Classes

WE believe that fellowship with others at every point in our Christian journey enriches and increases the faith of all. Small groups and classes help form the foundation of a true church family, and members support one another while studying the Word together and as we live out our faith in the community. For more information on our classes and to learn about other ways that you can get involved, contact classes@llumc.org.
Summer 2020 Online Classes

Would you like to grow closer to God during this unprecedented pandemic time? Consider signing up for one of the many options we offer this summer with *NEW* online classes and groups.

Other classes, small groups, and support groups are listed on our website at llumc.org/learn. For help finding a class or group right for you, contact Dawn Anderson, Associate Pastor, danderson@llumc.org, or 214.760.9639.

ANGELS – STANDING GUARD

Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m., June 30 through September 1

An eight-week study using LifeGuide Bible Study workbook. There are over 600 references in the Bible to angels; they are mentioned in 34 of the 66 books in the Bible. Are they divine, male, female, do they have wings, are they meek, bold, peacemakers, or warriors? Join us to learn who and what might be looking over your shoulder. The cost is $10 to cover the workbook.

To sign up: Contact Facilitator Paul Ditto, pditto@llumc.org. or 214.706.9561.

SHORT STORIES BY JESUS

Mondays at 7:00 p.m., June 29 through August 24

Join Rev. Kay Eck for a 9-week summer study of Amy-Jill Levine's book Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. Dr. Levine is a Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School. Each week, we will consider one of the parables of Jesus and dissect its meaning in biblical times, and allow us to hear these stories with new ears.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Kay Eck, keck@llumc.org, or 214.706.9686.

FINDING PEACE IN AN ANXIOUS WORLD

Thursdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., July 2 through August 27

This study explores ways to discover peace through scriptural and spiritual disciplines so that we can be rooted in God and energized to live fully as disciples of Christ. We’ll learn how to approach a God who desires peace for the hearts of God’s people in times of anxiety, using the book of Proverbs and The Serenity Prayer as guides. Each session we will focus on different aspects of the prayer—serenity, acceptance, courage, and wisdom—and experience a spiritual practice to help develop the featured characteristic. This 2020 UMW Spiritual Growth study is sponsored by Bold Women of Lovers Lane. Cost $10 for book (scholarship available).

To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org, or 214.760.9639.

UNDERSTANDING MUSIC TO SING OUR FAITH

Every Wednesday, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., June 17 through August 26 (minus July 1 and August 19)

The goal of this class is to learn the basics of reading music. This class will help us to understand our worship better and to sing with new confidence. Cost $14 for music theory notebook.

To sign up: Contact Sheryl Sebo at ssebo@llumc.org or 214.706.9593.

ALLYSHIP – A NEW CONCEPT – HOW TO SUPPORT BLACK MENTAL HEALTH

Tuesdays, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., July 7 through July 21

The Black community understands that not everyone knows what or how to help right now. But doing nothing is not OK. Learn what you can do to be an effective ally and support Black Mental Health at this critical time. For progress to truly happen it starts with educating yourself and expanding your knowledge to help build the momentum. Facilitated by Leigh Richardson, MS, NCC, LPC, BCN, BCB, CCTP and Founder/Clinical Director of Brain Performance Center.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org or 214.760.9639.

RHYTHMS OF GROWTH: WOMEN’S GATHERING BOOK STUDY

Sundays at 4:00 p.m., Ongoing

Rev. Donna Whitehead, assisted by Carmyn Neely, will be teaching the Women's Gathering all summer online as we move through Linda Douty's book, Rhythms of Growth. Anyone can come any week, and it does not require prior reading. These daily meditations are grounded in everyday life and are entertaining as well as inspiring to read. Included in each session will be a discussion of racism and how we can respond.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Donna Whitehead, 214.549.7840.

LIFE JOURNAL BIBLE STUDY

Wednesdays at 12 p.m., starting July 1

Would you like to go deeper in your daily Bible study and prayer life? The Life Journal is a daily Scripture
reading plan and journal using the S.O.A.P. method: Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. We’ll
meet weekly to share our insights from our week of journaling. Cost $8 for the journal.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org. or 214.760.9639.

PUSHOUT: THE CRIMINALIZATION OF BLACK GIRLS IN SCHOOLS

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., July 8 through August 26

What’s the problem? What can I do about it? Black girls in U.S. schools are experiencing more suffering from school administration and the justice system. This 8-week study will be a discussion-that-leads-to-action group. The author exposes a world of confined potential and supports the growing movement against the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable and unsafe futures. UMW National Study sponsored by Bold Women of Lovers Lane. Cost $10 for book (scholarship available).

