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. The Institutes offered in conjunction with Asbury Seminary are College level courses so tuition fees do apply for those. 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 monthly)

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. Spring Class information is listed below, register for the class(es) that best fit your schedule & interest! If you are new to Coker, register HERE for our next Connecting at Coker Class.

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 

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 

In-Person: Ready to Launch…preparing your kids for God’s mission
Location:
Wesley 802
Dates: August 22 and 29, September 12 and 19, October 10, 17 and 24
Time: 11:00am-noon
Description: Most of us start out with great intentions for parentings our kids/youth especially in the area of spiritual development—only to discover that life with kids/youth is anything but a formula. Once immersed in the messiness of your days, we often realize that our best plans and pre-fabricated answers are not enough. Psalm 127 gives us a vision for how the gospel can shape our approach to parenting.
Materials: none
Class Contact: Cheryl Kendall, Cheryl.kendall@coker.org
Register online HERE
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Mondays

In-Person: Griefshare
Location:
Wesley Building 703/704
Dates: September 13-December 6
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: Carol Churchill, cechurchill@msn.com
Register Online HERE
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In-Person: The Book of Mark
Day and Time:
Mondays from 9:00 am – 10:45 am Beginning September 13, 2021 – February 28, 2022 (Breaks taken for Christmas and New Year’s)
Location: In-person in Wesley 802
Materials: Study Guide Book: Mark: 20 Studies for Individuals and Groups by NT Wright ISBN 978-0-8308-2182-2 (Available for purchase from Christian Books, Thrift Books, Amazon, and others – approximate cost $8-$10). This is a study guide to accompany the study of the entire book of Mark so participants will also need their Bibles.
Description: With a scholar’s mind and a pastor’s heart, NT Wright walks us through the book of Mark using his study guide designed especially with everyday readers in mind. This guide is designed to help us understand Scripture in fresh ways under the guidance of one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars. Thoughtful questions, prayer suggestions, and useful background and cultural information will guide us more deeply into God’s Word. These 20 lessons on Mark’s Gospel give us a fresh, true picture of Jesus and the kingdom he brought, that we might choose his solutions as we participate in his kingdom even today. This is a 20-week study that will run from September 13 – February 21 or 28 depending on what we decide as a group about the holiday season. Of course, everyone understands that you may have to miss occasionally. We will have several class facilitators during this study. All are welcome!
Class Contact: Elaine Hitzfelder elhitzfelder@gmail.com or 210-859-5264
Register Online HERE
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ONLINE: Finding I Am by Lysa TerKerust – (Class Size Limited to 12)
Location:
zoom
Dates: October 4 –November15
Time: 8:00 pm
Description: WHAT IS THE deep cry OF YOUR HEART?
That ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step you through it.

Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study, you will learn to:

· Trade feelings of emptiness and depletion for a more personal fulfillment from knowing who Jesus is.

· Stop living like a slave to your circumstances by training your heart to embrace the life-giving freedom God wants for you.

· Gain a better understanding of how Jesus’ words 2,000 years ago are so very applicable to the answers we are searching for today.

Materials: Books can be purchased from Lifeway $16.99 or Amazon $14.99
Class Contact: Cheryl Kendall, Cheryl.kendall@coker.org
Register Online HERE

Tuesdays

IN-PERSON: Introducing Eastern Orthodoxy by Andrew Louth
Location:
Wesley Building Room 804
Dates: September 7 –November 16
Time: 3:30 pm
Description: Most Christians know about the Roman Catholic Church and the many denominations under the heading of Protestant churches. But how much do you know about the Orthodox churches? You are invited to a deep and challenging course on the history, practice and theology of the Orthodox Churches. We will use the text Introducing Eastern Orthodoxy by Andrew Louth in our classes. Class format is part-teaching by Pastor Damon and part open discussion of the material which you read ahead of time.
Materials: Introducing Eastern Orthodoxy by Andrew Louth
Class Contact: Pastor Damon, pastordamom@coker.org
Register Online HERE
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ONLINE: Finding Jesus in movies no Christian should watch.
Location:
zoom
Dates: September 28 –November 16
Time: 7:00-8:00 pm
Description: Join us for some meaningful discussions about how movies we often don’t expect to be based on Biblical virtues and principles actually portray them in deeply meaningful ways.
Materials: none
Class Contact: Mark Humphrey, mark.humphrey@coker.org
Register Online HERE
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Wednesdays

