Weekday Evening Opportunities
Sunday Morning Classes
- The Gospel and The News
- Bible Plus Class
- Parenting Group
- 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.
Every Third Monday of the Month, 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 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 Payton and Janet Burkhart lead our Tuesday evening group at Wesley UMC at 7pm in the Library. Contact: Rev. Kate Payton. *5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Food for Thought: Every Wednesday, Every Week!
Wednesdays, 6pm - Dinner (Make Reservations), 7pm - Study l Class Schedule
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)! For more information, contact Rev. Janet Craswell, Director of Christian Education. February Classes include:
- Bible Study: Luke - Led by Rev. Charlie Parker and Bob Olson. From birth to resurrection, the Gospel of Luke presents Jesus of Nazareth as the savior of the entire world, and focuses on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Luke offers parables such as the prodigal son, the shepherd and the lost sheep, and the woman with the lost coin to show the great extent to which God will go to reclaim the least, the last, and the lost.
- Topical Study: “Worthy Before God: An LGBTQ-inclusive theology.” Led by AhnnaLise Stevens-Jennings, this small group will provide a theological basis for what it means to be a reconciling congregation. We will explore what it means to be a reconciling community through Bible study, conversation, service projects, prayer, advocacy, discipleship, and cross campus cooperation. We will discuss what it means to be an LGBTQ person in the Church, and do projects that will help to continue making our community a fully welcoming and inclusive one.
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 Fireplace Room: This group meets and discusses real life parenting questions. For more information, contact, Barbara Green.
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 Payton and Janet Burkhart lead our Tuesday evening group at Wesley UMC at 7pm in the Library. Contact: Rev. Kate 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.