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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:

 
 
Longing for Spring – This five-week study will explore the world of New Methodism, an emerging discussion into a fresh appreciation of what God intends the church to be. Longing for Spring by Elaine Heath (Dean of Duke Divinity School) and Scott Kisker (Professor at United Theological Seminary) will guide our discussion as we cast a vision for what small groups and community (monasticism) may look like in the Wesleyan tradition.
 
Our weekly time together will include: scripture, song, reflection, discussion and exploration of class material through contemporary motion pictures. Join us on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM in the Fireside Room April 25, May 9- May 30. This study is facilitated by Sue McNicol. Book cost $19. Kindle $10. For more information or to register for this study contact Sue at: smcnicol@stpaulshelena.org or call the church office at 442-5643.
 
 
Community Singing: Join Maren Haynes Marchesini and the St. Paul’s Community Singing group on Wednesday nights from 7-8 PM in the Sanctuary. We learn songs by ear from all over the world, and explore music as an avenue to deepen our spirituality, connect us to one another, and experience joy and mindfulness.
 
No musical experience is necessary or required. An optional donation of $10 for every session helps keep community singing going! Contact Maren at marenhaynesmarchesini@gmail.com for more information.
 

 

 GROUPS and CLASSES:

 
Discipleship 101 – Amazing Grace: Who was John Wesley? Why was the movement called “Methodist?” What is it now? How can I learn more about the church? These questions and more will be answered in this class. Amazing Grace is required to join or transfer membership to St. Paul’s UMC or Covenant UMC. Amazing Grace class will be on Sunday, May 20, at 12:15 PM in the Library of the Church building. A light lunch will be provided. Pastors Patti Agnew and Sami Pack-Toner will lead this class. Childcare is available upon request during Amazing Grace class if you contact the church office by Wednesday, May 16Sign up by contacting the church office at 442-5643 or email us at: office@stpaulshelena.org
 
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 on the LAST Monday of each 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, April 30 is “Middlemarch” by George Eliot. 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, May 10 from 6 PM – 7’ish at Bert and Ernie’s, (361 N. Last Chance Gulch) 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: 
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.
 
 

Sew-Crafty:  Join us for a fun time of creation and fellowship!  Bring whatever creative project you are working on; whether it is sewing, knitting, scrapbooking, or anything else.  We will have several hours to work on projects, share ideas, visit, and appreciate each others creations!  We will meet in the Fellowship Hall from 3-8 PM on the 4th Thursdays of the month.  Bring your dinner or get together with others and order take out.  Hope to see you there.

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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