Discipleship Study

We offer various opportunities to study the Bible, form our faith, and deepen our knowledge and love of God. Our faith journey never ends; thus faithful guides and friends on the journey are important. It is our hope that you will find them in our study classes.

Contact: Joelle Karth

Bible Study

Wednesday Classes

Sunday Classes

Adult Bible Study

Ongoing Class. Join any time!

Sunday 9:00 – 10:00 am

Room 208/221

In studying the book of Revelation, we will pay attention to the duality of good and evil underlying the very structure of the text and try to understand the richness of the spiritual symbolism. You may join this class at any time! Contact Joelle Karth for more information, jkarth@umcwfb.org.

Daily Walk – Reading Thru the Bible

Ongoing Class. Join any time!

Sundays 10:30 – noon

Wesley Room

Reading through the Bible is difficult. The Daily Walk Bible will help you complete the journey. Drawing from the rich resources of Walk Thru the Bible’s Daily Walk Magazine, The Daily Walk Bible offers a simple daily reading plan and tools to help you complete the journey and see how the Bible fits together.

Each day’s reading includes an Overview – to give you a bird’s-eye view of the day’s reading, several chapters from the Bible, an Insight – offering an interesting fact from the day’s reading, and My Daily Walk – a short devotion to help you reflect on and apply a specific insight from the day’s reading.

Every seventh day offers a pause on the journey as you are invited to Look Back over the readings from the previous week, Look Up to God, and Look Ahead to the reading to come. This edition features the clear and understandable New Living Translation.

We will begin reading the Old Testament on January 1 and the New Testament on October 1.

Facilitator: Yvette Woelfel, cyvettew@yahoo.com.

Previous Classes

NEW! A Love Letter, 1 John: Reading a Love Letter and Living Out the Love Told

March 8 – May 3

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Wesley Room

The first letter of John is a love letter. John the Apostle – who was long believed to be the author of this epistle – tells us in this letter who God is. “God is love (4:8).” The author also keeps on reminding us that we cannot truly believe in Christ without truly and selflessly loving others. These teachings are not new to us, yet just as the first readers of John’s letter, we need to let what we have heard “from the beginning (1:1)” teach and shape us again.

In a two-week cycle, we will read one chapter and live out what we read.

Contact Pastor Peace, pkim@umcwfb.org, for more information.

Discovering Jesus through the Sermon on the Mount

October 12 – November 16

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Walnut Room

This Bible study will explore the foundational teachings of Jesus found in Matthew 5 – 7, that is commonly known as the “Sermon on the Mount.” People are encouraged to bring a Bible. Facilitator: Pastor Matt, mhadley@umcwfb.org.

 

Journey 101: Knowing God

January 11 – February 1

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Wesley Room

How can you know, love, and serve God in a life-changing way? Journey 101 is a three part course that helps you to answer this question as it guides you on the journey of growing as a Christian. In Knowing God, you will come to know God more fully and discover who you are in God as you gain a better understanding of the essentials of the Christian faith. This series is designed so that everything takes place in the group setting – with no homework outside of the class. The Journey 101: Knowing God participant guide will be used in class. Contact Joelle Karth at jkarth@umcwfb.org for more information.

Two Visions: The Meaning of Jesus

October 12 – December 14

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Wesley Room

Two leading Jesus scholars with different views of the historical Jesus invite us to engaging and respectful dialogues about faith questions. Marcus Borg and N. T. Wright present the opposing yet equally faithful visions of Jesus that shape our faith today. You will find this class to be a safe place where you can be honest in your beliefs. Facilitator: Pastor Peace, pkim@umcwfb.org.

Topical/Book Study

Wednesday Classes

NEW! Simplify Sermon Series Talk Back with Pastor Matt

October 25 – November 15

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Walnut Room

Pastor Matt will be preaching about what it means to simplify life, prayer, grief (is it even possible?), time, and gratitude. Join him for further exploration and discussion on these topics.

 

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New! Madrigal Dinner Crafting

November 15, 29 & December 6

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Room 220

This group began by making crafts for the annual UMW Holiday Bazaar but are now extending their meetings as they prepare costume accessories for the Madrigal Dinner. For more information contact the facilitator Elayne Waeltz, at elaynewaeltz@mac.com or 414-530-4265.

