“I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God’s great mystery. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else. And we’ve been shown the mystery!” (Colossians 2.2–12)
Men’s Ministry Book Study (begins September 3)
Disciple 2: Into the Word, Into the World (begins September 9)
Women at the Well Study (begins September 16)
A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Through the Bible (begins September 19)
Knowing the Bible 101 (begins September 22)
Jesus in the Gospels (begins September 23)
Manna and Mercy (begins September 24)
2020 Holy Land Pilgrimage — Information Meeting is September 26
Prayer Paths (begins October 3)
From Relief to Empowerment (begins October 3)
Exploring Marriage (begins October 6)
Women’s Retreat Fall 2019 (October 18 – 20)
Prayer Bead Workshop is November 9
Learn About Baptism
TUMC Membership Class
We endeavor to make childcare available for all classes. Advance reservations are required one week prior to the class. Please contact Lauren Price to make a reservation.
Men’s Ministry Study: Knowing Scripture
September 3 – May 5 (First Tuesday of each month)
7:00–8:00PM in Room 711
Led by Bill Balliette
There are so many apt descriptions for Scripture. It is the “foundation of our faith.” It is “God’s inspired word.” The Scriptures are also “God’s love letters to us.” Considering all these profound descriptions, do you ever feel a desire to better understand and appreciate them? This fall, join us in a study aimed at exactly that: deepening our ability to understand and appreciate Scripture. Our guide will be Knowing Scripture by R. C. Sproul, an accessible and thought-provoking treatment of the subject. We’ll meet once a month to review and discuss a chapter (or two) at a time.
Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book.
Disciple 2: Into the Word, Into the World
32 Mondays, September 9 – May 11
6:30–8:30PM in Conference Room (Admin. Building)
Led by J’Nevelyn Lloyd
Into the Word, Into the World proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. The importance of keeping Bible study related to witness is reinforced while participants are encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines arising out of Scripture for the purpose of changing habits and transforming lives. The study also emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going for God, of being in the Word and in the world individually and corporately and approaching all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service. Sign up for this year-long exploration of Scripture and be a part of a covenant group that commits to meet each week throughout the school year.
Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book. Limited copies are available in the church office for $40.00 each.
Women at the Well Study: Epic of Eden
13 Mondays, September 16 – December 16
11:30AM – 1:00PM in Room 226-228
(Optional BYO lunch at 11:00AM)
Led by Allison Angell
Women at every age and stage of life and faith come together to connect with God and each other by meeting weekly for friendly
fellowship and Bible study. Various studies are used throughout the year, occasionally featuring special guest speakers. First timers,
friends and guests are always welcome. New women are welcome to join throughout the year.
Fall Study: The Epic of Eden by Dr. Sandra Richter
Does your knowledge of the Old Testament feel like a grab bag of people, books, events and ideas? How many times have you resolved to really understand the Hebrew Scriptures? In this study, Dr. Sandra Richter clearly and powerfully communicates a history of God’s redeeming grace, weaving together a story that runs from the Eden of the Garden to the garden of the New Jerusalem. Through a participant workbook and video teaching, Dr. Richter uses this 12-week study to bring a new dimension to the history of the ancient Near East, orienting any study group in time, geography, culture, redemption, and relevance to today — all without diminishing her reader’s faith or “dumbing down” the scripture.
Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the workbook (“video study guide” edition for $22.95).
Childcare provided by reservation only. Please contact Lauren Price directly to register for childcare by September 6.
A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Through the Bible
13 Thursdays, September 19 – December 19
10:00 – 11:30AM in Conference Room (Admin. Building)
Led by Rev. Patty Bergfield
The grand story of the Bible is presented through different books of the Bible—from Genesis to Revelation—providing descriptions, reflection and context to discover the overarching plot that binds all of its varied writings together. The Bible isn’t just a collection of stories from the past, but rather it is our own on-going story of God’s relationship with the human race.
“A Hop, Skip, and a Jump Through the Bible” was written by Dr. J. E. Kalas—a UMC pastor for 38 years and a seminary professor for 32 years. Dr. Kalas has read the entire Bible from beginning to end each year for more than 60 years. He is known for saying, “You can’t outlearn God, so read the Bible every year.” Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book.
Knowing the Bible 101
12 Sundays, September 22 – December 8
5:00 – 6:30PM in Room 712
Led by Nancy Shilling
Knowing the Bible 101 will enrich your interaction with Scripture whether you have read the Bible for years or are exploring it for the first time. Discover how each book of the Bible fits into the whole, what unfamiliar Bible words mean, who wrote the Bible and what their culture was like, and how you can apply the truths of every book of the Bible to your own life. This study will help you improve your relationship with God’s word. Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book.
