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Bible Studies & Small Groups

We are excited to present the 2016-2017 North Raleigh Adult Discipleship offerings centering around the theme, A Faith That Matters–A Compassionate Faith. Within these pages you will find opportunities for all ages and interests that are designed to feed your spirit as we live into being disciples of Jesus Christ built on the tradition of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Nearly 300 years ago, he organized small covenant discipleship groups in which people prayed for one another, provided mutual encouragement, and studied the Bible in light of daily experiences, recognizing that these practices stirred up believers to love and do good works. Here at North Raleigh, our classes seek to provide this same kind of covenant relationship for learning and growth, and discovering ways to live into a life of compassionate faith.

Whether you seek a Bible study group for a basic understanding of the scriptures or a more seasoned approach, time to fellowship with your church family, long-term or short-term enrichment classes, or simply a way to serve others through mission and outreach, we have many opportunities that will challenge you and help you as we seek to be the church and people God desires us to be.

For more information about these offerings, email Jo Hardy or call her at 919.847.1536 x101. There is also a printed booklet available in the church office or on the blue information carts.

Registration and materials for our Fall 2016 studies will be available on Starting Point Sunday, August 28, and in the Atrium, September 4 and 11. Early registration is ENCOURAGED since extra materials will need to be ordered by September 5.

Fall 2016
Advent 2016
Winter 2017
Lent 2017
Spring 2017
Care & Connection


 

Fall 2016

The Bible from Scratch: The Old Testament for Beginners | Donald L. Griggs
9/7-10/12, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Led by Susan C. Lindblade
Well-known educator Don Griggs has written an accessible, easy-to-understand overview of the Bible for adults who have—or fear they have—little or no Bible knowledge. Pastor Susan and the author will guide us through the Bible and introduce basic tools and skills for Bible study, presenting basic themes, histories, personalities, and meanings of the Bible.

 

 

Attitude is Your Paintbrush | James W. Moore
9/11-11/13, Sundays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Yahweh Sisterhood, led by Kristin Reeves-Pennington
Jim Moore’s warm, conversational style inspires readers to transform negative, pessimistic attitudes into positive, optimistic attitudes centered on the love and hope of Jesus Christ. The book includes a study guide designed for both group and individual use, features questions related to each chapter, and presents several options for study based on varied numbers of weeks devoted to the study. The chapter titles are: 1–The Attitude of Gratittude, 2–The Attitude of Compassion, 3–The Attitude of Confidence, 4–The Attitude of Determination, 5–The Attitude of Humility, 6–The Attitude of Perseverance, 7–The Attitude of Open-mindedness, 8–The Attitude of Joy, 9–The Attitude of Faith, 10–The Attitude of Trust, 11–The Attitude of Commitment, 12–The Attitude of Ownership, and 13–The Attitude of Hope.

having-a-mary-heartHaving a Mary Heart in a Martha World
Joanna Weaver

9/11-12/4, Sundays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Led by Laurie Scott
Joanna Weaver’s popular book shows women how to blend intimacy with Jesus and service for Him. An invitation for every woman who feels she isn’t godly enough…isn’t loving enough…isn’t doing enough. The life of a woman today isn’t really all that different from that of Mary and Martha in the New Testament. Like Mary, you long to sit at the Lord’s feet…but the daily demands of a busy world just won’t leave you alone. Like Martha, you love Jesus and really want to serve him…yet you struggle with weariness, resentment, and feelings of inadequacy. Then comes Jesus, right into the midst of your busy Mary/Martha life—and he extends the same invitation he issued long ago to the two sisters of Bethany. Tenderly he invites you to choose “the better part”—a joyful life of “living-room” intimacy with him that flows naturally into “kitchen service” for him. How can you make that choice? With her fresh approach to the familiar Bible story and its creative, practical strategies, Joanna shows how all of us—Marys and Marthas alike—can draw closer to our Lord, deepening our devotion, strengthening our service, and doing both with less stress and greater joy.

view-from-a-mountainOn the Edge with Eric
9/11-10/30, Sundays, 6:30-7:35 p.m.
Led by Eric Lindblade
What does Scripture have to say about social issues and current events? And why do Christians often have completely opposite views on important social issues? This class will offer insight into the issues of today, using Scripture and the teaching of both Methodist and other churches. Each week brings a new topic. As in the past, some will attend every class while others will come when their schedules permit. Eric leads the class every week and provides both the Scripture and the notes for each day’s lesson. No class preparation is required and there is no homework. Although Eric does lecture, he makes sure there is always plenty of time for free-wheeling discussion.

