Bible Studies + Programs

Adult Ministry Fall 2021 – Get Connected

Connect Through Study & Groups

Studies are short term and a great way to learn and connect with others. Each spring and fall we offer a variety of bible and book studies for all ages and life stages. To sign up visit our website or for financial assistance contact Jenny at jmisslin@fumcrockwall.com.

Gospel Discipleship/Four Pathways for Christian Disciples

Through Gospel Discipleship, we’ll learn whether we practice our faith as a Markan (Holy Spirit centered), Matthean (action-driven), Lukan (relationship focused), or Johanine (apprentice-nurtured) disciple. As we learn our discipleship type, we can map a path to grow intentionally in our lives with Christ. Study will parallel sermon series in traditional worship services during same time frame. Study utilizes book, on-line resources, handouts and videos. 

Book: Gospel Discipleship/Four Pathways for Christian Disciples by Michelle Morris

Cost: $12 | Pick up book in church office

Dates: Sundays, September 12-October 3

Time: 5 PM (in person) 6 PM (Zoom)

Leader: Rev. Joe Pool (jpool@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: In person | Building B, 125 and via Zoom

Short Stories By Jesus

How did Jewish people hear and receive Jesus’ parables that we read about in the Gospels? Parables are designed to shake us up and change our worldview. Let’s walk through these familiar parables in hopes of receiving new truths of God: Lost Sheep/Coin/Son, The Good Samaritan, The Pearl of Great Price, The Mustard Seed, The Laborers in the Vineyard, and The Widow and the Judge. 

Book: Short Stories By Jesus by Amy-Jill Levine

Cost: $14, order your own book online – Click Here

Dates: Sundays September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24

Time: 5-6:15 PM

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

Location: In person | Building A, Room 208/210

The Gifts of Imperfection | Women’s Study

You can’t thrive emotionally, physically,  socially, and intellectually on your own doing life alone. Your brain and body are hard-wired for connection to other people.Shame and feelings of unworthiness tend to keep us cut off from others and ourselves. This book focuses on embracing imperfection and finding joy and connection. Join us for this 6 week study. Please order your own book and bring it to the first week of class.

Book: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Cost: Prices Vary, order/purchase your own book

Dates: Tuesdays at 12 PM, October 5 – November 15

Time: 12-1 PM

Leader: Jenny Misslin, Staff (jmisslin@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: Building B | Room 117

Companions for Christ- How Much More

Maybe your head knows that God is always good, but your heart’s not so sure. Or perhaps in reading Scripture, you’ve wondered if God went through a personality change—strictly enforcing the rules in the Old Testament to loving the outcast in the New. Lisa uses her signature wit and storytelling to explain how our Creator Redeemer’s unconditional love is woven throughout Scripture—even in the often overlooked and misunderstood passages.

Book: How Much More by Lisa Harper

Cost: Prices Vary, order/purchase your own book

Dates: Wednesdays | September 15- November 3

Time: 10 AM

Leader: Stacy Loeffler (Stacy@loefflersupply.com)

Location: Building B | Room 117

Methodism 101

Have you ever wondered what we as Methodists actually believe?Or how our denomination got started?  Open to all members and guests, this study will explore what it means to be a Methodist and how the church  transformed and grew over time. Join us for this study! Study materials will be provided at the first class.

Cost: $5

Dates: Sundays | October 3 – 17

Time: 5:30-6:30 PM

Leader: Jenny Misslin (jmisslin@fumcrockwall.com)

Location: Building A | Room 213

Friday Discipleship Group

Starting September 10 we’ll be reading Mountain Top Moments by Ed Robb. A six session study connecting our personal mountain top moments with those seen in the old and new testament.
Our second fall study Elijah, Faith and Fire by Priscilla Shirer will start on October 22. This is a study of Elijah’s spiritual path. Our group is welcome to all! We meet Fridays via the churches Zoom link.

Cost: $5

Dates: Fridays, September 10 – December 10

Time: 12 PM

Leader: Ann Meredith (ameredith5032@gmail.com)

Location: Zoom – email Ann for Zoom link


Ages and Stages

Celebration Group

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)


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: 117,  Building B


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 – Online

Groups will be meeting online this fall. Join with other North Texas area NAMI groups by visiting them on the web: https://www.naminorthtexas.org/ or by contacting Marsha Rodgers, 214-341-7133

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

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

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

We get together to craft every Thursday morning from 9 AM-12 PM, from February to November. Join in as we create, craft, and have fun! From wreaths to ornaments to sweet treats, we make it all!  All crafty creations are sold at the Famous First UMC Bazaar on the first Saturday of November every year. All proceeds go toward Missions. Enjoy yourself, make new friends, and give back.

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


Childcare is available with advance 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. Joe Pool at jpool@fumcrockwall.com about receiving assistance.