Adult Ministry

Adult Ministry

Grow deeper in faith and community. Whether you are new to HPCUMC or you have been hanging around waiting for an opportunity, there is a group for you. Groups for learning meet throughout the week. These groups combine fellowship, study, and sharing in a comfortable friendly atmosphere.

Summer Sermon Discussions

June 16th - August 18th

Join a staff member in the Library or via Zoom after each service at 9:15 am, 10:45 am, or 12:15 pm to discuss the sermon! Grab a cup of coffee from the Welcome Center and head to the library to share your thoughts, takeaways, and/or questions after the sermon.

Meeting ID: 891 6652 6282
Passcode: 406403

Sunday School Classes

Sunday School Classes


Adult Bible Study Class with Pete Rudowski, Library

The Adult Bible Study Class is led by Rev. Pete Rudowski, a retired Lutheran pastor, and is made up of adults that gather to explore the depths of scripture together. The class is lecture-based, with all material organized by Pete himself. 

Some examples of previous materials include: Luke, Jesus, and the Disciples, The Prophets According to Pete, Life Lessons of the Psalms, and others. 

To get involved, email Pete Rudowski at

Faith Weavers, Room 205

Faith Weavers is led by Mike Hickerson and is made up of people between the ages of 40-55, including some who are parents of high school and college-aged children. is discussion-based and moves through different books or resources. 

Some examples of previous books/resources include: Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun, HPCUMC Lenten or Advent devotionals, and others.

To get involved, email Mike Hickerson at

Let’s Get Real, Parlor

Let’s Get Real is made up of people between the ages of 30-45, including parents of young children (infant-middle school aged). This group is discussion-based and focuses on the hard questions of our faith and why we believe what we believe in a safe, inclusive, and honest environment. 

Some examples of previous books/resources include: Subversive Sabbath by A.J. Swoboda, What is the Bible? by Rob Bell, the Evolving Faith podcast, and others.

To get involved, email Jason Burgess at


Current Events and Faith, Parlor

Join Meredith Menius, Director of Connecting and Discipleship Ministries, as we start a new class, Current Events and Faith, at 11:00am in the Parlor for the 2023-2024 year (September-May)! 

New Ventures, Library/Zoom

New Ventures is led by Rev. Dr. Michael Vilardo, and is made up of people ages 50 and up. This class is hybrid style and is also discussion-based. The group is focused on progressive Christian theology to grow in faith while learning also applying issues currently happening in our society. 

Some examples of previous books/resources include: Do I Stay Christian by Brian McLaren, Short Stories by Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine, Fear of the Other by Will Willimon, and others.

To get involved, email Michael Vilardo at

Soul Builders, Room 205

Soul Builders is led by Ronda Deel and is made up of people ages 55 and up. This class is discussion-based and includes books by a diverse group of authors for the group to grow together in faith and life from a variety of voices. 

Some examples of previous books/resources include: Falling Upward by Richard Rohr, Forgiveness by Adam Hamilton, Saving Grace by Kristen Powers, and others.

To get involved, email Ronda Deel at

Mid-Week Classes

Mid-Week Classes

Sunday Connect Group

Meets the 1st Sunday of the month
Now until May
At the home of David & Jill Colaw

A new group has started! This group is made up of people who have college-aged children and older who are interested in discussing current events and growing in their faith through books and guest speakers, as well as participating in service projects together to build community. The group meets the first Sunday of the month until May at the home of David and Jill Colaw. 

If you are interested in attending, please email Jill Colaw at

Faithful and Inclusive Summer Study

Tuesday evenings
Every other Tuesday beginning September 12th with breaks during holiday months.

Dates: June 18, July 2, 16, 30, August 13

Regardless of what happens at General Conference in April, Hyde Park Community UMC seeks to always respond on the side of affirmation, inclusivity, and celebration of our LGBTQIA+ siblings. Faithful and Inclusive will allow us to gain an understanding of how United Methodists can be both obedient to God’s Word and fully welcoming to LGBTQ persons in the church.

The themes of this study include:

  1. How United Methodists Interpret Scripture
  2. Old Testament Passages
  3. The Influence of Culture on How We Read the Bible
  4. New Testament Passages
  5. The Jesus Ethic: What Did Christ Say?

No book necessary! Click the button below to sign up now.

Pastor Todd Anderson’s Study

Tuesday mornings, Refectory
March 12 – May 28, 2024

Grounded by Diana Butler Bass

The distant God of conventional religion has given way to a more intimate sense of the sacred that is with us in the world. This shift, from a vertical understanding of God to a God found on the horizons of nature and human community, is at the heart of a spiritual revolution that surrounds us – and that is challenging not only religious institutions but political and social ones as well. Grounded explores this cultural turn as Bass unpacks how people are finding new spiritual ground by discovering and embracing God everywhere in the world around us – in the soil, the water, the sky, in our homes and neighborhoods, and in the global commons. Faith is no longer a matter of mountaintop experience or institutional practice; instead, people are connecting with God through the environment in which we live. Grounded guides readers through our contemporary spiritual habitat as it points out and pays attention to the ways in which people experience a God who animates creation and community.

Contact: Rev. Dr. Todd Anderson

Young Adult Study

at Bean and Barley on Madison Road

Click here to access the website and podcast.

Contact: Rev. Kate Smith

Join a Connect Group today!

Grow, pray, serve and build relationships

Connect Groups are  people who come together to build relationships through encouragement, accountability, guidance, and prayer. Every Connect Group consists of 5 essential ingredients: fellowship, worship and prayer, study, accountability, and mission or outreach.

Groups are made up of women, men, couples, singles or mixed groups. The groups usually meet once a week or twice a month to study the scriptures, engage in Christian conversation and fellowship, pray with and for one another, and serve in ministry/mission.


Meredith Menius

Director of Connecting &
Discipleship Ministries

If you have any questions regarding our Adult Ministry, Hospitality or are interested in a joining a connect group please contact Meredith Menius, our Director of Connecting & Discipleship Ministries.

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