Adult Education

“Encourage one another and build each other up, just as, in fact, you are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 3




Join in discussion of current faith issues and world events with the ongoing FaithLink Discussion Group.

Weekly study guides help participants consider their personal views on important contemporary issues and encourage dialog.

FaithLinks meets every Sunday between services at 9:45 a.m. in the church library.  Contact Ed Lystra, or the church office, to receive information on topics. Everyone is welcome.



Ray VanderLaan 2015 Israels MissionDiscover the historical, geographical and cultural context of the sacred Scriptures in light of the times they were written with a variety of DVD studies.

Many of the DVD’s featured were filmed on location in the Middle East, including Ray Vander Laan series.

Class sessions are held every Sunday,  September through May* from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the lower level, Rooms 13/14. Facilitators are Gwen and John Bartels.

Feel the power of transformation as you watch and expand your understanding of God.

*Please check the current weekly bulletin for meeting dates.



SUNDAY MORNING BOOK DISCUSSION is held in the Ryder Lounge (adjacent to the sanctuary) after the second service (11:30 a.m.), is facilitated by Jill Miller,  and open to all adults.

Plenty Good RoomBeginning February 26, the discussion will focus on Plenty Good Room, by Marilyn E. Thornton and Lewis V. Baldwin.

This unique Bible study combines an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals.

The six-session study provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the spirituals: ‘Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” “This Lonesome Valley,” “Bow Down on Your Knees,” “Plenty Good Room,” “Ain’t Dat Good News,” and “Were You There?”  You can listen to the songs, here.

All are welcome to participate in the class.


Past book titles and discussions include:

  • Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande
  • If God Is Love: Rediscovering Grace in an Ungracious World, by Philip Gulley and James Mulholland.
  • GOD INCIDENTS: Real-Life Stories to Strengthen and Restore Your Faith, by Pastor Glenn Wagner.



hot-coffee-to-goBeginning January 15, 2017, join other adults and facilitator Val Martin in the Wiltse Center for hot topics discussion.

No need to register or study – grab a beverage, snack and drop in as you are able for discussion on current faith issues and events from resources such as FaithLink and Greater Good; no pre-reading or homework, just practical solutions and support for real-life challenges.

This group meets after the second service from 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. in the Wiltse Center, in alignment with children and youth calendar activities fall through spring.  All are welcome!




If you or someone you know has been attending church but not yet taken the next step of commitment as an intentional disciple, we offer inquirer’s classes followed by “A Disciple’s Path” course.

Inquirer’s Class – Offered for those interested in learning more about the Church of the Dunes, the history of the United Methodist faith, or church membership.

New Member Classes/Inquirer’s Class begins February 26 – March 12 at 9:30 a.m. in the Ryder Lounge.  For those electing church membership, the reception of new members will be conducted during worship service on March 19.  Contact Pastor Jack or Kris DeVries to enroll or for more information.

A Disciple’s Path – Using church founder John Wesley’s guiding principles of scripture, tradition, reason and experience, we explore together what it means to live and serve as United Methodists.

Sessions are held during various months of the year; contact Pastor Jack or Kris DeVries to enroll or for more information.








DHHS LogoDeaf & Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) is offering American Sign Language (ASL) Classes at Dunes Church on Mondays, July 1- Sept 11, 2017 from 6-8PM. (Class will not meet August 21 or Sept 4.) The class fee is $85, and books are $55. (The book covers ASL 1, ASL 2 and Conversational ASL.)  Registration forms and a $20 fall class registration coupon are available in the church office.  Registration forms are also available online. Completed forms and coupons must be sent to DHHS by June 26, 2017. More info is available at or contact Kris DeVries.



If you’re a book lover, want to read and discuss current fiction, non-fiction, biographical and inspirational literature, look no further!  Join the Monday evening book discussion group, facilitated by Gayle Cox, once a month on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in Ryder Lounge (check the church calendar for scheduled dates; typically meets on the 4th Monday of the month.)  All are welcome to join this fun-loving group.  Contact Gayle Cox for more information.


March:  The Book of Unknown Americans, by Cristina Henriquez

April:  All the Light We Can Not See, by Anthony Doer (book bag-books available at the March meeting)

May:  A Man Called Ove, by Fredrik Backman

June:  A Handmaids Tale, by Margaret Atwood

July:  The Little Paris Bookshop, by Nina George

August:  The End of Your Life Book Club, by Will Schwalbe (UMW book)

September:  The Homecoming of Samuel Lake, by Jenny Wingfield

October:  Strength in What Remains, by Tracy Kidder

November:  We Were the Mulvaneys, by Joyce Carol Oats

December:  The True Gift, by Patricia MacLachlan (children’s book)


January:  The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende

February:  Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah



Lenten Study: Plenty Good Room
Begins  March 8, 2017

Plenty Good RoomThis unique Bible study combines an in-depth look at Scripture, American history, and the music and lyrics of six African American spirituals.

The six-session study, written by Marilyn E. Thornton and Lewis V. Baldwin, provides biblical, social, and historical analyses of the spirituals: ‘Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” “This Lonesome Valley,” “Bow Down on Your Knees,” “Plenty Good Room,” “Ain’t Dat Good News,” and “Were You There?”

Two different study times are available:

Tuesday mornings, beginning March 7 – April 11 at 9:30 a.m. with Pastor Jack
Wednesday evenings, beginning March 8 – April 12 at 6:00 p.m. with Gregg Kelly

The cost of the book is $6.00.  Be sure to reserve your book by February 23 toe-inby contacting Kris DeVries or the church office.  Questions can be directed to Kris DeVries, 842-7980 ×23 or



August 31, 2016 – April, 2017

Disciple III

Disciple: Remember Who You Are study will be led by Pastor Glenn on Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and evenings, 6-8:00 p.m.

This class is open to all, and covers the Prophets of the Old Testament and the Letters of Paul in the New Testament.  Both of the 32 week classes will run concurrently; you can attend either morning or evening class beginning August 31 – April, 2017 (breaking over Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter).

The cost of the workbook  is $39.99.  The deadline for registering is Monday, August 1, 2016 to allow time to receive your workbook, read the first chapter and dive in to the discussion on the first session.


WEDNESDAY NIGHT LIFT – read more here






We are a group of young adults who meet every week to discuss everything under the sun! Whether God is a casual acquaintance or life-long friend, we welcome you to join us! Our conversations range from what you saw on Netflix this week to tackling the hard questions in life.

We meet at UMCD on Thursdays from 7pm until 8pm. Every month we have a weekend event that so far has included: scavenger hunts, community service, escape rooms, and endless game nights!  Check out our Facebook page for more information and updates: UMCD 20Somethings (18-35) Group Bible Study

Hope to see you there!

According to Bill G.,It is a great opportunity to study the Word and to have fellowship with people my age. I like studying topics that are relevant in my life and what the Bible says about it. I believe it will help grow my faith. It is a great time worshipping our Lord with people my age.” When asked what one word would describe the experience, James L. responded: “uplifting.”


Copper wire sculptures created by class participants and members are displayed in the Sanctuary.Explore Creativity, The Arts and God, and create a series of numerous art projects. No experience necessary – God created us in His mage.  Therefore, we are ALL creative!

Classes are held from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Social Hall, from September through May, and are facilitated by Liz (Helen) Lystra.

Seek a pathway in art that connects you to prayer.