Jenny and I will be hosting “The Breakfast Club” once a month this summer (and perhaps, if all goes well, into the fall). It will be a chance to gather for food and fellowship and the discussion of a (hopefully) good book. Our first meeting will be Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 8:30 at the Hitching Post Restaurant.* Our first book will be Tattoos On the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Greg Boyle. Copies will be available in the Narthex for $10.
Please Note: This book presents an accurate portrayal of Gregory Boyle’s experiences in ministry with gang members in East Los Angeles. As such in contains some vulgar language. You may want to consider skipping this book if that might offend you.
*Obviously if Abilene gets a new restaurant named “Tiffany’s” both the location and name of this gathering will be changed.
Beginning this fall, Jenny will be leading a class of Disciple II. This is open to anyone who has taken Disciple I, whether you took it last year or several years ago. “This 32 week study offers a deeper examination of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, emphasizing the rhythm of coming to God and going for God . . . approaching all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service.” (Description from Cokesbury) The class will meet weekly for about an hour, and requires daily reading in preparation for the weekly meeting. If you are interested in being a part of this study, please let Jenny know by calling or texting her, or emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 13, 2016), we’ll be having our first session of “Confirmation for Grown-Ups” after the Wonderful Wednesday meal. In this series, we’re going to attempt a Christian education program for adults that is as comprehensive as confirmation is for youth (but without a lock-in or the requirement that you attend all the sessions). The meal Wonderful Wednesday meal starts at 5:00 pm so the class will begin about 6:00 p.m. This first session we’ll be talking about one of the most central activities in the Christian life (perhaps the most central): worship.
This fall I am contemplating leading a Disciple I. Disciple is an in-depth, 34-week study that covers the entire Bible. I would like to try a new format for Disciple that covers the same material, but does so in a 1 hour weekly meeting instead of the usual 2 1/2 hour weekly meeting. The Disciple class would meet on Sunday evenings from 5-6 pm. Please let me know if you would be interested in being a part of this class by calling my cell phone, texting me, emailing me at email@example.com, or contacting the church office.
Tomorrow the Young, Younger, and Youngish Adults will start a new, four-week video study of “Resurrection” by N. T. Wright. I’m dubbing it “Everlasting Life Without an Immortal Soul.” Hope to see you there.
Cindy Rempe will again be offering the Financial Peace University here at First United Methodist Church. This nine week series of classes will begin Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Each class meeting will last from 6:30 to 8 pm. The cost is $93, but scholarships are available (just contact me at 620-252-9622 or firstname.lastname@example.org). You can learn more by speaking Cindy or someone who took last week’s class or online here. I would highly recommend this course to just about everyone.
A friendly reminder to our Young, Younger, and Youngish Adults that the new Sunday School class starts tomorrow at 9:15 am. We’ll begin with introductions, housekeeping matters, and then move to sharing what parts of the Bible we’ve had questions about or difficulty with in the past.
That discussion will serve as a prelude to our first book study: Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton. The book isn’t required reading for the class, but it’s a solid introduction to biblical interpretation and I think you’ll find it extremely helpful. Copies will be available with a suggested donation of $16.
The new “young, younger, and youngish adult” Sunday school class that will be starting September 7, 2014. We will be studying Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today by Adam Hamilton. Reading the book is recommended, but not required. If you like to read electronically you can purchase a digital copy online. If you prefer to read your the old fashioned way the church office has copies available. They were $15.39 each (it’s a hardback book), but a donation of $16 would help simplify the accounting. If the cost is a problem, please speak with Jenny or me in private, we have some funds available to help out.
This fall, Jenny and I are looking forward to beginning a Bible Study on Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture by Adam Hamilton for young, younger and youngish adults. We’re excited about the book, the possibilities for discussion and the opportunity to fill one of the gaps in our adult Christian education program. We have some great classes, but we don’t currently have anything explicitly targeted for adults our age and under (an admittedly broad category). We plan on starting on September 7, 2014 in the church library.
Our next study the time following the Wonderful Wednesday meal is titled “Resurrection.” This is a DVD study featuring N. T. Wright. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a key component of the Christian faith, but it is often misunderstood and played down. We’ll be exploring what the resurrection was (and what it wasn’t), what it meant for the early Christians, what it means for us today and what it will mean in the end. Hope to see you there.
My post yesterday, written when I was already sick, turns out to have been hopelessly optimistic. I’m still sick. I’m hoping to be back in the office tomorrow.
I never cease to be amazed by the Bible. There is always something new to be found. I’ve long known the biblical story of Abraham and his intended sacrifice of Isaac. But today, while preparing for Table Talk on Wednesday, I received a fresh insight, something I had never considered before. The Bible is like that. It’s a deep book, a book into which one can always delve deeper. Consider this your invitation to come and join us Wednesday (February 19, 2014) for a light supper at 5:00 pm and an in-depth discussion of the story of Abraham at 5:45. If you find the story disturbing in places, don’t worry, so do I. Bring your questions and your thoughts and let us reason together.