Sunday Contemporary Issues Forum
Sunday, 9:45 am, Walker Room
Adult discussions on living a Christian life in the world today with speakers on social justice and community issues. Recent topics have included a review of the United Methodist Social Principles and a film on the environmental impact of coal-fired plants. Forum often has speakers from local non-profit organizations and discussions on issues such as racial justice, homeless services, care for the elderly, etc.
Jim Cramer, Susan Padgett, Jim Tischer and Sue Woods, Coordinators
Forums in February 2019
Feb. 3 “Yolo Crisis Nursery,” with Oscar Lopez. Our February special offering is to support two local organizations that provide critical services to the most vulnerable populations, children and the elderly. Oscar Lopez will describe the programs of one of these organizations, Yolo Crisis Nursery. Come hear what this venerable organization does and why we support it.
Feb. 10 “Davis UMC Finances,” with Pastor Brandon and Joe Archer, Chair of our Finance Committee. Our church programs and ministries can function only if we can provide adequate financial resources. Come hear where our revenue comes from, what our expenses are, and projections into the future. This program will take place in the Sanctuary.
Feb. 17 No forum. Come to the Fellowship Hall to write postcards urging our political and social leaders to pursue social justice.
Feb. 24 “Black History Month: Reflecting on Contributions from Tansey Thomas,” with Lisa Thomas, Tansey’s daughter. From the time she arrived in Davis during the revolutionary times of 1970, Tansey Thomas engaged the City and University with thought-provoking rhetoric, action and change. For Black History Month 2019, Lisa will reminisce with activism accounts, symposium highlights, media records and some selected notes that will serve to remind us of the Power of Unity for Social Justice. This Black History Month, let us come together in dialog and reflection with an eye toward emboldened, continuous change. Lisa Thomas is a member of our congregation and for many years was a staff person at UC Davis.
Sunday Bible Study
Sunday, 9:45 am, Roethe Room
The Sunday Morning Adult Bible Study follows the lectionary and reinforces the pastor’s sermon.
Rosa Washington Olson, Coordinator
Progressive Theology Book Group
Monday, 7-8:30 pm, Walker Room
This adult book study group explores new ideas in religion, science, and other faith traditions.
Patti Nelson and Andy Burke, coordinators
Wednesday Bible Study
Wednesday, 1:30 pm, Walker Room
This Bible Study group uses a variety of authorities on the Bible to deepen participants understanding of scripture.
Louanne Horsfield, Coordinator
New Members’ Classes
Offered periodically, these small group gatherings with the Pastor are for individuals who have been attending Davis UMC—whether you are new to the church or have been attending forever and just have never officially joined. All are welcome! There is no obligation to become a member at the end of the series—just an open invitation to explore and enjoy. This four-week series presents the history of Davis United Methodist Church, reviews some core beliefs and principles of the Christian faith and United Methodism, and discusses the membership commitment in the United Methodist Church.
Special Book Studies
Throughout the year these ad hoc small groups meet to deepen their understanding of their personal faith and the role of United Methodist Church in today’s world. During Lent and Advent multiple groups are offered, but other groups meet when the spirit moves them. Groups are advertised in the Thursday E-newsletter and monthly Crossection.