ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL

Our Current Adult Sunday School Class Offerings
Updated June 2024

If you have any general questions about our Adult Sunday School class offerings, you can email the class leaders listed here or call the church office (281-360-4500) during weekday office hours:
Monday - Thursday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
and on Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Adult Christian Education is an integral part of the Strawbridge experience. A variety of adult Sunday School classes are offered – each with its own special mix of styles and interests. Various classes pursue Bible study, study books by popular authors, cover topics on social concerns, or discuss family life issues.

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Acts 29 Class | 10:05 to 10:55 am | The Library
Our Acts 29 Class (adults 30-years-old and under) is our newest Sunday School class and is led by Pastor Tiffani Whitaker. It is based upon content provided by The Wired Word which develops weekly lesson plans ripped straight from the latest headlines and happenings from around the world. Discussions are always timely, relevant, and thought-provoking. Feel free to join them on any Sunday in The Library.

 

Advent Class | 10:10 to 10:55 am | The Great Hall (Room 114)
The Advent Class (adults of all ages) is discussing several different topics this summer! In July, the following individuals will be facilitating the following topics from The Wired Word.

  • July 21 (Bev Puckett): Researchers Believe They Have Uncovered the Origins of "The Tree of Life"
  • July 28 (Ron Buie): Oldest Known Fragment of Apocryphal Book About Jesus' Childhood Deciphered

On July 14 (TBD due to Beryl), Tom Chandler will begin a new study of the scripture relative to Abram, Sarai and their relationship with Hagar. Where did Hagar come from? A little hint: There was a great famine in the land and Abram and Sarai went to Egypt. Sarai was very beautiful, so Abram had her tell the Egyptians that she was his sister and not his wife. When Sarai finally torments Abram enough to divorce Hagar, he sends them to the wilderness. The plot thickens, but is not recorded in scripture. Hagar gets an Egyptian wife for Ishmael, and he is on his way to becoming the leader of a great nation. A fascinating story which you will not want to miss! Please contact Tom Chandler or Pat Chandler for more information regarding the class.

 

Connect Class | 10:00-10:50 am | Room 151
The Connect Class (parents of tweens, teens, and 20-somethings) is studying “Radicle Methodism.” Dr. Ashley Boggan Dreff introduces the word, “radicle,” and explains that this foundational part of the seed to emerge to form the root system is the ideal analogy by which to explore the history of Methodism. As we discover the stories of the beginnings of the denomination, following the roots as they spread, you will be reminded of what it means to be United Methodist. Please contact John Swank for more information.

 

Crusaders Class | 10:00-10:50 am | The Bride's Room
The Crusaders Class (senior women) is currently studying the devotional, "Jesus Calling", by Sarah Young. Members will read from the devotional then share in fellowship and prayer. Please contact Bev Pugh for further details.

 

Families Finding Faith | 10:00 to 10:55 am | Room 212
The Families Finding Faith class recently concluded a study based on Adam Hamilton's "Wrestling with Doubt, Finding Faith" and on Sunday, June 2 they will begin a new series as they discuss Josh Scott’s “Context: Putting Scripture in Its Place.” This study looks at verses we know by heart but may not know the people, places, and times that give them meaning. The author delves into these well-known Scripture verses, exploring their true meanings by examining them in their original cultural and historical circumstances. Through this process, he unveils fresh and enlightening interpretations that are often missed when these Scriptures are taken out of... (you guessed it)... context! Please contact Mikel Russell-Nelson for more information.

 

Koinonia | 10:00 to 11:00 am | The REC Center
Our Koinonia Sunday school class (adults of all ages) is studying the book "What's the Least I Can Believe and Still be a Christian?" by Martin Thielen. Volunteers from the class lead the lessons each week. Newcomers are always welcome and can jump in at any time! Join them for lively discussions, discernment, fellowship, and a great opportunity to meet new people. Please contact Carlos Ochoa or Meredith Koerner for any further information.

 

New Directions | 10:05 to 10:55 am | Room 207
The New Directions class (adults of all ages) is active in the Adam Hamilton study titled, "Wrestling with Doubt, Finding Faith". Everyone has doubts. Where is God when bad things happen? Does God hear our prayers? Is there a heaven? How can we know? Often we treat such questions as the enemy of faith. But uncertainty doesn’t mean our belief is lacking. Doubt can be a path to a deeper, richer encounter with God. Hamilton approaches these sources of doubt with honesty and insight, drawing on the rich wisdom of the Bible, Christian tradition, and his experience walking with thousands of people on their spiritual journey. Join us in Room 207. For more information, please contact Jim Telljohann.

 

Open Book Class | 10:00 to 10:55 am | Room 210
The Open Book class (adults of all ages) is currently discussing "Metaphors and Images for Christian Life Found in the Old and New Testaments". They are discovering how wonderfully the Scriptures repeat references to common images that have divine significance in our lives. Please join them - all are welcome to join the class at any time! Please contact Miranda Hofstad for any further information and details.

 

The Pathfinders | 10:00 to 10:55 am | Room 103
The Pathfinders (older adults; couples and singles) class mirrors church worship series themes with inspiration from authors like Max Lucado, Adam Hamilton, and Mike Slaughter. They are currently studying a series based on Pastor Josh Scott's clever book, "Bible Stories for Grown-Ups: Reading Scripture with New Eyes". This 6-week study will challenge us to "read the Bible for the first time - again" as Pastor Josh looks at familiar Bible stories and reveals new details and interpretations for an adult audience. Please contact David Klosterboer for any further information and details.

 

The Seekers | 10:00 to 10:55 am | Room 209
The Seekers Class (adults to active older adults) is currently engaged in a riveting study on race relations using the book penned by Steven S. Nelson entitled, "We're Going the Wrong Way: Race Relations in America". This Sunday, July 14 is TBD due to Beryl. Newcomers are always welcome to join them at any time! Please contact Skip Richardson for any additional information.