Find a Place to Belong

The Aldersgate Sunday School Class will begin a ten-week study program on Adam Hamilton’s new book Words of Life Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today.   In Words of Life, best-selling author Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. He considers the commandments in their historical context, considering the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every “thou shalt not” was intended to point to a life-giving ‘thou shalt”. This study will include the use of a DVD featuring Adam Hamilton teaching from locations in Egypt as he explores the Ten Commandments followed by a discussion of each commandment.  All are welcome to join this discussion which will run until October 4, 2021. For more information contact David Anderson at danderson@richardsonplowden.com.

The Dawsey Class: continues its study of America’s Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege, and the Bridge to a New America by Jim Wallis. This Sunday, August 1, Tom Summers will lead a discussion of Chapter 8, “The New Jim Crow and Restorative Justice.” On August 8, Grant Jackson will teach Chapter 9, “Welcoming the Stranger.” The class will meet by FreeConferenceCall.com. Class members should call in before 9:15 a.m., but not before 9:05 a.m. The call-in number is (701) 802-5115. The access code is 7252934.

The Grace Class: is taking a relaxed approach to Summer Sundays by simultaneously gathering in person and via Zoom during the regular Sunday School hour to share a devotional led by a class member or guest. Join in person or contact Jim Lane at jlane@columbiasc.edu for the Zoom link to gather at 9:45 am for fellowship, and at 10:00 am for spiritual reflection. Also, check out the Grace Class Summer Calendar for extra opportunities to meet up outside of class!

• The Joy Class is meeting in-person at 10:00 am in their 3rd-floor classroom, and we invite everyone to join us! If you are interested, please contact Lee Haynes at lelandhaynesjr@gmail.com or Sylvia Stevens at sylviasaundersstevens@gmail.com for an invitation.

• Open Door Class is continuing its study of Courage: Jesus and the Call to Brave Faith by Tom Berlin. We continue to meet in person as well as via Zoom each week. For more information about our class or the book, contact jessup.ann@gmail.com.

• The Paul Harmon Class will be meeting at 10:00 am in the Traxler Class which is located on the 2nd floor. Rev. Don Britt is continuing to lead our study and discussion of how the scriptures are relevant to our time. All are welcome. For more information contact Suzanne Joye at sjoye@sc.rr.com.

• John Harper Class: will be meeting in their classroom. The class will be led by Tracy Powers. All are welcome. Contact Tracy for more information at tjpowers65@gmail.com.

• YASS will be taking a break for the summer. We encourage you to join in with any of our other adult classes which are now meeting at the church. Please contact Rev. Alston at aflippert@umcsc.org for more information.

• WSUMC Youth Class: No class on August 1. Youth mini-retreat: July 30-31. To participate, please email Mackin Wall at mackin@wsmethodist.org.