Adult Education

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

Please check out the list of lessons and teachers below for November 15 and join us!


-Called – Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice (Rebecca Veneklasen)

Agape meets at 10:00 am in Room 342


-Judith from the Apocrypha (Rev. Brad Gabriel)

Alpha meets at 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Bill Nation ( for invite.


-You Are Not Alone by Max Lucado (Mike Goforth)

Apostles meets at 10:00 via Zoom. Contact Mike Goforth ( for invite.


-The Gospel of Mark (Bill McLaughlin)

Asbury meets at 11:00 am in Room 136 and via Zoom. Contact Bill McLaughlin ( for invite.


-God’s Providential Influence on WWII (Bill Crawford)

Celebration meets at 10:15 am via Zoom. Contact Bryan Barger ( for invite.


-John – The Gospel of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton

Emmanuel meets at 10:00 am in the Adult Education Building, Room 4


-Reading the Epistles (Dave Thompson)

Emmaus Class meets at 10:00 am at the Trinity Center, McVay Park


-We Did Some Things Right! (Judy Pearson)

Fellowship Forum meets at 10:00 am in Room 339


-Paul’s Letter to Philippians (Jim Borden)

Fiser Covenant meets at 10:00 am in Room 233, Chapel Building.


-Love Does by Bob Goff

Foundations meets at 10:00 am in OLEC Oasis


-The Electoral College (Jack Ridner)

Gilbert meets at 10:00 am in Room 232


-Because of Bethlehem

Horizon meets at 10:00 am in Room 2, AEB and via Zoom Contact Linda Colebank ( for invite.


-Life Interruptions (Maureen Drummond)

Lamplighters meets at 10:00 am in the OLEC Dance Room


-Invitation to Presence by Wendy Miller

Pathfinders meets at 10:30 am via Zoom. Contact Dawn Carpenter ( for invite.


-Principles for Living Faithfully and Fruitfully During Times of Crisis (Rev. Richard Smith)

Seekers meets at 10:00 am in the Chapel.


-Devotional and Conversation (Jay McKinney)

Trinity meets at 9:45 am in the Pavilion at McVay Park


-The Epistles and the Spread of Christianity (Ross Hamilton)

Wesley 2.0 meets at 10:00 am in the Fellowship Hall.


-The Gospel of Luke (Carla McCrary)

Women’s Bible Class meets at 10:00 am in the Bride’s Room

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!

Upcoming Events:

To register for classes, please click here.

Monday Monthly Book Club  |  4th Mondays  |  10:00 a.m. - Noon

September 28, 2020| The Tattooist of Auschwitz| Heather Morris

October 26, 2020| A Good American| Alex George

November 23, 2020| I'll Push You| Patrick Gray/ Justin Skeesuck

Dec./jan. 25, 2021| Silas Marner| George Eliot

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

For meeting location contact Jan Johnson at / 753-0431.

Learning to Walk in the Dark

Thursdays, September 10—October 8
10:00—11:00 a.m. via Zoom, Cost: $11.00
Rev. Dr. Erin Beasley/

From the New York Times bestselling author of An Altar in the World, Barbara Brown Taylor’s Learning to Walk in the Dark provides a way to find spirituality in those times when we don’t have all the answers. Taylor has become increasingly uncomfortable with our tendency to associate all that is good with lightness and all that is evil and dangerous with darkness. In Learning to Walk in the Dark, Taylor asks us to put aside our fears and anxieties and to explore all that God has to teach us “in the dark.” Through darkness we find courage, we understand the world in new ways, and we feel God’s presence around us, guiding use through things seen and unseen. Often, it is while we are in the dark that we grow the most.