To sign up: Contact Pastor Jo Biggerstaff (Walnut Hill UMC), j.biggerstaff@sbcglobal.net.

Soul Groups
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SUNDAY NIGHT SOUL GROUP

Sundays from 6:00 to 7:00p.m., Ongoing
This soul group follows a John Wesley class meeting format answering questions such as: “How is it with my soul?”, “When this last week have I felt closest to Christ?” and “What prayers do I need from others? We support each other in our Christian walks and set individual spiritual growth goals for each week.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org. or 214.760.9639.

WEDNESDAY NOON SOUL GROUP

Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., Ongoing
The Wednesday noon group, led by Pastor DeDe and Jeff Jones, focuses on discussing the previous Sunday’s CrossWalk sermon topic.

To sign up: Contact Pastor DeDe Jones, djones@llumc.org.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT SOUL GROUP

Wednesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Ongoing

The Wednesday evening group starts with a check-in to see how everyone is doing. Then there is a lesson in the form of a devotional which the group discusses. The group ends with prayer requests and praying. Although this is the general format, the group is also open to the Spirit’s leadings and has been moved sometimes to just talk and pray.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Randall Lucas, rlucas@llumc.org. or 214.760.9518.

Summer Bible Studies with Rev. Walt Marcum

We are pleased to offer several Bible studies with renowned Bible teacher Rev. Walt Marcum. Walt is a student of the Bible and has done extensive study on sources and how the Bible came to be. Some classes may require the purchase of books or study materials. Some classes have already started, but you can jump in at any time. 

To sign up for any of the following studies: Contact Rev. Barbara Marcum,
bmarcum@llumc.org.

SUMMER SCRIPTURE SERIES:
FOUNDATIONAL BELIEFS OF OUR FAITH

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m., June 30, July 14, July 28

Join us for this exploration of the foundational beliefs of our faith. In June, we will explore the two foundational beliefs about Jesus: the incarnation (who Jesus is) and the atonement (what Jesus
did). In July, we will explore our understanding of salvation both as Christians and as Methodists.

SCIENCE AND FAITH: GOING DEEPER

Sundays at 5:00 p.m., June 14 through October 4

In the world in which many reject or deny what modern science has to say to us, but in which our tradition says that science and faith are “complementary rather than contradictory” we will spend 20 weeks exploring the relationship between science and faith in depth.

THE WORLD OF JESUS (SECOND TEMPLE JUDAISM)

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., July 9 through August 27

This 10-week class covers the background to the world of Jesus known as the Second Temple Period or the period between the testaments. This is intended to help participants better understand the world of the New Testament and of Jesus.

LIFE AFTER DEATH IN THE BIBLE AND CHRISTIAN TRADITION

Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. through July 2

This six-week online class will explore how life after death has been understood and expressed in the Bible and in the Christian tradition. We’ll begin with the Old Testament, then cover the period between the testaments (the Apocrypha), the New Testament, the early church, the Reformation, and in the modern world.

*NEW* Support Groups with Dr. Jana Rentzel

We are pleased to offer two new support groups from Dr. Jana Rentzel. Dr. Rentzel is a counselor and spiritual director in private practice in Dallas. More information about Dr. Rentzel can be found at JanaRentzel.com

GRIEFRELIEF SUPPORT GROUP

Third Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Ongoing

GriefRelief is a monthly support group for adults who are grieving. At each Zoom meeting, Dr. Rentzel presents a slideshow that will provide: (1) a firm understanding of the dynamics of grief, (2) practical methods for moving through your grief, and (3) valuable resources to help you recover and rebuild your life. Discussion and sharing follows.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org. or 214.760.9639.

SURVIVING ESTRANGEMENT  SUPPORT GROUP

Second Mondays from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Ongoing

This is a monthly support group for adults experiencing a strained or estranged relationship with a family member. At each Zoom meeting, Dr. Rentzel presents research-based strategies for mending estrangements, healing from within, and moving forward, followed by discussion and sharing. This group provides crucial information to navigate this challenging time, as well as with connections with others who are experiencing the same frustrations and heartbreak.

To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, danderson@llumc.org. or 214.760.9639.