In 2019, First Church is taking a year-long look at the importance of Christian Education in the life of a disciple and how we participate in Christian Education. As part of this focus, we are inviting everyone to Fill in Your Blank in 2019. This means that in addition to our Sunday worship, we are encouraging each person to pick (at least) one weekday class, Sunday School class, or Community Group to be a part of. At First Church we believe that growing in faith and knowledge is a lifelong process. And in order to for us to be challenged in our faith, grow in our understanding of the Bible, and become better disciples of Jesus Christ, we must engage in Christian Education.
Participants are welcome to join a class even after the start date. While registration for classes is not required, it is encouraged. Please use the provided form to register and return to the church office. Registration is also available online at FUMCPensacola.com.
These classes offer the opportunity to study God’s Word and grow in our understanding of who God is and our relationship with God. In these classes, we use the Bible as the primary text. These classes can include book or
Disciple Fast Track II
Sundays | 9:30am | The Wright Place, 2nd Floor, WP205
This study is ideal for busy people who want to fit in an in-depth Bible study into their schedule. It will help readers deepen their understanding of scripture and identify some needs in the world for which ministry is needed.
Led by Laura & Earl McAuley – Starts August 11
Monday Night Class
Mondays | 6:00pm | Perry Home, PH101
Come learn more about the ministry of Jesus from His baptism to His death, burial and the empty tomb as told by Gospel writer, Mark. Hosted by Monday Night Class.
Led by Bill Bond – Starts August 19
Joe Harrell Bible Study
Wednesdays | 7:00am | The Wright Place, Dining Room
While all are invited every Wednesday during the school year, we especially invite dads, retired men, men working downtown…anyone who would like to join us for breakfast followed by a devotion and discussions on a variety of topics.
Led by Mike Vance – Starts September 4
Dad’s Bible Study
Wednesdays | 7:30am | Panera Bread
All dads are invited for a time of Bible study and Christian fellowship with other dads. This study meets at Panera Bread by Cordova Mall.
Led by Bill Bond – Starts August 14
Women at the Well
Wednesdays | 10:30am | Perry Home, Parlor
This book and Bible-based discussion group for women of all ages studies a variety of topics throughout the year.
Led by Cindy Smith – Starts September 11
Bible with Brandon
Wednesdays | Noon | The Wright Place, Dining Room
Rev. Brandon Bures, Associate Pastor, leads participants in a weekly in-depth discussion of the upcoming lectionary passages for Sunday. Lunch is available for purchase.
Led by Rev. Brandon Bures – Starts September 4
Senior Pastor’s Bible Study
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Wesley Abbey
Join Senior Pastor, Wesley H. Wachob, as he leads a study of The New Testament with A Beginners Guide to the New Testament by William Barkley.
Preview Starts August 21
Covenant Bible Discussion
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Perry Home, PH101
What the Word says about our relationship with God and how we keep that relationship thriving.
Led by David Boyd – Starts August 21
Mom’s Bible Study
Thursdays | 9:30am | Education Building, E207
All moms are invited to join us for our weekly Mom’s Bible Study. Come join us for great discussions, friendship and faith building.
Led by Lisa Bond – Starts August 22
These classes enrich and empower us to live healthy lives that honor God and call us into service.
Financial Peace University
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS117
Dave’s proven money class will show you step-by-step how to create a budget, pay off your debt, make wise spending decisions, and save for the future.
Led by Geoff and Stephanie Cook – Starts September 4
Parenting Speaker Series
Last Wednesday | August 28, September 25, October 30 | 6:00pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS106
Join other parents as we explore ways to more effectively parent the children, tweens, and youth in our lives. Hosted by Children and Tween Parent Council.
1st Friday | September 6, October 4, November 1 | 5:30pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS117
Learn how to cultivate and enjoy a beautiful marriage rooted and grounded in Christ. Some of the topics will include what it means to have a shared vision, finding your true identity in Jesus, practices to confront unspoken expectations and conflict, allowing challenges to knit you together, keeping proper priorities while raising a family and spending time together. After class, parents will be given the opportunity to enjoy dinner together while we have a program for children.
Led by Geoff and Stephanie Cook.
These classes focus on equipping believers to live as disciples of Christ.
Sundays | 9:30am | Perry Home, PH102
Church History: The story of the Church is the story of man’s travel through the ages. Church history forms the foundation of who we are as today’s Christians. Come take a “global view” of this history to better understand who we were and who we might become.
Led by David Boyd – Starts August 11
Mondays | 10:00am | Lower Sanctuary, LS120
This community group is an open group that meets weekly on Monday mornings from 10:00 to 11:00 to facilitate the deepening of our relationship with God and each other through the practice of centering prayer in order that we might be transformed into Christ’s likeness for the transformation of the world.
