Adult Christian Education Studies and Life Groups

Adult Christian Education Studies and Life Groups

Enjoy fellowship and insight with friends at Genesis church. Join a small group Bible study or Life Group. Explore the opportunities Genesis offers throughout the week for Christian study and fellowship.

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ADULT CHRISTIAN EDUCATION & LIFE GROUPS

Choose a study and meeting time, then email the class facilitator or adults@genesis-umc.org for study information, log-ins and Zoom invites before the next class! Watch a video or read scripture and have weekly discussions via Zoom.

Faith Tertulia, Wednesdays at 7 pm

Discussion led by Gonzalo Mariano, faithtertulia@genesis-umc.org. Meets on Wednesdays at 7 pm @ Genesis and also via Zoom.

Current Study:  “The Mind of Jesus” by William Barclay. 

“The Mind of Jesus” seeks to convey a clear understanding of the personality of Jesus. Barclay strives to help the figure of Jesus become more alive to the reader so through understanding the reader will come to love Jesus more. “The aim of the book is to try to make it possible to understand the mind, the work, and the meaning a little better.”

Hands of Hope, Sundays at 10:00 am

Discussion led by Jeff Cooper, handsofhope@genesis-umc.org.

Current Study: Divided We Stand: How to Love When We Disagree (8 weeks, but taking a break for The Angels of Christmas Advent Study starting on Nov. 20 for 4 weeks) by ROBBY ANGLE

How do you love people when you disagree with them?
We live in divided times. The tension of disagreement can be felt at dinner tables, in board rooms, at church gatherings, and in our communities. It can be hard to know how to engage with each other when the gap between us feels like it’s widening.
Jesus lived in divided times, too. He modeled for us what it looks like to love across political, gender, religious, and cultural lines. Jesus’s life was marked by loving people who were wildly different from him, and he calls us to do the same.

LIFT Tuesdays @ 10:00 am – Noon

LIFT (Ladies in Faith Together) is a ladies’ Bible study that meets Tuesdays at 10:00 am at Genesis in room 105. All ladies are invited. For more information, contact Susan Ross lift@genesis-umc.org.

October 11 – December 20: “When Changing Nothing Changes Everything” by Laurie Short. We will not meet Nov 8, 22, or 29.

Let Susan Ross know if you are interested in attending this study, if you need a book, or if you need childcare. Susan Ross lift@genesis-umc.org.

We often face circumstances that we cannot change: a job we are forced to keep; a relationship that did not work out; a decision we cannot take back. In this 8-session series, Laurie Polich Short reveals how even if we can’t change our circumstances, we can still make a change in our life by the way we see it. With the help of 4 “lenses”, she shows how to access God’s perspective on our circumstances, which can impact the way we live.

In each session, Laurie shows you how to access the bigger “God’s eye view” of your life and opens the scriptures to reveal how this broader perspective can shape your decisions and impact. The study is full of biblical wisdom and personal stories, and Laurie gives many examples of how perspective has influenced the way people lived their lives for God’s glory.

MAN2MAN 1st & 3rd Mondays @ 6:30 pm and alternate Wednesdays @ 6:30 am

Bible Study

Man2Man meets for various Bible studies September – May on the 1st and 3rd Mondays @ 6:30 pm. Studies are offered on various topics. Sign up for the Man2Man email below to be sent the zoom link and be notified of any schedule changes.

Current Study: “The True Measure of a Man” by Richard E Simmons III

The challenges of life offer men the potential for great good. In the midst of these struggles, we have the opportunity to see our lives transformed. The True Measure of a Man is uplifting, challenging, and most of all it points the way to personal and spiritual growth based on the one, true measure we were meant to use. 

Breakfast at Bojangles

Man2Man will meet for Breakfast at Bojangles (Davis Drive 3025 Winston Hill Drive, Cary) two Wednesdays a month @ 6:30 am. Breakfast meetings are the alternate weeks of the Bible study.

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Rooted Life Group, Sundays at 10:00 am @ Genesis

Rooted is a Life Group gathering together for Bible Study, Christian fellowship and friendship. Rooted meets Sundays at 10 am at Genesis UMC. For more information, contact Jennifer Park, rooted@genesis-umc.org

Current Study: How to Face Life’s Challenges by Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster presents this six-part series on how Jesus’ teachings unlock some of life’s major challenges. Each session will equip you with Biblical, practical, and relatable application relating to different challenges like worry, failure, anger, loving enemies, judging others, and facing temptation. Be inspired and encouraged to approach each of these struggles or setbacks with confidence in the love, power, and wisdom of Jesus, who is worthy of our worship even amidst the very real difficulties of life.

Sunday, November 6th, 2022: Study, “How to Face Life’s Challenges” by Stephen Foster, session #1 How to Face Worry
Sunday, November 13th, 2022: Study, “How to Face Life’s Challenges” by Stephen Foster, session #2 How to Face Failure
Saturday, November 19th, 2022: The Genesis Rooted Small Group is having “Friendsgiving” at the Park Family House @ 5-7pm. Contact Jennifer or Paul for more information!
Sunday, November 20th, 2022: Advent Study, “The Angels of Christmas” session #1. The Advent Leader’s Guide discussion questions and video DVD (is loaded on PLEX) are in the Rooted Classroom.
Sunday, November 27th, 2022: Thanksgiving weekend. Advent Study, “The Angels of Christmas” session #2

Sunday, December 4th, 2022: Advent Study, “The Angels of Christmas” session #3
Sunday, December 11th, 2022: Advent Study, “The Angels of Christmas” session #4
Sunday, December 18th, 2022: No Sunday School. You’re invited to participate in a multi-generational event in Koinonia Place- gather for a time of a short Christmas story, making nativity scenes with graham crackers and characters, enjoy some holidays treats/coffee and gather for a time of fellowship.
Sunday, December 25th, 2022Merry Christmas! Our savior is born! There is only one service at Genesis at 11:10am and no Sunday school hour.

