Adult Studies

FUMC Plano seeks to promote Deeper Discipleship with Christ by providing members and guests with a constantly changing list of studies. This includes Bible studies as well as in-depth looks at the latest, most thought-provoking books available from leading Christian authors. Contact Mark Lucke, mlucke@fumcplano.org


Adult Sunday School

Adult Sunday School classes at FUMC Plano are intended to give members a chance to affiliate with a small group for learning, mutual support, and service to the church and community. Each class has a different size, character, and learning style. New Sunday School classes aimed at other demographic groups will be started throughout the year. Keep checking this page for news of new Sunday School classes.

Below you’ll find a listing and description of the current adult Sunday School classes available. If you’re looking for a group to join for learning, making bonds of friendship and support, and mutual service, consider joining one of these classes. If you’re not ready to make that commitment, you’re always welcome “just to visit,” too! For more information on specific classes, contact Mark Lucke, Minister With Adults.

 Eleventh Hour

9:45 a.m., Room 210

In the Eleventh Hour we vary our class format with lecture, videos, and discussions. We are very active in outreach programs, including:

  • Methodist Children’s homes in Waco & San Antonio
  • Shoe Ministry
  • Reach Out Honduras
  • Project Transformation
  • Plano Santa
  • Meals from the Heart
  • Wellspring Ministry
  • House of Hope
  • Nomads
  • Yardbirds

 Families in Faith

9:45 a.m., Room 228

The Families in Faith class formed in 1994 by a group of families with young children.  Now most members have college-age or older children and we have both married and single members.  We have class social events 3-4 times per year and also participate in several mission/outreach programs each year.  Our weekly meetings are generally full of laughter and lively & spirited discussions.

The Sunday School hour typically includes sharing joys & concerns and a lesson.  The lessons are usually lead by a class member.  These are typically a multi-week study of a published curriculum or book and may include a video series. Studies vary between traditional Bible studies and contemporary Christian topics.  Some members also develop original curriculum about topics of particular interest.

Families in Prayer

9:45 a.m., Room 200

Families in Prayer is a welcoming class that varies our Sunday School class with traditional Bible studies, reading and discussing various Christian books as well as completing an occasional video or audio series.  Our class is mostly in their late 30’s or 40’s with elementary and middle school children.  Our outreach includes supporting the children’s ministries, Plano Santas, Project Transformation, the Rocks softball team and the FUMC running ministry.  Our studies for the next several months are as follows:

  • Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur
  • Enough by Adam Hamilton
  • Believe by Randy Frazee

First Ladies

9:45 a.m., Room 113

Adult women gather to learn from Scripture with lively interaction.

Foundations

9:45 a.m., Room 211

 Genesis

9:45 a.m., Room 213

The Genesis class is a fun-loving group who take our faith and fellowship seriously. Members are both married and single, and are for the most part age 40+.  We have kids ranging from elementary age to college, and older. A few of us even have grandchildren. Our class is informal and we usually have plenty of lively discussion. We enjoy lessons that pertain to our lives and encourage Christian growth. We cover a wide range of subjects including Bible study, current events/social concerns, relationships, and spiritual growth.

GROWING IN FAITH TOGETHER (GIFT)

9:45 a.m., Room 217  Ages: 30s-50sRm 217

A fun class for families with children from elementary school - college ages. Come enjoy lively discussions in Bible study, family spiritual growth, Christian parenting and marriage topics, community charitable missions, and of course, socializing and fellowship with one another.

Inquirers

9:45 a.m., Room 111

This is one of the longest running classes at FirstChurch as well as a great “second family” to learn and grow with. Bible study and a monthly dinner/party with games and stimulating conversation.

Marge and Ralph Burke Class

9:45 a.m., Room 112

Founded in 1998 by Marge and Rev. Ralph Burke, this class is open to anyone looking for a friendly, welcoming group of people seeking to better understand the Scriptures and how they apply in today’s world. The class is invited to read the weekly lesson and listen as the teacher leads the members through lecture and class participation. The class is made up of senior adults, both couples and singles, although anyone welcome. The current teacher is Tish Mulkey.

We most commonly use the Adult Bible Series although special resources are used for Lent and Advent. Other resources used are book by James Moore and Adam Hamilton.

Morphis/Porter Class

9:45 a.m., Room 116

Named for two beloved former pastors of First Church, this class is composed of senior adults but is always open to anyone of any age. You will receive a warm welcome and inspirational lessons, lectures, and discussions, as well as lively social events. A praying and caring support group.

Purpose Seekers

9:45 a.m., Room 219

A diverse group of adults exploring the fundamentals of Christian faith and spirituality through discussions that promote Christian living and purpose. We participate in organizing the Drive Through Nativity and financially support other missions of the church.

We use DVD studies as a starting point for our discussions. Teaching duties are shared among willing members. In April 2016 we will start a study on Colossians. Besides helping organize the Drive Through Nativity the class as a whole participates in Plano Santa. Individually we also participate in many other outreach activities.

Reflections

9:45 a.m., Room 216

Our class ranges in ages from 35-90. We are made up of singles, widows, divorcees, married and couples. This group’s mission is to embrace strangers so that all may share and grow as we reflect on each other’s life experiences in relation to the scriptures. We are active in discussion and all are welcome to join the discussions.

Vanguard

9:45 a.m., Room 206

There are approximately 56 members in our class. Most of the members are seniors, both married and single, and most are retired. We welcome anyone who would like to attend and join our class.

The class is structured with a president, vice president, treasurer, and there are some members that maintain the class roster, prayer and praise list, and handle special events. The class rotates the teaching duties among a number of members of the class and there are outside teachers that lead the class in special studies. We are fortunate that we have a number of members that are effective teachers and willing to teach. This is a class that participates, so discussion is encouraged.

Class Studies have included:

  • All of Adam Hamilton series. Last study was The Call
  • Adult Bible Studies Quarterly
  • Kenneth Carter’s “Near The Cross” (most recent study)
  • In April 2016 we start a new 4 to 5 week study on “Forgiving”, and “The Adult Bible Studies Quarterly” will also be a resource.

Once we have completed a study the class usually donates the books/DVDs to the resource room on the 2nd floor.

Outreach Projects include:

  • Plano Santas
  • Shoe Ministry
  • School Supply Ministry
  • Youth Mission Trips
  • Thanksgiving Family
  • Reach Out Honduras

On special occasions we have a social gathering at someone’s house.

 Wesleyan Fellowship

9:45 a.m., Room 215

On April 19 we will begin a six-weeks study of what John Wesley has to say about faith and of today. We will use Adam Hamilton’s book Revival and what he considers to be the defining characteristics of a Wesleyan Christian. Join us as we consider and debate the issues, and encourage each other to live out our faith in the mundane events of life.

For more information about Adult Sunday School, contact Mark Lucke, Minister with Adults.

Senior Adult Ministry

If you are retired and actively seeking a group of people that you can share life with, then the Senior Adults Ministry at FirstChurch is the place for you. Find out how you can get involved. Contact Connie Calhoun-Amox, ccalhounamox@firstmethodistplano.org.

 

United Methodist Men

The men here do amazing things for others. If you are interested in discovering how you can become involved with their projects and activities, explore their opportunities to get involved. 

 

United Methodist Women

The women in this group are active in serving the world through various projects, activities and events. Find out how you can join their causes and become involved in making a difference. Contact Polly Andersonpolly3412@yahoo.com