Led by Donell Seager -Starts August 19
Lunch Bunch Group
4th Tuesday | 11:45am | Perry Home, Coffee House
This study and information group is sponsored by the United Methodist Women and participates in a variety of studies led by various speakers. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or snack to share with the group. Led by Nettie Joseph – Starts August 20
Wednesday Reading Group
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Perry Home, Parlor
Discussion of scripture and select writings from the Christian tradition. Readings vary from week to week. Previous authors read in this group include Augustine, Flannery O’Connor, C. S. Lewis, Blaise Pascal and G. K. Chesterton.
Led by David Ramsey – Starts August 21
Finding Your Voice in the Psalms
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS120
Using Liz Canham’s book, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer, we will explore seven themes: hearing God’s word in stillness and silence; finding stability in God’s faithfulness; dealing with disappointment, anger, and pain; resting in God’s grace; celebration creation; touching the holy in the ordinary; and discovering joy and learning to praise. Study of this book promises to deepen our relationship
with God and teach us how to be more honest and authentic in our prayer to God.
Led by Donell Seager – Starts August 21
The Lord’s Prayer
Wednesdays | 6:00pm | Perry Home, PH210
This study will explore how the Lord’s Prayer sums up what Jesus was all about in His first-century setting. Wright locates the Lord’s Prayer, clause by clause, within the historical life and work of Jesus and allows the prayer’s devotional application to grow out of its historical context. The result is a fresh understanding of Christian spirituality and the life of prayer.
Led by Donell Seager – Starts October 9
God’s Stories Group
2nd Thursday | 10:00am | Perry Home, Parlor
This group reads and discusses short stories from Christian and secular perspectives. All are invited to this study sponsored by the United Methodist Women.
Led by Janice Anderson – Starts August 22
Study of Prayer
4th Thursday | 10:00am | Perry Home, PH101
This group participates in various studies on prayer with a focus on growing in faith through prayer. This group is sponsored by the Ruth Braden and Eleanor Nichols group of the United Methodist Women.
Led by Nancy Shealy – Starts August 22
Thursdays | 10:30am | Lower Sanctuary, LS106
What can you, as a grandparent do to speak wisdom and godliness into your grandchildren’s lives? This study gives you a biblical foundation for investing spiritually in them for Christ – from sharing with unbelieving grandkids to discipling them into a mature faith.
Led by Jennifer Piver and Lisa Bond. (This class will not meet when other 50 Forward activities are scheduled) Starts August 15
COMMUNITIES OF SUPPORT
Everyone needs a community to support them in times of challenge, questioning and growth. These classes are here to support attendees in whatever season they are in. These classes are offered by our church and community.
Sundays | 5:45pm | Perry Home
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, this group can help you through this challenging time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before.
Led by John Griffin – Starts September 8
Faith and Fitness
Mondays | 5:00pm | Front Lawn
A fitness and accountability group which focuses on strength training, cardiovascular fitness, and core exercises.
Led by Denise Van Atta – Starts August 19
Monday – Saturday | Noon | Outreach Building
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem. Registration through Church is not required.
Monday – Wednesday | 6:00pm | WP205
Overeaters Anonymous® is a fellowship of individuals who, through shared experience, strength, and hope, are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors and to carry the message of recovery through the Twelve Steps of OA to those who still suffer. Registration through Church is not required.
Managing Life with Dementia
2nd Tuesday | 1:00 – 3:00pm | LS106
Caring for a family member or a close friend with dementia is so important, but can also be complicated. This education and support group is a wonderful place to find support and resource information on your caregiving journey.
Starts August 13
Wednesdays | 5:00pm | Lower Sanctuary, LS118
Our proven program is not a diet. It’s about living. Your best self isn’t just about a magical number on the scale. It’s about seeing food as fuel for a healthy life, finding ways to move more each day, and developing the skills to unlock your inner strength so you can make healthy choices for life. Yes, you will lose weight. But with Weight Watchers, you’ll also gain a whole new perspective on getting — and staying — healthy.
Led by Paula McDuffy – Starts August 14
Thursday | 5:30pm | Franklin Building
Saturday | 9:30am | Franklin Building
Co-Dependents Anonymous® is a program of recovery from codependence, where each of us may share our experience, strength, and hope in our efforts to find freedom where there has been bondage and peace where there has been turmoil in our relationships with others and ourselves. Co- Dependents Anonymous, a fellowship of men and women whose common purpose is to develop healthy relationships. The only requirement for membership is a desire for healthy and loving relationships. Registration through Church is not required.
Thursdays | Noon | Franklin Building
Narcotics Anonymous® offers recovery from the effects of addiction through working a twelve-step program, including regular attendance at group meetings. The group atmosphere provides help from peers and offers an ongoing support network for addicts who wish to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. The name, Narcotics Anonymous, is not meant to imply a focus on any particular drug; NA’s approach makes no distinction between drugs including alcohol. Registration through Church is not required.
Everyday | Noon | Franklin Building
Cocaine Anonymous is a Fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. Our primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom. Registration through Church is not required.