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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 a wide variety of new classes throughout the year to help people of all ages and stages grow in faith. With a variety of topics, formats, and schedules, we hope you'll look at each opportunity and find something just right for you!

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

Registrations and payments are online through Fellowship One.

  • Open Door  •  Weekly, ongoing
        When & Where: Sun  •  Weekly, ongoing  •  8:30-9:30 am  •  Room 211 & via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan

    Open Door is available to anyone who is looking for a deeper dive into the sermon text for the week. Biblical exegesis (background) and theological context are offered along with opportunities for discussion and contemporary application. Register for the Zoom link and join us as you are able. 

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: None
  • Bible Study with Brother Scot  •  Weekly, May 18, 2021 - May 2022
        When & Where: Tue  •  Weekly, May 18, 2021 - May 2022  •  7 - 8 am  •  via Zoom meeting
        Led by: Dr. Scot Bontrager

    Enjoy a slow-and-steady read through various parts of the Bible, giving special focus to less frequently read parts of the Old Testament. Pick Br. Scot’s brain, engage scripture, and share “breakfast” (virtually) with others who are interested in reading scripture in a new way. Plan to read the week’s passage in advance so we can spend our time together discussing what we see in the reading.

    Zoom meeting link will be provided in the confirmation email upon registration.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: No deadline
  • Wesleyan Systematic Theology  •  Weekly, Sept 2 - Nov 18
        When & Where: Thur  •  Weekly, Sept 2 - Nov 18  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 203 & via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. Scot Bontrager

    The Christian tradition is deeper and richer than you can imagine, and the Methodist tradition could take a lifetime to explore. If you've ever wanted to go deeper in your understanding of the Christian faith as understood by Methodists, here is your chance to dive into the theological traditions of the Methodists, starting with "What is Theology?" and "What Makes a Theology Wesleyan?"

    Plan for two hours of preparatory reading followed by engaging conversations each week. There is no charge for this class and all are welcome!

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Tues, August 31
  • Living Abundantly: The Gospel of John  •  Weekly, Sept 9-30
        When & Where: Thur  •  Weekly, Sept 9-30  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology

    In John 10:10, Jesus declares: "I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly." What could he mean? What does an abundant life look like? How might one find it or be bound by it? The Gospel of John beckons us to "come and see" and invites us to experience the poetry of the created order around us and within us. So come (re) discover the richness of this Gospel whose uniqueness and layers of mystery continue to grip its readers and whose unanticipated surprises delight at every turn!

    There is no charge for this class and all are welcome.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Wed, Sept 8
  • Women's Book Study: "How Happiness Happens"  •  Weekly, Sept 14 - Nov 2
        When & Where: Tue  •  Weekly, Sept 14 - Nov 2  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
        Led by: Debbie O'Reilly and Marsha Mayo

    All women are invited to reflect on the pandemic, isolation, and moving forward with this group of loving, caring, Christian women and through the lens of Max Lucado’s book, “How Happiness Happens.” We will pick up where we left off last March, just two weeks into the study so an easy catch-up for new folks, not letting life or circumstances stand in our way of finding and discovering true joy through our relationship with God. Join us as we reclaim life in a new and changed world.

    All women welcome. No charge, but registrants encouraged to purchase the book prior to the first session.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: None
  • Praying the Scriptures  •  Weekly, Sept 15, 2021 - May 25, 2022
        When & Where: Wed  •  Weekly, Sept 15, 2021 - May 25, 2022  •  1-2:30 pm  •  Via Zoom
        Led by: Rev. Mary Howard

    Join a continuing group in the practice of Lectio Divina, praying the scriptures and historical Christian documents. Instead of focusing on facts and background information, participants seek to hear God speaking to them through the scriptures.

    Drop in whenever you choose. There is no fee for this class, and all are welcome. No pre-registration required.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: None
  • Financial Peace University  •  Sept 22 - Nov 17
        When & Where: Wed  •  Sept 22 - Nov 17  •  09/22/2021 6:30 PM  •  Education Bldg, Room 203
        Led by: Scott and Shannon Smith, Kyle Martin

    With Financial Peace University, no more money stress—ever! It’s possible when you know how to handle your finances.  Tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went! Spouses will learn how to communicate, and all will learn how to create a budget, save for emergencies, and make a plan for the future. Doesn’t that sound peaceful?

    Class members will sign up for Ramsey+ (a membership that includes FPU and other tools to help stay on track) for 3 ($59.99), 6 ($99.99), or 12 ($129.99) months of digital access. Any of these options come with the class experience and a free physical workbook. 

    Scholarships available. Contact Scott Smith with questions or for more information at gsxr750boy@hotmail.com

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Sept 20
  • Theology and Baseball: Fair or Foul  •  Weekly, Oct 5-26
        When & Where: Tue  •  Weekly, Oct 5-26  •  7 - 8 pm  •  Room 2A in BFLC & via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan

    Dr. Flanagan, an avid baseball fan and sometimes theologian, finds the obvious and not-so obvious theological references in the game of baseball. Pitching relies on the edge of the strike zone, as our faith calls us to be concerned about those on the edge. Baseball integrated in 1947, and we find issues of race throughout Judeo-Christian history. We are called to perfection in our faith, as does the game of baseball. We will explore these topics and more, common to theology and baseball.

    There is no charge for this class and all are welcome!

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Mon, Oct 4
  • How Your Enneagram Number Impacts Your Relationships  •  Weekly, Oct 13 - Nov 10
        When & Where: Wed  •  Weekly, Oct 13 - Nov 10  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
        Led by: Lisa Hancock and Dr. Jason Berman

    Use the Enneagram as a practical tool to understand the particular dynamics, relationship challenges, and communication styles among different numbers in intimate and professional relationships. Understand why some numbers relate more easily to each other, how we get into trouble with other numbers, and what steps we can take to strengthen bonds.

    Pre-requisite: Enneagram Journey or a good working knowledge of the Enneagram, including knowing your Enneagram number.
    Cost: $50 per person

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: Fri, Oct 8
  • How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race  •  Nov 7 & 14
        When & Where: Sun  •  Nov 7 & 14  •  4 - 5:30 pm  •  Room 203 & via Zoom
        Led by: Dr. April Johnson Bristow

    Become equipped to have difficult conversations about racism, cultural diversity, and institutional injustice in ways that are candid, respectful, holy and transformational.

    There is no charge for this class and all are welcome.

        REGISTER ONLINE Registration Deadline: none
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