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  • Reflections on Daily Living  •  Mon, Mondays, Oct 17 - Nov 7  •  7YD7U0NWOD

    When & Where: Mon  •  Mondays, Oct 17 - Nov 7  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 203
    Led by: Dr. Justin Tull
    Childcare: No

    Using his book, Reflections on Daily Living, Dr. Justin Tull is offering a four-week seminar focused on the distractions, trials, seductions, and challenges of daily Christian life. Eight reflections address some of the most basic struggles and aspirations of human existence: Why is there suffering? How do I avoid the rat race? How do I avoid rampant self-interest? How can I learn to let go of burdens and hindrances?
    The book can be purchased at the Welcome Desk for $10 or from Amazon.

    REGISTER ONLINE 10/14/2022

  • Family Systems  •  Wed, Sept 14-28  •  Q2TEHZ3R68

    When & Where: Wed  •  Sept 14-28  •  11:30 am - 1:30 pm  •  BFLC 2A
    Led by: Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: No

    Family Systems draws on systems thinking in its view of the family as an emotional unit. When systems thinking—which evaluates the parts of a system in relation to the whole—is applied to families, it suggests behavior is both often informed by and inseparable from the functioning of one’s family of origin. This three-week "lunch and learn" will help you explore how the relationships and systems within your family of origin may be impacting your relationships and behavior today.
    Cost: $30

    REGISTER ONLINE 9/12/2022

  • A Complete Picture of Yourself: Your Enneagram Number Under Stress and in Security  •  Tue, Apr 26, May 3 and 17  •  00O2V4M87Y

    When & Where: Tue  •  Apr 26, May 3 and 17  •  11:30 am - 1:30 pm  •  BFLC Rm 2A
    Led by: Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: No

    Each Enneagram type has corresponding numbers that we move to during times of anxiety and freedom. When we understand this concept, we can recognize when we are progressing or regressing in our development. This course will explain the concept of movement toward stress and security, and help participants recognize how this knowledge is helpful in accelerating development in both our spiritual and personal development. $25 includes course materials.

    REGISTER ONLINE April 24, 2022

  • Reflections on God  •  Mon, Weekly, Apr 25 - May 16  •  0ZVE16PIZ6

    When & Where: Mon  •  Weekly, Apr 25 - May 16  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Mays Hall
    Led by: Dr. Justin Tull
    Childcare: No

    A Biblical Exploration of the Nature of God

    Have you ever wondered if your understanding of God is trapped at a third-grade level? Ever mistakenly insisted that “everything happens for a reason?” Ever blamed God for a tragedy that shook you to the very core of your being? If so, join other life travelers as we focus on key biblical texts that reveal fundamental aspects of God’s nature. Our resource will be the book "Reflections on God," the first in a three-part series on faith formation.

    There is no cost for the seminar except for the purchase of the book, which is available from Amazon and at our Welcome Desk ($10 cash or check made out to Justin Tull).

    REGISTER ONLINE April 22, 2022

  • The Women of the Bible Speak  •  Tue, Mar 15 - May 10, 2022 (no meeting May 3)  •  COHHVGZWUG

    When & Where: Tue  •  Mar 15 - May 10, 2022 (no meeting May 3)  •  11 am - 12:30 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Marsha Mayo and Debbie O'Reilly
    Childcare: No

    Shannon Bream's book will help us discover the lessons we can learn from the valor of Esther, the hope of Hannah, the audacity of Rahab, the faith of Mary, and many other women in the Bible. In broadening each woman's individual story, Shannon offers us a deeper understanding of each as well as wisdom and insights that can transform our own lives today.

    Participants are encouraged to purchase the book prior to the first session. No cost. Open to all women of the church, their friends, and the community!

    REGISTER ONLINE Mar 15, 2022

  • "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" Book Study  •  Mon, Mondays, Feb 28 - Apr 4  •  TIBON1C7N0

    When & Where: Mon  •  Mondays, Feb 28 - Apr 4  •  7 - 9 pm  •  Hybrid: BFLC 2A/virtual option, as well
    Led by: Drs. Dan Flanagan and Scot Bontrager
    Childcare: No

    Isabel Wilderson’s book, Caste, explores the hidden and deeply embedded social structure in America, which she calls a caste system. She looks at similar systems in other cultures and other times and uses her observations to analyze the American social structure. She identifies ways in which our repressive caste system is experienced every day and then offers hope for our future.

