Upcoming Christian Education Classes and Updates

Due to the overwhelming response to Fr. John Ray’s Forum on World Religions, we are restructuring the next Spring Block to take advantage of his being with us for another two weeks.

  • On Feb 21 and Feb 28, we will have two more Forums with Fr. John on World Religions in the Parish Hall.  For info on his forum on Feb 14th, see here.
  • The Newcomers class will still meet for 4 weeks as planned (Feb 21-Mar 13)
  • The classes on Aging, Parenting, Marks of Mission, and a follow-up World Religions class will be offered on March 6 & 13 only.

Also, please take advantage of the day-long Saturday Seminar on Aging we are offering on March 5th, led by Wally Kelleman and others!

Upcoming Seminar:
“Aging is Risky Business: What you Don’t Know Can Hurt You! Don’t go it Alone”
March 5th, 8:30 am-3:00 pm
This seminar is designed to address issues facing the Aging Population! Mark your Calendars!
Topics include Scripture & Aging, the Financials of Aging, the Dynamics of Aging, Final Arrangements and Leaving a Legacy. Speakers include attorneys, nurses, our priest and financial advisors.
Register by emailing Sally Ulrey at stmattsyouth@bellsouth.net. The cost is $12 which includes lunch. Well worth your time and money!

Upcoming Classes
Newcomers Class (Feb 21-Mar 13)
Location: Canterbury Room
Facilitators: Mother Liz and parishioners from various ministries
Description: New to St. Matthew’s? Or want to learn more about the church community here? We will walk you through the history of the Episcopal Church and this parish. You’ll get a chance to learn about the ministries of St. Matthew’s, and meet some of the leaders here.

World Religions Class (Mar 6 & 13)
Location: Library
Description: A follow up to the World Religions Forums with more information on Islam, these two classes will show and discuss the documentary film “Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think,” which presents the data gathered in a Gallup opinion and beliefs poll about what Muslims really say they believe. The film is a total of 55 minutes, and will be shown in two parts with discussion following.

Parenting Class (Mar 6 & 13)
Facilitator: Sharon Ferrell
Location: York Room
Description: This class provides a space for parents to work on their own spiritual growth, using a devotional book study.

Aging is Risky Business Class (Mar 6 & 13)
Teachers: Wally Kelleman
Location: Coil Chapel
Description: Building on the session last fall and as a follow up to the Saturday Seminar (March 5th), this block of classes will cover Advanced Directives, Competency, Guardianship, and Final Affairs.

Marks of Mission (Mar 6 & 13)
Facilitator: Waylee George
Location: Undercroft Classroom
Description: The 5 Marks of Mission are descriptions of what the Church should be doing in the world, based on Jesus’s teaching about mission. By using these characteristics of mission to engage our neighbors in the world, we will grow our church.



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