While worship is central to GUMC, it is only part of the “disciple making” experience of following Christ. Small group studies enhance the worship experience by providing opportunities to learn more about the Bible, discuss current issues, develop close personal friendships, grow in faith, and learn how to apply the Christian faith in real life situations.
We have an exciting lineup of Adult Education classes this winter and spring! You’ll find information and course descriptions for each offering, as well as icons that indicate additional details.
Winter/Spring Bible Studies
“The Story” Bible Study – Part 3 (of 3)
Wednesdays | January 17 – April 11 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM or Thursdays | January 18 – April 12 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
The Story is an innovative, video-based, small group Bible study that presents Scripture as a continuous narrative in chronological order. This study sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events and allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel. If you have been intimidated by the thought of reading and understanding the Bible, but you want to gain an understanding of the essence of this incredible story, then this Bible study is for you!
Join Rev. Gabriel for his final semester’s study that will cover John the Baptist; the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus; the ministry of Paul; and the birth of the church (5/6 B.C. – 95 A.D.).
Wednesdays, March 7 – April 11 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Taught by Rev. Tim Carpenter
Human beings love to listen to stories – and Jesus loved to tell them. Much of Jesus’ teaching was accomplished through the telling of parables. From shepherds to Samaritans, Jesus used common reference points to teach important truths that turn the familiar world upside down. Join Rev. Carpenter as he discusses parables found in Luke and how those parables provoke serious thought and call us to be more loving, forgiving, and accepting.
The Post Black & White Church: Becoming the Beloved Community in a Multi-Ethnic World
Sundays, April 8 – May 6 | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Facilitated by Rev. Erin Beasley//754-7216
Efrem Smith offers a workable plan for connecting theology, practical ministry models, and real stories of people in multi-ethnic Christian communities. Using the example of Jesus, Smith develops a theology of multi-ethnic and missional leadership. Embracing urban and ethnic subcultures such as hip-hop, this book provides a rich mix of multi-ethnic church development, reconciliation theology, missional church thinking, and Christian community. This study provides a common-sense approach to creating a multi-ethnic Christian community and includes practical ministry models and real stories of people who are members of thriving multi-ethnic congregations.
Thursdays, April 12 – 26 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Facilitated by Stephen Ministers, Betty Duke and Dinah Allison
Even though Christians share common beliefs and values, it is not easy to live in harmony because there is so much both within and without that seeks to disrupt our fellowship. What images come to your mind as you reflect on the words, “difference of opinion”? There are times when our opinions will place us on opposite sides on an issue. How do we deal with disagreement? In this 3-session workshop, learn how to listen without taking offense; help others without criticizing; distinguish between true and false criticizing; and deal with gossip and slander. Through this workshop, we hope to build bridges instead of walls.
Faith Seeking Understanding:
A Weekend of Spiritual Renewal Growing Pains of the Early Church Dr. James Fleming
April 27 – 29, 2018
Experience the world of the Bible with one of the best known teachers of Biblical Archaeology! An internationally known scholar, Dr. Fleming lived and taught in Israel for 37 years and is currently the Director of Biblical Resources and the CEO of the Biblical History Center, a museum of daily life in biblical times, located in LaGrance, GA. Dr. Fleming uniquely ties his lectures on historical geography with the biblical text and with an emphasis on the theological implications.
Dr. Fleming will bring his scholarship to GUMC for dinner and lecture on Friday night (dinner at 6:00 p.m., lecture at 7:15), a Saturday morning seminar (9:00 – 12:00, Noon), and lectures on Sunday morning during our Sunday school hours.
Mark your calendars – this is a not-to-be-missed event!
Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Studies
Facilitated by Chesley Porteous | | 268-4884
Entrusted – A Study of Second Timothy
Wednesdays | March 7 – April 11 | 9:45 – 11:45 AM
In the Second Letter of Paul to Timothy, Paul charges Timothy to not be ashamed to fulfill God’s call on his life. This 6-session Bible study by Beth Moore will encourage women to guard what God has entrusted to them, further His kingdom by sharing Christ with others, and mentor younger generations of women just as Paul guided Timothy.
There is no need to register, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us for a spirited discussion!
January 22 One of Ours | Willa Cather
February 26 The Worst Hard Time | Timothy Egan
March 26 Playing with the Enemy | Gary W. Moore
April 23 Paperboy | Vince Vawter
May 28 A Piece of the World | Christian Baker Kline
Men’s Sonrise Prayer Group
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:15 a.m. | Room 338
This weekly men’s fellowship is open to all men interested in sharing prayer concerns and discussing topics of interest as relates to our relationship with Christ. Discussion typically revolves around a book of interest chosen by the group.
This group is open to all GUMC men for a mid-week time of devotion, fellowship, and intercessory prayer. We meet in the Mike Wilson Fellowship Hall and welcome visitors and new members. The Rutherford Prayer Group offers prayers for those on our congregational prayer list and other friends and families within and outside the church. Our ministry includes sending cards to each person on our prayer list and visiting those who are in the hospital or away for an extended time. We meet every Wednesday morning. After adjourning, members enjoy breakfast and fellowship at a nearby restaurant or reconvene to work on various projects at GUMC or other project sites.
For more information about the group or to submit a prayer request, please contact Jimmy Wright (email , phone 848-9737) or Randy Lewis (email , phone 354-4875).