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Wednesday Nights During Advent Season: Mark your calendars!

Wednesday Night Dinners:
11/30-12/14 | 5:00pm | TBD | amys@fumc-cs.org

You’ve heard of the sights, sounds, and scents of Christmas, but what about those of Advent? Preparing for Christmas can feel like it’s about stringing the biggest light displays, finding the most exciting presents, and baking the perfect cookies. Even though we know it is really about preparing our lives for the coming of the Christ child, we need experiences to keep us grounded in the meaning of the manger.  

This three-week session is designed for all: children, youth, and adults. It will have a laid-back feel and will utilize the music, art, and scripture readings from a devotional book called Shadow and Light. Soothing songs of the season and an intergenerational program focuses on being less overstimulated and more connected with our senses this Advent. A Soup Supper will start at 5:00pm ($5.00 per person, $15.00 max per family).


Shadow and Light: Daily Morning Prayer

Mon-Fri, 11/28-12/23 | 6:00am | Google Meets | amys@fumc-cs.org

Winter mornings are cold and dark. This Advent, invite the light of Christ into the shadows. Every Monday through Friday morning (11/28-12/23) at 6:00am via Google Meets, please join First Church clergy and staff for a 20-minute time of scripture and prayer. Our time will be based on the all-church Advent devotion, Shadow and Light. Details on how to sign up to come soon!


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All-Church Advent Devotion

Advent is not meant to be a season of doing more. Instead, accept the gift of a slow and meaningful season to rest in God's nearness-and ready yourself for the miracle that Christmas brings. 

The entire church is invited to use the Advent devotional, Shadow and Light from Tsh Oxenreider. Some may want to use it as a personal devotion, while others are planning to use it in their Sunday school classes or small groups. You'll see some of the resources pop up in worship, and the children and youth will also use the book as well. The book is available at The Gate gift shop at the church, as well as wherever you buy books. In the book you will find scripture, an opportunity to light an Advent wreath at home, opportunities to listen to music, and inspiration from classic artwork and poetry. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org


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Small Groups

We are forming new small groups each fall and spring. If you are interested in learning more, contact Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org or 719-471-8522 x131. 

Sermon Reflection Small Group
Sundays, through November 27th, 12:15pm, Hospitality Center,
Leaders: Ramon and Liwliwa Robledo
This group spends time in conversation around that Sunday's sermon. For more information, please contact the Robledos at the email address above or contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org

Questioning Explorers
Tuesdays, 9:30am | Room 133 South Wing | Becca Miller | becm719@hotmail.com

This group follows the annual book, Disciplines, from The Upper Room. Each participant uses the material so that daily Bible study becomes an on-going practice which is then explored during the group's weekly gathering time. For more about Disciplines, see: https://www.upperroom.org/disciplines . The group is open to new participants! 

Women's Study Groups: Upcoming Studies
Mondays starting 11/28 | 9:30-11am | Prayer Room | LAS2735@hotmail.com

Our Advent Study begins on 11/28 and runs for four weeks. No book is needed for this study; it will be a combination of Scripture reading, Visio Divina (Divine Seeing), Discussion, and Guided Meditation. 

Beginning 1/9, our study will follow the text What Every Christian Needs to Know About Judaism by Rabbi Evan Moffic, who said “My hope is that these teachings can serve as a way of fostering bonds focused not on the past and the troubled history between Jews and Christians, but rather one looking forward to a future in which we share wisdom with one another.” Participants must purchase their own book. Contact Lori at the above email for more information.

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Sunday School Classes

Growing in our faith together is an important part of First United Methodist Church. One way we grow together is by gathering in groups to study, connect, and pray together. People of all ages gather before worship for Sunday School. Whether you are a member or not, you are invited to visit any of our on-going adult Sunday school classes. Our current classes gather at either 9:30am or 10:00am, which makes it easy for you to also attend one of our Worship Services at  8:00am, 9:00am or 11:00am. 


In gathering together, we are transformed by God's grace through the study, praying, and fellowship of the class. We invite you to become part of one of our classes so that you may be transformed. Visitors are welcome in all classes. 


Sundays, 9:30am | Room 233S | Lisa Robinson | 719-331-5999 

This is a class of both singles and couples, of all ages with varied backgrounds and diverse perspectives. Lessons vary and lively discussions are encouraged. This class meets prior to the class for refreshments and once a month for a social event. See here for news updates: https://www.fumc-cs.org/adult-news/ 

Pairs and Spares
Sundays, 9:30am | Room 234S | Don McFadden | 719-963-2201

Pairs and Spares deeply believes in the Methodist promise of “Open Hearts, Open Minds Open Doors”. Everyone is welcome! Our mission statement is “The practical application of Christianity by a group of people who know how difficult that is and who know they are less than perfect”. We strive to “assume good will” of each other. Some of the recent topics have been: Genesis with Bill Moyers, The Grace of Les Miserables with Matt Rawle and Entering the Passion of Jesus with Amy-Jill Levine. During the Fall of 2022, we will be taking up topics such as: Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times with Adam Hamilton, Exploring Biblical Teaching About Plants, writings by Yaval Harari, Steven Pinker, and during the season of Advent, The Redemption of Scrooge with Matt Rawle. We warmly welcome visitors!  

Sundays, 9:30am | Room 133S | Bruce Phillips | 719-232-6390

This class of many ages enjoys a time of refreshment, friendly fellowship and study. They look forward to welcoming visitors. Bruce Phillips, who leads the Early Riser Chapel Worship Service, is teaching about the life of Jesus, the culture at that time and his relationships with the disciples based on stories from the Bible. They also enjoy frequent social events, and support various mission projects and student scholarships.

Early Believers
Sundays, 9:30am | Room 21 NB | Jim Waddle| af60duck@msn.com

A small discussion group with shared leadership using the Adult Bible Study Series (see Cokesbury.com for information about ABS). For class news updates: https://www.fumc-cs.org/adult-news/ 

Parents of Children and Youth
Sundays, 10:00am | Parents Place in Kingdom City (2nd floor) |
Dr. Todd Spencer | todds@fumc-cs.org

Todd Spencer is leading this new small group to talk about the tough stuff of parenting, dig deeper spiritually and grow in friendships with others. The class recently studied Courage, by Tom Berlin (our FUMC Lacour Preaching Series preacher, 2022). Here's some more info on this study: Courage: Jesus and the Call to Brave Faith.  Participants in the class can easily worship during the 9:00am or 11:00am Worship Services. Help us grow a new class and help spread the word! 


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United Women in Faith

Our UWF (United Women in Faith) offers many groups for learning, working together on craft projects, missions and more.


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We offer special programs for our Senior Adults (age 50+). We call them NOAH, which means Never Old At Heart. This group has breakfast and lunch gatherings, banquets with great entertainment, special classes offered on topics pertinent to Seniors, and monthly Christian Fellowship trips. For more information click HERE.


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ManUp is our ministry to and with men of our community. We meet occasionally throughout the year to complete service projects at the John Wesley Ranch and for seasonal gatherings. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Dr. Todd Spencer, our Minister of Spiritual Formation. Check here for ManUp news updates: https://www.fumc-cs.org/adult-news/