Class Schedule

ADULT EDUCATION

– Older Adults Ministry
– Beyond Sunday

9:30 am Sunday Mornings

Sunday, September 11

Churchwide Forum
Back to the Bible: Cracking the Binding
Bible 101: Who, What, Where, When, How? (first Hebrew lesson)
We know the Bible is important for our Christian faith. But a lot of us have “Bible baggage” that makes us want to steer clear of it. There are so many people out there who claim to speak for it — and even beat others over the head with it! This year, Montview is offering an opportunity to crack the binding and explore the Bible with fresh eyes, not as a book of answers or a how-to manual, but as a library of questions, a place to connect with others and make meaning together. In each session we will explore a biblical story or poem that at first seems familiar (Eve and Adam, the burning bush, the binding of Isaac) but that turns out to be wonderfully strange. This fall, we will focus on the Hebrew Scriptures, a.k.a. the Old Testament. In the spring, we will turn our attention to the New Testament. No experience necessary. No homework. Just come with an open heart and mind.
Facilitator: Pastor Clover’s husband, Dr.Tim Beal, who is a professor and writer on the Bible, religion, and popular culture (learn more about him at timothybeal.com).

Sunday, September 18, 9:30 am

Churchwide Forum
Back to the Bible: Cracking the Binding
In the Garden: The Tree of Knowledge and the Mother of Wisdom
We continue our exploration of the Hebrew scriptures. In each session we will explore a biblical story or poem (see above) that at first seems familiar but that turns out to be wonderfully strange. No experience necessary. No homework. Just come with an open heart and mind. Reading ahead is welcomed.
Facilitator: Pastor Clover’s husband, Dr.Tim Beal, who is a professor and writer on the Bible, religion, and popular culture (learn more about him at timothybeal.com).

Sunday, September 25, 9:30 am

Foundations Series
Fellowship Hall
Back to the Bible: Cracking the Binding
Lest We Be Scattered: The Tower of Babel
We continue our exploration of the Hebrew scriptures. In each session we will explore a biblical story or poem (see above) that at first seems familiar but that turns out to be wonderfully strange. No experience necessary. No homework. Just come with an open heart and mind. Reading ahead is welcomed.
Facilitator: Pastor Clover’s husband, Dr.Tim Beal, who is a professor and writer on the Bible, religion, and popular culture (learn more about him at timothybeal.com).

Contemporary Issues Forum
McCollum Room

A Bevy of Ballot Initiatives! – McCollum Room
Facilitator: Denver League of Women Voters

Sunday, October 2, 9:30 am

Churchwide Forum
The Cold War of Race in American Church & Society
The current rise of racial tensions in America is symptomatic to the deeper issue of historical estrangement. This session will deal with acknowledging and addressing the internalized racism and white privilege, and how they obstruct the path that leads to becoming the Beloved Community.
Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Sterling Morse, Coordinator, Intercultural Ministries, PCUSA. As coordinator for Intercultural Ministries, Sterling’s work includes the promotion of ministries and programs at all levels of the church that assist the PCUSA in growing its racial and cultural diversity deep and wide. Part of his work also includes doing “reverse evangelism” — to promote and assist culturally specific congregations, primarily predominantly European American, to engage in strategies and initiatives to grow diversity within, and in new opportunities for mission in the community and the world. He also works with mid councils, which are the regional bodies within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) such as presbyteries and synods, and other PC(USA) agencies and groups to train and equip leaders to meet the challenges of doing cross cultural ministries.

Sunday, October 9, 9:30 am

Churchwide Forum
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Exceptional Time an Exemplary Life
Ecce Homo! (Behold the Man!)
The life and times of Dietrich Bonhoeffer will serve as the framing context for the three lectures. The fundamental question of this lecture is: What Is the Meaning of Success?
Facilitator: Rev. Buie Seawell – Seawell is a former Presbyterian Minister and Colorado politician, who teaches business ethics and law in the Daniels College of the University of Denver.
In filling out our theme this year, Life Together, we will delve into the life, times and ethics of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Pre-reading will be available: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945), by Milner Ball, Chapter 13, The Teachings of Modern Christianity: on Law, Politics, & Human Nature, Volume I, Edited by John Witte Jr. & Frank S. Alexander. Copies provided.

Sunday, October 16, 9:30 am

Churchwide Forum
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Exceptional Time an Exemplary Life
The Ethics
Along with “Letters and Papers from Prison” Bonhoeffer’s last (and unfinished work) was his Ethics. Bonhoeffer began writing in 1940 and continued work until his arrest in 1943. He saw his Ethics as the magnum opus of his life. As it would turn out, his life was the magnum opus of his Ethics.
Facilitator: Rev. Buie Seawell – Seawell is a former Presbyterian Minister and Colorado politician, who teaches business ethics and law in the Daniels College of the University of Denver.
In filling out our theme this year, Life Together, we will delve into the life, times and ethics of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Pre-reading will be available: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945), by Milner Ball, Chapter 13, The Teachings of Modern Christianity: on Law, Politics, & Human Nature, Volume I, Edited by John Witte Jr. & Frank S. Alexander. Copies provided.

Sunday, October 23, 9:30 am

Churchwide Forum
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: An Exceptional Time an Exemplary Life
Religionless Christianity
The most controversial aspect of Bonhoeffer’s theology, Christianity without religion, follows on the work of the Twentieth Century’s greatest theologian, Karl Barth (who Bonhoeffer visited with in Switzerland before his arrest). Up until his final hours Bonhoeffer was concerned with this radical reality: “What is bothering me incessantly (he wrote in a letter from his prison cell) is the question what Christianity really is, or who Christ really is for us today . . . (for) We are moving towards a completely religionless time.”
Facilitator: Rev. Buie Seawell – Seawell is a former Presbyterian Minister and Colorado politician, who teaches business ethics and law in the Daniels College of the University of Denver.
In filling out our theme this year, Life Together, we will delve into the life, times and ethics of Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Pre-reading will be available: Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 – 1945), by Milner Ball, Chapter 13, The Teachings of Modern Christianity: on Law, Politics, & Human Nature, Volume I, Edited by John Witte Jr. & Frank S. Alexander. Copies provided.

