Weekday Evening Opportunities
Sunday Morning Classes
- Parenting and Pastries
- The Gospel and The News
- Bible Plus Class
- Questions of Faith
- Science and Religion
- 20s-30s Class
- 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.
“Soup and Study” returns with some new features! New this year will be a year-long series of classes following the Pillar structure of our church’s ministries. The Learning Leadership Team has designed the series to provide theological reflection and support for our diverse ministries. Anyone can come to whichever sessions interest them.
The series begins with the Learning Ministries in September. In October to December, Ann Michel leads a Serving series titled “Focus on South Africa,” building on Peter Storey’s July presentation. In January and February, Rev. Kate Murphey leads a four-part series on Evangelism. In March and April, Jane Ward leads a four-part series on “Creation Care for the Caring ministries.” In October and November, Phil Wogaman, Pastor Emeritus of Foundry UMC and retired professor of Christian ethics, leads a three-part series on “What Can Christianity Learn from Other World Religions?” His new book on the subject is due next year from Westminster/John Knox Press.
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.
If you are considering taking a new responsibility in the church — or your job and want to strengthen your leadership skills, join us for these upcoming classes. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend as many sessions as possible.
- January 15 – Research/Emotional Intelligence
- January 29 – Personality Characteristics/Myers-Briggs
- February 5 – Team Building
- February 19 – Dealing with Conflict
- March 5 – Leading Meetings
- March 19 – Applications: Case Studies, Problem Solving
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.
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 Nancy Wolfe.
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 Diana Eskin.
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. Barbara Green.