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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.

Spring 2019 opportunities have ended.
Summer studies are listed below.
Fall classes will be posted by July 1.

Registrations and payments are online through Fellowship One. Links are included with each group.

  • Men's Study: Life Lessons from 1 & 2 Peter  •  July 8 - Sept 30

    When & Where: Mon  •  July 8 - Sept 30  •  7:30-8:30 pm  •  Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse (1251 W Campbell Rd #240, Richardson 75080)
    Led by: Justin Edge, Andrew Harris, and Taylor Newsom
    Childcare: No

    Using Max Lucados' book, Life Lessons from 1 and 2 Peter, we will study Peter's letters written to a mixed group of Gentile and Jewish believers from a variety of different social backgrounds. At its core, it is a survival manual on how to act and respond when you are being mistreated or life is not being fair to you. All men are welcome!

    No meeting on Sept 2.

    Register 

  • Praying the Scriptures  •  Weekly, beginning Sept 4

    When & Where: Wed  •  Weekly, beginning Sept 4  •  1 - 2:30 pm  •  Room 208
    Led by: Rev. Mary Howard
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    Using the lectio divina method for small groups, we will pray various scriptures and even some spiritual classics. Instead of focusing on facts and background information, lectio divina guides participants to seek to hear God speaking to us through the scriptures.  A long term commitment is not required.  You may participate as your schedule permits. This is an on-going class gathered weekly to choose a text and invite God to speak through this text.

    REGISTER ONLINE 

  • Young Adult Faith and Film Series  •  1st Thursdays, Sept - Dec

    When & Where: Thur  •  1st Thursdays, Sept - Dec  •  7 pm  •  Room 209
    Led by: Dr. Hugo Magallanes
    Childcare: No

    Young adults (20s and 30s) are invited to a new "Faith and Film" series. How are God and Christians depicted in film? Are these depictions accurate? What about “Christian themes” such as forgiveness, love, compassion, and apocalyptic visions of the end of the world, how are these themes treated in popular films? These and many other questions will be explored in the “Faith and Film” series in which we will watch clips from different movies and discuss them in light of the biblical narrative.

    Registration not Required 

  • Ancient Israeli Culture  •  Sept 8 - 22

    When & Where: Sun  •  Sept 8 - 22  •  11 am - 12 noon  •  Room 2A, BFLC
    Led by: LaRuth Morrow
    Childcare: Nursery: 0-23 mos. Sunday school: 2 yrs - kinder at 8:45, 2 yrs - 12th grade at 9:45, 2 yrs - 1st grade at 11.

    The world in which the Bible developed was dramatically different from the world in which we read the Bible. This presentation is for those who want to better understand the cultural context of what they read in the Bible. In three sessions we will examine aspects most often misunderstood by readers of the Bible in our world today. These questions will also be answered: What really happened between David and Bathsheba? Why did Ruth marry Boaz? Why did midwives name the newborn?

    REGISTER ONLINE By Sept 15

  • Devoted Bodies  •  Sept 9 - Oct 21

    When & Where: Mon  •  Sept 9 - Oct 21  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 227
    Led by: Lisa and Rob Caire
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    This Bible study utilizes scripture and health education to bring to light the importance of caring for our bodies - the temple of the Holy Spirit - and offers practical steps on how we can do so. Participants will be invited to a 40-day challenge, taking time out to eat the way God originally planned. Cost: $20

    REGISTER ONLINE By Oct 1

  • Women's Bible Study  •  Sept 10 - Oct 15

    When & Where: Tue  •  Sept 10 - Oct 15  •  11:30 am-1:00 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Marsha Mayo and Debbie O'Reilly
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    Samuel, Esther, Jonah - they all lived pretty ordinary lives until they didn't. In "Called", author Susan Robb shows us how God interrupts the lives of ordinary men and women, calling and empowering them to lives of service they never would have imagined on their own. She shows us that the same God who called six of the Bible's most iconic characters calls us, too, to bring hope and transformation to the world.  Discover how to hear and respond to the unique call God is placing on your life. Cost $12 for the book

