September 10, 2010 Adult Education

From the Adult Education Committee comes a preview of the classes offered this fall.

There is at least one class each day of the week and there are morning, afternoon and evening classes.  They are arranged by starting date. Most run for four weeks.

Signups will be on September 19 and 26 after church in the Family Room.  If that does not work for you or you have questions, please contact the convener. Printed copies will be available starting this Sunday, September 12.

Mary Smith will take signups for the October 16 workshop starting a week early.

Faith…steers us through stormy sea, moves mountains, and jumps across oceans.                                                                                                                         -Gandhi

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MONTCLAIR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

ADULT  EDUCATION  CLASSES

FALL SCHEDULE 2010

REGISTER FOR CLASSES DURING COFFEE HOUR

September 19 and 26

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES:

Adult Education classes are open to all adults.  Participation means a commitment to:

(1) attendance, (2) any assigned preparation, (3) notification to the convener when an absence will be unavoidable.  For additional information about the offerings, please come to sign-up tables during registration at family hour on Sunday, September 19 and 26.  Full payment is due upon registration.  Scholarships are available. The church will provide childcare if requested.  (Please contact Margaretha at 510-339-2282, mderasary@sbcglobal.net)

DANCING MARILYNN MOORE

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Come – Dance together.  Brush up on some old steps.  Learn some new steps.  Marilynn is teaching in waltz and in foxtrot.  Next she is teaching basic steps in rhumba, the cha-cha and the salsa.   Each class will have a review of all the dances.

Marilynn is a longtime dancer and dance instructor. She also dances in competitions.  Marilynn has taught at MPC several times in the past.

Dates:  MONDAYS, OCTOBER 4, 11, 18, NOV. 8 Time: 7:30-9 pm

Place:  Family Room                             Class Size: no limit

Convener:  MARJORIE MOSER, 510-632-9868 Fee: $10

RESURRECTION LIVING JEAN GREGORY

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Roger Scott Power and Sarah Henkel wrote Resurrection Living as a daily journal. We will use some of it to explore the theology and ethics of nonviolence and ways to practice it in our daily lives.  We are invited to engage in prayerful reflection on “What does it mean to me to follow the nonviolent Christ today?”

As a member of MPC, Jean Gregory has pondered how to live and respond to life’s challenges with compassion.  What does it mean to be a Christian?  How do we materialize an alternative way of living and responding?  What are our ethics and how do we manifest them? Come join the conversation.

Dates: TUESDAYS, OCTOBER 5, 12, 19, and 26.            Time: 1-3 pm

Place: Thornhill Room                           Class Size: 8-15

Convener: SHARON NOTEBOOM, 1-925-943-5685. Fee: $15 incl. book   slnoteboom@att.net

WE HAVE TALES TO TELL SHARON NOTEBOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This will be an Introduction to story-telling, both oral and written, with an emphasis on life stories.  No memorization.  Fun and interactive during part of our class we will concentrate on the real life experience of aging and facing “old age.”

Sharon Noteboom taught school for 32 years in San Francisco.  She used story-telling in her classroom to build understanding and bridges with her students.  Since retiring, she has been active in the Oakland based program called Stagebridge, taking advanced classes and performing in different venues.  She believes in story-telling as a creative, healing, experience.

Dates:  FRIDAYS, OCTOBER 8, 15, 22, 29, NOV. 5, 12 Time: 10-11:30

Place:  Thornhill Room                                      Class Size: 8-18

Convener: JEAN GREGORY, 510-635-8838 Fee: $10      jeancgreg@gmail.com

THE BOOK OF JOB AND THE PROBLEM OF SUFFERING CAROL MILES

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Join us for an in-depth look at the story of Job, a good man who experienced great personal tragedy and demanded to know why.  The answer he received was more than he bargained for.  If you have ever struggled to understand the nature of God’s relationship to human suffering, bring your questions and prepare to wrestle together with the Book of Job.

Carol Miles is Executive Director and Campus Pastor at Westminster House, the Presbyterian ministry at U.C. Berkeley.  She holds degrees from Cal and Princeton. She taught biblical preaching in Austin, TX , and St. Paul, MN.

Dates: SUNDAYS, OCTOBER 10, 17, 25, and 31 Time: 8:30-9:45 am

Place: Room 10                                    Class Size: 25

Convener: MARJORIE MOSER, 510-632-9868 Fee: $15

ENGAGING CONFLICT CREATIVELY KEN PRESTON, PATTY ROBERTSON

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Pace e Bene will present an all-day  event this fall which will deepen our understanding of conflict by transforming it into a positive force for enriching relationships, and by engaging it in a nonviolent, creative way.  Former Pace e Bene participants will welcome this elaboration of the “Engage” curriculum and the “Awakening Soul Force” All-Day.  People new to this nonviolence training will experience an excellent introduction to the work we are doing.  All are welcome.

In an interactive and experiential way, this workshop will provide practical tools to use in our daily lives and in our communities. Together we will explore conflict transformation through a selection of stories, videos, role-plays, small and large group discussions, rituals and processes that activate and integrate heart, body, mind and spirit.  Sponsored by Peacemakers.

Dates:  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 16 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Place:  Thornhill Room                          Class Size: 15-20

Convener:  MARY SMITH, 1-925-943-4986 Fee: $30+$5 for lunch     smithmcam@yahoo.com

LET’S READ ACTS HUGH WIRE

COUSE DESCRIPTION:  Extra points for those who have opened the book of Acts before the class meets the first time.  We will read it all over the four weeks; perhaps many  will be reading it for the first time.  Is this reliable history?  Legend?  Authoritative church doctrine?  Insight into meanings of the letters of Paul and the Gospels?  Whatever, we’ll find that the stories in Acts have had more influence on us than we probably knew.  What should a fresh reading of this important piece of literature mean to us now?  The various reactions of the class’s members to the readings will be important guides to our answers.

