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Adult Education Classes
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Disciple Fast Track: Old Testament
Thursdays • September 7 – December 14 • 2 – 3:30 pm
Led by Jill H.
Disciple Fast Track: Old Testament provides a viable option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire Old Testament. Participants read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible in preparation for the weekly meetings.
Enjoy review videos, engaging presenters, and lively discussion.
Understanding The New Testament
Sundays • In-person & Zoom • Starts September 10 • 10:30 am
Tuesdays • On Zoom • Starts September 12 • 7 pm
Video Lecture series led by Dr. David Brakke
This study starts at the beginning — with 1 Thessalonians and Paul. Why? Paul’s letters were written first! Mark, the gospels, other letters and Revelation will follow.
This will help us better see the diversity and distinct perspectives found in the New Testament over time.
Signs and Wonders
Mondays • September 11 – October 9 • 7 – 8:30 pm
Led by Barb G. and Jill H.
Read and discuss Amy-Jill Levine’s book, Signs and Wonders, and explore the miracles of Jesus. Amy-Jill Levine is an internationally-renowned scholar, teacher, and author.
Pandemics & Religion: Historical Lessons and Social Challenges
Thursdays • October 19, 26, November 2 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Led by Dr. Albert
What really happens in society and people’s lives after a major pandemic?
Is it always doom-and-gloom or do the tragic effects of pandemics sometimes inspire cultural revitalization?
How does concern for personal health and collective safety affect concern for the common good?
How have different historical memories of fear and trauma from deadly pandemics given rise to resilience, innovation and creativity?
Mondays • October 23, 30, November 6 • 6 – 7:30 pm
Led by Rev. Jerry
Where did all these Methodists come from? Who was John Wesley? What does Methodism teach and believe?
Explore the historical origins and teachings of a people called Methodists. Methodism made its way to the shores of America in the early 18th century, but the movement was shaped much earlier through the life of John and Charles Wesley. This short course will dive into cultural influences that shaped early Methodism, the introduction of Methodism to early America, and the basic teachings and structure of Methodism today.
Tuesday • Zoom • November 14 • 7 – 8:30 pm
Led by James L.
The History of St. Andrew
Mondays • December 11 and 18 • 6 – 7:30 pm
Led by Rev. Jerry
A two-session course covering the history of St. Andrew UMC.
Participants will learn about major milestones in the life of this amazing faith community that has shaped its cultural identity and led to it becoming the largest congregation in the Western Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church.
Gender & Sexuality: Theology, Identity, and Me
Tuesdays • September 19, 26, October 3 • 6:30 – 8 pm
Led by Rev. Amy and Lexi
Delve into Christian thought, natural sciences, and Church history as we explore gender and sexuality.
A Real Look at Critical Race Theory
Sundays • November 5 and 12 • 11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Led by Dr. Peter V.A.
Join Social Justice in better understanding Critical Race Theory and what it means to teach it in school. We’ll explore where the theory came from, what is the theory’s purpose, and why is it so controversial in schools.
This class is two parts, we recommend coming to both classes to delve in deeper into CRT.
Earth Keepers Recycling Meeting
Sundays • October 15, November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21 • 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Led by EarthKeepers
Do you puzzle over what can be recycled and what shouldn’t? Do you wish there was an easier way to keep plastics out of the landfill? Join Earth Keepers and guest speaker Ryan Call of EcoCycle to learn about exciting progress being made in recycling solutions, and ask him your questions about those pesky recycling items.
New Voter Info Session Class
October 15 • 12:30 – 1:30 pm
A brief overview of the voting process in Douglas County and understanding what’s on the ballot. A good place to start for young adults preparing for their first time at the polls.
Senior Adult Studies & Events
Fridays • Monthly • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
October 13 | November 10 | December 8 | January 12 | February | March 8 | April 12 | May 10
Enjoy a healthy, tasty lunch and an entertaining program on the second Friday of each month, September through May, for our 55+ community.
Call 303-351-0096 by the Tuesday before or register below.
Tuesday • October 10 • 7 – 9 pm
Led by James L., ChFC©, Financial Planner with Prudential Advisors.
There are many ways to prepare for and transition into retirement, but the path is very different for each of us. Whether you are in your 40s or 70s this workshop will focus on the important decisions one needs to make at each financial stage to ensure that they can retire and stay retired. The workshop includes discussions on savings and investing strategies during difficult market cycles, tax mitigation, insurance decisions, and generating retirement income that keeps up with inflation.