Adult Education

Toothmarks on the Lectionary

Every Sunday, 9:15-10:15 a.m. in the Dorcas Room.  Morning participants will read the Bible texts for the 10:30 a.m. worship service that day. Classes include pastoral participation and background material to help prepare more fully for worship and listening to the sermon. Location: Dorcas Room


Sunday Mornings - 9:15 a.m. - Adult Education

March 31, April 7, and April 14 at 9:15 a.m. in the Great Hall
The Stages of Life
Dr. Richard Rohrbaugh

Think about the stages of your own life … and how they developed: birth, childhood, schooling, transition to adulthood, family, marriage, career, retirement, old age, death.  When we read about such things in the Bible, we unconsciously draw on our own experience in order to imagine what was happening.  But not a single one - NONE - of those stages happened the same way in the biblical world as it did for you.  In this class we will re-create the stages of life in the ancient world in order to understand what was going on in the stories the New Testament writers told about Jesus and his followers.

Bible Study

Join us for a monthly conversation about the Bible on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Gallery. We will read a selected text each month and talk about the questions we have about the text, what the text says about God, and how the text might inform our living. Bring your Bible if you have a favorite; we'll supply Bibles for those who don't bring one.

 "Exploring Membership" Classes

Whether or not you're ready to become a Westminster member, in our “Exploring Membership” classes you are invited to learn what it means to be Presbyterian and consider opportunities for spiritual growth and meaningful mission. These classes are generally offered about three times per year, either on Saturdays or Sundays. Childcare is available on request. There is no charge to attend, but advance registration is requested so we can adequately prepare. For more information, please contact the Reverend Laurie Lynn Newman at lnewman@westprespdx.org or 503-287-1289 x 115. 

Church Library

Westminster Presbyterian Church has a library with a wide variety of books available for checkout. You don't need to be a church member to use the library.

The library is located on the ground floor of the church near the 16th Street entrance. You are welcome to use the card catalog to find books or just browse through the bookcases and table displays. We also have a roving library cart that brings new arrivals to our post-worship coffee hour on Sundays during the school year.

To check out a book, our librarian, Judy Harrison, does not need to be present. Simply pull out the card in the back of the book, put your name on it, list your phone number, and write the date you're signing out the book. Leave the card on the card-catalog case. There are no due-date requirements; please just bring back your book sooner rather than later if it's a new publication. We also have a children's book cart for which no checkout is required, though we do ask that you bring the books back once you're done.

Library hours are as follows:

Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: During these hours, please visit the church office to have a staff person open the library for you.

If you have any question, please contact the church office during weekdays at 503-287-1289.

Additional Opportunities

We have more educational activities offered in small-group settings, including a variety of book groups. Please check out our Community Life page for more information.