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Adult Sunday School
All Sunday school classes are open to visitors and new members. Stop by and find a class that's just right for you!
Location: Room 28a - Upstairs, Education Wing
Contact: Leticia Estavillo, firstname.lastname@example.org
After finishing the Disciple 1 Bible Study that takes participants from Genesis to Revelation, the Disciple Sunday School class is ready to begin new studies! They will be starting a new book study on the Henri Nouwen book, “The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming” starting on October 1st. Amazon.com describes this book as: "A chance encounter with a reproduction of Rembrandt's The Return of the Prodigal Son catapulted Henri Nouwen on a long spiritual adventure…. In seizing the inspiration that came to him through Rembrandt's depiction of the powerful Gospel story, Henri Nouwen probes the several movements of the parable: the younger son's return, the father's restoration of sonship, the elder son's vengefulness, and the father's compassion." We are buying used copies of this book for four dollars.
Then starting on December 3rd, Disciple Sunday school class will begin the long-term Disciple study of “Jesus in the Gospels”. Cokesbury describes the study series as: "The overarching aim is to deepen discipleship through better understanding of the biblical texts and their message. The study helps group members understand that Jesus is rooted in Judaism and the Scriptures of Judaism and that Christianity and the New Testament are rooted in the Scriptures of Judaism—our Old Testament." The book will cost forty dollars. If you have any questions, feel free to contract Leticia Estavillo at Leticia@estavillo.net or (512) 431-4940. We look forward to having you join our Sunday school class!
Christians Without Borders
Location: Family Life Center – Classroom B
Contact: Bobbie Lilljedahl, email@example.com
The Christians without Borders class is involved in studies that encourage growth in mind and spirit, challenges our faith and keep us motivated to be bridge builders/change agents for justice, reconciliation and transformation. We encourage open communication where all contributions are respected and regarded. We explore ways to be the love, grace and voice of Christ in the world. We are a Reconciling Ministry Class which encourages the full participation of all people, including individuals of all ages, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations. All visitors and new members are welcome and encouraged to join us on our faith journey toward greater love, understanding and mutual respect.
Examples of study topics:
"When Christians Get It Wrong" by AdamHamilton, "Becoming a Justice Seeking Church" by William McElvaney, "Embracing an Adult Faith" by Marcus Borg, "Embracing Emergence Christanity" by Phyllis Tickle, "Embracing Spiritual Awakening" by Diana Butler Bass
Current Study: "Living the Questions" a video-based series that generates continued dialogue among the participants and beyond into their circle of influence.
Doty Bible Class
Location: Church parlor (turn right inside the east end of the church entrance and go to the end of this hallway)
Contact: Mitzi Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are a class of older adults who are interested in Bible study.
Recent Studies: Bedlham in Bethlehem, Cokesbury's Bible Study for Adults, Bad Girls of the Bible series
Currently Studying: Paul
Location: Classroom A/B near the choir room
Contact: Jerry Edinger, Jedinger@aol.com
We are group of adults who enjoy gathering together for study, critically thinking about scripture and having meaningful discussions.
Examples of study topics: The Afterlife According to Different Faith Traditions, The Gospel and Letters of John
Location: Family Life Center – Classroom C
Contact: Susan Hilburn, email@example.com
We are a group of individuals with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience, ages 30 and up. Our common goals are to become to become faithful disciples of Christ, to nurture one another, and to serve those in need.
Example of study topics: Current books on Christian spirituality or the Bible, such as "Wrestling with Grace" by Robert Morris
Location: Upstairs, Room 29
Contact: Leslie Piggot, firstname.lastname@example.org
We are mostly parents in our 30s and 40s who focus on family relationships, books of the Bible and various short-term studies. We are a laid-back group who get together socially outside the church and occasionally participate in community service projects.
Example of Recent Studies: NOOMA Video Series by Rob Bell, Mysteries,
It's New to Me
Location: Room 7 (across from the Sanctuary)
Contact: Rev. Mimi Raper, email@example.com
For the last 18 months the class has been using THE UPPER ROOM DISCIPLINES, a daily devotional that focuses on the scripture in the Revised Common Lectionary. The class reads the appropriate scripture and daily 'devotional' during the week and then, in class discusses each one. No questions are out of bounds. The members of the class range in age from 35 yrs old to 91 years old! We pray for each other and take an offering each week to support the ministry with homeless students at Akins High School.
Currently Studying: Upper Room's Disciplines
Location: Room 9 (across from the sanctuary)
Contact: Bob Caudill, firstname.lastname@example.org
Men and women from Marbridge, ages 20-65
Example of study topics: The Upper Room daily devotional
Seekers is made up of folks from all walks of life; couples and singles, twenties and up. Seekers is a Bible-based study group. We seek: we look at historical and Biblical background of Bible passages. We dig: we question, get perspectives, look for the message God has given us (individually and collectively) for today in His Word and look at how passages interconnect with other parts of the Bible. We are laid-back and relaxed in our structure. As such, if we feel the Holy Spirit directing us to divert course and study something like the temple structure in the Old Tesetament, we do, making our studies afterward all the better for it. We are free to voice an opinion, insight or questions, and are equally welcome to remain quiet and listen.
Seekers Sunday School Class has been a vibrant part of MUMC for about 23 years. We support others and missions: providing yearly back-to-school love bags for the children of MUMC, providing funds for building community libraries in Vietnam, making regular donations to the MUMC Food Pantry, Capital Area Food Bank, Haiti Relief, UMCOR, Heifer projects, etc. Social activites include occasional pot luck dinners.
Currently Studying: The Gospel of Luke.
We are couples and singles in our 40s and 60s. We enjoy lively Bible discussions that help us deepen our faith in Jesus Christ and strengthen our fellowship with one another. We believe everyone has something meaningful to add to the dialogue. Members take turns preparing and leading class discussions (although no one is ever "required" to). More often than not, the "leader" is the "facilitator" of discussion, not necessarily the resident "expert" on the topic, so everyone has the opportunity to share.
Examples of Recent Studies: "What’s So Amazing about Grace" by Philip Yancey, and "Yes, Lord I Have Sinned…but I have Several Excellent Excuses" by James Moore