Groups

Connect in life-giving Community

At Coker we know that you want to be in community and feel connected to others. Since 1883, we have been helping people connect into life-giving community. One of the ways we do that is by inviting you to join an online, on-demand, or in-person group. Various groups are offered this Spring. See class listings and sign-up below or, for more information, e-mail Rev Damon Relder at DRelder@Coker.org.

Note: If you are new to Coker please register for our next Connecting at Coker HERE (Log-In Information will be sent to you). Most of our classes are free or ask you to purchase certain materials. For details on any classes or how to best connect, contact: Barbara.Keeper@coker.org

Connecting at Coker

FOR THOSE NEW TO COKER: Connecting at Coker (A one time class offered the last Sunday of the month from 10:15-10:50 am)

At Coker UMC we know that you want to be in community. In order to do that, you need a church that helps you feel connected. The problem is that churches can be hard to navigate which makes you feel alone in the crowd or without clear next steps. We believe you deserve to be welcomed, seen, known, and walked with. We understand that making friends at church can be hard which is why, since 1883, we have been helping people connect into life-giving community. Here’s how we do it: We invite you to attend a Connecting at Coker Class and we invite you to join a group and/or class within Coker. Class information is listed below, register for the class that best fits your schedule! If you are new to Coker, register HERE for our next Connecting at Coker Class.

Support Groups

Support Groups

Coker offers support groups throughout the week. Click Here to see the list of classes available, days, and times. Note: Nursery is available Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sundays

In-Person: Coker Kids & Coker Youth
For details on Coker Kids and Coker Youth Sunday Morning happenings, contact Family Ministries Director, Cheryl Kendall at Cheryl.Kendall@coker.org 

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Online & In-Person: Sunday School Classes
Led by: Various Teachers
Sunday school classes are currently meeting throughout the day on Sundays and throughout the week. For times, days, log-in details, and to know which class is a good fit for you- reach out to Barbara.Keeper@coker.org 

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Mondays

IN-PERSON: Griefshare
Location: WH 703/704
Dates: September 12-December 5, 2022
Time: 1-3 pm
Description: WHO:  anyone experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one
WHAT:  a video-based grief recovery curriculum with workbook and support group discussions
Materials: $20 for required workbook (Scholarship is available if needed)
Class Contact: Please email Carol Churchill, cechurchill@msn.com
Register: Click HERE to Register

Surviving the Holidays: this is a separate session held on November 17, 2022, 5-7 pm in WH 703/704

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Fall Women’s Bible Study: It’s All Under Control by Jennifer Dukes Lee
Location: Zoom
Dates: Sept. 19th-Oct. 24th
Time: 8:00 PM
Description: It’s All Under Control by Jennifer Dukes Lee……a 6 week guided journey of letting go, hanging on and finding a peace you almost forgot was possible.

Embark on a six-week journey to letting go of the things you can’t control, finding the strength to hang on tighter to those you can―and finally learning how to tell the difference.
If you’re like most women, you have been trying to hang on tight, so you can get life right. Jennifer Dukes Lee has written this Bible study workbook especially for you. Over the course of this study, you’ll

  • Uncover surprising truths from the life of Jesus about busy-ness, obedience, and asking for help
  • Discover five major reasons that keep us from trusting God―and how to overcome them
  • Make healthier, wiser decisions about how to spend your time and energy
  • Find practical exercises and Scriptural truths to guide you in living a life of surrender to God.

This isn’t a journey to “doing less;” it’s about becoming more of who God has truly created you to be. This workbook, for small groups or individual study, is a companion resource to the book It’s All under Control (sold separately).

Materials: We will use the study guide (blue) and can be purchased on Amazon.  Optional to purchase is the book (pink).
Class Contact: The class is facilitated by Cheryl Kendall and is limited to 12 participants.  Please email Cheryl, cheryl.kendall@coker.org
Register: Fall Women’s Bible Study

IN-PERSON: Elijah by Priscilla Shirer
Location: Wesley 703/704
Dates: Sept. 13th-Dec. 19th
Time: 9-10:45 AM
Description: Would you like to

  • understand the value of seasons of growth and testing in your spiritual maturity,
  • be encouraged to wait on God’s good work in your heart and mind, even in seasons when you feel like no one sees, and
  • learn to trust in the goodness and faithfulness of God and His purposes for your life?

Then this study of Elijah is for you. We will journey together through the life and times of the prophet Elijah to discover how the fire on Mount Carmel was forged in the valley of famine. And how the emboldened, fiery faith you desire is being fashioned by God in your life right now.

Materials: Elaine has a few books available. Books are $16.99 plus a $3 fee to cover the cost of the DVD used for the study. You can order your own book from Amazon or Lifeway, and pay Elaine the $3 DVD fee when you come to the first class.
Class Contact: The class is facilitated by Elaine Hitzfelder and Leanne Estes.  Please email Elaine, elhitzfelder@gmail.com.
Register: Fall 2022 Bible Studies

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Tuesdays

IN-PERSON: God and the Problem of Evil by Chad Meister
Location: WH802
Dates: Introduction on September 6th (syllabus will be handed out) and then 10-week class to follow
Time: 3:30-5 pm
Description: Have you ever wondered – Where did evil come from? Why does God allow evil? Is evil necessary to understand God’s goodness?  These are classic questions to the origin and activity of what we call “evil”. This class explores the five most prevalent views on the topic of evil and provides a counter-argument to each of the five views. The class is based on the book, along with notes provided by Pastor Damon, and heavily driven by class discussion and debate. This tends to be a very challenging and deeply academic class on theology, so come ready to work hard and think deep.

