Category Archives: Adult Christian Education

“This Holy Mystery” Schedule — Corrected

Below is the schedule for our “This Holy Mystery” (Communion) Study. I would encourage you to read one extra session ahead in case we move faster than expected.

November 17, 2019 — Pages 2 – 6
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

November 24, 2019 — Pages 6 – 11
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

December 8, 2019 — Pages 11 – 18
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

December 15, 2019 — Pages 18 – 25
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

January 5, 2020 — Pages 25 – 28
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

January 12, 2020 — Pages 28 – 33
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

January 19, 2020 — Pages 33 – 39
9:35 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in room 206
OR 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in room 200.

Book Study on Holy Communion

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about communion lately, so I’ve decided to offer a book study. We’ll be taking a close look at the United Methodist Church’s official statement about communion which is titled “This Holy Mystery.” Please let me know if your interested by sending me an email or signing up in the Narthex (church lobby) this coming Sunday. We’ll find out who’s interested and then set a time to meet.

Philippians Bible Study Beginning September 7

An eight-session Bible study on Paul’s letter to the Philippians is planned for this Fall. We’ll be using a short, $9 $10 study book by N. T. Wright, Dale Larsen, and Sandy Larsen. This study works for those who like to prepare and study ahead of time and for those who just want to show up and discuss the passage. 

This Bible study will start on Saturday, September 7, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. and continue every Saturday for a total of eight weeks. We can adjust the time in the weeks to follow if a majority of participants want to. You are welcome, indeed encouraged to bring a breakfast dish to share.

There will a sign-up sheet for this study in the narthex/lobby or you can send an email to

Disciple Fast Track Bible Study

Disciple Fast Track is a comprehensive Bible Study covering the majority of the Bible in 24 weeks. It is a reworking of the original Disciple Bible Study that reduces the time of the study by 8 weeks while still keeping most of the original content. The study includes 12 weeks studying the Old Testament and 12 weeks studying the New Testament, daily Bible reading assignments of 3-5 chapters per day, and a 75 minute weekly meeting with the group. Disciple is a great way to get a really solid overview of the Bible, whether you are new to reading the Bible or have read it for years. If you are interested in taking Disciple Fast Track, please let Pastor Jenny know in person, by phone/text, or by email at The study will have it’s initial meeting on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 7 pm.

God and the Gay Christian Book Study

As I mentioned during announcements yesterday, Jenny and I are looking to lead a book study on God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships, a book that sets out a biblical case for affirming gay and lesbian men and women. As we’ve stated before, we’re not trying to change anyone’s mind we only want to begin a discussion (as opposed to a debate) in anticipation of the special called session of General Conference coming up in February of 2019 and we believe it would be helpful if both sides knew the biblical arguments for an affirming position (our assumption is that you already know the biblical arguments for the traditional, non-affirming position). So far we’ve had about six people express an interest. Let us know if you would like to be added to that list. Please call our cell phones or drop us a line at and/or

Addition: during the discussion of God and the Gay Christian we plan to be present the traditional counter-arguments (to the best of our ability) so that participants can hear both sides.

The Great Divorce

The next meeting of “The Breakfast Club” will be Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. in room 200. We’ll be discussing The Great Divorce by C. S. Lewis. Here’s a description from the back of one edition of the book:

In The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis again employs his formidable talent for fable and allegory. The writer finds himself in Hell boarding a bus bound for Heaven. The amazing opportunity is that anyone who wants to stay in Heaven, can. This is the starting point for an extraordinary meditation upon good and evil, grace and judgment. Lewis’s revolutionary idea is the discovery that the gates of Hell are locked from the inside. In Lewis’s own words, “If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell.”

You can download an electronic version at or an audio version at We’ll also have copies available in the narthex next week. Hope to see you on May 19.

Life-Enriching Practices

Our Next Breakfast Club meeting will be Saturday, February 24, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. We’ll be discussing the first half of Eight Life-Enriching Practices of United Methodists by Hal Knight. This is a great book about how we can draw closer to God. (I had a layperson in this church read it—and she has confirmed this.) I can’t make any promises, but Jenny is talking about making crepes.

Copies of the book will be available in the Narthex (next to the table where we sign congregational cards).

The Story of Christianity

The next meeting of “The Breakfast Club” will be Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 8:30 a.m at the Hitching Post Restaurant. We’ll be discussing the first 121 pages of The Story of Christianity by David Bentley Hart. Our discussion of this book will continue in October (pages 122-238) and November (pages 239-343). We only have one book left, but I’ve ordered more.

The Story of Christianity is a succinct, well-written account of Christian history. As Christians, this is our family history. Knowing where we’ve been helps us better understand where we are. But reading this book isn’t merely a utilitarian exercise. As Hart says “… the true story of Christianity—when told in something like its full breadth—is immeasurably fascinating. It is even, one might say, rather exotic.” [1]

Amazon has a kindle edition here:

[1] David Bentley Hart, The Story of Christianity: A History of 2,000 Years of the Christian Faith (New York: Quercus, 2015), x.

The Next Breakfast Club

Our next Breakfast Club gathering is planned for Saturday, August 26, 2017, at the Hitching Post Restaurant. We’re going in a somewhat different direction with a book, The Lord and His Prayer, by N. T. Wright. Paperback and Audio CD copies will be available in the Narthex (lobby) for a suggested donation of $10.00. It’s also available online in various electronic formats. If you’re new to the Breakfast Club, the basic idea is this, we read a book at home and then gather at the Hitching Post to discuss the book. You’re welcome and encouraged to come even if you don’t finish the entire book.

The Lord and His Prayer

We had a lively, engaging discussion of Lillian Daniel’s When “Spiritual But Not Religious” Is Not Enough this morning at The Breakfast Club. Our next book will be N. T. Wright’s The Lord and His Prayer. We’ll have paperback and audio cd copies available in the narthex soon. It’s also available as an e-book and as an audible download. The next gathering of The Breakfast Club is scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. at the Hitching Post Restaurant.