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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:

Food and Faith:
Are you interested in environmental justice, health and nutrition, and theology? Come and join us for a summer study of “Food & Faith: A Theology of Eating.” This is one book of many by Norman Wirzba, a research professor of theology, ecology, and rural life. Wirzba looks at the theology of eating through the lens of our tradition of holy communion and the holy trinity. This class will be taught by Pastor Sami and will begin June 13 and go until August 8. We will meet in the Fireside Room at St. Paul’s at 6:30 PM-7:30/8ish. Book cost is $20. (Kindle Book version is also available).
For more information or to register for this class contact Pastor Sami at: spack-toner@stpaulshelena.org or call the church office at 442-5643.

 

GROUPS and CLASSES:

Short Stories by Jesus:
Come and join us Sunday mornings between worship services for a study of parables called “Short Stories by Jesus.” This study will be taught by both Pastor Patti and Pastor Sami and is based off Amy-Jill Levine’s book of the same title, which explores Jesus’ parables by interweaving history and spiritual analysis from a Jewish perspective. Jesus was a skilled storyteller, and he used parables to effectively convey his message; however, much of that can be lost in translation from 1st century culture and our modern world. Levine offers fresh interpretations for us, guiding lessons through Jewish culture and the original audience’s perspective. Each week will be a stand alone class as we will be exploring a different parable. Attendees will be able to easily drop in when available or miss weeks without a problem. This class will be held in the classroom at Covenant from 9 -10 AM AND in the library at St. Paul’s at 9:45 AM-10:45 AM beginning June 17 through July 29. Book cost is $10. (Kindle Book version is also available).
For more information or to request a book for purchase, contact Pastor Sami at: spack-toner@stpaulshelena.org, Pastor Patti at: pagnew@stpaulshelena.org or call the church office at 442-5643.
 
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.
Tuesday, July 10 @ 7 PM Black Panther at St. Paul’s UMC Room 208 – Youth Room (Susanna’s Place Building). Child care will be available.
Wednesday, August 1 @ 10 AM Captain Underpants at Cinemark (Summer Clubhouse).
 
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 one 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, July 23 is Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury.  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, have communion together, discuss a topic, and plan service projects. Our next gathering is Thursday, July 19 from 6:30 PM – 7ish at Karmadillos, (Reeder’s Alley) 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:

God Hunger: Meaningful Midday Meditations. This popular prayer class invites a new group of people to journey with other laity in meaningful midday meditations. We invite you to bring your lunch for 30 minutes of prayer and 15 minutes of discussion. This class runs 12-1 PM on Tuesdays.  Come join us as we focus on God’s presence and learn the benefit of regular prayer in our lives. No sign-up necessary for this group. Please join us in the balcony in the church building at Noon.
 
Wednesday/Thursday Bible Study: 
Bible Study is off for the summer.
 
There are two adult bible study classes at St. Paul’s. One class meets on Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM  in the library (lower level) at St. Paul’s UMC. The other class will meet on Thursday from 9:30 to 10:30 AM in the Fireside Room, Susanna’s Place (512 Logan Street). 
 
The classes are studying Jesus and His Jewish Influences by acclaimed archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness who will unearth the roots of Jesus’s actions and teachings within the traditions and beliefs of ancient Judaism.  Class format is a DVD lecture and class discussion.The classes are studying Jesus and His Jewish Influences by acclaimed archaeologist Dr. Jodi Magness who will unearth the roots of Jesus’s actions and teachings within the traditions and beliefs of ancient Judaism.  Class format is a DVD lecture and class discussion. Visitors are always welcome and new members may join a class at any time. Shirley Warehime leads 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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