Our leader is Hugh Wire, a Presbyterian minister who has had wide experience in teaching and leading Presbyterian and ecumenical groups; he and his wife, Anne, have spent considerable time over the past several years in China working as English teachers with the Amity Foundation, a Chinese ecumenical organization working in grassroots development.  This past spring he led an MPC adult education class on God in the New Testament.

Dates: SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER 7, 14, 21, DECEMBER 5 Time: 8:30-9:45 A.M.

Place: Room 10                                    Class Size: 10-25

Convener: MINDA LUCERO, 510-523-3619 Fee: $15

EXPLORING THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY

PEGGY ALTER, DOLORES SIEGENTHALER, STAN STEVENS

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  A class for brain-calming entrance into spiritual living.  We will begin with meditation and journaling as spiritual practices.  We will introduce the revised common lectionary of Bible readings that many churches use.  From these we will practice lectio divina.  We will discuss the work of Marcus Borg on the Christian Way.  We will conclude using the Examen, an ancient Jesuit prayer of reflection.

Peggy Alter, Stan Stevens, and Dolores Siegenthaler are experienced discussion leaders.

Dates: SUNDAYS, NOVEMBER  7, 14, 21, and 28   Time: 12:30-1:30 pm

Place: Room 10                                                 Class Size: no limit

Convener: Phil Reagan, 510-842-8191   Fee: $15    preagan@mindspring.com

HELP FOR HANDLING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS BETSY KING

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This discussion group based on our reading of the book “Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most” (of the Harvard Negotiation Project) explores what it is that makes conversations difficult, why we avoid them, and why we often handle them badly.  It applies to how we deal with children, parents, students, neighbors, customers, bankers, brokers, team members, employees and colleagues of any kind.  We will learn the pitfalls of conversations and how to recognize blame, emotions, and threat to our identity that usually emerge.  We will role-play the step-by-step approach for conducting our toughest conversations with less stress, greater understanding, and more success.

Betsy King’s background is in education.  She now conducts teacher professional development.

Dates: SATURDAYS, JANUARY 8, 15, 22, and 29 Time: 9-10:30 a.m.

Place: Thornhill Room                                       Class Size: 5 to 15

Convener: PAULA MOSELEY, 510-339-8570 Fee: $15 incl. book   baxterblanco@gmail.com

THE ONCE AND FUTURE CHURCH JOHN HADSELL AND SPEAKERS

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  As we at MPC search for a new pastor we will also be rethinking our future as a local congregation; and at least two possibilities  stand out: (1) Try to stay the course with little or no change, or (2) re-think and perhaps re-shape ourselves and our mission.  This seminar will look closely at the second option, including reading a book on the theme – “The Once and Future Church”  by Loren Mead-  and hearing from outside speakers with suggestions on how to move into a promising future. John Hadsell is theologian-in residence at MPC

Date: SUNDAYS, JANUARY 9, 16, 23, and 30 Time: 8:30-9-45 am.

Place: Room 10

Class Size: 10- 25

Convener: DAVID SIEGENTHALER, 510-482-9311 Fee: $20 incl. book  dsgnthlr@earthlink.net

ONGOING CLASSES

AEROBICS RUTH FASSETT / MARNIE HAMILTON

COURSE DESCRIPTION: One hour of invigorating aerobics for all ages. Please bring mat or towel.

Dates: TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS, ongoing time: 9:15-10:15

Place: Family room Class Size: no limit

Convener: call Christine, 510-339-1131 Fee: $3 per session

BIBLE STUDY PEGGY ALTER

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  Bible Study continues on Wednesdays from 1 to 2:30 in the Thornhill Room. We share our own stories and we follow the Common Lectionary: that is, the Bible readings used by churches around the world. This 3-year cycle acquaints us with major biblical themes. Come join us.

Peggy is a longtime faithful member of MPC.  She has written a book on psychology and theology.

Dates: WEDNESDAYS, ongoing time: 1-2:30 p.m.

Place: Thornhill Room Class Size: No limit

Convener: PEGGY ALTER, 510-524-8313 No fee     Peggy@AlterConsulting.net

MANY FACES OF GOD SHARON NOTEBOOM

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Continuing study group, reading books that expand our understanding of our own faith tradition or explore other religions.  Discussions are always lively and spirited.  The next book: SNOW LEOPARD by Peter Matthiessen.  We invite you to join us.

Sharon is a teacher, student and longtime member of our church.

Dates:   2nd SATURDAYS of each the month time: 10-11:30

Place: Room 1 Class Size: 6 to 10

Convener: JEAN GREGORY, 510-635-8838 Fee: $10 to join      jeancgreg@gmail.com

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Fall 2010 Classes at a Glance:

SUNDAYS

THE BOOK OF JOB AND THE PROBLEM OF SUFFERING, October

LET’S READ ACTS, November-December

EXPLORING THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY, November

THE ONCE AND FUTURE CHURCH, January

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MONDAYS

DANCING, October

TUESDAYS

AEROBICS, ongoing

RESURRECTION LIVING, October

WEDNESDAYS

BIBLE STUDY, ongoing

THURSDAYS

AEROBICS, ongoing

FRIDAYS

WE HAVE TALES TO TELL, October-November

SATURDAYS

ENGAGING CONFLICT CREATIVELY, October

HELP FOR HANDLING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS, January

MANY FACES OF GOD, ongoing

To view the MPC calendar go to www.MPCfamily.org