Descriptions of Classes and Small Group Offerings
(The number in parenthesis refers to the Adult Education Pathway)
THE PARABLES OF JESUS - Glimpses of the New Age by Neal M. Fisher—Copies of the book will be available. (Pathway 1)
Led by Rev. Erwin Kerr - Sunday Mornings, 9:30 a.m. in the 2nd floor conference room, beginning September 9.
1. Introduction to the Parables of Jesus, 2. The Irruption of God’s Reign, 3. The Joy of the New Age,
4. The New Age as reversal of Conventional Notions, 5. The Response Required, 6. Assurance of the New Age, 7. Living in the New Age,
8. Concluding Considerations
Each session will explore at least one of the 46 parables of Jesus found in the Gospels. The parable(s) for each session will be selected according to the title of each session. Comment and discussion from participants will be a feature of the sessions, and relevance of the parable to our personal and public life will be sought as each parable is discussed.
Faiths of History (Pathway 2 and 4)
Led by Rev. Jack Aupperle – meeting in Wynne Hall
September 16 Islam: A Misunderstood Tradition - A discussion of Islam’s founder, beliefs and diversity.
September 23 Buddhism: A Faith in Search of Reality - A discussion of this meditative tradition, its founder and it’s Four Noble Truths as well
as its path of enlightenment.
September 30 Judaism: A Faith of Patriarchs and Prophets - The beginning of Judaism and its tradition and literature which have produced a
culture of belief and behavior.
October 7 How Do We Coexist - A discussion of living in a world of different and yet compatible traditions.
"Ten Women of the Bible", One by One They Changed the World by Max Lucado. (Pathway 1 and 5)
Led by Janise Daly 412-897-8468 and Mary Lou Englert 412-389-5858
This Women’s study will meet at 12:00 p.m. in the parlor - 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month beginning September 5.
Each lesson includes five daily Bibles Studies to help navigate stories of Scripture, summary notes to help remember key points from each lesson, and daily prayers to help focus on your thoughts and time with God. As we go through the lives of the women of the Bible, we hope to find the stories relative to the challenges we face in our own lives today and further understand that God sees us and loves us for who we are.
The Great Courses – The Old Testament (Pathway 1 and 4)
Led by Nick Coxon – Meeting Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the 2nd floor conference room beginning September 12. This class will be using “The Great Courses” DVD’s of the Old Testament. Professor Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University Divinity School does the lectures. There are a total of 24, 40-minute lectures. Two lectures will be done per evening with a discussion following each. If you would like more information, you can go to the Great Courses website www.thegreatcourses.com. In the spring the New Testament will follow the same format. If you are interested, please send an email to or call 412-225-7221 or 412-881-2504.
Men’s Ministry (Pathway 6)
The mission of the BCUMC Men’s Ministry is to provide a venue to encourage its members and others to strengthen their commitment to follow Christ in their daily living, by putting their faith in action. All men are welcome to attend the group which meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month in the 2nd floor conference room. Contact Mike Daly at
UMW – Abigail Circle (Pathway 6)
If you are considering joining a UMW Circle, Abigail welcomes you to come to one of our meetings and check us out! We meet the first Wednesday of the month in the Parlor at 10:00 AM. (next two are Sept 5th and October 3rd)
We are active in a variety of service projects including the Church Union's Reading & Mentoring Program. We help with mailings at Brother's Brother Foundation and we're already planning the next BCUMC Women's Day Retreat at Jumonville for Spring 2019. PS - don't forget our famous Cookie Walk in December.
Questions, contact Trish Riani 412-334-6814, Carol Coyle 412-228-8407 or any other Abigail member. We'd love to welcome you to our group.
UMW—Esther Circle (Pathway 6)
The Esther Circle is a newly-formed group within the United Methodist Women. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor, and we welcome new members!
Inspired by Esther’s remarkable courage and strength in sharing her faith, we hope to encourage young women (pre-teen through young adult) to grow deeper in their faith through a challenging phase of life. We have many outreach ideas planned for this year, but we need your help to get us started!
Our first plan is to partner with Sisterfriend.org, a local organization that supports menstrual hygiene for vulnerable women and girls through the collection and distribution of feminine hygiene products. Sisterfriend.org partners with food pantries, homeless shelters, and underserved schools to distribute needed products, raise awareness, and provide leadership activities for young women.
How can you help? Throughout the month of October, we are collecting feminine hygiene products in the form of individually wrapped thick pads, individually wrapped thin pads, and individually wrapped tampons with an applicator. You can donate any supplies to the bins located in the Narthex marked “Sisterfriend.org.”
If you have any questions or if you’d like to get more involved, please contact Sarah Gintner or Elizabeth Meriwether @ 412.882.9300.
UMW—Miriam Circle (Pathway 6)
We meet at 12:30 p.m. on the 2nd Monday of the month at Calabria’s restaurant on Rt. 88. In addition to participating in the activities of our church we make blankets for shut-ins and nursing homes and give our monetary support to the church and its missionary projects. For more information call Margaret Mima at 412-653-3651.