This Fall we will be having a sermon series based on Timothy Keller's book Encounters with Jesus: Unexpected Answers to Life's Biggest Questions.
"One of the biggest obstacles for people to accept or believe in Christianity is that they think they know all about it already. After all, hasn’t it been around for thousands of years? Doesn’t everybody know what Christians believe?
But if we look at Jesus’ encounters with various men and women during his life, we will find some of our assumptions challenged. These conversations were not about personal sins or specific religious views and practices, nor were they a set of talking points or a political platform. Instead, in these encounters we see him meeting people at the point of their big, unspoken questions: Who are we, and why are we here? Why be a good person; why love instead of hate? What’s wrong with the world—And what, if anything, can make it right?
The Gospels are full of encounters that made a profound impact on those who spoke with Jesus in this way. In this 10-part ebook series, available as a hardcover book in Fall 2013, Timothy Keller explores these encounters and how they can still address our questions and doubts today."
Starting: September 20, 2015
We will be meeting in the Church Library on the preceding Wednesday at 7:00 PM to discuss the upcoming chapter for the following Sunday. While you don't need to have read the chapter to enter into the discussions, it would be nice to have a couple of people who have read the chapter to help lead conversation.
Most Monday Evenings during the Fall and Spring UMCHP offers two hours of eating and study. We start with a prepared meal, you don't have to cook, at 6:00 PM. The cost of the meal is usually around $6 a person and is collected by "free will" offering baskets at each table. Give what you can to help us to keep offering this wonderful time of fellowship.
At 7:00 PM classes start and run for about an hour. You do not have to come to the meal to take a class, nor do you have to take a class share in the meal time.
Here are the dates for the next session of Monday Night Lights:
September 14th: Info night
Sept. 14 - Nov. 23
No MNL - Nov. 2nd (Election Day Dinner Preparation)
The following courses are currently running this Fall:
There are 8 entries:
Opening the Scriptures (Paul Pearson) Room# 106
Description: We will be reading the scriptures from the Sunday service and seeing how they apply to our lives. Cost $0
Dinner-Theatre-Theology (Pete Hein) Room# 120
Description: View five secular movies and discuss from a theological perspective after each viewing. Cost $0
The Art of Conflict Management (Pastor Kregg) Room# 107
Description: This is a college level course based upon video lectures by Dr. Michael Dues, Senior Lecturer in Communication, University of Arizona.
The primary aim of this course is to offer new insights into the nature of conflict and the challenges and opportunities conflicts present, including an appreciation of the serious scholarly efforts to find more effective ways to manage conflict. As you move through the course, you'll learn practical tips, tools, and techniques to better handle conflict in your personal and professional lives.
This is a two semester, Fall and Spring, course. Cost $0
Spriritual Practices (Rev. Arlene R. Wilhelm) Room# 104
Description: We will be learning and practicing various Christian spiritual practices such as: lectio divina, centering prayer, breath prayer, and others. Cost $0
Rob Bell Videos (Randy Alstadt) Room# 101
Description: We will be watch a 10-15 minute video that discusses topics which we deal with in our daily lives followed by group discussion. If you have seen these before you will be surprised how your perspective changes as your life changes. If you haven't seen them you will be given lots to think about. The films were prepared by Rob Bell a former teaching pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church, Grandville Michigan. The films were recorded between 2002-2009. Cost $0
Reaffirmation Class (Tracey Fleet) Room# 121
Description: Interested in exploring the basics of your faith and your Methodist heritage? If you are, this class is for you. We will be exploring the basics of the Christian faith, our Wesleyan theology, and Methodist history. This class will lead to a reaffirmation service that will, depending on individual preference, be conducted during a Sunday service. Cost $0
Bible Study for Sr. High / Young Adults (Joe Marrine) Room# 117
Description: Study of the Gospels Cost $0
Beginning Crocheting (Gloria Matranga) Room# 105
Description: If you are interested in learning to crochet, this is the class for you. We will learn basic crochet stitches and then have a choice of making simple potholders or a scarf. You will need to bring size F, G or H crochet hook and worsted weight yarn to practice. Cost $6
Looking toward Spring 2016:
Welcome to the website of the United Methodist Church of Hyde Park, 1 Church Street, Hyde Park, NY 12538.
We are an active and responsive part of the greater Hyde Park community, reaching out and welcoming in the name of Jesus Christ. We are a missional church whose primary goal is to form dedicated Christians who embody Jesus' world view not only when gathered on Sunday, but in every facet of our lives. To this end we sow seeds of care and hope in our world, seeking to shore up the blessings of our community and perfect it in the loving nature of our faith.
We have programs aimed at learning, fellowship, discipleship, missions, you name it, but these are simply a means of witnessing to a greater love and sacrificial commitment that we have to one another and our world. This love and commitment cannot be held behind doors, while it can be celebrated there. This love and commitment welcomes in, but goes out to meet the wanderer on the roadside.
We would love to welcome you to spend some time getting to know us. You can do that as easily as looking over and plumbing the depths of this website. But really knowing us is helping us to both celebrate and encourage the greater Hyde Park community through the outreach we have. You are always welcome to come worship with us at any of our three Sunday morning services, which are joy filled Holy Spirit led encounters with a living and vital God.
Blessing to you on your journey, and know that God loves you so much that He died to prove it.
Our Mission Statement:
"Under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we are a worshiping community, seeking the will of God, teaching the word of God, and sharing the love of God."