Summer 2019 Studies

Young Adult Book Study

July 9 @ 6:00 pm - August 20 @ 7:30 pm

Summer Evening Book Study:  “What on Earth Am I Here For?”
Tuesdays, now through August 20
6:00 pm, Clubroom  at Camden Buckhead Square

Special Key Note Speaker
Tuesday, July 16
Doreen Linneman, Founder and CEO, The Riverbend Group

Meals and Book included with registration.
Free, but please RSVP so we know how many to expect.
RSVP to Leslie Watkins at lesliew@prumc.org.

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FALL 2019 STUDIES

Christian Education

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DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY  |  Fall 2019

FAST TRACK Disciple 1

For those whose schedules won’t quite allow 36 weeks of study in a row, try the Fast Track version for an abbreviated study with 12 weeks in the Fall for the Old Testament, a break for the winter holidays, and 12 weeks beginning in January for the New Testament. This is a great way to get your feet wet with Disciple.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Disciple 1: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study

The study gives the Old and New Testaments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. Disciple draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

FAST TRACK Disciple 2

For those whose schedules won’t quite allow 36 weeks of study in a row, try the Fast Track version for an abbreviated study with 12 weeks in the Fall for Genesis and Exodus, a break for the winter holidays, and 12 weeks beginning in January for Luke and Acts. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite for the course.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Disciple 2: Into the Word, Into the World

33 weeks focusing on Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts, Disciple 2 teaches participants the transforming power of scripture and Bible study skills that take students deeper into the Word. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite to help you get the most out of this course.

  • (Not available for Fall 2019 semester)

Disciple 3: Remember Who You Are

Study the major and minor Old Testament Prophets and the New Testament Letters of Paul. This 32-week course will allow participants to discover the connection between memory and identity as the people of God. Disciple 1 is a prerequisite for the course, but Disciple 2 is not required.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Disciple 4: Under the Tree of Life

Study Psalms, Old Testament writings, John and Revelation.

  • Fall 2019 course information coming soon.

Jesus in the Gospels

Study the name, the place, and the people, and encounter the Jesus who is both hard to ignore and hard to control–a commanding, morally compelling figure as portrayed in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This 30-week study will use selected Gospel portions from the New Revised Standard Version in a multicolumn format to offer comparisons in the Gospel accounts.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Disciple Sunday School: Jesus in the Gospels

Study the name, the place, and the people, and encounter the Jesus who is both hard to ignore and hard to control–a commanding, morally compelling figure as portrayed in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. This 30-week study will use selected Gospel portions from the New Revised Standard Version in a multicolumn format to offer comparisons in the Gospel accounts.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Invitation to the New Testament

This 8-week short-term Disciple study looks at how the early church took ownership of and was shaped by the story of Jesus. Participants will discover how to develop as disciples and create communities of faith just like they did in the early church.

  • (Not available for Fall 2019 semester)

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TOPICAL CLASSES  |  Fall 2019

Journey Together:
The Beatitudes

Take a closer look at the creed we recite by memory and examine how it exemplifies what we believe as Christians and how it declares our faith.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Deep Waters:
The Life and Theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Bonhoeffer’s life and commitment to living out Christian values in difficult times and ultimately his martyrdom at the hands of Hitler continues to provide inspiration and challenge to subsequent generations of thoughtful Christians. In this study, we will explore the major themes of his writing and life using a short but excellent book by Rev. John Matthews “A Brief Overview of the Life and Writings of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.” In addition to Matthew’s book, we will view excerpts from Martin Doblmeier’s award winning movie “Bonhoeffer”, as well as video excerpts of interviews with Eberhard Bethge, other friends, family members and colleagues of Bonhoeffer, and Bonhoeffer scholars from around the world.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Stepping Stones:
Upper Room Disciplines, A Book of Daily Devotionals

The class members utilize the “Upper Room Disciplines, A Book of Daily Devotionals,” to structure the discussions. We follow a shared leadership model highlighting our faith journeys as it relates to the daily Upper Room offerings. This process allows us to not only discuss the scriptures referenced in the Disciplines, but it also leads us in discussing current and past events that have affected our faith journeys. This is a friendly, thought provoking group and we welcome new class members.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Grief Share

If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, it may be hard to feel optimistic about the future right now. You’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Grief Share meets weekly to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

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SHORT TERM CLASSES  |  Fall 2019

Blessed, Even When…

In the midst of adversity we are blessed. When the world and circumstances say otherwise, Christ still calls us blessed.  Using the writings of Richard Rohr as a guide, we will reflect and explore deeper in thought and conversation on our sermon series for the fall.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith

Save the date for November 10 when preacher, author, and professor, Tom Long joins us at PRUMC to speak on Hope.

In addition to his many accomplishments, Long has been named one of the 12 most ‘effective’ preachers in the English Language. His interest in biblical studies, practical theology, and liturgy has provided great hope and insight for the church and the world. We will study his book “What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith,” which addresses the issue of innocent suffering and the goodness of God.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others

Within today’s global, multi-faceted palate of religious offerings, Barbara Brown Taylor claims the illumination gleaned from a serious engagement of other faiths.  We will study Brown’s new book “Holy Envy: Finding God in the Faith of Others,” which examines her quest for revelation amid questions and struggles, leading to a deepening expansion of her own faith.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Writing as a Spiritual Practice

Writing can be a time to reflect, hope, and strengthen our connection to God and those around us.  Pat Schneider, author of “How the Light Gets In: Writing as a Spiritual Practice” states, “When I begin to write, I open myself and wait. And when I turn toward an inner spiritual awareness, I open myself and wait.” Come explore how writing can be a wonderful way of expressing our spiritual life. No experience necessary!

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Financial Peace

This study is a simple but powerful guide that offers practical lessons on how to get out of debt – and stay out.  Dave Ramsey is a businessman and entrepreneur who accumulated a $4 million real estate portfolio, only to lose it all – and nearly everything else he owned – by making the same mistake millions of Americans make every day: he got too far into debt to get out.  Dave Ramsey is a Christian family man who, through the turmoil of his financial nightmare, discovered a new way of life.  He shared the lessons he learned by writing Financial Peace.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Visit the Holy Land without Leaving Home

Whether you’re traveling to the Holy Land in person, or you can’t get away and want to imagine you’re there, this course will study the impact of Jesus’ ministry in the biblical places and provide scriptural insight into the life and teachings of Jesus.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

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WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES  |  Fall 2019

More Than Sparrows

We are surrounded by love, kindness, compassion, opportunity, and hope. Yet in these blessings, fear, worry, doubt, and neglect seep in. Join us as we study scripture on how to cloak ourselves and each other in God’s love. Come to all, some, or a few classes. Each lesson stands on its own. Starbucks, welcoming women, and inspiration await.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Morning Light

Morning Light is an intergenerational women’s Bible study that breaks up into three different classes for topical studies throughout the year. Each season new topics are selected for small group study and discussion. All ages are welcome!

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Women’s Weekly Coffee Break

This casual group focuses on prayer and scripture as we ponder God’s presence in our lives.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

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MEN’S BIBLE STUDIES  |  Fall 2019

Wednesday Morning Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

Come be encouraged in your faith!  Topical discussion, no preparation necessary.

Class details and registration coming August 1.

Friday Morning Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

Come discuss the scripture reading for the week prior to hearing Bill’s sermon. No preparation necessary.

Class details and registration coming August 1.