Small groups

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:

Wednesday evenings at First UMC

Our BIG Night

is an opportunity to gather together as a church on Wednesday evenings (Mid-September thru March) for fellowship and spiritual growth. 

Here's what it looks like...

5:15-6:15 p.m.--Church-wide Dinner: Each week, an adult entrée will be $5.00 and an alternate, kid-friendly meal will be $3.00.  Sign up for the meal by noon the Monday of that week outside the welcome center.

6:30-8:00--Adult Bible Studies (Covenant Bible Study begins @ 6pm)

Winter 2018 STUDIES - Begin January 9

Covenant Bible StudyModule 3: Trusting Participant Guide:  Life, as we all know too well, is imperfect.  Difficulties are inevitable.  That's why the final eight-weeks, Trusting the Covenant, looks at the crises that sometimes call covenant life into question, and how we are restored to trust in God when troubling things happen.  This module discusses the loss of hope, and how it is restored by faithfulness in the midst of suffering.  From the story of Job, to the Hebrew exile, to the apocalyptic visions in Daniel and Revelation, we learn how faithful love is at work in everything--to restore hope, freedom, and wholeness to our lives.  It is not necessary to have taken Modules 1 and 2 before signing up for this class.  This study, which will meet at 6 p.m., will be facilitated by Rev. Lynn Benson.

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 will lead this group on Sundays, beginning January 13, 4-6 p.m.

Film, Jesus and Theology Do you love movies?  Do you love Jesus?  Want to learn more about who God is?  If you answered 'yes" to any of those questions, then come check out this new class.  One way of describing God is as a story teller.  We see this in the way Jesus related to those around him and the parables he told.  He did this because stories have a way of changing us and shaping us.  Movies that tell a good story can do the same thing for us today.  Let's look at some films together where Jesus may not be explicitly portrayed on film, but his Spirit is definitely there.  This study will be facilitated by Will Geanes.

Parent Every Week Like It Counts This parenting discussion group will help parents become more intentional at home and more connected to our church.  The group will learn about phases, timeframes in a student's life when we can leverage distinctive opportunities to influence their future for good.  The group will reflect on the book, Don't Miss It - Parent Every Week Like It Counts by Reggie Joiner and Kristen Ivy.  We will learn how the Orange model of an intentional partnership between the home and our church can enrich parents and students.  Rev. Jim Bell will facilitate this class. "Parenting is harder than you think.  Parenting is lonelier than you think."

The Gospel of Luke  Focusing on learning how to inductively study scripture, this class will read through the Gospel of Luke together.  The inductive method of bible study is an essential tool used by many to understand scripture.  Learning this method will make for a more robust study of scripture and give you new insights into God's Word.  Come and discover anew what God has to say to you through Luke's Gospel.  This study will be facilitated by Rev. Matt Seaton.

Sunday School

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.     

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