An Update from Bonnie Chesky
As your Adult Christian Education Committee, we strive to offer a variety of classes to the congregation to grow in faith and knowledge of Jesus, the Bible, and our United Methodist heritage. I pray you will read over what we are offering beginning in January and choose to join one of the classes. You will be blessed! A friend who is in the class What’s So Amazing About Grace said she is amazed at how the book is speaking to her and challenging her faith. She has been in Sunday morning classes for years but still finds God has new things to tell her! I want to offer a suggestion for a 5-minute Morning Reflection with Pastor Glenn McDonald on your phone. I have been following him for a few years and am blessed every day. He even offers it as a podcast so you can be shaving or putting on makeup and still listen and be inspired!
Go to: glennsreflections.com and add your name to receive the daily reflection. As we enter the season of
Advent, I know he will have some special messages in explaining the Bible and Christ’s birth and sharing other scientific and historical facts too.
Advent Book Study in Person November 27 thru December 18
Title: Dinner by Candlelight-Comfort and Joy for Advent by Kevin Louise Shaner
Facilitator: Val Holzman
Location: Small Dining Room
Description: Dinner by Candlelight-Comfort and Joy for Advent by Kevin Louise Schaner is a four-week Advent book study that will provide new positive reflections and make the holiday season joyful. Christmas Is Coming! Feeling Anxious? Expect Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace this Advent. Rekindle your anticipation of Christ’s birth with comforting conversation. Schaner shares from her heart a collection of deeply engaging essays that provide not only food for thought during the pre-Christmas season, but also inspiration and hope for the future. The class runs from November 27-December 18. The book is optional. Books will be available for sale in the church office.
Advent Book Study via Zoom
Title: The Angles of Christmas: Hearing God’s Voice in Advent by Susan Robb
Facilitator: Pastor Sam
Description: The Angels of Christmas: Hearing God’s Voice in Advent, is a four-week Advent book study which explores the four angelic visits surrounding the birth of Jesus with Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds. In this study, the reader will explore the visits and dive deep into the history of the angel Gabriel–and other angels–in the Old Testament. The Angels of Christmas uses these four angelic appearances to discuss God’s presence in history and our lives today. The messages of the angels hold meaning for listeners both then and now. The Zoom class will be held on November 29, December 6, December 13, and December 20. Please contact the church office to register. The book is optional. Books will be available for sale in the church office.
See all the Adult Christian Education offerings listed below OR download this pdf of all the offerings.
Disciples Class Beginning September 18, 2022
Title: Invitation to John by Robert D. Kysar
Facilitator: Tom Bolton
Location: Confirmation Room
Description: The invitation from Christ is: “Come and see, Follow me”. Experience the magnificent passages in John including the I am statements: I am the truth, the life, and the way, I am the living water, and more. Revisit stories only told in John’s gospel including Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, and the raising of Lazarus. During the weekly video segments, travel into the Scripture as you hear the Word, experience the grand artwork connected with each story, and interview the scholar. Participants do not have to have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from participation. Reading just two chapters of John a week, they will discover the life altering stories that will invite them to follow Christ as true disciples. Talk to Tom if you have any questions. The class will run for eleven weeks.
Pastor Sam’s Fall Book Study
Pastor Sam will be offering a book study on “The Fine Art of Getting Along With Others” by Dale E. Gal-loway. The author shares numerous guide-lines, principles and healthy steps for relating well with others including family members, church members, friends, and people known and unknown. We will be learning together the teachings of Jesus that are foundational for relating well with others. “Treating others as you want to be treated.” Classes will be offered on Wednesdays in person at 10:30 am and Thursdays via Zoom at 6:00 pm beginning September 14 for the Wednesday class and September 15 for the Thursday Zoom class. Purchase of the book is optional. Please call the church office to register with your email.
Adult Interest Group Beginning September 18, 2022
Title: Video Series: Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy
Facilitator: Ken Ilseman
Location: Fireside Room
Description: Filmmaker Mahoney was raised to believe the stories of the Bible were true. But mainstream scholars reject the Bible’s claim that Moses wrote the Exodus journey as an eyewitness account. These scholars declare Moses didn’t even have a writing system like Hebrew to record it; instead, the writing of Exodus came more than one thousand years after the fact. Since the Bible claims that Moses was the author of one of the greatest stories in the entire Bible—the Israelites’ Exodus out of Egypt and their journey to Mt. Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments from God—Mahoney realizes that the question of Moses’ ability to write its first books impacts the credibility of the entire Bible. Be sure to join this intriguing discussion.
Book Study Beginning September 18, 2022
Title: What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
Facilitator: Laura Grabowski
Location: Lighthouse Room
Description: If someone were to ask you “What is the opposite of sin?” you would probably answer “Virtue”. Actually the opposite of sin is Grace. If you want to get close to God you do not need to multiply your prayers and good deeds. You need to be ready to receive God’s grace as a gift, freely given. You need to recognize that God loves all of us, no matter how many times we fail him or how big those failures are. In this book, Philip Yancy explores all facets of grace. He refers to Scripture, to C.S. Lewis, to St. Augustine, to more contemporary examples of grace, and to his own life. When he understood how wrong his racist way of life had been, he “clung to grace like a drowning man.” For those who were not able to join this class last fall, it is being offered again.
Advent Book Study Beginning November 27, 2022
Title: Dinner by Candlelight-Comfort and Joy for Advent by Kevin Louise Schaner
Facilitator: Val Holzman
Location: Small Dining Room
Description: Christmas Is Coming! Feeling Anxious? Expect Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace this Advent. Rekindle your anticipation of Christ’s birth with comforting conversation. “Schaner shares from her heart a collection of deeply engaging essays that provide not only food for thought during the pre-Christmas season, but also inspiration and hope for the future. The class runs from November 27-December 18. This book study will provide new positive reflections and make the holiday season joyful.
Monday Class Offerings Beginning Second Monday of Each Month via Zoom Starting September 12, 2022
Title: What Does the Bible Say?
Facilitator: Michael Odle.
Description: The class will meet at 7:00 pm the second Monday of each month (except December). In the fall we will continue our in-depth, faith building study in the book of Romans. As an added bonus, we won’t even have to leave our homes to join this Zoombased study. Anyone can participate by using a desktop or laptop computer or a tablet or a smartphone or even a traditional land-line telephone! Simply contact Michael or the church office to let us know you want to join us and the Zoom information (and clear instructions) will be sent to you. The first class is on September 12, 2022. So grab your favorite Bible and join in!
Other Adult Education Opportunities
Sometimes it is just easier to have the Bible read to us than to read it our-selves, isn’t it? Here are three FREE good options for hearing the Bible read on a daily basis. Each reads a selection from the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs. All are available as an app also.
- OneYearBiblePodcast.com – The Bible is read in a clear, straightforward fashion without commentary.
- DailyAudioBible.com – The Bible is read through in a year by rotating what version is read each week. There is a ten minute mediation/commentary each day.
- DailyRadioBible.com – The Bible is read through using the New Living Translation. There is a ten minute daily meditation/commentary each day.
Looking Ahead: Winter & Spring 2023 Classes
Pastor Sam will be leading a class on a UMC Teaching Re-source “Faith Working Through Love.” The book teaches about 12 basic biblical themes or doctrines from a Methodist perspective and a Wesleyan understanding. The book offers biblical references and Wesleyan hymns and quotes. Participants will read, reflect, and discuss and grow in their faith by understanding the biblical and Wesleyan perspectives. Rev. Deacon Nancy Lanman will offer a class on the social prin-ciples of the UMC. The Social Principles are a resource for mission and ministry for United Methodists across the globe.