2018 Fall Small Group Opportunities

Small groups provide us with opportunities to connect with each other; to share the journey of knowing, loving and serving God; and to help us grow in our relationship with Jesus. Being part of a small group means having people we can talk with, depend on, and explore God's Word. If you are looking for a small group opportunity, we have many options to choose from. Some are starting soon!

SMALL GROUPS
NEW GROUPS FORMING FOR FALL 2018

Financial Peace University ~ Tuesdays 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM beginning October 2 // Room 217
Contact: Dave and Lynda Hassick at lyndahassick@gmail.com  or 484-809-3522
Millions have followed Dave Ramsey’s Baby Steps out of debt and into a life of saving and giving. You can too! Asbury is excited to offer Financial Peace University, a class providing best practices as presented by Dave Ramsey, America's most trusted voice on money, National best-selling author and radio host. In this class, volunteer coordinators will walk you through the basics of budgeting, dumping debt, planning for the future, and much more. Classes will meet Tuesday evenings at 6:30 PM for 9 weeks beginning October 2. To register, visit https://www.financialpeace.com/classes/1071460/registration (cost is $109). To learn more about Dave Ramsey, visit www.daveramsey.com.

Marriage 101 ~ Sundays 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM beginning October 7 // Room 217
Contact: Carol Collins at momofkaya@gmail.com or 610-395-5245
Designed for soon-to-be- and newly-married couples, this class will meet Sunday evenings at 6:30 PM for 8 weeks beginning October 7 (except 11/25/18). Carol Collins and Karl Kramer will facilitate this small group using the DVD/text/workbook series Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. Workbooks will cost $18/couple. Please contact Carol to register before 10/7 so workbooks can be ordered. Inquiries are also welcome!

New Book Study "Transformed" by Chip Ingram ~ Alternate Sundays 6:30 - 8 PM  beginning September 30 // Room 208
Contact: Cindy Brown at or 484-764-7695 or OR Linda Woolbaugh at  or 610-398-9370

God created you to grow, to change, to experience intimacy and adventure. Using Ephesians 4, learn how to move from the frustration of failure to the freedom you have in Christ. Year-long, 12-session small group study will meet alternate Sundays 9/30, 10/14, 10/28, 11/11, 11/25, 12/9; 6 spring dates TBD.

The Parables of Jesus Bible Study ~ Sundays 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM beginning September 30 // Room 215
Contact: Judy Ehninger at   or 610-442-3140
Jesus communicated deep spiritual truths through simple, vivid and engaging stories. Woven from the stuff of everyday life, the parables of Jesus made the kingdom of God understandable and accessible to his listeners. Beginning Sunday, September 30, this new interactive small group, in the Disciple Bible Study tradition, will meet for 7 weeks from 6:30 PM - 8:15 PM, giving new insights into His parables and their meanings that will help you to appreciate more fully their relevance for your own life. Study guide costs $6 and for each session will include maps and pictures, outlines, key Scripture verses, discussion questions, as well as a personal 5 day Bible study for each week. Contact Judy Ehninger to register or for more information.

Starting Point ~ Thursdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM beginning October 11 // Room 217
Contact: Pastor Eric Yeakel // To register email   or call the Church office at 610-398-2577
Whether you are new to the Christian faith, simply curious about it, or reexamining it after time away from church, you’ll appreciate the accepting, conversational, small group environment that this class offers. Starting Point is the ideal small group for those with questions about faith and those who want to learn more about the Bible and Christianity. Come as you are, be who you are, and build enriching connections with others as you explore who God is and what Christianity is really about. Pastor Eric will lead this class for 8 weeks beginning Thursday, October 11 (no class on Thanksgiving).

Women’s Book Study “Unexpected” by Christine Caine ~ Thursdays 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM beginning October 11 // Aldersgate Room
Contact: Tammy Yeakel at or 484-707-2266  
Asbury will be offering a five-week small group study based upon Christine Caine’s book Unexpected. In this five-session video Bible study, best-selling author Christine Caine shows that while most of us have been trained to fear the unexpected and want everything to be “under control,” God wants us to anticipate the unexpected with a faith-filled perspective rooted in trust. He has never been taken by surprise. We can move from a life filled with fear, control, and feeling stuck to one full of hope, faith, and trust. In an age of upheaval, we can still expect our God to be good and do good. We can trust God in the unpredictable circumstances of life by anticipating, welcoming, and even embracing the unexpected.

SMALL GROUPS
RETURNING GROUPS OPEN TO NEW ATTENDEES

ARMADA ~ Every other Sunday 5:30 PM beginning October 21 // Location varies
Contact: Jamie Snyder at or 610-349-3476

The ARMADA is an adult Bible study for 20s-30-somethings focusing on fellowship and deepening our faith. We will start meeting Sunday, October 21 and continue to meet every other Sunday evening through May. We meet in members' homes beginning at 5:30 PM for dinner and fellowship followed by a short Bible study.

