Fall Classes 2019


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Classes and Groups
“Living the Story,” the Fall 2019 Program Guide to Classes, Ministries, Programs, and Worship at St. James UMC, is now available. Pick up your copy at one of the information booths in the CLMC Commons or the Narthex, or download a copy by clicking the button below.
The guide includes information about all classes, including the TGIW classes which will begin on September 11.
Registration for TGIW classes will open on Tuesday, August 13, at Noon.  Classes will be listed below beginning tomorrow – click on the appropriate “Register Now” button to reserve your spot in the class.
Adult TGIW Classes  (Wednesdays at 6:15 p.m.)
If you will need Nursery care during the TGIW classes, please register your child by clicking this button:
Christian Fitness Training
Open to anyone of any age, this class will teach participants how to become stronger physically, spiritually, and mentally.  The class will include exercises and Bible study.
The instructor is Taylor Anthony.
Christian Theology
“Christian Theology” is a deep dive into historical and current theological understanding.  We will explore major themes within Christian Theology (Creation, Incarnation, Christology, Trinitarian Theology, Pneumatology and some other fun “ologies”).  The goal of the class is to provide our church members with a workable foundation for navigating a life of faith and to foster theological conversation.
This class is offered by Rev. Mark Woods.
Climate Justice: A Call to Hope and Action
Why is climate change challenging our faith and the way we live our lives?  In what ways can we show care and concern as stewards of the earth?  We will discuss these issues and more and challenge ourselves to act in ways that better reflect care for this planet.
Team taught by Deb Culbertson and Tom Pohlman
Companions in Christ
This class is a continuation from last year.  Contact Joyce Day if you would be interested in joining.
The Christian faith is meant to be a journey, one that leads us closer to God and deeper into our understanding of God.  If you want to discover a deeper level of spirituality in your Christian walk, join us for this 28-week small group experience.  It sounds like a long time, but it is divided into five short sections:
1) The Way of Christ (discipleship)
2) The Mind of Christ (Scriptures)
3) The Heart of Christ (prayer)
4) The Work of Christ (service)
and 5) The Spirit of Christ (ongoing spiritual guidance).
Joyce Day will lead this group.
Disciple – Exodus
Learn what the stories from the Book of Exodus teach us about the life of faith today.  This Disciple class on the second book of the Bible is offered as a stand-alone class or as the second of four parts of the Disciple study on the Books of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts.
Facilitated by Scott Heritage
Disciple I
Disciple Bible Study was developed to help us to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.  During the Fall term, DBS I walks through the Old Testament so that participants may learn from those who walked with God. During the Spring term, we examine the Gospels and the writings of the New Testament so we can continue to learn how to grow as faithful disciples.
Taught by Rev. Johnny Branch
Faithful, Abundant, True
This is a seven-session women’s Bible study from Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, and Kay Arthur.  This study was made to fit into women’s busy schedules and only requires 15-30 minutes each day.  Kay Arthur teaches from basically, the entire book of Hebrews!  Hebrews is both an example of God’s faithfulness and a challenge to believers to be faithful in difficult times.  Priscilla Shirer teaches from Ephesians 3:20-21 on God’s abundance.  Beth Moore teaches on the topic of discernment. In these difficult days it is absolutely essential that we learn to trust the Holy Spirit to enable us to determine what is true and what is false.
Co-taught by Linnley Cox and Lora Joyner
Finding Unexpected Strength
It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa TerKeurst is the subject of this class.  Reality often ends up so very far from the life we long for.  Lysa TerKeurst deeply understands daily disappointments and life altering loss.  She has discovered that in God we can find unexpected strength as we wrestle well between our faith and feelings.
Phyllis House will lead this study.
Ora et Labora
There is a rule of faith that states, “as we pray, so we believe, as we believe, so we live.”  You are invited to participate in an eleven-week group that will be submitting to the guidance of Scripture in prayer and to the guidance of prayer in living.  It is based upon the practice of lectio divina.  It will move beyond an intellectual meditation upon scripture to become an intentional practice of “ora et labora” (prayer and work).  Ora/prayer—Participants will seek to let the Scriptures guide them informing specific prayers.  Labora/work—Participants will seek specific ways to shape their lives according to what they are praying.  Community—Participants will be doing this in sacred community where they will encourage each other.
Rev. Dennis Adams is the leader of this class.
Wednesday Women
Wednesday Women will study Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus by Lisa Harper.  Join Lisa Harper as she journeys through this bridge between the Old and New Testaments to get to the heart of the matter: Jesus is our accessible King. He is not a faraway God, but an up-close Redeemer who draws near to us.  Hebrews helps women make the connection between God the Father and God the Son and reminds us that Jesus is supreme, but He is also compassionate, empathetic, and loving to no end.  Lisa Harper makes digging into Hebrews fun and doable, without losing an ounce of depth.  Classes begin September 18 and end November 6, each Wednesday from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Edie Snider will teach this class.
The Write Stuff
This is a writing workshop with the focus on your journey.  The main thing each individual will do is write and each may share what they have written if they choose to.  The main purpose is to explore this simple question: how does writing bring me closer to God?  We will not do a literary critique of each other’s work, but rather focus on how the writing helps us on our individual journeys.  The class will meet at 6:15 and end around 7:00, but if anyone wants to linger and talk some more, that’s fine too.
Harvey Estes is the facilitator of this class.
Other Adult Classes during the Week
Sacred Dying – Mondays at 2:00 p.m.

We tend to shy away from thinking about death, and yet it is the one thing we will all face at some point on this journey we call Life.  What if, instead of avoiding the topic, we faced it head on?  What if we prepared for our dying with the same intention we give to preparing for our life?  This group will do just that using Megory Anderson’s Sacred Dying Journal.  You don’t have to be dying or even of an age to be near death to benefit from this process.  You just need to desire to live in a way that leads eventually to a good death. Joyce Day will lead this group that will meet on Monday afternoons from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.  Meetings will begin on September 9 and continue through December 2.  The cost is $10.00.

Conversations with Jesus: Lectio Divina with the Gospel of John – Wednesdays at Noon

Join Marianne Leventry for this 37-week encounter as we let go and use all of our senses to see, smell, taste, hear, and feel some of what Jesus experienced using the Gospel of John.  Lectio Divina (sacred reading) is a deep way to slowly read, pray the scriptures and enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ. The class begins September 4, 2019, and will run through June 2020.  The group meets from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Conference Room.

Truth Seekers – Fridays at 10:00 a.m.

The Truth Seekers class is moving to a new day and time!  Class will be held Friday mornings from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 23, starting October 4.  This Fall, class members will study The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God’s Mercy by Timothy Keller.  Most of us know the story of Jonah, a defiant and disobedient prophet.  Keller dives deep, investigating clear connections between Jonah, the prodigal son, and Jesus. How can God be loving and merciful, yet still be just and righteous? Join the group to learn the powerful Christian message at the core of Jonah’s story. The class, led by Lynne Garrison, will run through November 15.