    REGISTER ONLINE 

  • The First Amendment: The Church and Media  •  Sept 10 - Oct 15

    When & Where: Tue  •  Sept 10 - Oct 15  •  7 - 8 pm  •  Mays Hall
    Led by: Tracy Rowlett, with Peggy Wehmeyer, John Sparks, Byron Harris, and Ed Bark
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    Tracy Rowlettt was a well respected news anchor for Channel 8 and later for Channel 11 in the Metroplex. He has taught courses at SMU. He will draw upon resources from his media colleagues in Dallas/Fort Worth; Peggy Wehmeyer, John Sparks, Byron Harris, and Ed Bark; to provide a perspective on the impact of media on the church. Cost: $5

    REGISTER ONLINE 

  • Understanding the Holy Spirit  •  Sept 10 - Oct 1

    When & Where: Tue  •  Sept 10 - Oct 1  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 2B, BFLC
    Led by: John R. (Jack) Levinson, W.J.A. Power Professor of Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    This third member of the Trinity is the least understood, compared to God and Jesus Christ. Come learn more about faith's understanding of the Holy Spirit. Cost: $25

    REGISTER ONLINE By Oct 1

  • A Spiritual Evolution  •  Sept 11 - Oct 20

    When & Where: Wed  •  Sept 11 - Oct 20  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 203
    Led by: Kirk Lipscomb and Jim Montgomery
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    The story of the spiritual journey of John MacMurray, theologian and nature photographer. He began knowing a fearful God, which gradually evolved into knowing a God with whom he has fallen deeply in love. Cost: $15 for the book

    REGISTER ONLINE By Oct 1

  • Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study  •  Sept 12 - May 14

    When & Where: Thur  •  Sept 12 - May 14  •  11: 30 am - 1:00 pm  •  Room 210
    Led by: Tracy Thomas
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    Disciple Bible Study is a transforming experience. In this Disciple I course, you will encounter the entire Bible, Genesis through Revelation. You will develop a weekly routine of scripture reading, prayer, and sharing with others. If you are ready to dive deeper into Bible Study, this course is for you! Cost: $34. Limited to 15 participants.

    REGISTER ONLINE By Sept 17

  • Making Sense of the Bible  •  Sept 12 - Oct 17

    When & Where: Thur  •  Sept 12 - Oct 17  •  5:30 - 7 pm  •  Guitars and Growlers (581 W Campbell, Richardson)
    Led by: David Magallanes
    Childcare: No

    The world's best-selling, most read, and most loved book is also sometimes the most confusing. We will explore the overall message of the role of God and people in creating the Bible, and how to make sense of challenging topics. We invite you to ask questions as we wrestle with understanding how the Bible helps us find meaning and purpose in our lives. Cost: $10

    REGISTER ONLINE By Oct 1

  • The Good and Beautiful God  •  Sept 12 - Nov 14

    When & Where: Thur  •  Sept 12 - Nov 14  •  7:00 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 205
    Led by: Martha Montgomery
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    What narrative about God do we hold? These narratives are key to how we relate to God and how we act. Each week includes "soul training" to examine ourselves, our paradigms about God, and our relationship to God through Jesus' teachings. Cost: $14 for the book 

    REGISTER ONLINE By Nov 1

  • United Methodism Around the World  •  Sept 16 - Oct 7

    When & Where: Mon  •  Sept 16 - Oct 7  •  7:00 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 208
    Led by: Robert Hunt, director of global theological education at Perkins School of Theology
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    This four-week course will inform participants about how the United Methodist Church is developing in four areas of the world:  Europe and Russia, Africa, South America, and Asia. With the conversation around the international delegates at the recent General Conference, understanding our brothers and sisters from other countries seems important. Cost: $25

    REGISTER ONLINE By Oct 1

  • Concentrates II Subtypes: Instinctual Drives and Their Impact on Our Behavior  •  Sept 18 - Oct 23

    When & Where: Wed  •  Sept 18 - Oct 23  •  9 - 11:15 am  •  Room 2A, BFLC
    Led by: Lisa Hancock and Jason Berman
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    This advanced course is for people who have taken the Enneagram Journey or Concentrats I and are ready to deepend their Enneagram knowledge. Subtypes are a fascinating component of the Enneagram. Becoming aware of our Subtype helps explain differences in people with the same Enneagram number. Subtypes are Self Preservation, Social, and Sexual (one-on-one bonding). Cost: $90

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  • Enneagram Journey  •  Sept 18 - Nov 20 (10 weeks,)

