Bible Studies + Programs



List of Times and Dates

Gathering On The Way Forward

Facilitators:Rev. Joe Pool,  and Rev. Katie Newsome,

Date: Sunday, February 10 or Sunday, February 17

Time: 12:30-2 PM

Location: Open Door Worship Center, Building A

As a United Methodist, you may have heard about some of the things happening in our church today around the issues of human sexuality. On February 23-26, 2019, there will be a special called session of General Conference to receive and act upon a report by a group called the Commission on a Way Forward. This important work will help shape the future of The United Methodist Church. Join us as we discuss the history of human sexuality within our denomination, the specific work of the Commission on the Way Forward, and The future of The United Methodist Church. Childcare available.

A Grace-Full Life

Facilitator: Blake and Emily Billingslea, blake_billingslea@yahoo.com

Dates: Sundays, January 13-February 17 (5 weeks)

Time:4-5:30 PM

Cost: $12

Location: Room 123, Building B

Grace. It’s a game changer. And when never-ending love comes from God, it sometimes feels like more than you can take. Why does God want to have a personal relationship with me? How can I fully experience and respond to God’s grace? What does “grace” really mean? Join us for a five week study as we examine a Wesleyan understanding of grace for the common person and how God’s grace truly works in our lives. Childcare available.

A Reason for Hope

Facilitator: Leah Chapman, lchapman@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Tuesdays, February 5-April 16 (10 weeks)

Time: 7-8:30 PM

Cost: $12

Location: Room 120, Building B

1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…” When asked which is the greatest commandment, Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” A Reason for Hope explores what it means to love God with our mind and grow in our confidence in and understanding of the truthfulness of Christianity. It will also help equip us to effectively communicate why we are Christians to others. We will learn what it means to love God with all our minds, discuss evidence supporting the existence of God, and explore the extensive evidence supporting the nature and divinity of Jesus through Lee Strobel’s “The Case For Christ.” Childcare available.

Life is Tough | Special Series

Facilitator: Leah Chapman, lchapman@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: March 17, 24, 31

Time: 5-7 PM

Youth parents: Have you ever wondered how to talk to your youth about suffering, illness, and violence? UMYF will be having a special series in March which will include a significant parent component. Parents are invited to participate in their own time of light dinner, fellowship, and learning about these topics from 5-6:30 PM. Parents will then join the youth for worship. The parent group will discuss suffering, illness, and violence and how to talk to youth about these topics. Childcare available.

Methodism 201: The Social Principles

Facilitator: Rev. Katie Newsome, knewsome@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Sundays, January 13-March 3 (6 weeks)

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 125, Building B

Ever wonder what The United Methodist Church believes about immigration? Or abortion? Or the death penalty? Come join us for a six 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 in and engage in ministry in the world and to guide the church in its efforts to create a world of justice. We will explore The United Methodist Church’s official stance on war, euthanasia, evolution, and much more!

NAMI Family to Family

Facilitator: Libby Cotner, cotner13@classicnet.net

Dates: Mondays, February 11-April 29 (12 weeks)

Time: 6:30-8:30 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.

New Paths: Christians Engaging Israel

Facilitator: Sandy Heard, sheard@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Tuesdays, February 5-March 26 (6 weeks)

Time: 7-8:30 PM

Location: Room 125, Building B

Christians Engaging Israel is a six week study that offers an opportunity to learn about Israel through our Christian vantage point. Engaging Israel puts us in the land of the Bible, where Jesus lived, died, and was raised. Today, Israel is the homeland to both Jewish and Palestinian people. It is also a land entangled in political conflict that often leads many Christians to wonder how a holy place can sustain so much struggle and suffering. Spend time with the people of Israel without leaving Rockwall. We’ll explore topics that connect our Christian values to Israel: Holiness, Covenant, Rejection, Conflict, Hope, and Encounter. Childcare available.

