Fridley United Methodist Church
Monday, May 20, 2013
Why learn? Our church gathers together in worship, fellowship and in classes to try to make meaning of our lives in the light of our faith and to reaffirm that we are loved by each other and by God. This is the the foundation of all of our Christian education ministries, which gives us renewed strength to live our daily lives, and helps us reach in to care for each other and reach out beyond ourselves to serve others.
Each Sunday morning of the school year:
All children are always welcome in our worship services. In addition, our preschoolers and kindergartners have a class downstairs following the Story for All Ages at the 9:30 worship service. They use a curriculum called “Grow, Proclaim, Serve” from our United Methodist Publishing House. This is different from the FUSION curriculum, so after the preschool class, they can attend FUSION with their parents and not repeat the lessons. Our nursery is open from 9:15 – noon each week during the school year, and from 9:15 - 10:45 in the summer (after May 19).
Children’s Choir, for children and youth of all ages, directed by Judy Ryan and Elizabeth Zick, meets after worship at 10:40 in the choir room. Children sing in worship about once a month. See Elizabeth or Judy with your questions!
JOIN US FOR FUSION!
This is a Sunday morning learning experience for people of all ages, including children, youth and adults, meeting from 11:00– noon in the Fellowship Hall. We study the scriptures that are read and preached in our preceding worship service, in ways that include people of all ages. Our schedule each week includes gathering time, a story circle (time to hear and experience a story from the Bible) and response, several ways we can individually respond to the story – art, music, and more. Fusion! is for people of all ages!
ADULT CHOICES ON SUNDAY MORNINGS during the school year:
Seekers: focus on the scriptures that are read and preached in worship each week, meet in the Northwest corner of the Fellowship Hall, led by Bill Ekstrum and others.
Linking Faith and Life: focus this spring on a dvd series entitled Embracing an Adult Faith, with Marcus Borg. They meet each week in the lounge with Kate Smith-Sheeder and Scott Evenson.
Special Summer Sundays:
July 28: 11 AM in the lounge, join Scott and Karen Evenson as they share their South Africa trip with us.
Short Term classes:
On Sunday afternoons, we've recently finished Old Testament Short Term Disciple Bible Study group. If you have interest in future Disciple Bible studies, please contact Pastor Diane to get on a notification list.
On Wednesday Mornings through May 15, Pastor Deb leads a Bible Study, at 9:30 AM in the computer room. This group is open to all – please join us!
On Wednesday evenings, from June 5 - July 17, another group will discuss Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, by Father Richard Rohr. The group will meet from 6:30 - 8 PM in the computer room, led by Judy Ryan and Rev. Paul Bosshardt, and is open to all adults. Sign up in Pastor Diane's office or email her at email@example.com.
BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:
Our next book discussion group meeting will be either October 12 or 19th, and we are reading Mary Sharratt’s book on the life of Hildegaard of Bingen entitled Illuminations.Our group is open to everyone who loves reading. We meet about three times a year, choosing each book as we go.
Use the LIBRARY! Take a look at our subject listing of the library books or search our computer database of the library. Find a book or two that interests you, and check them out simply by signing the library card inside the book and leaving it in the file box on the wooden table near the library. Check out the "New" section each week to see what we have added. Our library is there for you!
Beyond Sunday Morning
The Wednesday Study Group (WSG) meets most Wednesdays during the school year at 9:30 AM. It is a book-based study led by Pastor Deb.This fall, they are studying Genesis, in the Journey Through the Bible series. Open to all!
Disciple Bible Study:
Please see Pastor Diane if you have interest in being a part of future Disciple studies. This fall, we will offer a short Term Disciple study on the Old Testament, led by Scott Evenson. They will meet on Sunday afternoons (beginning September 9) from 4:00 - 5:30, every other through Nove 18, then again January 13 and 27. This class is full - please let us know if you'd like to be notified of future classes.
During special seasons of the year, we offer additional classes.
For example, during Lent, we offered 40 Days with Howard Thurman, led by Pastor Diane. This book invited us to explore our own spirituality under the guidance of one of the 20th century’s great African- American spiritual thinkers and leaders, Howard Thurman.
Book Discussion Group:
Open to all adults of the church, this group meets in a half day retreat or evening, usually discussing a novel chosen at a previous meeting. Our next book retreat is September 29, 2012, from 9:00 – 12:30, and we will discuss The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown. From a review of the book: Three sisters return to their childhood home, where they encounter aging parents and their own personal disappointments. We look forward to another wonderful discussion!
Our group is open to everyone who loves reading. We meet two or three times a year, choosing each book as we go. Join us!