Adult Education

Discipleship Bible Study

Join us for learning and spiritual growth as we enter this Advent season.

What does it mean to be a disciple? How are people of faith called to live out their beliefs beyond Sunday morning worship? Join us for a four-week Bible study on Discipleship in the Gospel of Luke. Leading this Bible study is part of Pastor Anna's ordination process and she'd be grateful for your participation!

The series will be held on Mondays through December 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 218.

Location: 
Room 218
Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2019 - 7:00pm

Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study

Please join our Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study at First United Methodist Church as we begin our fall class on Wednesday, September 11. We will be reading Fire by Night: Finding God in the Pages of the Old Testament by Melissa Florer-Bixler this fall.

What do we do with the Old Testament? How do we read words written in a world so different from ours, stories so ruthless and so filled with grace? In Fire by Night, pastor Melissa Florer-Bixler invites readers to marvel at the Old Testament. Page after page, in stories and poems and prophecies, the Hebrew Scripture introduces us to a God who is unwieldy and uncontrollable, common and extraordinary, and who brings both life and death.

The group meets at 9:00 a.m. every Wednesday in room 213 and is facilitated by Pastor Anna, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Books are available in the office and at the meeting. Can't make it every week? Drop-ins are welcome. All women are encouraged to attend this dynamic group. Nothing required… just show up and have an open heart. Questions? email mthurmanroth@gmail.com.

**Childcare is provided, but please contact the church office to confirm number of children you will bring. We want lots of moms to come and have the freedom to study with us. We want the children to come and receive the best attention while away from the adult in their life. Please call the church prior to Wednesday to confirm.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 - 9:00am

Adult Confirmation 2.0 Class: Refresh Your Faith Journey

While traditionally confirmation happens in middle school or junior high, there is no wrong time to study Scripture, grapple with faith, and explore how God is calling us to live out our faith in our everyday lives. In the United Methodist Church, confirmation is a public declaration of faith. It is when we offer our commitment to our faith journey, to God, and to the church. As adults, we're going to refresh our faith journey through Confirmation 2.0 Class. 

Join us for this monthly class that teaches some basics about Methodist history, politics, and theology. Pastor Anna will cover a different topic each month from United Methodist history to the sacraments to our theology of grace. Whether you come for one class or all, there is space for you! All are welcome.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - 9:00am

Confirmation 2.0: Methodist History 101

Have you ever wondered how the United Methodist Church began? Did you know that even though our church has existed for almost 200 years, our denomination has only existed for 51 years? Find out on Saturday, September 7 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in Room 213 to learn more about the history of the United Methodist Church!

This is the first of a series of monthly classes that teach some basics about Methodist history, polity, and theology. Pastor Anna will cover a different topic each month from United Methodist history to the sacraments to our theology of grace. Whether you come for one class or all, there is space for you! All are welcome.

Date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 9:00am

Special Movie Event

The Adult Education Work Area invites you to a viewing and discussion of The Hate U Give, a 2018 film based on the novel of the same name by Angie Thomas. This is the book that was featured in our All Church Read this past spring. 

The Hate U Give is about a teen who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a trigger-happy cop and then must decide whether to testify or not. 

Discussion will be led by film expert and church member, Sue Thornquist. The movie will be show in the home theater of Don and Caryl Safford. Sign up soon by phone, email, or in person in the church office, seating is limited. 

Location: 
Safford Home
Date: 
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:30pm

All Church Read Begins April 28

The Hate U GiveJoin the All Church Read Discussion of the book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for those who are ages 14 and up.  Descriptions of the book are located here and here.

A copy of the book may be pre-ordered for $12 at the Adult Education table in the Parlor on Sundays or by calling the church office. Please pay when you register so that we know how many books to order.

Our book discussions will begin April 28 and continue through May 20. Discussions will be held on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in Room 218 and on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Two dates and times will be held each week to allow for as many people as possible to participate. Come to one or the other during the week; the material will be the same at each time.

Next Steps. . . UMC and Me Class

Our pastoral team will be leading classes for the next five  weeks (March 11 - April 8) to explore our future as a congregation and as a congregation within the United Methodist Church. Join us as we recap what happened at General Conference, potential options for the future, and how we move forward on a global, national, and community-wide level.

All are welcome to attend. Join us for one week or all beginning on Monday, March 11 in Room 213.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm

A Way Forward for UMC Study

This February, United Methodists from all over the world will gather in St. Louis, MO to vote on a structure and plan for the UMC moving forward in regards to the inclusion of the LGBTQ community. Want to learn more about what this means?

Pastor Anna will lead a four-week study beginning January 27 covering the UMC history of legislation and attitudes towards the LGBT community; the plans that will be presented at General Conference; and what our Book of Discipline says. Join us for one week or all four at 12:30 pm in Room 213!

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, January 27, 2019 - 12:30pm

Wednesday Women's Bible Study

The Wednesday Women's Bible Study will be reading Short Stories by Jesus:  The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy Jill-Levine this winter. This is an exploration of the historical background and spiritual meaning of Jesus' parables by one of the foremost Jewish biblical scholars, who visited our church to give a series of lectures in 2009.

The group is facilitated by Pastor Anna, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Books are available at the meeting. Can't make it every week? Drop-ins are welcome. Childcare is provided. Cost of the book is $14 and copies are available in the church office or at the Wednesday meeting.

Date: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 9:00am

A Way Forward for the UMC - Adult Education Study

In February of 2019, a special General Conference will be held to consider recommendations from the Commission on a Way Forward. This task force studied the Book of Discipline for text that relates to human sexuality and developed a plan to strengthen the unity of the church.

To help understand the direction of A Way Forward for UMC, the Adult Education Committee invites you to join Pastor Anna as she leads us through a six-week study scheduled to meet on Mondays beginning October 8 through November 12. We will meet from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Room 213. The book, Our Strangely Warmed Hearts: Coming Out Into God’s Call by Bishop Karen Oliveto, will provide the framework for this study. We encourage you to read the book, but it is not mandatory to participate in the study. Books will be available in the office and at the study sessions. Join us in this study and in prayer as we come closer to what could be a pivotal moment for our denomination.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Monday, October 8, 2018 - 7:30pm

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