Adult Ministry

Adult Ministry

Whether you are new to HPCUMC or you have been hanging around waiting for an opportunity, there is a group for you.

2021 Lenten Devotional

Our pastors and some of our church members have helped put together this easy to read booklet that follows our sermon series “Spiritual Reboot”. We hope you find this devotional as a way to reflect and grow in your relationship with God this Lenten season.

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.

 

Weekday Study Classes

Grow deeper in faith and community.

Groups for learning meet throughout the week. These groups combine fellowship, study, and sharing in a comfortable friendly atmosphere. For more information and classes available please contact Dave Weaver.

Adult Classes

Class Starts Jan. 10, 2021
Sunday Mornings 10:00am via Zoom
 

Join us for in depth conversations about how we maneuver the everyday and find our faith, even in the most difficult issues. This class offers honest and open communication and a space for people to explore their faith free of judgement. This winter we delve into White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and understand how racism is a construct not restricted to “bad people.” We will delve into defensive moves that we implement when challenged racially. We will discuss racism, how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, what the Bible has to say about racism, and what we can do to actively engage in creating change. Come join us for this study! Contact Amy Burgess at terminallyhappy@hotmail.com or 256-3389.

Class Starts Jan. 10, 2021
Sunday Mornings 11:00 am via Zoom
 
“Words of Life”…Please join us for a Bible, book and DVD study by Rev. Adam Hamilton
Nearly everyone has heard of the Ten Commandments, the list of “thou-shalt-nots” found in the Bible. Jesus saw these commandments not as onerous burdens, but as guideposts to help us experience a good and beautiful life. These ten ancient “words” were given to us by a loving God who longed to set safe boundaries, create order out of chaos, help communities live peacefully, and protect us—often from ourselves.
 
In this book of Scripture and inspiration, bestselling author Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. He considers the commandments in their historical context, considering the meaning of each commandment in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every thou-shalt-not was intended to point to a life-giving “thou shalt.” He also explores how the latest research in science and psychology illuminates these commandments, rightly understood, as a way of ordering one’s life beautifully in the present day. In a culture marked by workaholism, materialism, and social media-driven envy, God has given us a time-tested path that leads to gratitude, confidence, and peace.
Contact Ronda Deel at rodeel@fuse.net or 871-7965.
Class Begins January 7, 2021
Thursdays 6:30 pm
 
Ever have a fascination for “the rest of the story?”
Join Pastor Cathy for this exciting 8-week study that explores behind-the-scenes facts about seemingly familiar stories of the New Testament. Two wonderful biblical scholars, N.T. Wright and Michael F. Byrd, will lead our tour of the explosive story behind the New Testament. 
 
Class members will discover things they never knew about Jesus’ baptism and journey into the wilderness, the meaning behind his parables and miracles. the significance of. his death and resurrection, the incredible expansion of the early church into the Greco-Roman world, and how the transforming mission of Jesus can still turn the world upside down today.
 
Participants will view a video link prior to class discussion each week. A study guide and small group discussion will help us learn together, build community, and grow individually. 
 
Classes will meet by Zoom at 6:30 p.m. the following Thursday: 1/7, 1/14, 1/21, 2/4, 2/11, 2/18, 3/4, and 3/11. Zoom links and video presentations will be sent electronically to participants. This study is designed for all who want to learn more about the New Testament. Beginners are welcome as we learn and grow together. 
 
Join Pastor Cathy for this exciting adventure beginning Thursday, January 7, 6:30 p.m. Books will be available in the church office; please call Pastor Cathy to reserve your copy. Suggested donation is $10.  
 
If you have questions, please contact Cathy Johns: cjohns@hpcumc.org
Class Starts Jan. 12, 2021
Tuesday Mornings 10:00 am-11:30am
 
Having just completed our study of “Disarming Scripture” we are on Christmas break.  We will resume class on Tuesday, January 12 with the study of J. Philip Newell’s book, “The Book of Creation”. 
 
The following is a summary of Newell’s book: In the Celtic tradition, God is understood as speaking through two books: the Bible and creation. Influenced by the wisdom tradition of the Old Testament and the mysticism of John’s Gospel, Celtic spirituality sees creation not simply as a gift, but as a self-giving of God whose image is to be found deep within all living things.
 
Join us on Tuesday, January 12, 10:00 – 11:30 as we deepen our walk with God through Christ.  Books can be picked up in the Church office, 9:00 – 5:00 ($10.00 suggested donation).  Amanda (our receptionist) is on vacation until the end of the year, therefore if you plan to pick up a book email me, djohns@hpcumc.org, that way I can make arrangements (in case I will am tied up). I look forward to beginning this study with you on January 12. May God’ blessings abound this holy season.

Sundays at 9:30am

Currently meeting via Zoom each week. Contact Mike at mikehickerson@gmail.com for weekly topic and zoom link.

The New Ventures Sunday School class meets each week at 11 a.m. to discuss questions raised by a searching faith. On January 3rdwe will begin a discussion of the book, “Holy Envy” by Barbara Brown Taylor. Discussions always seek to encourage participants to share differing views that cause us to wrestle with biblical principles, traditional church teaching and contemporary applications of dynamic Christian faith. Currently the class is meeting via Zoom and is open to any who would like to participate.  Started by a group of “baby boomers” to address their questions of Christian faith and life in the 21st century, all are welcome to join the lively conversations that are part of each Sunday morning.  Contact  Joyce Bates joycebates@cinci.rr.com or Michael Vilardo mpvilardo@gmail.com for information.

Thursday Nights 

Next class will be a Lenten Study. Contact Pastor Dave at deweaver@hpcumc.org for more information.

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