Weekday Evening Opportunities
- Mondays at the Parsonage
- Join the Journey
- Food for Thought
- September Walking Bible Study
- Covenant Bible Study
- Leadership Development Training
Sunday Morning Classes
- The Gospel and The News
- Bible Plus Class
- Questions of Faith
- Science and Religion
- Join the Journey
- Great Hall Sessions
United Methodists Women
Six different fellowship circles for women of different ages meet at a variety of times throughout the month for study, fellowship and mission engagement.
Monday, September 15, 6:30pm, Parsonage
Join us every 3rd Monday of the month for an informal potluck dinner and reflection on how we make space for God. Using Don Postema’s book Space for God as a guide, we will learn to deepen our practice of spirituality and prayer. Feel free to join us even if you are not following the book (but do be ready to share your stories about connecting with God)! Contact: Rev. Kate Murphey Payton.
Tuesdays, 7pm, Wesley Library*
Interested in becoming members of Metropolitan, Wesley, and St. Luke’s? This is the small group for you! Two options are available every week for your convenience. Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson and Rev. Dottie Yunger lead our Sunday group at Metropolitan during the study hour and Rev. Kate Murphey Payton and Janet Burkhart lead our Tuesday evening group at Wesley UMC at 7pm in the Library. Contact: Rev. Kate Murphey Payton. *5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Food for Thought: Every Wednesday, Every Week!
Wednesdays, 6pm - Dinner, 7pm - Study
Feed your body, mind, and soul with a chef-prepared dinner followed by your choice of two classes. Dinner is $7/adult, $4/child, with a maximum of $20/family. College students pay what you can. Reserve your spot for dinner (requested but not required)! September classes include:
- Bible study: The Gospel of Mark. The oldest of the gospels, Mark offers a vivid portrayal of a very human Jesus, and the tension between his teaching and the powers-that-be around him. Led by Rev. Charlie Parker and Bob Olson.
- United Methodist History: who we are, why we are, and how we got to where we are. Join us for a quick romp through the story of the Wesley brothers, and the birth and growth of the Methodist church in America. See how God has used the Methodist Church throughout US history and look forward to where we might be headed. Led by Rev. Janet Craswell.
For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education.
Thursday, September 11, 7pm, Wesley Library*
Join us Thursdays in September as we learn a parable and then walk around the neighborhood, discussing the parable as we go. Count on walking 1-2 miles at a leisurely pace, and bring water! Contact: Rev. Kate Murphey Payton. *5312 Connecticut Ave. NW
Beginning Thursday, October 2, 7:30pm, Fireplace Room
Space is limited to 12 participants, so register today!
Join us Thursday evenings for Covenant, an in-depth group Bible Study that centers around our relationships with God, with each other, and with the world. It differs from other Bible studies in that it emphasizes the biblical concept of Covenant—the enduring commitment between God and people—as a unifying pattern throughout the entire Bible. It underscores the unique relationship that God chooses with us as God's people.
Covenant study covers the whole Bible by moving between the Old and New Testaments—discussing books from each in a way that shows the interconnectedness of scripture as a whole. Each week's episode includes a thought-provoking 20-minute video conversation between biblical experts that stimulates further discussion and reflection among the group members. Through community—through shared reflection and engagement together—we can best discover the Bible's transformative power.
To help the Covenant group deal with busy schedules, the episodes are structured in a modular way to provide flexibility without sacrificing committed study. Three 8-episode segments each explore a different aspect of Covenant life. Each will examine what Covenant means, and the progression of a Covenant relationship with God.
- Creating the Covenant (October 2-November 20). Examine how the Covenant community is created and established.
- Living the Covenant (January 8-February 26). Learn how the community lives out their Covenant in faithful love—how it’s applied to actual relationships in everyday life.
- Trusting the Covenant (March 5-April 30...no class April 2). Discover the crises that sometimes call Covenant life into question, and how we are restored to trust in God when troubling things happen.
Covenant Bible Study creates a learning experience where scripture meets everyday experience—within and beyond the sphere of church life. It builds trust in others as well as confidence in scripture. And it provides an exciting new opportunity to better understand God's call, God's love, and God's unexpected favor. For more information, contact Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education.
Enriching the Soul Through Leadership Development
Check back for upcoming classes. Taking on a church leadership role can be a sacred calling — an opportunity to serve God and one another by applying our talents to some aspect of the work in which the church is engaged. When we consent to teach a class, serve on or chair a committee, or organize a one-time or on-going effort, we are assuming a leadership role.
What inspires us to perform such a role can vary — and can be deeply personal. How well we succeed in this role, however, often depends on how well we inspire those whom we’ve been asked to lead. Yet good leadership skills come not from being blessed with charisma, but rather from developing a set of tools that enable a leader to foster cooperation, creativity, and commitment among his or her team. By marshaling these strengths, groups are able to effectively perform such tasks and achieve larger objectives.
Sunday Morning Classes
Held in the Library: This casual adult Sunday school class focuses on specific “Good News” current events - with relation to Christian and Biblical theology. There are good and Godly things going on in the world, but they don’t usually make the headlines, and don’t typically grab our attention. This class looks beyond the headlines for positive stories and perspectives. Class discussion and sharing of opinions will be encouraged. No prep or homework required. Drop in for a few minutes, hang around for an hour, come every week, or whenever you would like. For more information, contact Jon and Lisa White.
Held in the Christie Room: A diverse, small group fellowship which studies the Bible and other literature in order to grow in faith, strengthen our devotion to God, and serve others. For more information, contact Debbie Gustowski.
Held in the Conference Room: This group addresses issues of personal faith development and current trends in Christian thought, as well as social and ethical issues in light of the Christian faith. Newcomers are welcome. For more information, contact Diane Moody.
Held in the Parlor: This class involves vigorous dialogue on matters of faith and “contemporary thought.” There are visitors and newcomers just about every week. For more information, contact Maynard Moore.
Held in Room 106: This small group is for those interested in becoming members of Metropolitan, Wesley, and St. Two options are available every week for your convenience. Rev. Drema McAllister-Wilson and Rev. Dottie Yunger lead our Sunday group at Metropolitan during the study hour and Rev. Kate Murphey Payton and Janet Burkhart lead our Tuesday evening group at Wesley UMC at 7pm in the Library. Contact: Rev. Kate Murphey Payton. *5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Periodically, study lectures and discussions are held in the Great Hall. Frequently, these are held as “Grounds for Discussion” in which Dr. Parker leads a discussion of his sermon for the day. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education.