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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

We are pleased to offer a wide variety of new classes each semester 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.

Lenten Experiences for Learning and Reflection: fumcr.com/lent

Registrations and payments are online through Fellowship One.

  • Praying the Scriptures  •  Weekly ongoing

    When & Where: Wed  •  Weekly ongoing  •  1 - 2:30 pm  •  Room 214
    Led by: Rev. Mary Howard
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    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, we will seek to hear God speaking to us through the scriptures.

    REGISTER ONLINE 

  • Enneagram Journey  •  Jan 28 - Mar 31

    When & Where: Tue  •  Jan 28 - Mar 31  •  11:30 am - 1:30 pm  •  BFLC, Rm 2C
    Led by: Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    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 12/23/2019 - 1/27/2020

  • Enneagram Concentrates I: Developing a Deeper Understanding  •  Feb 5 - Mar 11

    When & Where: Wed  •  Feb 5 - Mar 11  •  11:30 am - 1:30 pm  •  Rm 2C, BFLC
    Led by: Lisa Hancock
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    For those who have completed the “Enneagram Journey” curriculum and are looking for a deeper understanding of the different dimensions of the Enneagram, this course provides the space and tools to go beyond just knowing your Enneagram number to greater self-reflection and personal transformation.

    Cost: $69

    REGISTER ONLINE Jan 1 - Feb 5, 2020

  • Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace  •  Feb 9 - Apr 5

    When & Where: Sun  •  Feb 9 - Apr 5  •  5 - 6:30 pm  •  Room 203
    Led by: Scott and Shannon Smith
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    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. Cost: $99 per person or family unit

    REGISTER ONLINE 12/12/2019 - 2/8/2020

  • Methodists and Biblical Authority  •  Feb 10 and 24, Mar 2 and 9

    When & Where: Mon  •  Feb 10 and 24, Mar 2 and 9  •  7 pm  •  Room 211
    Led by: Dr. Ted Campbell, Professor of Church History, Perkins School of Theology
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    United Methodists today are faced with the very real possibility of a denominational division over issues of ordination and marriages of “self-avowed and practicing homosexual persons.” Underlying this conflict is a deep division over the issue of biblical authority. What do our United Methodist doctrinal standards, our Articles of Religion and Confession of Faith, say about biblical authority? How can we understand the scriptures in the light of the “quadrilateral” of authorities (scripture, tradition, experience, and reason) affirmed by United Methodists since 1972? How can we understand particular biblical tests, especially those that speak directly about same-sex relationships?

    Cost: $25

    REGISTER ONLINE Dec 23 2019 - Feb 10, 2020

  • The Spiritual Evolution  •  Feb 11 - Apr 7

    When & Where: Tue  •  Feb 11 - Apr 7  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 213
    Led by: James Montgomery
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    I hear it all the time, that God loves me unconditionally, but does He really? Because sometimes I feel like I’m not worth it. And the Bible talks about a wrathful, angry God who metes out vengeance. That scares me. I don’t know how to sort out the dogma and know what is real. So, what is God’s nature, really? Why should he care about me? Author, photographer, and theologian John MacMurray invites us to walk along with him as he unpacks his personal journey of discovering God’s true nature and what His justice really looks like. It is strongly recommended that you read The Shack by Paul Young before this class.

    Cost: $15 for the book

    REGISTER ONLINE 12/23/2019

  • Faithful and Inclusive: The Bible, Sexuality, and the UM Church  •  Feb 27 - Apr 2

    When & Where: Thur  •  Feb 27 - Apr 2  •  7 - 8 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Dr. Dan Flanagan
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    A Rob Fuquay video series. With the 2020 United Methodist General Conference approaching, this class will look at how United Methodists interpret scripture, the influence of culture, the Jesus Ethic, and where the United Methodist Church goes from here. No registration fee.

    REGISTER ONLINE Dec 23, 2019 - Feb 27, 2020

  • Enneagram Retreat: I Know My Number, Now What?  •  Feb 28 & 29

    When & Where: Fri, Sat  •  Feb 28 & 29  •  7-9:30 pm Fri, 9am-6pm Sat  •  Youth Worship Space
    Led by: Stacey Ruff, M.Ed., LPC, and Dr. April Johnson Bristow
    Childcare: No

    NEW DATES AND COST

    Fri, Feb 28, 7–9:30 pm
    Sat, Feb 29, 9 am – 6 pm
    Youth Worship Space 

    This two-day retreat will use Enneagram knowledge to help participants grow personally and spiritually. The retreat, strategically placed at the beginning of Lent, will focus on specific steps and spiritual practices that each Enneagram type can utilize for transformation. Our hope is that the knowledge gained at the retreat will help each participant grow closer to Essence. Participants will leave with a spiritual growth plan to practice during Lent and will culminate virtually after Lent is over. 

