Rev. Dr. Jeff Ross
Lenten Study Recommendations
He was not rich or educated, but was familiar with hard work. He was quick-tempered and impetuous, but possessed a passion that would change the world. He left everything to follow his teacher, yet struggled with doubt and fear.
Join pastor and author Adam Hamilton in this six-week Lenten journey, and take an in-depth dive into the life, faith, and character of Simon Peter.
Central to the Christian faith is a man who denies all our pre-conceived notions about what God should look like. Joining his movement will mean coming to terms with the real Jesus, the rebel Jesus. Jesus didn't come to start a religion. The rebel Jesus came with a renegade gospel to start a revolution.
In Renegade Gospel, pastor and author Mike Slaughter presents Jesus and his challenging message to inspire us during Lent, Easter, and through the year. Read the red letters and discover Jesus all over again.
Jesus’ final days were full of risk. Every move he made was filled with anticipation, danger, and the potential for great loss or great reward. Jesus risked his reputation when he entered Jerusalem in a victory parade. He risked his life when he dared to teach in the Temple. His followers risked everything when they left behind their homes, or anointed him with costly perfume. We take risks as we read and re-read these stories, finding new meanings and new challenges.
In Entering the Passion of Jesus: A Beginner’s Guide to Holy Week, author, professor, and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the Passion story. She shows us how the text raises ethical and spiritual questions for the reader, and how we all face risk in our Christian experience.
Genealogy is, widely considered to be, one of the fastest growing hobbies in the U.S. We have become consumed with constructing our family tree in an attempt to trace our lineage. Fortunately, the Bible does an excellent job helping us trace the ancestry of our faith family.
Pastor and author Jacob Armstrong takes an in-depth look at our faith lineage focusing specifically on the messy family dynamics found in the book of Genesis. As we begin to understand the life stories of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau we find that their pattern looks a lot like ours—we are called, we mess up, and God continues to redeem us.
9:30 a.m. Sunday Classes
Rejoice! (All Ages)
This small class is distinguished by its diversity, curriculum and focus on interaction. Multigenerational with both singles and couples, the class strives for spiritual enrichment and growth through traditional Bible study, blended with multimedia presentations by contemporary authors and historical perspectives of the church. Discussion and interaction is a top priority in each session. This class is very supportive of missions, fellowship and RUMC activities.
Room 179, Sanctuary building
“Bykota – Be Ye Kind One to Another.” This small class experiences life changes as a group. Facing the same issues as other Christians, class members encounter them together, loving and supporting one another in times of need. The Bible and other topics are studied as they continue their Christian walk. They are currently using the Covenant Bible study as well as looking at the history of the Bible. This class is active in local and foreign missions. Some of Bykota’s social activities include dinners, concerts, and theater outings.
Room 358, Chapel building
No topic of discussion is too big nor too small for the members of this class, and the variety of topics covers everything from the Bible to aging to current issues – taught by our classmates, our ministers, and subject matter experts and enthusiast. All are discussed with a Christian heart and everyone’s opinion is respected and appreciated. The class is made up of people who like to share their views as well as those who would just rather listen. The classmates are also a loving, praying group who genuinely care for one another and laugh and cry together. Monthly socials and community service activities are additional, wonderful opportunities to build relationships and form friendships with the other classmates. The door is open and the circle will be joyfully expanded it include all what are looking for a loving, praying fellowship with people who truly care about each other.
Room 246-248, Chapel Building
“Christians Under Construction.” This large, active class of singles and couples has a strong commitment to service both within and beyond RUMC. Lessons are taught each Sunday by invited speakers and class members. Together they enjoy small group dinners, retreats, and other gatherings. Their primary outreach organizations include Homestretch transitional housing, Foster Care Support Foundation, Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center and MUST Ministries’ Summer Lunch program.
Dining Room, Chapel building
This class focuses on Christian fellowship and the mutual support of its members. They explore the Scriptures in detail to learn the relevance of the Bible in their lives, host monthly social activities, and participate in various outreach programs. Bring your Bible and expect to use it!
