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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

In-progress and upcoming Learning Communities are posted below in chronological order by start date.

  • Praying the Scriptures  •  Aug 2 - May 30

    When & Where: Wed  •  Aug 2 - May 30  •  1-2:30 pm  •  Room 208
    Led by: Rev. Mary Howard
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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.

    Register 5/8/2017-5/1/2018

  • Disciple 1 Bible Study  •  Aug 30 - May 9

    When & Where: Wed  •  Aug 30 - May 9  •  6:30-9 pm  •  217B
    Led by: Janeva Longacre and Charlie Allison
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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.

    Register 7/12-8/29

  • Women's Bible Study: Living the Covenant  •  Jan 9 - Feb 27

    When & Where: Tue  •  Jan 9 - Feb 27  •  11:30 am -1:00 pm  •  Room 208
    Led by: Marsha Mayo and Debbie O'Reilly
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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.

    REGISTER ONLINE Nov 20 - Feb 26

  • Enneagram Journey: Soul Work, Self-Awareness, Spiritual Transformation  •  Jan 24 - Mar 28

    When & Where: Wed  •  Jan 24 - Mar 28  •  9:30 - 11:45 am  •  Room 230A
    Led by: Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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

    REGISTER ONLINE until Jan 22

  • Listening for God  •  Feb 1 - Apr 5

    When & Where: Thur  •  Feb 1 - Apr 5  •  7-8:30 pm  •  Room 230A
    Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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)

    REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Jan 31

  • Parenting the Love & Logic Way  •  Feb 11 - Mar 25

    When & Where: Sun  •  Feb 11 - Mar 25  •  4 - 6 pm  •  Room 205
    Led by: Shirley Miller
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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).

    REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Feb 10

  • Making Sense of the Bible  •  Feb 12 - Mar 19

    When & Where: Mon  •  Feb 12 - Mar 19  •  7-8:30 pm  •  Room 205
    Led by: Dr. Justin Tull
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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.

    REGISTER ONLINE until Feb 12

  • Thrive in Your Relationships: Commit—for Seriously Dating and Premarital Couples  •  Mar 10

    When & Where: Sat  •  Mar 10  •  9 am - 3 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Dr. Terry Parsons
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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)

    REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Mar 9

  • Perkins Theological School for the Laity  •  March 22-24

    When & Where: Thur, Fri, Sat  •  March 22-24  •  12:30 pm Thur - 4 pm Sat  •  SMU
    Led by: Perkins faculty and guest speakers
    Childcare: No

    Three days of study focusing on Bible, theology, and spirituality.

    Schedule, Course Descriptions, Pricing

    Register 

  • Women’s Bible Study: “Trusting the Covenant”  •  Apr 3 - May 22

    When & Where: Tue  •  Apr 3 - May 22  •  11:30 am - 1:00 pm  •  Room 208
    Led by: Marsha Mayo and Debbie O’Reilly
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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.

    REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Apr 2

  • Methodism 101  •  Apr 8 - 29

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

    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.

    REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Apr 7

  • Thrive in Your Relationships: Thrive in Your Marriage  •  Apr 14

    When & Where: Sat  •  Apr 14  •  9 am - 3 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Dr. Terry Parsons
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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)

    REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - Apr 13

  • Called to Live on the Edge  •  Apr 19 - May 10

    When & Where: Thur  •  Apr 19 - May 10  •  7-8:30 pm  •  Room 208
    Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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.

    REGISTER ONLINE Nov 22 - April 18


Adult Ministry Staff

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