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Summer at the Movies

Open Door Sermon Series Summer at the Movies Worship with us on Sundays in June and July as we talk about where we see God and faith in some of our favorite films. Join us for Friday Movie Nights on June 11 and July 16 to watch the movie together—complete withtheater concessions! June 6 | Instant Family (PG-13) *June 11 | 7 PM | Watch Party! Raya and the Last Dragon (PG) June 13 | Raya and the Last Dragon (PG) June 20 | Onward (PG) June 27 | Soul (PG) July 4 | Hamilton (PG-13) July 11 | Just Mercy (PG-13) *July 16 | 7 PM | Watch Party! Aladdin-2019 (PG) July 18 | Aladdin-2019 (PG) July 25 | Ready Player One (PG-13) * Friday Movie Nights

Session 6 Leader’s Guide

Lent 2021 | First United Methodist Church of Rockwall Serving God, Saving the Planet: A Call to Care for Creation and Your Soul  Session 6—“Love is the Way” Opening Prayer (2 min) Scripture (read in video):1 John 4: 7-12 Video (9 min) Breakout Room Discussion (20 min) In the video, Pastor Katie talks about how many palms are consumed in the United States for Palm Sunday every year and how we can create more environmentally and economically sustainable choices by purchasing EcoPalms.  How does purchasing Eco Palms help our earth and our economies?On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the day Jesus triumphantly rode into Jerusalem as his followers waved their palms is celebration and recognition of a Messiah.  We save our palms, and on Ash Wednesday the following year, we burn those same palms into ashes and mark them in the sign of the cross on our foreheads, remembering “From...

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

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.

Mere Christianity

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.  

Session 4 Leader’s Guide

Lent 2021 | First United Methodist Church of Rockwall Serving God, Saving the Planet: A Call to Care for Creation and Your Soul Session 4— “Home” Opening Prayer (2 min) Review of Session 3 (5 min) Although God commands it of us, God’s gift to creation is Sabbath. The Jewish people numbered their days: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and Sabbath. A wonderful thing happens when we repeatedly come to rest with God. We are recentered on who we are and are spiritually recharged. Scripture (Read in video): Luke 18:18-25 Video (11 min) Chapter Review and Discussion (10 min): In preparation for today, we had three assigned chapters:Chapter 9 Food For ThoughtChapter 10 A House Is Not a HomeChapter 11 It’s a Wonderful LifeOf those chapters, which inspired you to do something different?Of those same three chapters, which was the most challenging for you to read? Breakout Room Discussion (15 min): Matthew...

Session 5 Leader’s Guide

Lent 2021 | First United Methodist Church of Rockwall Serving God, Saving the Planet: A Call to Care for Creation and Your Soul  Session 5— “Do No Harm” Opening Prayer(5 min) Review Sessions 4 (5 min): Last week, we discussed how it is not our possessions or our homes that will keep us out of heaven, but our unwillingness to set them aside in the service of our Lord. This includes the ways we consume food, television, and other things.  Scripture (read in video): Luke 16:19-26 (Lazarus and the Rich Man) Video(10 min) Chapter Review Questions (5 min)  1. In preparation for today, we had three assigned chapters — (13) Power and Light; (14) First, Do No Harm; and (15) Population Fallout. Of those chapters, which was the most encouraging for you?  2. Of those same three chapters, which was the most challenging for you?  Breakout Room Discussion (25 min): 1. In the...