Brewology ~ 2nd Tuesday of the month 7:00 PM // Allentown Brew Works
Contact: Pastor Eric Yeakel // No registration is required – simply join us!
Pastor Eric hosts this ongoing theological discussion forum called “Brewology” in a reserved room at the Allentown Brew Works on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. These gatherings are open to our congregation members as well as the community. Pastor Eric is hoping to engage in conversation with many non-churched and nominally-churched people who have various perspectives on matters of faith. We will get the conversations started with some broad theological questions but feel free to bring your own questions. Bring a friend, pull up a chair, and be ready to engage with people of varying religious traditions, philosophical perspectives and life experiences. You’ll be able to share your own thoughts and struggles while maybe learning something new along the way.

Families on the Grow ~ Meets various days/times/locations
Contact: Paul and Amy Wood at or 610-437-1862
Families on the Grow gathers for monthly fellowship events with families of all ages. Some events include gym night, Christmas caroling, progressive dinner, family camping and other fun activities. Our gatherings are usually held either at a member’s home or the church. New members are always welcome! 

Follow ~ Wednesdays 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM beginning September 12 // Room 215
Contact: Debbie Lynch at or 610-509-1906
Follow is a recently formed small group that began in spring 2017 after completion of the Starting Point program. This fall, we will be reading and studying The Book of James. Follow is a multi-age group of people who enjoy discussion and fellowship that meets on Wednesdays September through May (with time off around Christmas).

Friday Morning Men’s Group ~ Fridays 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM // Aldersgate Room
Contact: Fulton Brown at   or 610-662-0996
This group meets year round on Friday mornings from 6:30 AM - 8:00 AM for fellowship and study unless work and family commitments, travel or holidays warrant skipping a week. Our studies run the gamut from books of the Bible to cutting edge authors like Rob Bell...and sometimes, we just talk about what's going on in our lives. All opinions, perspectives and ages are welcome!

Grief Support Groups
Grief is a strong, sometimes overwhelming, natural reaction to loss. Grief is both a universal and a personal experience. While everyone’s experiences of grief will vary and is influenced by the nature of the loss (the death of a loved one, the ending of an important relationship, job loss, loss through theft or the loss of independence through disability) in these support groups, all losses are the same.  
Ongoing Option: Thursday Evenings 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM // Aldersgate Room
Contact: Bill Arnold, Director of Congregational Care, at   or 610-398-2577
Short-term Option: Monday Afternoons 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, November 5 - November 26 // Aldersgate Room
Contact: Doris Farrar at or 610-395-2749

Launching Into Bible Study ~ Wednesdays 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM beginning September 5 // Room 208
Contact: Carlen Blackstone at   or 484-767-5477
Launching Into Bible Study is designed as a gentle introduction to studying the Bible itself through small group interaction. It is open to anyone who wishes to know the Bible better. This year we will focus on the letters of Paul: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians (in that order). 

Let’s Read Together ~ 4th Wednesday of the month 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM // Room 210
Contact: Will Kratz at or 610-349-0009

As its name implies, the “Let’s Read Together” small group is made up of people who enjoy all kinds of reading. The group agrees upon a non-fiction or fiction book each month and rotates leadership for discussion. Since the group is comprised of people from different faith backgrounds, discussions frequently turn to theological interpretations and perspectives. The first book planned for this fall is Dead Wake by Eric Larson. New members are always welcome to join the discussions.

Mom’s Group ~ 2nd Tuesday of every month 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM // Location varies
Contact: Erin Forney at   
This group meets year round on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM for fellowship and play. The group is for both the children and moms of children who range from ages 2-6. It gives time for moms to fellowship and support one another while allowing children to get to know and grow up with their peers in the church. We have done a mom’s night and try to meet outside when the weather permits but vary our location and format to meet the needs of the group.

Monday Night Men’s Group ~ 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM beginning September 10 // Room 217
Contact: Dick McCreight at   or 610-395-2261
The Monday Night Men’s group meets on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 6:30 PM, September through early June. Our goal is to support each other as we seek to grow in our faith. Our studies typically include Bible studies or faith-based books.

New Horizons Small Group ~ 2018 Kick-off Meeting September 9 at 12:30 PM // Off-site
Contact: Tim and Tina Lebrecht at   or 610-298-8433
Started in 2017, New Horizons is a small group for parents of college-aged and/or adult children. This group meets monthly at members’ homes or at community events. The focus is on fellowship and connection through prayer. Would you like to learn more? Our second year will kick off with a football tailgate on Sunday, September 9 at 12:30 PM. Participants are invited to gather at the Lebrecht house sporting NFL apparel to support your preferred team. Please bring your favorite tailgate dish to share! New members are always welcome. If seeking more information or to RSVP, please contact Tina or Tim Lebrecht. 

