“Faith and Life: Personal Reflections”
Pr. Roy Ledbetter, Bethel Member
“A New Constitution for Bethel”
In preparation for a vote by the congregation on June 2, Steve Poplawski and Allen Mueller will give a background of the proposed constitution and bylaws, explain how they differ from our current documents, and answer questions.Breakfast will be provided by the Board of Adult Education at 8:30 on May 19. The presentation will be repeated on Sunday, May 26 after church.
April 14 (Palm Sunday)
“Parenting for Human Goodness” – Dr. Marvin Berkowitz, UMSL, will offer a presentation that will include parenting strategies for promoting human goodness in children.
April 28 (Sunday after Easter)
“History, Scriptures, and Beliefs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints” – Mike White will discuss and answer questions about Mormon beliefs and practices.
October 7, 2018
No Adult Forum
October 14 & 21
“Perspectives on Gun Safety, Gun Violence, and Gun Legislation”
Oct. 14, Gun owners Rik Hafer & John DeLuca
Oct. 21, Gail Wechlser, Volunteer St. Louis Faith Outreach Leader for the Missouri Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
October 28 (Reformation Sunday)
“What does it mean to be evangelical?”
Bethel member Dr. Michael Hoy
Bethel Adult Forum May 2014
May 4- Center Service NO ADULT FORUM
May 11-Wrap up Adult Forum Breakfast. For program, Instead of our regular forum planning session, we will have the opportunity to view a film “Bag It.” We had scheduled the viewing earlier in the year for an evening educational event but we were snowed out. The film helps us learn more about how we can be green advocates in a very simple way.
THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GOOD YEAR OF ADULT FORUM!
Deacon, Adult Education
Bethel Adult Forum April 2014
April 13-Palm Sunday NO ADULT FORUM
April 20-Easter Sunday NO ADULT FORUM
April 27- Dr. Barbara Leighton will share her experiences from her 2014 medical mission trip to Ghana. Join us to hear remarkable, sobering, and hopeful stories (and pictures) of medical practice and education advocacy in Ghana.
Bethel Adult Forum March 2014
ENGAGING THE AGING: HEY GOD, WHAT ABOUT THESE EXTRA YEARS?
How often have we heard that we have an “aging” church, communities, and country? Have you noticed that increasingly more TV commercials and magazine ads are geared to people over the age of 65? The March Bethel Adult Forum features topics related to aging. Maybe the topics are interesting to you because you are “getting up there” yourself, or you want to understand how to help better and companion an elderly grandparent, parent, or friend. This series is for YOU! Please feel welcomed to attend adult forum, especially if this is your first time, for great speakers, great topics, and great conversation (and coffee, too).
March 9: Rev. Walt Schoedel, Director of LSS Church Relations, will begin our series on Engaging the Aging, with his vision and call for church ministry to aging populations. The title of his presentation, “Engaging the Aging or Hey God, what about these extra years?” sets the theme for the remaining discussions in March. We will be “doing” aging ministry by bring these health and faith discussions to our adult forum discussion. The following presentations are offered to us by University of Missouri-St. Louis Gerontology Program faculty members who have nationally recognized expertise in aging issues.
March 16: Dr Tom Meuser: Driving & Aging: Timing the Driving to Non-Driving Mobility Transition. Driving is important for personal mobility in advancing age, yet not something we can all do safely past age 70. This presentation will review what’s known about aging and driving, and provide suggestions for staying behind the wheel safely when appropriate and retiring with grace when not. Video clips will highlight different teaching points
March 23: Dr Hedva Levy – Knowing & Managing Medications for Successful Aging As we age, our bodies and metabolic patterns necessarily change. At the same time, we often need more medication to manage health conditions. It becomes increasingly important that we understand the unintended effects of medications in an elderly population to avoid medication related health problems.
March 30: Dr. Suzanne Doyle– Learning & Growing at the End of Life. Elders and their family members and caregivers face challenging issues when approaching the end of life: recognizing predictable changes in aging bodies, differentiating normal aging from pathology, making decisions about medical care that may be lifesaving or merely death-prolonging, and developing ways to make the richest use of remaining time.
Please join us for meaningful conversations about these topics and more!
Bethel Adult Forum February 2014
Join Dr. Clint McCann, Evangelical Professor of Biblical Interpretation at Eden Seminary, for two more sessions on Old Testament Biblical interpretation. Dr. McCann introduces this series: As the Bible itself recognizes, violence in self and society is not a new problem, but it seems particularly acute, pervasive, and threatening in our time. In these sessions, we shall engage in a basic question: In confronting violence in the world is the Bible a help or a hindrance?
February 16: Violence and Vengeance in the Psalms (Psalms 109, 137, 139)
February 23: Jesus and Non-violence
Bethel Adult Forum January 2014
January 12- Faith and Life- Sherman Lee
Sherman will share his faith journey which includes: a childhood trying to fit in as an unchurched Chinese-American in a WASP society; a deep appreciation for pop culture which surprisingly helped bring him to church; his eventual baptism as a grad student by Pastor Bill at Bethel in 1985; and subsequent years of lay ministry with youth, music, and the Crossings Community.
January 19 and January 26 ELCA Social Statements Discussion with Vicar Tina
On August 17, 2013, the ELCA National Assembly approved the social statement, “The Church and Criminal Justice: Hearing the Cries”. On Sundays January 19 and 26, Vicar Tina leads us in a discussion on why the church is called to talk together about tough social issues. After exploring the ELCA process of discernment for Social Statements and Social Messages, we will take a deep look at portions of the Criminal Justice Statement. If you are interested in looking at the entire statement, please download a copy from the ELCA webpage or contact Vicar Tina to have a copy printed for you.
Bethel Adult Forum December 2013
Center Service. No Adult Forum. Join us in creating advent wreaths as we also stand with others across the globe in remembering World AIDS day.
ADVENT SING and brunch! Stephen Mager will join us at the piano as we Prepare the Way in song! We will provide the music books and take “requests” to sing your favorite advent hymns. The fellowship hall will be filled with advent activities: The Fair Trade Bazaar, our music, and an advent brunch. Please join us!
Jesus: The Way of Peace and Non-violence. A central meaning of the cross of Christ is that violence has forever lost all justification. As the community of Christ, we are called to encounter the non-violence of Jesus and to work for the restoration of life for those for whom life is threatened and diminished by violence. Join Pastor Bill for the last of our presentations on thinking through the social, theological, and scriptural concepts of violence and non-violence.
Open Forum on Violence and Non-violence. Realizing that in offering over the last 6 weeks many provocative topics around violence and non-violence, we will use this hour for a group discussion, providing people with an opportunity to voice their questions, opinions, and insights.