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Growth groups and Study Groups are a great way to connect with other people in your church while also strengthening your relationship with Jesus Christ. These groups usually meet for 6-8 weeks in the early spring and fall.

Sundays, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: MOPS and MOMSnext, a group for pregnant mothers and moms of kids ages birth-kindergarten. MOMSnext is mothers of school-age kids, elementary through high school. Meetings will be every other Sunday. Childcare and children’s programs are provided. For more info & to register for group, contact: Location: Fellowship Hall, Bldg 1

Wednesdays, 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.: UMM Bible Study Contacts: John Lee ( and Bill Smith ( Location: Bldg 1 Rm 13 (Enter from lower level)

Recently ended study groups:

Sundays, January 13 - April 7, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Ezekiel: The Timeless Prophet. Contact Merle Epperson at 910.326.4822, ext. 320 if interested. Teacher: Cheryl Epperson. Location: Room 25 (Library), Bldg 1

Wednesdays, March 6 - April 10, 10:45 - 11:50 a.m.: Lenten Study: Religious Classics - “With Open Hands” by Henri J.M. Nouwen. This is a “prelude” to our Lenten services. In this introduction to prayer, Nouwen gently encourages an open trusting relationship with God and includes several components of prayer. Questions provided for reflection. Students are asked to purchase the book, available (from Amazon as an example) for about $10 and read first 28 pages for March 6. No prior registration needed. Leader: Jim Brewster (910.431.0382, Location: Room 10, Bldg 1

Thursdays, March 7 - April 11, 2019, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.: A Study on Prayer based on a book titled "The Prayer Coin" by Elisa Morgan. Join us as we study prayer using Elisa Morgan’s new book, The Prayer Coin. The focus of our study will be based on Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane: “Take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42) Jesus begged for relief from the trial he faced, while utterly complying with what he knew the Father's will to be. Honesty and abandon - in the same breath.  We will use this model as we study prayer and how such prayer can bring us closer to God.
The book is available via Amazon or Discovery House for $12-15. Leaders: Angela Weaver and Susan Finch. Location: Room 25 (Library), Bldg 1

Thursdays, January 17 - February 21, 2019: Called to Peace Making: Christ's Peace -- Our Peace
Identical sessions running from 4 - 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m.
We acknowledge Jesus as the Prince of Peace, yet Church History and our experiences sometimes contradict Christ’s message about the Kingdom of God. The class will examine the ideal of peace and the reality of war from a Biblical perspective, including contributions from the Quakers and Amish. We’ll look at the unfortunate genesis and growth of antisemitism often promoted in the Church. Those in the class will be encouraged to create their own “Just Peace” theory as a means of witnessing to Christ in our often-violent world. In addition: worship in a Jewish synagogue. Leader: Jim Brewster (910.431.0382, No prior registration necessary. Location: Room 25 (Library), Bldg 1

Fridays, January 25 - March 1, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.: Winter Reading Group: "The Book of Joy" by Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
Wondering how to find joy in such a world as ours? Nobel Peace Prize winners, Archbishop Tutu and the Dalai Lama have survived more than fifty years of exile and soul crushing violence of oppression. In 2015 Tutu traveled to India to help celebrate the Dalai Lama’s eightieth birthday. The Book of Joy is a summary of their week-long discussions on the nature of joy and an intimate glimpse into their personal lives. Hardcover book available $5-14. Assignment for Session One: The Nature of True Joy, text, p. 11-80. Leader: Jim Brewster (910.431.0382, Location: Room 10, Bldg 1