    Drs. Bontrager and Flanagan will use Wilkerson’s book as a lens to examine our American life, asking questions about how we experience social structure in America, our view of the impact on such a structure on the moral fiber of our nation and on us individually. It will be a valuable six-week study that may change the way we live our lives, or at least the way we understand our culture.

    There is no fee and all are welcome. It is recommended that participants purchase the book prior to the first session.

    REGISTER ONLINE Feb 27, 2022

  • Seeking Shalom: Mental Wholeness  •  Tue, Feb 8, 2022  •  F4FIUDHKA3

    When & Where: Tue  •  Feb 8, 2022  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Worship & Arts Center / Zoom
    Led by: Dr. Terry Parsons
    Childcare: No

    Learn and develop tools and encouragement for caring for your own mental health. This session will follow a sermon about the same topic and allow space for participants to take steps toward making mental wholeness a priority.

    Dr. Terry Parsons is a pastor, psychotherapist, teacher, author, consultant, husband, father, and FUMCR choir member. His mission, through his counseling, speaking and writing, is to help people to make positive changes in their lives and relationships.

    REGISTER ONLINE Feb 7, 2022

  • Enneagram Subtypes  •  Wed, Jan 26 - Mar 2, 2022  •  G3F9KN82A7

    When & Where: Wed  •  Jan 26 - Mar 2, 2022  •  11:30 am - 1:30 pm  •  Room 2A in Bartula Family Life Center
    Led by: Dr. Jason Berman and Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: No

    This advanced course is for those who have completed the Enneagram Journey. Becoming aware of our Subtype helps explain differences in people with the same Enneagram number. In this chaotic and conflicted world, knowledge of Subtypes is essential for parents, partners, and people seeking to understand patterns of unproductive behavior.

    Cost: $55 per person.

    REGISTER ONLINE Jan 19, 2022

  • Enneagram Journey: Introduction to the Enneagram  •  Tue, Jan 25 - Apr 5, 2022 (except Mar 15)  •  ZYYSDTCLGP

    When & Where: Tue  •  Jan 25 - Apr 5, 2022 (except Mar 15)  •  11:30 am - 1:30 pm  •  Room 2A in Bartula Family Life Center
    Led by: Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: No

    Learn to utilize the Enneagram, an ancient tool from centuries of Judeo-Christian faith and scholarship that teaches us how to cultivate self-awareness, spiritual 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 our relationships with others. 

    REGISTER ONLINE by Jan 18, 2022

  • Invitation to the Old Testament: Short-Term Disciple Bible Study  •  Mon, Jan 24 - Apr 11, 2021 (except Feb 21 & Mar 14)  •  QLV0MSPLGP

    When & Where: Mon  •  Jan 24 - Apr 11, 2021 (except Feb 21 & Mar 14)  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  Hybrid: Harvey Assembly Room 217 A/B, as well as a virtual option
    Led by: Dr. Josh Fitzpatrick and Rev. Sarah Marsalis-Luginbill
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at at least 4 business days in advance.

    This study approaches the Hebrew Scriptures by inviting participants to hear the story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the many "voices" of the biblical text. Narrative, poetry, history, and prophetic utterance all have their own distinctive characteristics and purposes, arising out of a particular historical, social, and cultural setting. To understand fully the story of God's covenantal relationship with Israel calls for listening to these various ways the story is told throughout the Old Testament.

    Feel free to bring your lunch and enjoy study and fellowship with each other and Pastors Josh and Sarah throughout the Spring. There is no fee and all are welcome. It is recommended that participants purchase the book prior to the first session.

    REGISTER ONLINE Jan 23, 2021

  • Elijah: Faith and Fire  •  Tue, Tuesdays, Jan 11 - Feb 22, 2022  •  H0RK3674QZ

    When & Where: Tue  •  Tuesdays, Jan 11 - Feb 22, 2022  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Marsha Mayo and Debbie O'Reilly
    Childcare: No

    In this 7-week faith-building study from author Priscilla Shirer, participants will discover how Elijah’s obedience to God kept him anchored, sharpened his faith, broadened his impact, and invited heaven’s fire to fall. God is also working in your life today to fashion a fiery, bold faith that will empower you to share the hope of Christ with your family, friends, co-workers, and community.

    Participants are encouraged to purchase the book prior to the first session. 

    REGISTER ONLINE Jan 10, 2022

  • How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race  •  Sun, Nov 14  •  JWHOPR7BDP

    When & Where: Sun  •  Nov 14  •  2-5 pm  •  Room 203 & via Zoom
    Led by: Dr. April Johnson Bristow
    Childcare: No

    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.


