Education

education_adult_tree growHinsdale UMC offers adult education groups that meet on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., September through May. Current and future offerings will be posted throughout the year, so please stay tuned!

There is a place for children of all ages while their parents participate in adult education classes. The Nursery is available to infants through age three, and children and youth meet for Sunday School and Confirmation Class. The Youth Room (complete with ping pong table, miniature basketball hoop, and foosball table) is open to all high school students.

Sunday Morning Opportunities

Sunday, September 16 through Sunday, November 4
Which Way, Lord led by Ken and Liz Chitester
“Exploring Your Life’s Purpose in the Journeys of Paul”
All adults are welcome to this eight-week study, led by Ken and Liz Chitester about the life and travels of the apostle Paul and how it can help us find God’s purpose for our lives. “As Christians, we hunger to know and live out God’s purposes for our lives. But how do we know for certain that our choices are moving us in the right direction? Discover how to discern and follow God’s leading, explore ways God can use you and your life experience, respond to God’s signals, endure hardships and doubts, and persevere with hope and faith. Rediscover the truths that you are wonderfully made, created for purpose, and equipped to live a life of significance. Join us in traveling together to find your purpose.” Click here to learn more and order your book

Sunday, October 7, 14 and 21, November 4 & 11
Mr. Paul Eident and Mr. Hector Varela, church members, will lead a class discussing the book “Half Truths” in Room 118. Ms. Cheryl Francis, church member, will lead a class about the book “Moses” in Fellowship Hall A. Both of these books come with a video and are written by Adam Hamilton. These books are available in the office for a cost of $15 or visit amazon.com to purchase for a less expensive price.

Sunday, October 28
Mr. Stan Cook, Executive Director of HCS (formerly known as Hinsdale Community Services) Stan Cook has lived in the community many years. Although he is a former Methodist, he is currently actively involved in his church in Clarendon Hills. Some members have already become acquainted with him through their volunteer efforts at the HCS food pantry, the food pantry at Anne Jeans Elementary school, the annual food drive/fundraiser for HCS at HUMC, and various other benevolent efforts. He will be our guest at both services and during the education hour on Sunday, October 28.

Sunday, November 18
On Sunday, November 18, Dr. Robert Lupton will be our guest during the 9:30 Christian Education Hour and during the 10:30 a.m. worship service. In addition to the Missions Committee of HUMC, several other area congregations throughout the community have studied his writings. His compelling invitation to re-examine many of the assumptions which accompany the benevolent efforts of many organizations has resulted in significant changes in the approaches these organizations pursue when partnering with those deserving justice.

His most recent book “Charity Detox” builds upon the ideas introduced in his book “Toxic Charity.” The excerpt below from the description of the book highlights some of the key concepts.

“The veteran urban activist and author of the revolutionary Toxic Charity returns with a headline-making book that offers proven, results-oriented ideas for transforming our system of giving.

In Toxic Charity, Robert D. Lupton revealed the truth about modern charity programs meant to help the poor and disenfranchised. While charity makes donors feel better, he argued, it often hurts those it seeks to help. At the forefront of this burgeoning yet ineffective compassion industry are American churches, which spend billions on dependency-producing programs, including food pantries. But what would charity look like if we, instead, measured it by its ability to alleviate poverty and needs?

That is the question at the heart of Charity Detox. Drawing on his many decades of experience, Lupton outlines how to structure programs that actually improve the quality of life of the poor and disenfranchised. He introduces many strategies that are revolutionizing what we do with our charity dollars, and offers numerous examples of organizations that have successfully adopted these groundbreaking new models. Only by redirecting our strategies and becoming committed to results, he argues, can charity enterprises truly become as transformative as our ideals.”

Please encourage your friends from other congregations, your neighbors, members of other service organizations, book clubs, and fellow board members to participate in the conversation at 9:30 a.m. and the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, November 18 to learn more about the application of Biblical principles to increase and expand the impact of our stewardship.

 

Sunday, November 25
Lennox Iton will give an update on Conference News in Fellowship Hall.

Weekday Education Opportunities

“Book of Romans” Bible Study (Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m.)

Everyone is invited to participate in our Wednesday afternoon Bible Study at 1:30 p.m. This year we will be studying the Book of Romans. Our primary text will be Romans: The Letter That Changed the World by Mart De Haan, Jimmy DeYoung. Copies are available in the office for $6.00.

The description below highlights some of the key features of the resource that we’ll use this semester. “Brilliant. Counter-cultural. History-shaping. With blazing clarity, Paul’s letter to the early churches in Rome revealed both the transforming light of the gospel and the darkness of the surrounding world.

Now, in 12 interactive, DVD-based small group sessions, Romans: The Letter That Changed the World takes you to a land of the Bible much bigger than you’ve imagined-to the vast sweep of the ancient Roman Empire and the cradle of the newborn church. With Mart De Haan and Jimmy DeYoung, wander the ruins of Scythopolis.

Marvel at the imposing arches of the aqueduct. Explore a stone dungeon in the capitol city of Rome. And discover just how radical a message Paul’s letter to the Romans really was-why it has inspired both hope and conflict through the centuries and why today it continues to challenge our culture and change hearts and lives.”

The Bible study will meet weekly through Wedensday, December 12. Feel free to bring your lunch or join us after lunch. Each week we will enjoy lively discussions filled with laughter, learning and fellowship. We are looking forward to seeing you.