At our recent charge conference, Laura Wilson, chairman of the SPRC, did a great job of presenting how our congregation is carrying out the 5 fruitful practices laid out in Bishop Robert Schanse’s book. If you feel God is calling you into service in this church, here are some opportunities for you: Youth Lunch, Kid's Club, VBS, Harvest Festival and Wild Wednesdays. The Care and Nurture team visits at the long term care facilities on Tuesdays, and helps to provide communion at those facilities, and provides meals to those at home who have had illness or accidents. We also have a group of people who provide light meals at funerals. They would be glad to have your help. If you are looking for fellowship or spiritual enrichment, join or volunteer to coordinate or teach one of our Sunday School classes, bible studies, or groups such as Emmaus reunion, Senior fellowship, exercise, men's bimonthly devotionals or United Methodist Women. This church is rich with opportunities for growth and service. As we enter this time of emphasis on stewardship, let us consider what we can do to give back to God in terms of service as well as our monetary gifts for the many blessings we have received.
Back to School – for Adults
As an adult, have you thought about going back to school? Not the kind of school where you have to worry about exams and grades. How about the kind of school that will improve your relationship with God – Sunday School. Our church has several adult Sunday School classes, all of which meet on Sunday morning. (Listed below in alphabetical order.)
The Fidelis Class (9:30 --10:15) meets in the room next to the chapel on the lower floor of the sanctuary. The class has three leaders who alternate months presenting lessons from the "Adult Bible Studies" provided by the Uniform Series: International Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching. The scripture and lesson provide the starting place for some very interesting discussions. Although the leaders, Kevin Kelly, Jerry Priddy, and Barbara Hood, come at the lesson from slightly different angles, they believe in the statement of John Wesley: “But as to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think. So that whatsoever they are, whether right or wrong, they [opinions] are no distinguishing marks of a Methodist.”
The Joy Class (9:30 --10:15) meets in the Family Life Center at the end of the hall after passing the restrooms. Maggie Jones is the leader. The class makes its way through the Bible – Old Testament and New Testament – one book at a time. At the end of each class period, the group agrees how much (verses, chapters, psalms, etc.) will be prepared for the next Sunday. How long does it take to go through the whole Bible? However long it takes for the group to feel comfortable with what they learn.
The Open Door (9:30 --10:15) class also meets in the Family Life Center in the room closest to the kitchen. Someone in the class recommends a book to study and the class members vote to accept the recommendation. Someone then volunteers to lead the study. They are currently studying The Bait of Satan by John Bevere. According to Cokesbury, The Bait of Satan exposes one of the most deceptive snares Satan uses to get believers out of the will of God--offense. This trap restrains countless Christians, severs relationships, and widens the gulfs between us.” The class views the accompanying DVD one Sunday and discusses that chapter the following Sunday.
The newest group is the “small group” of adults who meet in the Steen House at 1005 Hutchings, next to the church (9:45--10:15). According to Mary Brookings, the leader, they discuss “how to live in the fast lane of our stressed-out lives and how to return to God while avoiding obstacles in the road.” One past study was the book of Daniel. Daniel’s Christian character – humble and faithful servant – set the stage for a following study of 1 Peter.
All the classes are a mix of men and women, married and single, members and non-members and all of them welcome visitors. Come join a group of Christian sisters and brothers, all of whom are trying to come closer to God.