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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.

Employment Transition Ministry

Sun  •  Weekly  •  11 am - 12 noon  •  Room 209  •  Led by Robert Sage and Glen Meggs

Since 2006, The Employment Transition Ministry has provided a meeting for church and community members to come and get assistance with their job search needs in a small group setting. It is led by volunteers with years of experience that allow them to help attendees get their job search issues resolved so they can move forward in their search for their next opportunity.  

ETM does not meet on holidays or Sundays when there is a special event at the church.

Childcare: Nursery: 0-23 mos. Sunday school: ages 2-5 at 8:45, ages 2-18 at 9:45, ages 2-8 at 11.

Registration not Required 

Colossians Bible study

Wed  •  July 5, 12, 19, 26  •  6:30-8 pm  •  Mays Hall  •  Led by Rev. Joe Shafer

Rev. Joe Shafer will lead a four week Bible study on the Book of Colossians. Come learn about Paul's letter and how it relates to our lives today. We hope this will be an inter-generational study. Youth through senior adults are welcome to participate.

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

Register 5/4/17 - 7/4/17

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

Making Sense of the Bible

Tue  •  Sept 5 - Oct 10  •  7-8:30 pm  •  Mays Hall  •  Led by Pastor Don Hood

This study led by Pastor Don Hood explores the overall message of the Old and New Testaments, the role 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. The world’s bestselling, most read, and most loved book is also sometimes the most confusing! We invite you to ask questions as we wrestle with understanding how the Bible helps us find meaning and purpose in our lives. Whether you have recently picked up a Bible for the first time or if you have many years of study under your belt – this class is for you!

$10 fee covers the cost of the book.

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

Register 5/8-9/4/17

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.

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

Getting to Know You

Sun  •  Sept 10, 17, 24  •  11 am - 12 pm  •  Room 203  •  Led by Ed Frantz

What’s involved, what’s it like, coming to really know someone? I’m not asking about knowing about someone, but rather the kind of knowing affecting the heart as well as head. Christianity makes the mind-blowing claim that we mere mortals can so “know” God… Creator of the entire universe! C’mon now! What does knowing God look like? feel like?

Childcare: Yes. 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 5/8-9/9/2017

Financial Peace

Sun  •  Sept 10 - Nov 5  •  5-6:30 pm  •  Room 203  •  Led by Scott and Shannon Smith

In debt? Need a plan for your money? Financial Peace University is here to help with practical, proven advice for dealing with the financial part of your life and the relationships it involves.

Materials cost: $102.30 (includes shipping).

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

Register 5/8-9/8/17

Learning to Pray: Deepening Your Prayer Life

Sun  •  Sept 10, 17-Oct 1, 8, 15, 29  •  5-6:30 pm  •  225  •  Led by Rev. Mary Howard

What is it?  How does it work? Does it work?  If God knows everything, what is the point of praying? Using Philip Yancey’s DVD “Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference” as a starting point, this class, led by Rev. Mary Howard, will cover some of the issues surrounding prayer. It will also include specific ways to pray. 

$10 fee for participant guide.

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

Register 7/12-9/8

Women's Bible Study

Tue  •  Sept 12 - Oct 31  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  205  •  Led by Marsha Mayo and Debbie O’Reilly

The Women’s Bible Study this semester will meet for 8 weeks and will engage in Covenant Bible Study together. Covenant is an in-depth group Bible study in which participants read and discuss the Bible together, learning how to love God—and each other—better. The study focuses on relationships with God, with each other, and with the world.

$20 fee for participant guide

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

Register 7/18 - 9/11

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

Tue  •  Sept 12 - Nov 14  •  7-9 pm  •  Middlebrooks Hall  •  Led by Lisa Hancock

This experiential course utilizes the Enneagram, an ancient tool from centuries of Judeo-Christian faith and scholarship used for cultivating self-awareness, growth and personal 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.

$90 fee for class materials.

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

Register 7/12-9/5

THRIVE In Your Marriage

Sat  •  Sept 23  •  9 am - 3 pm  •  Mays Hall  •  Led by Dr. Terry Parsons

Do you want a thriving, lifetime marriage? Thrive In Your Marriage is a workshop led by Dr. Terry Parsons, a marriage and family psychotherapist and ordained minister, along with his facilitators for couples at any stage of their relationship, from engagement to golden anniversary and beyond. This workshop will help you to: grow in your marriage and closeness with God; emotionally connect with your spouse; learn to positively resolve differences and conflicts; and improve intimacy.

There is a $50 fee per couple, which includes materials, lunch, and snacks.

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

Register 7/12-9/22

Enneagram "Concentrates"

Thur  •  Sept 28 - Nov 30  •  7 - 9:15 pm  •  Youth Worship Space  •  Led by Lisa Hancock

Enneagram "Concentrates" is designed with the person in mind who is ready and able to do excavation and deeper work that takes them beyond knowing their Enneagram number. This course will provide the space and tools for self-reflection and personal assessment.  While it may not be easy work, discoveries can lead to personal and spiritual growth that leads to change and richer lives. Open to all who have taken an introductory Enneagram course.

$100 fee for materials and facilitation.

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

Register 7/19-9/24

Parenting the Love & Logic Way

Sun  •  Oct 8, 15, 22, 29 & Nov 12, 19  •  4:00-6:00 pm  •  205  •  Led by Cheryl Bishop

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 the Love & Logic way puts the fun back into parenting!

The $20 covers the cost for the workbook.

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

Register May 15, 2017 to October 5, 2017

Methodism 101

Sun  •  Nov 5, 12, 19  •  11 am - 12 pm  •  Room 204  •  Led by Rev. Fred Trevino

Explores and explains 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 three session course.

Childcare: Yes. 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 


Adult Ministry Staff

Pavielle Jenkins
Pastor, Faith Formation
972.996.0132
Rich Rindfuss
Pastor, Access Modern Worship, Men of Faith, School Partnerships
972.996.0136
Julie Klossner
Pastor, Access Modern Worship, Group Life, Young Adult Ministry
972.996.0117
Dan Flanagan
Pastor, Senior Adults, 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