Wednesday night programming for the entire church family: designed to help us form deeper relationships with one another and grow in faith. All are welcome!
Six Wednesday nights: February 20, 27; March 6, 13, 20, 27
5:45 – 6:30 Casual Dinner (pizza, sandwiches, salads, taco bar)
6:30 – 7:00 Informal worship in the Chapel featuring a brief message and music.
7:00 – 8:00 Classes for all ages (Sr. High Youth Group meets at this time)
DETAILS OF CLASS OFFERINGS:
EXPLORING THE ENNEAGRAM
Leader: Dr. Constance Savage, Ph. D.
Get acquainted with the Enneagram—a system of nine distinct strategies for relating to the self, others and the world. Dating back to the Christian desert fathers and Sufi mystics, the enneagram consists of nine personality types, each with a different pattern of thinking, feeling and acting that arises from a deeper inner motivation or worldview. Together we’ll learn about the unique dynamics of each type to better understand ourselves and each other. For those interested in a quick overview of the enneagram or wanting to identify their enneagram type, you may want to read the book The Essential Enneagram by David Daniels, MD and Virginia Price, Ph.D. It provides a very concise overview of the enneagram and will familiarize you with the nine types.
Constance M. Savage, Ph.D. is a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition. She holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University and has over 30 years’ experience consulting, executive coaching and teaching.
Leader: Kim Rose
In a Food Rut – haven’t we all have been there? Why not get together and talk food? In this class we will discuss favorite utensils and why. What makes the perfect icing for cakes and cookies – better yet, let’s try making and tasting it. Crockpot ideas for quick and easy meals, yep let’s make that too. This is the class for you if you want to hear what other people are preparing in their kitchen and how you can become the Master Chef of your household.
ART, HISTORY, AND THE SPIRITUAL CONNECTION
Leader: Julie Marlin
The 2018 PBS video series “Civilizations” takes a cross-cultural look at a variety of civilizations both ancient and modern through a study of art and artist. This class, features excerpts from six of these videos. Our conversation will be directed to consider cultural and cross-cultural spiritual bonds that are part of the subject matter explored in this series which are pertinent to all of us as members of a forward growing church.
ART AND THE SPIRITUAL CONNECTION – HANDS-ON WORKSHOP
Leader: Julie Marlin
We are trying out a new time for this project: 5-6:00 p.m. each Wednesday during Cross Training. (That’s before the dinnertime) in the Fellowship Hall. We will be using a variety of media creating artworks to take. This is a hands-on class for any age. The video series “Civilizations” includes useful descriptions of these various media. Though the video class and the art workshop are connected by content, it’s fine to do one without the other. (The 5:00 hands-on art workshop will require a $5.00 materials fee for each session you select. But only pay for those you wish to try.)
A complete list of video titles by week, and the full list of Art Workshop Media is included on the Art Workshop sign-up sheet at the welcome center or at the “Civilizations” video class, or by contacting Julie Marlin, firstname.lastname@example.org
WILLIAM BARBER BOOK DISCUSSION
Leader: Heather Tuck-Macalla
Church member and librarian Heather Tuck-Macalla will lead a discussion of Rev. William Barber’s book The Third Reconstruction, using the book itself as well as the free devotional guide available on the UCC website. Pastor and social justice advocate William Barber has often been called the successor to Martin Luther King. Heather’s focus is on the book as well as its connection with the UCC and its Three Great Loves initiative.
HOME OWNERSHIP: DIY 101
Leader: Dave Witzigreuter
When to hire a contractor? What can you do yourself? Do you know how to use all the tools in your toolbox? Learn the basics of painting, electrical, plumbing, landscaping with Dave and his crew of ALUCC experts.
SABBATH: GOOD NEWS FOR FRAZZLED LIVES
Leader: Kelly Brill
Sabbath is the focus word for 2019 at ALUCC. Each week, we will discuss a different aspect of Sabbath and how we can incorporate this spiritual practice into our busy, distracted lives.
Leader: Beau Dansizen
This course is an ALUCC tradition for all 4th grade kids, similar in some ways to confirmation and first communion combined, but in a lighter format. (Formal confirmation happens during the 8th grade year) Kids will study theology, church history, worship and sacraments as well as what it means to become a member of a church. Cross Training worship is part of the class, which runs from 6:30 until 8 pm. Class is free for all 4th grade kids. On the final day, communion is celebrated with family in worship, and all participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.
FUN AND GAMES FOR CHILDREN
Leader: Eileen Zakel
ALUCC’s Christian Education Coordinator will help children (1st through 8th grade, except for 4th graders!) unwind after a busy school day with board games, group games, and other fun activities.