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

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Bible Study

Wednesday Classes

Classes will resume in the fall

Classes will resume in the fall. Please check back in August for more information regarding the fall schedule and offerings. Contact Joelle Karth at jkarth@umcwfb.org or 414-964-2424 x 233 for more information.

Sunday Classes

Adult Bible Study - Will resume in the fall


9 – 10 am Sunday

Room 208/221

Adult group that meets to read and discuss scripture. This group will resume in the fall.

Daily Walk Bible Study


10:30 am Sunday

Wesley Room

 “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Come join with Bible-reading companions and see the truth of this as we study and discuss the Bible all year long.

New Testament begins October 1, Old Testament January 1

Facilitator: Yvette Woelfel, cyvettew@yahoo.com.

Previous Classes

Bible Study 3:16

September 12 – May 8

6:30 pm Wednesdays

Walnut Room

John 3:16 is perhaps the most famous verse in the entire Bible, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The text found in chapter 3, verse 16, of most books in the Bible is a typical verse with no special distinction, while in other books they are head scratchers. 49 books contain a 3:16. Join Pastor Matt as he unpacks and illuminates these verses to help strengthen our understanding of the complexities of the Bible from Genesis to the Revelation.

NEW! Covenant Bible Study

January 9 – May 8

6:30 – 7:30 pm

Wesley Room

Covenant is an in-depth, video-based group Bible study that centers on our relationships with God, with each other, and with the world. It differs from other Bible studies in that it emphasizes the biblical concept of Covenant—the enduring commitment between God and people—as a unifying pattern throughout the entire Bible.

NEW! Invitation

October 10 – December 12

6:30 – 7:30 pm Wednesdays

Room 210

This 10-week journey will bring the seemingly disjointed pieces in the Bible together into a powerfully integrated whole that tells the story of God’s work in the world.  You will be invited to experience the power of scripture personally and in the company of others hungry for a fresh vision of life as God intended it to be

NEW! Basic Bible 101

September 16 – October 7

10:30 am Sunday

Room 210

A four-session introductory Bible study class that will help you connect the Old and New Testaments together as one book. This overview class will also help you gain confidence to participate in additional Bible Studies.

Women of Luke - Women's Bible Study

January 10 – April 7

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Wesley Room

Many of the Bible stories about women only occur in the Gospel of Luke. In this small group for women, these stories will be explored more deeply as we study the Gospel.  For more information contact the facilitator Crystal Stinemates, at cstine14@yahoo.com.

The Road to Salvation

January 10 – April 7

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Walnut Room

A Bible study on the Gospel of Luke with Pastor Matt. Contact Pastor Matt, mhadley@umcwfb.org, for more information.

Drawn In Bible Study

January 10 – TBD

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.


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.


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

Classes will resume in the fall

Classes will resume in the fall. Please check back in August for more information regarding the fall schedule and offerings. Contact Joelle Karth at jkarth@umcwfb.org or 414-964-2424 x 233 for more information.

Sunday Classes


Ongoing Class. Join any time!

Sunday 9:00 – 10:00 am

Wesley Room 

This group selects readings from a variety of sometimes controversial topics. You may join this class at any time!

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

Progressive Christianity - Will resume in the fall

Ongoing Class. Join any time!

9 – 10 am Sunday

Room 210

This class reads and discusses progressive resources to explore and grow in faith. You may join this class at any time.

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

Previous Classes

NEW! Final Words from the Cross - Lenten Study

Ash Wednesday – Easter

Book Study on Final Word from the Cross by Adam Hamilton – Read Chapter 1 before first meeting if possible.

Books are available for purchase digitally and hard copy on Cokesbury, Amazon, and other online retailers. A limited supply of books are available in the main office for $13 each.

Times and locations will be determined by the participants in the study. Please fill out the online registration above and indicate your preferences. Your preferences will facilitate the formation of small groups for this study. Or you may contact Joelle Karth for more information or to sign up. 

In life and in death, Jesus’ words were powerful and meaningful. Despite the serious effort and increased pain required for Jesus to speak as he hung on the cross, Jesus spoke seven “final words”—statements that have much to teach us about Jesus, his Father, and ourselves:

  • Father Forgive Them
  • Today You Will Be with Me in Paradise
  • Behold Your Son…Behold Your Mother
  • My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?
  • I Thirst
  • It Is Finished . . . Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit
  • Postscript: The Words After That

In 24 Hours That Changed the World, Adam Hamilton took us on a Lenten journey through the last day of Jesus’ life. Now in this inspiring follow-up book, Hamilton explores these final words as seen and heard through the eyes and ears of those who stood near the cross.

Each chapter begins with the biblical account followed by a first-person story as might have been told from the viewpoint of one of the characters at the cross. Then the chapter explores the meaning of Jesus’ dying words for our lives today. Following the last statement, a postscript recounts the words Jesus spoke following his resurrection, including what truly were the final words Jesus spoke while walking this earth.

Join the crowd now and experience the final words from the cross.

Description and trailer taken from Adam Hamilton’s website: Adamhamilton.com

Christianity and a Busy Life

September 12 – May 8

6:30 – 7 pm Wednesdays


Join in a topical discussions on how to put Christ first amidst the demands of our day to day lives. Topics may include: How to include prayer in your daily life, “But I’m so tired on Sunday,” Establishing spiritual routines for your family, “I want to serve but I just can’t do one more thing,” Discovering good books for children and youth. Drop ins are welcome! nds of our day to day lives. Drop-ins are welcome! Facilitator: Christy West, cwest@umcwfb.org.

