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Fall 2017 Adult Classes & Small Groups



"All Scripture is inspired by God  and is useful for teaching, for reproof,
for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone
who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work."
--II Timothy 3:16-17

Class Name:       After the Boxes are Unpacked: Moving on after Moving In
Teachers:           Rev. Jenna Morrison and Shirley Womack
Cost:                  Free      
Dates:                September 10, 17, 24, October 1              
Time:                 4-5:30PM
Summary:          What happens when you move? It’s so important to have an understanding of what you are going through and to know that you are not alone. Moving is not easy; from leaving behind friends and family to losing familiar surroundings, it is often disorienting and difficult to start over. Join us for four weeks as we work to connect with each other, remember where we have come from and what we have left behind, and look forward to ways that we can move with grace and excitement into our new realities!


Class Name:    Boundaries: When to Say Yes and When to Say No to Take Control of your Life
Teachers:        Shirley Womack and Cathy McCallum
Cost:               $20 for Book and Workbook
Dates:             Thursdays, September 14th for 6-8 weeks
Time:              9AM or 6:30PM
Summary:       The Boundaries study provides practical exercises that help set healthy boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even yourself, by drawing on God’s wisdom.


Class Name:      Christians for Civility: Safe Conversations Training
Facilitators:        David and Diane Smith, Mary and Keith Kirkpatrick
Dates:                October 8, October 22
Time:                  4-6pm
Summary:          In today’s volatile civic environment, discussing difficult issues with friends, family and other church members is often challenging. Learn how to create a safe place for conversations about difficult subjects using rules that promote civility and respect for opposing viewpoints – key aspects of Christian character.  Join us on Sunday Oct. 8 and Sunday Oct. 22  for training on the nationally-acclaimed approach “Safe Conversations,” developed by Dallas residents Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.  Our facilitators attended workshops on the Safe Conversations approach taught by Hendrix and Hunt.
If you have any questions, please contact Diane Smith at

Class Name:       Companions of Christ
Teachers:            Charlotte Mathura and Stacy Loeffler
Cost:                   TBA
Dates:                 Wednesdays, beginning September 13th
Time:                  9:30AM
Summary:           Come and study scripture with other women as we seek together to discover faithful ways to be better disciples of Jesus Christ.

Class Name:       Disciple I
Teacher:             Rev. Joe Pool
Cost:                   $40
Dates:                 Sundays, beginning September 10th
Time:                  4-5:30PM
Summary:           DISCIPLE is a program of disciplined Bible study aimed at developing strong Christian leaders. The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. Over the course of 34 weeks, the study covers the entire Bible (Old and New Testaments) following the biblical story from Creation to the New Jerusalem.


Class Name:       Disciple III
Teachers:           TBA
Cost:                   $40
Dates:                 Sundays, beginning September 10th
Time:                  4-5:30PM
Summary:           Disciple III: Remember Who You Are is the third study in the four-phase DISCIPLE program. The driving idea in this study is the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. The word You in the title is meant to be heard both in its singular form (the individual) and its plural form (the community). We are a community of memory. Participants in this 32 week study will read the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and will read the thirteen Letters traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles.

Several themes weave their way through the study – the call to remember; the call to repentance; the need for renewed vision; and the place of community. The prophets and Paul are continually calling hearers and readers back to their God and to a sense of who they are as a people "set apart."


Class Name:       Financial Peace
Teachers:            Becky Speight
Cost:                   $100 per family
Dates:                 Sundays, September 10th – November 5th
Time:                  4-5:30PM
Summary:           Work through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. Our class will be made up of small groups of people who live in the area. This class will be a great way to share ideas, be encouraged, and stay motivated. Classes meet for nine weeks and are led by Becky Speight, who has ample experience in this area. One Financial Peace University membership per family is all you need to get started in a class. Turn your financial life around and join us on the journey to financial health!

Class Name:       Friday Study Group
Teachers:            Ann Meredith
Cost:                   Free
Dates:                 Fridays, beginning September 10th
Time:                  11:45AM-12:45PM


Class Name:       Methodism 101
Teacher:             Sandy Heard
Cost:                   Free      
Dates:                 Sundays, September 10, 17, 24, and October 8
Time:                  4-5:30PM                            
Summary:           Who was John Wesley? What do we believe as Methodists? And, why do we have “United” before “Methodist” in our name? Get the answers to these, and many other questions, during a four week study on Methodism. Open to everyone, this study will explore our denomination’s rich history and practical theology.

Week 1: UM History
Week 2: UM Doctrine and Theology
Week 3: UM Theology and Governance
Week 4: Local Church History and Future Challenges for the UMC


Class Name:       NAMI Family to Family
Teacher:             Libby Cotner
Cost:                   Free
Dates:                 September 11-November 27
Time:                  6:30-9PM
Summary:           NAMI Family to Family is a free, 12 class education program for family members of adults living with a mental health condition. In this program, family includes parents, siblings, spouses adult children, partners and significant others. The course is designed to help all family members under stand and support their loved one living with a mental health condition while maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by NAMI-trained family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one living with a mental health condition. To register, go to


Class Name:       Praying in Color
Teacher:             Joan Wells
Cost:                   $15 includes book and colored pencils   
Dates:                 Sundays, September 10, 17, 24, and October 1
Time:                  4-5:30PM
Summary:           Slowing down isn’t easy in our culture where stimulation and constant virtual connection are the norm. If you find the transition from busyness to stillness difficult, follow along with us to a slower, more contemplative pace through coloring as prayer and as spiritual practice. 

This new coloring book and guide includes an introduction to fourteen types of prayer, along with 32 pages to color.  Learn to use these types of prayer while you color: Prayers for Others, Prayers for Yourself, Disgruntled Prayers, Gratitude Prayers, Praise Prayers, Regret Prayers, Spending-Time-With-God Prayers, Blessing Prayers, Praying for Enemies, Praying with Scripture, Praying Your To-Do List, Daily Inventory Prayers, Hodgepodge Prayers, Prayer Calendars.


Class Name:       Quiet Strength: a men’s study
Teacher:             Charles Cecil
Cost:                   Free
Dates:                 Sundays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22
Time:                  4-5:30PM            
Summary:           Tony Dungy's words and example have intrigued millions of people, particularly following his victory in Super Bowl XLI, the first for an African American coach. How is it possible for a coach―especially a football coach―to win the respect of his players and lead them to the Super Bowl without the screaming histrionics, the profanities, and the demand that the sport come before anything else? How is it possible for anyone to be successful without compromising faith and family? In this inspiring and reflective memoir, now updated with a new chapter, Coach Dungy tells the story of a life lived for God and family―and challenges us all to redefine our ideas of what it means to succeed.


Class Name:       Searching for Truth: What Christians Believe and Why
Teacher:             Jamie Rubush and Gloria Bishop
Cost:                   $10 for book
Dates:                 Sundays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8, 15, 22
Time                    5-6:30PM
Summary:           This 7-week, fascinating series explores the essential beliefs of the Christian faith and why they matter today. Topics include: Is there a God; Who do you say Jesus is; What about the Holy Spirit and the Trinity; Forgiveness of sins; Death’s funeral; Resurrection of the Body .


Class Name:       WOW—Daniel: Lives of Integrity, words of Prophesy
Teacher:             Annette Knisley, Margaret Peck, Pam Kliewer, Grace Fitzgerald
Cost:                   $25
Dates:                 Mondays; August 28th – pick up study guides; September 11th- December 11th meet
Time:                  6:45PM
Summary:           Join us for a 12 week study of the Old Testament book of Daniel that includes DVD sessions, a study guide, a group discussions. Dinner is served each week!