Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL), is a new outreach ministry sponsored by our Senior Adult Ministry. ALL will provide opportunities for community members to take part in a variety of five-week courses led by well-known professionals and will cover a wide range of topics, including literature, yoga and balance, technology, stitching, flower arranging and theology. 

Courses are $25 for a five-week, one hour per week class.  Classes will meet on Wednesdays, except for the Strength and Balance class which will meet on Tuesdays and the Yoga class which will meet on Thursdays.  All classes will meet at First United Methodist Church, 165 East Broad St. with the exception of "Enjoy Creating with Flowers" which will meet off-campus (see the class description for the location). The fall session will begin on October 15th and end November 14th. 

Our programs are geared toward people who are age 50 and over. However, we welcome people of all ages to participate.  There are no tests, homework, or quizzes.  ALL is a continuing education program whose participants come from diverse backgrounds but share a common belief that lifelong learning is a great way to engage the intellect for the pure joy of learning and to develop new friends and lasting relationships.

Registration is required for participation and must be completed prior to the first session of each class. Payment is required in full on or before the first class meeting. Please complete the form at the bottom of the page, then bring or mail your check to the church office.

Fall 2019 Classes

iPhone Basics, Rocket Science and Other Mysteries
Led by Bob Rice
Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m. in the Freeman Building, room 210
Easy steps to knowing the basics of using your iPhone. Included will be instruction in basic features and application such as setting the volume and text size, maps, calendar, email and contacts. Linking your phone to your car or other devices will also be covered in class.
Bob graduated from Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.  He is recently retired from a career in manufacturing.   He was the project Engineer for the largest Robotic project in the USA.  He has experience with leading edge programs including the Apple Mac Pro Computer, relative to assembly automation and he worked for the Automation Tool Company in Cookeville as Director of Engineering.  

Enjoy Creating with Flowers
Led by Sarah Johnson of Johnson Nursery and Garden
Wednesdays, 10:15-11:15 a.m. at Johnson Nursery and Garden Center, 1717 E. Spring St., Cookeville.
Projects for this class include a fall door-piece, arranging flowers with roots, using an orchid as a centerpiece and a Thanksgiving center piece.
Sarah is a well-known professional whose knowledge of roses and flower arranging is legendary.   She and her family own Johnson Nursery and Garden Center.  She holds the titles of Consulting Rosarian and Tennessee Certified Nursery Professional

Finding Faith in Film: Making a Theological Journey through the Movies
Led by LeNoir Culbertson; Technical Assistant Tommy Elliott
Wednesdays, 12:15-1:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary Building, Jeff Wall Hall
The format of the class will be a mix of presentations, clips of movies and lots of discussion, along with some opportunities for personal theological reflection.
LeNoir, an ordained United Methodist minister since 1977  has served churches in Middle Tennessee as well as serving as the District Superintendent of the Murfreesboro District.  She most recently served  Cookeville FUMC as our interim pastor. LeNoir has enjoyed a lifelong love of good storytelling through the visual arts, especially stories which bring us closer to one another and to the heart of God.  She holds the Doctorate in Ministry from Vanderbilt University. 

Stitching with Nancy
Led by Nancy Pardue
Wednesday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Freeman Building, room 213
Aimed to stretch your cross stitching skill. The participants will create a Christmas Cracker using "Algerian Eye, Four-Sided Stitch and Herringbone Stitches".  $10 fee for materials.
Nancy Pardue, is a well-known, award winning seamstress.  She graduated from Drexel University with a Home Economics degree in Interior Design.  Nancy is a member of the Iris Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America.  She is accomplished in Counted Thread, Quilting, Crewel, Blackwork, Cutwork, and Stumpwork.  She was awarded the Princess Grace Award from the American Needlepoint Guild.

Chair Yoga
Led by Lisa RennerThursdays, 2-3 p.m. in the Freeman Building GymA perfect lend 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.
Lisa has over 30 years of experience in the health and fitness industry.  She holds certifications with the Aerobic Fitness Association of America in Group Fitness, Personal Training and Yoga.  She also holds certifications with the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Personal Training and Fitness Nutrition.    

Strength and Balance - WAITING LIST ONLY
Led by Lisa Renner
Tuesdays, 3-4 p.m. in the Freeman Building Gym
Designed to increase strength, balance and flexibility by incorporating bands, tubing and light weights to help improve activities for daily living. Some equipment will be needed for this class.

To register for a class or classes, please contact the church office, 993-526-2177.