West End United Methodist Church

All are welcome to participate in Sunday Morning Classes (aka “Sunday School”) each week. These groups span every stage of life and encompass various points along the spiritual journey. Classes meet at 9:45 AM unless noted otherwise in their descriptions. We hope you will join us as we deepen our relationships with God and one another! Some classes are currently meeting online or in hybrid format. Please email class contacts for Zoom online meeting links.

 

Open Study – Room LL2 (Online Option Available)

Class Description: Intergenerational discussion; progressive as it explores faith and contemporary issues while practicing mission and justice.

Current Focus: September 12 - October 3, 2021, we will take a look at health care, well being, and the nature of health care from the time of Jesus and how health care has changed and what to expect from the future. Featured facilitators include Trey Harrell, Betsy Haye, and Scott Wolfe. 

Contacts: Judy Helfer, judy.helfer@gmail.com                                                                           Phyllis Sells, thesells836@gmail.com

 

Sine Nomine – Room LL5

Class Description: The time for this class is designed for Chancel Choir members, but all are welcome. 9:40 - 10:20 a.m. The class is led by a variety of leaders on a wide range of topics. (Class Currently on Hiatus)

 

The Quest – Room 305 (Online Only for Fall 2021)

Class Description: The Quest is a book study group, and the format is class participation and discussion. Adults of all age groups attend. The class is composed of both married people and singles; and both men and women.

Contacts: John Ahner, john.f.ahner@vanderbilt.edu                                                              Mary Mitchell, mmmitchell207@gmail.com

 

Discourse and Discovery – Room 306 (Online Option Available)

Class Description: Intergenerational community of strength, acceptance, and support linking faith and spirituality to events in our lives.

Current Focus: On September 5 and 19, 2021 we will discuss the book "In Defense of Kindness." On September 12, 2021, David Beers will present on UMC polity and human sexuality. On September 26, Tom Lee will lead discussion on the lectionary Scripture for the week.

Contacts: Ed Zinkiewicz, edzspoons45@gmail.com                                                                 Anita Schmid, anitaschmid350@gmail.com

 

Christians Under Construction – Room 307 (Online Only for Fall 2021)

Class Description: Energetic baby boomers, both singles and couples, who enjoy diverse studies and loose structure.

Contact: Robert Brown, robert37204@gmail.com

 

Foundations – Room 310 

Class Description: Foundations is a class of young married couples and growing families on a journey to building lasting relationships with both our spouses and each other by friendship,  fellowship and studying the word of God.

Contacts: Molly Myer, mcallistermolly@gmail.com                                                                Josh Roberts, joshua.broberts@gmail.com

 

College Lunch @ Noon

Join the undergrad and graduate student community for lunch and faith discussions following the late worship service. They gather each week in Reed Hall.

 

Mosaic – Room 317 (Online Option Available)

Class Description: A group of 20 and 30 somethings who come from various walks of life as we share the journey of spiritual growth together, we are a combination of singles and couples, with and without kids. We are truly a “mosaic” of younger adults doing our best to be disciples of the God known in Jesus Christ whose boundary-breaking love shapes our lives. 

Current Focus: In Fall 2021, we will be disucssing the book "Faith After Doubt" by Brian McLaren. We will explore points from 2-3 chapters each Sunday from August 22 - October 10. We will not meet on Labor Day (September 5).

Contact: Nick Deitmen, nick.deitmen@gmail.com

 

Benton Restoration – Room 318

Class Description: Primarily comprised of couples in their early to mid-30’s, this class seeks to walk in faith together as we dig deeply into biblical and topical studies together. We seek connection to other couples at WEUMC while honoring the busyness of one another’s lives.  Come as you are and as you are able! 

Current Focus: From August 8 - September 12, 2021, Liz McAnally will lead a 6-week study on marriage and faith. Beginning on September 19, Sarah McCain will lead a 4-week study on the Gospel of Mark. 

Contact: Katie Ward, kk.watson@comcast.net

 

Cokesbury – Room 319 (Online Option Available)

Class Description: Mature adults engaging in lively Christian conversation within a  community of love, grace, and humor.

Current Focus: In August, guest teacher Victor Judge will lead the class on the "The Enduring Chill" by Flannery O'Connor. In September, our class will be lead by Fern Richie.

Contact: Bill Bayer, wbayer@bayerarchitect.com

 

Bible and Spirit – Room 320 (Online Option Available)

Class Description: Midlife and Mature adults focused on biblical themes or subjects with the intention of learning, personal application, and spiritual growth.

Current Focus: Fern Richie will lead class in September 2021. Rev. James Sewell will teach in October 2021.

Contacts: Nancy Jones, nancypj@bellsouth.net                                                                       Sue Smith, suedsmith@comcast.net

 

Making Room – Room 321

Class Description: Married couples in their 30’s with or without children gathering for topic studies, monthly potlucks, and volunteer opportunities.

Contacts: Jodie Gambill, jodie.gambill@gmail.com                                                                Brent Clark, BrentClark@hcahealthcare.com

 

Saints and Sinners - Room 322 (Online Option Available)

Class Description: Midlife and Mature Adults inviting speakers, from within the Church and without, to address a diverse range of topics.

Current Focus: Our class will reconvene on September 12, 2021 with a social hour. On September 19, guest speaker Gordon Peerman will address us on the issue of grief. On September 26, we will participate in one of WEUMC's Project Thrive "Future" conversations. In October of 2021, Heath Jones will lead for the entire month on the theme "Who Is God" or "Ancient Creation Stories."

Contacts: Sammy Swor, svs@comcast.net                                                                                  Sallie Norton, sallienorton@gmail.com

 

Cornerstone – Room 323 (Online Option Available)

Class Description: Mostly married couples and some singles from early 40s to early 60s engaging in a wide variety of biblical study, discussion, and spiritual development topics from current authors, speakers and theologians.  

Current Focus: In September 2021, Heath Jones will lead the class in a study of 1 Thessalonians. 

Contacts: John Bryant, jmbryantjr@comcast.net                                                                   George Lynch, glynch@tsclinic.com

 

Young Adults – Room 402

A class for young adults in the 18-25 year age range.  Join Nancy Parker, Pastor of Young Adults and Vanderbilt Wesley Fellowship, as she leads  weekly discussions on a variety of faith-related topics.


If you would be interested in starting a new Sunday morning class, please let us know. We are always excited to support new opportunities for spiritual growth. 

For more information about current classes or starting a new class, please contact Brandon Baxter, Pastor of Spiritual Formation, at bbaxter@westendumc.org.

Updated - 8/2021
= Reconciling Ministries Class