Adult Education

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

Adult Education Bible Study

Dr. Osvaldo Vena will continue the study of the Gospel of Mark which began last spring. Osvaldo is a professor of New Testament at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, and author of Jesus, Disciple of the Kingdom: Mark's Christology for a Community in Crisis as well as a member of our congregation. Osvaldo has described Jesus as "the disciple par excellence of the kingdom of God, a model for our daily, contemporary journey as God's people." The class, which meets in Room 213 at 9:15am each Sunday, is invited to explore the meaning and context of passages that constantly yield surprises even though they seem so well known to us.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the class will take a break from meeting on September 23 and 30 and begin again on Sunday, October 7.

New participants are always welcome. 

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 9:15am

Adult Education Book Study

Join us for learning and spiritual growth as Rev. Howard Milkman, retired pastor and trained counselor, leads a four-session study of A Crazy, Holy  Grace: The Healing Power of Pain and Memory by the American writer and theologian, Frederick Buechner. This book, which was published last year, is a collection of essays on how God is present with "a grace that wells up out of the lostness and pain of the world and of our own inner worlds." Of Buechner's writing, John Ortberg wrote, "“He isn’t trying to persuade – he’s trying to understand what he himself believes and thinks. And that honesty is more persuasive than the most polished argument.”

The series will be held on Sundays at 11 a.m in Room 213. The book and participation guide are available in the church office and available at the study session.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 11:00am

Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study meets every Wednesday morning for a lively discussion with the aim of connecting biblical texts to their daily lives. They are now holding a 8-week session on the Book of Acts, using the study guide by Craig Keener.

Books are available for purchase for $9 in the office or during the class.

Drop-ins are welcome. All women are invited to attend!

Childcare is available upon request.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 - 9:00am

Adult Education Chess Class

The Adult Education work area is offering a Chess Class to adults only on Saturday mornings. Taught by Boyd Walthers, the class is for beginners and competitors alike. Please bring a chess set. All adults are welcome.

Location: 
Room 215
Date: 
Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am

Adult Education Survey

This fall the Adult Education work area would like your input to help with planning classes and groups for the coming year. We ask that you please complete the survey below and return it to the church office or place it in the offering plate on Sunday morning.

Thank you for your help!

Sunday Morning Bible Study

This fall we are pleased to welcome back Osvaldo Vena as the leader of our Sunday morning bible study class. Rev. Vena, a member of our church, is a professor of New Testament Interpretation at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston.

To start we will finish studying the book of Revelation. Don’t worry if you did not attend the spring class as our first few sessions this fall will include a catch up on the previous material. After completing our study of Revelation, we will move to the book of Mark and a brief account of Daniel.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 9:15am

Wednesday Adult Education Book Study

This fall we will be studying Wolfhart Pannenberg’s Basic Questions in Theology - Collected Essays, Volume 1.
This book of essays is from one of the foremost theologians of our day and offers the reader a unique insight into the revelation of God. Pannenberg is Professor Emeritus of Theology at the University of Munich and author of several influential books.

We will only bite off a small section of this book each week, so that the readings will not be a hardship for anyone. Get ready for some interesting discussions around the exciting ideas presented in this book.

Books will be available for sale during class and in the church office for $25.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 11:00am

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, August 30. We will be using a guide by N.T. Wright to take a deeper look at the book of John. All women are encouraged to attend this dynamic group. Nothing required… just show up and have an open heart.

The class meets at 9:00 a.m. every Wednesday in room 213. Drop-ins are welcome. Childcare is provided.

Books will be available at the first meeting or in the church office for a suggested donation of $6.

Group is led by Pastor Greta McDonald, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Questions? email mthurmanroth@gmail.com.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:00am

Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study

Join us on Wednesday, August 23 at our Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study as we welcome Jayne Gongol. Jayne has served as the Family Literacy Coordinator for San Diego's St Vincent de Paul Villages, also known as Father Joe's Villages, for 20 years. San Diego is home to the 4th largest homelessness population in the U.S. Father Joe's Villages provide a continuum of care to 1,800 individuals every day including 780 children and over 200 military vets. Father Joes offers a on-stop-shop approach by offering housing assistance, healthcare, food, clothing, education, job training, mental health, addiction treatment, and child development services. Jayne will share what she has learned about homelessness and answer any questions you have. She is the daughter of Carol Lysne.

Location: 
Room 213
Date: 
Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 9:00am

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