Adult Ministries

As disciples of Christ, seeking to grow and mature in our faith is vital. Throughout the year we offer various Bible studies (both short and long term), as well as studies on topics that are important to our community. These discussions are conducted in small groups at the church, in home groups, or online.

While new fellowship opportunities are are added all the time, there are several long-standing groups that are great for those wanting to learn more about the church:  

  • Spirit Seekers meets at 9:00 a.m., prior to worship, to discuss the foundations of faith and how our beliefs guide us in our everyday lives.  
  • Sunday Conversation meets at 11:15 a.m., after worship, for coffee and fellowship. 
  • M&Ms (Monday Morning) meets at 10:30 a.m. in our library and is an opportunity for prayer and Bible study. 
  • Turn-A-Page Book Club meets monthly to discuss popular books (secular and religious - in all genres). 
  • United Women in Faith is a monthly fellowship of women that all are welcome to join.

In-Person Opportunities

First UMC is a busy congregation, and there are lots of opportunities to explore. Below are just a few of our offerings. To learn more about the groups below, or find out what other programs are available, contact us.
Spirit Seekers
Topics for this study-conversation group will include comparative gospel study, a study of parables led by Amy Jill Levine (video), “hidden” scriptures of the New Testament era, restorative justice, and an exploration of the newest revision of the NRSV. Come and join in the activity of this adult class.
Turn-a-Page Book Group
Books include fiction and non-fiction on a wide variety of topics. Monthly discussions are led by members of the group. Members, including the coordinator, offer information about upcoming books via email or USPS. Lunch is not currently being served, but participants are welcome to bring their own lunch or a snack.
Sunday Conversation
A lively discussion on topics related to the sermon, worship emphasis, or opportunities for mission/ service, usually led by the pastor, but sometimes featuring guest speakers or lay leaders.
United Women in Faith (UWF)
United Women in Faith (formerly “United Methodist Women”) is open to all women of the church. Meetings are planned around a topic connected to mission work and usually feature a speaker, prayer, Bible verses, singing, and a dessert. There is a book reading component with books chosen by book club members and everyone is invited to join. Donations and pledges in any amount are given throughout the year by our members to support mission work locally and around the world.
M&Ms (Monday Mornings)
Join for a Monday morning study of the Bible or contemporary theological texts. We also pray for those on the church prayer list.

Online Opportunities

We know it can be difficult to schedule time for in-person meetings, so we have a few online groups for you to participate in. We also have an app where you can access FUMC on the go!
Ending Well
Ending Well is a free Zoom workshop that guides you in organizing your end-of-life affairs by assisting you in creating to-do lists, providing resources and supporting you as you navigate this sensitive topic. This process helps seniors gain a sense of well-being, knowing that they have taken steps to save their children and executor weeks of time and emotional stress. Email us to learn more.
Less Worry, More Hope
 Every Wednesday in May, 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Nobody is immune from worry and anxiety  but there are healthy ways we can adjust and respond to anxious situations. The Less Worry, More Hope process group is for those who want to explore new ways to think about what causes anxiety and how to respond to feelings of worry. Email us to register.

Opportunities for Mission and Service

Are you interested in volunteering with us? Fill out our volunteer inquiry form. Below are a few ways you can be of service with us. To learn more, contact us.
FUMC Social Services
The FUMC Social Services Ministry has the following
volunteer opportunities: preparing hygiene kits, making pet food bundles, making peanut butter/graham crackers packages, making fresh sandwiches for Tuesday distribution, helping with inventory on Wednesdays or Fridays, volunteer distributing food on Tuesdays 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., or join the Tuesday Hospitality Team.
Union Station Family Center Dinners
This group provides dinner for residents of the Union Station Family Center once a month at approximately 6:30 p.m. Volunteers prepare food at home, then bring it to serve the clients, and clean up. We decide the menu as a group and take turns preparing the different courses. If you like to cook, this is a fun opportunity.
Friends In Deed
FID Supports clients seeking food and housing stability through a variety of programs. They
accept donations of bottled water, snack foods and hygiene products. The Food Pantry periodically needs volunteers for food donations, packing and distribution, and help with client check-in. For ongoing information, check with FID website and look under individual programs.
Summer Musical
Each year FUMC presents its summer musical production. There are many ways to get involved from performing, playing music, helping with sets and costumes, supporting sound and lighting, providing meals and snacks and more. Each production presents new challenges and volunteer help is needed.