Wednesday Morning Summer Study Group

Wednesday Morning Summer Study Group_HSWednesday Morning Summer Study Group

June 15 – August 31, 2016
Wednesdays | 9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 154

This class will examine how God’s presence is always around us, and 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 more information, contact Gayle Ammerman ( at 817/339-5091.

June 15 | Current Event Discussion: General Conference
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren

Rev. Phyllis Barren will lead a discussion on the major outcomes of the General Conference. The group will discuss any church law changes and the effects it will have on the United Methodist Church.

Ordinary-Grace-678x1024June 22 & 29 | Book Discussion: “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger
Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren

On the surface, “Ordinary Grace” is the story of the murder of a beautiful young woman, a beloved daughter, and a sister. At heart, it’s the story of what that tragedy does to a boy named Frank, his family, and ultimately the fabric of the small town in which he lives. Told from Frank’s perspective 40 years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God. We will discuss the first half of the book on June 22, and the second half on June 29. To purchase the book through the church, contact Gayle Ammerman ( at 817/339-5091.

WarRoom_MoviePoster1July 6 | Movie Viewing: “War Room”
July 13 | Movie Discussion: “War Room” | Led by LeAnn Ayers

“War Room” is a compelling drama with humor and heart that explores the power that prayer can have on marriages, parenting, careers, friendships, and every other area of our lives. Tony and Elizabeth Jordan seemingly have it all — great jobs, a beautiful daughter, and their dream house. But appearances can be deceiving. The Jordans’ world is actually crumbling under the strain of a failing marriage. While Tony basks in his professional success and flirts with temptation, Elizabeth’s bitterness only increases. But their lives take an unexpected turn when Elizabeth’s newest client, Miss Clara, challenges Elizabeth to establish a prayer “war room” and a battle plan of prayer for her family. As Elizabeth begins to fight for her family, Tony must decide if he will make amends.


July 20 | Movie Viewing: “Best in Show”
July 27 | Movie Discussion: “Best in Show” | Led by Michelle Gann

“Best in Show” is a 2000 American mockumentary comedy film written and directed by Christopher Guest. The film follows five entrants in a prestigious dog show. It focuses on the slightly surreal interactions among the various owners and handlers as they travel to the show and compete, and after the show, as well as how the personalities and characteristics of the owners match those of their dogs.

August 3 | Current Event Discussion: Persecution of Christians in Zhen Chen China
Led by Linda Billman

Let's Pretend this never happenedAugust 10 & 17 | Book Discussion: “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened” by Jenny Lawson
Led by Linda Billman

In the irreverent “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened,” Jenny Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments — the ones we want to pretend never happened — are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives. Participants will need to purchase this book on their own.

August 24 | Current Event Discussion: Hidden Faces of Burma | Led by Pat Carter

August 31 | Mission Project for First Street Methodist Mission


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