Sunday, January 1st, 2023New Year’s weekend. No Sunday school this day.
Sunday, January 8th, 2023: Study, “How to Face Life’s Challenges” by Stephen Foster, session #3 How to Love Your Enemies
Sunday, January 15th, 2023MLK weekend. Study, “How to Face Life’s Challenges” by Stephen Foster, session #4 How to Judge Less and Love More
Sunday, January 22nd, 2023: Study, “How to Face Life’s Challenges” by Stephen Foster, session #5 How to Face Anger
Sunday, January 29th, 2023: Study, “How to Face Life’s Challenges” by Stephen Foster, session #6 How to Face Temptation

Seekers, Sundays at 10:00 am

To participate in these discussions, email Anthony Caronna seekers@genesis-umc.org.

Nov 13 – Christmas with The Chosen: The Messengers video
Nov 20 – The Angels of Christmas – Advent study Session 1
Nov 27 – The Angels of Christmas – Advent study Session 2
Dec 4 – The Angels of Christmas – Advent study Session 3
Dec 11 – The Angels of Christmas – Advent study Session 4
Dec 18 – Churchwide event in Koinonia Place
Dec 25 – No Class (Christmas Day)
Jan 1 2023 – No Class (New Years Day)

SYNCED Marriage Life Group, 2nd Thursdays at 7:00 pm

Synced meets the 2nd Thursday of each month for faith and fun together. Join us for the next SYNCED Marriage Life group gathering. Hang out with friends. Strengthen your relationship and faith. Make enriching your marriage a priority.

Date: Thursday December 8
Time: 7-8:30 pm
Place: 
Genesis Koinonia

Current study: “A Couple after God’s own Heart” 

For more information, email adults@genesis-umc.org

Verse by Verse, Sundays at 10:00 am

Current Study: The Gospel of Matthew

Scripture study + Zoom discussion led by Betsy Jonas & Susan Ross, versebyverse@genesis-umc.org.

DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDIES

2023 Disciple Bible Study

In 2023, Genesis is offering Jesus in the Gospels. This study begins Sunday, January 8, 2023 and meets Sunday evenings for 30 weeks, with a break in the summer.

Jesus in the Gospels focuses on and compares the portraits of Jesus found in the the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Study the name, the place, and the people, and encounter the Jesus who is both hard to ignore and hard to control–a commanding, morally compelling figure. This is a 30 week study.


Long-term Disciple Bible Study classes are an excellent way to learn more about the Bible and how to apply God’s Word to your daily lives. Disciple classes include daily readings of scripture and commentaries from various Christian authors. The class includes a video and discussion of the daily readings. The small group setting enables strong Christian relationships to be built between class members.

Studies include:

  • Disciple 1 – a prerequisite for any of the other Disciple studies. Disciple 1 goes through the entire Bible.
  • Disciple 2 – focuses on Genesis, Exodus, Luke and the book of Acts.
  • Disciple 3 – looks at the Prophets of the Old Testament and the letters of the Apostle Paul.
  • Disciple 4 – studies various writings in the Old Testament, the Gospel of John and the book of Revelation.
  • Christian Believer – a study of the basic tenets of the Christian faith.
  • Jesus in the Gospels – focuses on the portraits of Jesus found in the the four Gospels – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Email adults@genesis-umc.org to express interest and for information on future long or short term Disciple studies.

GENESIS BOOK GROUP

Third Thursdays @ 7 pm in the “Gathering Place” at Genesis

Genesis Book Group meets the third Thursday of each month in the “Gathering Place” on the lower level of Genesis UMC.

Next meeting: Thursday, November 17 at 7 pm at Genesis.

November selection: Still Life by Loise Penny

Evil is lurking somewhere behind the white picket fences of Three Pines, a place so free of crime it lacks its own police force. The body of well-loved artist Jane Neal is discovered in the woods on Thanksgiving weekend. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is on the job!

Books are available to borrow from the book kit club bag in the Gathering Place at Genesis on the lower level.

If you are new to the book group and not on our e-mail list, contact Sarah Haw bookgroup@genesis-umc.org so we can get information to you. Books are available to borrow. Newcomers are always welcome!

PRIME TIMERS

Prime Timers is a group of adults age 55 and up that gather for Christian Fellowship.

Events

Christmas celebration

Wednesday, November 30 @ 2:30, Genesis church

  • Bring a sweet or salty treat to share and
  • Bring a wrapped $5 ornament to exchange
  • Watch “White Christmas” together

It will be a great time to get in to the spirit of the holidays

Eat and Learn – the whole church is invited!

Saturday, Jan 14 @ 10:00 am, Genesis church

Enjoy coffee, muffins and doughnuts while  Attorney Kyle Frizzelle with NC planning educates us on taking care of our future. Come listen, ask questions and learn.

A fun day with the Genesis family 

Prime Timers Walking Group

Primetimer Walking group walks are on Wednesdays @ 10:00 am through November. In December, the time will change to 2:00 pm. Meet at the Bond Park Senior Center parking lot for exercise and friendship.

For questions and to join our email list, sent an email to ptwalker@genesis-umc.org.

SECOND SUNDAY SINGLES

Second Sunday Singles meets for lunch out together on the second Sunday of each month @ 12:15 at a local restaurant. We would love for you to join us! Enjoy fellowship and lunch together.

Sign up at the Koinonia Place at Genesis, or email adults@genesis-umc.org so that we have a number of people for the reservation. Here’s our schedule for the next few months:

  • November 13 – Skrimp Shack
  • December 11 – Chili’s
  • January 8, 2023 – Mellow Mushroom