Methodist Church offers broad selection of fall Bible studies
A variety of courses and activities will be offered for 10 weeks this fall at the First United Methodist Church of Glenwood Springs.Infusion, as the program is called, will incorporate family mealtime with a variety of four-, six-, eight- and 10-week Bible studies for adults and youth on Wednesday evenings. Some courses will be available at other times during the week.All courses and activities are open to the general public. The registration deadline for the courses that begin Sept. 18, is Sept. 9. Contact the First United Methodist Church at 945-6232 for a registration form or more information. Courses offered include:-Faithlink – An adult study for individuals who want to apply their United Methodist beliefs to current faith issues and world events. This weekly study offers application of faith and actions to major, current events in the news. $15.-Link-tionary – This course offers a weekly study of the Lectionary Scriptures. Includes explanation, commentary and life application of the scripture. $15.-Devotional Life in the Wesleyan Tradition: A look at the commitment to the devotional life, one of the primary emphases in John Wesley’s life and how it can enrich our own relationship with God. $9.-When the World Breaks Your Heart: Spiritual Ways of Living with Tragedy. When United Airlines Flight 232 crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, 113 people died while 184 survived. Gregory S. Clapper, a National Guard chaplain, ministered to the survivors at the scene, to the families of those who died and later to others in the community, and to the National Guard Unit which assisted in the rescue. Using stories from this experience, Clapper offers hope for living with tragedies and helps us see God’s presence in the midst of these times. $12.-A Seeker’s Guide to Christian Faith. This Christian primer is for those who are asking the question, “How can I experience God?” A simple introduction to the most basic understandings of the Christian faith, this course will help you move toward knowing God. $12.-Spiritual Gifts Assessment. This six-week course will allow you to identify your spiritual gifts, leadership styles individually and as a whole congregation. It provides insight on effective communication and team building with others based on gifts assessments. $5.-A Guide to Spiritual Autobiography. This course encourages participants to record thoughts and memories, beginning with childhood and ending with the future. As we consider life’s twists and turns, the study helps us reflect on important people and events in our lives and then link those memories with biblical stories. $14.-Winter Grace – Spirituality and Aging. This course reveals that aging is not something to dread but is a process rich with joy and blessing. Learn how the losses that accompany aging can lead to freedom and new life. Rich in biblical and theological references. $14.-Advent Journey. Helps us to learn to wait actively, with hope and anticipation, for the coming of Christ into our world. An excellent way to remain rooted in the Advent season as it guides us in preparing the way of the Lord. $12.-Coping as Christians. This six-week program will help participants cope with stressful situations, broken relationships and other problems that occur in life. $12.-Loving the Jesus Way. Perfect for Christians who want to learn how to love – the Jesus way. A look at many issues of relationships such as childishness vs. childlikeness, “tough love” and patience. $12.-Neglected Voices: Biblical Spirituality in the Margins. Explores the lives of lesser known biblical figures who have much to teach us about the importance of faithfulness in all places and times. $12.-Anchoring Your Well Being: Christian Wholeness in a Fractured World. Offers suggestions for leading a healthier life in seven dimensions: spiritually, physically, mentally, in relationships, in work and play, environmentally and in crisis and loss. $15.-Questions Senior High Students Ask. Offers a balance of short, lively units on Bible, faith and life for older teens. These units are developed from questions and issues returned from a survey on specific topics sent to teens in grades 9-12 (ages 15-18). Includes units on death, Lent, the opposite sex, eternal life and more. $15.-Connect. Helps young teens explore life and Christian faith. Ideal for middle school/junior high youth, (ages 12-15). Based on the developmental needs of early adolescents and key elements in the Bible and Christian faith, the units in Connect tie the Bible and faith to real life. $15.-LinC. An ecumenical youth study that deals with cutting edge issues. LinC challenges youth to think about their faith and beliefs. With the immediacy of on-line technology and an exciting interactive approach, LinC will help provide relevant information about current issues that have immediate impact on youth. Youth leaders, in turn, are then able to help youth apply their faith to their daily experiences and remain current. $15.-Homework Club. Elementary through high school students can work on homework in Fellowship Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday nights under adult supervision.
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