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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

We are pleased to offer short-term classes and seminars on a variety of subjects throughout the year. Topics may include spiritual formation, Bible study, theology, personal growth, parenting, marriage enrichment, and others as they arise.
These groups, formed by common interest, offer opportunities to meet new people in the church and community and often span generations, thus adding to the richness of the experience. 

Registrations and payments are online through Fellowship One.

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  • Women's Bible Study  •  Jan 16 - Mar 19
        When & Where: Tue  •  Jan 16 - Mar 19  •  11am - 12:30pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
        Led by: Marsha Mayo & Susan Greene
        Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    All women are invited to open and lively discussions, a deep study of the Word, spiritual growth, and faith-filled female fellowship. Shannon Bream's The Mothers and Daughters of the Bible Speak will show us that faith is more often a twisting road than a straight line. Yet, as the stories of biblical families attest, at the end of these journeys lies greater peace and joy than we could ever imagine.

    Please purchase the book prior to class or plan to read the stories from the Bible. Bring your Bible, a notebook or journal, a pen, and an open and expectant heart. Please read Chapter 1 of the book and/or the biblical story of Jochebed and Miriam (Genesis 27-45 and Exodus 1-2) prior to the first class. Feel free to bring your lunch. Water and coffee will be provided.

     

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: none
  • Becoming Disciples: Exodus  •  Jan 22 - April 29 (excluding 2/19, 3/11, 4/1)
        When & Where: Mon  •  Jan 22 - April 29 (excluding 2/19, 3/11, 4/1)  •  11:30am -1pm  •  Room 2A (Bartula Family Life Center)
        Led by: Sarah Marsalis-Luginbill
        Childcare: No

    Have you wanted to study the Bible, but... (fill in the blank)? Bring your lunch and dive into Exodus with us! Become part of a community that will meet for small group discussion over your daily reading and study of Exodus. Please read chapters 1 and 2 before our first gathering on January 22. Pick up the book from the Welcome Desk or from Pastor Sarah after registering.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Jan 22
  • Book Club Online: Atlas of the Heart  •  February 18 - March 27
        When & Where: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed  •  February 18 - March 27  •  Various Times  •  Zoom link provided in registration.
        Led by: Each group is peer-facilitated
        Childcare: No

    Step into a space where you can gain meaningful insights into life and faith though a brand new online book club community. Join others in a friendly, relaxed, peer-facilitated environment. No need to stress about location or scheduling conflicts; we meet online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your own space, no matter where that may be. With several meeting times available and multiple groups to choose from, you can select the one that best aligns with your schedule.

    As we journey through Brené Brown’s Atlas of the Heart, you'll find that all resources are thoughtfully provided to your entire group well in advance of each meeting. Dive deep into Brown's transformative exploration of emotions, connection, and vulnerability as we unwrap new tools and knowledge to enrich our collective understanding. Join a group where all are welcome to share and receive new reflections and thoughts from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.

    Sign up online for your preferred time (all times are Central Time):
    Sunday, 6-7pm
    Monday, 12-1pm
    Tuesday Lunch, 12-1pm
    Tuesday Evening, 8-9pm
    Wednesday Morning, 9:30-10:30am
    Wednesday Lunch, 12-1pm
    Wednesday Evening, 6:30-7:30pm

    Books can be purchased from your favorite bookseller or borrowed from your favorite library. If you would like assistance purchasing a book, please email Rohini Drake at rohini@fumcr.com.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: February 17
  • Growing Deeper Bible STudy  •  Feb 18 - Mar 24
        When & Where: Sun  •  Feb 18 - Mar 24  •  9:45-10:45am  •  Room 210
        Led by: Dan Hrnack
        Childcare: No

    Growing Deeper Bible Study

    Sundays 9:45 am, February 18 - March 24, room 210

    Are you new to FUMCR and haven't connected to a Bible Study yet and want to grow deeper this Lent? Join our six-week Bible Study taking a deeper dive into the scriptures used each week in worship. Sign up, bring your Bibles, and dive in!

    Led by Dan Hrnack 

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Feb. 18
  • For Better  •  Feb 18 - Apr 28 (excluding 3/10 & 31)
        When & Where: Sun  •  Feb 18 - Apr 28 (excluding 3/10 & 31)  •  3-5 pm  •  Room 214
        Led by: Rev. Cheryl Bishop
        Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    Married and committed couples are invited to strengthen their relationship through this short-term, small-group experience.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Feb 12
  • Book Club Online: When Helping Hurts  •  April 7 - May 1
        When & Where: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed  •  April 7 - May 1  •  Various Times  •  Zoom link provided in registration.
        Led by: Each group is peer-facilitated
        Childcare: No

    Step into a space where you can gain meaningful insights into life and faith though a new online book club community. Join others in a friendly, relaxed, peer-facilitated environment. No need to stress about location or scheduling conflicts; we meet online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your own space, no matter where that may be. With several meeting times available and multiple groups to choose from, you can select the one that best aligns with your schedule.

