“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)
Women at the Well Small Group Bible Study: Invitation to Romans
Study of “Learning to Walk in the Dark” begins January 21
Marriage Exploration Class begins January 26
“Strong Was Her Faith: Women of the New Testament” begins January 30
The podcast discussion group “Hear + Now” begins February 2
Psalms for All Seasons begins February 4
“Faith + Work” professional groups begin meeting January 12
Lenten Prayer Bead Workshop is Saturday, February 22
Men’s Ministry Book Study
The 2020 World Methodist Youth Gathering is August 2–9
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.
Women at the Well Small Group Study:
“Invitation to Romans”
Ongoing until May 16
Led by Allison Angell
Exploring how people have interpreted Romans through the ages is a good lens to view the history of Christianity itself. Compare what Paul writes in Romans to what theologians like Augustine, Luther and Calvin say in trying to understand Paul in their time. At the end of this study participants will have a more informed commitment to Paul’s radical vision of God’s relationship to both Christians and Jews and to their relationship to each other, thanks to the “love of God in Christ Jesus.”
This is a short-term DISCIPLE Bible Study, which is accessible for adults with little prior Bible experience. Participants are responsible for purchasing the participant book.
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 people are welcome to join throughout the year.
“Learning to Walk in the Dark”
4 Tuesdays, January 21–February 11
6:30–8:00PM in the Conference Room
Led by Rev. Kallie Green and Rachel Wright
Winter is here and with it a world tilted toward darkness. Author Barbara Brown Taylor says that “darkness is shorthand for anything that scares me,” and, no doubt, the news is full of scary things. This book study, based on Brown Taylor’s book “Learning to Walk in the Dark,” will explore the spirituality of nightime and how we can find God—or let God find us—even in
dark seasons. Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book.
6 Sundays, January 26–March 1
11:00AM–Noon in the Conference Room
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!
Hear + Now: What Keeps You Up at Night?
First Sunday of Month, 5:00–7:00PM
La Mancha Tex Mex Tavern (2203 Hancock Drive)
Led by Rev. Abigail Herrera and Rachel Wright
Sunday, February 2
“Am I Making the Most of My Life?”
Sunday, March 1
“Am I In The Right Job?”
Sunday, April 5
“What Is Dying Like?”
Sunday, May 3
“There Is Not Enough Time!!!”
A podcast discussion group about the things we may think about, but don’t say out loud. It’s like a book club, but with podcasts! Enjoy good food and conversation.
Faith + Work
One Sunday a Month
Noon–2:00PM in Rm. 120
Led by Rev. Abigail Herrera
- January 12: Medical Professionals (doctors, nurses, medical technicians, etc.)
- February 9: Parenting Professionals (stay-at-home parents)
- March 8: Business Professionals
- April 19: Science and Technology Professionals
- May 17: Legal Professionals (lawyers, judges, paralegals, legal assistant, etc.)
It’s sometimes hard to imagine being a minister in the place where you spend most of your time. Or maybe you need prayer and advice from people in similar settings. Join us for prayer, lunch and discussion about faith and work each month.
“Strong Was Her Faith: Women of the New Testament”
12 Thursdays, January 30–April 30
10:00–11:30AM in Conference Room
Led by Rev. Patty Bergfield
This study looks into the life and times of eleven women in the New Testament, with Mary, the mother of Jesus, the focus of two chapters. We will examine the scriptures learning about these women and learning from them, considering how each woman shaped the New Testament story. The author, Dr. Kalas, was a UMC pastor and a seminary professor and, 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.
Psalms for All Seasons
9 Tuesdays, February 4–March 31
10:00–11:30AM in Choir Room
Led by Roland Barrera
Chanting the psalms, also called psalmody, is an ancient practice of vital importance in the Christian spiritual tradition. It is a spiritual treasure that is available to everyone who prays. You don’t have to be musical to do it, and it can be enjoyed in group worship as well as individually. We will learn the history of Christian psalmody as well as contemporary practices to chant the psalms that anyone can learn.
Participants are responsible for purchasing a copy of the book “Chanting the Psalms,” by Cynthia Bourgeault.
Lenten Prayer Bead Workshop
Saturday, February 22
9:00AM–Noon in Fellowship Hall
Register by February 14
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, 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.
Men’s Ministry Book Study
Ongoing until May 5
First Tuesday of Month, 7:00–8:00PM
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.
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.
World Methodist Youth Gathering 2020
Led by Rev. Kallie Green
Registration opens January 5
Pastor Kallie invites young adults (18-30) to join her for a week in Taizé France, August 2–9 2020. At Taizé, each day is a rhythmic flow of Bible study, small group conversations, fellowship and work together steeped and surrounded in the practice of prayer. This is a unique and powerful opportunity for pilgrimage. The primary cost of the trip is transportation; the week itself costs under $150 (including room and board). For more information, please contact Rev. Kallie Green.
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.