Bible Studies + Programs

Spring Adult Studies 2021

The Sunflower: A Study on Forgiveness

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

Dates: Wednesdays, Apr. 7- 28

Time: 7 PM

Cost: $12 for the book (please purchase own copy)

Location: Zoom

Summary: 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 Sunflower, that includes the responses of theologians, political leaders, writers, jurists, psychiatrists, human rights activists, and Holocaust survivors, and the possibilities and limits of forgiveness within our own lives. In the chaos of our world, we now need to learn and practice forgiveness more than ever.

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Mere Christianity for the 21st Century 

Facilitator: Rev. Larry Gipson (lgipson@fumcrockwall.com)

Dates: Tuesdays, Apr 13-May 11  

Time: 7-8 PM

Cost: $15 for the book (please purchase own copy)

Location: Zoom

Summary: In times of crisis, we find comfort and purpose in returning to the fundamentals of our faith. That’s what C.S. Lewis did in World War II when he created a series of radio programs about the Christian faith for the British people to hear while bombs were dropped over their heads. Today, as we begin to emerge from the stress and strain of COVID-19, we also need to remind ourselves what really matters in our faith. In this five week study, we will read C.S. Lewis’s classic, Mere Christianity, and discuss how this book speaks to our faith today.  

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Let’s Talk About It: A Christian Response to Racism

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

Dates:  Mondays April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3

Time: 6:30-7:45pm

Location: Zoom

Summary: As Christians we are called to love our neighbors, and today it is clear that love must include turning our attention to systemic racism. This is not an easy task, and most of us aren’t sure how to get started. Together, we will engage in an analysis of America’s racial history, name systems that make us complicit in racism (even when we love persons of color) and uncover the holy action God is inviting each of us into. This study will require approximately 1-2 hours of personal weekly engagement beyond the group time.

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Methodism 201: The Social Principles

Cost: Free

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

Dates: Sundays, March 14, 21, 28, April 11, 18

Time: 5-6:15 PM

Location: Zoom

Summary: Do you ever wonder what The United Methodist Church believes about immigration? Or 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 in, 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!

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Rhythms of Growth: Weekly Devotionals and Dialogue

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

Dates: Jan. 17-May 30

Time: 4-5 PM

Location: Zoom

Book: Purchase on Amazon for $15

Summary: Rhythms of Grace will be an ongoing, weekly study.  We will share our reflections on the daily devotionals in a conversational style format. Our time together will also be for fellowship and community building as well as prayer.

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Have questions? Contact Rev. Katie Newsome at knewsome@fumcrockwall.com 

Ages and Stages

Some groups are meeting – Please check with church office – (972) 771-5500

Bump to Baby | Not Meeting For Now

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


Celebration | Not Meeting For Now

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)


Crossroads | Not Meeting For Now

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 –  We are meeting

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: 117,  Building B


Prayer Ministry –  We are meeting 

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 – Not Meeting for Now

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 – We are meeting

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


Sailsetters – Not Meeting for Now

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

Some groups are meeting – Please check with church office – (972) 771-5500

Companions for Christ – Are Meeting

Facilitator: Stacy Loeffler, stacy@rclsales.com

Dates: Wednesdays, January 27 – March 3

Time: 10 AM online via ZOOM

Study: It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst.

Description: Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely.  We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness. Lysa Terkeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith with grit, vulnerability and honest humor.

First UMC Book Club – Are Meeting

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 – Not Meeting for now

Facilitator: Ann Meredith, ameredith5032@gmail.com

Dates: Fridays, starting September 25-October 6, 2020 

Time: 12 PM for 1 hour, online via ZOOM

Join us for our study on John Ortberg’s book, If You Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get out of the Boat.

Mission Stitchers – Not Meeting for now

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: IHOP in Rockwall

‘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 – not meeting for now

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 not available until further notice

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.