Small Group Studies for Adults

We offer a variety of small group studies throughout the year, including Disciple Bible Study, a 30-34 week study to “equip the saints.” Study groups for women meet on Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings. There are groups on Wednesday evenings (seasonal; April - August) with a variety of topics. For additional information, please contact Rev. C. Kay Fuino, Associate Pastor, by e-mail at ckfuino@duluthumc.org.

    “Parenting in the Pew” Class: Begins August 14th

    Statistics show that children who regularly attend worship with their parents are more likely to continue to attend church once they become an adult.  “Christian education is valuable, but the discipline of the worship event is the beating heart of our Christian journey, our nourishment.”  The most important thing we can ever do for our children is to train them to worship our Heavenly Father.
     
    Rev. C. Kay Fuino and Leslie Yokeley, Director of Children’s Ministries, will be leading a brief class called Parenting in the Pew, from August 14th - 28th. Parenting in the Pew is a great resource to help and encourage parents to train their children to worship. We will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. in rooms F-206/207, located on the 2nd floor of the Family Life Center.  If you are interested in registering for this class, please contact Leslie Yokeley by e-mail at lyokeley@duluthumc.org.

    “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”  Proverbs 22:6

    How is Your Soul? “Soul Care” Class: Begins September 4th

    How is your soul?  In a culture where we promote self-care, we often feel like something is still lacking.  Join us for Soul Care, a six-week series, as we explore the four aspects of soul care that can help us seek contentment and restoration.

    Soul Care will be led by Rev. Lindsay Geist, MDiv, MSW, LCSW. Lindsay is uniquely trained, having earned a Masters in Divinity from Duke Divinity School and a Masters in Social Work from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is credentialed as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Georgia as well as ordained as a Deacon in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church.

    Soul Care will be held on Wednesday nights, September 4th through October 9th, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room F-145, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. The cost is $20 per person. The registration deadline is Sunday, August 18th, and the class size is limited to 20 participants. To register, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 128.

    Disciple Bible Study Fast Track: “Remember Who You Are – The Prophets”: Begins September 8th

    This 12-week study of the Old Testament Major and Minor prophets calls the readers to think about how God is continually calling hearers and readers back to God and to a sense of people who are “set apart”.  This study is designed to establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God. The second 12-week study will look at the letters traditionally attributed to Paul. The class will be led by Rev. C. Kay Fuino and other facilitators.

    Disciple Fast Track is designed for manageable preparation on a daily basis and shorter group meeting times. This class will begin on Sunday, September 8th, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room F-204. The second half will begin in January 2020. It is preferable to have completed the first Disciple Bible Study or the initial Fast Track Study but all are invited to attend.  The book for the first 12-week session is $15 and may be ordered by calling the church and signing up for class with our receptionist Tracy Brinker by e-mail at tbrinker@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776. Please sign up by August 26th so books can be ordered in time for the first class.  Please let us know if you will need childcare on Sunday evenings.

    Circle of Security® Parenting™ Program: Begins September 11th

    Do you ever wish that your child came with an instruction manual? Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. Each child is uniquely wired for the holy journey that he or she will travel. As parents, we create the container that holds the emotions, dreams, and development that equips each child for his/her journey. Join us for the Circle of Security® Parenting™ program, based on decades of research, which will guide you to create a container that nurtures a secure connection between you and your child — a connection that supports the foundation that can lead to a lifetime of health and happiness. This program is for parents with children ages 4 months through 5 years.

    The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program will be led by Lynne Smith, who earned a B.A. in Spanish and Economics from Furman University (1988) and a Master of Divinity from Emory University Candler School of Theology (2006).  Lynne was ordained a Deacon in Full Connection in the North Georgia Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2009.  She facilitates educational workshops and works to support communities of faith as they nurture the wellbeing of the families that they serve.

    The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program will offered on Wednesday nights, September 11th through December 4th, from 6 to 7 p.m. in room F-148, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center. The cost is $40 per person. The registration deadline is Sunday, August 25th, and the program is limited to 12 participants. To register, please contact Rev. Beth Brown Shugart by e-mail at bshugart@duluthumc.org, or call 770-476-3776, ext. 128.

    Climate Justice: A Mission Study for ALL:  September 14th

    Three Simple Rules of John Wesley:
    “1. Do no harm; 2. Do good; 3. Attend upon the ordinances of God.”

    “In the Climate Justice movement, the Christian commitment …is not separate from our commitment to Christ. As Christians, we have been given the challenge to reduce our carbon emissions to zero in our lifetimes.” (Malik Saafir, cofounder/ pres. of the Janus Institute for Justice). 

    Join us for Climate Justice: A Mission Study for ALL, on Saturday, September 14th. Learn how we can live out our Christian heritage to protect and preserve God’s bounty of our planet’s natural resources so future generations can continue to enjoy these gifts. Climate Justice is a mission study open to all members of our church and community: men, women and youth. 

    Climate Justice, led by speaker Beth Bond (niece of Annette Pierce) will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. The cost is $5 per person at the door, and snacks will be provided. If you plan to attend Climate Justice please sign up in the Gathering Room or outside Hinton Hall before the event.

    Praying The Daily Examen – Ignatian Spirituality: Begins October 16th

    The Examen is a way of praying using prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to see God’s presence. This study will use the technique described by Ignatius of Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises.  There is not a book for the class but handouts will be provided and videos will be viewed.  It is recommended that you have a new journal of your choice to use for the class.


    Over a 6-week period we will review:

    • The five-step daily Examen;
    • How to Make the Examen Part of Your Day;
    • Variations on the Examen;
    • Taking the Examen Forward.

    Rev. C. Kay Fuino will lead this study on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. beginning on October 16th in room F-145, located on the 1st floor of the Family Life Center.  You may sign up with our receptionist Tracy Brinker by e-mail at tbrinker@duluthumc.org, or by calling the church at 770-476-3776.