Short-Term Small Groups
■ 3rd Thursday Book CLub, 7-8:30PM
Join us on 3rd Thursdays (beginning March 16) from 7-8:30PM (childcare provided) to discuss a book each month. This small group is for you if you enjoy reading and learning about new things, like to share ideas in a safe space, look forward to building friendships, and want to feel empowered to know more about the world around you. The first discussion will be on We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. (Read the book for the month prior to the monthly meeting.) We will hold a brief informational meeting on Sunday, Feb. 12 at 11:30AM. You can purchase a copy of the book then – or pick one up on your own!
Facilitators: Sarah Snow & Kelly Stewart
(Upcoming Books: April: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai;
May: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly)
■ S4 Small Group (Safe Space for Sacred Study)
Mondays, 7-9PM, Begins January 23
"Ever feel like Jesus has been kidnapped by the Christian Right and discarded by the Secular Left? Saving Jesus Redux is... a 12-session DVD-based small group exploration of a credible Jesus for the third millennium."
Leader: Audrey Romasco
■ Getting to Know Burke UMC April 30, 11:30AM-1:30PM
Getting to Know Burke UMC: Lunch April 30, 11:30-1:30
If you would like to know more about United Methodism and Burke UMC we invite you to join us for lunch and discussion on April 30. Pastor Jason and Katie Webster will teach this fun and informative class that covers the basics and invites your questions. Childcare is provided! Sign up in the entryway.
Bible Study &
piritual Development Small Groups
■ HOPE: Adult Study Class Sundays, 10:30AM
Open to anyone; join any time! Using a variety of books, this class engages in conversation, questioning, and the opportunity to learn and grow together. Leader: Audrey Romasco
■ GIFT (Growing In Faith Together) Sundays, 10:30AM
Room 5 “Wesley Room”
Using the Uniform Adult Bible Study series, this class
studies scripture and considers how the gospel can be
applied in daily life. Leaders: Tom & Keri Cook; Kenny Robeson
■ Joy Class Sundays, 10:30AM
Room 6 “The Well”
Topical discussion and fellowship for adults. New members are always welcome. This class does not meet on Family Worship Sundays and takes a break over the summer when school is not in session. Their first book of the fall will be How Jesus Saves the World From Us by former Burke UMC Assoc. Pastor, Rev. Morgan Guyton.
Leader: Mary Houck
■ Barnabas Ministry Time: TBD
Barnabas Ministry is a ministry of listening and encouragement unique to Burke UMC. The focus of the program is: engaging in authentic spiritual conversation fostering a deeper awareness of God; practicing various forms of prayer and other spiritual disciplines; enhancing spiritual leadership through practices of listening and discernment; and, appreciating how God is uniquely present in and through each individual. Contact Wendy Hudson, Ellen Quisenberry or Jacque Flynn with questions.
■ Monthly Women's Supper 1st Thursdays,7:00PM
Join other women for a free meal, fellowship, fun, and a message. Women's Supper is an awesome opportunity to meet other women and grow in your relationship with Christ! No need to sign up—just show up! Child care is provided. Leader: Katie Webster
■ Men's Spirituality Group
Reflection Room (Beside Sanctuary)
1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7:30PM
A study, discussion, and fellowship group especially for men. You may join the group at any time.
Leader: Ross Kendall
■ Women in Study (WIS) Thursdays, 10:00-11:30AM
(Begins Sept. 8)
WIS uses Cokesbury’s Adult Bible Study to engage in fun & lively conversation. Join any time! Women of every age are welcome. Leader: Katie Webster
■ United Methodist Men 3rd Saturdays, 8:00AM
Enjoy breakfast, program, and fellowship. All men are
welcome. Bruce Tiso is president.
■ Centering Prayer Sundays, 7:00PM
Centering prayer is a form of silent contemplation. This small group learns about spiritual disciplines surrounding prayer, practices them, and works to love and support one another as they grow their prayer life together and as individuals. All are welcome! Leader: John Richards
Care & Support Small Groups
One of the most important things we want to offer one another is the assurance that we are not alone as we face life's trials. BUMC's ministries of care and support offer that assurance.
■ Stephen Ministry
Stephen Ministers reach out with God's love and a listening ear to people who are experiencing all kinds of needs and circumstances, such as grief, divorce or other relationship issues, or personal crisis. Contact the church office to learn more.
■ DivorceCare Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00pm
For those who are separated, newly divorced, or working on divorce-related issues. Come any time! Childcare is available upon request.
Leaders: Bob Pedersen & Casey Sutcliffe
■ Prayer Shawl Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00PM
or Wednesdays 10:30AM-Noon Shawls are made and dedicated as symbols of God's comfort, in the midst of warm fellowship.
Coordinator: Louise Gunderson
■ Cards of Comfort Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00am
Cards are designed, created, and sent to individuals on BUMC's concerns list, those celebrating special events, and deployed military.
Leader: Kathy Nash
■ Military Fellowship
Active-duty military families are invited to a potluck lunch (unless otherwise advertised), special events, and a time of fellowship and fun! This group is about friendship, mutual support, and prayer.
For more information, contact Anne Sawin.
■ Art Group
Every Friday from 10AM-Noon, local artists are invited to bring their own supplies (any media) and work on their individual projects. The group critiques one another (if suggestions or thoughts are wanted), otherwise they support one another in their artistic efforts and build community as they get to know one another. This group has been meeting for over 15 years! You are welcome at any time!
Coordinator: Carie Cole
Health & Fitness Small Groups
■ Running Fellowship: BUM Runners
Join a group of encouraging and supportive runners (& walkers) who gather at BUMC every Saturday to enjoy a time of exercise together! For more information, contact email@example.com
Leader: Robert Greenwood
Music & Worship Small Groups
■ Chancel Choir Wednesdays, 7:30pm
Chancel Choir is open to all adults. No audition is required. You do not have to read music to participate. New members are always welcome. Directed by Tammy Zerbo
■ Celebration Ringers Handbell Choir
Rehearses Mondays at 7:30pm
The Celebration Ringers adult handbell choir enhances our worship services regularly, and participates in clinics and special performances in the area. New members are always welcome. Musical literacy is preferable, but not required. Directed by Rob Aughtry