Fall Study courses 2017

The Adult Education Committee is proud to sponsor St. Paul's Fall 2017 Study Classes.


Please read more about each class below. 

Classes meet either Mondays or Tuesdays. You may enroll in more than one class – be mindful that some class times conflict.

The fee is $12 per person for 6-week and 11-week classes. Please bring cash or check (payable to St. Paul's UMC with "Fall Study" on the memo line) to the office on or before the first day of class. 

All classes begin at 7:00 p.m., starting September 11 or September 12.

Class registration has now closed.

If you need to make changes to your class, please contact the church office.

  • The Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain

    6 weeks, Tuesdays (Sept. 12–Oct. 17)

    Matthew opens his presentation of Jesus’ teaching known as the Sermon on the Mount with these words: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” But Jesus is not always comforting and his words are not always easy to accept and understand. We will look carefully at the lessons Jesus teaches from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-6) and his Sermon on the Plain (Luke 6), examining the different perspectives Matthew and Luke present. 

    Led by Dr. Robert J. Nordstrom. Bob is Branch Chief, Image Guided Interventions, Cancer Imaging Program at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. A student of The Bible for many years, Bob taught a course on the Gospel of Mark during Lent 2015, The Minor Prophets in 2015-2016, a course on The Psalms in Fall 2016, and on Revelation in Spring 2017.

  • Methodism in the modern WOrld

    6 weeks, Mondays (Sept. 11–Oct. 16)

    In February 2019, The United Methodist Church will hold a Special Called Session of the General Conference and will hear the report from the Commission on A Way Forward regarding the church’s stance on LGBTQ+ issues. This class will consider our United Methodist approach to church polity (operational and governmental structure), understanding of scripture, and decision-making as we approach this milestone moment.

    Co-leader Rich Higgins works as a Manager of Policy & Planning for the Maryland Department of Commerce. Rich is a long-time member of St. Paul's UMC. Along with Marge and our two adult sons we have found the faith community here to be very enriching and supportive.

    Co-leader Emily Sama-Miller was raised and confirmed in the UMC and has long been interested in the organization and decision-making of the denomination, and ongoing spiritual formation. This will be her first time teaching this course, although her professional and volunteer background include experience in teaching, facilitating small-group group discussions, fostering conversation and collaboration across groups of people with different perspectives and priorities, and (US) policy-making. She looks forward to using those experiences and interests to support this important class.

  • Comics and Christianity

    6 weeks, Mondays (Sept. 11-Oct. 16)   

    The Bible and church issues informed the writing of comic book heroes and their themes. We will examine the intersection of religion and popular culture through ideas of Creation and Origin, Death, Resurrection, Anti-Heroes, and more. Readings from comics and the Bible will be complemented by selections from superhero movies and lively discussions.

    Led by Micah Smartt. Micah is the new Youth Pastor at St. Paul’s. He obtained his Master of Divinity Degree and a Certificate of Theology and Art from the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. His work has included using pop culture as a way of seeing Biblical parallels in everyday life.

  • Be Right (ROmans): How to be right with god, yourself, and others

    11 weeks, Tuesdays (Sept. 12-Nov. 21)

    The book of Romans has had a greater effect on Christianity than almost any other part of the Bible. Martin Luther described it as “the most important piece in the New Testament.” Dr. Warren Wiersbe’s classic and careful commentary on the text of Romans helps readers as we seek a deeper understanding of the essential truths of what, why, and how we come to believe in Christ, helping us “be right” in faith.

    Led by Vern Schinski. Vern is a retired Navy Captain and medical school VP who led mission and outreach programs for 20 years. He has been involved leading small groups and Disciple classes for many years. Vern developed this study on Romans to fill the delay between the publishing of Disciple III and IV.

  • Disciple I

    34 sessions, Tuesdays beginning Sept. 12

    The cost for this class is $40 for the book and materials.

    This well-known program offers a year-long guided study of the Bible. Meetings and readings reveal major themes that connect the Old and New Testaments, culminating in a clearer understanding of Jesus and our faith.

    Led by Rev. Adam B. Snell, the senior pastor at St. Paul's UMC.