Glenn Memorial UMC
Monday, December 22, 2014
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

Adult Classes, Bible Studies & Small Groups

Sunday School Members
Sunday School Members

Glenn offers diverse opportunities for adults, both on Sunday mornings and throughout the week. Whether you are looking to hear interesting lectures, engage in lively discussions, learn the basics in a Bible Study, or simply connect in a community of faith…there’s a place for you! For more information about any of these Sunday School classes, Bible Studies, or Small Groups, just call or e-mail!

The Education Team
Deborah Marlowe
John Wiley
Rev. Susan Pinson or 404.634.3936    

Advent Small Groups


The Education Team invites individuals & groups to read and share together:  Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Advent and Christmas with Charles Wesley. Books available to order online through Cokesbury, Amazon, or your book favorite retailer - ranging $5 (used) to $12 (new).  If you would like to have the church office order a book for you or to be connected with a small group to share together, contact Rev. Susan Pinson

Bible Study: According to Jim – a study of the epistle of James
Sundays, 6:15p - 7:30p, Oct. 12 - Nov 23, Room 422.
This 6-week class is an opportunity for students to explore the voice of James, someone who puts front and center a question about the Christian’s daily living – how important is it that my faith reach out and work? As the class studies the Scripture, there will be... great attention given to how the content of James parallels and informs historical Methodist theology and practice. Students will have the space to explore their own faith journey and connect daily, common practice with the Scriptural call of the text. Rev. Chris Terrell, a provisional elder and former intern with Wesley Fellowship, will be facilitating this class as a requirement for ordination in the Alabama-West Florida Annual Conference. Each session will be approximately one hour in length and weekly reading of the Biblical material is kindly requested. Students may bring a brown bag dinner – snacks will be provided from week to week on a surprise basis. If you are looking for a relatively short time commitment and enjoy meaningful conversation, we hope you will come and join this study as we see what faith looks like according to Jim!

Oct .12th – “Where are we?” (Introduction)
Oct. 19th – “Hello! Let’s get down to business…” (Ch. 1)
Oct. 26th – “The proof is in the pudding…” (Ch. 2)
Nov. 2nd – “What you say, you will be…” (Ch. 3 – 4.10)
Nov. 9th –  POSTPONED
Nov. 16th – “So, you think you’re ‘all that’…” (4.11-5.6)
Nov. 23rd - “You are because we are…” (5.7-20) 


Weekly opportunities:


Select Sundays at 9:45am in the Parlor. Connecting with the Christian faith, with other young adults, and with the larger community. Members include singles and couples, and most members are in their 20s or 30s. The class is informal, with a focus on Bible study, social gatherings, and service to the community. Take a look at their website here! Contact: Shelby Roberts & Dena Mellick glennnextcommunity@gmail.comYoung adults.


Sundays, 9:45am.  Includes topical Bible studies and discussions of issues related to faithful living. We are a welcoming, lively, and caring class seeking greater understanding of our faith tradition and our spiritual journey with God. Join us for conversation, study, and service. Contact: Gordon Boice at Middle Age & beyond.   
Upcoming Fall 2014 Highlights:  Discussion series to be led by John from the book Zealot by Reza Aslan and insights into the politics and cultural background of the Middle East from our own Charlie Hoff, former director of coverage for CNN/US and international correspondent in that area.


Sundays, 9:45am.  Formed in 1938, formerly The Couples Class, this is Glenn’s longest running Sunday School class. Named after the late Judson C. Ward, former Dean of Emory’s College of Arts and Sciences, who taught the class for many decades. Opens with a hymn-sing and follows with traditional Bible studies led by a rotating group of distinguished teachers. Contact Ellen Lynn at; 404-633-9268 Retirees.

THE NEW CLASS - Room 422 

Sundays, 9:45am. Now more than 10 years old, the New Class was formed to explore issues of faith in professional life. Class members have read and discussed books and articles on a variety of issues, including the Bible, ethics, Methodism, politics, ecclesiology and other faiths. The class often hosts guest speakers. Contact: Cindy Runyon at; 404-634-7881 . Young adults/Middle Age/Retirees.   
Fall 2014 Schedule:

Oct 19 thru Nov 9 - Bible Study led by John Freeman

Nov 16 & 23 - Jesus' Miracles - led by Dr. Rod Hunter

Dec 7, 14 & 21 - Advent Series with Rev. Dr. John Patton



Sundays, 9:45am. A group-centered experience in which members covenant to support each other's journey toward mature faith as Christians. Confidentiality is maintained to facilitate personal sharing. Contact: Allen Garrison at or Bob Gary at; 404-634-9865. Middle Age/Retirees.  



Sundays, 9:45am. A discussion group that focuses on diverse topics, books and articles as they relate to the faith journey. Pioneer traditions include occasional in-class Sunday breakfasts and holiday potlucks. Contact: John Bracewell at; 404-285-1864. Middle Age/Retirees. 

