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Print“See, God is doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
– Isaiah 43:19

 

 

There’s something for everyone at FCU – including FirstKids! Each spring and fall, a thorough course offering will bring diverse teachers from around Dallas to feed your spirit and curiosity.

Classes typically meet Tuesday or Wednesday nights, and childcare is provided. On Wednesday nights, everyone involved in FCU is invited for a fellowship dinner at 5:45 p.m., followed by Adult Classes and Children’s Programs. Tuesday night classes begin with a gathering time from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for conversation, coffee, and cookies.

Spring Classes Begin Jan. 18

Click here to register beginning Jan. 4.

Monday Nights:

Disciple Fast Track, led by Blair Thompson and Katie Corder
5:45 to 7:15 p.m., starting on January 18 (24 sessions)

This beloved Bible study enjoyed by millions is now available in a time frame that fits your busy life! You will read and explore the whole Bible in this 24-week week study (12 weeks on the Old Testament/12 weeks on the New Testament). As one member recently said: “Disciple Bible changed my life. My faith is so much deeper now.” Join this study in January and grow deeper in your faith!

Tuesday Afternoon: 

Beyond the Broken Heart, led by Rev. Wally Butts
from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., starting on January 19 (5 sessions)

How do you understand grief when your heart is broken by the death of a loved one? To survive and live forward, those who grieve must find answers. “Beyond the Broken Heart” is a support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved. During our time together, we’ll draw from scriptural wisdom as we explore issues of grief, share in spiritual encouragement for a life of renewed hope and joy, and seek to develop specific coping strategies needed to guide us back to fullness of life.

Tuesday Nights:

Discover Your Enneagram Type, led by Susan Holloway, Lennijo Henderson, and Gary Duke
from January 19 through April 5 (12 sessions)

The Enneagram is an ancient tool for understanding ourselves and others by teaching characteristics of nine different personality types. Learning them allows us to separate our own egos from the indwelling voice of the Holy Spirit, so that we grow and renew spiritually into God’s desire for our reconciliation and resurrection. Twelve Tuesday night classes combine instructional DVDs by Enneagram master, Suzanne Stabile, with interactive discussion/ activities and skilled facilitation by FUMC members.

“Christianity and World Religions” by Adam Hamilton led by Tom Downing
from January 19 through Feb. 16 (6 sessions)

Christianity and World Religions by Adam Hamilton – Examines four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism. He wrestles with tough questions: Why are there so many different religions? How should Christians view other religions? How is God at work in other religions? What is the fate of those who earnestly pursue God through other religions?

Where Did You Come From? The Story of Your Family led by Kelvin Meyers
from January 19 through Feb. 16 (5 sessions)

Family, we all have one. Have you ever wondered about those who came before you? This 5 week course will give you the skills to begin your journey to the past and help you start writing your story. Learn where to look and how to use sources to your advantage.

 

Wednesday Nights:
Jan. 20-Feb. 24 (with a week off for Ash Wednesday)

Struggle for Racial Equality, Courageous Remembering, organized by Church and Society

Because God has given us the gift of each other, the FUMC Church and Society Council offers: U.S. Struggle for Racial Equality: Courageous Remembering. Five weeks of documentary films, book review, and guided interactive discussion. We’ll explore where we’re going as a people in context of U.S. history from Reconstruction through the 1960’s civil rights era.

Those who were did not take Race and Culture: Courageous Conversations in Fall 2015 are welcome and strongly encouraged to read Waking Up White by Debbie Irving and view a PBS documentary, “Race: The Story We Tell” as prerequisites to this class.

General Conference 2016 and You! How Methodism Can Improve Your Heart Health, led by Dr. Andy Stoker

The United Methodist Church gathers as a denomination in Portland, Oregon this spring. Dr. Andy Stoker is a reserve delegate for the North Texas Conference. In this course, we will discuss the significant issues of the UMC and how these affect FirstChurch’s mission and ministry. Learn a little history, share a bit of yourself, imagine what God is doing in light and even in spite of us.

TED Talks: Exploring Ideas to Change Attitudes, Lives, and the World, led by Rev. Blair Thompson

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas through short, powerful talks. Each week, our class will view a talk, discuss the idea shared, and discern our faithful response by drawing insight from the Bible and other spiritual teachers. We’ll explore a variety of relevant ideas that will engage our hearts and minds and may even inspire us to change ourselves and change the world.

Christianity and World Religions led by Rev. Tom Downing

Christianity and World Religions by Adam Hamilton – Examines four major world religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism. He wrestles with tough questions: Why are there so many different religions? How should Christians view other religions? How is God at work in other religions? What is the fate of those who earnestly pursue God through other religions?

Modern Girl’s Bible Study, led by Jennifer Tolin

Using Jen Hatmaker’s “Make Over: Revitalizing the Many Roles You Fill” we will explore what women from the Bible have to say about balancing our sanity with great expectations. From managing our time and setting priorities to organizing our world, we will share together with women like Hannah, Naomi and Deborah to see how women in the Bible and women of faith now, are not all that different!

