(Orange, Texas)

September 11, 2013

First UMC offers ‘Wednesday Night Live’ classes to public

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — The First United Methodist Church of Orange invites everyone to join us on Wednesday nights from Sept. 11 through Nov. 13 for our fall Wednesday Night Live classes. We will gather at 5 p.m. in the Praise Center on the corner of 5th and Elm Streets and enjoy a light meal.The classes will begin at 6pm. Please call the office at 409-886-7466 to register and reserve your materials. Classes include the following:

• Human Trafficking (Sept. 11 – Oct. 9)

Human trafficking is the modern form of slavery. The U.S. Justice Department estimates that 17,500 people are trafficked into the country every year but the true figure could be higher because of the large numbers of undocumented immigrants. About 300,000 children are believed to be currently at risk for sexual exploitation. We will use the UMW’s program – “Not in My Neighborhood” to explore this global problem.

• The Sweet Life (Sept. 11 – Oct. 9)

This class will be for diabetics at any stage and for friends or family of a diabetic and for someone who doesn’t want to become a diabetic. Personalized meal plans will be provided for each class member. Lots of information, questions answered, ideas, etc. We will celebrate life, health and receive real tools to overcome together! The diabetic diet is a normal, healthy diet fit for everyone over the age of 2. There is nothing a diabetic can’t eat. Come see how!

• The Bible (Sept. 11 – Oct. 16)

This is an opportunity to gain new insights into the scriptures. It will be a very informative class that will prosper one’s understanding of how God delivered the Holy Bible through the ages for man’s benefit. The itinerary covers a wide range of topics: When and how man learned to communicate and mark time and history. How the means of writing progressed. Review the various methods initially used to document scripture. How did the canonization proceed to choose the O.T. sacred books. How were scrolls reproduced. Did the process of translating scripture from one language to another induce errors. How do the Catholics and Protestant Bibles differ. Why we have different translations and what purpose do they serve. When the Bible was segregated into books, chapters and verses. What does “all scripture being inspired” mean. What was revealed via the Dead Sea Scrolls? Please bring your Bible, any translation.

• Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible (Oct. 9 – Nov. 13)

This class will look at five “good girls” of the Bible and find out they have flaws. Focusing on Genesis, we will look at Sarah (a control freak), Hagar (who was filled with bitterness), Rebekah (a conniving schemer who played favorites with her sons), Leah (another schemer) and Rachel (who was consumed by jealousy). One theme that emerges clearly is how fertility, or the lack of it, dominated these women’s lives in a patriarchal culture. This book capably blends fictional vignettes of contemporary “bad girls” with in-depth examination of their biblical counterparts’ stories. The book’s overall theme: even faithful women can sometimes be hurtful and selfish. There is a $10 book fee.

• Serving from the Heart (Oct. 9 – Nov. 13)

This class will examine God’s plan for the church which is for each member of the Body of Christ to play a vital role. Sometimes we think that serving God is an obligation, a duty, and that it isn’t meant to be enjoyable. The truth is, though, that God wants us to find joy and fulfillment when we serve. That happens when we serve in a role that matches who God created us to be. There is a $10 book fee.

• Man Code (Oct. 9 – Nov. 13)

“The ManCode” will change your thinking about how to form meaningful relationships, starting with God and moving out from there. Renovate your relationships and spiritual life and overcome your struggles against hopelessness, failure, and temptation with a clear understanding of the “ManCode” and the tools to put its principles into practice. Upon completing this study, you will be ready to win battles of the heart and mind that you face every day at work and home. There is a $10 book fee.