The Longing in Me | Sheila Walsh
9/12-10/31, Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Linday Mayakis
Do your desires have you going around in circles? You may be looking for fulfillment in all the wrong places. You vowed you’d never repeat the same mistakes—yet you find yourself right where you started. What is it that keeps drawing you back into the same old traps? The fact is, your longings are built from the blueprint of your needs: for protection, for love, for God. And those needs aren’t going anywhere. Sheila speaks candidly about the trials in her life, including the heartache of her first marriage, and intertwines her story with the biblical saga of King David. As both Sheila’s and David’s stories make clear, some cravings are misguided, but they all stem from the same hunger—and they will haunt you until that hunger gets satisfied properly. If you keep reaching out to the wrong people at the wrong times in your own life, The Longing in Me will help you understand that your cravings are not the problem. It’s where they lead you that makes all the difference.

the old testament for beginnersThe Bible from Scratch: The Old Testament for Beginners | Donald L. Griggs
9/12-10/17, Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Led by Susan C. Lindblade
Well-known educator Don Griggs has written an accessible, easy-to-understand overview of the Bible for adults who have—or fear they have—little or no Bible knowledge. Pastor Susan and the author will guide us through the Bible and introduce basic tools and skills for Bible study, presenting basic themes, histories, personalities, and meanings of the Bible.

 

 

 

view-from-a-mountainOn the Edge with Eric
9/13-11/1, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Led by Eric Lindblade
What does Scripture have to say about social issues and current events? And why do Christians often have completely opposite views on important social issues? This class will offer insight into the issues of today, using Scripture and the teaching of both Methodist and other churches. Each week brings a new topic. As in the past, some will attend every class while others will come when their schedules permit. Eric leads the class every week and provides both the Scripture and the notes for each day’s lesson. No class preparation is required and there is no homework. Although Eric does lecture, he makes sure there is always plenty of time for free-wheeling discussion.

 

An Altar in the World | Barbara Brown Taylor
9/13-10/25, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Led by Melissa Auten
In the New York Times bestseller An Altar in the World, acclaimed author Barbara Brown Taylor continues her spiritual journey by building upon where she left off in Leaving Church.  With the honesty of Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) and the spiritual depth of Anne Lamott (Grace, Eventually), Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life. In An Altar in the World, Taylor shows us how to discover altars everywhere we go and in nearly everything we do as we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in.

 

holy-bibleWednesday Morning Bible Study
Year-Round, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Group-Led
The Wednesday morning Bible Study offers a time of prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and breakfast. The time begins with a light breakfast, usually breakfast sandwiches, and then prayer concerns are lifted up. At 7:30, the actual study of the Bible begins. The format is freewheeling discussion, as all opinions are welcome. Members take turns in starting the discussion each week and every week everyone takes turns in reading Scripture out loud. While there is no separate course book, most members bring Study Bibles. The study concludes around 8:00 a.m. with a closing prayer. Both those who have deep knowledge of Scripture and those who have just recently begun to study Scripture are welcomed.


Advent

Travel the Highways of Advent | Stan Purdum
11/27-12/18
Churchwide, Self Study
This thematic Bible study is designed to be used by individuals during the Advent season as a self study. The book, written by Stan Purdum, is based on the particular pathways to Jesus during Advent. In addition to the main content, each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week. The focus emerges from the chapter content and encourages the readers to engage in spiritual practice or do something specific that will help them grow in faith. On the whole, this thematic seasonal Bible study series is designed for transformation and for applying the study of the Bible to everyday, practical life experience. It is intended to nurture and encourage faith development and spiritual growth.


Winter 2017

A Look at Philippians
1/8-2/26, Sundays, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Yahweh Sisterhood, led by Erin Sloan
Paul ministered at Philippi during his second missionary journey, spending about three months in the city. The ministry at Philippi marked Paul’s entrance into Macedonia, which came about as a result of a vision he had in the city of Troas, just across the northeastern corner of the Aegean Sea from the port city of Neapolis and its close neighbor Philippi. Of the four Prison Epistles, he likely wrote Philippians last, near the end of his Roman imprisonment in AD 61 or 62. He did not write Philippians in response to a crisis, as he did with Galatians and Colossians. Instead, he wrote to express his appreciation and affection for the Philippian believers. More than any other church, the believers in Philippi offered Paul material support for his ministry. Paul’s affection for these people is clear as he encouraged them to live out their faith in joy and unity.

The Best Yes | Lysa Terkeurst
1/8-3/6, Sundays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Led by Laurie Scott
Do you find yourself spending a lot of time figuring out when to say yes and when to say no, thinking about how to manage your time, reduce stress, do your best for your family, find a little time for yourself? Lysa TerKeurst found herself in that same situation until she learned the power of “the best yes,” the choice that shapes all of our other choices.  In this study, Lysa uses her signature mix of transparency, Scripture-laced insight, and “been there” humor to suggest usable strategies for making wise decisions day by day. Lysa will help you and your group: 1) Cure the disease to please with a biblical understanding of the command to love, 2) Escape the guilt of disappointing others by learning the secret of the small no, 3) Overcome the agony of hard choices by embracing a wisdom based decision-making process, 4) Rise above the rush of endless demands and discover your best yes today.

