Lenten Church Wide Book Study


This past Fall, Hope sponsored a church-wide book study. At the end of the study, each small group was asked about whether they would like to continue to meet. The feedback indicated that most participants liked the idea of a small group book study and that they would like to see short term book studies 2-3 times per year. Most participants felt that the first book not only provided a time of learning together but allowed members to get to know each other better. Many participants expressed that reading and discussing the common material encouraged more discussion outside of the study groups too.

The book we will be reading together is Make a Difference by James A. Harnish. As United Methodists, we are called to “make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” It’s a grand mission, so grand in fact, that it’s sometimes hard to know what we’re supposed to do. Make a Difference draws on biblical wisdom to provide practical guidance to help Christians connect their passion with the world’s (the community’s) greatest needs. Real stories will be shared about how real people found their place to serve and will encourage us to do the same.

Lent is a time of self reflection, and drawing near to God as we await the news of Jesus’ resurrection and our salvation. Each group will meet once per week for 6 weeks. Participants can purchase the book, if they choose, and will read one chapter a week. The groups will watch a short DVD followed by a discussion of the book at each session. This Lenten Season, we encourage all of the Hope UMC family to join one of the study groups. Join this opportunity to build community and discover how to use your gifts to help others. We are called to “love our neighbors”. Why not find out how you might find share your passions to serve others.  

“Make A Difference”, Lenten Book Study Groups

Sunday morning, 9:30-10:30 (Adult Sunday School)

Meet at Hope UMC in the Rainbow Room

Janine C & Tony M will be the leaders

Meet Sunday, February 11 thru Sunday, March 18

Monday Night, 7:00-8:30

Meet at the Village Co-op, 915 W. Merle Hibbs Blvd. Community Room

Jennie V will be the leader

Meet Monday, February 12 thru Monday, March 19


Tuesday Morning, 9:30-11:00 (with the Prayer Questers Small Group)

Meet at Hope UMC in the Small Meeting Room

Kathy B will be the leader

Meet Tuesday, March 6/13 thru Tuesday, April 17/24 (Delayed start date)