adult education 1Sunday, 9:45 to 10:30 am from September to May

Join us for any class, any week, as we put all of the puzzle pieces together with others on the same faith journey -  there is no long-term commitment required. Scroll down to see all we offer!


Throughout the year, we'll offer topical classes / mini-series, so watch for announcements:

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Friday, May 1: 7 to 9 pm (Registration at 6:30)
Saturday, May 2: 9 am to 4:30 pm
In the Celtic Cross Room

Join us for this special two-day conference that will focus on how our life story shapes our outlook, our tendencies, our choices, and how we relate to God and to one another.

“Dr. Allender has a uniquely insightful and professional approach to addressing the sensitive issues that are part of one’s story,” said DPC member Carole Hoffner. “You will learn how to identify seasons of blessing, as well as times of trauma or tragedy, that are part of everyone’s life experience. You won’t want to miss this opportunity!”

Advanced registration is required. To sign up now, please visit:
Cost is $30 per person
After April 15, registration will be opened to friends of DPC

For more information about the To Be Told conference, visit: The Allender Center website

Sundays in AH-211

Diverse Topics. Diverse People. Demanding Times. Learning In God's House Together!


2018-2019 iLIGHT's year of...

         Knowing God. Knowing Ourselves. Navigating Life.  


Fresh Start. Fresh Format. Every Sunday morning join others struggling to navigate the grind, desiring deeper relationships, and longing for life abundant.  We are spending the year leaning into God, revealing ways to navigate this seemingly exhausting crazy world with-God, with-purpose, with-hope.  The approach is conversational and relationally focused--we are in this together.  iLIGHT alternates between series of presented topics and of group conversation focused on a particular book.  When we find God, we find ourselves.  God, through us, will transform the world.



April 7 - May 12    The Road To Character by David Brooks


David Brooks is a NYT columnist and pundit; a self-professed “narcissistic blowhard born with a disposition of shallowness”. Brooks confesses writing this book to save his own soul. The Road to Character challenges us to rebalance the scales between our resume virtues of achieving wealth and status with our eulogy virtues that exist within our created selves—kindness, humility, faithfulness, love. Society fosters a drive to achieve but offers little in the way of strategies/space to develop profound character. As parents, teachers, neighbors, Christians we are called to be character builders for ourselves and each other. iLight spent March discovering God’s self-revelation of character; come and see how Brooks’ storytelling calls us to continue becoming more fully human.     --Led by Steve Spadt

               *All are welcome whether or not reading the book. Bring your own copy or borrow one from iLIGHT.

April 7                 Introduction – Chapter 2

April 14               Chapters 3 & 4

April 28               Chapters 5 & 6

May 5                  Chapters 7 & 8

May 12                Chapters 9 & 10



March 10 - 31    I AM...

We are created in the image of God, called to live the example of Christ. We have been taught by knowing God, we better know ourselves. However, we also realize that the mystery and the reality of God transcends our human understanding and our experiences; the language and symbols we use to depict God are limited. Who is God? What is God like? Can I even know God’s true character in order to be an image bearer? Can I really know how to be Jesus-like in my everyday life? Join this 4-week conversation discovering what God has revealed, through Scripture, about God’s own character.     Led by Christen & Scott Blore

***This foundational discussion will springboard April’s conversation on the Road to Character by David Brooks.



February 3 - March 3     Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson


Join iLIGHT as we explore the issues in our criminal justice system through the eyes of attorney and author Bryan Stevenson. Bryan's #1 New York Times best selling book recounts his fight to exonerate innocent death row prisoners, challenge unfair and excessive sentencing, and confront abuse of the incarcerated, mentally ill and children prosecuted as adults. We will use video clips and excerpts from the book. All are welcome whether or not you are reading the book. Suggested chapters will be published in the bulletin. "The message of this book, hammered home by dramatic examples of one man’s refusal to sit quietly and countenance horror, is that evil can be overcome, a difference can be made." - New York Times Book Review                                          ---Led by Bob Maxwell



January   2019    "Justice For All"

The singsong of and justice for all, sighs from the lips of schoolchildren across the U.S.  Hand over heart, these words resonate memory and meaning for us all. What exactly does justice for all intend, command? Does the intention and command differ when sighed from the lips of a Christian? Jesus unabashedly challenged the unjust systems and practices of his day.  We are called to do the same: to be a voice for the voiceless, to question and reject unjust systems, and to work so that all may have life abundant. 

