Adult Education

 

WUMC offers a variety of Christian educational opportunities for adults.

 

Advent Bible Study

Adam Hamilton’s Faithful: Christmas through the eyes of Joseph

We will be running a 4-week Advent Study, beginning the week of November 12th.  This study comes with a book and a DVD Presentation. We will be following the format we have used in the past.  The cost is $15 for the book. 

Please let the church ofce know if you would like to join this study.  Phone (781-893-9595) or email: westonunitedmethodist@gmail.com

All are invited. There will be a sign up sheet on the bulletn board in the narthex.
Please let Rev. Oh or the church office if you desire babysitting in order to attend.

 
Previous Adult Study Groups

The Gospel of Matthew, Volume Two: 2, by William Barclay

Ever question what may have been meant by the statement, "You are Peter and on this rock . . ."? Are you puzzled by the cursing of the fig tree by Jesus or by his comments about moving mountains? William Barclay discusses these and many other interesting matters in this second volume of The Gospel of Matthew. With a lively translation and engaging commentary, Barclay's comments on the latter portion of Matthew's Gospel are great for daily readings.

 


Adam Hamilton's "Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem"


Adam Hamilton’s “The Call: The Life and Message of the Apostle Paul.” Follow the journeys of Paul, beginning with his dramatic conversion, as he spread the Gospel through modern-day Greece and Turkey. Travel to the early church sites and explore Paul’s conversations with the Romans, Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians.  In this six-week study, you are invited to experience faith through Christ’s greatest teacher and missionary.





Journey inside the pages of Scripture to meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. Shaped with the individual in mind, Immersion encourages simultaneous engagement both with the Word of God and with the God of the Word to become a new creation in Christ.

Immersion, inspired by a fresh translation--the Common English Bible--stands firmly on Scripture and helps readers explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of their personal faith. More importantly, they’ll be able to discover God’s revelation through readings and reflections
Advent Bible Study

Every year, we say we’re going to cut back, simplify, and have a family Christmas that focuses on the real reason for the season—Jesus. But every year, advertisements beckon, the children plead, and it seems easier just to indulge our wants and whims. Overspending, overeating, materialism, and busyness rob us of our peace and joy and rob Jesus of his rightful role as the center of our celebration.

This Christmas, cut through the hype that leaves you exhausted and broke at the end of the year. Instead, experience the peace of knowing that God is truly with us, the joy of giving sacrificially, and the love of a Savior who gave everything he had for us. In five short, engaging chapters, Pastor Mike Slaughter inspires readers to approach Christmas differently, and be transformed in the process. 
Lenten Bible Study

Why? Making Sense of God's Will Why?  Making Sense of God's Will

  Chapter 1: Why Do the Innocent Suffer?

  Chapter 2: Why Do My Prayers Go Unanswered?

  Chapter 3: Why Can't I See God's Will for My Life?

  Chapter 4: Why God's Love Prevails 

  Join Pastor Steve for this Lenten Study

 

"Christianity and World Religions"

Wrestling with Questions People Ask

At some point in our lives, each of us will be confronted with the claims of persons of other faiths – coworkers, neighbors, and friends.  Our children will study other faiths in school, have friends who are of other religions, and live in a world that is increasing diverse.

 

Many Americans know very little about Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, or even Judaism.  But the likelihood today is that one of your neighbors, one of your co-workers, or one of your children’s teachers at school is a person of another faith.

 

"Servant or Sucker" (Tuesday mornings)

We’ve all been there. Someone, obviously poor or homeless, approaches you and asks for money. What do you do? Do you give money, knowing it may be used on drugs or alcohol or do you say “no” or even ignore the person as you walk by? No one wants to be a sucker in these situations but at the same time Jesus’ call to help the poor echoes in our hearts and minds.

Servant or Sucker? Wise and Compassionate Ways to Help the Poor helps viewers discern appropriate, Christ-centered actions when it comes to addressing poverty on a personal or organizational level. Included are realities of poverty such as the concepts of time, relationships, money and values; a “poverty tour”; interviews with those who are homeless or poor; interviews with those who have helped and/or have been suckered; and steps viewers can take to be an effective servant without getting suckered.

By EcuFilm

 

 

“Eight Life Shaking Moments with Jesus”

The Monday evening and the Tuesday morning study groups will be looking at “Eight Life Shaking Moments with Jesus,” a Bible study that uses scenes from the film “Matthew,” starring Bruce Marchiano as Jesus and Richard Kiley as Matthew, to explore how eight events in the life of Jesus impact our lives today.  The events include Jesus’ baptism, healing a leper, calming the sea, feeding the 5,000, and the last 24 hours of Jesus’ life. 

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian, by Rob Bell was the focus of discussion for the Tuesday Morning Class, .

From Publishers Weekly
This introduction to the Christian faith is definitely outside the usual evangelical box. Bell wants to offer "a fresh take on Jesus"—a riff that begins with the assertion that Jesus wanted to "call people to live in tune with reality" and that he "had no use for religion." Bell invites seekers into a Christianity that has room for doubts (his church recently hosted an evening where doubters were invited to ask their hardest, most challenging questions).
 

 

 

Parables from the Back Side

Ellsworth Kalas provides new insight into twelve of Jesus' parables by entering them through the "back side" - through the eyes of a minor or unsympathetic character. By approaching the stories in this way, Kalas releases new meaning and clarifies basic teachings.

The Thirteen Apostles, a study book by Ellsworth Kalas, January - April 2008 

You may have thought there were only twelve apostles.  Who was Jesus' thirteenth apostle?  And what about the other twelve? 

Trustees