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Adult Education


SUNDAY SCHOOL Class topics vary through the year and are offered in sessions.

Check out the exciting opportunities this fall to engage in learning and discussion on a variety of topics.  Classes will begin on Rally Day, September 7th.

Methodism 101  This series of three classes will provide an introduction to Methodism which will provide an understanding of our denomination's beliefs and structure.  It will include some pertinent history, the mission and current issues facing the United Methodist Church, what it means to be a connectional church, and some of the things that make United Methodism unique.  This class will gather in room 105 on September 7th, 14th, and 21st.  Rev. Susan Iliff will lead Methodism 101.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Life Together

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German theologian and Lutheran pastor when Adolf Hitler rose to power in 1933.  When his siblings challenged his decision to become a theologian, saying the church was a poor, boring, petty, and bourgeois institution, Bonhoeffer replied: "In that case I shall reform it."  As fate or providence would have it, Bonhoeffer spent much of his life seeking to reform the church that was losing its way in Nazi Germany.  On April 9, 1945 Bonhoeffer was executed in a concentration camp because of his involvement in a plot to assassinate Hitler.  This Sunday School class, led by Rev. Dr. Nancy Duff, will introduce the life and thought of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in response to his invitation in Life Together to consider the nature of Christian community.  In these five weeks we will consider:

1. Sep. 28: Who Was Dietrich Bonhoeffer?

2. Oct. 5:   Flags in Church? Nationalism Then and Now

3. Oct. 12: The Body of Christ in the World: the Church and Judaism

4. Oct. 19:  Life Together and Christian Worship Today

5.Oct. 26:  A Time to Speak and a Time to be Silent

For additional information about the class, contact Nancy Duff: nancy.duff@ptsem.edu


Psalms Bible Study

Kevin Dresely will lead a four week Bible Study focusing on Psalms which will run from Nov 2nd through Nov 23rd.  This group will meet in Rm 105. Additional details will be forthcoming.


Human Rights, the Church, and Us

Deborah Enix-Ross will lead a discussion forum focusing on human rights.  Discussion topics will include:  what are human rights from a legal, Biblical, and the United Nations perspective, what is the business community's involvement, how can we, as individuals and as institutions, make a difference.  This interactive discussion group will meet from Nov 2nd through Nov 23rd in the Fellowship Room.  



NEW MEMBER CLASS
New member classes are held as people show interest in joining the church by profession of their new-found faith, or by transferring their membership from other churches. Information and orientation sessions are usually held in the spring and fall of the year. Anyone interested is encouraged to ask the pastor after joining us for worship or by calling the church office.