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.

Advent Devotional

A Devotion for each week of Advent

Advent is a season of four weeks including four Sundays. Each year Advent calls the community of faith to prepare. Lay members of the church have provided a devotion which speaks to the sermon scripture reading each week during Advent.

Participate by spending time in reading and reflecting upon their devotion. They have provided you with a few questions to pray and ponder over as a guide.

Download a printable version!

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

Mondays 7:00p-8:30p  via Zoom

September 14 – October 26

Zoom link:

A 7 week study exploring a variety of topics (education, voting rights, food insecurity, mass incarceration, immigration, LBGTQ rights, environment) and learning from different experts through mixed mediums (podcasts, Ted talks, videos, animated teaching, etc). Each week people are asked to watch, read, and/or listen before the study and we will spend Mondays from 7:00p-8:30p in discussion. We will be intersectional in our work, discussion, and reflection. The study will take place from September 14 – October 26 and you can be part of the whole study or pick from what topics you want to learn more about as each session is stand alone.

To sign up for the study, please contact Pastor Kate ( to get the curated Justice Wild Card schedule.

Sundays at 9:30am

You are invited to join in on a topical Bible study called “Anxiety: Finding Comfort and Reassurance from God” by Skip McDonald. She is an African American theologian, campus minister, and former registered nurse. Contact Mike Hickerson at  

Sundays at 10:30am, Alms Park
In-depth conversations about how we maneuver the everyday and find our faith, even in the most difficult issues. This fall we delve into “Jesus Outside the Lines” by Scott Sauls. We will examine how to lean into living in complex situations and the mess of life instead of looking for the black and white. How do we get out of polarizing conversations and connect honestly with others?
Bring a chair or a blanket. Kids are welcome to come and play while the adults are meeting. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. We will provide a digital copy of the book to anyone who chooses to participate.Questions? Contact Amy Burgess at or Mary Jankovsky at
Sundays at 11:00am
The New Ventures Sunday morning class will start the new season of classes with the book, “What Do We Do With Evil,” by Richard Rohr. If God is good and God is love, is evil simply the absence of God? Or, is there a cause behind evil that seeks an insidious direction and outcome in our world? Is evil systemic, or is it about personal choices? We continue to grow, learn and change on this faith journey. This book invites all of us into conversation about what is often unexplainable, but at times, very real. Questions? Contact Michael Vilardo at
Sundays at 11:00am

Soul Builders Sunday School Class

11:00 am in Room 205 Soul Builders will begin the Fall 2020 season with a little book that was published in 1949, Jesus and the Disinheritedby Howard Thurman. Powerful preacher, acclaimed theologian, and religious leader, Thurman was first black dean at a majority-white American university (Marsh Chapel at Boston University), co-founder of The Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples in San Francisco, and mentor and spiritual advisor to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Based on the strong similarity that Thurman sees between Jesus, the poor Jew living under brutal Roman oppression, and the lives of American Negroes, he demonstrates how creative resistance can overcome the destruction of individual souls and the world around us. Through four principles of Jesus’ life—Fear, Hate, Deception, and Love—he portrays a Jesus of victory for the oppressed, marginalized, unloved, despised—the disinherited.

What is the role of American Christianity in this picture? Is the plight of the African-American the same as it was when Thurman was writing? Who are the marginalized today? Has the experience of COVID-19 changed our understanding in any way? Come join us for lively and respectful discussions!

To receive Zoom link or ask questions, please contact Ronda Dell at or (513) 604-4191. 

Tuesdays at 10:00am-11:30am

Pastor’s Tuesday Morning-Zoom Class, Beginning Tuesday, September 15, 10:00am

Pastor Doug’s Tuesday morning class will resume meeting, September 15, 10:00, in the social Hall.  The class will study Derek Flood’s book, Disarming Scripture: Cherry-Picking Liberals, Violence-Loving Conservatives, and Why We all Need to Learn to Read the Bible Like Jesus Did.  Join us on Tuesday mornings, 10:00 – 11:30.  Come when you can, miss when you must. To register or any questions, please contact Pastor Doug at

Facilitator:  Rev. Dr. Cathy Johns

“Life without Lack:  Living Life in the Fullness of Psalm 23” will be led by Pastor Cathy this fall.  This 7-week study will take a look at the extraordinary claims that Psalm 23 makes:  “I shall not want…..I will fear no evil.”  Dallas Willard, the author, reveals the secret to enjoying God’s presence and becoming utterly caught up in the abundance of God’s generosity.  Willard maintains that the more we practice living in God’s Presence, the more we will experience freedom from worry and deep, abiding peace.

Books:  $12 donation requested.  Please register by August 30 so that we can order books for participants in both classes (in- person and zoom )

IN-PERSON OPTION:  Mondays, 12:00 NOON in courtyard.  Please bring your own lunch and lawn chair.  Social Distancing will be observed.  Seven Weeks:  September 21 – November 2.  Please register by August 30.  In case of inclement weather we will meet in the Welcome Center.  Social distancing will be observed; masks will be required.  Please register by August 30.

ZOOM OPTION:  Tuesday evenings:   6:30 – 8 p.m.  Seven Weeks:  September 22– November 3.  Please register online or contact Pastor Cathy (  August 30.

Thursday Nights Sept. 17-Oct. 22  6:00pm-7:30pm

You are invited to join in a six-week book and DVD study titled, “Reckless Love” by Tom Berlin. Berlin suggests that Jesus teaches us how to love God with heart, soul, mind and strength by showing us how to love our neighbor.

While many hope to learn to be better family, friends, leaders and neighbors by finding a deeper relationship with God, what if becoming a better neighbor leads us to a deeper love of God?  Book donation $10.00.  Pick up book in office. Deadline to register Sept. 11. Please register through Realm or with Pastor Dave at

Fall YouTube Website 7-Week Study begins week of Sept. 14, 2020.

Title: The Ten Commandments: A Political Theology
Theme: The commandments are for God’s people, Israel, and the church. They are the bases for the core values and organizational structures of God’s people. They guide God’s people in how they are to interact with God, with themselves and with the community in which they live.
Teacher: Rev. Pete Rudowski

Week 1. Introduction
Week 2. Authority to Lead
Week 3. Honesty and Integrity
Week 4. Effective Time Management
Week 5. Building Strong Support Systems
Week 6. Protecting from Abuse
Week 7. Pulling It All Together

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