Tuesday Lunch Group invites you for discussion

Covenant's Tuesday Lunch Group welcomes all for robust discussion and a look at biblical wisdom led by Henry Trexler and Kelly Zellars. The group meets Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall Library. To get connected, contact Henry Trexler. Here's a look at what's in store this fall.

The PCUSA has a collection of creeds, declarations of faith, statements of belief, and catechisms that we collectively refer to as the Book of Confessions.  I have been asked many times, “what the heck is this?” No. it’s not a secret set of rules. We will discuss where the collection came from and the purpose.

You are always welcome to read more and bring other sections into discussion. The Book of Confessions is available online for free or for purchase. The reference numbers below (e.g., 4.001) follow the numbering system used.

Early Church

9/11/18 The Apostles Creed – This brief confession traces its roots to the early church of the second century.  How this oldest confession was used and why it was written gives insight to later confessions.

9/18/18 The Nicene Creed (completed 381). The most universally accepted creed in Christendom. The story of this creed’s existence and acceptance by the church has all the characters, intrigue, and plot of a film noire. What does it accomplish?


9/25/18 The Heidelberg Catechism (1562)-So a Calvinist and a Lutheran walk into a bar… But with mutual respect they actually come out with a beautiful, easily read, and positive document. This occurs during a time that produced some very vitriolic and hateful documents. Read 4.001: God really cares if you are having a bad hair day. Read 4.104-4.107, about the 6th commandment (Thou shall not kill).

10/2/18 The Westminster Confession and Catechisms (1649). This rather dry and academic confession is the most influential confession of the English speaking reformed churches.  For most of American Presbyterian history, it was the only confession. Read 7.001 and 7.002. Your first question may be, “Could the Puritans enjoy anything?” But, next we should ask, “How do we today enjoy God forever?” Read also 6.109, and 6.175.

20th century

10/9/18 The Barman Declaration (1944).  What was going on in Germany in 1934 was not fake news. Church and state was the issue then, is it now?  Read 8.04, 8.07, 8.12, 8.22-8.24.

10/16/18 The Confession of 1967.  The 1960s were not always groovy; reconciliation is the theme here, the only American Confession. Read 9.07, 9.24, 9.44-9.46.  ALSO, A Brief Statement of Faith (1983) celebrates the reunion of the two largest Presbyterian churches. Read  10.1-10.6.

10/23/18 The Belhar Confession. Meet the newest member of the family; racism is the concern.  I will share the process and the logic that I used to produce a six part Lenten affirmation of faith at Caldwell.

21st century

10/30/18 In case you do not feel as Professor Pangloss did, that “this is the best of all possible worlds”, now is your chance.  You are now experts on confessions, so is there something the church is missing today? Do we need to reexamine some parts of scripture?  What would we include in a confession?

11/6/18 Skip---Get out and Vote!

11/13/18 Fall Small Group Lunch Party…. Most important date. Confess and be fed!