Adult Education

SPECIAL ADVENT CLASS OFFERING
Advent Class with Videos

First Church will host an Advent Class with Videos at two different times this year.  The class will use videos of the Max Lucado book Because of Bethlehem:   Love is Born, Hope is Here.  Participants may purchase or check out the book, but do not need to do so.  We will discuss the videos each week.

Max Lucado loves Christmas. The carols and cookies, the decorations and favorite films, the warmth and generosity of the season. But most of all, he loves it because it’s during this time of year that people will wonder and inquire about the baby born in the manger. This little baby became the King on the cross. Christmas proclaims the truth of Easter to come.

Join with Max in this lively, heartwarming celebration of all things Christmas. Because of Bethlehem features stories both insightful and whimsical. Max’s words will encourage, captivate and inspire you, but most importantly, they’ll point you towards the One worth celebrating.

Tom Bolton will lead the one hour class on Sundays, at 12:15, starting December 1 and ending December 20.

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Tom will repeat it on Tuesdays, December 3 through 17, at 7:30 pm. (Two videos in week 3)

There are 4 Sundays or three Tuesdays to pick from.  You may mix up the days to fit your schedule and you need not be present each week,  We know it is busy time.


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FALL 2019 ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES
SUNDAY OFFERINGS-START DATE: SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 9:30-10:30AM

Living Your Faith

Title: – Living Your Faith
Facilitator: -Pam Carlson-Gohil
Location:– Lighthouse Room
Description:We will end our book study of the book “Faithful: Christmas Through the

Eyes of Joseph” by Adam Hamilton on November 17 and on November 24, we will begin a five week study of Adam Hamilton’s book “The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem”. In this book, Rev. Hamilton uses historical information and archaeological findings to illuminate the birth of Jesus as we follow in the footsteps of Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds and others. Please join us for this enlightening study as we approach Advent.


Adult Interest Group

Title: – Video Series: “The Story of God”
Facilitator: -Ken Ilseman
Location:– Fireside Room
Description: – The class will resume viewing and discussing the video series featuring Morgan Freeman. In this series, Morgan Freeman meets a man who felt God’s presence, learns how Muslims hear God’s voice in the Quran, comes across a tribe whose members believe that they can channel the healing powers of the divine, and encounters a physicist who has faith that science will lead him to God. Come and join us for this video based study of topics of mutual interest.


DISCIPLE I

Title: – Disciple Bible Study I
Facilitator: -Tom Bolton
Location:– Confirmation Room
Description: – Each chapter of Disciple Bible Study I will be studied over two weeks. The class will last for approximately 68 weeks and will meet weekly except during holiday weekends. This class is currently in the middle of the of the curriculum that was started September 2018. New students will not be added at this time. There is approximately one hour of reading and journaling each week between classes. The course provides a solid introduction to all the books of the Bible. This is the same format and schedule that was used with Disciple Bible Study II from 2015-2017.


ADULT DISCUSSION CLASS

Title: – “Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine” by Max Lucado    
Facilitator: Jerry Semrad and Class Participants
Location: Fellowship Hall (SW Corner)

Description: – We talk as though we understand the term. But bestselling author Max Lucado says we’ve settled for a wimpy grace that sits on the shelf and never causes trouble or demands a response. Lucado reminds us that there’s more to grace than we’ve ever imagined. In this book he challenges us to not only receive grace but also to be changed by grace. Shaped by grace. Strengthened by grace. Emboldened by grace. Softened by grace. Snatched by the nape of our neck and shaken to our senses by grace.  We’d love to have you join us as we begin our discussions centering around this intriguing book. Classes on this book begin November 10 at 9:30am.


WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?

Title: – The Acts of the Apostles
Facilitator: Michael Odle
Location: Fireside Room

Description: – Did you ever read something in the Bible and wonder what it means? Are you longing to look more deeply into the Scripture? Then this group is for you. You don’t need to know the Bible well; just bring your questions as we explore the Scripture together. Grab your Bible and join our discussion this year of The Acts of the Apostles.


MONDAY OFFERINGS
START DATE: SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 – 1:30PM
THIRD MONDAY (Except December, July and August)

BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Title: – Changes Monthly — See Monthly Methodist Messenger for Titles

Facilitator: Val Holzman
Location: Bernice Nailen Memorial Library

Description: – This daytime group reads and discusses books recommended by the United Methodist Women. It is open to everyone who likes to read!


 

WEDNESDAY OFFERINGS
START DATE: SEPTEMBER 11, 2019
10:30-11:30AM AND 7:45-8:45PM

FALL ADULT BOOK STUDY

Title: – “Leadership in the Wesleyan Spirit” by Lovett H. Weems, Jr.
Facilitator: Sam Royappa
Time: – Every Wednesday 10:30-11:30AM and 7:45-8:45PM (evening class via Zoom only)
Location: Fireside Room
Starting Date: – September 11, 2019 (12 weeks)

You must register prior to September 11, 2019. Participation by Zoom via computer is available for both class times.

Description: – John Wesley was a fruitful leader in many ways. The Methodist way of leadership is based on the Wesleyan spirit and tradition. The study will help us to reflect on our leadership qualities and methods based on the Principles, Practices and Passions of Wesleyan Leadership. You are invited to join. All are welcome. The study is repeated both morning and evening.

WINTER ADULT BOOK STUDY

Title: – The Book of Psalms 001-150
Facilitator: – Sam Royappa
Time: – Every Wednesday 10:30-11:30AM and 7:45-8:45PM (evening class via Zoom only)
Location: – Fireside Room
Starting Date: – January 8, 2020 (14 weeks)

You must register prior to September 11, 2019. Participation by Zoom via computer is available for both class times.

Description: – The Book of Psalms is the most familiar and popular book in the Bible. The Psalms have enriched our spiritual and community lives. In this study, we will briefly look at all 150 Psalms in groups and also will specifically focus a number of Psalms. The purpose is to study and reflect on how to live the Psalms in and through our daily living. Besides the Scripture, we will refer to other resources related to The Book of Psalms. I hope that through this study, our spiritual lives will be further strengthened and enriched. You are invited to join. All are welcome. The study is repeated both morning and evening.