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Winter/Spring Adult Studies 2020 

List of Winter/Spring Adult Studies 2020

Thursday Women’s Bible Study: A Divided Heart…A Divided Nation

Facilitators: Cathy McCallum, Robbie Battoe, Shirley Womack (swomack@fumcrockwall.com)

Dates: Thursdays, Jan. 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6 

Time: 9-10:30 AM 

Location: Shirley Womack’s Home (557 Arcadia Way, Rockwall)

Cost: $23 (only if new to the study in January)

Winter 2020 Lessons 5-8 | What happens when your heart is divided? What lessons can we learn for our lives today from the examples of Solomon and other Old Testament figures? What does God do when His people trust their own judgment and disobey Him? Please join us as we journey through the Precept upon Precept Study over 1 Kings 1-15 and 2 Chronicles 1-13. Childcare available.

Financial Peace University

Facilitator: Vance McDonald (vance.mcdonald@americanlumber.net)

Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 14- Mar. 17 (except Mar. 10)

Time: 6:30-8 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Cost: $130 (per family)

Work through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. This class meets for nine weeks and is a great way to share ideas, be encouraged, and stay motivated on the journey to financial peace. One Financial Peace University membership per family is all you need to get started in a class ($130 per family). Turn your financial life around and join us on the journey to financial health. Childcare available.

In Search of A Christian Understanding of Human Sexuality

Facilitators: Rev. Joe Pool (jpool@fumcrockwall.com) and Rev. Katie Newsome (knewsome@fumcrockwall.com) 

Dates: Mondays, Apr. 20- May 11

Time: 6:30-8 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Cost: TBD 

One of our most important tasks as Christians is to study Scripture and work to glean its meaning in our world today. This difficult charge is one that should be taken up in community. Join us for four sessions as we study Scripture in light of our tradition, reason, and experience, and what this means for our understanding of human sexuality. Our final session together will also explore the work of the General Conference of The United Methodist Church occurring in 2020 and what that means for how our denomination understands human sexuality. This course will include a variety of resources from a wide spectrum of authors. Reading is required for class participation. Childcare available.

Intro to the Enneagram—Understanding Yourself. Understanding the World

Facilitator: Jenny Misslin, an Enneagram teacher trained under Suzanne Stabile

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 15, 22, 29

Time: 6:30-8 PM

Location: Room 117, Building B

The Enneagram is everywhere lately! But, what is it? Enneagram master Suzanne Stabile explains it this way, “A tool to better understand yourself and those who share their lives with you.”  Join us as we go through an introduction of all 9 numbers in the Enneagram system. Learning your number helps us gain insight into ourselves and one another. Childcare available.

Making Sense of the Bible

Facilitator: Don Braswell (dhbbraswell@gmail.com)

Dates: Sundays, Jan. 12-Apr. 19 (excluding Feb. 2, Mar. 8, Apr. 12)

Time: 4-4:30 PM (video session) 4:30-5:30 PM (study)

Location: Room 125, Building B

Cost: $11

The world’s bestselling, most-read, and most-loved book is also one of the most confusing. In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton, one of the country’s leading pastors and Christian authors, addresses the hot-button issues that plague the church and cultural debate, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike. In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addressed these questions, leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving. Attendance is optional for all video sessions. Childcare available.

Methodism 101: The Basics of our Tradition

Facilitator: Rev. Sandy Heard (sheard@fumcrockwall.com)

Dates: Sundays, Feb. 9, 16, 23, and March 1

Time: 5-6 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Cost: $5

Who was John Wesley? What do we believe as Methodists? And, why do we have “United” before “Methodist” in our name? Get the answers to these and many other questions during a four week study on Methodism. Open to all members and guests, this study will explore our denomination’s rich history and practical theology. Week 1: UM History, Week 2: UM Theology and Doctrine, Week 3: UM Doctrine and Governance, Week 4: Local Church History and Future Challenges for The UMC. Childcare available.

Methodism 201: The Social Principles

Facilitator: Rev. Sandy Heard (sheard@fumcrockwall.com)

Dates: Sundays, March 22, 29, April 5, 19, 26

Time: 5-6 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Do you ever wonder what The United Methodist Church believes about immigration, abortion, or the death penalty? Join us for a five week study as we learn about The United Methodist Social Principles, a series of created statements to help guide our thinking and acting about how we live and engage in ministry. The Social Principles guide the church in its efforts to create a world that lives justly. We will explore The United Methodist Church’s official stance on war, euthanasia, evolution, and much more! Childcare available.


