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AHUMC is committed to offering a wide array of opportunities for education and encouragement.  The number of studies and groups that are available can even be a little overwhelming—so please let us help!

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Beginning with Sunday mornings, AHUMC offers a number of different staff-led courses throughout the week. All of our courses are available for free to anyone who is interested. The only exception is that some courses do require the purchase of a book—and even that shouldn’t be an obstacle to participation as scholarship assistance is available. We hope you will consider joining at least one of the courses listed below.

 

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Men's Ministry:

Words of Life

 

LEADER:Johnny Boyd
DAY:Wednesdays - beginning Sept. 4
TIME:12 p.m.
LOCATION:AHUMC Parlor

Nearly everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments. Jesus saw these commandments not as burdens, but as guideposts to help us experience a good and beautiful life. These ten ancient “words” were given to us by a loving God who longed to set safe boundaries, create order out of chaos, help communities live peacefully, and protect us—often from ourselves. In lives marked by workaholism, materialism, and social media-driven envy, we have these time-tested markers that point to gratitude, confidence, and peace.

 

Join Johnny Boyd for this weekly lunchtime dialogue around Adam Hamilton's book Words of Life.  Together, we will consider the commandments in their historical context, the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, and how Jesus interpreted them.

 

Bring your lunch or purchase one in the Atrium from Chefs Colin Bryant and Kaitlin Workman of Mission Bell.

Community Yoga:

Flow & Restore

 

LEADER:Dave Williams
DAY:Wednesdays - beginning Sept. 4
TIME:6:00 p.m.
LOCATION:CLC

Whether you have practiced Yoga for years or are looking to try something new, join us for this free weekly hour with Black Swan-licensed instructor, Dave Williams.

 

We will meet for 7 weeks of warm-up, restorative flow, and cool down in the CLC at AHUMC. The space is carpeted so please feel free to bring your own mat or towel and a water bottle.

 

Childcare is available by reservation and dinner is available for purchase from Chefs Colin Bryant and Kaitlin Workman of Mission Bell.

Parenting:

Making Sacred Moments at Home

 

LEADER:Kathey Adams
DAY:Wednesdays - beginning Sept. 4
TIME:6:30 p.m.
LOCATION:W210 - 211

In a culture that has become isolating, technological, fractious, and cold, we need help staying close to what is sacred, meaningful, intimate, and alive.  Using Traci Smith’s book Faithful Families: Creating Sacred Moments at Home, we will discover practices that will not only nurture the souls of our children, but help to keep us all grounded in facing the chaotic forces of 21st century family life.  Join AHUMC Youth Director Kathey Adams for this eight week journey toward transforming your family’s everyday moments into sacred moments.

 

This course is offered for parents simultaneous to the weekly Youth Group gathering.  Childcare is available by reservation and dinner is available for purchase from Chefs Colin Bryant and Kaitlin Workman of Mission Bell.

Common Space:
A Sunday Morning Dialogue

 

LEADERS:Chris Estus, Reed McNitzky,  Darrell Smith
DAY:Sundays - resuming Sept. 8
TIME:11 a.m.
LOCATION:W100 / 101

Join us for a weekly dialogue and exploration of the biblical stories—both the ones you know and love and the ones that seem to confound and confuse. This is not a lecture or a book study.  There is no homework or assigned reading.  Through active and participatory conversation, we will get to know each other and learn together as we wrestle with the questions that exist on the tips of our tongues and in the depths of our hearts.

The Good and Beautiful Community

 

LEADERS:Jason AdamsJanet Weatherston
DAY:Mondays - beginning Sept. 9
TIME:12 p.m.
LOCATION:AHUMC Parlor

"Apprentices of Jesus are not part-time do-gooders. They do not sometimes tell the truth, sometimes live sacrificially or sometimes forgive...they are constantly men and women in whom Christ dwells."

 

Yet many times we've gotten it wrong, tending to emphasize personal faith over social justice or vice versa.

 

Senior Pastor Jason Adams and Outreach Pastor Janet Weatherston invite you to participate in this dialogue on spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in our souls.  Using James Bryan Smith's The Good and Beautiful Community, we will pursue authentic ways to live as a good and beautiful community of Christ-followers, shining the light of the Spirit into every relationship.

 

Lunch is available for purchase from Chefs Colin Bryant and Kaitlin Workman of Mission Bell.

Matthew:

The Gospel of Promised Blessings

 

LEADER:Donna Strieb
DAY:Tuesdays - beginning Sept. 10 
TIME:10 a.m.
LOCATION:W100 / 101

The Gospel of Matthew portrays Jesus and his message as full of tender compassion and urgent warning. Pastor Donna Strieb will lead this exploration of an enigmatic Gospel takes readers into the themes, topics, and tensions at the heart of Matthew's story about the life and work of Jesus.

 

Using Matthew Skinner's new book, we will focus on blessing and comfort, judgment and retribution, the meaning of discipleship, Jesus’ vision for the Church and world, conflicts and complaints, and how the Gospel of Matthew speaks to believers today.

Making Your

Grief Count

 

LEADERS:Dr. Molly O'Phelan and Linda Baumheckel
DAY:Wednesdays - beginning Sept. 11
TIME:6 p.m.
LOCATION:S107

 

Childcare is available by reservation.

 

Dinner is available for purchase from Chefs Colin Bryant and Kaitlin Workman of Mission Bell.

Women's Ministry:

Choose Growth

 

LEADERS:Priscilla MacDougall, Lynn Juel
DAY:Tuesdays - beginning Sept. 24
TIME:6 p.m.
LOCATION:AHUMC Parlor

Life isn’t a trek up a summit. It’s more like a vast ocean, full of new opportunities for meaning and discovery but also danger and uncertainty. In this often-choppy surf, a pyramid is of little use. What we really need is something more flexible and functional: a sailboat. The trauma, loss, and uncertainty of our world have led many of us to ask life’s big questions.

 

  • Who are we?
  • What is our higher purpose?
  • How do we not live and thrive in the wake of tragedy, division, and challenges to our fundamental way of living?

 

Join leaders Rev. Priscilla MacDougall and Lynn Juel on this journey toward a new metaphor for the the transcendent experience of becoming “fully human”.  Using Kaufman and Feingold's Choose Growth workbook, we’ll dialogue around such questions as

 

  • Who is in our boat?
  • Does our boat have holes?
  • Are our connections high quality?
  • What does being love mean anyway?
  • What is our legacy?
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THE NEW HAPPY on "Curiosity"

 

We think that the best thing we can do is have all of the answers.

But what would it look like if we were more interested in the questions?

 

Try using one of these phrases to tap into the curiousity and humility of the beginner's mind:
 

  • "I don't know. What do you think?"
  • "I value your insight and knowledge. Can you share more about that with me?"
  • "How are you feeling about this, right now?"
  • "I was thinking about [topic] and remembered it's something in which you are interested. Will you tell me a bit about it?"
  • "Do you have any suggestions for how I can learn more about that?"
  • "How would you approach this?"
  • "What was it like when [event] happened for you?"
  • "How can I help you?"

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