Adult Study Groups
Our groups are connecting on-site with in-person meetings, in a hybrid format (on-site and online), and/or on Zoom.
Our online, hybrid, and on-site groups are listed below. For our current re-opening and worship information, see our Stay Connected page.
Grab-and-Go Book Pickup: Study books are on shelves in the church entrance (Door #2), Monday to Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, and Sunday mornings. Leave money in the box, in the office if it’s open, or pay online.
Special Themed Groups
QPR Suicide Prevention Training
Sunday, February 6 | 2:00-4:00PM
Attendees will leave with:
- Information that is easy to understand and reinforced by a QPR booklet
- A card complete with warning signs
- Methods to encourage a person to get help
- List of community resources
Widows Encouragement Group
Beginning February 17 | 6:00-7:00 PM Room B/C
As a branch off from the Grief Group, we are launching a new encouragement group for those who have been widowed. Whether widowed recently or a long time ago, this group is a chance to find a listening ear through shared experiences–remembering anniversaries, unexpected griefs and joys, and all the new things that one learns in widowhood. This group will begin every other Thursday evening for 4 meetings, and then the group will decide the future schedule of gatherings.
Fertility Struggles Encouragement Group
Meets one evening monthly | Jan. 13
Led by Pastor Julia Gonzales | off-site | meeting monthly
A new encouragement group is offering support to women who have had struggles with fertility and miscarriages. This group is led by Pastor Julia and meets at Java House Coffee located at Midtown Plaza from 6:00-7:00pm one evening each month. If you are interested in joining this group but are unable to meet at the scheduled time(s), please email Pastor Julia at email@example.com.
Social Justice Book Discussion: I’m Still Here
Sunday, February 27 | 6:00-7:30 | Online + Room J/K| Books $9
The Social Justice team advocates, educates, and engages our congregation and community on issues of social justice using the UMC Social Principles. Join the team for a congregational discussion on Austin Channing Brown’s memoir I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. Books will be available in the church entrance and on the GROW Connection Tables for $9. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jessica Stevens.
This New York Times bestselller will open your eyes to Austin Channing Brown’s life experience–her first encounter with a racialized America came at age seven, when she discovered her parents named her Austin to deceive future employers into thinking she was a white man. In a time when nearly every institution (schools, churches, universities, businesses) claims to value diversity in its mission statement, Austin writes in breathtaking detail about her journey to self-worth and the pitfalls that kill our attempts at racial justice.
Weekday Study Groups
Men’s Early Morning Bible Study: The Difficult Words of Jesus
Wednesdays, January 19-February 23 | 6:30-7:15 AMLed by Pastor Brian White | Room B/C + Online | Books $13
Pastor’s Bible Study: The Difficult Words of Jesus
Wednesdays, January 19-February 23 | 9:00-10:00 AM Led by Pastor Brian White | Room B/C + Online | Books $13
Jesus taught his disciples how to follow God’s word, told them parables to guide their discernment on ethics and of human nature, and offered beatitudes for encouragement and comfort. But sometimes Jesus spoke words–about hating one’s family, about slavery, selling all belongings, “the devil’s children,” and damnation–that followers then and now have found difficult. In The Difficult Words of Jesus, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how have they been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.
Wednesday AM Study – 2022
Mark + The Pilgrim Messiah
Led by Lydia Fourman | Hybrid online + Room J/K | Books $15
Thursday AM Study – 2022
Dream Big by Bob Goff
Thursdays, January 13-February 10 | 9:30-11:00 AM
Friday AM Study – 2022
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
Have you ever started a new spiritual habit—e.g., meditation, Bible reading, prayer, finding sabbath rest—but found it difficult to stick with it? Discipleship happens best when we create margin in our overwhelmed schedules and prayerfully learn how to prioritize our time with two powerful words: yes and no. Bestselling author Lysa TerKeurst has learned firsthand that there’s a big difference between saying yes to everyone and saying yes to God. Drawing from scripture, God’s wisdom and grace, and her own experiences, Lysa teaches us how to stop people-pleasing, how to say the “small no,” and how to sharpen our own discernment about our time, choices, and the lives God has planned for each of us. Study Guide is $9. Optional full book is an additional $9.