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

Wednesdays, September 16—November 4
(Continuing Jan. 6-Feb. 24, 2021)
6:00-7:00 p.m. In-person; Cost: FREE
Rev. Tim Carpenter/

The phrase “kingdom of heaven” appears over thirty times in Matthew’s Gospel. It is the heart of Jesus’ preaching and the focus of his public ministry. What is this kingdom? Is it a time, a place, a state of being? What is it’s scope and significance? Why did Jesus say the kingdom of God is at hand? Join Rev. Tim Carpenter for this 16-week study based on the Gospel of Matthew. Due to social distancing guidelines, we must limit the number of participants.
Pre-registration is required.

A Few Women of Faith

Tuesdays September 15—November 3, 6-7 p.m. (via Zoom)
Wednesdays, September 16—November 4, 10 –11 a.m. (In-person)
 Cost: FREE
Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel/

In one of his collections, the late Reverend Michael Williams notes, “The stories of women in the Bible have not traditionally received the attention they deserve. It is clear from the Hebrew narratives that God employed women as voices to speak God’s word and persons to enact God’s will.” The stories also show women as every bit as complex and conflicted as any man (save Jesus) in the scriptures. This season we will spend some time with a few of these women of our faith. Due to social distancing guidelines, we must limit the number of participants. Pre-registration is required.

Sermon on the Mount
A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven

Tuesdays, September 15—October 20
9:30—11:00 a.m. via Zoom; Cost: $12.00
Mary Groh/
Cathy Whitaker/ 412-8155

What must it have been like to hear Jesus deliver the Sermon on the Mount? What did his words mean to people in the crowd? How did it change their lives? What do his words mean to us today and how do they change our lives? In this 6-week, DVD study based on Matthew 5-7, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine explores the major topics in the most popular sermon ever delivered, providing historical and theological context and using a solid knowledge of Hebrew Scriptures.

Getting Your Life Back on Track
and Restoring Your Balance

Thursdays, September 10—October 22
6:30—7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Dinah Allison/ 486-2265
Beth Burgess/ 246-8705

Do you feel like you need to hit a reset button and get back on track to a healthier, happier, peace-filled and more balanced lifestyle? Then join this unique Bible study and rediscover the joy of healthy living! This 7-session study is about finding balance in every area of your life: spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical by intentionally focusing on scripture, prayer, and increasing activity levels. With food choices and exercise recommendations from the OLEC  directors and instructors, this study will help you to become healthier and stronger in all areas of your life.

Better - A Study of Hebrews

Wednesdays, August 26—November 4
9:45—11:45 a.m. via Zoom; Cost:  $22.00
Chesley Porteous/ 268-4884

The Letter to the Hebrews’ central and best-known metaphor presents Jesus as the “great high priest” who offers himself as the “once for all” sacrifice. Written for a specific people and culture in the midst of martyrdom and persecution, it is also relevant for us today. In this DVD study, Jen Wilkin explores how God “provided something better for us” in the person of Jesus and how Jesus is the fulfillment of every promise.

Permission Granted:
Be Who You We Made to Be and Let Go of the Rest

Mondays, September 14—November 9, 10—11 a.m.
Tuesdays, September 15—November 10, 6:30 –7:30 p.m.
In-person; Cost: $13.00
Lisa Pierce/

Author Melissa Camara Wilkins invites women to discover the profound simplicity of dropping pretenses and allowing themselves to be fully human – flaws and all.  This is a study about letting go of who you think you’re supposed to be and becoming who you really are. For all women who feel the pressure to fit in and measure up, Permission Granted is a life-giving invitation to soul-level simplicity.

Get Out of Your Head:

Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts

Wednesdays, September 16—October 21
6:00—7:15 p.m. In-person; Cost: $10.00
Dr. Kristin Miller/

Are your thoughts holding you captive? Feeling stuck, frustrated, and defeated? This study dives into Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, imploring and encouraging us to become entirely new kinds of humans whose minds are set solely on Christ. Author Jennie Allen challenges women to exercise their God-given power to shift negative thinking patterns and take control of their thoughts and emotions. This is the perfect study for mothers and daughters to take together!

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