As we move through January asking “Tough Questions of Faith” every Sunday in worship, we invite you to continue to ask and discuss faith questions in a new class offered on Wednesday evenings. The Alpha Course will meet in the Fireside Room, F8, for 10 weeks, January 7-February 11, 2015, and will be guided by a leadership team that includes the
Rev. Eve Williams. Please contact Pastor Eve if you’re interested in this class that begins with sharing a meal at the Community Feast at 5:30 pm, and moves into a discussion time at 6 pm on different aspects of the Christian faith each week. The course includes a DVD and encourages participants to share their thoughts and ask questions in a non-judgmental and relaxed setting. If you have questions about Jesus, the Bible, prayer, the Holy Spirit, God’s guidance and how to have a sustaining faith, come to Alpha. You are free to discuss as much or as little as you like. Alpha is for everyone; we don’t assume any background, knowledge or belief in Christianity, and no question is out of bounds.

Another class that begins that night is a Living the Questions class called, Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith. Read about that class and many others included in our 2015 Pathways program. To read more about Pathways, click here. To download the latest edition of the Pathways guidebook, with our list of January-May 2015 classes, click here.

Living the Questions Class Begins January 7, Following the Feast
Our Community Feast returns in the new year on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. Dinner is served from 5:30-6:15 pm, and catered by UMOM’s Helpings Café, Market and Catering. Suggested donations: $7.50/adult, $3/child (12 and under). Following the feast, we invite you to join us for a new seven-week class offered by Keith Sobraske and Martha Rinne. This Living the Questions class is called Painting the Stars: Science, Religion and an Evolving Faith, and will meet in H5 from 6:30-8 pm. All materials will be provided at no cost.

Men’s Breakfast Bible Study to Study Richard Rohr in January
The Men’s Breakfast Bible Study group is beginning a new 10-week study on January 8, 2015 using Richard Rohr’s Alternative Orthodoxy DVD. We will have a methodology to view sessions that may be missed. Craig Prichard, who has studied with Richard Rohr, will attend when possible and give his insights. Please join us for this exciting bible study opportunity. The group meets at 7 am on Thursdays in F5/6 in the Fellowship Center. Come hungry!

Centering Prayer Workshops and Classes Offered in January
Join us Saturday, January 10, 9 am-1 pm, for an Introduction to Centering Prayer. It will be followed by five weeks of practical experience on Sundays, January 11-February 8, 9:45-11 am. This simple contemporary expression of an ancient Christian practice of consent to God’s presence and action within us allows us to take time every day to rest in God’s presence and refill our “well of living water” so we can be more effective out in the world.

Matthew Bible Study Begins Sunday Mornings, January 11
Garry Lozier will be leading a book study on a series by J. Ellsworth Kalas called Immersion Bible Studies, beginning Sunday, January 11, at 10:45 am in H7. The first book, Matthew, costs $8. The church has a limited number of copies. Stop by the church office or call for availability.

Disciple III Bible Study Continues with Letters of Paul in January
New participants are welcome to join Disciple III as the class continues to study the Letters of Paul in the New Testament in this semester’s eight-week class beginning January 13, 2015 and meeting until March 3 (every Tuesday), 6:30-8 pm in H5. The class starts with the book of Romans. Continuing participants don’t need to order a book; just bring the one we’ve been using in previous classes. We have a limited number of copies for newcomers, but please don’t let that stop you from coming. We will dive right into the study on day one, with no administrative session, so come on January 13, 2015 prepared to begin with the letters of Paul. If you have questions or would like the complete schedule, email Robin Kreutzberg.

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