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Sunday Morning Classes

United Methodist 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. 

Join the Journey

Tuesdays, 7pm, Wesley Library*
Interested in joining our church? Want to learn more about the Christian faith, Methodist Church, and us here at Metropolitan, Wesley, and St. Luke’s? This is the small group for you! Rev. Dottie Yunger leads our Sunday group at Metropolitan during the study hour (Room 106) and Rev. Kate Payton leads our Thursday evening group at 7pm at Wesley Library (5312 Connecticut Ave., NW). Contact: Rev. Kate Payton. *5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Food for Thought - 2015 - 2016 Schedule

Every Wednesday evening, you're invited to a community dinner in the Vestry between 6pm and 7 pm. Enjoy a chef-prepared meal with friends old and new. Dinner is $8/adult, $5/child, with a maximum of $20/family. AU students pay what you can. Reservations are appreciated for planning purposes; reserve your meal here!

After you feed your body, feed your mind and soul with a mid-week study. Food for Thought features two different study opportunities: a Bible study and a topical study. Studies change monthly, so you can choose a Bible study one month and a topical study the next, without missing pieces of either. The Bible study is led by Bob Olson, co-chair of the Learning Pillar, and Rev. Charlie Parker, the senior pastor of the Metropolitan Church. Topical studies will be led by different individuals throughout the year. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education.

Session 4: February 3, 17 and 24 (No Class February 10, Ash Wednesday)

  • Bible Study: Song of Songs. Whether or not anyone sends you flowers on Valentine’s Day, God loves you passionately. The Song of Songs is passionate love poetry that has traditionally been interpreted as an allegory of God’s love for Israel, and for all people. (Led by Rev. Charlie Parker and Bob Olson).
  • Topical Study: Mysterious Millennials? Myths and Realities About Young Adults and the Church. There has been a recent surge of interest in the Millennial generation both inside and outside of the church. What is a Millennial -- and does it matter? Join David Hosey* and Patrick Landau** for a demystifying and deepening look at how members of the largest and most diverse generation in U.S. history think about faith, family, and community. We'll unpack commonly used-and-confused terminology, look at key trends, and hear from Real Actual Millennials (not as seen on TV)! We'll also talk about how the church can relate and share journeys with the Millennials in our midst -- and what that might mean for our ministry at Metropolitan. (Led by David Finnegan-Hosey and Patrick Landau.)

*David Finnegan-Hosey serves as associate chaplain for the United Methodist Protestant Community at American University. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary, he has been in ministry with young adults for the past 8 years. From 2007-10 he worked with United Methodist partner organizations in Palestine/Israel and Washington, DC through the young adult mission program of UMC Global Ministries.
**Patrick Landau is youth director at Metropolitan. In addition to working with Millennials, both Patrick and David are Millennials themselves. 

Disciple Bible Study

Thursdays, 7pm, Conference Room
Disciple Bible Study offers a chance to grow in faith and scriptural knowledge while forming a community with other members of the class. New classes form in September each year. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell.


Sunday Morning Classes

The Gospel and the News

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.

Inspired Parenting

Held in the Fireplace Room. Open to parents with kids of all ages, this class is a safe space to share the week's parenting challenges and joys. We talk about helping keep our kids grounded and passing along lessons of our faith. It is a great place to find advice, feel affirmed, and become connected with other parents in our church community. Drop in as you can -- newcomers always welcome. For more information, contact Caralee Adams.

Questions of Faith

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.

Science and Religion

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.

Join the Journey

Held in Room 106: This small group is for those interested in joining our church--or those who simply want to learn more about the Christian faith, Methodist Church, and us here at Metropolitan Memorial, Wesley, and St. Luke’s! Rev. Dottie Yunger leads a group at Metropolitan Memorial on Sundays during the 10:10am study hour in Room 106. Rev. Kate Payton and Janet Burkhart lead a group at Wesley on Thursday evenings at 7pm in the Library. Contact: Rev. Kate Payton. *5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Great Hall Sessions

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.