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Adult Ministry

Then Jesus said ... “If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” - John 8:31-32

Learning Communities

Study opportunities designed to meet you where you are, connect you to others, and move you along your own faith journey

Upcoming  and in-progress Learning Communities are posted below.

Praying the Scriptures

Wed  •  Aug 2 - May 30  •  1-2:30 pm  •  Room 208  •  Led by Rev. Mary Howard

Rev. Mary Howard will facilitate the group using the lectio divina method for small groups. We will pray various scriptures and even some spiritual classics. Don’t worry if you don’t know what lectio divina means. You will be guided. Instead of focusing on facts and background information, we will be seeking to hear God speaking to us through the scriptures.

A long term commitment is not required. You may participate as your schedule permits.

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

Register 5/8/2017-5/1/2018

Disciple 1 Bible Study

Wed  •  Aug 30 - May 9  •  6:30-9 pm  •  217B  •  Led by Janeva Longacre and Charlie Allison

DISCIPLE is a program of discipline Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. Study the entire Bible through personal and group study over the course of 34 weeks. No prior Bible study experience is necessary. A good study Bible, such as the New Interpreters Study Bible, is recommended.

$35 fee for participant study manual.

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

Register 7/12-8/29

Women's Advent Study

Tue  •  Nov 28 - Dec 19  •  12-1 pm  •  227A/B  •  Led by Marsha Mayo and Debbie O'Reilly

What if it really wasn't that hard to find more peace, more quiet, more room in your heart for the Christ child to be born? Pamela Hawkins will guide you through the busy season of Advent in Simply Wait: Cultivating Stillness in the Season of Advent, and you'll come out of the four weeks more centered, rested, and spiritually renewed. Gather with a group of women during the lunch hour for fellowship and to discuss the book.

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Oct 16 - Nov 27

Financial Peace

Sun  •  Jan 7 - Mar 11 (except Feb 4)  •  5-6:30 pm  •  Room 203  •  Led by Scott & Shannon Smith

Start the New Year out right by getting your finances in order. Learn how to plan, save and grow together! Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University offers practical, proven advice for dealing with the financial part of life and the relationships it involves.

Cost: $109 (single or couple)

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE 

Women's Bible Study: Living the Covenant

Tue  •  Jan 9 - Feb 27  •  11:30 am -1:00 pm  •  Room 208  •  Led by Marsha Mayo and Debbie O'Reilly

Covenant Bible Study is an in-depth group experience of reading and discussing the Bible together, learning how to love God and each other better.  Covenant represents a relationship, a living, breathing conversation.

Cost: $25 for participant guide.

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 20 - Feb 26

Enneagram Journey: Soul Work, Self-Awareness, Spiritual Transformation

Wed  •  Jan 24 - Mar 28  •  9:30 - 11:45 am  •  Room 230A  •  Led by Lisa Hancock

This experiential course utilizes the Enneagram, an ancient tool from centuries of Judeo-Christian faith and scholarship that is used for cultivating self-awareness, growth and person transformation. Insights from this course can answer life-long questions about our behavior and unconscious motivations. Newly learned self-knowledge assists in our walks with God and enables our true and best self to emerge and can transform the way we relate to others.

Cost: $90, includes participant workbook

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE until Jan 22

Listening for God

Thur  •  Feb 1 - Apr 5  •  7-8:30 pm  •  Room 230A  •  Led by Dr. Dan Flanagan

If you enjoy reading and exploring religious meaning in literature, this course explores short stories from some of the best contemporary Christian writers such as Flannery O’Connor, Frederick Buechner, Annie Dillard and Garrison Keillor.  Discuss religious themes developed through characters and events.  Video introductions of each author will be used as well.

Cost: $14 (for the book)

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Jan 31

Reclaiming Prayer

Sun  •  Feb 4 - 18  •  11 am - 12 pm  •  Room 205  •  Led by JB Bryant

The first Sunday will explore the scriptural understanding of prayer from the Jews through the early Christian movements.  The second session will look at meditation with a deeper dive into “The Cloud of Unknowing.”.  The last Sunday will look at contemplative prayer, binding us to Christ as one, and to each other.

Childcare: Nursery: 0-23 mos. Sunday school: 2 yrs - kinder at 8:45, 2 yrs - 12th grade at 9:45, 2 yrs - 5th grade at 11.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Feb 3

A Christian Believes …

Sun  •  Feb 4 - 18  •  11 am - 12 pm  •  Room 203  •  Led by Ed Frantz

What are the sources and norms of the church’s age-old doctrines?  Why are traditional understandings addressing divine sovereignty, revelation and salvation problematic?  Explore the alternative understandings held by a growing number of Christians, mainline and progressive.

