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 May 16 and join us!

 

A New Reformation (Yolanda Toney)

Agape meets at 10:00 am in Room 342 and via Zoom.

Contact Yolanda Toney (yvctoney@gmail.com) for invite.

 

One Thing You Can’t Do in Heaven (Maureen Drummond)

Alpha meets at 10:30 am via Zoom.

Contact Bill Nation (bnation@prodigy.net) for invite.

 

You Are Not Alone by Max Lucado (Mike Goforth)

Apostles meets at 10:00 via Zoom.

Contact Mike Goforth (mgoforth@dsginc.net) for invite.

 

The Passion Play: Living the Story of Christ’s Last Days (Mary Groh)

Asbury meets at 10:00 am in The Cottage and via Zoom.

Contact Bill McLaughlin (Mclaughlinwilliam@comcast.net) for invite.

 

Ephie Johnson Neighborhood Christian Centers (Marian Carruth)

Celebration meets at 10:00 am in Room 338.

 

Chronological Bible Study

Emmanuel meets at 10:00 am Room 4, Adult Ed Building

 

The Church (Jimmy Wright)

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

 

Grace by Max Lucado (Sharon Ritz)

Fellowship Forum meets at 10:00 am in Room 339.

 

The Letter to the Hebrews (Jim Borden)

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

 

Half Truths by Adam Hamilton (Sarah Horrell)

Foundations meets at 10:00 am in the OLEC Oasis.

 

TBA (Doug Carpenter)

Gilbert meets at 10:00 am in Room 232

 

I’m Black, I’m Christian, I’m Methodist (Rev. Dr. Erin Beasley)  

Horizon meets at 10:00 am in Room 2, Adult Ed Building and via Zoom.

Contact Linda Colebank (lindac40@juno.com) for invite.

 

Ephesians – Paul’s New Humanity (Don Rhoads)

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

 

Three Christian Mothers Who Shaped Our Faith (Judy Pearson)

Seekers meets at 10:00 am in the Chapel.

 

Devotional and Conversation (Jay McKinney)

Trinity meets at 9:45 am in McVay Gardens Pavilion

 

Nehemiah (Elaine Wright)

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

 

TBA (Alma Pitner)

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

Sunday School Class Descriptions

AGAPE:
A multi-generational class with an emphasis on diversity of membership and warm fellowship with a variety of discussion and study topics. Join our fairly new class as we explore what it means to live a faith-centered life in the 21st Century. We are dedicated to providing an experience grounded in Christian love. Please join us as we grow in discipleship as we study, serve, and share life together.

 

ALPHA:
A warm-hearted class of couples and singles who are mostly empty-nesters. Class format is to have presentations by class members and guest speakers on a variety of topics that include Bible study, Social/Community issues, and  Christian practices. Regular class socials, supportive fellowship, and community outreach are emphasized. Visit us online at alphaclass.org or in person. We would love to meet you! Ages: 60-75

 

APOSTLES:
A class of couples and singles dedicated to lifting each other up through prayer, Biblical teaching and discussion, class socials, and caring for each other in times of need. We are a fun, active class who serves and supports various missions and ministries within the church and throughout the community. Ages: 45-65

ASBURY:
A diverse group of married and single friends with ages ranging from the 40’s to the 70’s (but all are welcome), who seek to support each other on our Christian journeys through fellowship, service, and education. Our diverse theological opinions lead to interesting discussions in which everyone’s opinion is valued and accepted. We are outgoing, fun loving, and actively involved in several church service projects. We meet in The Cottage which provides us with very close parking, ground floor access, kitchen, and a quiet meeting room area. We hope to see you soon! Ages: All ages are welcome!

CELEBRATION:
A class of couples and singles, some retired, some still working. Our programs are diverse, Biblically based, and often involve stimulating discussion. We are a supportive and caring community to each other in good times and bad. The class is involved in many ministry and mission projects, both financially, including a wide range of GUMC activities. We love to have fun together and welcome anyone for a small group at GUMC. Age: late 50s to mid-70s

EMMANUEL:
A class of couples and singles seeking to grow in a deeper relationship with Christ through biblical study and enjoyable discussion. Scripture-based ideology provides a basis for both classroom lessons and life experiences through group philanthropy and family fellowship. Ages: 30-50

 

EMMAUS:
A warm and friendly class that enjoys studying, praying and socializing together. We are all about friends, encouragement, prayer and the study of God’s Word, led by a rotating team of teachers who keep the Bible central to the discussions on a variety of topics relating to the challenges of Christian life. We often use our mission efforts (First Works, Kenya Mission Trip, Mountain T.O.P., Room in the Inn) as social functions that build friendships, cooperation and commitment in an enthusiastic and active manner for all class members. Ages: 57-75

FELLOWSHIP FORUM:
As the name implies, we are a lively discussion group. Our class members discuss a variety of contemporary issues in the context of Christian fellowship. Class members and invited speakers lead these discussions, and a wide variety of opinions are openly shard. Our ages range from retirement age to 90.