  • How Your Enneagram Number Impacts Your Relationships  •  Wed, Weekly, Oct 13 - Nov 10  •  4NVPOU63ZP

    When & Where: Wed  •  Weekly, Oct 13 - Nov 10  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Lisa Hancock and Dr. Jason Berman
    Childcare: No

    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


  • Theology and Baseball: Fair or Foul  •  Tue, Weekly, Oct 5-26  •  Y1FFKUEPU2

    When & Where: Tue  •  Weekly, Oct 5-26  •  7 - 8 pm  •  Room 2A in BFLC & via Zoom
    Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan
    Childcare: No

    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!


  • Financial Peace University  •  Wed, Sept 22 - Nov 17  •  KY0W5HBGTB

    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
    Childcare: No

    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


  • Praying the Scriptures  •  Wed, Weekly, Sept 15, 2021 - May 25, 2022  •  TGXZN8WRZE

    When & Where: Wed  •  Weekly, Sept 15, 2021 - May 25, 2022  •  1-2:30 pm  •  Via Zoom
    Led by: Rev. Mary Howard
    Childcare: No

    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.


  • Women's Book Study: "How Happiness Happens"  •  Tue, Weekly, Sept 14 - Nov 2  •  G3YLVO8267

    When & Where: Tue  •  Weekly, Sept 14 - Nov 2  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Debbie O'Reilly and Marsha Mayo
    Childcare: No

    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.


  • Living Abundantly: The Gospel of John  •  Thur, Weekly, Sept 9-30  •  0LMJUWJKVA

    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
    Childcare: No

    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.


  • Wesleyan Systematic Theology  •  Thur, Weekly, Sept 2 - Nov 18  •  VDRMO7SIHE

    When & Where: Thur  •  Weekly, Sept 2 - Nov 18  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 203 & via Zoom
    Led by: Dr. Scot Bontrager
    Childcare: No

    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 Tues, August 31

  • Bible Study with Brother Scot  •  Tue, Weekly, May 18, 2021 - May 2022  •  NU8I3O79C1

    When & Where: Tue  •  Weekly, May 18, 2021 - May 2022  •  7 - 8 am  •  via Zoom meeting
    Led by: Dr. Scot Bontrager
    Childcare: No

    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 No deadline

  • Open Door  •  Sun, Weekly, ongoing  •  RSN6AECW9R

    When & Where: Sun  •  Weekly, ongoing  •  8:30-9:30 am  •  Room 211 & via Zoom
    Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan
    Childcare: No

    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. 


  • Men's Study - When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box  •  Mon, Apr 12 - May 24  •  G0LNWUW4CK

    When & Where: Mon  •  Apr 12 - May 24  •  7:30-8:30 pm  •  Sonny Bryan's (Campbell east of Coit)
    Led by: Men of Faith
    Childcare: No

    Join us for a study of what it looks like to "win" at the game of life from an eternal perspective. The first gathering will be introductions only. The book by John Ortberg can be purchased online. Contact Tim at for more info.

    Registration not Required None

  • The Good and Beautiful God (Book-based Small Group)  •  Thur, Feb 25 - Apr 29  •  3EZNKOOMP9

    When & Where: Thur  •  Feb 25 - Apr 29  •  7-8:30 pm  •  via Zoom
    Led by: Kirk Lipscomb
    Childcare: No

    In The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows, James Bryan Smith turns to the Gospels to invite us to put our ideas about God and how God works in our lives to the test to see if they match up with what Jesus himself reveals about God. We will discover the narratives that Jesus lived by - to know the Lord he knew and the kingdom he proclaimed - and practice spiritual exercises that will help us grow in the knowledge of our good and beautiful God.

    Each chapter includes a process of spiritual formation that includes specific activities aimed at making these narratives real in our bodies, souls and minds as well as discussion questions for the group. Please purchase the book prior to the first meeting and commit to missing no more that two meetings.


  • The Sermon on the Mount (Lenten Bible Study)  •  Sun, Feb 21 - Mar 21  •  C4SIYTM3WZ

    When & Where: Sun  •  Feb 21 - Mar 21  •  7-8:30 pm  •  via Zoom
    Led by: Dr. Clayton Oliphint & Dr. Josh Fitzpatrick
    Childcare: No

    Gain a deeper understanding of the themes and scriptures of the Lenten sermon series by joining Pastors Clayton and Josh for a church-wide, 5-week Bible study. The study will include pastors’ thoughts and small group discussion each week. No fee and no materials to purchase.


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