Small Groups - WEDNESDAY NIGHTS

To sign up for any of the following small groups, please email Pastor Patty at pattyw@fumc-cs.org.

Introduction to the Old Testament
A 9-week overview of the Hebrew scriptures, will be offered Wednesday nights, September 18 – November 13, from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., facilitated by Steve Burnett. 

The participants can order an inexpensive book through Amazon or Cokesbury.  Each session includes a brief video introduction by Old Testament scholars and follows a format similar to the popular Disciple Bible Study series, but far less demanding in time and preparation.  It seems like the Bible is often being quoted in a host of ways, for a variety of purposes. This study will offer an overview of the Bible to provide an “eagle’s view” of its significance, purpose and themes. Location will be in the Prairie Campus vicinity at the home of Bill and Mary Rowan in Falcon. We expect to offer childcare as needed.  Participants should be old enough to read and engage in discussion. 

Small Groups - Tuesday Mornings

Spiritual Disciplines: Opening to God
September 24 and October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29
Led by Gail Chamley
Tuesdays, 10:00 am-11:30 am

Spiritual disciplines simply put us in a place where we can begin to notice God and respond to his word to us.  Through spiritual practices we are invited to keep company with Jesus and ignite the desire to let God have his way with us.  

Prior experience with spiritual disciplines is unnecessary.

Place:  The Chamley’s, located in the Southern end of Black Forest

Week 1.  Introduction to Spiritual Disciplines  

Week 2. Labyrinth Prayer & (field trip)  

Week 3. Journaling   

Week 4. Lectio Divina/Viseo Divina/Musica Divina  

Week 5. Centering Prayer  

Week 6. The Examen: a reflection on where I was most & least present to God’s love in a day.

Week 7. Group Spiritual Direction  

Thursday Nights

Starting September 19, 2019, we will meet for eight (8) Thursdays from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. to explore God’s love and how that fits with this world, heaven, hell, judgement and salvation.  We will be studying the book titled Love Wins, by Rob Bell.  Love Wins addresses one of the most controversial issues of faith—hell and the afterlife—arguing, would a loving God send people to eternal torment forever?  Bell puts hell on trial with a hopeful message—eternal life doesn’t start when we die; it starts right now. And ultimately, Love Wins.  I hope you will join us for this exciting and challenging study.  Led by Kent Bair and most likely meeting at his house near Liberty high school.

Sunday Nights

Paul Contoveros and his family invite you to join them Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. for a 4-week bible study beginning September 22. All are welcome to join a study based on United Methodist Pastor, Rev Adam Hamilton's "Making Sense of the Bible" sermon series and book. It is a broad introduction and honest discussion about the Bible which addresses tough questions such as "How and when was the Bible written? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures, and why? How literally must we read it? And, is the Bible ever wrong?" No pre-reading is required, nor are study materials. The study will be based on a leadership guide and select video presentations provided to you weekly. The Contoveroses will host the study in their home, located in Wolf Ranch (Powers & Research). When you register, you will be provided with the address. Kids are welcome to attend and spend time with the Contoveros' kids in their kid-friendly basement where kid-safe movies, games, and toys will be provided. Unfortunately, no infant or toddler childcare will be available. Coffee and cookies will also be provided.