Childcare: Nursery: 0-23 mos. Sunday school: 2 yrs - kinder at 8:45, 2 yrs - 12th grade at 9:45, 2 yrs - 5th grade at 11.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 20 - Feb 3

Thrive in Your Relationships: All Relationships

Sat  •  Feb 10  •  9 am - 3 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall  •  Led by Dr. Terry Parsons

This is part of a three part series of workshops focusing on our relationships.  You may choose one or more.  All of us have room for improvement in how we relate to family members, friends, colleagues, and challenging people.  In this session, learn how to better understand others, how to communicate more effectively, and how to positively resolve differences and conflicts. $50 per couple/individual (includes materials, lunch and snacks).

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Feb 9

Parenting the Love & Logic Way

Sun  •  Feb 11 - Mar 25  •  4 - 6 pm  •  Room 205  •  Led by Shirley Miller

Raise children who are self-confident, motivated, and ready for the real world with this win-win approach to parenting. Your children will win because they’ll learn to solve their own problems while gaining the confidence they need to meet life’s challenges. And you’ll win because you’ll establish healthy control – without resorting to anger, threats, nagging or exhausting power struggles. Parenting with Love & Logic puts the fun back into parenting. For parents of elementary aged students. $20 for workbook (1 per couple).

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Feb 10

Making Sense of the Bible

Mon  •  Feb 12 - Mar 19  •  7-8:30 pm  •  Room 205  •  Led by Dr. Justin Tull

This study explores the overall of Old and New Testament, the roll of God and people in creating the Bible, and how to make sense of challenging topics in the Bible like faith and science, violence, and sexuality.

Please purchase a copy of the book, Making Sense of the Bible, by Adam Hamilton.

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE until Feb 12

Thrive in Your Relationships: Commit—for Seriously Dating and Premarital Couples

Sat  •  Mar 10  •  9 am - 3 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall  •  Led by Dr. Terry Parsons

This is the second of a three part series of workshops focusing on our relationships.  You may choose one or more.  The most important relationship decision you will ever make is the decision to marry.  This seminar is specifically designed to equip you with the essential tools to help you have a faith-directed intimate, lifetime marriage. $50. per couple (includes materials, lunch and snacks)

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Mar 9

Women’s Bible Study: “Trusting the Covenant”

Tue  •  Apr 3 - May 22  •  11:30 am - 1:00 pm  •  Room 208  •  Led by Marsha Mayo and Debbie O’Reilly

Covenant Bible Study is an in-depth group experience of reading and discussing the Bible together, learning how to love God and each other better.  Covenant represents a relationship, a living, breathing conversation. $25 for participant guide.

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Apr 2

Methodism 101

Sun  •  Apr 8 - 29  •  11 am - 12 pm  •  Room 204  •  Led by Rev. Fred Trevino

Explore the basics of United Methodist belief and practice. Gain an understanding of Wesleyan Heritage, increase your knowledge and understanding of United Methodist theology and learn more about the sacraments of baptism and communion. Newcomers and life-long United Methodists benefit from this four session course.

Childcare: Nursery: 0-23 mos. Sunday school: 2 yrs - kinder at 8:45, 2 yrs - 12th grade at 9:45, 2 yrs - 5th grade at 11.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Apr 7

Thrive in Your Relationships: Thrive in Your Marriage

Sat  •  Apr 14  •  9 am - 3 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall  •  Led by Dr. Terry Parsons

This is the third of a three part series of workshops focusing on our relationships.  You may choose one or more.  Whether you have been married for a short while or for a long time, this seminar is for you.  We will focus on the most important marital issues that will help you not only survive, but to thrive in your marriage. $50. per couple (includes materials, lunch and snacks)

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Apr 13

Called to Live on the Edge

Thur  •  Apr 19 - May 10  •  7-8:30 pm  •  Room 208  •  Led by Dr. Dan Flanagan

One of the major themes of the Gospel of Luke is how Jesus lives on the edge. This offering will explore how the Gospel encourages us to focus on the edge, with those who are most vulnerable, and how religious meaning can be found outside our walls. The four sessions will feature social justice, the Kingdom of God, expanding our world view and challenging the church.

Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - April 18


Adult Ministry Staff

Pavielle Jenkins
Pastor, Faith Formation, Student Ministry
972.996.0132
Rich Rindfuss
Pastor, Access Modern Worship, Men of Faith, School Partnerships
972.996.0136
Julie Richter
Pastor, Access Modern Worship, Group Life, Young Adult Ministry
972.996.0117
Dan Flanagan
Pastor, Senior Adults, Adult Faith Formation, Caring
972.996.0148
Beth Smith
Director, Welcoming Ministries & Leadership Development
972.996.0156
Karen Varner
Assistant Director, Leadership Development
972.996.0157
Matt Walker
Leadership Development Associate
972.996.0134
Jonathan (JB) Bryant
Welcoming Ministries Associate, Liaison to Men of Faith
972.996.0158
Mary Collins
Administrative Assistant, Welcoming, Faith Formation, Missions, UMW
972.996.0101
Jennifer Rawlinson
Administrative Assistant, Caring, Group Life, Senior Adults, Young Adults
972.996.0146