Bible Studies, Classes and Groups

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Ongoing classes and studies

Pastors’ Bible Study

Philippians Bible StudyReclaiming Joy: A Study of Philippians

February 17 – March 24, 2019
6:00-7:00 pm in the Sanctuary South Suite (Choir Room)

The Pastor’s Class will finish this Spring semester with a four-week study of Philippians entitled Reclaiming Joy. This great letter of the apostle Paul is one of his most inspiring and personal.

The study coincides with our student ministry programming and child care will be available, so this is a new way for the whole family to be involved on Sunday evenings at First Church.

Come a little early and share a light meal with us!  We’ll have a light dinner in the sanctuary foyer at 5:30 pm.


Brown Bag Theologians

A diverse group of people meet weekly on Tuesdays for lunch,  prayer and to discuss Scripture readings for the next Sunday, reflecting on the sermon’s topic and sharing insights. All are welcome.  Contact Dr. Will Cotton for more information.


Disciple Bible Study

The Disciple Bible Study program is an in-depth study of God’s word which will deepen faith, increase Biblical knowledge, and prepare people for leadership in the church. Traditional (long term) classes begin in August and last 30-34 weeks. Disciple Course Descriptions long term.  Short Term classes begin in August and January and last 8-11 weeks. Disciple Course Descriptions short term. Click here for more information about what’s being offered now.


Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study

Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study meets on Tuesdays at 9:30 am during the fall and spring. Join us as we explore the Bible through studies by Beth Moore and others.

For more information and to find out when the next study begins, contact Denise Blomquist at mommystruck@gmail.com.


Wednesday Women’s Bible Study

Wednesday Women’s Bible Study meets on Wednesday mornings & evenings during the fall and spring.  The Wednesday groups meet at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm in Bldg. 5-232.

Next study begins January 9: Psalm 23 by Jennifer Rothschild. To register or get more information, contact Janet Reynolds, jreygma@gmail.com, or 512-255-7198.


Life Application Groups

Words to Live By

Studies of character traits that improve our lives are presented by James Lehrmann.  The studies address issues such as What Does God Expect From Me, Why is It Always God’s Fault, and What Does God Want Me to Be Up To and are scripture based, topical discussions.  Classes are offered various evenings of the week and are 6 – 8 weeks long.  Contact James Lehrmann for more information. 

Bible Study
What Does God Expect From Me? Come participate in a six week Bible study looking at the relationship between faith, works and grace. Explore some of the most important questions we confront as we seek to serve God and his Kingdom. Does the question “how good do I have to be to get to heaven?” ever enter your mind. Is it even a relevant question to ask? Orientation will be on Monday night, March 25 at 7:00 in the Adkins Bldg. Six sessions will follow on Monday nights through May 6. Register online or send an email to jameslehrmann@sbcglobal.net.


Financial Peace University

Financial Peace University is a nine week class to help God’s people get finances under control. Step by step, national financial guru Dave Ramsey walks through a process to serve God’s kingdom by getting out of debt, saving an emergency fund, and ultimately creating wealth. The next class will begin on January 13, 2019.  Register here.  Contact Rae Frenette at rae@fumc-rr.org or 512-255-3336 for more information.


LifeGroups

LifeGroups are small groups of up to 16 people who join to do Christian life together.  The most joyful Christian walk is done in community, where people share common faith, support each other, grow spiritually, and serve their neighbors together. They are covenant groups that are intentionally multiplying, that is, as a group meets its maximum size, members are trained and sent out to start new LifeGroups as the ministry grows.

LifeGroups may meet on Sunday mornings or weekday evenings, at the church or off campus.  Each meeting is 60-90 minutes with focus and content chosen by the group’s input.

Interested? Click here for more information.


Methodists and What We Believe

Methodism 101

A series of 4 week classes on what it means to be a United Methodist.  Led by Rev. John Clifford, these classes meet on Sunday mornings at 9:40 am several times per year.

Check back for information on the next Methodism 101 class

Click here or contact John Clifford for more information.


Prayer and Spirituality

Prayer Labyrinth

A group of people who are interested in our church’s prayer labyrinth and how to extend its ministry to others is forming.  If you’d like to find out more about the Prayer Labyrinth Group, contact Dr. Will Cotton.