Adventures in Lifelong Learning

See below to sign up for your Lifelong Learning class!

Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL)

Classes start October 17. 

Adventures in Lifelong Learning is an outreach ministry sponsored by the Senior Adult Ministry of FUMC. “ALL” provides opportunities for community members to take part in a variety of five-week courses led by professionals and will cover a wide range of topics.  

Each course is $25 for a five-week, one hour per week class. Some have an additional fee for supplies or books. 

Fall session begins October 17 and ends November 18. 

See the information below for classes and to sign up!

You can download the brochure HERE.

Google Applications: Android and Apple Phones

By Bob  Rice
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.  – Limit 12
Freeman Bldg. Rm B210

Prerequisites: General computer and phone skills. Ability to connect to Wifi and printer. Class will focus on the basics of using: Google Sheets, Docs, Maps, Calendar, and Gmail


Book Talk: Meeting Jesus for the First Time

By Michael Decker
Wednesdays, 11 a.m.
Freeman Bldg. Rm B213

Join in a group discussion of Marcus Borg’s “Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time: The Historical Jesus & the Heart of Contemporary Faith”.  Pick up your book when you register and read chapter one for our first class discussion.


Tool Wise

By Harry Smith
1 p.m.-2:30p.m. Limit 10
520 Deerfield Rd, Sparta

Harry Smith has decades of experience teaching and working with basic tools and equipment. Tool Wise is a course to help you gain confidence and independence in the use of basic tools. Learn how to avoid paying the high prices charged for many basic household maintenance chores done by outside people.


Chair Yoga

By Lisa Renner
Thursdays, 10 a.m.
Freeman Building Rm 012

A perfect blend of postures, breath work, and relaxation to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in your body, all while using a chair for support. Re-balance and restore with this gentle but steady practice designed for all fitness levels.



Ballroom Dancing

By Robyn Reil
Tuesdays, 6 p.m.
Christian Life Center

Ballroom Dancing for  fun and exercise.  Partners are not required.  Individuals and couples welcome.


Master Grilling

By Mark Maxwell
and Larry O’Rear
Tuesdays  4 p.m.
296 Brookside Dr.

Experience grilling with  a Master Griller.  Mark and Larry will demonstrate using everything from charcoal, wood, and gas, to even an iron skillet. Mark is a master judge with  the Kansas City Barbecue Society and has judged over a hundred contests in Tennessee and surrounding states.


Historic Cookeville and Putnam County

By Hill Carlen
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
Sanctuary Bldg, Jeff Wall Hall

Lifelong resident of Cookeville, Hill Carlen knows something about everything in the Cookeville area.  His expertise and delightful sense of humor will make this class fun. This series will include the broader Putnam County area.  Pull out your old photos and enjoy the hiSTORY!


Travels with Peggy

By Peggy Fragopoulos
Thursdays, 3 p.m.
Sanctuary Bldg, Jeff Wall Hall

If you enjoy traveling or would like to learn more about traveling with a group, this session is for you.



By Beth Allison
and Pat Jordan
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m. Limit 12
Freeman Bldg., Gym
Pickleball is a cross between ping pong and tennis and is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country. Pickleball is fun and provides great exercise and socialization. This course is for beginners and novice players. Equipment will be provided. Sneakers are required.

Charcuterie Board
Demonstration and Workshop: A One Day Specialty Class

By Dawson Davidson
Saturday, October 29
Sanctuary Bldg., Jeff Wall Hall

Come watch the magic of Dawson Davidson as he demonstrates how to build a beautiful and edible centerpiece for your fall table.  You will then get a chance to practice what you’ve learned and take home the perfect appetizer for the football game of your choice.


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Scripture Reading: Paul's Letter to Philemon


From Paul, who is a prisoner for the cause of Christ Jesus, and our brother Timothy.

To Philemon our dearly loved coworker, Apphia our sister, Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church that meets in your house.

May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Paul’s prayer for Philemon

Philemon, I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers because I’ve heard of your love and faithfulness, which you have both for the Lord Jesus and for all God’s people. I pray that your partnership in the faith might become effective by an understanding of all that is good among us in Christ. I have great joy and encouragement because of your love, since the hearts of God’s people are refreshed by your actions, my brother.

Paul’s appeal for Onesimus

Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to command you to do the right thing, I would rather appeal to you through love. I, Paul—an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus—  appeal to you for my child Onesimus. I became his father in the faith during my time in prison. He was useless to you before, but now he is useful to both of us.  I’m sending him back to you, which is like sending you my own heart. I considered keeping him with me so that he might serve me in your place during my time in prison because of the gospel.  However, I didn’t want to do anything without your consent so that your act of kindness would occur willingly and not under pressure. Maybe this is the reason that Onesimus was separated from you for a while so that you might have him back forever— no longer as a slave but more than a slave—that is, as a dearly loved brother. He is especially a dearly loved brother to me. How much more can he become a brother to you, personally and spiritually in the Lord!

So, if you really consider me a partner, welcome Onesimus as if you were welcoming me. If he has harmed you in any way or owes you money, charge it to my account. I, Paul, will pay it back to you (I’m writing this with my own hand). Of course, I won’t mention that you owe me your life.

Yes, brother, I want this favor from you in the Lord! Refresh my heart in Christ.  I’m writing to you, confident of your obedience and knowing that you will do more than what I ask. Also, one more thing—prepare a guest room for me. I hope that I will be released from prison to be with you because of your prayers.

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