Lenten Study courses 2018

The Adult Education Committee is proud to sponsor St. Paul's Lenten 2018 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 the week of February 11.

Class registration will begin on Sunday, January 21 and will remain open through Sunday, February 10

  • The Forgotten Jesus: HOw Western Christians should follow an Eastern Rabbi

    6 weeks, Tuesdays (February 13 - March 20)

    Through the years, our understanding of Jesus has been shaped by different cultural influences, and many Christians have forgotten that Jesus was a Jewish man living in a Jewish land. In exploring the context in which Jesus actually ministered 2000 years ago, author Robby Gallaty reveals fascinating Hebraic culture, customs, and nuances many Christians today have never experienced or learned about. By uncovering the teaching of the first and second century rabbis and Christian theologians, and highlighting little-known Jewish idioms and traditions, Gallaty takes Christians on a journey to rediscover a forgotten Jesus from a biblical perspective, deepening our relationship with God.

    Led by Ms. Amy Frontz. 

  • Jesus: From Prophecy to Praise

    6 weeks, Mondays ()   

    Using handouts prepared by Bob Nordstrom.

    Led by Dr. Robert 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, on Revelation in Spring 2017, and The Sermon on the Mount & The Sermon on the Plain in Fall 2017.

  • Way Forward

    4 weeks

    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.

    Led by Bill Butz.

  • The Jericho Road

    6 weeks, Tuesdays (February 13 - March 20)

    The Jericho Road is the seventeen mile road that connects Jerusalem to Jericho. That road drops about 3600 feet in seventeen miles. It is a steep, winding, remote trail barely wide enough for two people to pass in some places. For centuries, it has been a place symbolically linked with robbery, violence, oppression, and suffering.

    The day before Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, he delivered his last speech to a crowd of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee. The address, known as the “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech, demonstrated his knack for taking famous Bible stories and brushing off the dust. In this speech, he discusses the actions of the characters in the well-known story of the “Good Samaritan," which is set along the Jericho Road. Elsewhere, King proclaimed the need to re-invent the Jericho Roads of our own society: “On the one hand we are called to play the good Samaritan on life's roadside; but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life's highway." (from "A Time to Break Silence" at Riverside Church)

    This class...

    Led by Rev. Claire Matheny. Rev. Claire is the Associate Pastor at St. Paul's. You can read her full bio on our Meet the Staff page.

  • Sunday Series

    Following worship.

    This series of classes explores...

    Led by