During the month of January, iLIGHT will be seeking God’s heart for justice as revealed from Genesis to Revelation.  This foundational conversation will springboard into February’s church-wide dialogue on the injustice of poverty and iLIGHT’s discussion on the injustice of racial bias in the criminal justice system.  Led by Christen Blore and Matt Rizk



December     2018   

Join us this advent season as we evaluate the question “what is a human person?” We will explore how the Person of Christ informs our understanding of human personhood.  Led by Greg Jensen     

                **Greg recommends Adam: God’s Beloved by Henri Nouwen for deeper personal reflection.

December 2: What Does it Mean to be Human?

St. Augustine famously stated, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” This class will provide a brief sketch of ancient, medieval, and modern descriptions of personhood. Additionally, this class will emphasize the Person of Christ as the basis for understanding personhood. 

December 9: The Gift of Human Life

What does it mean to recognize every life as a gift? This class will explore the notion that persons become more fully human through friendship and communion with one another, made possible in and through Christ.

      December 16: Disability and the Body of Christ

The final class will examine the church as a community of dependent persons who recognize disability and limits as important aspects of their created status, thus breaking down the oft supposed abled/disabled binary.



October 28 - November 25      You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith


We will unpack Smith's bold claim, "you are what you love....but you might not love what you think".  This claim is of great significance for Christians trying to navigate a rapidly shifting and demanding culture, for parents trying to form empathetic, community-minded children, and for all looking to be captured by something real.  You may purchase the book and begin reading before October 28th.  There will be books available in iLIGHT as well.

  ******Busy week...forgot to read....don't even have the book....can't make all 5 weeks....come when you what you feel led...your presence is are an important part of the conversation!  Led by Christen Blore and Steve Spadt

 October 28     Ch.1      You Are What You Love

November 4    Ch. 2      You Might Not Love What You Think

November 11  Ch. 3      The Spirit Meet You Where You Are

November 18  Chs. 4,5  What Story Are You In?, The Liturgies of Home

November 25  Chs. 6,7  Teach Your Children Well, You Make What You Want



2018 Topic Archive

February 4 and 11: Jesus’ Teachings & the Shaping of Modern Society.  Led by Matt Rizk

February 18 - March 25 : Letting Go: Recalibrating Our Busy Lives.  Led by Krista & Steve Spadt

        February 25  Presentation

        March 4        Presentation

        March 11      Presentation

        March 18      Presentation

April 8-22 : Parenting Pearls of WisdomJoin this intergenerational conversation—offering parents the opportunity to ask questions of other parents who have made it to the “other side”.


2017 Topic Archive:

February 5 – 26: “The Cost of Discipleship.” Led by Mina Choi, Kristen and Frank Roland and Krista and Steve Spadt

March 5April 9: "Jesus of Nazareth: Risen or Not?" Led by Peter Crooke, Larry King, Keith Roberts and John Willingham

April 23May 7:  "Christian...Is It What You Think?" Led by Leslie Gearhart and Krista Spadt

October 15November 5, 2017: "Just Generosity." Led by Mike Rush

October 23November 20: "Who, What, When, Where, Why."

October 23: "Bread", Led by Krista and Steve Spadt                                                     

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October 30: "Weddings, Water, and Wine", Led by Matt Rizk                  

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November 6: "Herbs, Spices, and Other Remedies", Led by Charlie Sweet 

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November 13: "A Grief Observed", Led by Pauline Sexton

November 20: "Calvary", Led by Mina Choi

November 12November 26: "Parenting with Fire" Led by Scott Blore and Rich Cummings

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November 27December 18: "Hell-Yes...OR...Hell-No" Led by Scott Blore and Jeff Toner

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December 4       Click Here for Presentation

December 11     Click Here for Presentation

December 18     Click Here for Presentation

 December 317: "Which One...Matthew or Luke?" Led by Pauline Sexton

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2016 Topic Archive:

January 3-February 7: "Pagans, Popes, Peasants, Presbyterians, & Postmoderns" Led by Christen Blore, Josh Gill, Keith Roberts, and John Willingham