Room 257, Sanctuary building
This class has both singles and couples with a deep interest in exploring Scripture, both Old and New Testaments, and its application in their lives today. Lessons are taught by invited speakers and class members. It also has a strong emphasis on being a caring community to its members. The class enjoys three social gatherings per year. Their out-reach emphasis is on the North Fulton Community Charities, Murphy Harpst and various other ministries as the need arises. Many of the members volunteer in different areas of the church.
Room 250-52, Sanctuary building
Single Friends of Faith (55+)
This is a class of active single adults who want to enhance their spiritual and personal growth through fellowship, study and missions. The class invites all singles in the community, whether widowed, divorced, or never married to join them.
Room 251, Sanctuary building
Journey (All Ages)
Come develop lasting friendships with this Spirit-led group. Through guest speakers and self-led “kitchen table” style discussions, their goal is to learn how to recognize and apply God’s direction in daily life. This little class with a big heart is active in numerous ministries and missions of the church.
SERVE Conference room, Chapel building
Open View (All Ages)
Do you like discussing what you believe, why you believe it, or are you still wrestling with whether you believe certain things? This class explores all sides of issues facing Christians today using an open mind, diversity of viewpoints, and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral (Scripture, Tradition, Reason, and Experience).
Room 139, Dodson building
Voice Our Faith (All Ages)
Voice Our Faith is an inclusive fellowship where all are invited to participate in a friendly and lively atmosphere. Guest speakers and volunteers lead our discussions of Christianity and social issues from a Christian perspective. We actively seek to serve others within RUMC and the community and endeavor to voice our faith in our daily lives. Many of us sing in the choir and participate in other musical and theatrical outreach groups. Each Sunday begins with food and fellowship and includes a time for cares, concerns and celebrations. We enjoy local outings, dinners and social gatherings. “Food and fellowship” begins at 9:15 to accommodate the choir schedule.
Room 177, Sanctuary building
RUMC’s love and concern for developmentally challenged adults led to the establishment of this class which has grown from three members to more than 35. Members are encouraged to grow spiritually and develop lasting friendship. Members also participate in worship as acolytes, greeters, and ushers.
Room 258, Sanctuary building
11:00 a.m. Sunday Classes
Cornerstone is a group of parents with children from elementary school through college. We study the Biblical perspective on various topics. We want a sense of community and friendship and to be there for each other, as this is needed in a bigger church. We enjoy socials outside of church and welcome you to try us out!
Room 131, Chapel building
Friends in Faith (45+)
Together this group of friends grows spiritually through study, service and socializing. Members of the class lead various studies that the group selects. They like focusing on the daily application of God’s word. There is never much shortage of discussion and never any shortage of support for each other.
Room 251, Sanctuary building
This friendly group includes both married and single adults, with or without children. The class goal is to support individuals and to grow spiritually through Bible-based lessons.
Room 250-252, Sanctuary building
Alternating Sunday Classes
These classes alternate meeting times: 9:30 a.m. during even months, and 11 a.m. during odd months.
This active class focuses on topical programs with a biblical basis. Class members experience spiritual growth, spread God’s word and deeds in the community and around the world, and support each other in times of need. Social activities include small group and large group events. Members serve in various local and global missions. Although it is generally composed of ages 50’s through 70s, the class welcomes adults of and age and stage of life.
Large Room, Scout Hut
This is a nurturing and fun-loving class of parents with young and young adult children. Lively discussions accompany weekly lessons taught by class members or guest speakers. Members are very active in a variety of RUMC ministries, especially missions, children’s/youth programs, and lay leadership. Fellowship opportunities are plentiful: men’s and women’s socials and retreats, family outings, annual family camping trip, and an annual couples retreat.
Room 123-125, Chapel building
Women of Faith (All Ages)
Together this class serves and supports women of all age groups and from all walks of life in their journey for spiritual growth through interactive discussions, Bible study, and prayer. Their mission outreach extends to the Atlanta Women’s Day Shelter, Heart of Africa, and other missions.
Room 239, Sanctuary building
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