Adult Education

Adult faith formation classes

Our three adult Sunday morning classes meet from 9 to 10 a.m. during the fall, winter and spring. (There are no classes from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.) You are welcome to pick one of the classes below and stick with it, or switch from one class to another depending on your interests. All are welcome.

Faith Forum attendeesFaith Forum

Do you like to learn about and discuss contemporary issues and your faith? You may find Faith Forum to be the right fit for you. This class for adults and high school students features guest speakers talking about local and statewide social issues, particularly social, economic and enviornmental justice, which provides us with opportunities to learn more about how our faith meets the world. The group meets in the Ebenezer Room.

The schedule through mid-March is:
 
February 25: "Can or Should Caring Machines Tend the Soul?" by John Bricout, Director of the School of Social Work.
 
March 4: "Quiet: The Power of Introverts," by Susan Cain, TED Talk and discussion.
 
March 11: Joyce United Methodist Church Preschool, by Deborah Jahn.
 
Some of our best discussions have taken place when you, members of Faith, are discussing your jobs, volunteering and passions. If you are willing to talk about an interest of yours, we’d love to put you on our schedule. If you have a favorite local charity or nonprofit that you think we would benefit from hearing about, we’d like to schedule its representative for a Sunday morning discussion. Please let Darlene Puncochar, Nancy Nielsen  or Tricia and Mark Grimes (the facilitators for the class) know of your interest in sharing your thoughts and experiences with our Faith Forum.
 

Adult Bible Study

The Sunday morning Bible Study digs into questions that many of us have about faith and spirituality, with several different studies throughout the year.  Come join the conversation and deepen your understanding and commitment to the work of Jesus.

We are studying the book Naked Spirituality by Brian D. McLaren. McLaren writes, ““This is a book about getting naked—not physically, but spiritually. It’s about stripping away the symbols and status of public religion—the Sunday-dress version people often call ‘organized religion.’ And it’s about attending to the well-being of the soul ...” This class is for anyone who wants to grow and deepen their spiritual life. All are welcome. No previous knowledge of the Bible is required.

The Adult Bible Study Class meets in Room 219 (upper level) at 9 a.m. It is led by the Revs. Susan Mullin and Andy Keck.

 

What are you praying about attendeesWhat Are You Praying About?

Bring your coffee to the Conference Room and talk about your spiritual practices and share what you are praying about. We will discuss a variety of topics as determined by the group. The class is facilitated by Karolyn Busacker and is a great way to get to know other people at Faith in a casual setting.

 

News at Faith

At an all-church meeting on February 11, the congregation of Faith UMC voted overwhelmingly to become an Altar for All church, which means that the church will welcome, honor and celebrate the wedding of any prepared couple who seek to commit their lives to one another in marriage.

During Lent, Faith UMC members gather with the congregations of Community UMC of Columbia Heights and Northeast UMC of northeast Minneapolis for joint Wednesday night services. A soup supper is served at 5:30 p.m., followed by worship at 6:15 p.m. Also, Faith UMC will have special services during Holy Week and Easter, April 1.

 


Several options are available for a study of the book Surprise the World, by Michael Frost. They include Tuesday mornings, Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.

Faith UMC prepares and serves a community meal at Northeast UMC on the third Saturday of the month. The next dates are February 17 and March 17.


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