    When & Where: Wed  •  Sept 18 - Nov 20 (10 weeks,)  •  11:30 am - 1:30 pm  •  Room 2A, BFLC
    Led by: Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    Learn while you lunch. This class is a beginning Enneagram course. Learn to utilize the enneagram, an ancient tool from centuries of Judeo-Christian faith and scholarship that teaches us how to cultivate self-awareness growth and personal transformation. Insights from this course can answer life-long questions about our behavior and unproductive patterns.  Self-knowledge assists in our walks with God, enables our true and best self to emerge, and can change the way we relate to others. Cost:  $90

    REGISTER ONLINE By Sept 18

  • For the Bible Tells Me So  •  Sept 22 - Oct 6

    When & Where: Sun  •  Sept 22 - Oct 6  •  11:00 am  •  Room 203
    Led by: Ed Franz
    Childcare: Nursery: 0-23 mos. Sunday school: 2 yrs - kinder at 8:45, 2 yrs - 12th grade at 9:45, 2 yrs - 1st grade at 11.

    Many modern biblical scholars approach the Bible in a way that began in academics some 150 years ago.... purporting to read the Bible objectively, without any religious presuppositions, applying new discoveries and insight of historians, literary critics, archaeologists and social scientists. This approach differs from the confessional stance of ancient interpreters shaping both Jewish and early Christian understandings. How did it happen? Are the ways compatible? Is one your preferred way? Or is your way altogether different? 

    REGISTER ONLINE By Oct 1

  • Concentrates I: Developing a Deeper Understanding of the Enneagram  •  Sept 26 - Oct 31

    When & Where: Thur  •  Sept 26 - Oct 31  •  6:30 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 230
    Led by: Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    This is an advanced course for those who have taken the "Enneagram Journey" curriculum and are looking for a deeper understanding of the different dimensions of the Enneagram. Enneagram Concentrates I is designed with those in mind who are ready and able to do deeper work that takes them beyond just knowing their Enneagram number. This course provides the space and tools for greater self-reflection and personal transformation. Cost:  $90

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  • Understanding the Quadrilateral  •  Oct 1 - 22

    When & Where: Tue  •  Oct 1 - 22  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 2A, BFLC
    Led by: Ted Campbell, professor of church history at Perkins School of Theology
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    The term "quadrilateral" is used frequently in United Methodist circles, but few understand its origin and meaning. This course will spend four evenings unfolding the meaning of United Methodist grounding in scripture, reason, tradition, and experience. Cost: $25

     

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  • Reflections on Daily Living  •  Oct 7 - 28

    When & Where: Mon  •  Oct 7 - 28  •  7:00 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 203
    Led by: Rev. Justin Tull, author of Reflections on Daily Living
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    From the perspective of the distractions, trials, seductions, and challenges of daily life, the book's eight reflections address some of the most basic struggles and aspirations of human existence: Why is there suffering? How do I show love? How do I avoid the rat race? Can I accept the mind, body and spirit that God has given me? How can I discover the best use of my talents? How do I avoid rampant self-interest?  How do I cope with the basic vulnerability of life? How can I learn to let go of burdens? Books can be purchased from your favorite seller or beginning September 8 at the Welcome Desk at FUMCR.

    REGISTER ONLINE By October 7

  • Concentrates II Subtypes: Instinctual Drives and Their Impact on Our Behavior  •  Fri, Oct 25 - Sat, Oct 26

    When & Where: Fri, Sat  •  Fri, Oct 25 - Sat, Oct 26  •  Fri, 6-8:30 pm; Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  •  
    Led by: Lisa Hancock and Jason Berman
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    This advanced course is for people who have taken the "Enneagram Journey" curriculum and are ready to deepen their Enneagram knowledge. Subtypes are a fascinating component of the Enneagram. Becoming aware of our Subtype helps explain differences in behavior of people with the same Enneagram number. Subtypes are Self Preservation, Social, and Sexual (one-on-one bonding). Cost: $90

    REGISTER ONLINE 

Events for Adults
 
Young Adults Pizza & Podcasts

Tuesdays, June 11 - Aug 6, 6:30-7:30 pm, Palio's Pizza

Young Adults Summer Sand Volleyball

Thursdays, 7:30-9:30 pm, Axis 110 Apts

Mission: Back to School

Backpacks, school supplies, and work day

Sawdust Brothers Woodworking Group

Now on 3rd Saturdays, 9 am

Yesterday and Today

Interactive Beatles Experience. Sept 20.

Autumn Renewal

Oct 7-9 at Prothro Center


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