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 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 email@example.com.
Fall 2020 Classes
Would you like to grow closer to God during this pandemic time? Consider one of the many options we offer this fall with online Zoom classes and groups. You can sign up at here, or by contacting Pastor Dawn Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.706.9639.
THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING BOOK STUDYFirst and Third Wednesdays from 12-1:30 p.m. October 7 through December 16, 2020 This class is based on the classic book, The Cloud of Unknowing, which describes how we enter into the divine love of God's presence through the practice of contemplative prayer. This class is for Christians who are prayerfully dedicated to cultivating a love for God and service to all people. No cost, but you will need to purchase your own copy of The Cloud of Unknowing translated by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, 2009, Shambhala Publications. Teacher: Dr. Jana Rentzel, LLUMC Congregational Care Minister, counselor, and spiritual director in private practice in Dallas. See www.JanaRentzel.com for more information about Dr. Rentzel. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, email@example.com or 214.760.9639.
IT’S OKAY NOT TO BE OKAY BOOK STUDYMondays at 7:00 p.m., October 12 to December 14, 2020 (the first session is an orientation; no class November 30) LLUMC Congregational Care Minister Betty Bowman will be teaching a book study on Dallas author Sheila Walsh’s book It’s Okay Not to be Okay: Moving Forward One Day at a Time. The class will meet for nine sessions; each session covers a chapter in the book (the first session will be an orientation session). Sheila looks at ways to move forward one step at a time through any pain, struggles or ruts you may be in, including anxiety. This study is so appropriate for the uncertain world we are all living in today! No cost for the study but you will need to purchase your own books, which are approximately $20 and can be ordered on Amazon (as well as other places). Note: Make sure you order both the book AND study guide. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.760.9639.
RHYTHMS OF GROWTH: WOMEN’S GATHERING BOOK STUDYSundays at 4:00 p.m., Ongoing Do you want to experience genuine spiritual growth? Are you ready to do soul work? Join our weekly conversation as Rev. Donna Whitehead, assisted by Carmyn Neely, guides other women through Linda Douty's book, Rhythms of Growth: 365 Meditations to Nurture the Soul. Anyone can come any week, and no prior reading is required. No cost. To sign up: Contact Pastor Donna Whitehead, 214.549.7840.
DISCIPLE FAST TRACK BIBLE STUDYWednesdays at 7:00 p.m., beginning September 16, 2020 (first session is an orientation) Join our newest LLUMC pastor Rev. Andy Nelms for this 24-week Disciple Fast Track Bible Study. The goal of this study is not to get you through the Bible but to get the Bible through you—for all of us to develop personal habits of a disciple of Jesus Christ. No cost, but you will need to purchase a workbook. To sign up: Go to llumc.org/disciple or contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, email@example.com or Pastor Andy Nelms, firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE NEW TESTAMENT IN ITS WORLD BOOK STUDYThursdays from 7:00-8:00 p.m., September 17 to December 17, 2020 This new study by N.T. Wright, led by Bible teachers Rev. Walt Marcum and Richard Stanford, is your passageway from the 21 st Century to the era of Jesus and the first Christians. The book places the entire New Testament and early Christianity in its original context and addresses many difficult questions faced by those studying early Christianity. The study offers both a book and a workbook for those who are interested, which you may purchase online (optional). To sign up: Contact Pastor Barbara Marcum at email@example.com
SCIENCE AND FAITH: GOING DEEPERSundays at 5:00 p.m., Ongoing Led by renowned Bible teacher Rev. Walt Marcum, this class explores the relationship between science and faith in depth. In our modern 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 take on the issues of interest to thinking Christians and scientists. Stay after class for a lively discussion. To sign up: Contact Pastor Barbara Marcum at firstname.lastname@example.org
LIFE JOURNAL BIBLE STUDYWednesdays at 12 p.m., Ongoing 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 journal, which can be ordered (in your favorite color) here: https://www.liferesources.cc/life-journal-notebook/ To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson (Facilitator) at email@example.com
*NEW* Support Groups
*NEW* INVISIBLE SISTERHOODSecond and Fourth Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. Longing for a child? When the world is posting pictures and sharing stories about their children, those unable or struggling to have a child often feel invisible. This group gives a unique voice to this longing, while embracing God’s love for us as beloved daughters. This ongoing group is for those seeking guidance and spiritual support as they walk through this challenging time. The group is facilitated by LLUMC Congregational Care Minister Betty Bowman, who has walked this path herself and companioned many women on their journeys. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
*NEW* EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDSFirst Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. An eating disorder takes a life every 62 minutes . . . . This ongoing group is for family members and friends seeking guidance and spiritual support to walk alongside their loved ones who are fighting this difficult illness. The group is facilitated by three LLUMC Congregational Care Ministers who have invaluable personal experience and many resources to share. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, email@example.com.
GRIEFRELIEF SUPPORT GROUPThird 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, firstname.lastname@example.org. or 214.760.9639.
SURVIVING ESTRANGEMENT SUPPORT GROUPSecond 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, email@example.com. or 214.760.9639.
CELEBRATE RECOVERYTuesdays at 7:00 p.m. (Men’s and Women’s Open Share Groups) Celebrate Recovery is a confidential Christ-centered program to help people overcome life’s “hurts, habits, and hang-ups,” including addictions. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DIVORCECAREMondays at 7:30 p.m. This ongoing video-based grief support group is for those who are separated, divorced, or in the process. No cost, but you can order a workbook online. Find detailed information about the DivorceCare program at divorcecare.org. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, email@example.com or 214.760.9639.
GRIEFSHAREWednesdays at 6:30 p.m. This ongoing video-based grief support group is for those who have lost a loved one to death. No cost, but you can order a workbook online. Find detailed information about the program we use at griefshare.org. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.760.9639.
CHRISTIAN SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS (CSOSL)First Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. This ongoing support group is for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. We tell our stories, support each other, and discuss a different topic related to suicide grief each time we meet. To sign up: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, email@example.com or 214.760.9639.
Miscellaneous Groups and Classes
INTERCESSORY PRAYER GROUPMondays, 6:00-7:00 p.m. This ongoing group open to ALL meets weekly to pray for our personal, church, community, and world concerns. It’s a great way to start your week! Led by Carla Campbell. For more information: Contact Pastor Dawn Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.760.9639.
SENIOR SHAPE-UPMondays/Wednesdays/Fridays from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., 10-week sessions Exercises for ages 60+, including strength training with muscle and joint exercises. Only $1 per class; scholarships available. Teachers: Susan Arnett, Karen Casper, and Bill Sleeper. To sign up: Contact Susan Arnett at email@example.com or 214.797.7514.