Adult Christian Education

Spiritual Development - Adult Education

Be prepared for some new and exciting on-line classes for the Fall. Beginning on September 6th we will start three new classes. The classes will use the Zoom format so all you need is a computer or an iPad to be able to participate.

 

Disciple: Fast Track Bible Study
Taught by Jean Zlomke

Are you missing interaction with others? Have you always wanted to know what was in the Bible, but found it difficult to read cover to cover? Please, join me in Disciple Fast Track, where we will spend 12 weeks studying the old testament and 12 weeks in the new testament this year. Daily reading along with weekly online discussions will increase all of our understanding of the message. You will need to have internet access, which can be done with a smartphone or a computer. I will be happy to help you troubleshoot your system in order to participate.
First meeting will be Monday, Sept. 14 at 6-7:30 pm for orientation and then weekly meetings on Mondays from 6-730 pm.
If you have any questions or to register, please contact me at 307-421-3235 or jzlomkern@gmail.com

 

Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You
Taught by Paul Hewitt

The health of your soul isn't just a matter of saved or unsaved. It’s the hinge on which the rest of your life hangs. It's the difference between deep, satisfied spirituality and a restless, dispassionate faith. Bestselling author John Ortberg presents another classic that will help you discover your soul--the most important connection to God there is--and find your way out of the spiritual shallow-lands to true divine depth. With characteristic insight and an accessible story-filled approach, Ortberg guides you through several practices to restore your soul so you can experience a life of wholeness, balance, and hope.
Classes will be held at 11am Sunday’s beginning September 6th.
To register email Paul - paul.hewitt04@yahoo.com

 

Faith and Doubt - John's Gospel 
Taught by Ash Dotson

Hey folks, Ash Dotson here. I’m your new pastor’s husband, and I’ve been pondering how different life is right now than I pictured it at the end of February when we were asked to come to Henderson. I had looked forward to so many things in my and Mary’s new home town and state. Of course one of those things was to begin to connect and be a part of Green Valley UMC. Unfortunately that connection can’t happen as planned, but hang with me here.

I visited Stillpoint Spiritual Center here in Las Vegas the other day (an amazing resource for all things spiritual), and I realized how much I miss conversations with folks, especially spiritually based conversations. One of my clients was expressing this today...”I need to be with spiritual people!” Thankfully, she expressed to me that our short times together partially help to fulfill this need.

Mary will tell you that one of things I was most looking forward to was sharing experiences of God with other folks, and I don’t mean on a superficial level. I am missing deep and meaningful conversation with those who follow Jesus. So, I was wondering if there are those of a like mind at Green Valley? Would you be interested in joining a zoom experience of sharing faith in God?

I am currently writing a book on John’s Gospel that takes us through the author(s) and that communities intent of passing on what it is like to live as a follower of Jesus through the approximately 100 year period following the crucifixion. I plan to use parts of my writings, plus the writings of experiences of the mystics through the years such as Thomas Merton, Teresa of Avila, and Meister Eckhart. Please don’t let the word, ‘mystic’ scare you off. It simply means one who has an internal experience of God. As we tie these into our personal lives, the discussion can be beautiful and we all learn from the other as the Spirit works through each of us.

I had a professor in seminary who told me something I’ve held close ever since. He called it ‘provisional doubt,’ and I’m paraphrasing...“It is fine to have your own beliefs and opinions about matters of faith, but always leave room that you may be wrong.” So this will be one of the rules if we move forward, an open mind. I know I don’t have all of the answers, and I know that I have questions and doubts. I believe that questions and doubt are vital in conversations about God, and I believe that God teaches through them. This is not necessarily a class, but I will endeavor to facilitate open spiritual conversation and thought...most of all, thought. Please consider joining and others once a week as we explore John’s Gospel along with questions of faith and doubt.

Ideally we would have 10-12 people for discussion on Zoom without it being to overwhelming so we will start with the first 12 committed people to get in touch with me with their phone #  and email address. If there is more interest I could do two groups. If we don’t have 12 people that are interested then we won’t meet. I am thinking an hour a week at this point.

If you are interested please send me an email ash@ashdotson.org and let me know. We will meet virtually on Sundays @ 11:00am.

Be blessed in grace,
Ash

 

Coming in November:

Advent Conspiracy: Can Christmas Still Change the World?
Taught by Peggy Corcovelos

Advent Conspiracy shows you how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple but powerful, countercultural concepts: Worship Fully---because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus! Spend Less---and free your resources for things that truly matter. Give More---of your presence: your hands, your words, your time, your heart. Love All---the poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, and the sick in ways that make a difference. Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading. Christmas can still change the world when you, like Jesus, give what matters most---your presence.