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Schedule for Adult Education 2017

Winter and Spring

January 15, 22 & 29 & February 5: Martin Luther 1483 - 1546

Facilitator: Bob Gerteis

This year marks the 500 year anniversary of Martin Luther's writing of the 95 theses that shook the foundations of the Catholic Church and started the Protestant Reformation. We will be viewing a PBS documentary video over four Adult School Sessions. This documentary explores the life of this complex and fascinating individual. We learn about his upbringing, his conversion to an Augustinian Monk, his excommunication from the Catholic Church, and his theology. In the last 500 years no other individual has had such an enormous impact upon Christianity.

February 12: How to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Facilitator: Dr. Lorna Idol

What does research say about steps you can take right now to prevent Alzheimer’s? Research has provided a host of clues to age-proofing our brains and making them more resistant to dementia. Come join us for a review of several longitudinal studies that offer important clues about how we can bolster our brain to withstand the physical changes that come with aging. Virtually all brains in elderly people contain some pathological signs of Alzheimer’s disease, but only some people suffer any symptoms as a result. Those who do not develop dementia appear to have great cognitive reserve to fall back on. Come learn about some strategies that are being found to make a difference!

February 19: The UMC in Rwanda: Why and How to Help

Facilitator: Bill Graf

Bill Graf will share his ongoing experience with the United Methodist Church in Rwanda (UMCR) in east Africa. Our connectional denomination means we are part of the UMC there, and they are part of the UMC here. Our church is growing in this part of Africa, and there are things we can learn from our brothers and sisters there. Our church there also faces some enormous challenges…and there are ways we can help. Bill most recently visited Rwanda in July-August, 2016 and is closely connected with trustworthy leadership in the UMCR. His presentation includes a video of singing and dancing in church services and at church events there. Also to be discussed is the 1994 genocide and how the UMCR came into being after that epic tragedy.

February 26: Our Youth Mentoring Program

Facilitator: Sarah Sailor & The Reverend Russell Fletcher

Our education team is sponsoring a youth mentoring program for our church. This program is included in our Church goals for 2017. We are actively recruiting volunteers to meet from time to time with our youth to lead the devotional time, share life experiences and faith journeys, and simply “hang out” with the end result being intergenerational friendships. In this session, Sarah and Russell will lead us in how we can become involved. We have much to teach our young people and vice versa. Come and share your talents in this mentoring program and feel your heart warm as you connect personally with one or more of our youth.

March 5, 12, 19, 26 & April 2 & 9: Bible Study: Prophets and Kings

Facilitator: Dr. Lorna Idol

Experience the Bible in historical context. This is a six-session Bible study, Prophets and Kings, by noted teacher and historian, Ray Vander Laan and is a part of the Faith Lessons series. In this volume, Vander Laan explores the turbulent history of Israel’s prophets and kings and draws lessons from their stories that can help build our devotion to and trust in God today. Filmed on location in Israel, Faith Lessons is a unique video series with supporting materials that brings God's Word to life with astounding relevance. By weaving together the Bible's fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, this exploration reveals unique insights into the Scriptures' significance for modern believers. Related Bible readings will be suggested after each session.

April 16: No Session: EASTER SUNDAY Easter Egg Hunt at 9:30 AM

April 23: No Session: Pancake Breakfast

April 30: Walking the Labyrinth in a Walking Meditation

Facilitator: Dr. Lorna Idol

May 7 & 14: The Ten Commandments

Facilitator: The Reverend Russell Fletcher

The Ten Commandments, also known as the Decalogue, are a set of Biblical principles relating to ethics and worship, which play a fundamental role in Judaism and Christianity. The commandments include instructions to worship only God, to honor one's parents, and to keep the Sabbath, as well as prohibitions against idolatry, blasphemy, murder, adultery, theft, dishonesty, and coveting. Different religious groups follow different traditions for interpreting and numbering them. The Ten Commandments are listed twice in the Hebrew Bible, first in Exodus 20:1-17, and then in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. Both versions state that God inscribed them on two stone tablets, which he gave to Moses on Mount Sinai. Modern scholarship has found likely influences in Hittite and Mesopotamian laws and treaties, but is divided over exactly when the Ten Commandments were written and who wrote them. We will explore some of this history and scholarship. Then, we will rewrite The Ten Commandments in common, modern language and examine our hearts as we renew our own personal and private commitments to the Commandments.

May 21: Inclusive Task Force

Facilitators: Katie Zapotoczny and The Reverend Russell Fletcher

In October 2016, the Council of Bishops appointed a group of laity, elders, and deacons to serve on the Commission on A Way Forward. This Commission is tasked with proposing a way forward through the present impasse related to human sexuality that currently exists in the global United Methodist Church. This Adult Education session will provide an update about the progress the Commission has made toward this goal to date.

May 28: No Session: Memorial Day Weekend

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