Jesus called a group of fishermen to come and follow him. Much like apprentices with a master, they learned and sought to imitate Jesus' words, works and way of life. Jesus continues to call ordinary, broken people to follow him. When we respond to that call, we enter a lifetime of learning to live like Jesus in relationship with him and other disciples. Our spiritual growth as followers of Jesus is crucial to living out our understanding of what it means to be disciples who know Christ and makes Christ known. Here are the ways we seek to nurture our lives in the faith:
Each Sunday beginning September 15
Buffet-style dinners begin at 5 pm
Adult Studies begin at 6 pm
See below for Fall Study opportunities
(Childcare available at 5:30 pm)
Youth meet separately from 5-7 pm
(More info available here)
A Creative Faith
“Come and paint your way to new friendships. We'll start this class with working on pre-cut wooden pieces and go from there. You do not have to have prior painting skills or consider yourself creative and artistic. You just need a willingness to walk through the door and snag a seat." Led by Erin Miniard (Please note that there is a class limit of 15.)
Celebration of Discipline
Richard J. Foster's Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978. In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life. Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovare, helps motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.
Mending the Divides: Creative Love in Conflicted World
by Jon Huckings & Jer Swigert & A Look at General Conference 2020
More about Mending the Divides: Conflict, hatred, and injustice seem to be the norm rather than the exception in our world, our nation, our communities, our homes. The fractures and fissures run so deep that we're paralyzed by our hopelessness, writing off peace as a far-fetched option for the afterlife. Even if there was the possibility of peace, where would we begin? Instead of disengaging, Jon Huckins and Jer Swigart invite us to move toward conflict and brokenness, but not simply for the sake of resolving tensions and ending wars. These modern-day peacemakers help us understand that because peacemaking is the mission of God, it should also be the vocation of his people. So peace is no longer understood as merely the absence of conflict―peace is when relationships once severed have been repaired and restored. Using biblical and current-day illustrations of everyday peacemakers, Mending the Divides offers a theologically compelling, richly personal, and intensely practical set of tools that equip us to join God in the restoration of broken relationships, unjust systems, and global conflicts.
John: The Gospel of Light and Life
The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels. This writing is filled with rich images and profound truths, but John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.”
Adults, youth, and children alike can experience a season of spiritual growth and life-changing renewal in Adam Hamilton’s six-week, DVD-series, John: The Gospel of Light and Life. You’ll follow the life, ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus through the Gospel of John and understand the context of some of the best-known verses in the New Testament. Everything you need to lead small groups of all ages is available for this special study including the entire Gospel of John in the CEB translation printed in the book.
Prime for Life
A class geared toward adults who are parents of teens. This class is led by
Amber Hinson MA, LCAS, CCJP, a counselor who specializes in working with adolescents.
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. Don’t go through your grief journey alone. Melissa Bynum leads this wonderful class. Click here to find out more about Griefshare. Next session begins Sunday, September 8, 3–5 p.m. Contact her at email@example.com for more information.
William Whitehead Class is currently studying from the International Lesson Studies Series. The class is made of male and female Senior adults, but everyone is welcome. Bob Cameron and Doug Broad teach in rotation. The class meets at 9:45 starting with praise (in song), announcements followed by the lesson. The class meets in Room 39 until about 10:40. Contact: Nanette Barringer: 442-2352
Horizons Bible Discussion Class meets each Sunday at 10:00 am in the church parlor. The class format is an in depth study of scripture. We study one book at a time from both the Old and New Testaments. The class has periodic fellowship functions and is involved in several outreach ministries. The class is taught by Richard Laney. For more information contact Frank Katkaveck.
R.E.A.L. Life Class: Our class is composed of families of all types and ages. Geared towards families, spiritual development of parent(s) is a key goal. We meet upstairs across from the elevator in Room 43. The class is taught by Kevin Boudreau. For more information, please contact either Kevin, Lisa Mand, or Kitty Norsworthy.
Langill Watson Class is studying from the International Lesson Series (a Bible Study) taught by Rev. Milton Mann in Room 49 beside the elevator. The class is open to anyone who wants further their knowledge of the Bible. For more information, contact either Wayne Deal or Annette Allen.
Engage Class is composed primarily of young adults, some parents, some not. Our aim is to be engaged with the God's word and with the world. We believe that what the Bible says should make a difference in how we live our day-to-day lives and our lessons focus on growing as disciples as we study God's word and share God's love with the world. Contact Will or Stephanie Geanes for more information. The Engage Class meets each Sunday from 10am - 11am in room 42 upstairs.
People long to be connected and are searching for authentic community. We’re wired for it as human beings. It is no surprise that one of the ways that we grow closer to God and become more deeply committed disciples of Jesus Christ is by being in community with others. We need a safe space to show up with our "true selves" and be real with one another.
Life Groups at FUMC have grown out of a desire to deepen our ability to discern God’s activity in our world and also grow closer together as we grow as disciples. Groups meet twice a month at their own schedule and pattern at someone’s home or a restaurant and focus on three primary goals each session:
1. Helping each other discern and process how we have experienced God or God’s Kingdom breaking through.
2. Helping each other respond in faithful living to those moments so that we grow as disciples.
3. Committing to pray for one another in a very intentional manner.