 

view-from-a-mountainOn the Edge with Eric
1/8-2/26, Sundays, 6:30-7:35 p.m.
Led by Eric Lindblade
What does Scripture have to say about social issues and current events? And why do Christians often have completely opposite views on important social issues? This class will offer insight into the issues of today, using Scripture and the teaching of both Methodist and other churches. Each week brings a new topic. As in the past, some will attend every class while others will come when their schedules permit. Eric leads the class every week and provides both the Scripture and the notes for each day’s lesson. No class preparation is required and there is no homework. Although Eric does lecture, he makes sure there is always plenty of time for free-wheeling discussion.

 

Stronger–Finding Hope in Fragile Places | Angela Thomas
1/9-2/27, Mondays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.
Led by Linda Mayakis
Through biblical teaching and real life application, this study teaches that believers do not have to live in weakness. God is stronger than every struggle you will ever face. All who receive Jesus Christ have been hidden in Him. We have been made alive in Him through the forgiveness of our sin, filled in Him with all the fullness given to Him, brought near to God in Him, and blessed with every spiritual blessing in Him. As we have received Christ Jesus, we are now called to walk in a manner worthy of Him. Strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in so great an inheritance. Today, because of Christ, you can live stronger. This study will guide women into biblical truth through exposition and story, so they live confident, transformed, Christ-radiating lives marked by His strength.

 

The Bible from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners | Donald L. Griggs
1/9-2/27, Mondays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Led by Susan C. Lindblade
Well-known educator Don Griggs has written an accessible, easy-to-understand overview of the Bible for adults who have—or fear they have—little or no Bible knowledge. Pastor Susan and the author will guide us through the Bible and introduce basic tools and skills for Bible study, presenting basic themes, histories, personalities, and meanings of the Bible.

 

 

 

view-from-a-mountainOn the Edge with Eric
1/10-2/28, Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Led by Eric Lindblade
What does Scripture have to say about social issues and current events? And why do Christians often have completely opposite views on important social issues? This class will offer insight into the issues of today, using Scripture and the teaching of both Methodist and other churches. Each week brings a new topic. As in the past, some will attend every class while others will come when their schedules permit. Eric leads the class every week and provides both the Scripture and the notes for each day’s lesson. No class preparation is required and there is no homework. Although Eric does lecture, he makes sure there is always plenty of time for free-wheeling discussion.

Mystical Hope | Cynthia Bourgeault
1/10-2/28, Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Led by Melissa Auten
In this illuminating volume on the dynamics of hope, Bourgeault suggests a new way of envisioning this Christian virtue that plays a major role in the Biblical account of God’s dealings with humankind: “Mystical hope is not tied to a good outcome, to the future. It lives a life of its own, seemingly without reference to external circumstances and conditions.” She shows, in five interwoven meditations, how to recognize hope in our own lives, where it comes from, how to deepen it through prayer, and how to carry it into the world as a source of strength and renewal.

 

holy-bibleWednesday Morning Bible Study
Year-Round, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Group-Led
The Wednesday morning Bible Study offers a time of prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and breakfast. The time begins with a light breakfast, usually breakfast sandwiches, and then prayer concerns are lifted up. At 7:30, the actual study of the Bible begins. The format is freewheeling discussion, as all opinions are welcome. Members take turns in starting the discussion each week and every week everyone takes turns in reading Scripture out loud. While there is no separate course book, most members bring Study Bibles. The study concludes around 8:00 a.m. with a closing prayer. Both those who have deep knowledge of Scripture and those who have just recently begun to study Scripture are welcomed.

 

The Bible from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners | Donald L. Griggs
1/11-3/1, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Led by Susan C. Lindblade
Well-known educator Don Griggs has written an accessible, easy-to-understand overview of the Bible for adults who have—or fear they have—little or no Bible knowledge. Pastor Susan and the author will guide us through the Bible and introduce basic tools and skills for Bible study, presenting basic themes, histories, personalities, and meanings of the Bible.

 

 

Lent 2017

40 Days of Decrease | Alicia Britt Chole
3/2-4/6, Thursdays, Noon-1:30 p.m.
Churchwide, led by Susan C. Lindblade
What if you fasted regret?
What if your friends fasted comparison?
What if your generation fasted escapism?
What if your community fasted spectatorship?
Such heart-fasts could trigger a spiritual revolution! Via readings, refection questions, daily fasts, ancient quotes, and more, this is the dream of 40 Days of Decrease: A Different Kind of Hunger. A Different Kind of Fast. Every day offers a meaningful consideration of Jesus’ journey and then invites readers into a daily fast of heart-clutter, the stuff that sticks to our souls and weighs us down.