ONLINE: John Chapters 4-6 via zoom
Location:
zoom (Zoom ID 964 3850 6825)
Dates: September 1 –October 6 (Individual preparation begins Aug 26)
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Description: In this 6-week study evidence and witnesses prove that Jesus is the Messiah who came to save. Studying 3 of the 7 miracles in the Gospel of John will show how his physical healing and abundant provision for people reflects His power to transform spiritually.
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.
Class Contact: Paula Fredrickson, lynnf265@gmail.com
Register Online HERE
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ONLINE or IN-PERSON: The Pastor’s Class (led by Pastors Adam and Damon)
Location:
In-Person and online, WH703/704
Dates: September 29 –October 20, October 27-November 17
Time: 6:30 pm
Description: A look at The Wesley Challenge by Chris Folmsbee. A four-week class using his textbook, video elements and open class discussion concerning 21 questions about your physical, emotional and spiritual lives pointed at creating “…a new kind of commitment, one that is more authentic, vulnerable, and soul-shaping, resulting in a renewed passion to discover deeper levels of commitment to God and others.”

That class will be followed by another four-week course using the book The Authenticity Challenge by Sarah Heath beginning Oct. 27. Again led by Pastors Adam and Damon (and offered in both online and in person formats) this course is a 21 day class focusing on a different challenge each day. As the book describes the course “Rather than longing for and chasing after somebody else’s life, you have to show up completely to your own life with honesty and courage.”

Materials: Book – The Wesley Challenge by Chris Folmsbee and The Authenticity Challenge by Sarah Heath
Class Contact: Barbara Keeper, Barbara.Keeper@coker.org
Register Online HERE
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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 & ONLINE: A look at the Letter of Paul to the Philippians
Location:
Wesley Building 804
Dates: September 9- November 18
Time: 10:00 am (online)
Description: A look at the Letter of Paul to the Philippians. This ten-week course, using the Lifechange workbook of the same name, takes a deep look at what appears to be four very simple chapters, packed with deep theological challenges. Taught by Pastor Damon and Les and Candy Mallonee, will involve addressing thought provoking questions offered by the authors as well as open discussion by class participants.
Materials: Lifechange workbook – A look at the letter of Paul to the Philippians
Class Contact: Pastor Damon, pastordamon@coker.org
Register Online HERE
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IN-PERSON: Noon Bible Study
Location:
Wesley Building 804
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: Pastor Damon, pastordamon@coker.org
Register Online HERE
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IN-PERSON: Surviving the Holidays
Location:
Wesley Building 703/704
Dates: November 4
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm
Description: This is a separate grief share stand alone session.
Materials: none
Class Contact: Carol Churchill, cechurchill@msn.com
Register Online HERE
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IN-PERSON: Financial Peace University
Location: Wesley Room 802
Dates: Wednesdays, Beginning Sept 22nd
Time: 6:30-8 PM
Description: Financial Peace University is a nine-lesson course that teaches you how to save for emergencies, pay off debt fast, spend wisely, and invest for your future. For over 25 years, Dave Ramsey’s been teaching commonsense, biblical money principles that work. Every time.
Class Contact: Debbie Garza at 2bhis@prodigy.net to register and for details.
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Fridays

ONLINE: Exploring faith in the books of great cultural voices – via zoom
Location:
zoom
Dates: October 1 –November 19
Time: 10:00-11:00 am
Description: Join us for a reading group that explores the books of thinkers like Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung, Jordan Petersen, and a range of thought-provoking authors.
Materials: none
Class Contact: Mark Humphrey, mark.humphrey@coker.org
Register Online HERE
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