P.E.P. Club (People Enjoying People) ~ 3rd Friday of the month 9:30 AM // Parlor 
Contact: Shirley Offutt at or 610-437-6503
The P.E.P. (People Enjoying People) Club is now open to adults of all ages. We gather from September through June on the 3rd Friday of the month. Social Time begins at 9:30 AM followed by a meeting and program (unless otherwise noted). Join us for our fall kick-off on September 21 at 9:30 AM for donuts & coffee, at 10:00 AM meeting comes to order, and at 10:15 AM Tigger the Magician will begin his presentation.

Sermon Questions for Small Groups ~ Will meet based on each individual group’s preference
For those interested in gathering with a few friends to dig deeper into the message given the previous Sunday in worship, Pastor Eric will provide questions based on the sermon topic for you to study and discuss together. For weekly questions, visit the “Our Sermon Series” pages posted under "Worship" or contact Pastor Eric at   or 610-398-2577.

Tuesday Morning Bible Study ~ Tuesdays 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM beginning September 11 // Room 108
Contact: Bill Arnold, Director of Congregational Care, at or 610-398-2577
The Tuesday Morning Bible Study will return on September 11 for one hour sessions of Bible exploration and time together. Beginning with an overview of the New Testament book of Hebrews, the group will explore the thirteen chapters of the Epistle to the Hebrews each week into December. Please join us any Tuesday as you are able. For more information – including a schedule, overview and questions for reflection – please contact Bill Arnold.

United Methodist Women Circles ~ Meet various days/times/locations
Contact:  or Cyndi Frank at
Join one of our Circles, be a part of our community of women, and help us make a difference in each other’s lives as well as those within our community. We have a variety of Circles that meet at different times and study various topics/books. If you are interested in joining a Circle, please visit the UMW page for more details. All women are welcome!

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES

Chrysalis ~ Sundays 9:30 AM // Room 215
Contact: Scott Hanton at   or 610-530-0248
The Chrysalis Sunday School class is a meeting place for adults to share and discuss on a variety of topics including: religion, church, society, history, and leadership. The Chrysalis class is largely self-led and self-directed. Sometimes a single question can trigger deep discussion about the topic for that Sunday. Generally, we study narrow topics for 2 weeks and then shift to a different topic. We develop the schedule of topics internally and vote on the topics to generate a schedule with the most interest to the most participants. Our class meets every Sunday morning at the Sunday School hour throughout the year. 

Henritzy Class ~ Sundays 9:30 AM // Room 204
Contact: Marsha Johnston at or 610-799-4429
The Henritzy Class is an informal class with enthusiastic discussions on lessons varying from Bible history to contemporary issues. Events such as progressive and Christmas dinners give members a chance to fellowship together.

New Sunday School Class ~ Sundays 9:30 AM // Aldersgate Room
Contact: Phil Hess at  or 610-391-9212
This class is geared toward individuals who cannot make a weekly commitment and is open to all. Feel free to drop in when your schedule permits. Topics vary according to whoever volunteers to lead that morning. Sometimes we discuss the sermon from the previous week. Sometimes we view a short video to stimulate discussion. Or we may choose to do a Bible study. 

Scheduled Topics:
9/16/18 - Learn the story behind the great hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" and how it relates closely to our current “In-Between Time” sermon series.

Pioneers ~ Sundays 9:30 AM // Room 217
Contact: Skip Slaski at   or 484-515-8292
The Pioneers School class gathers together each week and has good informal discussions about recent sermons. Monthly socials include game night, ice cream and mini golf, hiking, Christmas caroling, dinners, and more.

CHILDREN SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES 

Contact: Pam Unrath, Director of Children’s Ministries, at   or 610-398-2577
Children age 5-years-old through 5th grade are invited to attend our dynamic Sunday School program BLAST (Believe, Learn, And Seek Truth) during the 9:30 AM Worship hour. Children will gather for a worship experience in the Worship Center which includes prayer, music, Bible story and more. Then they are guided to age appropriate small groups where they continue to develop their knowledge of the Bible and their relationship with God. Children ages 3 & 4 years-old participate in SPARK, our Sunday School class in Room 233 designed to help young children know that God is their Creator and always loves them.

YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES

Contact: Aaron Forney, Director of Youth Ministries, at   or 610-398-2577
Youth in 6th through 12th grades are invited to attend Sunday School during the 9:30 AM Worship hour. Youth Sunday School is a chance for us to dig into our faith and dissect what it means for our lives, all while we get to know each other better as we work to live as part of God’s community. We’ll be talking about topics that we face in our daily lives and exploring where the life we live and the life God has for us intersect. Come as you are, but know that God is looking to change all of us in powerful ways.
Middle School Sunday School meets in Room 108 
High School Sunday School meets in the Youth Lounge 


If you would like to organize/lead a new small group, please contact to discuss your ideas. If you are currently leading a small group, and would like it to be listed on this page, please send us your information by filling out a Publicity Request Form with all of the details or emailing  .