Classes

Register for Classes
Email Ann Lee, Discipleship Director at ann.lee@gfumc.net
 
 
ZOOM AT NOON WOMEN’S STUDY
Led by Ann Lee
12:15 p.m.
 
You’re invited to a New Zoom at Noon Bible study for women! This study is designed with the working woman in mind and for groups who might want to gather together on their lunch break in the office. During the first meeting on January 20th, together, we will set the time parameter that works best be it 30 mins or 45 mins for the study. Our first topic will be the Book of Jonah where we will discover that our God is so much bigger than we ever thought and His love abounds beyond our understanding.

To participate in this study registration is required so that the Zoom link can be sent to you each week. TO REGISTER: email ann.lee@gfumc.net and send your name, cell phone number, and email address.
 
“THE 40 DAY SUGAR FAST” by Wendy Speake
For Women Only, led by Erin Miles
Wednesday at 7:45 a.m. at the House
 
How many days have you missed out on His all-sufficient presence because you’re running to all of the wrong, unsatisfying fluff this world has to offer? Discover that He is enough. The 40 Day Sugar Fast is a 40-day journey back to the promised land, where faith and freedom, health and wholeness are yours! Lay down your sugar, that you might taste the Lord’s satisfying sweetness in your life again. Fasting is denying yourself something present and ordinary, to experience the presence of Someone extraordinary.
 
“STEP” CLASS (Membership Class)
Led by: Ann Lee
10:00 a.m. The Library
 
This class is designed with those seeking a church home, new members, and those wishing to teach in mind, but is open to all who want to know more about the core beliefs of
Methodists, what is currently happening in the United Methodist Church, the structure of the church, how GFUMC operates, and where you fit in.
Based on the vows we take when we join the church. Discover what the people called “METHODIST” believe.
CLASS REQUIRED FOR ALL WANTING TO TEACH IN THE CHURCH.
 
TUESDAY MORNING PASTORS STUDY
1, 2, 3 John and Jude
Led by: Pastor Ricky Smith
9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary and online/via live-stream
 
The letters of John and Jude are full of insight and direction, along with warnings and encouragement and remind us that God supplies all we need. That there is a real purpose to generosity. That there are times to be tolerant and times to take a stand. That faith includes certainties. Want a guide on how to live? Join Pastor Ricky Smith as we study John and Jude’s letters of love and truth finding direction for our daily lives. Missed a week? No worries! We’ll post each week’s teaching right here. 

“CANOEING THE MOUNTAINS” b
y Tod Bolsinger
For Men & Women
Led by: Pastor Ricky Smith
6:30 p.m. in Room 202
 
Explorers Lewis and Clark had to adapt. While they had prepared to find a waterway to the Pacific Ocean, instead they found themselves in the Rocky Mountains. You too may feel that you are leading and living in a cultural context you were not expecting. You may also feel that your past experiences and training holds you back more often that it carries you along. In this study Tod Bolsinger offers illuminating insights and practical tools to help you reimagine what effective leadership looks like in our rapidly changing world. If you’re going to scale the mountains, you need to leave behind canoes and find new navigational tools.
 
“ELIJAH” (Expand your faith; Experience God’s fire) by Priscilla Shirer
For Men & Women
Led by: Ann Lee
6:15 p.m. in Room 205
 
Elijah emerged as the voice of unapologetic truth during a time of national crisis and moral decline (anything sound familiar). His ministry was marked by tenacious faith and holy fire-the same kind you will need in order to remain steadfast in the current culture. This class is for MEN and WOMEN as we look at Elijah and the difficult choices of obedience that kept him anchored, sharpened his faith, broadened his impact, and invited heaven’s fire to fall.
 
“THE QUEST” (There is no quest without questions) by Beth Moore
For Women Only
Led by: Penny Maddox
6:00 p.m. in Room 203
 
The crooked punctuation mark at the end of a sentence speaks of curiosity, interest, and perhaps doubt. A question is an invitation to vulnerability, to intimacy. The Bible does not shy away from such an invite. Over and over, we see the people of God asking questions of their Creator. We also see the God of the universe asking questions of His creation. The Quest is a challenge to accept the invitation and draw closer to the one who knows you best.
 
“IN THE DUST OF THE RABBI” by Ray Vander Laan
For Men & Women
Led by: Rich Reed
6:00 p.m. in Room 211
 
Do you ever feel like you are a follower of Jesus, but from a distance? “Follow a Rabbi, drink in his words, and be covered with the dust of his feet, “ says the ancient Jewish proverb. In Jesus day, disciples followed their Rabbi so closely that they would be covered with the dust kicked up by the Rabbi’s feet. Come, discover how you can get dusty and be closer to your Rabbi, Jesus, by doing what he does. Filmed on location in Galilee, Priene, and Didyma, these lessons will weave together the Bible’s fascinating historical, cultural, religious, and geographical contexts revealing unique insights into the Scriptures significance for modern believers.
 
