Faith Academy Fall 2014

Faith Academy Attending worship is the foundation that we all need to grow in a relationship with Christ. Along with the Sunday school class, FUMC Allen offers bible study, service opportunities, recreation, and support groups that allow us to both study and serve, fulfilling the discipleship goal of Worship Plus Two.

As our children return to their classes each fall, FUMC Allen also offers several course offerings to help us make a commitment to our discipleship and spiritual journey. We offer these programs through Faith Academy, FUMC Allen’s discipleship education and small group ministry curriculum. The name says it all.

We are working to help everyone grow in their faith through intentional and ongoing small group study. Throughout the year, we offer many different studies and learning opportunities. You can pick up brochures of course listings at the church in the fall and the spring , review class listings online, and register online or during open registration periods at the church.

This month, make a commitment to regular Bible study. We’ve listed this season’s offerings below. You can register during our open registration period from August 17 through August 31 or online at our event registration page.

Scroll through the course descriptions below, paying special attention to any unique requirements as many classes require advance registration and payment.

For questions, contact Susan Hale.

 How to Register for a Class

Register Online: Click on Event Registration. Select the name of the course or event for which you want to register. After reading the course description, click on the Register for this Event link at the bottom of the page, and follow the directions to register and pay by credit card, debit card, or bank draft (check).

Register In Person: Visit us during office hours (Monday-Thursday 9:00am-5:00pm and Friday 9:00am-1:00pm) to pick up a registration form. Place your registration form and payment in an envelope (NO CASH, PLEASE), write event name on the front of the envelope, and leave with receptionist or drop in black lockbox outside our financial administrator’s office.

Course Cancellations: Register as early as possible to ensure that the class you want to take will make. Instructors may choose to limit enrollment if they feel class size will enhance the value of the course. FUMC Allen reserves the right to cancel any class or program. Notification will be given promptly so that an alternative class may be chosen or a refund may be issued.

Child Care: Unless otherwise noted, child care is available for only Sunday and Wednesday classes. Reserve child care with your registration or contact the class facilitator at least two weeks in advance of a class session when child care is needed. To cancel your reservation, call your class coordinator no later than 24 hours before class. FUMC Allen works diligently to maintain the safety and security of the children and youth in our care. To that end, we require background checks and offer security training for all adults working with our youth and children.

Classes for Fall 2014

Broken and Blessed

Tuesdays, September 9 (6 weeks) 9:30-11:00am Bernie Dickson, facilitator Materials fee: $12

Broken and Blessed traces the story of the Genesis family from Adam and Eve through the generations to Joseph, bringing blessing from brokenness. We will see that despite both good and bad traits that were passed down, God worked for good in every generation—determined to transform those within and outside the family bloodlines. The study ends with the story of Joseph, who decided to stop the cycle of previous generations, offering forgiveness and grace to his brothers. Through these stories of Genesis, New Testament teaching about family, and stories of contemporary families changed and used by God, this study shows us how God can use our own imperfect families to bring blessing in a hurting and broken world.

DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDIES

Disciple I: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study 

Sundays, Sept. 7 (32 weeks) 4:00-6:00pm Rev. Maxie Moore, facilitator Materials fee: $50

This study gives the Old and New Testa­ments equal time, emphasizing the wholeness of the Bible as a revelation of God. DISCIPLE draws upon the work of scholars, the personal Bible reading and study of the participant, and dynamic group discussion to aid understanding of the Bible.

Disciple II: Into the Word, Into the World

Sundays, Sept. 7 (32 weeks) 4:00-6:00pm Facilitator TBA Materials fee: $50

DISCIPLE II is the second study in the four-phase Disciple program and is prepared for those who are graduates of Disciple I. This study proclaims the transforming power of Scripture while teaching Bible study skills that take participants deeper into the Scripture. The importance of keeping Bible study related to witness is reinforced while participants are encouraged to practice spiritual disciplines arising out of Scripture for the purpose of changing habits and transforming lives. The study also emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going for God, of being in the Word and in the world individually and corporately. This study understands the growing Christian as under discipline in community and in ministry to the world. Disciple II approaches all experiences of life as opportunities for faithful witness and service..

Disciple IV: Under the Tree of Life

Sundays, Sept. 7 (32 weeks) 4:00-6:00pm Brad Boganwright, facilitator Materials fee: $50

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Thursdays, Sept. 4 (32 weeks) 9:30am-11:30am Susan Hale, facilitator Materials fee: $50

The study concentrates on the Writings (Old Testament books not in the Torah or the Prophets), the Gospel of John, and Revelation. Emphasis on the Psalms as Israel’s hymnbook and prayer book leads natural to an emphasis on worship in the study. Present through the entire study is the sense of living toward completion – toward the climax of the message and the promise, extravagantly pictured in the Revelation.

Beth Moore’s Children of the Day

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 (9 weeks) 6:30pm-8:00pm Jackie Payne, facilitator Materials fee: $18

Join Sisters in Faith as they study 1 & 2 Thessalonians. The Holy Spirit shines bright through you. The New Testament believers carried the Spirit of God as they walked along the shore of Thessalonica, just as you carry that light today. Join Beth Moore on the Thessalonian shores as you face real crises, real relationships, real doubts, real concerns, and real fears. Let the tide wash your eyes with fresh vision.

Bodacious Brothers

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 (ongoing) 7:00pm-8:00pm Rev. Brian McPherson, facilitator Materials fee: $0

This ongoing small group is open to men who would like to grow in their faith, study and discuss Scripture, and enjoy Christian fellowship.

Financial Peace University

Wednesdays, September 10 (9 weeks) 6:15-8:00pm Jason Hale, facilitator Materials fee: $89

We all need a plan for our money. Financial Peace University (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, FPU presents biblical, practical steps to get from where you are to where you’ve dreamed you could be. This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!

In the Beginning: Genesis                                                                                                    

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 (9 weeks) 6:30-8:00pm Richard Prince, facilitator Materials fee: $10

The first book of the Bible will cover the “creation of the world, Noah and the flood, Abraham’s covenant with God, and how Joseph saved the nation of Israel.” This 9-week course will help us understand the Bible, its language, culture, and archaeology. Come join us for the adventure!

Masters of Memory                                                                                                                     

Wednesdays, Sept. 17 (3 weeks) 6:30-8:00pm Laurie Hosack, facilitator Materials fee: $0

Many people believe that memory loss and aging go hand-in-hand: as a person gets older his or her memory begins to fail. Not true! Texas Cooperative Extension offers “Masters of Memory,” a six-lesson class series that will help you understand how your memory works and what may affect your memory. Medical conditions, medications, diet and exercise, among other things, may all play a role in how your memory works. “Masters of Memory” will also help you identify and use strategies to improve your memory function.

Pastor’s Bible Study                                                                                                                 

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 (ongoing) 7:00-8:00pm Rev. Todd Harris, facilitator Materials fee: $0

This ongoing study with Pastor Todd Harris examines Scripture with the goal of applying what the Bible says to real life and real struggles. Come see how scripture is relevant and empowering for modern life.

Preparing to Witness: Answering Tough Questions About Christianity

Wednesdays, Sept. 10 (8 weeks) 6:30-8:00pm David Holmes, facilitator Materials fee: $0

Do you worry that, if called on to witness, you will be hit with a question you can’t answer?  This study presents answers developed over the centuries to frequency questions asked by seekers and non-believers.  Come and discuss answers to “If God loves us, why is there so much pain in the world?”, “Do religion and science conflict?”, “Has the Bible been corrupted?”, and others. Contact David Holmes, facilitator, for more information.