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Adult Studies

  • Some studies are short-term (4-8 weeks); some are long-term (28-34 weeks).
  • New studies are offered throughout the year.
  • Studies focus on a wide variety of topics, including the Bible, theology, Christian living, spiritual growth and social justice.

For information about participating in a study, visit the Connect Desk or contact Rev. Donna McKee at or 817-282-7384, ex. 38.

Starting Point

Whether a person is new to the Christian faith, new to this church, new to United Methodism, or just new to asking questions about their faith, Starting Point offers orientation to and first steps toward a life of discipleship.

Monthly one-time gatherings: On the first Sunday of every month, clergy/staff and laity will give an overview of discipleship and answer questions about the ministries of the church. Drop-ins are welcome.

Starting Point offers a series of three-week courses:

UMC, A to Z

Series focus is on the vocabulary, theology, and practices that are unique to United Methodism.
Rev. Beth Stuyck, Facilitator

Registration will be available as soon as new dates are announced.

Spiritual Gifts

Series focuses on learning about and identifying your own spiritual gifts.
Rev. Holly Dittrich, Facilitator. 

Registration will be available as soon as new dates are announced.

This Is Us

Series focuses on our church’s understanding of discipleship as “connection”. Class is offered in March and September.

Registration will be available as soon as new dates are announced.

For more information on any of the Starting Point offerings, please email Sarah Garza.

Cross Cultural Conversations

All adults are welcome to join in a Cross Cultural Conversation every Wednesday at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Each week, we share our own culture perspective on a specific topic and experience enlightening, life-giving conversation. For a Zoom invitation, contact Rev. Donna McKee at   or Rev. Dr. Joseph Kazadi at 

Connect Bible Study (Zoom)

The Book of Acts
Tuesdays in September at 7 p.m.

During the month of September, join Rev. Sarah Garza as we explore the book of Acts. Register to receive Zoom link. No additional resources needed besides your Bible.

REGISTER online

Watch for future Bible Studies led by our staff!

Spanish Speakers Bible Study (Zoom)

Sundays at 9:30 a.m.

Estás invitado a nuestro estudio Bíblico en español, los Domingos a las 9:30 a.m. Aprenderemos juntos la palabra de Dios.

If you are interested, please contact Rev. Donna McKee at   for more information and to receive the Zoom meeting code. 

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Young Professionals (Zoom)

This group of 22-30ish-year-old in their first jobs or graduate school meets on Monday evenings via Zoom at 7 p.m. for fellowship and discussion. If you fall into this category and are, or know someone, looking for a small group to connect with, we welcome you!

Contact for the meeting code.

Wednesday Morning Study (Zoom)

1 Corinthians: Searching for the Depths of God by Jaime Clark-Soles
Wednesday at 10 a.m., 6-weekly sessions beginning September 1
Rev. Donna McKee, Facilitator

1 Corinthians is basically a letter Paul wrote to a people who were trying a wild new social experiment known as a Christian community. Centuries later, our churches deal with many of the same issues Paul addresses. In this study, Jaime Clark-Soles explores these topics as well as the interesting world of the first-century church.

Participants can purchase books from their preferred bookseller and will receive Zoom information upon registration. 

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The Difficult Words of Jesus

Sundays, September 5-October 10
9:45-10:45 a.m. • Wesley 124
Liz and Joe Motley, Facilitators

Jesus sometimes spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult. For instance, he instructs disciples to hate members of their own families (Luke 14:26). In The Difficult Words of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings, 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.

Participants will receive information regarding study materials after registering for the class.

For information about registration and study materials, email Liz Motley using the button below.

EMAIL REGISTRATION

New! Zoom Book Study Group

Thursdays, September 9-October 28
7 p.m. • ZOOM
Michell Phifer, Facilitator

All adults are welcome to join in a new group that will begin by examining the novel The Red Tent by Anita Diamant. The participants will spend approximately eight weeks with Diamant’s novel with reading assignments of about 50 pages per week. Other books that follow may be fiction or non-fiction, depending on the desires of the group. The hope is that this on-going group will be fun, but also an intellectually stimulating study of literature, history, religion and culture with a biblical underpinning.

Zoom information will be emailed upon registration.

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Journey Class: A Remix

Sundays at 9:45 a.m. • C110 (Confirmation Room)
Rev. Donna McKee, Facilitator

Christian parents are committed to providing their children with a good faith foundation. But, often, it is not easy for young and/or new parents to find the time and energy to focus on their own relationship with God. If this sounds familiar, Sunday morning is a good time to drop off your little ones in the nursery or Testament Travels and join other young parents for a time of learning and fellowship. Each week, there will be little to no preparation required and know that if you happen to nod off from lack of sleep, we’ll let you nap till the end of class!

Understanding Your Grief

Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning October 5
Wesley 124, Rev. Donna McKee, Facilitator

After the loss of a loved one, it is often hard to understand the complex—and painful—thoughts and feelings we experience as we grieve. During this six-week study, we will explore some touchstones that can be helpful in the healing process.

Participants will receive books at the first session on October 5.

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Holy Conversation: Talking about God Every Day

Sundays, October 10-November 21
9:45-10:45 a.m. • Wesley 124
Chris Kuyendall, Facilitator

Today people are fascinated by spirituality, and they have lots of questions. Who better to talk with them than Christians? Trouble is, many of us don't know how to talk about our faith or are uneasy about religious salesmanship and canned evangelistic formulas. In Holy Conversation, author Richard Peace uses small, easy steps in explaining the gospel in plain language and encourages us in practical ways to share our faith with friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Participants will receive information regarding study materials after registering for the class.

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