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Short Term Classes

Our short-term groups give participants many opportunities during the year to choose a curriculum to help them grow in their faith journey, and meet and mix with other believers. Groups are any time between two to twelve weeks and open to the public.

CLASSES

Sunday

Membership
Sundays | September 13 - October 18 | 9:45 - 10:45 am | Conference Room B
Interested in learning about becoming a member of FUMC Peoria, what it means to be a Methodist, and how you can deepen your relationship with Christ and our community of faith?  This six week study of "A Disciple's Path" is a good place to find answers.  Pastor Carrie Carnes will host an introductory dinner at her home on Friday, September 11 at 6:00 pm.  Register on the church website or call the church office at 309-673-3641.

Tuesday

1 Peter: Stand Strong by Bill Hybels
Tuesdays | September 8 - October 20 | 9:30 - 11:00 am | Room L65
 “In the book of 1 Peter, you and your small group will find a rock-solid basis for living in a precarious and uncertain world. God offers you hope, love, purpose, service, submission, and victory. You can stand strong against the flood as you anchor yourself to the bedrock of Jesus Christ.”
Cost:  $6.50
Class Leader:  Laure Ferguson
Register:  Register on-line at this link or contact the church office at 309-673-3641 by August 23.

Wednesday

Philippians: Run the Race by Bill Hybels
Wednesday | September 9 (4-6 weeks) | 4:30 - 6:00 pm | Room L69
Do you need energy and refreshment for the race of life?  In Philippians, you will find all you need to run with strength and confidence.  If you desire joy beyond measure, perseverance, a servant's heart, hope for the future, a peace beyond understanding, and a lasting contentment, look no further than Philippians.
Class leader:  Jane Boyd
Cost $7.00 (Scholarships available)
Register:  Register on-line at this link or contact the church office at 309-673-3641.

The Book of James
Wednesday  | September 9 & 30, October 14 & 28, November 11 (five sessions)  | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Room L74
Bring your Bibles for a study of the book of James.  This class is open throughout the five week study.
Class leaders:  Rich and Vicki Schurter
Register:  Register on-line at this link or contact the church office at 309-673-3641.

Christian Believers
Wednesday | September 9 | 7:00 - 9:00 pm |  Room L65
 Have you ever sung a hymn or recited a creed and asked, "Why do we say that?" Discover the church's answer to questions that grow out of human life and Christian experience as you study church history and doctrine in this in-depth look at the classical doctrines.”
Cost:  $45 (Scholarships available)
Class Leader:  Rev. Christy Phillips
Register: Register on-line at this link or contact the church office at 309-673-3641. Registration closes September 13.

Companions in Christ
Wednesdays | September 9 - October 14 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Room L62
Are you yearning for a deeper experience of God? Would you like to be part of a small group of people with whom you can share questions of faith? Come walk with COMPANIONS in Christ.  Session One, titled "Embracing the Journey: The Way of Christ," is an exploration of spiritual formation as a journey toward wholeness and holiness, individually and in community, through the grace of God.  Registration for this study is open throughout the session.
Cost:  $20 (Scholarships available) (This book includes all Companions in Christ sessions)
Class Leader:  Pastor Carrie Carnes
Register:  Register at fumcpeoria.org or contact the church office at 309-673-3641

The Epic of Eden with Dr. Sandy Richter
Wednesday | September 9 for 12 weeks | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Room L70
This study provides an overview of the Old Testament.  Does your knowledge of the Old Testament feel like a grab bag of people, books, events and ideas? How many times have you resolved to really understand the OT?  To finally make sense of it? Perhaps you are suffering from what Sandra Richter calls the "dysfunctional closet syndrome." If so, she has a solution. Like a home-organizing expert, she comes in and helps you straighten up your cluttered closet. Dr. Richter gives you hangers for facts, a timeline to put them on, and handy containers for the clutter on the floor. Plus she fills out your wardrobe of knowledge with exciting new facts and new perspectives. The whole thing is put in usable order--a history of God's redeeming grace-- a story that runs from the Eden of the Garden to the garden of the New Jerusalem. Whether you are a frustrated do-it-yourselfer or a beginning student enrolled in a course, this book will organize your understanding of the Old Testament and renew your enthusiasm for studying the Bible as a whole.
Cost:  $18 (Scholarships available)
Class Leader:  Pastor Bob Phillips
Register: Register at fumcpeoria.org or contact the church office at 309-673-3641

Libro de los Hechos (Book of Acts) - Bilingual
Wednesday | September 2 - October 7 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Conference Room C
Un estudio biblico de los hechos del Espiritu Santo y la formacion de la Iglesia Christiana.  A Bible study of the Acts of the Holy Spirit and the formation of the Christian Church.
Cost:  No cost, bring your Bible and notebook
Class leaders:  Pastor Adrian Garcia and Church Bohannan

La Iglesia: Un Concepto Mejor - Spanish only
Wednesday | September 9 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Worship Center
Leader:  Rosy Rios

Nurva Vida en Cristo - Spanish only
Wednesday | September 9 | 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Shalom Room
Leaders:  Augustin and Claudia Galindo

Thursday

GriefShare
Thursdays | 6:30 - 8:00 pm | July 2 - September 24 | Bride's Room
Move from mourning to joy!  GriefShare is a weekly support group for people grieving the death of someone close to help you face these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Video lessons combine with group discussion to provide hope, support and healing.  You don't have to grieve alone.  Register on-line at this link or by calling the church office at 309-673-3641.

Christian Believers
Thursdays | September 10 | 9:00 - 11:00 am | Room L65
 Have you ever sung a hymn or recited a creed and asked, "Why do we say that?" Discover the church's answer to questions that grow out of human life and Christian experience as you study church history and doctrine in this in-depth look at the classical doctrines.”
Cost:  $45 (Scholarships available)
Class Leader:  Rev. Christy Phillips
Register:  Register on-line at this link or contact the church office at 309-673-3641. (Class size is limited to 15 participants.)

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