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Adult Education Fall 2020

FFUMC Adult Education Fall 2020 (print link)

This Fall First UMC, Orchard UMC and Nardin Park UMC are partnering together to offer you MANY OPTIONS for study classes.  Most will be on Zoom.  Read the descriptions, order your study book, and contact the class leader to sign up.

Book Club—Led by Rev. Amy Mayo Moyle

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is next up for our anti-racism book club.  Toni Morrison declared, “This is required reading.”  A national correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates’ book is in fact a letter to his adolescent son.  Between the World and Me is Coates’ creates a new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.  This book is Coates’ attempt to answer questions like: “What is it like to inhabit a Black body and find a way to live within it?” and “How can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?”  Between the World and Me is available through Amazon.  Book Club discussion will occur on zoom Monday, September 14, 2020 and in person outside at the Orchard UMC parsonage on Tuesday September 15, 2020.  Both meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Pastor Amy to RSVP for zoom or outside.


Tuesdays Mornings with Amy- Bible study with Rev. Amy Mayo Moyle

The Book of Psalms contains some of the most moving words in the bible.  It is a book of songs, poetry and prayer that demonstrates our human longing, lament, praise, and thanksgiving.  And a time such as this in our history, it seems that the Book of Psalms may have something to offer us more than ever.  Join the Tuesday morning Bible Study this Fall- “Tuesdays with Amy.”  We will study the Psalms by using The Immersion Bible Study: Psalms.   To purchase book, search Amazon or Cokesbury for- “Immersion Bible Studies: Psalms”.  Tuesdays with Amy will meet by Zoom Tuesday mornings at 9:30 starting September 22.  This is an eight-week study, all are welcome. Contact Pastor Amy for the zoom link:


Book Study – The Cross and the Lynching Tree – Led by Rev. Beth Titus

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by Rev. Dr. James Cone, will really make you think about the church, faith, and racism.   Purchase the book on Amazon. Read ahead. Then join in the discussion on starting on  Zoom Tuesday Evenings at 6 p.m. starting  Sept. 1st  Contact to sign up


Restored: Finding Redemption in our Mess- Led by Rev. Amy Mayo Moyle

Now more than ever, it feels like things are a mess.  The pandemic, the protests, the politics- it’s all a mess.  And that doesn’t even include our own personal messes of guilt and shame and desperation.  Tuesdays at 6:30 this fall, beginning on September 20, Pastor Amy will lead this six-week study using Toom Berlin’s book Restored: Finding Redemption in our Mess.  Together we will learn about navigating the mess and finding redemption amid it.  This book is available through Amazon or  To sign up, contact Pastor Amy at 


Heart Sisters—coordinated by Colleen Aben

Heart Sisters began several years ago as a group of moms who just wanted to connect and support each other while growing in faith. We discuss faith, we discuss life and we pick different books to chat about throughout the year. At the beginning of each year, we open it up to new ladies who might like to join. We only open once a year because information shared during meetings in confidential and keeping the group closed helps build trust and understanding amongst us. We are planning on meeting Tuesday evenings at 8pm. If our group is small, there’s a chance we’d meet in person on a patio although we can also do zoom meets as well. We are in the process of picking our first book for the year and will have our first meeting on Sept. 15th.  Contact Colleen Aben for more information:


Wednesday Mornings with Melanie- Bible study with Rev. Melanie Lee Carey

The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 contains some of Jesus’ most profound and most memorable teachings. What might these teachings have meant to his disciples and to the others who first heard them? How do they enhance our reading of the rest of the Gospel of Matthew, and how do they speak across the centuries to listeners today? How, if we pay careful attention to his words, does Jesus provide us a road map to living as God would have us live?   This class will explore the new book Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner’s Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine.  Purchase the book at Cokesbury or Amazon.  This is a six-week class at 9:30 beginning September 8th.  Contact Melanie.npchurch@gmail for the zoom link

Prayer Space- With Rachel Kain, Chad Smith, and Rev.  Lynn Hasley

In these unprecedented times, prayer is needed now more than ever. Need a space to pray?  Want to learn new prayer practices?  Join the prayer space every Wednesday 12:15-12:30 p.m.   Contact for zoom link


The Bible 101- Led by Rev. Nick Bonsky

The Bible is an intimidating book to open.  Filled with thousands of years of stories spanning from Adam and Even in Genesis to the Revelation of John.  Where does one even begin?  Join Pastor Nick for a bible study focusing on this very question.  Each week we will break down a series of biblical books, and discuss what is in them, and why they should still be read today.  If you are someone who doesn’t know where to begin, or desire to deepen your understanding of the biblical books you have steered clear of in the past, then this is a class you will want to join.  The eight week class will meet by zoom Wednesdays at 6:30 beginning ?? , contact Pastor Nick for the zoom link:



8-week study led by Jantz Black

Thursdays @6:30PM via Zoom

During this eight-week class, we will explore the lives and works of some of the most important hymn writers in history: Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, Fannie Crosby, and others. We will also explore some lesser-known authors and 20th/21st century texts. Materials will be provided electronically. To sign up, email Jantz at


Saturday Morning Men’s Book Study—Coordinated by Allan Knappenberger

Join in this provocative discussion of Bishop John Shelby Spong’s Book “Unbelievable”.  This class led by the members will explore chapters of this book and participate in lively discussion.  Unbelievable by Bishop John Shelby Spong is available on Amazon.  This is an ongoing group starts Saturday morning September 14th at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom.  Contact to get zoom link


Discovering Daniel – Led by Rev. Anthony R. Hood

This 9-session study examines the Book of Daniel and the question: How you can remain faithful to God even while in a hostile environment? We will use the NIV translation as our primary text, but feel free to have your preferred translation as a companion. The study will meet Thursday evenings at 7:00pm via zoom beginning September 17th.  Contact Pastor Anthony at to register and receive the zoom link. 


Majoring in Minor – Led by Rev. Anthony R. Hood

This 13-session study will explore the writings and ministry of the minor prophets Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.  We will use the NIV translation as our primary text, but feel free to have your preferred translation as a companion. The study will meet Wednesday afternoons at 1:00pm via zoom beginning September 16th.  

Contact Pastor Anthony at 


Tuesday Evening Women’s Bible Study – Led by Barbara Walker

Join with other women for this 6-week study, with accompanying DVD,

of Adam Hamilton’s book: “The Call: the life, ministry and message of

the Apostle Paul”.  We will begin Tuesday, September 8th at 7:00 pm

via Zoom.  Contact Barbara Walker at: to register and receive the zoom link.