Studies
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New & Seasonal Classes

We invite you to join us in several of the exciting classes offered this season.

Thursdays • September 8-October 13 • 7-8:30pm

A book study on "Sermon on the Mount" by Amy Jill Levine. 

This is a book study with video, talking about how the original audience of poor Jews 1st hearing these words might interpret them quite differently than we do today.  We cover the Beatitudes, then more specific sayings from the Sermon in the Mount in Matthew.

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In-Person and Zoom Every Sunday (with exceptions) • September 18-April 23 • 10:30-11:30am

Zoom Only Every Tuesday (with exceptions) • September 20-April 25 • 7-8pm

The world’s oldest most famous religious book and major part of our Christian Bible is a collection of ancient literature from multiple genres, times and places. This video lecture series with time for discussion will first read scripture within the context of the ancient Near East and then as a work with the capacity to transcend time and place.

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September 15-December 15 • 6:30-7:30pm

Small group Bible Study. This Fall we will work through the Old Testament Book of Genesis using the Journey Through the Bible study guide. Each class will be based on a chapter in the Journey study guide and will focus on a featured scripture passage from the Book of Genesis. Classes are in-person at St. Andrew with a virtual option. All are welcome.

No registration needed.

September 18-November 13 • Sundays • 4-6pm

Exploring how people have interpreted Romans through the ages is a good lens to view the history of Christianity itself. Compare what Paul writes in Romans to what theologians like Augustine, Luther and Calvin say in trying to understand Paul in their time. At the end of this study participants will have a more informed commitment to Paul's radical vision of God's relationship to both Christians and Jews and to their relationship to each other, thanks to the "love of God in Christ Jesus." This study is an ideal experience for adults who are interested in the practice of prayer and worship and would like to connect prayer practice with Scripture. The study is accessible for adults with little prior Bible experience.

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Two-session Course • October 11 and 18 • 6-7:30pm • Rev. Jerry

The Wesleyan Quadrilateral is a phrase that has relatively recently come into use to describe the principal factors that John Wesley believed illuminate the core of the Christian faith for the believer: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience. The United Methodist Church asserts that "John Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason. During this two-session course, participants will explore this method of theological inquiry and come away with a better understanding of our heritage as Methodist and glean some helpful insights into how we can embrace, constructively, the tasks of faithful inquiry and interpretation.

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Tuesday, November 8 • 6:30-8pm

God’s Grace is discussed: How does it differ from forgiveness; Why is it so foundational for Methodism?; and, How is it illustrated in Christ’s parables and teachings?

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Ongoing Classes

Sundays • 10:30 — 11:30 AM • Room 250 and Zoom

The Contemporary Issues Adult Sunday School class discusses current issues from a Christian perspective. Topics include book reviews, politics, the Bible, arts and more. Drop in visitors are welcome and many attend this way. 

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Second & Fourth Thursdays • 6 — 8:30 PM

This ongoing evening group is an opportunity to come together in community to practice knitting and make scarves and hats for someone in need. Finished items are donated to Knitting 4 Peace, an outreach organization that delivers handmade items to women, men and children in local and global areas of conflict. Led by Terri Bartlett and Laine Thomas.

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Ongoing Mondays • 1:15 PM
On Zoom

Join Senior Pastor, Rev. Mark Feldmeir, for this weekly class that focuses on the upcoming Sunday sermon passage. Read the text and discuss the context and possible interpretations. Have a Bible available.

Contact Sarah Davis for more info.
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Ongoing Sundays • 10:30 – 11:30 AM • Room 241
In-person and Online

A Christian sharing group that discusses current global, theological and local issues through various ideological lenses. Currently reading China’s Vision of Victory by Jonathan Ward. This is an open discussion class with content provided on slides and videos. Led by Missy Kautt.

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Wednesdays • 9:30 AM
September 8, 2021 – May 18, 2022

We select and discuss fiction and non-fiction books for inspiration as we continue on our spiritual journey together and we'd love for you to join us. Currently reading The Happiness Animal by Will Jelbert. Led by Carol Tyson.

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Wednesdays • 9:30 – 11:00 AM
September 8, 2021 – May 25, 2022

For all women who wish to grow in faith by studying the Bible together. Short-term studies allow members to participate according to interest and availability. We begin our year reading, I Corinthians – Searching the Depths of God by Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology. Highly recommended by two of the group’s favorite authors, Amy-Jill Levine and Adam Hamilton, as well as our very own Rev. Jerry Butler, whose New Testament and Greek professor was Dr. Clark-Soles. This study is very accessible as Dr. Clark-Soles’ style is conversational and she provides a helpful guide to this most important letter. Led by Melanie Rowlison.

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Every other Monday • 12-1:30pm
September 6, 2022 – May 16, 2023

Book Study: The Book of Joy - Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by His Holiness the Dalai Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams. Join Spiritual Seekers in exploring spiritual practice and book discussion. No registration required. 

 

First & Third Wednesdays • 6 PM
Second & Forth Saturdays • 10:30 AM
In-person & On Zoom

The Women’s Growth Group builds on the book This Year I Will... by M.J. Ryan, Each January we use the book to identify and plan our individual personal growth goals for the year. At our meetings throughout the year, we report on our progress accomplishing those goals. We also support each other as we journey together. Participants are welcome to attend as few or as many meetings as fit their schedule. If you share our passion for growing in a community of likeminded women, come join us.

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