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The Christian faith is grounded in the love and grace of God, experienced through Jesus Christ, and empowered by the Holy Spirit. The Christian life is our response to God’s love and grace. The church calls our response to God Christian discipleship. Discipleship focuses on actively following in the footsteps of Jesus. As Christian disciples, we are not passive spectators but energetic participants in God’s activity in the world.

Adult Sunday School

Germantown United Methodist Church has many opportunities for study and fellowship in our adult Sunday School classes. We have numerous classes ranging in topic and demographic. Please refer to our campus map for class locations. If you would like more information about finding a Sunday School class, contact at 754-7216.

Adult Education News and Events

While worship is central to Germantown United Methodist Church (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 fall and winter!

Updated August 5, 2019

Monday Monthly Book Club  |  4th Mondays  |  10:00 a.m. – Noon
August 26 | The Widling Sisters | Eve Chase
September 23 | A Spy in Canaan | March Perrusquia
October 28 | The Secret Chord | Geraldine Brooks
November 25 | Circling the Sun | Paula McLain
January 27, 2020 | Kim | Rudyard Kipling

No registration is needed, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us for a spirited discussion!

Simon Peter – Flawed But Faithful Disciple | Tuesdays, August 13 – September 24 | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Facilitated by Terry Aust
Peter was just an ordinary fisherman from Bethsaida who heard and followed God’s extraordinary call. He denied Jesus, but became leader of the church. In this DVD study by Adam Hamilton, we will focus on six events in the life of Simon Peter which shaped both Peter’s life—and later, his ministry. We take an in-depth look into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter and discovered how we all have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference today.

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Wednesday Morning Women’s Bible Study: God of Creation – A Study of Genesis 1-11  |  Wednesdays, August 28 – November 6 |  9:45 – 11:45 AM
Cost: $15  |  Facilitated by Chesley Porteous  |    |  268-4884
The name Genesis means “origin.” The book tells about the creation of the universe, the origin of human beings, the beginning of sin and suffering in the world, and about God’s way of dealing with people. While Genesis tells stories about people, it is first and foremost an account of what God has done. Through this 10-session, DVD, verse-by-verse study by Jen Wilkin, we will revisit familiar stories and biblical characters, challenge our basic knowledge, and discover deeper meanings in the text. We will discover what the Bible says about God, his character, and attributes.

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Set Apart: Holy Habits of Prophets and Kings  |  Wednesdays, August 28—October 30 (skipping 9/25, 10/2, 10/9); Thursdays, August 29—October 31 (skipping 9/26, 10/3, 10/10) |  (Wed.) 6:30—7:30 p.m.; (Thurs.) 10:30—11:30 a.m.
Facilitated by Rev. Brad Gabriel | 
Although the prophets and kings were set apart by God, they didn’t have all the answers. They struggled, sometimes making big-time mistakes, but they grew in their faith through spiritual practices even while carrying out God’s calling on earth. This 7-session, DVD study 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. Join Rev. Gabriel as we explore how those timeless spiritual practices can draw us closer to God, helping us to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives.

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Conversations with Scripture: The Gospel of Mark | Tuesdays, September 17—October 29 (Skipping October 15) | 9:30-11:00 a.m. | Rm. 342
Facilitated by Mary Groh | 
Most Christians are familiar with the stories told in Mark’s gospel – from fishermen leaving their nets, to the miracles of the loaves and fishes, to the political rumblings and growing conflicts. This careful Bible study from well-known scholar, Marcus Borg, explores the historical and critical background of the gospel, examines who Mark really was, why this gospel was written, and why it is charged with such a sense of immediacy, as well as how the biblical texts written centuries ago can still speak to us today.

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Disciple Fast Track: Remember Who You Are | Sundays, September 8—May 29, 2020 | 4:30—6:00 p.m. | Rm. 342
Facilitated by Yolanda and Gerald Toney |
This adaptation of the original, bestselling Disciple Bible Study is ideal for busy people who want to fit an
in-depth Bible study into their schedule. The study meets for a total of 24 sessions, devoting 12 weeks to the Prophets and 12 weeks to the Letters of Paul. The prophets and Paul are continually calling hearers and readers back to God and to a sense of who they are as people “set apart.” Participants will find common themes, including calls to remember, call to repent, calls for renewal, and calls for community.

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Disciple Bible Study: Into the Word, Into the World | Sundays, September 8—May 17, 2020 | 5:30—7:00 p.m. | Rm. 338
Facilitated by Dr. John Adams |
This 32-session study offers a close look at Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts. We will explore some of the best loved stories in the Old and New Testaments, seeing them in fresh ways and expecting God to speak through them. Disciple draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible. The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God.

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Romans – Good News That Changes Everything | Wednesdays, September 4—October 16 | 6:00-7:15 p.m. | Rm. 338
Facilitated by Dr. Kristin Miller |  | 901-484-9898
In this seven-week, DVD women’s Bible study of Paul’s letter to the Romans, we will be highlighting significant concepts regarding the good news about faith, grace, daily life, relationships, and eternity. Author Melissa Spoelstra shows us that we still have good news to embrace and to share with others. Whatever bad news we may receive, in Romans we will find good news to encourage and transform us.

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Blessed Are The Misfits | Tuesdays, September 10—October 15 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | Rm. 136 (Behind Fellowship Hall)
Facilitated by Rev. Erin Beasley |  | 901-754-7216
In his book, radio host Brant Hansen, brings refreshing news and looks to answer questions that millions of people carry with them each day about their faith:

  • If I don’t relate to God as emotionally as other does, is something wrong with me?
  • What if we aren’t good at talking to people about our faith, or goof at talking to people at all?
  • How does God interact with those who seem spiritually numb?
  • Is the absence of faith based emotion a sign that God has moved on or was never there?

His book is also for those who want to believe in Jesus, but inwardly fear that don’t belong, worry they don’t have the requisite emotion-based relationship with God, and are starving for good news.

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Genesis – A Book of Beginnings (Part One) | Wednesdays, September 4—October 23 (Sept. 18 will be in Rm. 339) | 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Fellowship Hall
Facilitated by Rev. Tim Carpenter |  | 901-754-7216
The Book of Genesis lays the foundation for the faith of Judaism and Christianity. From the creation of the cosmos to the purposes of humankind, from temptations to floods, from family dysfunctions to God’s calling of an elderly childless couple, Genesis provides the basis for everything that follows: The Law, the Prophets, the Wisdom, the Gospels, the Letters, even to the Book of Revelation. Join Rev. Tim Carpenter as facilitates an eight –week study which will focus on all of the beginnings seen in Genesis 1-17.

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Our Winter/Spring Bible Study and Learning Opportunities Brochure is now available! Updated for January 2019. Click below to download!

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In 2016, GUMC launched a weekend event series entitled Faith Seeking Understanding. The series, which is an annual event, features noted religious scholars, preachers, musicians and others who can inspire and challenge the congregation and community beyond our current routines and comfort zones.

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