Sunday School for Adults
Mount Olivet currently has six adult Sunday school classes that meet at 9:30 on Sunday mornings. Below is the contact information for class leaders, as well as a brief description of the book or topic each class is discussing. The classes welcome visitors and new members. For general information on Sunday school classes, contact Cynthia Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 9:30 Study Group, Room L5; Contact: Debby Fairweather, 703.237.9324
We are discussing of Giving Something Bad Up for Lent by James Moore. During Lent each year, Christians give up something as an act of sacrifice and spiritual discipline. Often it is something like chocolate, knowing that after Easter Sunday they can once again enjoy what they have given up. James Moore challenges readers to take it further—to give up something spiritually that they would be better off not doing. He invites all to seek God’s help to focus on eliminating one habit or attitude that is destructive. Imagine giving up envy, jealousy, self-pity, apathy, procrastination, gossip, resentment, or negative thinking, how much better life would be.
- Connections, Room L1; Contact: Steve Neff, 703.534.3339
We are discussing Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi, “a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith”.
- Mac's Class, Room L3; Contact: Bob Patton, 703.534.7615, or Dan Albrant 703.532.3042
We are studying The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus by author and pastor Adam Hamilton. In this study we will explore the earthly ministry of Jesus to help us hear his teaching and view his actions anew by drawing upon insights from history, archaeology, and the geography of the Holy Land. Pastor Hamilton uses his knowledge from extensive travel in Israel to enrich many episodes from Jesus' three years of ministry. This journey into the heart of the land where Jesus walked, will deepen your understanding of His life, while also increasing your love and faith in Him.
- Faith and Fellowship, Room L9; Contact: David Traynham, 703.276.8693
We are concluding a study of Mathew Sleeth’s Blessed Earth – Hope for Creation which provides a creative and compelling call for Christians to embrace sustainable living out of love for God, neighbor, and all of creation. The class will being reading John Wesley: Holiness of Heart and Life by Charles Yrigoyen, Jr in early March. This text examines the historic roots of United Methodism in the life, thought, and ministry of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. It focuses on the major teams of Wesley’s theology, the spread of Wesleyanism to North America, and the renewal in the Wesleyan tradition.
- Saltshakers, Room L2; Contact: Mark Mathae, 703.841.9190
We are studying A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren. McLaren, a Maryland based pastor and Christian writer, contends that we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in the church and examines ten questions facing today’s church—questions about how to articulate the faith itself, the nature of its authority, who God is, whether we have to understand Jesus through only an ancient Greco-Roman lens, what exactly the good news is that the gospel proclaims, how we understand the church and all its varieties, why we are so preoccupied with sex, how we should think of the future and people from other faiths, and the most intimidating question of all: what do we do next? Join the Saltshakers for a provocative and enticing introduction to a view of the Christian faith of tomorrow.
- Spirited Parents, Fellowship Hall; Contact: Sherri Hunter, 703-527-5581 and Lucinda Maine
We are discussing funny parenting stories for the next few weeks before transitioning back to examining the faith traditions of other religions. We will also bring current events in the news that have religious connections in for class discussion.
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