Jesus in the Gospels
30 Mondays, September 23 – May 18
6:30 – 8:00PM in Room 712
Led by Nancy Shilling
This study is the first in the DISCIPLE Second Generation Studies line, and it concentrates on the portraits of Jesus that emerge from the four Gospels. It carries forward the philosophy and the ideals that shape DISCIPLE — high commitment, long-term, disciplined study. Jesus in the Gospels connects Scripture to daily life and Jesus’ call to discipleship. The overarching aim is to deepen discipleship through better understanding of the biblical texts and their message. The study clarifies that Jesus is rooted in Judaism and the Scriptures of Judaism and that Christianity and the New Testament are rooted in the Scriptures of Judaism—our Old Testament. Sign up for this year-long exploration of the Gospels and be part of a covenant group that commits to meet each week through the school year. Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the study manual. Limited copies are available in the church office for $40.00 each.
Manna and Mercy
6 Tuesdays, September 24 – October 29
6:30 – 8:00PM in the Conference Room (Admin. Building)
Led by Rachel Wright and Rev. Cynthia Kepler-Karre
“Manna and Mercy: A Brief History of God’s Unfolding Promise to Mend the Entire Universe” is a 100-page hand-printed paraphrase of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation— a graphic novel of sorts, written by Dan Erlander with imagination, clarity and humor. Built around the twin themes of food sharing and forgiveness, it helps us to look at Scripture with new eyes. Erlander describes this as a book about God—more specifically the God of the Bible who is present and active in human history and all creation. Using Jesus’ life, death and resurrection as our guide, we journey through all of Scripture to reclaim its message of greater good. Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book.
2020 Holy Land Pilgrimage:
Thursday, September 26
6:30–8:30PM in Room 620
Experience the Bible come to life as we journey through the Holy Land. We will walk in the footsteps of Jesus and experience places we have read about in the Old and New Testaments. Our understanding of Scripture will be illuminated as we immerse ourselves in God’s story. Get details and ask questions about this once in a lifetime pilgrimage! The Holy Land Pilgrimage is September 14 – 23, 2020, with an optional extension to Petra from September 23 – 28, 2020.
7 Thursdays, October 3 – November 14
6:30 – 8:00PM in Room 615
Led by Rev. Patty Bergfield
Learn the different types of prayers found in Scripture and the purpose of each. Explore the nature of prayer, personal prayer, intercessory prayer and corporate prayer. This study also delves into methods of prayer and what to do when God is silent. Discover how fulfilling prayer can be. Be sure to bring a Bible. Cost of a study guide: $10, payable at registration.
From Relief to Empowerment
4 Thursdays, October 3 – 24
6:30–8:00PM in Room 712
Led by Rachel Wright and Kim West
“One of the best things that God has done in the church in recent years is to recover the sense that the church is mission.”
—Bishop Will Willimon
Earlier this summer, through Pastor Lance’s “Greater Good” sermon series, we began learning as a congregation that mission flourishes when relationships are characterized by mutuality. That sermon series was based on From Relief to Empowerment by Laceye and Gaston Warner. This study is an opportunity to delve more deeply into the why of our common mission at TUMC. Using our partner, ZOE, as a model for mission that moves from “us and them” to “all of us together,” this study offers a deeply faithful rationale for mission that moves beyond relief to empowerment and opens ways to address systemic forms of oppression and poverty. Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book.
6 Sundays, October 6 – November 10
11:00AM–Noon in the Conference Room (Admin. Building)
Led by Sue and Mart Hoffman
This is a class for couples considering marriage, engaged or married couples (1-2 years). This class promotes understanding and discussion of key topics and research related to successful and healthy long-term relationships. Marriage topics are prioritized by the class members, who are encouraged to participate by reading, as well as through couple and group interaction. We also have fun!
Women’s Retreat (Fall 2019)
Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 20
TUMC Women are gathering in beautiful Round Top, TX to draw closer to God and one another. All women over 21 are invited to register for this time of rest and retreat at the Lone Star Glamp Inn. Meet there on Friday at 5:30PM. Registration fee is $200/person and covers a shared room and food for Friday night through Sunday morning. A single room supplement is available for an additional $125/person. Registration deadline: September 1, 2019.
Prayer Bead Workshop
Saturday, November 9
9:00AM–Noon in Fellowship Hall
Led by Rev. Patty Bergfield
Protestant Prayer Beads are a useful tool in our busy daily lives. Learn how beads help us focus while we pray. This style of praying was developed by a Protestant minister who designed them to pray Scriptures through the Christian Year and has since grown in popularity. You will make your own set of beads and learn how to use them in your prayer time.
Cost of bead kit: $20.00, payable at registration. No beading experience needed.
Cost of Praying the Scriptures through the Christian Year (optional) is $12 and is available for purchase in class.
Through the Sacrament of Baptism we are initiated into Christ’s holy church. We are incorporated into God’s mighty acts of salvation and given new birth through water and the Spirit—all of which is God’s gift, offered to us without price. For more information about baptism at TUMC, contact J’Nevelyn Lloyd. Register by contacting Peggy Maxwell.
Join others who wish to become a member of our fellowship for an informal gathering and introductions in our quarterly membership class. Please contact Peggy Maxwell to sign up for this class.