Adult Education

Title: The Chosen
Facilitator: Val Holzman
Location: The Wesley Room
Date/Time: Each Sunday after 10am service during the summer

The Adult Education Committee is very excited this summer to offer a class on the powerful and inspiring TV series of the life of Jesus, The Chosen. Each Sunday after the 10:00 am worship service, you are invited to join Val Holzman in viewing the series beginning with Season 1, Episode 1 on May 28. After enjoying an ice cream treat and fellowship, please head over to The Wesley Room to view the first episode of The Chosen.

Title: The Faith that Works
Bonnie Chesky
Lighthouse Room
Date/Time: June 4 – August 27        9:00-9:45 am 

 This 10-week course will focus on the book JAMES: THE FAITH THAT WORKS. We all want a faith that won’t let us down in times of trouble or loss, uncertainty or fear. A faith that can pull us through the worst–and best–times in our lives. This is the kind of faith that James writes about. It is a faith that we must practice day by day. This LifeGuide® Bible Study by Andrew and Phyllis Le Peau on the teaching of James will help us grow a steadfast faith that can carry us through all the ups and downs of life. 

Bible Study in Our Adult Christian Education by Tom Bolton

I sometimes share the story of how I wrestled with God to not be a teacher. God won. Ask me to share the story of how I was led to facilitate Christian Education with youth and adults. I’ll share with you one on one. This year I have attended 10 classes on improving my teaching. I will continuously work on this, but I try to incorporate three stages in each lesson. I think my colleagues do the same. First is our Motivational Stage: We focus attention on the Bible study, and the principles, maybe playing a song, asking a question, watching a video clip, or relating a principle to our lives. Second is the Examination Stage: I try to be a guide by your side and I want to speak less than the other students. We share reactions to the readings for the week and maybe to the video. We each learn from each other in non-judgmental ways. The final stage is a Short Application Stage: I often call this the taking it with you piece. Is there a promise to claim? A lesson learned? A topic to address in the next week? I am starting a new long Disciple Bible Study after Easter. We will be using the course, Jesus in the Gospels. I know that some people fear the readings and the journaling during the week. But I encourage you to join me. We will spread some lessons over two weeks so that the readings won’t overwhelm you. Some lessons we will complete in one week. I will keep you posted in class and via text messages. Don’t fret if you get behind. You will still learn and grow in class and from the video lessons. This is a great opportunity to really learn the Bible lessons and to become a Disciple of Jesus. If you have been afraid to work in the Bible, this is a good one to try.

Pastor Sam will be teaching a class on a UMC Teaching
Resource: Faith Working Through Love.

Facilitator: Pastor Sam 
Location: Wednesday at 10:30 FUMCWA, Thursdays via Zoom 6:00pm
Description: The book teaches the 12 basic biblical themes or doctrines from a Methodist perspective and a Wesleyan understanding of them. The book offers biblical references and Wesleyan hymns and quotes. Participants will read, reflect, and discuss the prescribed questions and grow in their faith by understanding the biblical and Wesleyan perspectives. All are welcome to join the class. Classes will be offered on Wednesdays in person at 10:30 am and Thursdays via Zoom at 6:00 pm beginning January 11 for the Wednesday class and January 12 for the Thursday Zoom class. Purchase of the book is optional. Please call the church office to register.

Monday Class Offerings Beginning Second Monday of Each Month via Zoom Starting January 9, 2023

Title: What Does the Bible Say?
Facilitator: Michael Odle.
Location: Zoom
Description: We will meet at 7:00 pm on the second Monday of each month. We will continue our in-depth, faith-building study in the book of Romans. New or returning members are always welcome. As
an added bonus, we won’t even have to leave our homes to join this Zoom-based study. Anyone can participate by using a desktop or laptop computer, tablet, smartphone, or even a traditional landline 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 of the new year will be on January 9, 2023. So, grab your favorite Bible and join in!

Adult Interest Group

Title: Video Series: Patterns of Evidence: The Red Sea Miracle
Facilitator: Ken Ilseman
Location: Fireside Room
Description: How could thousands of feet of water be parted at the Red Sea? Or was the sea merely parted by the act of wind in nature, through a shallow Egyptian lake? Filmmaker Mahoney investigates these locations to see if any have a pattern of evidence matching the Bible. People of faith will be inspired and skeptics will have much to think about as Mahoney reveals two decades of documentary research including if divers found the remains of Pharaoh’s army on the seafloor. This cinematic journey leads him to inquire… “Do miracles still happen today?”

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.

  • – The Bible is read in a clear, straightforward fashion without commentary.
  • – 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.
  • – The Bible is read through using the New Living Translation. There is a ten minute daily meditation/commentary each day.