 

Spring 2017

holy-bibleWednesday Morning Bible Study
Year-Round, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Group-Led
The Wednesday morning Bible Study offers a time of prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and breakfast. The time begins with a light breakfast, usually breakfast sandwiches, and then prayer concerns are lifted up. At 7:30, the actual study of the Bible begins. The format is freewheeling discussion, as all opinions are welcome. Members take turns in starting the discussion each week and every week everyone takes turns in reading Scripture out loud. While there is no separate course book, most members bring Study Bibles. The study concludes around 8:00 a.m. with a closing prayer. Both those who have deep knowledge of Scripture and those who have just recently begun to study Scripture are welcomed.

 

Women’s Retreat: The Gift of Years–Growing Old Gracefully | Joan Chittister
5/1-5/3, Trinity Center at Pine Knoll Shores
Led by Susan C. Lindblade & Jo Hardy
The great adventure of growing older and being an elder is the chance to deepen and enrich our spirituality. People grow up assuming that they will literally be over the hill with nothing to look forward to once they pass the retirement age. Joan Chittister, who has written many books lamenting what’s missing in American society, now turns her attention to the sad consequences of stereotypes about aging. She posits a different and very inspiring portrait of the gifts, not the lack, of years. Not only accepting but celebrating getting old, this inspirational and illuminating work looks at the many facets of the aging process, from purposes and challenges to struggles and surprises.


holy-bibleWednesday Morning Bible Study

Year-Round, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 a.m.
Group-Led
The Wednesday morning Bible Study offers a time of prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and breakfast. The time begins with a light breakfast, usually breakfast sandwiches, and then prayer concerns are lifted up. At 7:30, the actual study of the Bible begins. The format is freewheeling discussion, as all opinions are welcome. Members take turns in starting the discussion each week and every week everyone takes turns in reading Scripture out loud. While there is no separate course book, most members bring Study Bibles. The study concludes promptly at 8:30 with a closing prayer. Both those who have deep knowledge of Scripture and those who have just recently begun to study Scripture are welcomed.

 

Care & Connection

Get Acquainted Potluck Dinners
9/24/16-4/29/17, Saturdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Churchwide, sponsored by the Care & Connections Ministry
If you miss the old-fashioned potluck socials, then these dinners are for you! The point is to have fellowship, food, and fun in a wholesome environment. Each dinner is held on the last Saturday of the month in the Youth Center. And as tradition dictates, each attendee should bring a dish to share.

 

Grief Support Group
10/5-11/9, Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Led by Rev. Betty Morton & Tony Ivosic
As part of its ongoing discipleship and care of adults, NRUMC will offer a Grief Support Group for persons grieving the death of loved ones.  This six-week program offers education on grief and loss and promotes healthy grieving and healing through peer discussion group support. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with others who have experienced a recent loss, learn about their experiences and share your own story. You’ll also explore who you are now and gather resources for rebuilding your life. The Rev. Betty Morton, an experienced grief support instructor, will facilitate the class.

 

 

Churchwide Fellowship Meal
10/16, Sunday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the United Methodist Men
Come join the rest of the church as we enjoy a delicious meal, fun fellowship, and the chance to get to know people that you may not have met!

 

 

 

Churchwide Spaghetti Dinner
1/8/17, Sunday, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by the United Methodist Men
We start off the winter study season with our annual spaghetti dinner provided by the United Methodist Men. Come enjoy a plate of great pasta before or after the study that you’re attending. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Summer Reading Program
6/1/17-8/13/17
Churchwide, led by Jo Hardy
Starting in May 2017, pick up a bookmark listing all of the summer’s book selections from the blue information carts. Enjoy your selections over the summer, and on Sunday, August 13, come enjoy an ice cream social and informal discussion groups about the books from the list.

 

 

Churchwide Ice Cream Social/Book Discussion
8/13/17, Sunday, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Churchwide, led by Jo Hardy
Come enjoy a churchwide ice cream social, and, if you participated in the summer reading program, stay for informal discussion groups about the books from the list.

 

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Location & Service Times

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SERVICE TIMES

Traditional: 8:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.,
and 11:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary

Contemporary (Souljourn):
9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall

Children's (SHINE):
Begins in 11:15 Traditional, then moves to Room S2

LOCATION

8501 Honeycutt Road
Raleigh, NC 27615
(919) 847-1536

info@nrumc.org