Facilitator: Libby Cotner (nightbird.air1@gmail.com)

Dates: Mondays, beginning Feb. 3-Apr. 27 (except April 13)

Time: 6:30-9 PM

Location: Room 117, Building B

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, twelve class education program for family members of adults living with a mental health condition. In this program, family includes parents, siblings, spouses, adult children, partners, and significant others. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with a mental health condition while maintaining their own well-being. The program is taught by NAMI-trained family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one living with and mental health condition. Childcare available.

Pathfinders’ Reflections on A Journey to Israel

Facilitators: Marty Allen and Michael York

Dates: Sunday, February 16

Time: 9:30-10:30 AM

Location: MP Rooms, Building A

Come for coffee, pictures, and stories as members from the Pathfinders Sunday School Class share their experiences from their fall trip to Israel.

The Path Between Us: An Enneagram Journey to Healthy Relationships

Facilitators: Rev. Katie Newsome (knewsome@fumcrockwall.com) and Palmer Ragsdale

Dates: Sundays, Mar. 22 – May 3 (except April 12)

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 125, Building B

Cost: $16

Most of us have no idea how others see or process their experiences. This can make relationships hard, whether with intimate partners, with friends, or in our professional lives. Understanding the motivations and dynamics of these different personality types can be the key that unlocks sometimes mystifying behavior in others―and in ourselves. Join us as we study the nine Enneagram types and how they behave and experience relationships will guide readers into deeper insights about themselves, their types, and others’ personalities so that they can have healthier, more life-giving relationships. Class member must know their number to participate. Childcare available.

The Sunflower: A Study on Forgiveness

Rev. Katie Newsome (knewsome@fumcrockwall.com) and Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com) 

Dates: Wednesdays, Apr. 15- May 6 

Time: 10-11AM

Location: Room 125, Building B

Cost: $12

Imagine you are a prisoner in a concentration camp. A dying Nazi soldier asks for your forgiveness. What should you do? Join us for this study as we explore Simon Wiesenthal’s story, the responses of theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, and Holocaust survivors, as well as the possibilities and limits of forgiveness within our own lives. Childcare available.

Theology on Tap

Facilitator: Rev. Paul Maletic (pmaletic@fumcrockwall.com)

Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 8, Feb. 12, March 18, April 8, May 13 

Time: 7-8:30 PM

Location: Rodeo Goat at The Harbor (2095 Summer Lee Dr. #105, Rockwall)

Join us for a time of enjoying good fellowship, good drink and good talk about God. Rotation of topics each month to include: Spirit, God’s Will, Humanity, Sacrifice and Service. Childcare available.

WOW (Women of the Word): Prayers and Promises of the Bible 

Facilitators: Margaret Peck, Annette Knisley(aknisley11@gmail.com), Pam Kliewer, and Grace Fitzgerald

Date: Mondays, Starting Jan. 27 (Dinner served)

Time: 6:45-9 PM

Location: Starts with dinner in Café, Building B

Cost: $15

Spring 2020: Promises of the Bible
It’s a life-changing conversation when you stop to think about it: Prayers and promises are your precious words to God, and God’s to you! Join us as we study The Smart Guide to the Bible: Prayers & Promises of the Bible and discover what special promises God has for us in each situation. This Spring, we’ll deepen our relationship with the God of Love who always keeps his promises. Childcare available.

Ages and Stages

List of Groups

Bump to Baby

A small group of expectant mothers and mothers of newborns who meet monthly for dinner and dessert to discuss motherhood topics. Join us for fellowship and support because no new mom should go through this experience alone. 

Dates: Second Wednesday, Monthly

Time: 6:30-8 PM

LeaderS: Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com) and Rev. Sandy Heard (sheard@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: La Madeleine, Rockwall



A group for single women 55 and better celebrating the times of our lives! Look for monthly socials on our publications and church website.

Dates: Monthly 

Leaders: Roxanne Turner (2violinist@gmail.com) or Leigh Plagens (Cplagens65@aol.com)



A group for parents with youth (confirmation through college) who come together to support one another during this transitional time in the life of their families. A program and dinner will be provided.

Cost: $10 per person

Dates: Monthly 

Time: 6:30-8 PM

Leader: Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: MP Rooms, Building A


Faithful Friends

A group of lay leaders who minister through visits, calls, and conversations with our homebound, nursing home members, and friends. You are not forgotten…you are not alone.

Date: Second Wednesday, Monthly

Time: 2 PM

Leader: Becky Pool (beckypool77@gmail.com)

Location: Library, Building A


Prayer Ministry

First Rockwall is blessed with a vibrant prayer ministry, and we are inviting you to be a part of our team. Join us as we lift up names of members and friends in prayer. There is no commitment to attend every week or to even speak prayers aloud. Simply come and participate in the presence of prayer.