Sunday, October 30, 9:30 am

Foundations for Faith
Back to the Bible: Cracking the Binding
God Said to Abraham “Kill Me a Son”: The Binding of Isaac
We continue our exploration of the Hebrew scriptures. In each session we will explore a biblical story or poem (see above) that at first seems familiar but that turns out to be wonderfully strange. No experience necessary. No homework. Just come with an open heart and mind. Reading ahead is welcomed.
Facilitator: Pastor Clover’s husband, Dr.Tim Beal, who is a professor and writer on the Bible, religion, and popular culture (learn more about him at timothybeal.com).Contemporary Issues Forum
Topic and other details coming soon.
McCollum Room

Sunday, November 6, 9:30 am

Foundations for Faith
Back to the Bible: Cracking the Binding
“Let My People Go”: Moses, the Burning Bush, and the God of Liberation
We continue our exploration of the Hebrew scriptures. In each session we will explore a biblical story or poem (see above) that at first seems familiar but that turns out to be wonderfully strange. No experience necessary. No homework. Just come with an open heart and mind. Reading ahead is welcomed.
Facilitator: Pastor Clover’s husband, Dr.Tim Beal, who is a professor and writer on the Bible, religion, and popular culture (learn more about him at timothybeal.com).Contemporary Issues Forum
Topic and other details coming soon.
McCollum Room

Sunday, November 13, 9:30 am

Foundations for Faith
Back to the Bible: Cracking the Binding
Speaking Truth to Power: The Prophetic Imagination
We continue our exploration of the Hebrew scriptures. In each session we will explore a biblical story or poem (see above) that at first seems familiar but that turns out to be wonderfully strange. No experience necessary. No homework. Just come with an open heart and mind. Reading ahead is welcomed.
Facilitator: Pastor Clover’s husband, Dr.Tim Beal, who is a professor and writer on the Bible, religion, and popular culture (learn more about him at timothybeal.com).Contemporary Issues FOrum
Topic and other details coming soon.
McCollum Room

Sunday, November 20, 9:30 am

Foundations for Faith
Back to the Bible: Cracking the Binding
Visions of the End: Apocalyptic in Daniel 7 – 12
We continue our exploration of the Hebrew scriptures. In each session we will explore a biblical story or poem (see above) that at first seems familiar but that turns out to be wonderfully strange. No experience necessary. No homework. Just come with an open heart and mind. Reading ahead is welcomed.
Facilitator: Dr Judson Shaver is Retired Professor of Religion and President Emeritus, Marymount Manhattan College. Jud and his spouse, Paige, joined Montview in February 2016. Contemporary Issues Forum
Topic and other details coming soon.
McCollum Room

Sundays, December 4, 11 & 18, 9:30 am

Foundations for Faith
Preparing a Space for God: Invitation to Quiet Advent Meditation
The season of Advent is a season of preparation, a time of getting ready for what lies ahead. While we may become so consumed with getting ready for the event of Christmas, do we miss the surprising ways God may want to prepare us in this season? If you are seeking some quiet time to prepare your own heart for God, please join us for this time of silent prayer, meditation, music, and opportunity to share our Advent journeys.
Facilitator: Mary Jo Starmer, MA, is a licensed therapist and spiritual director, and has worked as a director of education and spiritual formation for children and adults.

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Adult Education

Older Adult Ministry

Memory Loss Series
Curious, wondering or worried about memory loss? Dealing with memory loss in your own life or family and hoping to find information and support?

Monday, September 12, 1-3 pm
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, possible causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment, and much more.
RSVP to Steve Kennedy 303.690.8265 stevenlkennedy@mac.com
Facilitator: Karen Moravek, Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado

Tuesday, September 20, 10:30 am- Noon
Compensatory Strategies for Memory Loss: Alzheimer’s Is Not a Death Sentence
(Light lunch to follow)
Facilitator: Clem Hanson with Pete Hulac and Steve Kennedy
RSVP to Steve Kennedy 303.690.8265 stevenlkennedy@mac.com

Thursday, October 6, 1:00-3:00 pm
Effective Communication Strategies
Teaches caregivers to decode verbal and behavioral communication by someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Participants leave with strategies for meaningful connection with people in early, middle and late stage dementia.
Facilitator: Karen Moravek, Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado
RSVP to Steve Kennedy 303.690.8265 stevenlkennedy@mac.com

Tuesdays, Oct 4 – Nov 8, 10:00-11:30 am

Older Adults Ministry: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Weekly book study in six sessions.
Facilitators: Steve Kennedy, Sharon Craft, Scott Showalter, Bob Noblett
Books will be available for purchase in the Commons on September 18 for $15

Sunday, November 6, 12-2 pm

The Conversation Project Workshop
(Light lunch provided)
Helping people talk about and make a plan regarding their wishes for end-of-life care.
Facilitators: Pete Hulac and Sharon Craft
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Adult Education

Beyond Sunday

Women’s Wednesday Evening Book Study
Interested in thought-provoking discussions on books that will challenge you and help you develop your faith? This book group will allow you to do just that while getting to know a great group of women at Montview. Contact Linda Rumbarger at lrumbarg@hotmail.com or 303.525.2917 for more information and schedule. 

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