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Adult Ministry

Then Jesus said ... “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - John 8:31-32

Learning Communities

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of new classes each semester to help people of all ages and stages grow in faith. With a variety of topics, formats, and schedules, we hope you'll look at each opportunity and find something just right for you!

In-progress and upcoming Learning Communities are posted below in chronological order by start date.

Registrations and payments are online through Fellowship One.

  • Becoming New in Christ (Men)  •  Beginning Sept 14 for 19 weekly sessions
        When & Where: Mon  •  Beginning Sept 14 for 19 weekly sessions  •  7:30-8:30 pm  •  virtual via Microsoft Teams meeting platform - link provided at registration
        Led by: Taylor Newsom, Andrew Harris, and Justin Edge

    Sometimes our worship loses its passion. Our prayer life becomes stagnant. We forget why we are serving God. And slowly, subtly, the world's ways become our ways. In this 19-session study, the book of Romans addresses these problems, showing us how we can break out of old patterns and become new in Christ.

    No charge for the class, but please purchase a copy of Romans: Becoming New in Christ.

    A link to the Microsoft Teams meeting will be provided in the registration confirmation email.

    Please contact Taylor Newsom at taylor.newsom82@gmail.com with questions.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Nov 30
  • Enneagram Subtypes: Instinctual Drives  •  Oct 28 - Dec 9
        When & Where: Wed  •  Oct 28 - Dec 9  •  11:30 am - 1:30 pm  •  via Zoom meeting
        Led by: Lisa Hancock and Jason Berman

    This six-week advanced course is for those who have taken the Enneagram Journey curriculum and are ready to deepen their Enneagram knowledge about subtypes, instinctual drives and their impact on behavior. Becoming aware of our Subtype helps explain differences in people with the same Enneagram number. Subtypes are: Self Preservation, Social, and One-on-One.

    Cost $90 per device/household. Please register only once per device.
    Zoom meeting link will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Oct 27
  • Advent Study: Making Room  •  Nov 29 - Dec 20
        When & Where: Sun  •  Nov 29 - Dec 20  •  6-7 pm  •  via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan

    Based on a book by Rev. Ed Robb, this study will shed light on the Christmas story themes of loving our neighbors, welcoming strangers, inviting people into our circles of relationships, and guiding others into the loving community of God. Making Room will help us grow closer to God and offer compassion to others.

    Participants should purchase Making Room by Ed Robb, available from Cokesbury and other retailers. Zoom meeting link will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Nov 29
  • So You Want to Talk About Race (Book Study)  •  Jan 5 - Mar 9
        When & Where: Tue  •  Jan 5 - Mar 9  •  6:30 - 8 pm  •  Via Zoom
        Led by: Jenifer Williams and Michelle Neely

    In order to bring about change in race relations, vulnerable conversations between white people and people of color will have to take place. Author Ijeoma Oluo offers a conversational guide for anyone who wants to be smarter and more empathetic about matters of race and engage in more productive anti-racist action. We invite you to journey toward deeper understanding of racism in the US.

    *NOTE: In this book you may encounter a few moments of graphic language and an unexpected expletive or two. This is part of the authentic and conversational voice that this author brings to the table. It may be familiar to us or it may be uncomfortable for us. Either way, we hope that this will not distract from your engagement with this important text and study.

    Zoom meeting link will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.
    Please register only the household member who should receive the confirmation email with the Zoom link.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: 1/4/2021
  • Is God Real? (Sermon Series Book Study)  •  Jan 7 - 28
        When & Where: Thur  •  Jan 7 - 28  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan

    Explore evidence of God in the world. Start the year with a study that will enhance your experience of the January sermon series based on the book Simply Christian by Bishop N. T. Wright. This study will offer a wider examination of each week’s topic: Justice, Spirituality, Relationships and Beauty.

    Zoom meeting link will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.
    Please register only the household member who should receive the confirmation email with the Zoom link.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: 01/06/2021
  • White Fragility (Book Study)  •  Jan 16 - Feb 27
        When & Where: Sat  •  Jan 16 - Feb 27  •  9 - 11 am  •  Via Zoom
        Led by: Thalia Shirley and Peter Williams

    White people’s reactions to challenges to their assumptions about race are often counterproductive and actually serve to maintain racial inequality. Author Robin DiAngelo explores white privilege, what it means and where it comes from; systemic racism; and white supremacy in order to promote constructive engagement toward racial justice. We invite you to journey toward more understanding of racism in the US.

    Zoom meeting link will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.
    Please register only the household member who should receive the confirmation email with the Zoom link.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: 01/14/2021
  • The Shape and Place of Worship  •  Feb 2 - 23
        When & Where: Tue  •  Feb 2 - 23  •  7 - 8 pm  •  Via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. Mark Stamm, Professor of Christian Worship, Perkins School of Theology

    Throughout history people have chosen to worship in a variety of ways, sometimes challenging the norms of the day. The pandemic has accelerated a tendency to online worship while raising concerns about offering Holy Communion virtually. Early Christian communities worshiped in their homes in small groups. John Wesley challenged the Anglican practice of worship by moving into the “fields.” This course will explore historical, theological, and pastoral considerations of the practice of Christian worship.

    Cost: $25 per person 
    Zoom meeting link will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.
    Please register only the household member who should receive the confirmation email with the Zoom link.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: 02/01/2021
  • Enneagram Passions  •  Feb 4 - 25
        When & Where: Thur  •  Feb 4 - 25  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. Jason Berman and Lisa Hancock

    Our shadow is the aspect of each of us that can obstruct fulfillment and contentment.  The Enneagram says our “shadow” side includes our Passions.  This is the focus of this advanced Enneagram course.  We will take a non-judgmental and curious look at our unconscious ways of reacting to stress and difficult people.  Knowing our Passion is a way to become more aware of our actions, increase our self-awareness, and strengthen relationships with our neighbors.  Prerequisites include the Enneagram Journey curriculum.

    Cost: $50 per person/device
    Zoom meeting link will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.
    Please register only the household member who should receive the confirmation email with the Zoom link.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: 02/02/2021
  • Open Door  •  Weekly, ongoing
        When & Where: Sun  •  Weekly, ongoing  •  9 - 9:40 am  •  via Zoom
        Led by: Drs. Dan Flanagan and Scot Bontrager

    Open Door is available to anyone who is looking for a deeper dive into the sermon text for the week. Biblical exegesis (background) and theological context are offered along with opportunities for discussion and contemporary application. Register for the Zoom link and join us as you are able. 

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: None
  • Praying Through the Scriptures  •  Weekly through May 2021
        When & Where: Wed  •  Weekly through May 2021  •  1-2:30 pm  •  via Webex
        Led by: Rev. Mary Howard

    Join a continuing group in the practice of Lectio Divina, praying the scriptures and historical Christian documents. Instead of focusing on facts and background information, participants seek to hear God speaking to them through the scriptures. Drop in whenever you choose.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: None
Events for Adults
 
Advent and Christmas

Special celebrations planned

Christmas Poinsettias

Make a donation by Dec 13

Home for Christmas Concert

Fri, Dec 11, 7 pm, Livestream

Service of Hope

Sun, Dec 13, 5 pm, Sanctuary and Livestream

Toy and Coat Drive

Nov 1 - Dec 14

Christmas Eve at Home Kits

Register by Dec 15


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