Pajamas and Prayers for Preschoolers, led by Tom and Bethany Erickson

Even preschoolers can explore the Bible, and learn about God’s plan and how they fit into it. Tom and Bethany Erickson invite your 3-to-5-year-olds to join them in a child-sized exploration of their own spiritual life, and then use the take-home materials to start the conversations about your family’s spiritual life. Please note: This class is not child care, so please enroll your child for this specific class if you would like them to attend.

Mission Possible Kids for Elementary

Briefing from Mission Possible Kids: IDENTIFICATION SEQUENCE STARTING…..to proceed, think: ‘With God, All things are possible’  PROCESSING…..STATUS: ACTIVATED. You are now entering MPKids, proceed joyfully!  NEXT TOP SECRET MISSION: Come and find out! SHOULD YOU ACCEPT THIS CHALLENGE, YOU’LL: Learn how YOU can make a difference in your community and change the world.

Saturdays:
from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 23, 20, Feb. 13, 27

Conscious Aging, by Dr. Mary Anne Reed, at Walnut Hill UMC

We are partnering with Walnut Hill UMC to offer a national program called, “Conscious Aging.” Dr. Mary Ann Reed is a trained facilitator and will offer helpful resources and wisdom about growing older. As one participant said, “It’s an inspiring vision for aging that recognizes the vast potential for life’s elder chapters to be infused with purpose, passion, and continual growth!” Whether you are experiencing this yourself or walking alongside someone who is, this is a course that can give you inspiration, guidance, and support.

Monday, Feb 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Lecture with Dr. Walter Brueggemann, with dinner and discussion beforehand with Rev. Linda and Frank Roby

Dr. Walter Brueggemann, world-renowned theologian and author, is coming to Perkins School of Theology’s Minsters Week 2016. You’re invited to dinner and discussion with Rev. Linda and Frank Roby before attending the lecture together. Dr. Brueggemann is Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. He is a past president of the Society of Biblical Literature and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He has recently published Psalms: New Cambridge Bible Commentary, Sabbath as Resistance, and Reality, Grief, Hope.

March 3-5

Perkins Theological School for the Laity with Rev. Blair Thompson

Join Rev. Blair for this weekend of engaging lectures and dynamic classes with Perkins professors. The schedule is below:

  • Thursday at 7 p.m.: Begins with keynote address by Larry James
  • Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Class by Dr. Alyce McKenzie: “Short Sentences from Long Experience: the Bible’s Proverbial Wisdom for Today”
  • Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Class by Dr. Wes Allen, “The Bible’s Longest Parable: The Gospel of Mark”
  • Sunday at noon: Lunch with Rev. Blair to debrief experience

 

Second Session: April 6 through May 4

Wednesday Nights

Social Justice, in Thought and Action: The Bible, and More, on Social Justice, led by Randy Mayeux

 

“I was hungry; welcome the stranger; never oppress the poor; all are one in Christ Jesus…”This short series will combine synopses of contemporary books, and key passages from Scripture, to help us to explore big topics like poverty, housing, and incarceration, so that we might discern what it means to let justice roll down like a river.

Sticks and Stones led by Kathleen Fisher:

 Animate: Bible led by Brandi Manes

Animate: Bible features perspectives from leading Christian thought leaders on topics such as the canon, history, testament, gospels, genre, interpretation, and grace. Animate: Bible poses questions people really have, and then encourages participants to respond—answers aren’t included.

The Story We Find Ourselves In led by Tom Downing

This fictional story invites reflection on the non-fiction story we find ourselves in – that is, the narrative of God’s presence and meaning in the world now and in the future. McLaren’s witty and wise characters take on difficult, faith busting themes, from evolution and evangelism to death and the meaning of life – and reveal that the answers to life’s pressing spiritual questions often come from the most unlikely stories.

Women’s Group led by Rev. Blair Thompson

Pajamas and Prayers for Preschoolers, led by Tom and Bethany Erickson

Even preschoolers can explore the Bible, and learn about God’s plan and how they fit into it. Tom and Bethany Erickson invite your 3-to-5-year-olds to join them in a child-sized exploration of their own spiritual life, and then use the take-home materials to start the conversations about your family’s spiritual life. Please note: This class is not child care, so please enroll your child for this specific class if you would like them to attend.

Mission Possible Kids for Elementary

Briefing from Mission Possible Kids: IDENTIFICATION SEQUENCE STARTING…..to proceed, think: ‘With God, All things are possible’  PROCESSING…..STATUS: ACTIVATED. You are now entering MPKids, proceed joyfully!  NEXT TOP SECRET MISSION: Come and find out! SHOULD YOU ACCEPT THIS CHALLENGE, YOU’LL: Learn how YOU can make a difference in your community and change the world.

For the Love: A Class for Mothers and Daughters, led by Jennifer Tolin and Dorian Albert

A new and exciting mother and daughter (ages 11-17) class. Based off of Jen Hatmaker’s newest book, For the Love. Moms will engage in lively discussion of the book while their daughters participate in fun and relevant activities to explore the theme of grace in their lives. We will end each night with a special activity together designed to help moms and daughters learn about each other, grow together and gain a new perspective on how to do life and church together.

Click here to register beginning Jan. 4.

Parking for FCU:
Parking in the Bryan Tower garage is FREE – but you must bring your parking ticket in and have it stamped at the Welcome Desk.

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