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List of Fall Adult Studies 2019

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

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

Dates: Thursdays, Oct. 31-Nov. 21

Time: 9-10:30 AM 

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

Cost: $23

Summary: Fall 2019 Lessons 1-4 | 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.

Come to the Waters: a class for understanding baptism

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

Date: Sunday, Oct. 6

Time: 12:15-1:15 PM

Location: MP Rooms, Building A

Summary: This class is designed for anyone interested in learning what we as United Methodist believe about the sacrament of baptism. What happens when we are baptized? How is baptism different from a christening or dedication? At what age should someone be baptized? You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. Galatians 3:26-27. Light lunch and childcare included.

Companions for Christ – Anxious for Nothing

Facilitators: Stacy Loeffler (stacy@rclsales.com) and Charlotte Dumford

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept 4

Time: 10-11:15 AM

Location: Room 206, Building B

Cost: $20

Summary: Join us as we study Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado. In this video study, Max Lucado explores God’s treatment plan for anxiety found in Philippians 4: 4-8. As you follow this prescription—celebrating God’s goodness, asking for his help, leaving your concerns with him, and meditation on good things—you will experience God’s peace. This is a peace that “transcends all understanding” and will help you look at your fears. Childcare available. 

Curating Your Teenager’s Life

Facilitator: Leah Chapman (lchapman@fumcrockwall.com)

Dates: Sundays, Nov. 3 and Nov. 10

Time: 5-7 PM

Location: Room 121, Building B

Summary: Bring your dinner, meet other youth parents, and talk about how to help your teenager find themselves and be themselves in light of their identity with God. This study will parallel our youth group fellowship series. Childcare available.

Financial Peace University

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

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 8- Nov. 10

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 125, Building B

Cost: $130 (per family)

Summary: 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.

Free of Me: A Women’s Study

Facilitator: Katie Miller (katiebrookemiller@gmail.com)

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 8-Oct. 13 

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 121, Building B

Cost: $13

Summary: We live in a culture that’s all about self, becoming the best “me” we can be instead of becoming like Jesus. This me-centered message affects every area of our lives—our friendships, families, self-image, even our faith—and it negatively impacts each one. The self-focused life robs our joy, shrinks our souls, and is the reason we never quite break free of insecurity. In this five-part series, Sharon Hodde Miller invites us into a bigger, Jesus-centered vision—one that restores our freedom and inspires us to live for more. Based on her book Free of Me, this women’s study unveils our deepest insecurities and equips us to focus on God and others instead of ourselves. Discover a purpose bigger than “project me” and experience freedom from the burden of self-focus. Childcare available.

Getting To Know Rockwall

Facilitators: Rev. Katie Newsome (knewsome@fumcrockwall.com), Gail Womack, and Shirley Womack

Date: Sunday, Sept. 22

Time: 6-7:30PM

Summary: Are you new to the Rockwall area? Please join us as we take a tour of some of our favorite places in Rockwall. We will stop for a short chat and chew at a local restaurant for an appetizer as we share our moving stories and go forward in our new journey. Please reserve your spot on the van by Wed, Sept. 18. Childcare available.

Learning to Walk in the Dark

Facilitators: Rev. Sandy Heard (sheard@fumcrockwall.com) and Debbie Daniels

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 4-Oct. 2

Time: 9:30-11 AM

Location: Room 125, Building B

Cost: $11

Summary: Drawing upon biblical narratives and Barbara Brown Taylor’s book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, this study will help us journey through spiritual, emotional, and physical difficulties such as: fear of the unknown, feeling disconnected from God, job changes, marital struggles, relocation, retirement, chronic pain, depression, illness, and loss. We’ll explore why we find it so uncomfortable to walk through those dark periods of life, where God is during that time, and how we can find spiritual growth in darkness. Childcare available.

Making Sense of the Bible

Facilitator: Rev. Katie Newsome (knewsome@fumcrockwall.com)

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 15-Oct. 6

Time: 5-6 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Cost: $14

Summary: 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 addresses 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. Childcare available.

Methodism 101

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

Dates: Sundays, Oct. 13-Nov. 10

Time: 5-6 PM

Location: Room 123, Building B

Summary: 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 & Doctrine, Week 3: UM Doctrine & Governance, Week 4: Local Church History and Future Challenges for The UMC. Childcare available.

NAMI Family to Family

Facilitator: Libby Cotner (cotner13@classicnet.net)

Dates: Mondays, Sept. 9-Nov. 25

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM

Location: Room 117, Building B

Summary: 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 a mental health condition. Childcare available.