The Alpha Marriage Course

Facilitator: Sandy and James Heard, sheard@fumcrockwall.com

Dates: Sundays, January 13-March 3 (6 weeks)

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Cost: $14 per couple

Location: Room 210, Building A

Based on Christian principles, The Alpha Marriage Course was developed for couples looking for practical support to strengthen their relationship and develop a lifetime of practical ideas and tools to help keep relationships strong. Over six sessions, the course will help you to: understand each other’s needs, communicate more effectively, grow closer by learning methods to resolve conflict, recover from the ways you may have hurt each other, recognize how your upbringing affects your relationship, improve relationships with parents and in-laws, develop greater sexual intimacy, and discover each other’s “love language.” Childcare available.

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey

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

Dates: Sundays, March 24-May 5 (6 weeks)

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Cost: $22

Location: Room 123, Building B

What you don’t know about yourself can hurt you and your relationships―and even keep you in the shallows with God. Do you want help figuring out who you are and why you’re stuck in the same ruts? The Enneagram is an ancient personality typing system with an uncanny accuracy in describing how human beings are wired, both positively and negatively. “The Road Back to You” forges a unique approach―a practical, comprehensive way of accessing Enneagram wisdom and exploring its
connections with Christian spirituality for a deeper knowledge of ourselves, compassion for others, and love for God. Not only will you learn more about yourself, but you will also start to see the world through other people’s eyes, understanding how and why people think, feel, and act the way they do. Childcare available.

Companions for Christ

Facilitatiors:  Stacy Loeffler, stacy@rclsales.com and Charlotte Dumford

Dates:  Wednesdays, starting January 16th with introduction and book distribution

Time:  10-11:15 AM

Cost: $20

Location:  Room 206, Building B

Summary:From the creation of the first man and woman in the opening chapters of Genesis to the glorious consummation of all things in the closing pages of Revelation, the Bible paints pictures of people as they really were—with all their human struggles, doubts, and failings. This includes the portrayals of women who followed God and lived by faith.

The women you meet in the Bible, including those you will learn about in this twelve-session study, will impress, surprise and inspire you. In every account, you meet women filled with the presence and power of the living God. Their appearance in the Bible, be it brief or expansive, is divinely ordained. Their lessons are eternal. Their lives matter to God, and they should matter to each of us as well. We hope this study will deepen your faith and grow your passion to follow Jesus. Childcare available.

What Would Jesus Say…

Facilitators: Gloria Bishop, gloriab4@verizon.net and Jamie Rubush, jamie.rubush@att.net

Dates: Sundays, January 13- February 17 (6 weeks)

Time: 5–6:30 PM

Location: Room 117, Building B

We live in a fast-paced, hashtag world, facing concerns that did not exist for our ancestors. How do we, as Christians, respond? How would Jesus speak to the problems and issues that we face today? Join us for a six week study of what Jesus would say about some of our most timely subjects.

Topics include: #The Powerful – Income Inequality , #Guns – School Violence in America, #FUMC Rockwall – Our church vision, #MeToo #TheChurch – Harassment & Abuse in our society,
#Mothers – Ever-changing role of mothers, and #Graduates – Guidance for future. Childcare available.

WOMEN Celebrate Recovery

Facilitator: Robbie Battoe, rbattoe@gmail.com

Dates: Tuesdays, Starting January 15

Time: 6-7:30 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Are you or someone you know struggling with addiction or anger? Come join us on our journey to recovery! Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12 step recovery program for anyone struggling with hurt, pain or addiction of any kind (food addiction, love & relationship addiction, physical-
sexual-emotional abuse, alcohol/drug addiction, sexual addiction, gambling addiction, codependency, etc.). Celebrate Recovery is a safe place to find community and freedom from the issues that are controlling our lives. All women with hurts, habits, or hang ups are encouraged to join us each week
on Tuesday evenings beginning at 6pm. Childcare available.

