Becoming Lifelong Learners…
Last year, Bishop Sharma Lewis introduced this vision for the Virginia Conference:
Disciples of Jesus Christ are lifelong learners who influence others to serve.
NMO-UMC offers the following Christian Education opportunities for all ages. Join us Sundays at 9:45 a.m.
Jesus knew how to tell a story. He knew that, in order to get his message across, he needed to relate to the people who gathered to listen—first century Jews—who lived in a very different world than the one in which we live today. In Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi, author Amy-Jill Levine takes you back in time and explains how original audiences understood Jesus’ parables. You’ll learn how new interpretations of the parables continue to challenge and provoke contemporary readers two thousand years later. This study will cover: “The Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son” (Luke 15:4-32), “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10:25-37), “The Pearl of Great Price” (Matthew 13:45-46), “The Mustard Seed” (Mark 4:30-32; Matthew 13:31-32; Luke 13:18-19), “The Laborers in the Vineyard” (Matthew 20:1-16), and “The Widow and the Judge” (Luke 18:1-8). The Sojourners class meets in the Fellowship Hall.
The Searchers Adult Sunday School Class is exploring God’s demands for our complete and undivided love (Deuteronomy & Psalms), our response to God’s love in the advent of Christ (Matthew, James, & Philippians), and our glorification of God (Psalms). Led by Doug Martin, Carole Poland, and Nancy Sasser, this class meets in the choir area in the Sanctuary.
Children’s Sunday School Class
This class is currently looking at the teachings and miracles of Jesus. Led by Marcie Fleischer, this class meets on the second floor.
Teen Sunday School Class
Christians are faced every day with daunting choices between difficult alternatives. What does my Christian faith have to say about the moral issues that divide our society? There are plenty of people on opposite sides of the spectrum claiming to know the will of God in these matters. It is nonetheless very difficult to find help in looking at both sides of these ethical questions and applying the biblical witness to arrive at an authentically Christian belief about them. Jim McGehee is currently leading the youth through Confronting the Controversies: Biblical Perspectives on Tough Issues. This class meets on the second floor.