In Romans 12:2, Paul exhorts us to be transformed to a life pleasing to God. For six Sundays, beginning on October 17, the Sunday Morning Adult Small Group will examine the transformed lives of six people who helped to bring us all closer to God. Please join us in the Mill Creek Room or via Zoom at 9:00 a.m. (link in bulletin). See the schedule below. We hope you will join us—all are welcome!
Oct. 17 – Be Transformed by the Renewal of Your Mind (Romans 12:2) – Jennifer Wiseman
As the senior project scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope, Jennifer Wiseman is on the forefront of planetary discovery and astronomical findings. In her personal life, Wiseman — a Christian — discusses how she views the intersection of science, faith, and life. In an email to MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) News, she notes that discoveries of new planets can “enrich the way those who already do believe can understand the Creation and the Creator.”
Oct. 24 – Seek Justice (Isaiah 1:17) – Lucretia Mott
Lucretia Mott was a 19th-century feminist activist, abolitionist, social reformer, and pacifist who helped launch the women’s rights movement. She co-wrote the Declaration of Sentiments in 1848 for the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York, and helped to found co-educational Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania in 1864.
Oct. 31 – Sell All You Have and Follow the Lord (Mark 10:21, Luke 12:33-34) – Katharine Mary Drexel
Katharine Mary Drexel used her personal fortune to fund schools for Native Americans and African Americans. She was canonized in 2000.
Nov. 7 – My Steps are Ordered by God (Psalm 37:5, 23-24) – Harriet Tubman
Known as the “Moses of her people,” Harriet Tubman was enslaved, escaped, and helped others gain their freedom as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. Tubman also served as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. She is considered the first African American woman to serve in the military.
Nov. 14 – Shout For Joy (Psalms 98:1-7) – Fanny Crosby
Frances Jane van Alstyne (more commonly known as Fanny Crosby) was an American mission worker, poet, lyricist, and composer. She was a prolific hymnist, writing more than 8,000 hymns and gospel songs, with more than 100 million copies printed. She is also known for her teaching and her rescue mission work. By the end of the 19th century, she was a household name.
Nov. 21 – Do We Not All Have One Father? (Malachi 2:10) – Richard Allen
Born into slavery in 1760, Richard Allen later bought his freedom and went on to found the first national Black church in the United States, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, in 1816 in Philadelphia.