Extraordinary Faith: Learning with the Left Out Worship Series

There are moments in our lives when it feels as though our faith is rock-solid, when we feel certainty in our identity as a faithful follower, and when we are satisfied with the ways we are living our lives in line with God’s plan. Then there are other times. There are those moments when we are not sure where or how God is moving, if God even remembers who we are, or if faith makes any sense at all. During August and September, in worship and in small groups, we will learn alongside those who would have been considered as “outside” the people of God. Their extraordinary faith teaches and inspires us, reminding us that sometimes we also have felt outside, and yet the God who transcends human boundaries and limitations is constantly bringing us into community. People like Rahab, Esau, Tamar and others reveal God’s nature in transformative, faith-shaping ways. We are invited into this journey to learn, grow, and renew our identities as humble followers of Jesus the Christ. Sometimes we learn the most from those we consider “other” and discover that we have more in common than we realized. All are invited to come and learn from the stories of faith that are seldom told (several of these are excluded from the lectionary texts). We hope that through these stories and our shared experiences the divisions between “us” and “them,” “insiders” and “outsiders” will be reshaped into a more robust community of faith in which we all become learners and teachers together—and that all of our faith will be bolstered in the process. 

This study is based on the book "Faith of the Outsider." Copies of this book are available at the Adult Faith Development table in the lobby or from the group leaders.

Classes begin the week of August 26 and continue through October 13.

Sundays at 8:30 a.m. at First UMC Dundee
Led by Rev. Mi-Sook Yoo

Sundays at 11:00 a.m. at Barrington UMC
Led by Rev. Fred Eisenhut

Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. at Barrington UMC
Led and hosted by Pete & Roz Wesley and Lauren Jiles-Johnson

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in Hoffman Estates*
Led and hosted by Pete & Lynn Fairlamb and Pam Kocian

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. in Trout Valley*
Led and hosted by Bob & Jody Antrim and Faye Reid

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in South Barrington*
Led and hosted by Reverend Eisenhut and Sharon Orr

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. at Barrington UMC during Disciple Class (enrollment in Disciple 4 class required)
Led and hosted by Chris Streed 

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in Barrington*
Led and hosted by Tim & Silvia Grabacki

Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. at Barrington UMC during Men’s Group
Led and hosted by Keith Leuthold and John Maxson 

* Home group - address of class location will be provided upon registration.