NEW! Financial Peace

January 9 – March 13

6:30 – 7:30 pm Wednesdays

Room 220

Maybe you’re tired of carrying around debt. Maybe you have a good income but have no idea where it all goes. Maybe you are currently struggling to make ends meet. Maybe you’ll have a kid in college soon and you’re trying to set money aside for that and save for retirement at the same time. Maybe you’re trying to launch or grow a side-business but can’t until your financial situation improves. Maybe you’re trying to do all of these things at the same time and are getting frustrated by not seeing any progress! Or maybe you’re making great progress and just need some encouragement, or someone to walk with you and hold you accountable in a weekly setting.

Learn Dave Ramsey’s Biblically-based principles to help you start budgeting and learn how to spend / save / invest wisely…and give generously! Preview night is September 12 – we will watch lesson 1 at 6:30 and you can decide if the program is a good fit for your family!

Class runs 9 weeks beginning September 19 and finishes the Wednesday before Thanksgiving week (November 14) with discussion based format from 6:45-7:30. Opt to watch the video from home in the week prior to our class discussion OR come at 5:45 to watch the video at church.

Class link to signup/order materials:   https://fpu.com/1074111

Contact coordinators Linda lindahentzen@gmail.com and Katie kmsfleming@gmail.com with questions!

NEW! Journey 101

This class will be doing the Lenten Study – Final Words from the Cross – through April 17. On April 24 they will resume “Knowing God.”

January 9 – May 8

6:30 – 7:30 pm Wednesdays

Wesley Room

A three-part, basic faith course that helps you to answer the question “How can you know, love, and serve God in a life-changing way?” A basic faith course that is grounded in 15 core traits of a deeply committed Christian which helps to guide participants on the journey of growing as Christians. The series guides you in knowing, loving, and serving God with increasing passion and dedication. Watch this video to learn more:

You can take one of these courses, or all three, in the order you choose.  The three courses are:

  • Knowing God – January 9 – February 13 – Explore the good news of the Bible and discover Bible study tools and resources to deepen your understanding of the Scriptures.
  • Loving God – February 20 – April 3 – Learn spiritual practices that will help you fall more in love with God as you grow in your relationship with Him and others.
  • Serving God – April 17 – May 8 – Understand the Biblical context for service that will enable you to share your time and spiritual gifts with others.


Wednesdays, September 12 – December 12

5:30 – 6:15 pm in Fellowship Hall for Dinner

6:15 – 7:30 pm in Room 208/221 for Class

Alpha is a series of 11 sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to engage and inspire conversation. Everyone who is interested in discussion in an open and friendly environment is welcome.

Additional information:

What is Alpha? Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith, typically run over eleven weeks. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone is welcome.

Who’s it for? Alpha is for anyone who’s curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.

How does it work? Alpha is eleven sessions. Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.

How much is it? There’s no charge to do Alpha, though a contribution towards our meal is appreciated.


NEW! UMCWFB CORE New Member Class

September 17, 24, October 1, & 8

6:30 – 7:30 pm on Monday

Room 208/221

Led by senior pastor Matt Hadley, this series of four classes explores what it means to be a member of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay. The classes include an Overview of the Bible and History of Christianity, The United Methodist Church, Our Church (UMCWFB), and Why Would I Join a Church? All four are needed to become a member but can be completed in any order. Current members of UMCWFB are also welcome to attend.


September 17 – 101 Overview of the Bible and History of Christianity

September 24 – 201 The United Methodist Church

October 1 – 301 Our Church

October 8 – 401 Why Would I Join a Church?

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.

Additional Previously Offered Classes

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.



Bazaar Craft Making

September 19 – November 7

6:30 – 7:30 pm Wednesdays

Room 216

Join us for an hour of fun and fellowship as we make crafts for the annual UMW Holiday Bazaar. We will work on new crafts as well as ones that we have done before. No previous crafting skills required. Ideas are welcome! For more information contact the facilitator Elayne Waeltz, at elaynewaeltz@mac.com or 414-530-4265.

Living Our Principals, Living Out Faith

February 21 – April 11

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Room 210

We believe that God’s love for the world is active! It is a love seeking justice, pursuing peace, and fulfilling humanity of all. We cannot just be observers. So we care enough about people’s lives to risk interpreting God’s love, to take a stand, to call each of us into a response. The Social Principles of The United Methodist Church guide us to think and act out a faith perspective. The Social Principles are the product of more than a century of legislative decisions made by lay and clergy members of The United Methodist Church and its predecessor denominations.

Come let’s study the Social Principles and take opportunities to examine your own approach to the topics included in the Social Principles and to deepen your discipleship.

An hour-long session with a video segment, theological reflection and biblical study, and dialogue.

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




03/07 Session Three: THE SOCIAL COMMUNITY

03/14 NO CLASS


03/28 NO Wednesday Night Live Classes (Holy Week)


04/11 Session Six: THE WORLD COMMUNITY

Fill out the form below to register for this class.


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.

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.


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.

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,


From the Sermon to Life-Application Conversation

Ongoing Class

Sunday after 10:30 worship


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.

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.

Movies with a Message

January 11 – February 8

Wednesday 6:15 – 7:30 pm


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)
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.

Peace of Mind Seminar on September 20 Only

September 20

Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm


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

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.


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.)

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.

Support Groups

Wednesday Groups


Ongoing Group

Wednesday 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Walnut Room 

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.

Sunday Groups

Wednesday & Sunday Groups not currently meeting

Grief Seminars with Jacquelyn Oliveira, M.A.

Click here for information on these seminars.

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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