Dates: Thursdays, Weekly

Time: 9 AM

Leader: Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: Room 122, Building B


NAMI Support Group

Join us for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) support groups dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental illness. Concurrent groups are offered for those with mental illness and for family members.

Dates: Second Saturday, Monthly

Time: 1-2:30 PM 

Leader: Marsha Rodgers, 214-341-7133

Location: Rooms 121 and 123, Building B


Prayer Shawl Ministry

Knit. Crochet. Pray. Meeting once a month to create prayer shawls for our hospitalized and homebound. No prior experience necessary.

Dates: Third Wednesday, Monthly

Time: 6-8:30 PM 

Leader: Jeanie Wheeler (jeanie.wheeler@aol.com)

Location: Room 121, Building B



Active group of men and women, 55 and better, meets monthly during the fall and spring to enjoy day trips in the North Texas area.

Dates: Monthly

Leader: Rev. Christina Hildebrand (childebrand@fumcrockwall.com)


Small Groups

List of Groups

Companions for Christ

Believing Jesus by Lisa Harper

What does it mean to believe Jesus? Not just believe in Jesus, but actually believe what He said-and shape our lives around the truth? How would that affect the choices we make? The way we see the world? The way we conduct ourselves with other Christians?

In this 8 session study, Lisa Harper answers these questions by looking at the lives of the believers in Acts and how Jesus’ command to spread the gospel forever shaped their lives.

Dates:  Wednesdays, starting January 22

Time:  10-11:15 AM

COST:  $20

Leader:  Stacy Loeffler, stacy@rclsales.com a

Location:  Room 206, Building B

First UMC Book Club

The book club meets monthly to discuss books chosen by the class. These books span a variety of genres and topics, and discussion is always lively and fun! Anyone and everyone is welcome. Join us! 

Dates: Third Thursday, Monthly

Time: 7 PM

Leader: Colleen Miller (colleentejas@aol.com)

Location: Room 122, Building B

Friday Discipleship Group

New Study Starting Feb. 21, 2020 | Ending on March 27, 2020

Circlemaker by Mark Batterson

“Drawing prayer circles around our dreams isn’t just a mechanism whereby we accomplish great things for God. It’s a mechanism whereby God accomplishes great things in us.”  Mark Batterson shares inspiring stories from his own experiences as a circle maker, and helps you learn how to uncover your heart’s deepest desires and God-given dreams and unleash them through the kind of audacious prayer that God delights to answer.  

Book is available through amazon.

Dates: Fridays, Starting Feb. 21, Weekly

Time: 11:45 AM-12:45 PM

Leader: Ann Meredith (ameredith5032@gmail.com)

Location: Room 122, Building B

Mission Stitchers 

Know how to sew? Knit? Crochet? If not, want to learn? Come join our new group. We have mission projects and can use your help! Bring your sewing machines, knitting needles, crochet hooks, or just yourself and join the fellowship and fun. 

Dates: Second Tuesday, Monthly

Time: 9 AM-12 PM

Leader: Beth Ackerman (ackerm6@gmail.com)

Location: Room 216, Building B


Raymond Cameron’s Men’s Bible Study 

This group of men is always open to new additions to our group! Our typical time together includes discussion of Biblical, doctrinal, and contemporary topics. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Weekly

Time: 6 AM 

Leader: Dr. Stan Scott (sngscott@gmail.com)

Location: Contact Stan for location

‘Tis the Season Crafters

This talented group of ladies craft meets every Thursday morning from 9 AM-12 PM, from February to November. They host a Bazaar on the first Saturday of November every year. All proceeds go toward First Rockwall UMC Missions. 

Dates: Thursdays: February-November

Time: 9 AM-12 PM

Leaders: Marlene Roth (rothjm@hotmail.com) or
Pam Gregory (pammylou99@aol.com)

Location: Room 208, Building A


The Cookie Project – Lakeshore Assisted Living and Memory Care

Join other young adults 18+ to visit Lakeshore Assisted Living and Memory Care. Share a lesson, and worship with the residents. 

Dates: Sunday Mornings, Weekly

Time: 9:30 AM

Leader: Mike Eidson, 972-689-9383

Location: Lakeshore Assisted Living & Memory Care 

Childcare is available | Building B (5 years old and younger)

All our on-campus studies and groups include childcare, with advance notice. Please be sure to make note of your need on your registration, or contact your group leader to let them know.

Financial Assistance is available for all classes. Please contact Rev. Katie Newsome at knewsome@fumcrockwall.com about receiving assistance.