Category Archives: Adult Christian Education

Bible Study Schedule

At the suggestion of a well-respected local educator, I’ve drafted the following schedule for our Bible study on Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans.

Session 1 (Wednesday, November 9, 2022): “Introduction”

Session 2: “The Temple” and “1. Origin Stories”

Session 3: “The Well” and “2. Deliverance Stories”

Session 4: “The Walls” and “3. War Stories”

Session 5: “The Debate” and “4. Wisdom Stories”

Session 6: “The Beast” and “5. Resistance Stories”

Session 7: “The Water” and “6. Gospel Stories”

Session 8: “The Sea” and “7. Fish Stories”

Session 9: “The Letter” and “8. Church Stories”

Bible Study: God’s Faithfulness

This evening, Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 7 p.m., we’ll have a Bible study on God’s faithfulness. You can attend in person in the parlor or you can join us via Zoom at bit.ly/3AOWXnf. You don’t need to read anything ahead of time to participate. (Most people don’t.) We’ll begin with a short video introduction and then continue the discussion from there. If you want to watch the video or study the materials ahead of time you can go here.

Link: bibleproject.com/explore/video/faithful/

A Book Study on the Bible

Our next Wednesday Night Adult Bible Study will be on Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again by Rachel Held Evans. The plan is to start Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at 7 p.m. 

From the publisher:

“If the Bible isn’t a science book or an instruction manual, what is it? What do people mean when they say the Bible is inspired? When New York Times bestselling author Rachel Held Evans found herself asking these questions, she embarked on a journey to better understand what the Bible is and how it’s meant to be read. What she discovered changed her—and it can change you, too.”

The book is available at all the usual places, and copies have been ordered so you can pick one up at church. The suggested donation is $14, but feel free to give whatever you can or just take one.

Bible Study: God’s Loyal Love

This evening, Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 7 p.m., we’ll have a Bible study on God’s loyal love. You can attend in person in the parlor or you can join us via Zoom at bit.ly/3AOWXnf. You don’t need to read anything ahead of time to participate. (Most people don’t.) We’ll begin with a short video introduction and then continue the discussion from there. If you want to watch the video or study the materials ahead of time you can go here.

God’s Anger and Wrath — Corrected

At this Wednesday’s Adult Bible Study (October 5, 2022), we’ll be talking about what the Bible says about God’s anger and wrath; but we’ll be doing so in the context of God’s character as “slow to anger.” It’s a great lesson that helped me think through some of the most challenging passages in scripture. So I hope you’ll join us even if you haven’t done so before.

As usual, we’ll be meeting at 5:15 p.m. 7 p.m. You can attend in person in room 200 or join us via Zoom at https://wp.me/P3IZ7l-nZ. You don’t need to read anything ahead of time to participate. (Most people don’t.) We’ll begin with a short video introduction and then continue the discussion from there. 

If you want to watch the video ahead of time you can go to: https://bit.ly/3deVkCh.

You can download the transcript as pdf here.

And you can download the study notes as a pdf here.

Background for World Communion Sunday

Holy Communion joins us in Christian unity. This sacrament invites us to focus on the holiness of communion with God and one another. On World Communion Sunday – United Methodists, in conjunction with other denominations and believers worldwide, participate in communion to recognize our unity in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. This universal and inclusive connection is the foundation of the special offering for World Communion Sunday.

Your donations support racial and ethnic students in achieving their educational goals and transforming communities. In 2021, World Communion Sunday offerings awarded 242 scholarships and grants. Your generosity continues to provide scholarships, grants, mentoring and training for leadership development. The needs exceed what we can fund and your gifts can further growth and success.

Fifty percent of the offering provides scholarships for graduate students from the U.S. and other countries.

Thirty-five percent supports racial and ethnic scholarships for students pursuing ordained ministry (deacon or elder) and includes a mentoring program.

Fifteen percent funds Ethnic-In-Service Training Grant for leadership development, recruitment, training, and retention of ethnic United Methodist persons in leadership positions in every level of the church and its ministry.

The United Methodist Church, the world and our communities are in a time of transition. Now, perhaps more than ever, we are called to extend healing and hope which will guide us to becoming a new creation in Christ. Through our gifts and support, we can invest in talented, qualified students from around the globe to transform the world as witnesses for Christ!

The First 10 Years of College Avenue

Everyone is invited on October 6, 2022 AT 9:30 a.m. in the parlor to come and hear from the people who made Church History “The First 10 Years of the Evangelical United Church (CAUMC)”. Charter Member Jim Tubach – “Looking for Property” Evelyn Laughlin – “A College Student at the Church” Leo Lake – “A New Sanctuary is Needed!” Please join us for a second cup of coffee and hear their stories!

Grace Bible Study Tonight

Today (Wednesday, September 28, 2022) is the third session of our Bible Study exploring God’s character. The plan is is start at 7 p.m. and be done no later by 7:45 p.m. The study will begin with a 5-10 minute video from bibleproject.com. I hope this will be an easy group for everyone to participate in. You don’t need to do any reading in advance; you only need to bring yourself and maybe a Bible (I’ll also have copies of the relevant scripture passages).

You can view the video and additional background resources here: https://bit.ly/3HvHLN2

Compassion Bible Study Tonight

Today (Wednesday, September 21, 2022) is the second session of our Bible Study exploring God’s character. The plan is is start at 7 p.m. and be done no later by 8 p.m. The study will begin with a 5-10 minute video from bibleproject.com. I hope this will be an easy group for everyone to participate in. You don’t need to do any reading in advance; you only need to bring yourself and maybe a Bible (I’ll also have copies of the relevant scripture passages).

You can view the videos here: https://bit.ly/31ElWu0

Bible Study on God’s Character

I’m excited to be starting a Bible discussion group on Wednesday, September 14, 2022. The plan is to meet every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and be done no later than 8 p.m. The study will begin with a 5-10 minute video from bibleproject.com. It’s a five-part series on Exodus 34:6-7 that looks at God’s compassion, grace, slowness to anger, loyal love, and faithfulness.

You can participate in person or online through Zoom. If you want to participate online, please let me know in advance. (Making the study available through Zoom is not tedious or time-consuming, and I’m happy to do it, I just need to know beforehand that you want to participate that way.)

I hope this will be an easy group for everyone to participate in. You don’t need to do any reading in advance; you only need to bring yourself and maybe a Bible (I’ll also have copies of the relevant scripture passages).

You can view the videos here: https://bit.ly/3CGlV6s