Raising Confident Kids: A ToolKit For Parents, Teachers, and Caregivers

Facilitator: Rick Spletter, LCSW, LP

Dates: Sunday, October 6

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Location: Room 210, Building A

Summary: This is a fun, interactive, skill building workshop to help you learn new ways to help your kids grow up happy and self-confident. The tools are simple and easy to apply in any situation. By attending this 90-minute workshop you are likely to learn 3 or 4 new tools that you have never considered before, and have a more optimistic attitude about handling the biggest challenges you face with your kids. Come join us! Rick Spletter, LCSW, LPC is a psychotherapist in private practice in Heath. He has been in practice since 1980, has three grown children (who taught him a lot!), and a strong marriage of 30 years. Rick offers these workshops at no charge as a way of giving back with information that he considers pivotal in raising emotionally healthy kids. He is a member of First Rockwall UMC. Childcare available.

The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey

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

Dates: Sundays, Oct. 13-Nov. 17 

Time: 4-5:30 PM

Cost: $16

Location: Room 214, Building A

Summary: 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.

The Walk: Five Essential Practices of the Christian Life

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

Dates: Sundays, Sept. 8–Oct. 13

Time: 5–6:30 PM

Location: Room 117, Building B

Cost: $5

Summary: What does it mean to follow the steps of Jesus? How can we be deeply committed Christians in our fast-paced, modern world? Join us for a six week study of a Christian discipleship model, built around five essential practices that we engage in together and individually. Adam Hamilton’s new sermon series offers ways we can become fully engaged and flourishing in our own Walk. Topics include: A Living Hallelujah, Growing in the Word, Here I am Lord, Send me, Where Your Treasure Is, Going Fishing, Reflecting Light, Five Practices from the Cross, and Mary, Weeping at the Tomb. Childcare available.


Facilitator: Missy Buchanan

Dates: Wednesdays, Oct. 9-Oct. 30

Time: 10-11:30 AM

Location: Room 117, Building B

Cost: $15

Summary: Upper Room Book Author and First Rockwall UMC member, Missy Buchanan will teach this memoir-writing class, particularly for Boomers and beyond, to capture life lessons learned over the span of years. It will be fun, not intimidating! You don’t have to be a gifted writer, grammarian or editor. And the best part of all, at the end of the class, you will have a gift to share with family members at Christmas. Gather your friends and join us! Childcare available.

Theology on Tap

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

Dates: Wednesdays, Sept. 18, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 11

Time: 7-8 PM

Location: Rodeo Goat, Rockwall

Summary: Join us for a time of enjoying good fellowship, good drink and talking about God. Rotation of topics to include: Prayer, Suffering, Scripture and Incarnation. Childcare available.

What Do We Do with Baby Jesus?

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

Dates: Sunday, Dec. 8

Time: 5-7 PM

Location: Room 121, Building B

Summary: Bring your dinner, meet other youth parents, and talk about how to help your family better encounter the little baby Jesus this Advent season in this study that parallels our youth group fellowship series. 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

Dates: Book Distribution on Monday, Aug. 26 7-8 PM, Mondays, Sept. 9 (Dinner served) 

Time: 6:45-9 PM

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

Cost: $30 (Fall and Spring)

Summary: Fall 2019: Prayers of the bible| 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, discover how the bible teaches us to pray in each circumstance we face, and discover what special promises God has for us in each situation. In the fall, we’ll discover how the bible teaches us to pray by examining encouraging examples of prayer in the Old and New Testaments, and in the 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


Steps Ahead: A Grief Group

Join us for support that offers practical information about the grief journey including coping techniques, theories on grief, and the  opportunity to share about your deceased loved one. You never know what’s going to trigger the grief…but in between the waves there is life.

Dates: Mondays, Sept. 23-Nov. 4

Time: 6:30-8:30 PM 

Leader: Sandy Lingnell (slingnell@gmail.com)

Location: Room 121, 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)


Women Celebrate Recovery

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 and 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. 

Dates: Tuesdays, Starting October 1

Time: 6-7:30 PM 

Leader: Robbie Battoe (rbattoe@gmail.com)

Location: Room 123, Building B

Small Groups

List of 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

Friday Discipleship Group

Advent Study starting December 6 | 3 Week Study

Almost Christmas by Magrey DeVega – Come join us to learn how to break down barriers that keep us from experiencing the complete love, hope, joy and peace of Christ in our lives.” Study is based on John Wesley’s call to be an altogether Christian. Come give a new group a try to further your walk with Christ together. Book can be purchased through Amazon or Cokesbury. 

Dates: Fridays, Starting Dec. 6, 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.