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

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 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. 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: 70-80

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: 50-75

ASBURY:
A diverse group of married and single friends with ages ranging from the 50’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: 40-55

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: 58-75

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. Ages: 75+.

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 60’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: 80+

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: 70s – 85

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: 68-90+ 

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: 70-90+

TRINITY:
A group of adults with school aged children (from elementary 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-40s to 60s

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: 20’s-40’s

NEW YOUNG ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS starts on September 19th in The Parlor.  This class for singles and couples in their 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s promises exciting lessons, new friends, fantastic socials and opportunities to participate in new and exciting service opportunities!

Adult Sunday School Classes meet from 10:00-10:45.  Please check out the list of lessons and teachers below for September 19 and join us!

John – Gospel of Light and Life by Adam Hamilton (Don Rhoads). Agape meets in Room 132, Chapel Building.

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus (Al Walton). Alpha meets in Room 136, behind the Fellowship Hall.

Germantown United Methodist Women (Chesley Porteous). Apostles meets in Room 338, Hamilton Ministry Center.

Acts – Catching Up With the Spirit by Matthew Skinner (Allison/Fritz). Asbury meets in The Cottage.

Saving Grace – A Guide to Financial Well-Being (Class Member Led). Celebration meets in Room 134, Chapel Building.

GUMC Present and Future (Henry Evans). Emmanuel meets in Room 131, Chapel Building.

Saving Grace – A Guide to Financial Well-Being (Dave Thompson). Emmaus Class meets in the OLEC Dance Room.

Current Issues (Alice McMurray). Fellowship Forum meets in Room 339, Hamilton Ministry Center.

The Letter of James (Glenda Brock). Fiser Covenant meets in Room 233, Chapel Building.

GUMC Present and Future (Jimmy Wright. Foundations meets in Room 133, Chapel Building.

Sermon on the Mount by AJ Levine (Dick Carruth). Gilbert meets in Room 232, Chapel Building.

OLEC – What You Don’t Know (Judy Oros). Horizon meets in Room 2, Adult Ed Building.

Stewardship (Chris Sobczak). Lamplighters meets in Room 342, Hamilton Ministry Center.

The Legacy (Judy Pearson). Seekers meets in Room 1, Adult Ed Building.

Moses – In the Footsteps of the Reluctant Prophet by Adam Hamilton. Trinity meets in Room 145, Chapel Building.

Football and Christianity (Whitney Oppenheim). Wesley 2.0 meets in the Fellowship Hall.

David vs. Goliath: Did the Underdog Win? (Jesse Adkinson). Young Adult Sunday School Class meets in the Parlor.  NEW CLASS!!

 

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.  Below is a list of our upcoming small group studies. For more information contact Mary Groh at mgroh@germantownumc.org

To register for classes, please click here.

God of Deliverance – A Study of Exodus 1-18
Wednesdays, August 18 – November 3; 9:45-11:45, via Zoom
Cost: $30.00
Facilitator: Chesley Porteous / chesleyporteous@gmail.com / 268-4884

The name Exodus means “departure,” and refers to the most important event in Israel’s history – the departure of the people of Israel from Egypt. In this women’s study, we will explore the freeing of the Hebrews from slavery and their journey to Mount Sinai. Author Jen Wilkin will show us that Israel’s story of God liberating his enslaved people and forming them into a nation with hope for the future is our story, too. Register at germantownumc.org.

 

Intersection: The Gospel of Mark and the United Methodist Hymnal

Thursdays, September 9 – 30, 10:00-11:00 am; Cost:  $16.00; Teacher: Todd Wilson

This study will focus on the relationship between scripture and song, specifically the Gospel of Mark as found in our UMC hymnal.  We will examine hymns that use stories and themes from Mark’s gospel. The hymnal contains 32 entries that are direct quotes or poetic interpretations of Mark. Free childcare is available. Register at germantownumc.org.

