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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

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

  • Praying the Scriptures  •  Weekly, on-going

    When & Where: Wed  •  Weekly, on-going  •  1-2:30 pm  •  Room 208
    Led by: Rev. Mary Howard
    Childcare: No

    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. A long term commitment is not required. You may participate as your schedule permits, including joining at any time! No cost. 

    REGISTER ONLINE 

  • The Ways of Grace: Companions in Christ  •  Jan 9 - Mar 6

    When & Where: Wed  •  Jan 9 - Mar 6  •  10-11:30 pm  •  Room 203
    Led by: Dr. Dan L. Flanagan
    Childcare: No

    Using an experiential approach to scripture, participants will journey through the central stories in the Gospel of John, hoping to identify with the grace received by each character who encounters Jesus. While God’s grace comes to us in unique ways, it also comes to us across all boundaries of time and place. This is not a traditional Bible study, but a deep, personal engagement in the scriptural text. $10.

    REGISTER ONLINE 

  • Enneagram Concentrates II – Subtypes: Values and Preoccupations of Your Core Number  •  Jan 9 - Feb 13

    When & Where: Wed  •  Jan 9 - Feb 13  •  7-9 pm  •  Harvey Assembly Room 217
    Led by: Lisa Hancock & Jason Berman
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least four (4) business days before the first group meeting.

    This course is for people who have taken the Enneagram Journey or Concentrates I and are ready to deepen their Enneagram growth. Subtypes are an additional facet of the Enneagram.  Becoming aware of our subtype helps explain differences in behavior of people with the same Enneagram number. These subtypes are Self Preservation, Social, and Sexual (one-on-one bonding).

    Cost:$90

    REGISTER ONLINE 

  • Know Your Number: The Basics of Enneagram  •  Jan 12

    When & Where: Sat  •  Jan 12  •  8:30 am - 4:30 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Joey Schewee, Enneagram master teacher
    Childcare: No

    This basic Enneagram workshop will offer people an opportunity to better understand Enneagram, help them determine their own number, as well as learn about the other eight numbers and how they interact.

    Register by Jan 10

  • You’ll Get Through This – Women’s Bible Study  •  Jan 15 - Feb 26

    When & Where: Tue  •  Jan 15 - Feb 26  •  11:30 am - 1 pm  •  Room 208
    Led by: Marsha Mayo and Debbie O’Reilly
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    You fear you won’t get through, whatever “this” is, financial woes, relationship valleys, health crises. Will the sky ever brighten? This load ever lighten? Yes! Deliverance is to the Bible what jazz music is to Mardi Gras, bold, brassy and everywhere. Do you crave hope for the tough times? Then this is the message you need.

    Cost:$12

    Register 

  • Making Sense of the Bible  •  Jan 29 - Mar 5

    When & Where: Tue  •  Jan 29 - Mar 5  •  6:30-8 pm  •  Room 2A (Bartula Family Life Center 2nd floor)
    Led by: JB Bryant
    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 in the Bible like faith and science, violence, and sexuality. 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 

  • Enneagram Wisdom Within Your Marriage  •  Feb 9

    When & Where: Sat  •  Feb 9  •  9 am - 4 pm  •  Ogden Fellowship Hall
    Led by: Lisa Hancock & Jason Berman
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    Have you ever wondered why your spouse did the things they did? Simple conversations, household chores or child rearing can become slippery slopes into chaos, conflict and resentment. In this experiential workshop, discover the advantage Enneagram knowledge offers couples and allow compassion to replace anger, shame, and fear. Participants should know their number.

    Cost: $100/couple

    Register 

  • Speaking with Integrity in a Divided World  •  Feb 10 - Mar 17

    When & Where: Sun  •  Feb 10 - Mar 17  •  3-4:30 pm  •  Room 203
    Led by: Drs. Josh Fitzpatrick and Dan Flanagan
    Childcare: No

    It is difficult to discuss controversial issues with integrity so that we learn from each other, formulate our own positions without fear of reprisal, and contribute to a healthier culture. All ages, all theological & political perspectives, the frustrated and the hopeful, are invited to practice a model for meaningful dialogue around tough issues.

    Cost: $10

    Register 

  • Financial Peace  •  Feb 17 - Apr 14

    When & Where: Sun  •  Feb 17 - Apr 14  •  5-6:30 pm  •  Room 227
    Led by: Shannon Smith
    Childcare: No

    In debt? Need a plan for our 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: $109

    Register 

  • Why Didn’t I Convince You?  •  Mar 10-24

    When & Where: Sun  •  Mar 10-24  •  11 am - 12 noon  •  Room 203
    Led by: Ed Frantz
    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)

    Have you ever really tried - and failed - to convince someone of the correctness of your understanding on religious issues? After the debate is over, do you ever wonder what happened? What you said or did not say, did or did not do, that was likely responsible for your failure? Find out why it’s so difficult, and then next time use your discoveries to your mutual benefit.

    No cost

    Register 

  • Reflections on God  •  Mar 11 - Apr 1

    When & Where: Mon  •  Mar 11 - Apr 1  •  7-8:30 pm  •  Room 203
    Led by: Dr. Justin Tull
    Childcare: Yes. Please make reservations by emailing childcare@fumcr.com at least one week before the group meeting.

    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 core? Our resource will be the book, Reflections on God, and led by its author, Justin Tull. 

    Purchase the book through Amazon or from the author at the first class meeting. 

    Register