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This Fall the three United Methodist Churches in Farmington/Farmington Hills are combining forces to offer adult education classes to everyone in our three congregations and any friends or community members who wish to join with us.  The robust list of Bible studies, book studies and current events classes will give you an opportunity to find a class which works in your schedule, and the opportunity to meet new friends and study with new leaders.  Sign up and participation will be on Zoom.  Purchase the book for the class from Cokesbury or Amazon, contact the class leader to get the zoom link.

Farmington First UMC Classes:

Tuesday Evening Women’s Bible Study – Led by Barbara Walker Tuesdays @ 7:00 pm starting September 8th via zoom; 6 weeks, Contact Barbara Walker at walkerbarbar@yahoo.com to register and receive the zoom link.
Join with other women for this 6-week study, with accompanying DVD, of Adam Hamilton’s book: "The Call: The Life, Ministry and Message of the Apostle Paul”.

Majoring in Minor – Led by Rev. Anthony R. Hood Wednesdays @ 1:00 pm starting September 16th via zoom; 13 sessions, Contact Pastor Anthony at pastoranthony@farmingtonfumc.org to register and receive the zoom link. This study will explore the writings and ministry of the minor prophets Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.  We will use the NIV translation as our primary text, but feel free to have your preferred translation as a companion.

Discovering Daniel – Led by Rev. Anthony R. Hood Thursdays @ 7:00 pm starting September 17th via zoom; 9 sessions, Contact Pastor Anthony at pastoranthony@farmingtonfumc.org to register and receive the zoom link.  This study examines the Book of Daniel and the question: How can you remain faithful to God even while in a hostile environment? We will use the NIV translation as our primary text, but feel free to have your preferred translation as a companion.

Farmington Orchard UMC Classes:

Book Club Discussion - Led By Rev. Amy Mayo Moyle Meets on Zoom Monday, September 14th and in person outside at the Orchard UMC parsonage on Tuesday, September 15th.  Both meetings will begin @ 7:00 p.m.  Contact Pastor Amy at amayomoyle@orchardumc.org to RSVP for zoom or outside.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates is next up for our anti-racism book club.  Toni Morrison declared, “This is required reading.”  A national correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates’ book is in fact a letter to his adolescent son.  Between the World and Me is Coates’ creates a new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis.  This book is Coates’ attempt to answer questions like: “What is it like to inhabit a Black body and find a way to live within it?” and “How can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?” Between the World and Me is available through Amazon.

5 Heart Sisters - coordinated by Colleen Aben The first meeting will be on September 15th @ 8:00 pm. Contact Colleen Aben for more information: colleenaben@orchardumc.org
If the group is small, there’s a chance it will meet in person on a patio, although we can also do zoom meets as well. Heart Sisters began several years ago as a group of moms who just wanted to connect and support each other while growing in faith. We discuss faith, we discuss life and we pick different books to chat about throughout the year. At the beginning of each year, we open it up to new ladies who might like to join. We only open up once a year because information shared during meetings in confidential and keeping the group closed helps build trust and understanding among us. We are in the process of picking our first book for the year.

Restored: Finding Redemption in our Mess- Led by Rev. Amy Mayo Moyle Tuesdays @ 6:30 pm starting on September 22nd; 6 weeks Contact Pastor Amy at amayomoyle@orchardumc.org to sign up.
Now more than ever, it feels like things are a mess. The pandemic, the protests, the politics- it’s all a mess. And that doesn’t even include our own personal messes of guilt and shame and desperation. Pastor Amy will lead this study using Tom Berlin’s book Restored: Finding Redemption in our Mess. Together we will learn about navigating the mess and finding redemption in the midst of it. This book is available through Amazon or Cokesbury.com.

Tuesday Mornings with Amy- Bible study with Rev. Amy Mayo Moyle Tuesdays @ 9:30 am starting September 22nd; 8 weeks Contact Pastor Amy for the zoom link: amayomoyle@orchardumc.org
The Book of Psalms contains some of the most moving words in the bible.  It is a book of songs, poetry and prayer that demonstrates our human longing, lament, praise and thanksgiving.  And a time such as this in our history, it seems that the Book of Psalms may have something to offer us more than ever. We will study the Psalms by using The Immersion Bible Study: Psalms. To purchase a book, search Amazon or Cokesbury for- “Immersion Bible Studies: Psalms”.

The Bible 101- Led by Rev. Nick Bonsky Wednesdays @ 6:30 pm; starting September 23rd; 8 weeks Contact Pastor Nick for the zoom link: nicholasbonsky@gmail.com
The Bible is an intimidating book to open.  Filled with thousands of years of stories spanning from Adam and Eve in Genesis to the Revelation of John.  Where does one even begin?  Join Pastor Nick for a bible study focusing on this very question. Each week we will break down a series of biblical books, and discuss what is in them, and why they should still be read today. If you are someone who doesn’t know where to begin, or desire to deepen your understanding of the biblical books you have steered clear of in the past, then this is a class you will want to join.  The eight week class will meet by zoom.

A Thousand Tongues to Sing – Led By Jantz Black Thursdays @ 6:30 pm; starting September 24th; 8 weeks Contact Jantz at jantzblack@orchardumc.org to sign up.
During this eight week class, we will explore the lives and works of some of the most important hymn writers in history: Charles Wesley, Isaac Watts, Fannie Crosby, and others. We will also explore some lesser-known authors and 20th/21st century texts. Materials will be provided electronically.

Nardin Park UMC Classes:

Book Study- The Cross and the Lynching Tree - Led by Rev. Beth Titus  Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30 starting September 9th; 5 weeks Contact Beth.npchurch@gmail.com to sign up.
The Cross and the Lynching Tree, by Rev. Dr. James Cone, will really make you think about the church, faith and racism. Purchase the book on Amazon. Read ahead, then join in the discussion on Zoom.

Prayer Space- With Rachel Kain, Chad Smith and Rev. Lynn Hasley Wednesdays from 12:15-12:30pm Contact Lynn.npchurch@gmail.com for the zoom link.
In these unprecedented times, prayer is needed now more than ever. Need a space to pray? Want to learn new prayer practices? Join the prayer space.

Wednesday Mornings with Melanie- Bible study with Rev. Melanie Lee Carey Wednesdays @ 9:30 am starting September 9th; 6 weeks Contact Melanie.npchurch@gmail for the zoom link
The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7, contains some of Jesus’ most profound and most memorable teachings. What might these teachings have meant to his disciples and to the others who first heard them? How do they enhance our reading of the rest of the Gospel of Matthew, and how do they speak across the centuries to listeners today? How, if we pay careful attention to his words, does Jesus provide us a road map to living as God would have us live? This class will explore the new book Sermon on the Mount: A Beginner's Guide to the Kingdom of Heaven, by Dr. Amy-Jill Levine. Purchase the book at Cokesbury or Amazon.

Saturday Morning Men’s Book - Study Coordinated by Allan Knappenberger Saturdays @ 10:00 am starting on September 12th; continues weekly  Contact Algloknapp@aol.com to get zoom link.
Join in this provocative discussion of Bishop John Shelby Spong’s Book “Unbelievable”.  This class, led by the participants, will explore chapters of this book and participate in lively discussion.  The book is available on Amazon. This is an ongoing group.

Current Events and Faith - led by Rev. Dr. Wes Brun and Rev. Marshall Dunlap. First and third Mondays of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 pm starting on September 21st. Contact Lynn.npchurch@gmail to sign up.
The group selects topics of interest and engages in lively discussion, using FaithLink materials as a framework.