2017 Education Opportunities

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One CUMC • One Building • One World

We are spending over a million dollars to create a church structure which allows us to serve the peoples of the world better. However, the building does not serve; it is only a structure. We, the members and friends of CUMC, are the servers. We are the servants! As a member/friend of CUMC, what are you doing to prepare yourself to become a better servant? (Here I am, Lord, send me.) Perhaps one of the following offerings will fit your needs.

Fall Study Series Selection

We are organizing schedules and classrooms for our fall study offerings, and we ask for your help to provide us your choices (on back page) along with your day of week and time preferences. Our series leaders will follow-up with you to coordinate final schedules and to confirm your participation. Thank you.

The Class Meeting
8 Weeks, led by George Groves

The Class Meeting, by Kevin Watson, is an 8-week book study. The Class Meeting was a vital part of the early Methodist church and was a key to the church’s growth. This exciting topic generates lots of discussion and possibilities. We will be holding this study via ZOOM video conferencing so you can attend sitting at your laptop anywhere in the world.

Disciple Fast Track
12 Weeks, led by Pastor Grace, Jeff Haake and Others

Disciple Fast Track: Disciple Fast Track, an adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study, provides a viable option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement over time with the entire biblical text.  CUMC has a long and rich history with Disciple Bible Study, and this fall we offer Fast Track for study of the New Testament. Participants read a manageable 3-5 chapters of the Bible daily in preparation for the weekly meetings, which last approximately 75 minutes. We will meet weekly for 12 weeks and should end around Thanksgiving. Rotating facilitators will include Pastor Grace, Jeff Haake, and others.

Financial Peace University
9 weeks

Financial Peace University: This life-changing class, taught by Dave Ramsey and the FPU teaching team, will help you achieve your financial goals by showing you how to eliminate debt, save for the future, make a plan for your money and change your family tree forever. The nine weekly classes will begin in September. Already attended FPU but need a refresher? You can attend this class for free.

Lectionary Conversation
1 hour with Pastor Grace

Lectionary Conversation: An hour conversation of the upcoming sermon text with Pastor Grace. Offered offsite at Ground for Hope Cafe – Trinity Church, participants will have an opportunity to buy each other a cup of coffee.

The Way Forward
3 weeks, led by Lynn Pries

The Search for United in the United Methodist Church: Understanding the Controversy Regarding Full Inclusion of LGBT Persons in Our Denomination — At the 2016 General Conference, the controversy over full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life of the church threatened to split the church. “A Way Forward Commission” was created and given the task of examining all references to LGBT persons and to make recommendations to a Special General Conference. Rev. Dr. Lynn Pries will lead three sessions: 1) an overview of the history, doctrine, and governing structure of the global United Methodist Church; 2) the challenges to unity and justice, and 3) an exploration of Biblical foundations for unity and justice, concluding with an overview of possible choices for the church.

Sustaining Creation
8 weeks, led by Greg Hubert

Sustaining Creation – A Faith Journey for Small Groups: An 8-session video series to guide us on an extended journey to a new understanding of our Call to live sustainably with all of God’s Good Creation. Richly grounded in scripture, this series includes reflections, interviews with Creation Justice faith leaders, taps into the wisdom of noted authors, and takes us on location to ponder the Climate Crisis. The 75-minute sessions include group discussion time, so that together we can seek to discern how God is calling us to respond.

Fall Study Series Selection

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