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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

Group Life ... A journey best taken with others

In a small group, you will have the chance to:
  •  Connect with old and new friends in a small-group setting (fewer than 20 participants per group)
  •  Grow deeper in your faith through sermon-based or topical group study
  •  Make a difference in the community through service

Groups typically meet for 10-12 weeks during the fall and spring. Weekly discussions are sermon- or topic-based, depending on the group's choice and leadership. Some groups continue from one session to the next, while others do not.

Spring 2017 groups are in the process of being posted. Pick a small group based on the time, place, and group that interests you. 

Laura Bray/Suzie Kuddes/Claire Miazza

Sun •  Feb 5 - April 24  •  12:15-2 pm  •  Room 213

A mixed group of singles and couples, ages 40's to 60's.

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

Facilitated by: Laura Bray, Suzie Kuddes and Claire Miazza

Suzie Kuddes is single with 2 boys in college. She has been an FUMCR member for 8 years attending the 11:00 am service. She works in the Medicare Dept. of United Healthcare and is on the Board of Directors for the Canyon Creek Home Owners Association. She & her dog Lily love living in Richardson when they are not vacationing in Northern Michigan.  She’s been co-leading this Group Life group for several years and loves the connections being made there. 

Laura Bray is a Speech Pathologist with RISD. Group Life has lead to the development of new friendships, participation in great discussions, and blessings resulting from being a part of wonderfully supportive groups within FUMCR. She has been a member for 10 years.

REGISTER ONLINE Dec 28 - Feb 13


Bookman/Tesmer/Wilcoxen

Sun •  Feb 5 - April 24  •  5 pm  •  Leader's home

A mixed group of singles and couples, ages 40+

Childcare: No

Facilitated by: Ron Bookman, Steve and Vickie Tesmer, Connie Wilcoxen

Vickie and Steve Tesmer have been married for 40 years and have one married daughter and a grand-puppy. Steve is a drummer for classic rock and roll band Mapleshade. Vickie, in addition to being a roadie for Steve's band, loves to read, be outdoors and spend time with friends and family. Vickie and Steve attend the Access service.

Connie Wilcoxen and husband Duane celebrated their 21st anniversary last year and have a wonderful son Mason, 14. They were members of FUMC Plano before joining FUMC Richardson 4 years ago. Connie has been a residential realtor for 15 years and has been an active member of PTA throughout Mason's school years. Connie and Mason are actively involved in Young Men's Service League. She enjoys anything outdoors, music, reading and their pets. The must adventurous thing she has done so far is a tandem jump at 10,000 ft from an airplane!


Ron Bookman is single, in his 50's. He has been a member of FUMCR for 5 years and attends the Access contemporary worship service.

REGISTER ONLINE Dec 28 - Feb 13


Julie Klossner/Laura Bray

Mon •  Feb 6 - Apr 24  •  6 - 7:30 pm  •  Panera Bread, SE corner of 75 and Campbell Rd.

This group is comprised of women (single and married, children and no children) in their 20s and 30s. We enjoy grabbing a cup of coffee late in the afternoon (before the evening and after work) to catch up on life and discuss our faith.

Childcare: No

Facilitated by: Julie Klossner/Laura Bray

Laura has enjoyed meeting and getting to know more of the congregation and becoming more involved in the church this past year. She is a Speech Pathologist working in RISD.

Julie is one of the pastors on staff at FUMCR. She has been married for three years to Kory and they live in Frisco with their "furry kids," Boots and Bailey. She is a proud TCU horned frog and loves watching football and spending good times with friends.

 

REGISTER ONLINE Dec 1 - Feb 14


Andrew Harris/Taylor Newsom

Mon •  Feb 6 - Apr 24  •  7:30-8:30 pm  •  Taco Joint

This group is comprised of men ranging from 20s to 40s, studying various topics that are relevant to our lives. We enjoy socializing together at our group meetings, growing deeper in our relationship with God and one another, and doing mission work within the community.

Childcare: No

Facilitated by: Taylor Newsom and Andrew Harris

REGISTER ONLINE By Feb 13


Rigdon/Sims

Tue •  Feb 7 - Apr 25  •  6-7:30 pm  •  Rm 211, 2nd floor Education Building

This group is made up of adults ranging in age from mid 20s to mid 30s, with or without kids. Group discussions are based around topics that are relevant to our life stages. We enjoy socializing together at our group meetings, growing deeper in our relationship with God and one another and doing mission work within the community.

