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Growing in Faith . . . . 

Perhaps as you sit in a pew on Sunday morning, an idea from the sermon will intrigue you or a line from a hymn will hit you in a different way than it has before.  Bingo!  You begin to see your life through a different lens.  Or you may be volunteering for Family Promise or Caring Ministries and have a heart opening moment with a person you hardly know. Bingo! In understanding something new about someone else, you are able to see or accept yourself in a new way.  Growth opportunities are everywhere once we become aware.
 
In the Adult Education program at St. Paul’s, we offer opportunities for those same ‘aha” moments through study and building relationships. When we grow in faith we become transformed.  In our transformation, we can transform the world. 
 
Join us for one or more of our current studies which are listed below!

Adult  Classes  &  Groups

 

WEDNESDAY CLASSES & GROUPS:

 
Coming Soon:
 
Spiritual Autobiography:
When has God been most present to you? How has Spirit guided you? When have you felt lost only to find your way again? This class is not about technique or perfect writing but it does require a commitment to be in attendance, to write, to be open to sharing your writing and to give the gift of listening to others. If this sounds good to you, please sign up in the church office before September 5 so books can be ordered and the first short chapter read before class begins. Our primary resource is the book Spiritual Autobiography: Discovering and Sharing Your Spiritual Story which can be purchased for $9 from the church office. Lois Neal and Kathryn Haddock will lead this class on Wednesday nights, beginning September 19 from 6:30- 8 PM in room 104. For more information contact the office at 442-5643. (ID)
 
Dialogues: The Refugee Crisis:
This video and discussion series will revolve around weekly questions about the Refugee crisis around the world. Come ready to have an in depth and lively discussion. This class will be led by Phaedra Raymond and will run from September 19 – November 28 at 6:30 on Wednesday nights in the Fireside Room, except when there is no Wednesday Night Dinners. For more information or to sign up call the office at 442-5643. The cost is $15 per book (ID)
 
Reclaiming Anger:
As Christians, we process grief, show love, understand compassion, and accept forgiveness. But when it comes to anger, we often reject it as not being useful or holy. There simply is no place for anger in the worldview of many Christians. We’re told to just “let it go,” “get over it,” or “count to ten.” In the church, anger is treated like a dirty little secret. But why? God gets angry. Why can’t we? We’re made in the image of God, and being truly human is to fully embrace who God made us to be. In Reclaiming Anger, David Dorn asserts that anger doesn’t have to be a forbidden, destructive emotion. Biblical anger serves a purpose. In this study you’ll discover what anger is, how God gets angry, when we need anger, and when we need to let it go.
Join us at St. Paul’s UMC on Wednesdays in the  Library from September 19-October 10 6:30-7:45pm and at Covenant UMC October 24-November 14 6:30-7:45pm.
Cost: $7 per book. (DB)
 
 
COURSES OF STUDY:
This fall we will offer a variety of courses to peak your interests and fill your minds, hearts and souls. Because of our new classes, it has become important to define the role of the participant and the courses in terms of breadth, depth, and time commitment. Here is a quick guide to the definitions we will be using for our classes this fall.
In Depth (ID) – In Depth courses delve deep into a subject and the classes are interconnected, requiring a participant to commit to being present each week whenever possible. These courses usually run from 8-10 weeks.
Drop By (DB) – Drop By courses will include reading ahead of time, but often one can get a sense of the subject matter if they miss a couple days. These courses usually run for 2-6 weeks, depending on the book.
Multi-day Workshops (MW) – These courses are meant to build upon one another for a short period of time, (usually 2-3 sessions). Attendance at all sessions is important to garner the full benefit of the overall idea of the workshop.
Single Day Workshop (SW) – Single Day Workshops are just that, one day only classes. These are perfect for people with tight schedules.

 

GROUPS and CLASSES:

 
Cinema Summer
Come and join us for popcorn, movies, and fellowship time this summer as we watch movies together! Great for families, friends, or couples! A wide variety is available and different time options.
Thursday, August 23 @ 7 PM – Finding Dory Covenant Lawn (weather permitting).
 
Laurie’s Book Club: “Think before you speak, read before you think.” Fran Lebowitz. These are insightful words to try and live by. The magic of a good book is almost an indescribable feeling. The worlds we can visit, and the people we can meet in books–whether fictional or not–change our lives. Book Club is up and running! A book group named in memory of our sweet Laurie Skillman gathers once a month for snacks and time discussing a book. Laurie was an avid reader and learner, and she was even more so a people-person, sharing quality time with others around a good book. Group participants pick a different book each month. This group meets once a month at 6:30 PM in the Fireside Room (Susanna’s Place Building at St. Paul’s UMC). You are not required to register in advance to attend. Just show up and join in. The book to be discussed on Monday, August 27  is Little Fires Everywhere by Celseste Ng.  If you have any questions, please call the church office at 442-5643 or email Pastor Sami at: spack-toner@stpaulshelena.org.
 
God After Hours will be meeting monthly through the spring and summer! The group will be enjoying Helena’s wonderful restaurants and breweries. Each gathering we will have fellowship together, discuss a topic, and plan service projects. Our next gathering is Friday, August 24 from 6:30 PM – 7ish at Staggering Ox/Red Atlas Come and join us! Follow us on Twitter for updates: @GodAfterHoursMT
 
 
Knit & Crochet Group:   Get to know others while learning and sharing a craft. This group creates prayer shawls and works on other individual projects as the mood strikes them all in the name of service. Join them on any Wednesday when we have a Wednesday Night Dinner and see how much fun you can have in a creative circle of women. Wednesdays from 4 PM – 5:30 PM in the St. Paul’s Library. Leader: Lila Bock. 
 

DAYTIME GROUPS & CLASSES:

Wednesday/Thursday Bible Study: 
There are two adult bible study classes at St. Paul’s. One class meets on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. starting September 12 in the library (lower level) at St. Paul’s UMC. The other class will meet on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. starting September 13 in the Fireside Room Susanna Wesley Place.
The two classes will study the life of Moses as reflected in the Hebrew Bible (the Christian Old Testament) books of Exodus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. “Moses—In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet” by Rev. Adam Hamilton will permit class members to follow Rev. Hamilton as he explores the sites of Moses’ life from the Nile River to the Reed Sea and from Mt Sinai to the wilderness.
In the introduction to the book, Rev. Hamilton notes that this epic account of Moses’ life, together with the deliverance of the Israelite slaves from bondage in Egypt, is the defining story of the Jewish people. For Christians, Moses’ life serves as the backdrop for much that is found in the Gospels. Throughout history, this story has continued to speak to each successive generation.
Visitors are always welcome and new members may join a class at any time.
Address questions to Shirley Warehime, the leader for both classes. For more information contact the church office at 442-5643.

 

Jung Reading Group: This on-going group welcomes new members with whom they could discuss Carl Jung’s works. The class meets on Thursdays from 12:15 – 1:15 PM. They meet in room 200 at Susanna’s Place. Facilitator: Marty Thieltges.

 

 

New Leaders Always Welcome!

Classes: Are you toying with an idea for a class?  Would you like to lead a class but have never led one before and want some help? Do you know you have the gift of leadership, but need an idea for a class?
                                               
Groups: Are you thinking of starting a small group?  Do you wonder how to make a group work?  Do you need guidance about how to get started? 
 
Adult Ministry Team:  Do you love to see people alive and learning more about themselves and God?  Do you thrive in an environment of learning? Do you have ideas of how our Adult Program could better serve the congregation?
 
If the answer to any of these questions is “Yes,” please give Sue a call at the church office (442-5643) or email her at  office@stpaulshelena.org
 
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