While worship is central to GUMC, it is only part of the “disciple making” experience of following Christ. A small group study enhances 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 fall and winter! In this brochure, you’ll find information and course descriptions for each offering, as well as icons that indicate additional details.
Fall Bible Studies
“The Story” Bible Study – Part 2 (of 3)
Wednesdays | September 6 – November 8 (skip October 4 & 11) | 6:30 – 7:30 PM or Thursdays | September 7 – November 9 (skip October 5 & 12) | 10:30 – 11:30 AM
The “Greatest Story Ever Told” is more than just a cliche. God goes to great lengths to rescue lost and hurting people. The Story is an innovative, video-based, small group Bible study that presents Scripture as a continuous narrative in chronological order. This study will help you understand God’s word more fully and engage with it more easily. The Story sweeps you into the unfolding progression of Bible characters and events from Genesis to Revelation. It allows the stories, poems, and teachings of the Bible to read like a novel. And like any good story, The Story is filled with intrigue, drama, conflict, romance, and redemption. If you have been intimidated by the thought of reading and understanding the complete Bible, but you want to gain an understanding of the essence of this incredible story, then this Bible study is for you!!
Parenting “Generation Z”: Navigating Parental Roles in the Age of Social Media/Internet Britt Palmer, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
A Three-session Workshop:
Session 1: Wednesday, September 6 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Session 2: Sunday, September 10 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Session 3: Sunday, September 17 | 6:00 – 8:00 PM
This workshop addresses the concerns that parents and caregivers have regarding social media, access to the internet, and time spent using electronics. We will discuss the documentary Screenagers, which explores different real life issues such as the experience of a child getting her first smart phone, a teenager who spends hours playing video games, and what the research says about the impact these activities have on brain development in young people. We will review how to use basic resources for parents such as parental restrictions on computers, cell phone plans, and different apps that exist for parents to monitor or set limitations. We will also discuss how to talk to our kids and help them learn to use sound judgement when using technology, as well as how to balance parenting vs policing around these issues.
Vital Conversations on Racism and the U.S. Churches
Tuesdays| September 5 – October 24 | 6:30 – 7:30 PM Facilitated by Rev. Erin Beasley | | 754-7216
The assertion that, “We are in this together,” sometimes sounds empty and inauthentic, overused and void of true feeling and real action, especially at a time when our society seems so divided along lines of ideology, race, class, nation, culture, and ethnicity. Yet God calls us to come together and “get along,” to be in relationship as sisters and brothers. Join Rev. Beasley for an eight-session DVD study featuring pastors, theologians, activists, authors, and scholars who share their stories, insights, and expertise on issues related to faith, culture, and fighting oppression in the church and world today. Through this study, you are invited to engage in relevant and real conversations.
Sundays, September 10 – March 25 | 9:30 – 10:45 AM Facilitated by Mary Groh and hosted by Asbury Sunday School Class
or Sundays, September 10 – March 25 | 5:00 – 6:30 PM Facilitated by Yolanda and Gerald Toney
This adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study is ideal for busy people who want to fit a comprehensive Bible study into their schedule. Classes meet for a total of 24 sessions, studying the Old and New Testaments, beginning with Genesis and continuing through Revelation. The study emphasizes the wholeness of the Bible as the revelation of God. Through personal study and meeting together, you will deepen connections with fellow participants and grow in your relationship with God.
Wednesdays, September 13 – October 11 | 6:30-7:30 PM Facilitated by Rev. Tim Carpenter
This five-session DVD Bible study explores how God guided his people to a specific place – the Promised Land – to impact the world both in ancient times and today. By weaving together the Bible’s fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts, teacher and historian Ray Vander Laan reveals unique insights into the Scriptures’ significance for modern believers.
Tuesdays | September 19 – October 31 (skipping October 10) | 9:30 – 11:00 AM Facilitator: Mary Groh | | 754-5093
Moses’ life was dramatic with one challenge after the next, and although he resisted God’s calling, by the end of his life he successfully fulfilled the role he was given. In this DVD study we will join author Adam Hamilton as he travels from Egypt to Mt. Sinai, the Nile, the Red Sea, and the wilderness, exploring the sites of Moses’ life and sharing historical information, archaeological data, and biblical text. We will examine the significant challenges facing Moses and how God shaped his character and life in powerful ways.
Taking Responsibility for Your Life – Because No One Else Will
Thursdays | October 5 – November 2 | 6:30 – 8:00 PM Facilitated by Terry Aust | | 737-6031
Responsibilities – we all have them, but we don’t all take them as seriously as we ought to. In this small group, DVD Bible study, Andy Stanley shows men and women how to take responsibility for their own lives and stop blaming circumstances on other people. Session titles include: Let the Blames Begin; The Disproportionate Life; This is No Time to Pray; and Embracing Your Response Ability.
Christian Believer – Knowing God with Heart and Mind
Sundays | September 10 – May 6, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM Facilitated by Dr. John Adams | | 756-9746
Have you ever sung a hymn or recited a creed and asked, “Why do we say that?” Discover the church’s answers to questions that grow out of human life and Christian experience as you study church history and doctrine. This is different from a traditional Bible study as participants focus on what the church teaches and believes regarding various life questions.
Christian Believer concentrates on the classical doctrines of the Christian faith (those that emerged in early Christianity as it struggled to understand its Scripture and its experience of Jesus) that have remained central to church teaching through the centuries. Participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars, gaining a sense that Christians before us have wrestled with some of the same issues of belief that Christians wrestle with today.
Breaks will be determined by the class. Cost for the reading packet is $50.00
Broken and Blessed – How God Used One Imperfect Family to Change the World
August 23 – September 27 | 9:45 – 11:45 AM
In this six-week study, Jessica LaGrone takes us on a journey through Genesis – from Adam and Eve all the way to Joseph and his brothers. Despite good and bad traits that were passed down, God worked for good in every generation. God chose to love and bless this family so that they might be a blessing. And we will see that God wants to do the same in our own imperfect families today, bringing blessing from brokenness.
This six-week study of 1 & 2 Kings by Jessica LaGrone examines the holy habits of six kings and prophets who were set apart by their close walk with God. Each week we will study the story of one intriguing character, discuss God’s unique purpose for his life, and learn about his particular spiritual discipline. We will discover that even prophets and kings struggled and grew in their faith through spiritual practices and we will learn how to follow God’s unique purposes for us in His Kingdom.
Broken and Blessed – How God Used One Imperfect Family to Change the World
Tuesdays | August 22 – October 3 | 6:00 – 7:30 PM
In this DVD study, Jessica LaGrone takes us on a journey through Genesis – from Adam and Eve all the way to Joseph and his brothers. Despite good and bad traits that were passed down, God worked for good in every generation. God chose to love and bless this family so that they might be a blessing. And we will see that God wants to do the same in our own imperfect families today, bringing blessing from brokenness.