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

Facilitated by: Scott and Rachel Rigdon, Stuart and Dalaina Sims

Scott and Rachel Rigdon

Stuart and Dalaina Sims have been married for 8 years and have been members of FUMCR for about 1 year. They are Texas natives and met while in college at Baylor. Stuart is a data analyst and Dalaina is an educator.

REGISTER ONLINE Dec 1 - Feb 14


Adams/Ochoa

Tue •  Feb 7 - April 25  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Rm 215, 2nd floor Education Building

This group is open to women of all ages in any stage of life who want to develop a relationship with other caring women and grow in their faith and service to others.

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

Facilitated by: Sheri Adams and Leah Ochoa

Sheri has been a member of FUMCR for 38 years.  She started in the youth program and choir as teenager.  As an adult, she has worked in children's ministry and youth for approximately 25 years.  Sheri lives miles away from the church, but has remained an active member of FUMCR quite simply because it is home.


 

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Leah is 57. She is married with one grown daughter, son-in-law and  grandson. Leah graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas (Go Comets!). She has been a member of FUMCR for 28 years and usually attends the 8:45 service. She is a hospital visitor in Caring Ministries and long-time member of the Altar Guild. What she likes most about our church is the faithfulness, warmth and caring of the members, staff and clergy.

  

REGISTER ONLINE Dec 20 - Feb 14


Baumann/Lyons

Wed •  Feb 8 - Apr 26  •  1-2:30pm  •  Room 203

We are a diverse group of women and men, individuals and couples, who enjoy the diverse community at FUMCR that we believe makes for a strong, vibrant congregation.

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

Facilitated by: Suzie Lyons and Jean Baumann

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Suzie is in her mid-60's, married, with 2 adult children. She and her husband have been members of FUMCR for 30+ years, serving on Elementary Children's Council, participating in the bell choir, and serving on the Missions Work Area.

 

 

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REGISTER ONLINE By Feb 16


Gatewood/Jobe

Wed •  Feb 8 - April 26  •  6:30 - 8 pm  •  Room 206, 2nd floor of Education Building

A group for single parents of all ages.

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

Facilitated by: Kelley Gatewood and Hayley Jobe

Hayley Jobe and Kelley Gatewood 

REGISTER ONLINE 12/19/17 - 2/15/17


Cave/Wentz

Wed •  Sept 7 - Nov 16  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Rm 205, 2nd floor Education Building

We are a friendly and welcoming group who enjoy studying God's word, exploring each sermon in more depth and growing closer to the others in our church.  This group is made up of married and single individuals in their 50s + and up.

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

Facilitated by: Bobby and Teresa Cave, Don and Marcia Wentz

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Teresa and Bobby have been married 48 years and have two grown children.  They have been members of FUMCR about 4 years and are members of 2 Sunday School classes-Apostles and Fellowship.  They attend both morning and Access services. 

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Don and Marcia own and actively work at  Spring Creek Private School, a childcare center in north Dallas.  Don has a degree in Business Management and Marcia has a Masters in Elementary Education.  They have been members of First Methodist Garland for almost 30 years and have attended  Access since it started and look forward to the service each Sunday evening.

REGISTER ONLINE Feb 8 - April 26


Justice/Newsom

Thur •  Feb 9 - April 27  •  6 - 7:30 pm  •  Leaders' homes

This is a group for young moms who are looking to take a break during the week and come connect with other young moms. 

Childcare: No

Facilitated by: Jackie Justice and Amber Newsom

REGISTER ONLINE 12/1/16 - 2/16/17



Adult Ministry Staff

Julie Klossner
Pastor, Group Life, Access Modern Worship, Young Adult Ministry
972.996.0117
David Scroggin
Pastor, Welcoming Ministry, Men's Ministry
972.996.0153
Fred Trevino
Pastor, Senior Adult Ministry
972.996.0103
Beth Smith
Director, Leadership Development
972.996.0156
Karen Varner
Assistant Director, Leadership Development
972.996.0157
Mary Collins
Administrative Assistant, Welcoming, Faith Development, Missions, UMW
972.996.0101
Jennifer Rawlinson
Administrative Assistant, Caring, Group Life, Senior Adults, Young Adults
972.996.0146