The Old Mission Academy is an assortment of adult classes to help us discover how faith and life come together as we grow in our faith journey.The Academy has offered courses in the area of Bible, Theology, Finances, and Recreation. We have also provided Retreats and Seminar opportunities. The thought is that as we grow and learn spiritually, we will deepen our walk with God and become better disciples of Jesus Christ.
How do I register for Old Mission Academy? (one of the ways shown below)
Call (913) 262-1040 and register with Rev. Karen Nyhart at ext.102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign up sheets are also in the church office.
Note: Let us know if you need the nursery when you register.Scholarships are available if there is need in covering a course fee. We do not want the cost to keep anybody from taking a course!
2019 Study Offerings
Starts Monday, September 16 – October 14, Hanson Hall, 6:30-8:00 pm, Led by Rev. Pam Bauer Nolan
Join this group for a 5 week study on the issue of homosexuality in the Bible.
The intent is to address applicable Biblical texts in light of contemporary Biblical scholarship. Scholarship provided by Dr. Daniel Helminiak will help inform our time together. We'll be examining the story of Sodom as well as appropriate texts from Leviticus, Romans, 1 Corinthians and 1Timothy.
As an added bonus, Dr. Lovett Weems will be teaching our class on Monday, October 7. Dr. Weems is the former President of St. Paul School of Theology for 18 years and the founding director of the Lewis Center for Church Leadership of Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. His focus will be interfacing John Wesley with the current challenges facing the United Methodist Church. All our welcome to join this class.
Wednesday Morning Study for Women
Starts Wednesday, September 11, Hanson Hall, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Led by Janice Kresin
Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break, by Kelly Minter
Nehemiah's heart was so broken for those in need that he left the comfort of his Persian palace to help them. This study challenges women to let God break their hearts for a hurting, lost world and move them in compassion to lead people to Jesus.
Nehemiah is a seven week study that includes seven video sessions and real-life ways to put feet to your faith. Are you ready to let God break your heart for a hurting, lost world and move you in compassion to be the hands and feet of Jesus?
Sunday Night Study for Women
Started August 25, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, Led by Janice Kresin
David: Seeking a Heart like His, by Beth Moore
This group will start with a Social Gathering on Aug. 25 to kick off the study group. Bring a snack to share and join the group. After Labor Day, the group will study about King David and explore how his life shows that God will never give up on you. David will delight and disappoint you. You will want to be just like him at times and nothing like him at others. If you have ever experienced doubts, temptations, losses, family problems or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you.
Planning for the Future
Led by Rev. Leslie Van Blarcom, Minister of Congregational Care
At the end of January 2020, we will have an evening workshop designed to help us think about legal, financial and spiritual considerations in the aging process. The more decisions we make on our own behalf, the fewer we leave for our families to make! Topics addressed will include writing an obituary, power of attorney for health and for legal matters, planning one’s own memorial service, dealing with loss and theological and spiritual perspectives on aging and death. We will have more information soon. PLAN now to attend.
Financial Peace University by Dave Ramsey
Starts Tuesday, August 27, 6:30-8:00 pm, Led by Rev. Karen Nyhart
This 9 week DVD based class will help you take control over your money, plan for the future and transform your life. You will learn the basics of budgeting, getting rid of debt, and planning for the future.
Fee: $100.00 for the study book and kit.
Starts Monday, October 21 – December 2, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Led by Rev. Karen Nyhart
The Dialogue Series has three areas of discussion: Racism, Immigration and Sexuality. The first in our series for discussion will be Sexuality. This DVD/book study will introduce you to 7 conversations covering topics such as patriarchy in the church, sex and marriage, transgender identity, and creating faith communities that are welcoming and inclusive. This seven week study will offer unique perspectives on one aspect of human sexuality, inviting participants to discover a more holistic understanding of what it means to be a whole and healthy sexual being. Join us as we discuss these topics, listen well, learn from other viewpoints and develop action plans to bring hope and healing out of the church and into the world.
Old Mission Walking Group
Starts Monday Sept. 9 at 9:00 am, Led by Rev. Karen Nyhart
This group will meet on Mondays and Wednesday for one hour to walk around the neighborhood, talk about faith issues and pray together. Come join us for some physical, spiritual, mental and emotional wellness.