February Education Opportunities
Sunday Mornings at 9:30 a.m. Contact the church office for the ZOOM LINK
Sunday School for Children and Youth at 9:30 a.m.
- Kindergarten thru 4th grade Sunday School
Teachers: Dawn Lagrotteria and Kim Sexton, Catie Schaeberle
- 5th – 7th Grade Sunday School
Teachers: Kathryn King, Arthur Slade and Jim Weitz
- High School
Teachers: Pastor Daniel, Stephanie Sites and Glenn Wallace
Adult Education Opportunities
Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM VIA ZOOM
Bible Study with Pastor Daniel
February 16 – March 23
MEETING JESUS AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME
Of the many recent books on the historical Jesus, none has explored what the latest biblical scholarship means for personal faith. In Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, Marcus Borg addresses the yearnings of those who want a fully contemporary faith that welcomes rather than oppresses our critical intelligence and openness to the best of historical scholarship. Borg shows how a rigorous examination of historical findings can lead to a new faith in Christ, one that is critical and, at the same time, sustaining.
Drawing on his own journey from a naïve, unquestioning belief in Christ through collegiate skepticism to a mature and contemporary Christian faith, Borg illustrates how an understanding of the historical Jesus can actually lead to a more authentic Christian life—one not rooted in creed or dogma, but in a life of spiritual challenge, compassion, and community.
In straightforward, accessible prose, Borg looks at the major findings of modern Jesus scholarship from the perspective of faith, bringing alive the many levels of Jesus’s character: spirit person, teacher of alternative wisdom, social prophet, and movement founder. He also reexamines the major stories of the Old Testament vital to an authentic understanding of Jesus, showing how an enriched understanding of these stories can uncover new truths and new pathways to faith.
February 16 Meeting Jesus Again
February 23 What Manner of Man? The Pre-Easter Jesus
March 2 Jesus, Compassion, and Politics
March 9 Jesus and Wisdom: Teacher of Alternative Wisdom
March 16 Jesus, the Wisdom of God: Sophia Become Flesh
March 23 Images of Jesus and Images of the Christian Life
Contact Pastor Daniel if you are interested in participating in this study.
TUESDAYS WITH TED VIA ZOOM
Contact the office for the zoom link
February 9 from 6-7 p.m.
“It takes a community to eradicate hate” with Wale Elegbede
Standing up to discrimination and hate should be everyone’s business, says community activist Wale Elegbede. In this vital talk, he shares how his community in La Crosse, Wisconsin came together to form an interfaith group in response to Islamophobia and racism — and shows why a mentality of caring for your neighbors can make life better for everyone
Wednesday Evening Discussion with Esther Ziegler via Zoom
CURRENT STUDY: Sermon on the Mount-A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, a new seven session series by Amy Jill Levine. Please contact the church office to order the book if you have not been participating in the Wednesday evening group and contact Esther Ziegler email@example.com so you receive the link to the ZOOM call each week.
Thursday EVENING Bible Study with Pastor Daniel VIA ZOOM at 7 p.m.
The Gospel of Mark
(If you are interested in participating in this study, contact the church office for the materials)
A Listen Up! Bible Study from UCC Still Speaking writer, Talitha Arnold.
February 4 Lesson 5 Mark 15: 1-47
February 11 Lesson 6 Mark 16
Journey Through the Psalms
February 18 – April 8
Reclaim the Psalms for true worship, as well as prayer, as you learn how to approach God with the emotional intensity of the ancient psalmists. Denise Dombkowski Hopkins combines the insights of scholarship on the Psalms with artwork, liturgy, song, and poetry to give us a new way to use the Psalms in our life of faith together, and also to empower our corporate identity and revitalize our worship. She examines how the Psalms formed the worship of ancient synagogues and the earliest churches and how they can do the same for our churches today.
Reflective questions bring a new awareness of the power of the Psalms to enrich public worship and private devotions with an honesty that does not turn away from the realities of suffering and anger. Hopkins’ book, Journeying Through the Psalms will be the primary text supplemented with work by Walter Brueggemann and Eugene Peterson.
Please contact Pastor Daniel if you wish to participate and receive the materials.