“The Man Church Small Groups”
   WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
    Led by Steve Varnell.  6:00 p.m., room 310/Main Building.
   THURSDAY MORNINGS
    Led by Matt Arnold. 6:30 a.m., at the House/529 Blount Ave.
   Matt invites all men interested in leading a Man Church group in the future.
   THURSDAY EVENINGS
   Led by David Kutner. 6:30 p.m., room 310/Main Building.
   THURSDAY EVENINGS
   Led by Steve Bibee. ZOOM online meetings. 6:00 p.m., contact Steve Bibee at          stevebibee@gmail.com
 
 
 

Online Sunday Morning Group

Led by:  Jonathon Watts (the younger)

10:00 a.m. via Zoom and in-house, room 203/main building

Please Register at www.gfumc.net or call Ann Lee at (256) 582-2001 or

e-mail ann.lee@gfumc.net

If you are unable to attend one of our in-house Sunday School groups/classes this is a wonderful opportunity to participate with others from the safety and privacy of your home. This class is also available in-house, room 203/main building.  Each Sunday morning will offer an interactive time of fellowship, community, prayer, discussion, and study of The Word led by Jonathon Watts. Jonathon will begin with a study in the book of John “deep enough for an elephant to swim yet shallow enough for a babe”.  In John we see Jesus in His glorious light and are brought out of the darkness.

 

Pastor’s Study, 1st & 2nd Peter

Men & Women’s study led by: Pastor Ricky Smith

9:30 a.m. in the Sanctuary, 539 Gunter Avenue
 
Join Pastor Ricky for this wonderful study of HOPE in the midst of suffering as Peter addresses the question of how to live as a Christian in the face of ultimate issues like death, ridicule, persecution and Satanic attack.  And gain practical instruction in how to walk as Christ and not be overcome by a world filled with false teachers and leaders. This study will be interactive with opportunities for questions and discussion.  It will also be offered online for those unable to attend in person.
1 & 2 Peter Bible Study, Pastor Ricky Smith
 
“STRESS LESS” Women’s Group led by Rev. Lula Dobbs

These women’s support groups and classes use a variety of Christian material in order to discover ways to overcome stress and live a joyful life in Christ. Class meets every Monday at 11:00 AM at the Youth Center, 521 Gunter Avenue. (currently meeting).

For details contact Rev. Lula Dobbs at lula.dobbs@gfumc.net

 
“STEP” MEMBERSHIP CLASS

Membership Class Led by Ann Lee

This class is designed with those seeking a church home, new members, and those wishing to teach in mind, but is open to all who want to know more about the core beliefs of United Methodists, the structure of the church, how GFUMC operates, and where you fit in. Divided into five sessions based on the vows we take when we join the church.  Discover what the people called “METHODIST” believe. CLASS  REQUIRED FOR ALL WANTING TO TEACH IN THE CHURCH. Class starts January 9, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in the Library. To register and for more class details contact Ann Lee, Discipleship Director at ann.lee@gfumc.net

 
ARCHIVED STUDIES
 

Pastor’s Study, 1st & 2nd Peter

Join Pastor Ricky for this wonderful study of HOPE in the midst of suffering as Peter addresses the question of how to live as a Christian in the face of ultimate issues like death, ridicule, persecution and Satanic attack.  And gain practical instruction in how to walk as Christ and not be overcome by a world filled with false teachers and leaders. This study will be interactive with opportunities for questions and discussion.  It will also be offered online for those unable to attend in person.
 
“THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST” by Andrew Murray
 
We believe it, we preach it, we strive for it–but still, for many, the kind of free-flowing life in the fullness of the Spirit is more of a dream than a reality.
Andrew Murray skillfully identifies the defects in faith that prevent the life-giving flow, and guides us to the Spirit’s full blessing!
“Only as we understand that believing in him means a yielding up of the whole heart and life and will, to let him live and rule within us, can we confidently count upon receiving all that we need of the Holy Spirit’s power and presence,” Murray says. “When Christ becomes to us all that God has made him to be, then the Holy Spirit can flow from him and do his blessed work of leading us back to know him better, and to believe in him more completely.”
Let The Full Blessing of Pentecost lead you to the well of living water you’ve been longing for. Please see series link below.
 
“ROMANS” led by Ann Lee
Ever taken a wrong turn? We all have and we all need help to navigate through this life. The letter to the Romans contains practical advice for dealing with the challenges that come our way and giving us the correct solutions through Jesus Christ. Click on the purple link to view the entire series.
 
“REVELATION”
Join Pastor Ricky Smith or Ann Lee for a study in the MORE of Jesus, God, and our Hope to Come. Not a letter to promote fear but a letter to encourage the persecuted and discouraged followers of Jesus Christ yesterday and today. Click on the links below to view each series.