ECKO CLASS - Room 421

Sundays, 9:45am.  A small group gathering that centers around coffee and faith discussions. Contact: Irene Neely. Middle Age/Retirees.

LIVE N' LEARN - Room 419

Sundays, 10:00am. Classes this Fall will focus on what the Scriptures say about "following Jesus" and what that means for us today, led by Rev. Dr. Tom Elliott, professor from Candler School of Theology of Emory University.   Contact: Reid Mallard at; 404-636-6531. Young Adults/Middle Age.

THE WIRED WORD - Library - Room 309
Sundays, 9:45am. Real conversations about real life. Participants may receive an optional weekly e-mail about current events with suggested Scripture passages and then all are welcome to join us for discussion how current events affect our lives in light of our faith.  Thought-provoking conversations where it's okay to disagree and not have all the answers.  For more info, contact Shelley Rogers at or Elizabeth Ledet. Young Adults/Middle Age.

THE FRIENDSHIP GROUP – Older Adult Ministry

Meeting days/times varies. Older Adult Ministry – includes monthly day trips around Atlanta, seasonal retreats, guest speakers, and Tuesday lunches. Contact: Susan Pinson at; 404-634-3936. Click here to view more Older Adult Opportunities!  Retirees. 


Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm.  Follows Wednesday Nights @ Glenn schedule. Join with Ginny Tincher and Lindsey Amerson for confidential sharing, laughter, support, & prayer.  All women welcome – single, dating, married, working, mothering, in school, or any combination!  For more info, contact Ginny Tincher.


We Make the Road By Walking Book Study & Discussion Group

Wednesdays, 6:30-7:30pm in Room 401. All ages are welcome to be a part of a small group for weekly readings, Scripture, and discussion of our faith journeys.  We’ll be following Brian McLaren’s new book, We Make the Road by Walking. Each short weekly reading is accompanied by a set of Scripture readings, providing an overview of the biblical story and a fresh introduction or re-orientation to Christian faith as we explore how our faith is constantly forming, with discussions around what it means to live joyfully and responsibly in today’s world as agents of God’s justice, creativity, and peace. For more information, contact Brian Boettcher. Books available in the church office for $15 or copies available in the Church Library. 


TUESDAY MORNING DISCUSSION GROUP – Home of Stuart & Thelma Kingma.

Tuesdays, 8am. We read and discuss the Bible and books on theology and religion, as chosen by the group members. Contact: Deborah Marlowe at; 404-856-5508. Young/Middle Age/Retirees.


Wednesdays, 7:45am. A lectionary Scripture discussion group. Contact: Eric Reece at; 404-929-7376. Young/Middle Age.

LIBRARY OPEN HOURS - Mackay Library, Room 309

Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm.  Wednesdays, 5pm-7:30pm.  Sundays, 8am - 12:30pm. The newly updated library is open as a space to gather, read, fellowship, or simply enjoy a cup of coffee and check out books.   For questions about books and resources, feel free to contact our Librarian, Chris Pollette at


Coming in January:
Rebuilding: An Eight-Week Divorce Recovery Workshop for Women
Sundays, 3:30-5:00pm, Jan 11- March 1
Led by Karon Ferguson of Care & Counseling Center of Georgia
Covenant Bible Study
Sundays, 6:30-8:00pm, Jan 11- May 31
Led by John Patton, David McWilliams, and Josh Amerson
Personal Writing & Memoir Workshop
Sundays, 6:30-8:00pm, Jan 25- April 26
Led by Claire Asbury Lennox
Coming in February:
Methodism 101: A 4-week Sunday School Class
Open to all! Join your pastoral staff for conversations on what it means to be United Methodist.  Join us for all, a few, or just one class.  We’ll meet in the Ward Fellowship Hall on Sunday mornings from 9:45-10:45am, so come early for a cup of coffee and stay to meet new friends and old,  the Methodist way:  class meetings!
Feb 1 -   History of Methodism        Leader:  Rev. Blair Setnor
Feb 8 – Sacraments and Theology  Leader:  Rev. Dr. Alice Rogers     
Feb 15 – Polity                               Leader:  Rev. Josh Amerson
Feb 22 – Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness: All things GLENN!     Leader: Rev. Susan Pinson


Seasonal Options:

DISCIPLE Bible Study  For more information or to sign up, contact Jennifer Scott-Ward at or Rev. Susan Pinson at; 404.634.3936, ext. 103).  

ADVENT SMALL GROUPS (Winter) - Individuals & groups read and share an Advent book together during November and December

LENTEN SMALL GROUPS (Spring) - Groups gather to read and share a Lenten book together during March and April. 

SUMMER SUPPER GROUPS (Summer) - Each group meets several times June through August for food and fellowship.