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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.

 

If you have any questions or need any further information, please submit the form below


Common Space:
A Sunday Morning Dialogue

 

LEADERS:Chris Estus, Ryan Jacobson, Darrell Smith
DAY:Sundays - resuming Jan. 21
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 Life:

Putting on the Character of Christ

 

LEADERS:Jason AdamsJanet Weatherston
DAY:Mondays - beginning January 22
TIME:12 p.m.
LOCATION:AHUMC Parlor

Lots of us struggle with false notions of happiness and success. Sometimes our bad ideas can so imprison us that we find ourselves living a beautifully packaged life of self-destruction.

 

Senior Pastor Jason Adams and Outreach Pastor Janet Weatherston invite you to participate in this dialogue where we will seek to replace our false notions with the truth and wisdom taught by Jesus. Using James Bryan Smith's The Good and Beautiful Life, we will follow the Sermon on the Mount to explore Jesus' narratives about the reality of God.

 

Childcare is available by reservation.

 

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

Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture

 

LEADER:Donna Strieb
DAY:Tuesdays - beginning January 16
TIME:10 a.m.
LOCATION:W100 / 101

Pastor Donna Strieb will lead this journey into the nature of Scripture and how we should embrace and interpret it. Together, we will address many of the issues that face the church and fill our cultural debates. Our goal will be to address the often-misunderstood biblical themes and reveal a deeper appreciation of the life-giving and life-changing nature of the biblical texts.

 

Using Adam Hamilton's book, we will wrestle with questions like:

 

  • Did God really command Moses and the Israelites to kill people? 
  • Did Jesus really teach that non-Christians will be assigned to hell?
  • Were Adam and Eve real people? 

Micah:
Who is Like God?

 

LEADER:Ryan Jacobson
DAY:Tuesdays - beginning Jan. 23
TIME:12 p.m.
LOCATION:AHUMC Parlor

Rev. Ryan Jacobson will lead this study into the biblical book of Micah.  Together, we will explore the historical and geographical context of this book and its author. As Micah is a book written, compiled, and arranged by our Jewish siblings, we will use a Jewish hermeneutic to delve into the depths of Micah’s prophetic proclamation. Together, our class will explore what the text says, how the text relates to the world of the author, what the text means to our community, and what God is speaking through this text, even today.

 

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

Women's Ministry:

Daring Greatly

 

LEADERS:Priscilla MacDougall, Lynn Juel
DAY:Tuesdays - beginning Jan. 9
TIME:6 p.m.
LOCATION:E228

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly.  Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. Without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena.

 

Using Brené Brown's book, we will explore how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity.

Common Space:
A Lunchtime Dialogue

 

LEADERS:Chris Estus, Ryan Jacobson, Darrell Smith
DAY:Wednesdays - resuming Jan. 24
TIME:12 p.m.
LOCATION:AHUMC Parlor

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.

 

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

Community Yoga: Flow and Restore

 

LEADER:Dave Williams
DAY:Wednesdays - beginning Jan. 24
TIME:5:30 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.

 

Beginning January 24, 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.

Community Dinner

 

WEEKLY SPECIAL:View Menu
DAY:Wednesdays - resuming Jan. 24
TIME:5 - 7 p.m.
LOCATION:AHUMC Atrium

Join us for this time of connection and, hopefully, convenience—as we share the table together on Wednesday evenings. Whether you are going to one of our Wednesday evening courses, Taizé Worshipchoir practice, or you just want someone else to do the cooking and cleaning, we hope to see you!

 

Childcare is available by reservation during the meal and Wednesday evening courses and activities.

 

Each week, Chefs Colin Bryant and Kaitlin Workman will offer “specials” as well as the entire Mission Bell menu, featuring both vegan and gluten-free options just in case you need to change things up.

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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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