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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Online & In-Person: Church Drama
September 11th. We will begin a new 4-week-message series titled “Church Drama” where we unpack inner struggles, relational struggles, community conflicts, and more!

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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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Women’s Bible Study: Looking For Lovely…Collecting the Moments that Matter by Annie F. Downs
Location: Zoom
Dates: Feb. 13th-Mar. 27th
Time: 8:00 PM
Description: Looking For Lovely…Collecting the Moments that Matter by Annie F. Downs.

As Christians, we are not promised lives of ease.  And only when we learn to spot the lovely in the midst of hardship can we experience the transcendent peace of
God that keeps us persevering when we want to give up.  In this 7-week Bible study, Annie examines the ordinary people of the Bible—fishermen, farmers, musicians, women—to discover how they sought beauty in their everyday lives to hold on to the hope of God’s perfect timing.

Materials: Looking For Lovely…Collecting the Moments that Matter by Annie F. Downs. Books can be purchased from Amazon or Lifeway.
Class Contact: The class is facilitated by Cheryl Kendall and is limited to 15 participants.  Please email Cheryl, cheryl.kendall@coker.org
Register: REGISTRATION 

IN-PERSON: The Letter to the Ephesians Bible Study

Location: Wesley 703/704
Dates: Jan. 9th-Apr. 3rd; no class on Jan. 16th
Time: 9-10:45 AM
Description:

Exiled from Israel and held as a political prisoner for Christ on his way to Rome, Paul had something to say to the believers in Ephesus and Asia Minor. He had spent over three years ministering in the region. He had lived there, preached there, been persecuted there, bled there, and nearly died there.

Yet, as we learn in The Letter to the Ephesians, Paul’s confidence did not waver, his faith and vision never faltered: God had acted decisively in Christ to unify people and establish the church assembly, the people of God set apart and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

This 12-week study Dr. Fred Long takes learners through Paul’s grand vision of the Church as Christ’s body, a people called to be holy and blameless in love. As the political head of the Church Body, Christ exemplifies virtue, and the church aspires to grow to be like him in sacrificial love and service. Paul, as an ambassador of Christ in chains, depicts the church assembly as a holy temple filled with God, Christ, and the Spirit, and then stands firm wearing divine armor ready to withstand all evil forces and to spread the peace of the gospel of Christ to the whole world.

Materials Book: The Letter to the Ephesians Study Book by Frederick J Long.  Purchase from Seedbed.com for $14.95 + tax and shipping 

Class Contact: The class is facilitated by Elaine Hitzfelder.  Please email Elaine, elhitzfelder@gmail.com or via cell at 210-859-5264.
Register: Winter/Spring 2023 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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IN-PERSON: Strengthening the Families- Talks
Location:Coker UMC
Dates: Oct 5, 12, 19, & 26
Time: 7 – 8 pm
Description:  Strengthening The Families-Talk Series is presented by The Vine Wellness Group:
Parents, Grandparents, and Caregivers, join us for a 4- part series from
7-8 pm on Wednesday nights in October (elementary thru high school parents/caregivers are encouraged to attend).

Conversations will include:
Oct 5 : Communication
Oct 12 : Boundaries
Oct 19 : Navigating Tech
Oct 26 : Developing emotional maturity in your child/teen

More Details on Each Topic, Include:
Oct 5: Boundaries- based on Boundaries with kids/teen from Cloud/Townsend.

Oct 12: Communication: general dos/donts that help to foster open trusted conversation with kids/teens

Oct 19: Navigating tech: helping parents parent in a world of technology, keeping kids safe through open communication and knowledge of tech dangers/limits. Helping kids/teens learn their own internal sense of safety with tech through parent guidance.

Oct 26: Emotional maturity: helping parents understand the characteristics of emotional maturity not only in themselves but to help develop in their kids to help families be able to have trusted open communication and relationships.

For additional details, Contact Cheryl.Kendall@coker.org

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IN-PERSON:Holy Yoga
Location:Wesley Building 702
Dates: October 12 – November 16th
Time: 6:30-8 pm
Description:  Holy Yoga is a Christ-centered yoga practice.  Robin Gray will be leading this class. She specializes in different breathing techniques and integrating poses or “flows” with those techniques to relax and connect with God’s love.  Robin enjoys offering scripture and prayer through the practice. Physical modifications are demonstrated to include all levels of abilities. Her classes is joyfully designed with the intention that people leave feeling strengthened in Spirit, soul and body.  Wear comfy clothes and bring yoga mat, water and yoga block if desired. Cost is $20 for up to 6 sessions. Tipping is optional.

Register: Click HERE to Register

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IN-PERSON:Coker Endurance Team
Location:Coker UMC
Dates: September 14 – May 24
Time: 6 pm
Description:  Join the Coker Endurance Team as we build our endurance to run or walk the race set before us.  A weekly group that will begin with a devotional and inspirational warm up before taking to the Salado Creek Greenway.  All abilities welcome.

Contact Mike Porter to RSVP and for additional details! Mike: mikeportercpa@att.net

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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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