It’s Not Too Late to Jump In — to FUMCFW Summer Studies 

By July 18, 2019

In addition to lively rambunctious children’s events and far-reaching mission trips for people of all ages, FUMCFW Summertime is a place to fill your Learn portion of Healthy Plate Discipleship with a broad variety of studies designed to enlighten, inspire, encourage and challenge your growth.

Jump in on any of our ongoing studies including:

Pastor’s Bible Study led by Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez in which we’ll examine the content, meaning, and context of the Book of Judges. This study is held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 in Room 341, and childcare is available with 48-hour notice. This is an open Bible study that welcomes both those who have never opened the Bible in their lives, as well as those who study on a regular basis. No purchase or registration is necessary.

Men’s In-Depth Bible Studyled by Fred Cantu and others, welcomes men of all ages each Tuesday morning from 7:00 – 8:00 in room 154 to enjoy hot coffee, study, fellowship, prayer — and experience the spiritual growth that always happens when we share our faith journey with others. No charge, prerequisite, or registration required — just come whenever your schedule allows!

Special Summer Studies this year include:

Monday Musers Summer Study: “Called”

A book study led by Dr. Mike. Marshall that examines Called: Hearing and Responding to God’s Voice, by Susan Robb, Senior Associate Pastor at Highland Park UMC. This book illustrates how God interrupts the lives of ordinary people, calling and empowering them to lives of service they never would have imagined on their own. Pointing to six of the Bible’s most iconic figures — Abraham, Samuel, Esther, Jonah, Mary Magdalene, and John — Robb explains how God calls each of us, too. Learn how you can bring hope and transformation to the world by recognizing and answering this call on your own life! Books are available in the Main Office.

Summer Study: Books, Movies, and Theology led by Rev. Phyllis Barren will turn its attention to the movie, “Green Book,” on Wednesdays, July 24 and 31, from 8:30 to 11:00 am in Room 334. Green Book, an Academy Award-winning story set in the 1960s American South traces the journey of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who becomes the unlikely tour driver for an African-American classical pianist. Armed only with The Negro Motorist Green Book as a guide the two navigate dicey travels in the midst of America’s racial segregation.

In each of these Summer Books and Movies studies, the group examines the presence of God in these stories and observes and discusses how God moves in and through our world — even through the books we read and the movies we watch! The group is open all summer, so come when you can for thought-provoking discussion and fellowship. Everyone is welcome!

Educated: A Memoir

The final Books and Movies study for Summer 2019 will be an examination of Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover, August 7 (part 1), and August 14 (part 2). In this unforgettable story, a young girl who was kept out of school by her survivalist family goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Pre-purchase or borrow your own book for this class.

Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

And, mark your calendar now for our first Fall 2019 Study, a three-week study led by Rev. Linda McDermott to explore Jesus’ parables using the new wise, entertaining, and educational book by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, Short Stories By Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi. With this book Dr. Levine, a leading New Testament scholar and popular writer, offers a fresh perspective on Jesus’ most popular teaching parables. By interweaving history and spiritual analysis to these well-known stories, Dr. Levine exposes common misinterpretations and offers insights that enliven and increase the relevance of these important stories for today’s reader.

“Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning,” Levine writes. “Life in first-century Palestine was very different from our world today, and many traditional interpretations of Jesus’ stories ignore this disparity….”

There are three options for attending this class:

Option 1 | Thursdays, September 5, 12 & 19, 2019
9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 334
Childcare available with reservation to Paula Wagstaff (pwagstaff@myfumc.orgOption 2 | Sundays, September 8, 15 & 22, 2019
9:30 – 10:30 am | Room 335
Option 3 | Sundays, September 8, 15 & 22, 2019
11:00 am – noon | Room 335

Led by Rev. Linda McDermott | Registration required
Book available for $11 until August 20

Participants will need to order the book on their own and be prepared to discuss the first two chapters at the first meeting of each session. (The book is also available through the church for $11 until August 20.)

For registration or more information about any of these studies, please contact Gayle Ammerman |


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