St Matthew provides many opportunities for adult education as listed below. For more information, please contact the various education leaders as mentioned in each of the studies below.
Adult Christian Education Studies for 2017-2018!
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace:" [1 Peter 4:10]
Reentry Simulation Program
The Reentry Simulation Program will be presented at St. Matthew United Methodist Church Activity Center on Saturday October 28, 2017 from 10:00A.M. to noon. Many who attended the Reentry activity last May will recall what a meaningful and enjoyable event it was.
Please join Sue Ellen Allen for a probation simulation. This is a two hour interactive event that creates an incredibly strong probation experience in just two hours. The mission of this presentation is to educate and reshape society’s perception of former inmates so they may successfully reintegrate into society and be given a fair chance for employment, housing, and educational opportunities. It will definitely raise awareness and empathy with an exciting and fun interactive experience.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Sue Ellen Allen is an author, speaker, and founder of REINVENTING ReEntry. In prison, under harsh conditions, Sue Ellen survived advanced breast cancer and learned to turn pain into power. She is the author of “The Slumber Party From Hell”, a memoir about her prison journey. Sue Ellen was awarded the Dawson Prize in Memoir in the 2009 Prison Writing Contest for PEN American Center. Please contact Rosemary James firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Searchers Bible Class meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in C4.
Beginning Sunday, September 10th, the class will meet at 10:30 a.m. in C4 and study What Christians Believe and Why by Adam Hamilton. Duration of the study is open. LeRoy Hirsch will facilitate. Contact LeRoy at (email@example.com) for information.
Monday Night Bible Study 7:30 p.m.
Disciple One Fast Track (Old Testament) is an adaptation of the original Disciple Bible Study. The study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. The class will meet Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. beginning September 11th for 12 weeks through November 27th. The book is available on cokesbury.com. Room to be determined. Barb Hedges will facilitate.
Thursday Morning Women's Bible Study 8:00 AM September - May in C4
Beginning September 14th the women will study Living Mary in a Martha World. Class held at 8 a.m. in C4. Jo Sprankle will facilitate. This is a great place to meet people while learning more about the Bible and growing in your spiritual walk. All women are welcome and encouraged to join us in September; come and bring a friend! Duration of the study is open. Contact Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday Morning Men’s Bible Study 6:45 a.m. in C6-7
The Men's Bible Study group will meet every Thursday at 6:45 a.m. in rooms C6-7 beginning September 14th. The initial study will be When Did God Become a Christian? Books are available through cokesbury.com. Coffee, hot water and juice will be provided. Duration of the study is open. Greg Beihl will facilitate. All men are welcome to join us. Questions? Email Greg Beihl at email@example.com. Future studies may be: The Shack, Five Means of Grace, The Good Book.
Thursday Morning Pastor’s Bible Study 9:30 am
Our Pastor’s Study is held on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in room C4. The group will examine Scriptures from upcoming messages on Sunday morning. All are welcome to join; bring a friend for fellowship and study! For more information, please email Pastor Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at (480) 838-7309.
Missionary Conferences of the UMC of U.S.A.
June Hanson will facilitate two 2-hour sessions. Please visit the registration table on the patio for the start date.
John Wesley, A Life of Changes and Chances
The class will be facilitated by Iain Glithero and will last 6 weeks. Books are available through Iain for $9.00. Please visit the registration table on the patio for the start date.
Monthly Book Readers Group
The Book Readers Group meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at 10:30 a.m. in Room B-11 on the church campus. On Sunday, October 22nd the group had a thoughtful but fun discussion on "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah, who will be coming to the Valley in April.
After consulting our calendars, it was agreed that the next meeting will be on November 19. Although this is the third Sunday, the following Sunday is Thanksgiving weekend. The book suggested for November is "Church of the Small Things" written by Melanie Shankle.
All are welcome to attend whether or not you have read the book. Happy Reading!