Classes, Groups and Organizations
Cumming First United Methodist Church has a wide-variety of different classes that we offer. Explore the tabs below to see if anything piques your interest. If you have questions contact;
Director of Programming
(770)887-2900, x 213
History Book Club
A Reading group for history buffs! Meetings are usually held the first Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm in the church library.
In Flanders Fields: The 1917 Campaign
By Leon Wolff
Originally published in 1958, In Flanders Fields is a classic of World War I literature. Leon Wolff offers a brilliantly compact fictional narrative of the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. The battle, which lasted from July to November of 1917, had a staggering cost: it is estimated that 475,000 troops were killed, wounded, or went missing. Through Wolff’s carefully accurate novelization of the strategy, tactics, and events of the battle, we begin to get glimmers of insight into how slaughter on such a scale was possible—how the battle was allowed to continue, month after month, at such a terrible cost. No other book takes readers so close to the mud and danger of the Ypres battlefield; on the centennial of World War I, a new generation of readers now has a chance to discover it.
The Fall of Rome: And the End of Civilization
By Bryan Ward-Perkins
Was the fall of Rome a great catastrophe that cast the West into darkness for centuries to come? Or, as scholars argue today, was there no crisis at all, but simply a peaceful blending of barbarians into Roman culture, an essentially positive transformation?
In The Fall of Rome, eminent historian Bryan Ward-Perkins argues that the “peaceful” theory of Rome’s “transformation” is badly in error. Indeed, he sees the fall of Rome as a time of horror and dislocation that destroyed a great civilization, throwing the inhabitants of the West back to a standard of living typical of prehistoric times. Attacking contemporary theories with relish and making use of modern archaeological evidence, he looks at both the wider explanations for the disintegration of the Roman world and also the consequences for the lives of everyday Romans, who were caught in a world of marauding barbarians, and economic collapse. The book recaptures the drama and violence of the last days of the Roman world, and reminds us of the very real terrors of barbarian occupation. Equally important, Ward-Perkins contends that a key problem with the new way of looking at the end of the ancient world is that all difficulty and awkwardness is smoothed out into a steady and positive transformation of society. Nothing ever goes badly wrong in this vision of the past. The evidence shows otherwise.
Questions? Call Russell Lewis (770)932-6863
SAFE(Senior Adult Fitness & Exercise)
Instructor: Lindsay Drozek
Meets: Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning August 19, 2014
9:30-10:30am – The Student Center
Light hand weights, exercise bands and small rubber balls will be used to strengthen upper body and legs. Stretching and improving balance and agility will be a main focus. Class will be led by Lindsay Drozek, a church member and Silver Sneaker certified instructor. It is SAFE for all fitness levels. Many exercises can be done seated in a chair.
$25.00 first time fee to cover cost of equipment if you are new.
Questions? Call or email Laurie Hintz (770)887-2900, x 213 or email@example.com
Facilitators: Laurie Mansfeldt & Linda Field
This fun group gets together to make beautiful cards and other fun items. They do ask that if you join in to please donate 2 seasonal cards to go in our military care packages.
Questions? Contact Linda Field at (770)887-2900, x230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.