Week #1, Pagans, Early Church--The Way,  led by Christen Blore

Week #2, Popes, Middle Ages--The Cathedral, led by Josh Gill

Week #3, Peasants,  Reformation--The Word,  led by John Willingham

Week #4,Presbyterians, Modernity--The Quest,  led by Keith Roberts

Week #5, Postmoderns, Today--The River   1 Peter Handout, led by Christen Blore

February 7 - February 28: "Be Mine" led by Christen Blore

Love for God, Click here for week #1 presentation, Handout

Love for Us,  Click here for week #2 presentation

Love for Others, Click here for week #3 presentation, Handout

March 6: "Interpretations of the Last Supper" Led by Christen Blore

March 13 & 20: "We're Off to See the Wizard" Led by Mike Rush

April 3 - May 1:"Faith & Life Lessons" Led by Steve & Krista Spadt, Jay & Barbara Belding, Vicki & Josh Gill, Allen & Glenda Childs, and Pauline Sexton

September 20-October 18: "The Story--Live"! Led by Mina Choi (The Sinful Woman), Larry King and Keith Roberts (David), Naomi Darville and Susan Darville (Mary & Martha), Linay Richards (The Judge), Art Shull (The Sower)

October 25-November 8: "Sneak Peek" , Barbara Butler Bass' Grounded: Finding God in the World, Led by John Willingham

November 15-December 20: TED..."Ideas Worth Spreading"  Led by Scott Blore and Steve Spadt...check each week out below:

TED week #1  Broken , Discussion

TED week #2  Happiness, Discussion

TED week #3  Connected but Alone, Discussion

TED week #4  We Need to Talk, Discussion

TED week #5  Water, Discussion  Performed LIVE! by special guest Jeff Fulgham!


2015 Topic Archive:

January 4 - January 18: "Focus on Family" Led by Nancy Roe (Children's Behavior Concerns), Sharon Shaw (Eating Disorders), and Emsley Willingham (Healthy Family Eating)

January 25 - March 1: "Great Ends of the Church" Led by Christen Blore, Josh Gill, Keith Roberts, and John Willingham

March 8 - March 29: "Faith and Life Lessons" Led by Dick & Judy Mumaugh, Jay Stough, Art & Lindsay Shull, and Mina Choi

April 12: "Faith through the Generations: Kept or Lost?" Led by John Willingham

September 14 - October 5: "Faithful Finance" Led by John Baker

October 12- November 16: "Approach to the Bible vs Approach to a Stephen King Novel--Different or the Same?" Led by Christen Blore, Josh Gill, Keith Roberts, and John Willingham

November 23 - December 21: "Conversations with Rob Bell" Led by Scott Blore and Mike Rush


How We Began...

iLIGHT began on a Sunday morning in January, 2015 and in 4 short months welcomed 90 different people through its door. iLIGHT is an open and flexible forum for people new to such an experience or to seasoned church school goers alike. Please join us this September as we continue to grow, to connect, and to create abundance.Thank you for making iLIGHT’s inaugural year abundant. Abundant? Each Sunday morning the room was a melting pot of ages, of life circumstances, and of spiritual knowledge and experience. Names were exchanged, conversations flowed, and a nurturing community of faith and acceptance was re-created each week. Whether the topic was: how to improve your listening skills, using the Myers-Briggs Inventory to find spiritual balance, finding God in movies, or simply listening to fellow members share their life lessons and faith stories—there was abundance.There was an abundance of laughter, of learning, and of support in a “no expectations” setting. All were blessed with an abundance of shared grace, of shared growth, and of shared gifts.

Meets Sundays, AH-204  

Current events are discussed while reflecting upon the story from the perspective of faith.

Led by Christo Claassans, Jenny Danzis, Pauline Sexton, Jay Stough, and John Willingham

Meets Sundays, AH-120  

This class welcomes all adults to come learn from a different Christian professional or Bible scholar each week as they share a Biblical lesson and discuss how it applies to our Christian walk. We believe “BIBLETALK!” will be a class you won’t want to miss.

Each Sunday morning starting with coffee and refreshments at 9:30 AM, class from 9:45-10:30 AM in AH Room-120.  Coordinated by Tim Liebig.

Meets Sundays, AH-213

Many Christians have head knowledge, but little heart and life experience with God. We long to experience God, because we know there is much more to the Christian life than more and more “activity”. Come for this interactive study by Dr. Henry Blackaby, and learn new ways to discern God’s plan for our lives and more fully experience God.

Led by Dick Cornelius and Margaret Thoresen in AH-213