LEnten Study 2020

The Adult Education Committee is proud to sponsor St. Paul's Study Classes.

You may sign up for class only OR class + catered meal.

Dinner is served at 6:15 p.m.; classes begin at 7:00 p.m.

All class materials and books are included at no extra charge. 


Click HERE to go to our secure site to register and pay by credit card.

You may also sign up using a worship bulletin insert or on the sheets in the Narthex. Pay with cash (exact change, please) or check (made out to St. Paul's UMC with "Lenten Study" on the memo line).


Sign up period is February 9 - March 1, or until classes are full. Please sign up early - once a class enrollment reaches the maximum number of seats, that class will not be able to accept additional participants. Please see more detail about classes in the descriptions below!

  • #YesAllWomen: Daughters who Prophesy

    6 weeks, Tuesdays (March 3-April 7), 7:00-8:30 p.m.  

    Cost of class: $12

    Cost of class with 6 catered dinners: $72


    What is a prophet? Simply put, prophets are those who stand between created and Creator, advocating for humanity and serving as “vessels of divine communication.” In both ancient and modern times, prophets are defined by their courageous and bold witness to God’s vision in the world. We rarely study the words of the women God called as prophets throughout the life of ancient Israel, focusing instead on popular male prophets like Elijah and Isaiah. In this second installment of the #YesAllWomen series, we will explore the role, work, and legacy of women prophets of the Old Testament, from well-known names Miriam and Deborah to hidden gems like the daughters of Heman and No’adiah. Join us as we follow in the footsteps of the “daughters who prophesy” and see how they continue to teach and guide us today.


    Led by Rev. Kate Mackereth Fulton

    Pastor Kate is a Marylander born in Calvert County and raised in Frederick.  She joined the St. Paul’s family in July 2018 after serving previously as a chaplain at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. She holds MDiv (2017) and MA (2013) degrees from  Wesley Theological Seminary and is a certified Mental Health First Aid practitioner. Pastor Kate is passionate about ministry with those experiencing mental illness, social justice advocacy, pastoral counseling, and local and international missions.

  • The Gospel of Mark

    6 weeks, Tuesdays (March 3-April 7), 7:00-8:30 p.m.

    Cost of class: $12

    Cost of class with 6 catered dinners: $72


    The Gospel of Mark may appear as the second book in the New Testament, but scholars are in agreement that it was the first to be written. As such, Mark is the closest of the gospels to the times and teachings of Jesus. Join us to discuss who this gospel writer might have been, the issues he chose to highlight, and the Jesus he projects in his gospel. Rather than taking a page-by-page walk through the

    gospel, we will look at the themes Mark presents and see how they shape the person of Jesus that Mark wants to present to us.


    Led by Dr. Bob Nordstrom. 

    Dr. Nordstrom is Branch Chief, Image Guided Interventions, Cancer Imaging  Program at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. A student of the Bible for many years,  Bob has taught a variety of courses at St. Paul’s, including The Book of Acts, The Revelation to John, The  Sermon on the Mount & The Sermon on the Plain, and Jesus: From Prophecy to Praise.

  • Who Are We? A Journey from Head to Heart

    6 weeks, Tuesdays (March 3-April 7), 7:00-8:30 p.m.

    Cost of class: $12

    Cost of class with 6 catered dinners: $72


    Our beloved denomination is in the midst of a pivotal moment in its history. To help area congregations journey together through a season of uncertainty, The Baltimore-Washington Conference of the UMC has developed this interactive study series exploring who we are as a people of God, as United Methodists, and as the people of the BWC. We will use this series to seek fresh insights into our understanding of God, explore the uniquely Wesleyan ways of experiencing our faith, and delve into the theology and passion of the Methodist movement, both globally and in the BWC. Classes include videos featuring different clergy and lay leaders within our conference as well as opportunities for discussion and reflection.


    Led by Dr. Meg Baker. 

    Meg Baker is a long-time member of St. Paul's who has served the church in a variety of capacities, from managing the Hunger Ministry and composing music for worship to serving in her current role as Director of Christian Education. She is passionate about faith formation across generations and in all areas of our lives. Dr. Baker earned an MA degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and her doctorate from the Institute for Worship Studies.

  • The Enneagram: The Road Back to You

    6 weeks, Tuesdays (March 3-April 7), 7:00-8:30 p.m.

    Cost of class: $12

    Cost of class with 6 catered dinners: $72


    Using the text by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile as our guide, we will explore the Enneagram personality typing system to discover more about ourselves and each other, and how we fit into this body of Christ. The Enneagram (pronounced any-a-gram), is a personality typing tool that has found new life through the work of Fr. Richard Rohr and other Christian writers. Our study will focus on what the Enneagram is (and is not), how to determine our individual number type, and how each number typically experiences the world. Our journey will enable us to better understand ourselves and each other, the ways in which we may stumble, and how we can grow to more fully reflect God.


    Co-led by Micah Smartt & Holly Smartt

    Micah Smartt is the Youth Pastor at St. Paul’s, and a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Holly Smartt is a member of St. Paul’s, volunteer with the youth program, and currently works as a fifth-grade reading teacher at Flintstone Elementary in Oxon Hill, MD. She is also working on her Master of Library Sciences with an expected graduation date in May. Both are passionate about the Enneagram, our National Parks system, and social justice advocacy, especially around issues of LGBTQ inclusion.