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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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Women's Ministry:

How to Know a Person

 

LEADERS:Priscilla MacDougall, Lynn Juel
DAY:Tuesdays - beginning May 21
TIME:6 p.m.
LOCATION:AHUMC Parlor

If you want to know a person...

 

  • What kind of attention should you cast on them?
  • What kind of conversations should you have?
  • What parts of a person’s story should you give attention? 

 

“There is one skill that lies at the heart of any healthy person, family, school, community organization, or society: the ability to see someone else deeply and make them feel seen—to accurately know another person, to let them feel valued, heard, and understood.” This is what Jesus did and what we, as his followers, are called to do also.

 
Using David Brooks' book How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Seen, we will draw from the worlds of psychology, neuroscience, theater, philosophy, history, and education in pursuit of a welcoming, hopeful, integrated approach to relationships. 

Parenting:

Making Sacred Moments at Home

 

LEADER:Kathey Adams
DAY:Beginning September 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.

Community Yoga:

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LEADER:Dave Williams
DAY:Beginning in September
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.

 

Beginning in September, we will meet for 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.

Common Space:
A Sunday Morning Dialogue

 

LEADERS:Chris Estus, 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 live in continuous contact with the kingdom of God, and are constantly men and women in whom Christ dwells. They do not sometimes tell the truth, sometimes live sacrificially or sometimes forgive. There are myriad opportunities for us to impact the world in which we live."

 

Yet many times we've gotten it wrong, tending to emphasize personal faith over social justice or vice versa. Using James Bryan Smith's book The Good and Beautiful CommunitySenior Pastor Jason Adams and Outreach Pastor Janet Weatherston will explore how to bring spiritual formation and community engagement together. We will discover spiritual practices that root new, true narratives about God and the world in our souls.

 

Childcare is available by reservation.

 

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

Rev. Donna Streib's Fall Study:

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LEADER:Donna Strieb
DAY:Tuesdays - beginning in September 
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? 

Fall Book Study:
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LEADER: 
DAY:Tuesdays - beginning in September
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.

Support Groups
Young Adults
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Study Groups
Sunday School

 

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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