Weekday Evening Opportunities
Sunday Morning Classes
- Parenting and Pastries
- The Gospel and The News
- Bible Plus Class
- Questions of Faith
- Science and Religion
- Great Hall Sessions
United Methodists Women
Six different fellowship circles for women of different ages meet at a variety of times throughout the month for study, fellowship and mission engagement.
Nourish your body as well as your spirit. Classes meet the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, with supper at 6pm and classes at 7pm. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education. Classes include:
Unlocking the Power of Prayer with Kris Oberdick
Prayer can enrich your spiritual experience...impact your attitude...change your life. This is an opportunity to explore, experience, then incorporate prayer into your daily life to reap the benefits of hearing God's voice everyday. Join us for 1 or all of these classes:
- April 23 - Do you ever feel uncomfortable praying? Just as we have different personality types we have different spirituality types. Discover your spirituality type and the prayer methods that work best.
- May 14 - Match your prayer to your current need. Different times bring different needs and there are different prayers to raise up to address those needs.
- May 28 - Meditative Prayer. See how meditative prayer can help you hear God's answer to the questions in your heart. In this session we will practice a method of reading scripture prayerfully called Lectio Divina.
- June 11 - Do you feel God isn't answering? Learn how to break down different impediments to hearing God. Recognize God's voice answering your prayers. Make sure you are doing everything possible to hear God.
Creation Care with Jane Ward
Special guest speakers: Jon White and Kelsey White. Jon, an Oceanographer of the U.S. Navy will discuss climate change from his perspective: what is the science behind climate change, what is the rate of change and the human activities contributing to climate change, and why is climate change considered a top National Security risk? He will also address what the US Navy and other Department of Defense services are doing in response to climate change. Kelsey will present her award-winning senior project on acidification of the oceans, which is a very dangerous outcome of climate change: too much C02 in the atmosphere gets dissolved in the ocean water at such a rate that the ocean becomes more acidic. This is a crisis because ocean life is calibrated to survive and thrive at a specific pH (level of acidity).
Making Conflict Constructive with Chris Geyer
This class focuses on two main aspects of interpersonal conflict: the science of conflict, and the emotional nature of conflict. What does research tell us is the most effective behavior in these interactions? How do we actually do what is most effective? Participants will identify their own conflict patterns, complete exercises that deepen their own awareness, and have the opportunity to practice their skills. Six sessions with Chris Geyer.
- April 23 - How to communicate more effectively in challenging interactions. Our final session offers aids and resources for moving forward.
Bible Study with Charlie Parker and Bob Olson
Join Charlie Parker and Bob Olson for their ongoing study of themes in the Hebrew Bible.
Coming in May!
Ancient stories about Jesus not in the Bible, with Maynard Moore.
Enriching the Soul Through Leadership Development
Check back for upcoming classes. Taking on a church leadership role can be a sacred calling — an opportunity to serve God and one another by applying our talents to some aspect of the work in which the church is engaged. When we consent to teach a class, serve on or chair a committee, or organize a one-time or on-going effort, we are assuming a leadership role.
What inspires us to perform such a role can vary — and can be deeply personal. How well we succeed in this role, however, often depends on how well we inspire those whom we’ve been asked to lead. Yet good leadership skills come not from being blessed with charisma, but rather from developing a set of tools that enable a leader to foster cooperation, creativity, and commitment among his or her team. By marshaling these strengths, groups are able to effectively perform such tasks and achieve larger objectives.
Sunday Morning Classes
Held in the Vestry: A Drop-in Option for Parents, this class is designed for parents with children in Sunday school. The class will solicit questions parents face in their own parenting and encourage discussion with the group. In addition, leaders will seek out curriculum as needed addressing those issues. Parents will be invited to take turns bringing the pastries. For more information, contact Barbara Green, Minister of Life Transitions.
Held in the Library: This casual adult Sunday school class focuses on specific “Good News” current events - with relation to Christian and Biblical theology. There are good and Godly things going on in the world, but they don’t usually make the headlines, and don’t typically grab our attention. This class looks beyond the headlines for positive stories and perspectives. Class discussion and sharing of opinions will be encouraged. No prep or homework required. Drop in for a few minutes, hang around for an hour, come every week, or whenever you would like. For more information, contact Jon and Lisa White.
Held in the Christie Room: A diverse, small group fellowship which studies the Bible and other literature in order to grow in faith, strengthen our devotion to God, and serve others. For more information, contact Debbie Gustowski.
Held in the Conference Room: This group addresses issues of personal faith development and current trends in Christian thought, as well as social and ethical issues in light of the Christian faith. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Diane Moody.
Held in the Parlor: This class involves vigorous dialogue on matters of faith and “contemporary thought.” There are visitors and newcomers just about every week. For more information, contact Maynard Moore.
Periodically, study lectures and discussions are held in the Great Hall. Frequently, these are held as “Grounds for Discussion” in which Dr. Parker leads a discussion of his sermon for the day. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education