    As we journey through the transformative exploration of poverty alleviation in When Helping Hurts, you'll find that all resources are thoughtfully provided to your entire group well in advance of each meeting. We will dive deep into Corbett and Fikkert's impactful perspectives, which will hopefully stem rich discussion around how we can truly help our neighbors here and abroad. Join a group where all are welcome to share and receive new reflections and thoughts from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.

    Sign up online for your preferred time (all times are Central Time):
    Sunday, 6-7pm
    Monday, 12-1pm
    Tuesday Lunch, 12-1pm
    Tuesday Evening, 8-9pm
    Wednesday Morning, 9:30-10:30am
    Wednesday Lunch, 12-1pm
    Wednesday Evening, 6:30-7:30pm

    Books can be purchased from your favorite bookseller or borrowed from your favorite library. If you would like assistance purchasing a book, please email Rohini Drake at rohini@fumcr.com.

        Registration Coming Soon Registration Deadline: April 6
  • Pastor's Book Club: Three Simple Rules, A Wesleyan Way of Living  •  Apr 8 - Apr 29
        When & Where: Mon  •  Apr 8 - Apr 29  •  6:30-7:30 pm  •  Room 205 / Zoom
        Led by: Rev. Scott Luginbill
        Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    We'll look at John Wesley's General Rules, "Do no harm, do good, stay in love with God," through the lens of Bishop Rueben P. Job's book. Week one will take an overview of these rules and the text. Weeks two through four will dig into the meaning behind each of the rules as well as consider how practicing these rules can lead to mutual respect, unity, and a deeper daily relationship with God. Please purchase a copy of the book prior to starting the class.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: April 1
  • Book Club Online: Towards Rest  •  May 5 - May 22
        When & Where: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed  •  May 5 - May 22  •  Various Times  •  Zoom link provided in registration.
        Led by: Each group is peer-facilitated.
        Childcare: No

    Step into a space where you can gain meaningful insights into life and faith though a new online book club community. Join others in a friendly, relaxed, peer-facilitated environment. No need to stress about location or scheduling conflicts; we meet online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your own space, no matter where that may be. With several meeting times available and multiple groups to choose from, you can select the one that best aligns with your schedule.

    As we journey through Towards Rest: Discovering the Qualities of Rest for Our Lives of Faith, you'll find that all resources are thoughtfully provided to your entire group well in advance of each meeting. In this book, published by Alabaster, we'll examine, reflect on, and practice rest as we discover God's intention for our rest and how it links us to Creation. Join a group where all are welcome to share and receive new reflections and thoughts from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.

    Sign up online for your preferred time (all times are Central Time):
    Sunday, 6-7pm
    Monday, 12-1pm
    Tuesday Lunch, 12-1pm
    Tuesday Evening, 8-9pm
    Wednesday Morning, 9:30-10:30am
    Wednesday Lunch, 12-1pm
    Wednesday Evening, 6:30-7:30pm

    Books can be purchased from your favorite bookseller or borrowed from your favorite library. If you would like assistance purchasing a book, please email Rohini Drake at rohini@fumcr.com.

        Registration Coming Soon Registration Deadline: May 4
  • Book Club Online: The Book of Joy  •  June 2 - July 3
        When & Where: Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed  •  June 2 - July 3  •  Various times  •  Zoom link will be provided in registration.
        Led by: Each group is peer-facilitated
        Childcare: No

    Step into a space where you can gain meaningful insights into life and faith though a new online book club community. Join others in a friendly, relaxed, peer-facilitated environment. No need to stress about location or scheduling conflicts; we meet online, allowing you to participate from the comfort of your own space, no matter where that may be. With several meeting times available and multiple groups to choose from, you can select the one that best aligns with your schedule.

    As we read, The Book of Joy, a delightful collaboration between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we'll be inspired and challenged by their conversations. All resources will be provided to your entire group well in advance of each meeting. Join a group where all are welcome to share and receive new reflections and thoughts from the comfort of your favorite reading nook.

    Sign up online for your preferred time (all times are Central Time):
    Sunday, 6-7pm
    Monday, 12-1pm
    Tuesday Lunch, 12-1pm
    Tuesday Evening, 8-9pm
    Wednesday Morning, 9:30-10:30am
    Wednesday Lunch, 12-1pm
    Wednesday Evening, 6:30-7:30pm

    Books can be purchased from your favorite bookseller or borrowed from your favorite library. If you would like assistance purchasing a book, please email Rohini Drake at rohini@fumcr.com.

        Registration Coming Soon Registration Deadline: June 1
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