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

 

CLASSES & GROUPS:

 
Coming Soon:
 
 Laurie’s Book Club January 28th is our next meeting and we will be discussing the book Yellow Raft on Blue Water by Michael Dorris. We will meet for dinner at The Downstairs at The Brewhouse from 6 – 8 PM.
 
Winter Sunday Morning Class Come have a lively discussion about racism, the sin of white supremacy and religious diversity in America. Anxious To Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel will be one of three books reviewed in this winter’s Sunday morning class. This six week class will begin today, January 13 at 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM in the Fireside Room. Books are available from the office for $18 or you can get them online or as eBooks. The class will be facilitated by Joan Higgins-Smith. (ID)

Be Heard Come and join Pastor Sami and Vicki Weida for a 2-session workshop February 3 and February 10, both at 12:30 PM in the Fireside Room to discuss the United Methodist’s stance on LGBTQ + marriage and church leadership. We will explore the church’s history on this topic, what progress has been made over the years, and what is in the future. This will be a safe place to ask questions and be heard in the community. Our current bishop Karen Oliveto’s book, Our Strangely Warmed Hearts: Coming Out into God’s Call, will be discussed. This book is available online, as an eBook, or for purchase from the church for $15. To reserve your spot in this workshop, please sign-up on the presence form in worship, contact the office or email Pastor Sami (MW)
 
Bitter & Sweet Please join us at 6:30 pm right after the Wednesday night dinner beginning on January 16 in the Fireside Room at Susanna Wesley Place.  This year we are moving further west from Montana. We are reading Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  Henry, a Chinese American was born in the United States. He is devastated after his wife’s death.  He remembers, in the twilight of his life, his friendship with Keiko, his elementary school classmate who was interned with her family during WWII.  The novel flashes back and forward through Henry’s life and his hope of meeting Keiko again.  Spend the winter with us and learn about these two cultures from an award winning writer who now lives in Great Falls, Mt. (ID)
 
 
Class Key
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.

 

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.  

 
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. 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. 
 

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 us a call at the church office (442-5643) or email us at  office@stpaulshelena.org
 
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