comfort level. This class is designed for men and women. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

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Classes

pickleball (ages 8-108)

Coach: Jack Thomas, 602-418-2439
Tuesdays/Thursdays, Year Round
4:30-6:30PM, Landes Center
Costs: Free

Fantastic and fun game played on a badminton court with a lower net, a perforated plastic ball, and lightweight paddles. You don't have to be good at other sports. It's easy to learn but can develop into a quick, fast-paced competitive game for experienced players. Once you start playing, you can't stop! Learn more about Pickleball. 

grandmaster han's martial arts of arizona (all ages)

Instructor: Jeff or Lori Jordan, 780-326-3755
Thursdays

4:30-5:30PM, Calvin Center
Fee: One class per week, $45/month

Youn Wh Ryu - Christian-based martial arts for physical fitness and self-defense. Our Training Principles: Be Polite, Be Patient, Be Alert, Be Brave, Do Your Best, Respect Yourself and Others. 

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line dance (adults)

Instructor: Linda Purkapile
Fridays, Year Round
10AM-NOON, Landes Basement
Fee: $60 for eight, two-hour classes

Do you want a fun, low-impact exercise that gives a physical and mental workout? Line dancing may be just what you're looking for! Classes led by Jerry Villaire, a national and local coach for all levels. 


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RightNow Media has Bible teaching and practical content for adults, youth, and children. There are studies by respected pastors and teachers, original RightNow videos, and recordings of Christian conferences. Best of all, you can view these videos from your computer, tablet, or even your phone! Videos can be accessed by individual members and their families or streamed by Community Groups or Bible studies.

We're excited about the ways you can use this resource to grow in your faith.