FALL 2019 STUDIES

Transformation Fall Bible Study

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DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY  |  Fall 2019

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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.

  • Led by Ed Hamlin
    Sundays, starting September 8
    6:00 – 7:30 pm, C106  |  24 weeks
  • Led by Rev. Elizabeth Byrd and Deidra Harrell
    Sundays, starting September 8
    12:30 – 2:00 pm, B118  |  24 weeks
  • Led by Brian Ammons
    Sundays, starting September 8
    6:00 – 7:30 pm, C104  |  24 weeks

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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.

  • Led by Jeff Upshaw and Amy Bentley
    Sundays, starting September 8
    6:00 – 8:30 pm, B118  |  24 weeks

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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.

  • Led by Ashi Parikh & Michael Solis
    Sundays, starting September 8
    10:00 – 11:00 am, B118  |  Disciple Sunday School
  • Led by Jason Cox and Tom Hawk
    Mondays, starting September 9
    6:30 – 9:00 pm, C106  |  30 weeks

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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.

  • Led by Ashi Parikh and Michael Solis
    Sundays, starting September 8
    10:00 – 11:00 am, B118

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TOPICAL CLASSES  |  Fall 2019

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Join us on Sunday evenings for Bible study and dinner on Atlanta’s Westside.  We will study Jesus’ “I Am” statements in John’s Gospel and rediscover who we are and the life we were created to live.  Each lesson stands on its own.

  • Led by Rev. Daniel Ogle
    Sundays, starting September 15
    5:45 – 6:45 pm, off campus  |  8 weeks
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Join us live on social media as we continue thoughtful conversation on our weekly scripture and sermon series.

  • Led by Rev. Elizabeth Byrd
    Mondays, starting September 9  |  8 weeks
    8:00 – 8:15 am  |  Facebook.com/prumc
    8:15 – 8:30 am  |  Instagram.com/prumc

Grief Share

Carol Thurman & Lindley Small will lead this 12-week support group. 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.  $15 for book.

  • Led by Carol Thurman & Lindley Small
    Tuesdays starting September 17
    6:30 – 8:00 pm, C105  |  12 weeks

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This study is a simple but powerful guide that offers practical lessons on how to get, and stay out of debt.  Dave Ramsey is a businessman, family man and follower of Christ who discovered a new way of life after the turmoil of financial troubles.  He shared the lessons he learned by writing Financial Peace.

  • Tuesdays, starting September 24
    6:00 – 7:30 pm, C104  |  9 weeks
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Journey Together:
The Beatitudes

Rev. Julie Wright leads this weekly study throughout the year, working through various topics and study books, starting with the Apostles’ Creed. 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.

  • Led by Rev. Julie Wright
    Wednesdays, starting September 4
    10:30 – 11:45 am, C104  |  Join anytime

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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.

  • Led by several facilitators
    2nd and 4th Thursdays
    10:30 – 12:00 pm, A201
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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.

  • Led by Rev. John Cromartie
    Wednesdays starting September 18,
    6:30 – 8:00 pm, C208  |  10 weeks

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SHORT TERM CLASSES  |  Fall 2019

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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. Join Rev. Darren Hensley for this 6-week study based upon 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.

  • Led by Rev. Darren Hensley
    Mondays, starting September 9
    6:30 – 8:00 pm, B118  |  6 weeks

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Hope in the Midst of Trial 

Save the Date for November 10th 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. Join Rev. Carolyn Stephens for a 3-week study of 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.

  • Led by Rev. Carolyn Stephens
    Wednesdays, starting October 23
    9:00 – 10:00 am, C104  |  3 weeks

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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, Join Rev. Carolyn Stephens for this 6-week study to reflect and explore deeper in thought and conversation on our sermon series for the fall.

  • Led by Rev. Carolyn Stephens
    Wednesdays, starting September 4
    9:00 – 10:00 am, C104  |  6 weeks

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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 with Rev. Elizabeth Byrd in this 6-week class how writing can be a wonderful way of expressing our spiritual life. No experience necessary!

  • Led by Rev. Elizabeth Byrd
    Thursdays, starting September 26
    6:00 – 7:00 pm, Harp Center  |  4 weeks

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Visit the Holy Land without Leaving Home

Join Rev. Jamie Jenkins for this 4-week course. 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.

  • Led by Rev. Jamie Jenkins
    Thursdays, starting October 3
    6:30 – 7:30 pm, C106  |  4 weeks

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WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDIES  |  Fall 2019

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More Than Sparrows

Sarah Crossman Sullivan leads this ongoing, vibrant Bible study. 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.

  • Led by Sarah Crossman Sullivan
    Wednesdays, starting September 4
    9:30 – 10:30 am, H105-H106 (Harp Center)

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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!

  • Led by Gloria Gilley
    Wednesdays, starting September 11
    10:00 – 12:00 pm, B118
    Ages range from 50-60, but all are welcome.
  • Led by Nancy Bell 
    Wednesdays, starting September 11
    10:00 – 12:00 pm, C208
    Ages range from 60’s-70’s, but all are welcome.
    We’ll study Jeremiah by Melissa Spoelstra.
  • Led by Bonnie Copeland
    Wednesdays, starting September 11
    10:30 am – 12:30 pm, C205
    Ages range in mid-60’s, but all are welcome.
    We’ll study Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby.

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Women’s Weekly Coffee Break

Rev. Leslie Watkins will lead this casual group to focus on prayer and scripture as we ponder God’s presence in our lives.

  • Led by Rev. Leslie Watkins
    Thursdays, starting September 5
    7:00 – 7:45 am, Dancing Goats, Buckhead

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MEN’S BIBLE STUDIES  |  Fall 2019

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Wednesday Morning Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

Come be encouraged in your faith! Topical discussion led by Geoff Beakley, no preparation necessary.

  • Led by Rev. Geoff Beakley
    Wednesdays
    7:00 – 8:15 am, C105
  • Led by Art Brady
    Fridays
    7:00 – 8:00 am, C105

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Friday Morning Men’s Fellowship and Bible Study

Come discuss the scripture reading for the week prior to hearing Bill’s sermon. Discussion led by Geoff Beakley, no preparation necessary.

  • Led by Rev. Geoff Beakley
    Fridays
    7:00 – 8:15 am, C106

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