    Registration

    Participants MUST have basic knowledge of the Enneagram and know his/her number.
    Open to men and women.
    Cost: $125, which includes Saturday lunch

    REGISTER ONLINE 

  • Women's Study: How Happiness Happens  •  Mar 3 - Apr 7

    When & Where: Tue  •  Mar 3 - Apr 7  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall (except 3/31 in 217)
    Led by: Debbie O'Reilly and Marsha Mayo
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    In How Happiness Happens, Max Lucado shares the unexpected path to a lasting happiness, one that produces reliable joy amidst any life circumstance. Based on the teachings of Jesus and backed by modern research, this book presents a surprising but practical way of living that will change you from the inside out. Cost $9. 

    REGISTER ONLINE 2/6/2020 - 3/10/2020

  • Reflections on the Christian Faith  •  Mar 9 - Apr 6

    When & Where: Mon  •  Mar 9 - Apr 6  •  7 - 8:30 pm  •  Room 203
    Led by: Dr. Justin Tull
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    Using his latest book, Reflections on the Christian Faith, Dr. Justin Tull focuses on the religious concepts that are at the center of a Christian’s religious life: biblical interpretation, salvation, prayer, worship, communion, discipleship, and eternal life. These reflections attempt to address the following issues: What the Bible isn’t and what it is. How are we to use the Bible? How might we understand salvation? How might we approach prayer? What are essential elements of worship? How might we understand communion anew? What are the marks of a good disciple? How might we understand death and resurrection?

    The book can be ordered online or purchased at the Welcome Desk for $10.

    REGISTER ONLINE Jan 1 - Mar 9, 2020

  • We Need the Methodist Witness in the 21st Century  •  Mar 23 - Apr 27

    When & Where: Mon  •  Mar 23 - Apr 27  •  7 - 8 pm  •  Room 205
    Led by: Dr. Scot Bontrager
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    What is unique about the United Methodist witness? Why is it the better option? The United Methodist Church is rooted in great tradition. The work of the Holy Spirit is foremost in the life of the church. Scripture is central to teaching. The central teaching is that Christ’s love saves. No registration fee. No meeting on April 13.

    REGISTER ONLINE 12/23/2020 - 3/30/2020

  • Music in Worship  •  Apr 21 - May 12

    When & Where: Tue  •  Apr 21 - May 12  •  7 - 8 pm  •  Room 213
    Led by: Ian Gill, Associate Director of Music
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    Learn how music is used in both traditional and contemporary worship services, the history of choral and instrumental music with regard to the church, and how music relates to particular seasons within the church. Learn what goes into choosing music for worship services, and have the opportunity to plan your own worship service.

    REGISTER ONLINE Dec 23, 2019 - Apr 21, 2020

  • Why Does the Church Need to Pay Attention to Young Adults?  •  Apr 25

    When & Where: Sat  •  Apr 25  •  10 am - 2 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Phil Dieke, Pastor, Highland Park UMC
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations when you register for the class or at www.fumcr.com/reservechildcare at least 4 business days in advance.

    Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of religious “nones” in the US were raised as Christians. Millennials are now being replaced by Gen Z as the least religious generation. While the headlines aren’t very hopeful, and the statistics are there to support their claims, there is an invitation for the church. Will we continue the status quo, hoping they will eventually come? Or, will we engage their questions and concerns with a willingness to adapt? Scripture and tradition suggest the latter is needed for the church to not only survive, but thrive.

    Cost: $25 (includes lunch and book)

    REGISTER ONLINE Dec 23, 2019 - Apr 25, 2020

Events for Adults
 
Young Adult Sunday Morning Group

Sundays, Beginning Feb 16, 9:45 am

Lenten Journey

Thur, Mar 5, come & go,

Work Day at Bridgeport

Sat, Mar 7, 10 am - 4 pm

Music That Moves the Soul

Tue, Mar 10, 7pm

Swing Dance Class

Wed, Mar 11 - Apr 8, 7-9 pm


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