Materials: Book “God and the Problem of Evil” by Chad Meister
Class Contact: Please email Pastor Damon, pastordamon@coker.org.
Register: Click HERE to Register

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ONLINE: Finding Jesus in Movies No Christian Should Watch
Location: zoom
Dates: Sept. 13th – Nov. 15th
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
Description: This class has been a popular one to be a part of in past months.  Join us as we explore a new set of movies this fall for some lively conversation!
Materials: none
Class Contact: Please email Mark Humphrey, mark.humphrey@coker.org.
Register: Click HERE to Register

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Wednesdays

ONLINE Hebrews via Zoom
Location: Zoom ID 964 3850 6825
Dates: September 14-October 5 (Individual preparation begins Sept 8)
Time:  1:00-2:00 pm
Description: This 4-week study explains how to enjoy rest and growth when times get hard.  Only one remedy resolves daily troubles with religious rules, conflicts, faulty traditions, sin, fear and doubt.
Materials: We will use the free app, Wordgo, which may be used on a smartphone or tablet.  The study includes 5 days/wk of individual scripture study, 2-3 questions, optional study notes, and one weekly audio lecture, all contained in the app and completed at the participant’s convenience. The program customizes the material to the amount of time (10, 15, or 30 minutes/day) each participant chooses.
Contact: Paula Fredrickson, lynnf265@gmail.com
Register: Click HERE to Register

ONLINE 1-2 Thessalonians via Zoom
Location: Zoom ID 964 3850 6825
Dates: November 9-November 16 (Individual preparation begins Nov 3)
Time:  1:00-2:00 pm
Description: This 2-week study leads us to live for Jesus.  New facts and images delivered daily in our world shake our views on life’s meaning, suffering and justice.  Whatever comes, God secures believers in His unshakable fellowship of peace, grace and love.
Materials: We will use the free app, Wordgo, which may be used on a smartphone or tablet.  The study includes 5 days/wk of individual scripture study, 2-3 questions, optional study notes, and one weekly audio lecture, all contained in the app and completed at the participant’s convenience. The program customizes the material to the amount of time (10, 15, or 30 minutes/day) each participant chooses.
Contact: Paula Fredrickson, lynnf265@gmail.com
Register: Click HERE to Register

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IN-PERSON: Financial Peace University
Location: WH802
Dates: September 21st – November 16th
Time: 6:30-8 pm
Description:  Take control of your money with Financial Peace University! This nine-lesson class uses biblical wisdom and common sense to help you tackle budgeting, pay off debt, and make your money work for you! You can sign up for this class and start your 14-day free trial of Financial Peace at fpu.com/1152494.

Materials: Promotional Materials

Class Contact: Debbie Garza at 2bhis@prodigy.net or (817) 789-8474

Register: Click HERE to Register

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Thursdays

ONLINE: Prayer Time
Led By: Robyn Myers & David Smith
The prayer team meets weekly to pray over one another and over Coker as a whole. We continue in prayer over where God is sending us in ministry work, over how to reach out and be in meaningful community, how to extend a hand of healing through the power of the Holy Spirit, over individual ministry areas and over individuals. Robyn sends out a weekly scripture for us to center on and David reads a devotional as he feels led before we open up for prayer. All are invited to pray out loud or quietly in their own hearts- however you feel led. All are welcome, e-mail Robyn for the Zoom log-in.
Contact Robyn: robynmyers@satx.rr.com

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IN-PERSON: Noon Bible Study – in person
Location: WH804
Dates: ongoing
Time: 12 pm
Description: Did you know there is one class that has been meeting almost weekly for nearly 20 years now? Somewhat hidden but always powerful and occasionally filled with laughter, this class has been meeting on Thursdays at noon on campus in Wesley 804 for years. No book other than your Bible is needed as the class is an open discussion look at the passage which will be used by the pastors for their sermon on the upcoming Sunday. The Scripture of the day is read aloud and the opening questions is always “What are your first thoughts?” usually followed by details about Hebrew or Greek, questions about history or culture, and ending up with “What difference does all this make to my faith?” Come join us any time you can.
Materials: Bring your bible
Class Contact: Please email Pastor Damon, pastordamon@coker.org.
Register: Click HERE to Register.

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Fridays

ONLINE: Fascinating Reads, Meaningful Discussions
Location: Zoom
Dates: September 16th – November 18th
Time: 10 AM
Description: Join us on Friday mornings for some in-depth conversations relating modern literature to the biblical times.
Materials: TBD
Class Contact: Please email Mark Humphrey, mark.humphrey@coker.org.

To RegisterClick Here to Register

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