Women of the Word (WOW): The Smart Guide to the Bible: The Book of Acts by Robert C. Girard

Facilitators: Margaret Peck, Annette Knisley, 214-697-5494, Pam Kliewer, and Grace Fitzgerald

Dates: Mondays, Starting January 14 (Dinner Served)

Time: 6:45-9 PM

Location: Starts with dinner in Café, Building B (Upstairs)

Spring 2019: Parts 3 & 4 (Acts 13-28)Acts tells about Jesus “after his resurrection and carries it forward about thirty years, tracing the spread of the gospel from Jerusalem to Rome.”The Smart Guide to the Bible wants you to be“inspired and equipped to love and serve one another as Christ intended” after this study of the beginning of the church. Childcare available.

Small Groups

List of Small Groups

Bump to Baby – Click here to check out events

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 PM

Leaders:  Rev. Christina Hildebrand, childebrand@fumcrockwall.com &
Sandy Heard, sheard@fumcrockwall.com

Location:  La Madeleine, Rockwall

C3 – Arbor house Memory care

Join other young adults 18+ to visit Arbor House. Share a lesson, and worship with the residents. 

Dates:  Sunday Mornings

Time:  9:30 AM

Leader:  Mike Eidson, 972-689-9383

Location:  Arbor House Memory Care

Celebration – Click here to check out events

A small group for single women 55 and better celebrating the times of our lives! Monthly Socials;
look for information in publications and website,

Dates:  Monthly 

Leader:  Leigh Plagens, cplagens65@aol.com


A new group for parents with youth ages ranging from 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

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 of each month

Time:  7 PM

Leader:  Colleen Miller, 214-770-6970

Location:  Room 122, Building B

First UMC Rockwall Prayer Ministry

This group meets together once each week to pray for our church and community. 

Dates:  Thursdays 

Time:  9 AM

Leader: Bill Abbott, wrsir@yahoo.com

Location:  Room 122, Buildng B

Friday Discipleship Group

Join us for a study of  the book of Revelations – with John MacArthur’s book Revelations: the Christian’s Ultimate Victory. This is a 12 week study of John’s message of hope to the churches in Asia Minor.  Revelations is a reminder to them (and us) that God sees our hardships, cares about us, and reward us for our faithfulness. 

Dates:  Fridays, Starting January 11

Time:  11:45 AM-12:45 PM

Leader:  Ann Meredith, ameredith5032@gmail.com

Location:  Room 122, Buildng 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, 972-672-4806

Location:  Room 216, Buildng B

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness 

Two NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) Support Groups are available the second Saturday of every month in Building B. We separate out for those with mental illness in one room and family members
in another. 

Dates:  Second Saturday, Monthly

Time:  1-2:30 PM 

Leader:  Marsha Rodgers, 214-341-7133

Location:  Rooms 121 and 123, Building B

Sailsetters – Click here to check out events

This group of men and women, 55 and better, meets once a month during the school year to take day trips around our area.

Dates:  Monthly for Day Trips

Leader: Ruth Sears, rsears@fumcrockwall.com

‘Tis the season crafters

This talented group of ladies craft every Thursday morning from 9 AM-12 PM, from February to November. Then, they have a Bazaar on the first
Saturday of November every year. All proceeds go toward First 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, Buildng A



Lent Study Book – Sermon on the Mount by James Mayfield.

Purchase Book Online or Purchase from us – $20


Beginning March 6 | Wednesday Mornings | 9:30 AM | Room TBD
Sandy Heard, sheard@fumcrockwall.com
Rev. Christina Hildebrand, childebrand@fumcrockwall.com

Beginning March 6 | Wednesday Evenings | 7 PM | Room TBD
Rev. Joe Pool, jpool@fumcrockwall.com 
Rev. Paul Maletic, pmaletic@fumcrockwall.com

Beginning March 7 | Thursday Evenings | 7 PM | Room TBD
Rev. Katie Newsome, knewsome@fumcrockwall.com
Shirley Womack, swomack@fumcrockwall.com

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.