 

Mom Set Free – POSTPONED

Tuesday mornings, Sept. 14 – Nov. 9, 10:00 – 11:30 am; or

Wednesday evenings, Sept. 15 – Nov. 10, 6:00 – 7:15 pm

Cost: $20.00; Facilitator: Natalie Adkinson / nadkinson@germantownumc.org / 758-6525

As moms, we’re under constant pressure. We have to get it right in all areas of life – work, home, family, and faith. Those impossible standards leave us oscillating between worry, fear, anger, and shame. They threaten to steal all the wonder from parenting, life, and our personal relationship with God. In this 7-session study, discover how the gospel message can empower you to parent in the freedom of God’s Sovereignty. So that you can breathe deeper, walk lighter, enjoy your children – and the parenting journey – more than ever before. Free childcare is available. Register at germantownumc.org.

 

The Difficult Words of Jesus – A Beginner’s Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings

Tuesdays, September 21 – Nov. 2 (skipping Oct. 12); 9:30 – 11:00 am; Cost: $13.00

Facilitators: Mary Groh and Cathy Whitaker 

Sometimes Jesus spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult. He instructs disciples to hate members of their own families, to act as if they were slaves, and to sell their belongings and give to the poor. In this DVD study, biblical scholar and teacher, Dr. Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how they have been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation. Free childcare is available. Register at germantownumc.org.

 

SPIRIT QUEST – POSTPONED

Rev. Rick Kirchoff, Rev. Steve Stone, Rev. Brad Gabriel

Are you intrigued by the teachings of Jesus but leery of Church? Would you describe yourself as spiritual but not religious? Or do you resist labels all together? Whether you have never had a faith affiliation (and call yourself a “None”), or you have left an institutional Church in search of other expressions of spiritual community (and call yourself a “Done”), SPIRIT QUEST may be for you.

SQ is an eight-week safe space for the exploration of faith for the spiritually curious and those who feel out of sync with some of what they have been taught to believe.

Join us as we wrestle with some of the tough questions you’ve always wanted to ask but have been afraid to voice for fear of being thought a heretic.

Free childcare is available. Register at germantownumc.org.

 

Exodus: A Journey of Faith (Part One – “To the Mountain”) – POSTPONED

Wednesdays, September 22 – November 3, 6:00-7:00 pm
Rev. Tim Carpenter

Exodus is the story of a shared journey by the Israelites with God, and a journey shared in faith by all who would find freedom in the Lord. Join us through this chapter-by-chapter study of the book that sets the theme of freedom and salvation throughout the scriptures and in our faith.

 

Advent Studies

The Weary World Rejoices

Wednesdays, Nov. 3 – Dec. 15 (skipping November 24), 9:45-11:45 via Zoom; Cost: $15.00; 

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

Experience the Christmas season anew this year by studying Advent, why we celebrate it, and how it fuels our worship. Understand the anticipation and waiting the Old Testament world endured, the joy and new life signaled by the coming Christ, and the way Advent points to the glory of God still to come.

 

The Redemption of Scrooge

Tuesday evenings, Nov.16 – Dec. 14 (skipping Nov. 23), 6:00-7:00 pm; or

Wednesday mornings, Nov. 17 – Dec. 15 (skipping Nov. 24), 10:00-11:00 am

Cost: $14.00 (if you want a book)

Facilitator: Rev. Dr. Brad Gabriel / bgabriel@germantownumc.org / 754-7216

The Redemption of Scrooge, from Matt Rawle’s “The Pop in Culture Series”, shows us how the teachings of Jesus can be found in Dickens’ Christmas classic. From the ghosts of Christmas past to the Life of the present, and the resurrection of Christmas future, this Advent study will “bless us everyone” and reinvigorate our spiritual journeys as we look at this familiar story through the lens of faith. Free childcare is available. Register at germantownumc.org.

To register for classes, please click here.

 

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

No registration is needed, just purchase the book (or check-out from the library) and join us in Room 338 for a spirited discussion!

​September 27                    How May I Offend You Today?    Susannah B. Lewis

October 25                         The Keeper of Lost Things         Ruth Hogan

November 22                     That Old Ace in the Hole            Annie Proulx

Dec/Jan. 24, 2022              1984                                             George Orwell