Weekday Evening Opportunities
Sunday Morning Classes
- The Gospel and The News
- Inspired Parenting
- Questions of Faith
- Science and Religion
- Join the Journey
- Great Hall Sessions
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.
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. For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education.
Session 8: May 4, 11, 18, and 25
- Bible Study: 1 Corinthians
The apostle Paul founded the Christian church in Corinth. It was multicultural and made up of people from all different economic classes. In later years, he wrote a series of letters back to that church, encouraging them in their faith but calling them to task for their hypocrisy too. What does this letter to a diverse, conflicted Corinthian church have to say to our diverse, conflicted church today? Led by Patrick Landau
- Topical Study: Embracing Forgiveness. A study by Barbara Cawthorne Crafton
Forgiveness is not a job or task; it is not a conditional act to earn God’s love. It is a spiritual gift given freely by a God who simply wants to connect with us. Author Barbara Cawthorne Crafton shows how forgiveness can remove the tumor of anger from our hearts to become a means of grace that gives us back our humanity. Crafton’s thoughtful insight allows participants to weight the transforming power of forgiveness in their own lives. Led by Rev. Janet Craswell.
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.
Second and Fourth Wednesdays, 7pm, Vestry
We commit to education, reconciliation and support for congregational activities that promote understanding and action for racial justice in our Church and community.
Metropolitan Church affirms that all individuals are of sacred worth. The Racial Justice Task Force comes together for regular times of study, discussion, and reflection focused specifically on naming, understanding, healing, and rectifying the historic and continuing systemic inequalities and injustices experienced by African Americans and other people of color in our city and our nation. We also seek to highlight the unspoken and often unrecognized assumptions undergirding white privilege.
The Task Force welcomes all those worshiping at any Metropolitan location to join us as we seek to develop relevant service and advocacy strategies fitting our specific jurisdictional, geographical and social locations. We trust that we will be guided largely by the specific calls to racial justice work that God places on the hearts of church members. Everyone is welcome to join us. For more information, contact Maynard Moore or Shelley Jeanne Marcus.
We will be procuring resources on racial justice for the church library and providing shorter papers for review & discussion. Some of these may be accessed below:
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 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.
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 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! For more information, contact Rev. Kate Payton.
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.