This year we welcome another outstanding line-up of guest speakers and topics in both the fall and the winter/spring sessions.
Time and Location:
Refreshments 6:45 – 7:00 p.m. in the Gathering Area
Sessions 7:00 – 8:15 p.m. in Lower Level Room L011
Our fall session is as follows:
- September 14
- Renewal Dialogue
What to know more about the renewal at Georgetown? Do you have some thoughts you’d like to share? Join the Renewal Team for a dialogue about where God might be leading us as we continue moving together into our future.
- September 21
- Church Among the Refugees
David Kromminga, Christian Reformed missionary among refugees in Germany
Lost among all the news reports about refugees and displaced persons streaming into Europe is the fact that many are coming to churches looking for help, answers, and community. Many churches are responding to this growing need. Other churches have arisen from within the refugee groups themselves. David Kromminga speaks about his work in helping these churches respond to the needs of the growing number of refugees in Europe.
- September 28
- A Church for All
Barbara Newman, Director of Church Services for the Christian Learning Center Network
How can Georgetown church create a sense of belonging for people of varied abilities and disabilities? Barbara Newman will help us think about ways in which the church can meaningfully include people with varying needs in all aspects of the church’s life and ministry.
- October 5
- Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in the Movies
Bill Romanowski, Professor of Communications Arts & Science at Calvin College
How do we interpret and evaluate popular movies from a Christian perspective? Using clips from various movies, Bill Romanowski will help us think about how faith is expressed in movies both positively and negatively. We will also explore the impact film can play in our lives as Christians.
- October 12
- God in Prison
John Rottman, professor of Preaching at Calvin Theological Seminary
John Rottman has had significant involvement with innovative teaching programs in prisons in Louisiana and Michigan. John shares his experiences and speaks about come of the things God is doing in prisons today and how we as Christians might think about incarceration, reentry, and restorative justice.
- October 19
- October 26
- A Testimony of God’s Saving Grace
Dan Naulty, former professional baseball player
Dan played with the Minnesota Twins from 1996-1998 and earned a world series ring with the Yankees in 1999. Dan shares his experiences in the major leagues and how he discovered that only Jesus Christ could give him a fulfilling life with purpose and meaning.
- November 2
- Spiritual Care and Mental Health
Karl Van Harn, Chaplain, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services
Karl Van Harn shares his experiences as a chaplain in a mental health hospital providing care for those struggling with mental health, their care givers, and families.
- November 9
- In for a Penny, In for a Pound: A Missionary’s Story
Paul Kortenhoven, retired missionary and peace advocate
Paul shares his captivating story of a Christian Reformed missionary serving in Sierra Leone during its brutal civil war and the evolution of his ministry to include working for peace and justice on an international level.
- November 16
- Are Young Adults Losing Faith?
Jonathan Hill, Assistance Professor of Sociology at Calvin College
Is the church losing the next generation of young people? Are young adults leaving the church never to come back? Jonathan Hill critically examines the data and challenges common assumptions in this insightful and encouraging discussion.
- November 23
- November 30
- The Healing of Naaman
Hebrew Enactment Group, Western Theological Seminary
Back by popular demand, students from Western Theological Seminary present the story of Naaman’s healing found in II Kings 5. This enactment in both English and Hebrew will stir both heart and soul. See and hear the Scriptures come to life and experience an ancient story that never ceases to speak a fresh and relevant word.
- December 7
- Faithful Promises to Not-So-Perfect People
JP Sundararajan, India-Asia Director, Audio Scripture Ministries
JP shares the compelling story of an Indian family coming to know Jesus and of a unique ministry that is making a difference in the lives of many.
- December 14