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Short-Term Studies

When I Pray, What Does God Do?   

How does God answer prayer? This question has engaged Christians for centuries. It has been intellectually shaped by the rise of science, the problem of evil, and the nature of the biblical records. Scientist and theologian David Wilkinson engages with the question, sharing his insights and struggles. What we believe affects how we pray. Science does not rule out God acting in the universe in surprising ways, and the Bible portrays a God who acts in the world in response to peoples prayers. God is not a slot machine, an indulgent parent, a divine dictator, or a ruler in absentia. But how does He work in a world of science? Why doesn’t He answer more often? How has God acted in history? How did Jesus pray and what can we learn from Him? How, in a world governed by law and grace, should we pray? Thursday Evenings, July 27-August 31, 7:00-9:00 pm, Led by Joyce Fischer, Cost $12. Register Here. Come hear Dr. David Wilkinson, author of this book at MUMC on August 20 & 21

Trusting in Christ   

Explore what the Bible has to say about relying on God for all their needs. As they rest in God’s presence and encounter Him through the Word, they will discover the truth of the apostle Paul’s words when he said, “My God will meet all of your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19) Monday Mornings, 10am to Noon, August 7-October 9, Led by Mary Ann Davis, 8 weeks, Cost $5.00, Register Here.

Beginnings – What’s it Like to be Married To Me?

This study helps you understand the difference between having a desire for a better marriage and setting the goal of having a better marriage–and it starts with you. If you want to honor God in your marriage, if you want deeper intimacy with your spouse, if you want to become more like Christ and are you ready to look in the mirror, please take this study. Wednesday Mornings, 9:15-10:30 am, September 13-November 15, Led by Diana Monago, Cost $12.50. Register Now Limited Space Available.

Grief Share
Help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member, or friend. The care you need. The information you can trust. After the funeral, when the cards and flowers have stopped coming, most of the people around you return to normal lives. Friends and family want to help but don’t know how. We understand because we have been in the same place and will walk with you on the long path through grief toward healing and hope for the future. Thursday Evenings, 6:30-8:30 September 14th Through December 14th Register Now or drop in through August 28 at Wesley United Methodist Church 3715 Rea Road, Monday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm.     Led by the GriefShare Team.  You may participate in Grief Share any time after it begins. 

Healthy Conversations on Human Sexuality

We are not of one mind when discussing human sexuality and The United Methodist Church.  Specifically, the issues of same-gender marriage and the ordination of homosexuals have proven to be particularly          divisive. You are invited to participate in a respectful, grace-filled conversation about these differing         viewpoints within our denomination. We’ll examine the 44-year history of the denomination’s position on homosexuality, discuss the varied understanding of biblical passages which speak about this issue, and       consider the implications of differing perspectives within our church today. Led by Rev. Amy Coles, Assistant to Bishop Leeland  and a delegate to the 2016 General Conference, Wednesday Evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm, September 20-October 11.  Register Now

Financial Peace University
79 households have taken Financial Peace University at Matthews UMC! In 9 weeks they paid off over $188,073 in debt and saved over $142,974. Take control of your money while learning how to put your money to work for you! We all need a plan for our money.  Financial Peace University  (FPU) is that plan! It teaches God’s ways of handling money. Through video teaching, class discussions and interactive small group activities, This plan will show you how to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely, and much more!  In 9 lessons, you’ll learn to take control of your money, invest for the future, and give like never before! Cost $95 per kit, 1 kit per person or couple. Thursday Evenings, September 21 – November 16, 7:00 – 8:45 pm. Led by Kathy Zimmer & Ken Welty, Register Now.

Study guides are available for your review under the TV Monitor by the church offices.  Confidential scholarships are available. Childcare may be available if requested at least 2 weeks in advance. Contact Kim Layton with questions.