NEW! Simplify: 10 Practices to Unclutter Your Soul

October 25 – December 13

Wednesday 6:15 – 7:15 pm

Wesley Room

Bestselling author and pastor Bill Hybels unpacks ten key areas of life that can get out of focus—from finances to relationships to time commitments—and offers practical insights for making changes to create a life with greater peace and energy anchored in the priorities that matter most.

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NEW! Drawn In: Esther and Mary Bible Study

November 1 – December 13

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Room 216

Deepen your friendships as you gather around Scripture for coloring and conversation. Drawn In offers simple four-week Bible studies – perfect for groups or personal devotions. Coloring quiets your heart and mind so you can enter fully into Scripture’s stories. The Bible’s passion and personality come through in The Message, surprising new and old Bible readers alike. Discover the delight of being Drawn In.

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NEW! The Soloist

October 4 – TBD

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Room 210

In 2005, the only thing hurting Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez more than his face from a recent bike accident was his pressing need for story ideas. That is when he discovers Nathaniel Ayers, a mentally ill, homeless street musician who possesses extraordinary talent. Inspired by his story, Lopez writes an acclaimed series of articles about Ayers and attempts to do more to help both him and the rest of the underclass of LA have a better life. However, Lopez’s good intentions run headlong in the hard realities of the strength of Ayers’ personal demons and the larger social injustices facing the homeless. Regardless, Lopez and Ayers must find a way to conquer their deepest anxieties and frustrations to hope for a brighter future for both of them. (Summary by Kenneth Chisholm.)

NEW! Advent Study with Pastor Matt

November 29, December 6 & 13

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Walnut Room

Join Pastor Matt in discussion as we prepare to celebrate the miracle of Christ’s birth.

Sunday Classes

Dialogue

Ongoing Class. Join any time!

Sunday 9:00 – 10:00 am

Wesley Room 

This group selects readings from a variety of sometimes controversial topics. They are currently discussing the book “Good Without God,” a provocative and positive response to Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and other New Atheists. Author Greg Epstein, the Humanist chaplain at Harvard, offers a world view for nonbelievers that dispenses with the hostility and intolerance of religion prevalent in national bestsellers like God is Not Great and The God Delusion. Epstein’s Good Without God provides a constructive, challenging response to these manifestos by getting to the heart of Humanism and its positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and good without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being. You may join this class at any time!

Contact Steve Davis for more information, corkyloki@yahoo.com.

Progressive Christianity

Ongoing Class. Join any time!

Sunday 9:00 – 10:00 am

Room 210 

This class reads and discusses progressive resources to explore growing in faith.

Contact Joelle Karth, jkarth@umcwfb.org, for more information.

Previous Classes

UMCWFB CORE (Membership Class)

 January 11 – February 1

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Walnut Room

This series of 4 classes explores what it means to be a member of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay. All four are needed to become a member but can be completed in any order. Current members are also welcome to attend.

Jan. 11, 101 – Overview of the Bible and History of Christianity

Jan. 18, 201 – The United Methodist Church

Jan. 25, 301 – Our Church

Feb. 1, 401 – Why Would I Join a Church?

Facilitator: Pastor Matt, mhadley@umcwfb.org.

Christianity and a Busy Life

This group is involved in other studies during Lent.

Ongoing Class

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:00 pm

Jones Narthex 

Join us for topical discussions on how to put Christ first amidst the demands of our day to day lives. Drop-ins are welcome! Facilitator: Christy West, cwest@umcwfb.org.

The Daniel Plan

September 13 – October 18

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Wesley Room

This small group study is centered on five essentials that will launch your journey to health: faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends. You will learn simple ways to incorporate healthy choices into your daily lifestyle. We will use various “Daniel Plan” resources from Rick Warren, Daniel Amen, and Mark Hyman.

Contact Joelle Karth, jkarth@umcwfb.org, for more details.

Financial Peace

March 8 – May 3

Wednesday 6:15 – 8:00 pm

Room 220

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University provides biblically-based, common-sense education and empowerment that gives hope to everyone – from the financially secure to the financially distressed.

Free childcare available with reservations.  Materials cost $93, one set of materials per household. Contact Linda Hentzen or Katie Stolz Fleming with any questions.

Facilitators: Katie Stolz Fleming, kms.fleming@gmail.com,

Linda Hentzen, lindahentzen@gmail.com,

 

Peace of Mind Seminar on September 20 Only

September 20

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Chapel

Learn how planning for your final wishes will shield your family from unnecessary emotional and financial burden. Sponsored by Krause Funeral Home. 