FISER COVENANT:
Our class is a warm and compassionate group of couples and singles. We choose a book of the Bible and journey through the book as led by the teacher. Enjoy this time of study and supportive fellowship. Ages: mid 50’s to 80+

FOUNDATIONS:
A class of couples and singles who strive to deepen our relationship with God through study, encourage and support one another through prayer and fellowship, and service our community together. We choose studies that spark conversation and have real life application. Ages: 35-50

GILBERT:
An energetic and vital group of couples and singles who study the Bible and related Christian topics. Our class has quarterly social outings promoting Christian fellowship. Maintaining a close relationship with our members and supporting each other in prayer are important to this class. We also support various ministries within our church plus missions throughout the community. Ages: 75+

HORIZON:
A friendly and inviting group of couples and singles who are continually seeking spiritual growth. We are involved in numerous church mission-focused activities. We enjoy fellowship, social activities and group events. Programs are focused on Bible studies, current church issues, and societal concerns led by class members or visiting speakers. Ages: 60s -70s

LAMPLIGHTERS:
Our class is a supportive fellowship of couples and singles. We are a busy, active class involved in serving the church and the community. Studies include both biblical topics and contemporary family and social issues. Service to others is a class priority. We have an active social calendar with fun outings and fellowships scheduled almost every month. Ages: 65-85 (Room 342)

SEEKERS:
An accepting and welcoming Christian community of couples and singles, where people are valued and quickly made to feel like they belong. We study a variety of biblical topics as well as contemporary, social and family issues. Service to others and the giving of our time, talent and gifts is an important and continuous aspect of our class activities. A variety of monthly social events bring us together for fellowship and relaxation. Ages: 60-90

TRINITY:
A group of adults with school aged children (from preschool to college) who enjoy current event and issue based discussions with a spiritual foundation. Our curriculum is varied and includes Christian parenting, relationships, studies of Biblical figures and much more. Singles and couples welcome! Ages: mid-30s to 50s

WESLEY 2.0:
We are a discussion based class with fresh weekly lessons that are taught by talented teachers from within our own church. Come join us as we actively support and encourage one another through prayer, fellowship, fun socials, and exciting service opportunities. For more information, please contact us at wesley2.0gumc@gmail.com. Ages: 25-42

WOMEN’S BIBLE CLASS:
A group of women of all ages and stages, using both traditional and modern Bible-based curriculum to grow in our faith, expand our knowledge of the Bible, strengthen our prayer life and develop supportive relationships with other women of faith. We are actively involved in several GUMC mission projects.
Women of any age are warmly invited to attend. For more information, call Alma Pitner at 755-3914.

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

March 22 | Hidden Valley Road | Robert Kolker

April 26 | The Girl They Left Behind | Roxanne Veletzos

May 24 | This Tender Land | William Ken Krueger

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 jshjohnson@gmail.com / 753-0431.

Adult Bible Study Classes

Small groups of Christians caring for one another, praying, and studying together are a foundation of Methodism and allow a participant to grow in his or her faith with the help of other people who can provide encouragement and support.  Below is a description of studies starting soon. For more information contact Mary Groh at mgroh@germantownumc.org

 

Why Do You Believe That? A Faith Conversation

Tuesdays, April 13 – May 18 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Cost: $13.00

Rev. Dr. Erin Beasley / ebeasley@germantownumc.org / 754-7216

How confident do you feel in talking about matters of faith? Do you wish you could express your beliefs with more effectiveness? Join Mary Jo Sharp in a practical seven-session study and gain understanding and skill to share Jesus effectively with others, and you’ll better understand your own faith. Answer your doubts, build your confidence, and start changing lives.

Chasing Vines: Finding Your Way to an Immensely Fruitful Life

Wednesdays, March 3 – April 14; 9:45-11:45, via Zoom

Cost: $12.00

Facilitator:  Chesley Porteous / chesleyporteous@gmail.com / 268-4884

Beloved Bible teacher Beth Moore explores the ways God delights in watching things grow – and how the vineyard holds the secret to how we can have a more abundant and meaningful life. Beth will take us on a spiritual journey to uncover how every part of our own lives – even the rockiest, most difficult soil – is used by God to make a difference for his Kingdom.