Additional Previously Offered Classes

Advent Conspiracy Small Group

November 27 – December 22

Various times and locations

This year’s Advent sermon series and study is based on the book Advent Conspiracy by Rick McKinley, Chris Seay, and Greg Holder.

You are invited to join or create a small group of people that will discuss the sermon, book and/or videos each week of Advent as we work together to substitute consumerism with the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

The first small group will meet the week of November 27th and continue through Christmas. To sign up for a small group, contact Joelle Karth at 414-964-2424 x233 or jkarth@umcwfb.org.

 

Advent Conspiracy shows us how to substitute consumption with compassion by practicing four simple, but powerful, counter-cultural concepts.

Worship Fully – Because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus!

Spend Less – And free our resources for things that truly matter.

Give More – Of our presence: our hands, our words, our time, our heart.

Love All – The poor, the forgotten, the marginalized, the sick, in ways that make a difference.

Find out how to have a Christmas worth remembering, not dreading. Christmas can still change the world when we, like Jesus, give what matters most – our presence.

Exploring 'The Shack'

March 8 – May 3

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Room 211

Have you ever wondered if God is truly good, or there at all? If so, you’re not alone. Sometimes in the midst of deep pain, or even in the more common struggles of everyday life, it’s difficult to know how God fits in. The Shack is a self-published fictional story about loss, love and forgiveness by Wm. Paul Young.

This class will discuss the book (2007), movie (2017), scripture, and opposing views to deepen our relationship with the triune God as we wrestle with the difficult and beautiful themes within the story.

Facilitator: Joelle Karth, jkarth@umcwfb.org.

From the Sermon to Life-Application Conversation

Ongoing Class

Sunday after 10:30 worship

Library

With good sermons being preached from the pulpit, what do you do? How do you digest the spiritual food? How do you live out the message in more aspects of your life? Let’s discuss the sermon themes, apply the messages, and do fellowship with your faith journey companions. Facilitator: Pastor Peace, pkim@umcwfb.org.

Movies with a Message

January 11 – February 8

Wednesday 6:15 – 7:30 pm

Chapel 

Movies can be more than just entertainment. They can make you laugh or cry. They can lift your spirits. Sometimes they can make you change the way you think about the world. Starting on January 11, the Church and Society Committee will sponsor a series of movies about race in America. These movies promise to be thought provoking. Each week we will watch a show, followed by discussion. All show times will be at 6:15 pm on Wednesdays in the Chapel.

 

February 1 – More than a Month. One man’s journey to end Black History Month.

February 8 – Milwaukee 53206: Sold out at Milwaukee Film Festival, this film witnesses the intimate stories of three residents in zip code 53206 . It awakens us to the high toll mass incarceration that takes on individuals, families and the community.  “It really showed that there’s still hope among youth in the community and if we come together, we could actually make a change” (WISN-12 ABC)
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This film will be shown at 6:15 pm, on Wednesday, February 8, in the main sanctuary. The showing will be followed by a discussion.  This event is being sponsored by the Church and Society Committee.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mike Martin at mmartin22@wi.rr.com.

Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church

 February 15 – April 12

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Walnut Room 

Something is going to happen in the next few years that may come as a surprise. The Millennial generation is soon going to be the largest living generation in our country. We love our millennials. They are our family, our friends, and our co-workers. They are a deeply spiritual generation and yet many are rejecting involvement of Christian churches.

Like millions of her millennial peers, Rachel Held Evans didn’t want to go to church anymore. The hypocrisy, the politics, the gargantuan building budgets, the scandals – church culture seemed so far removed from Jesus. Yet, despite her cynicism and misgivings, something kept drawing her back to Church. And so she set out on a journey to understand Church and to find her place in it.

A memoir about making do and taking risks, about the messiness of community and the power of grace, Searching for Sunday is about overcoming cynicism to find hope and, somewhere in between, Church.

Searching for Sunday books are available in the main office for $12.

 

Support Groups

Wednesday Groups

Al-Anon

Ongoing Group

Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Room 211

Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship that offers a program of recovery for the families and friends of addicts. Members gain comfort and understanding through sharing their experience, strength and hope. Al-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous but is a separate fellowship from AA.

Wednesday Groups not currently meeting

Foster Parents Support

Although this group is not currently meeting, please contact Ginny Mike for information, gingingin1956@gmail.com.

 

 

Ongoing Group

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Conference Room

This support group welcomes all current and prospective foster parents to join them in supportive fellowship.

 

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