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Wednesday Nights at FUMC: Contemplative Worship & Faith Academy Fall 2022

Wednesdays, 9/14-10/12 | 5:40 - 6:25pm | Prayer Room | todds@fumc-cs.org

Are you thirsty for some quiet slowing down with God? Would you like to share in time for singing, silence, scripture, and spiritual practices you can apply to your everyday life? You are invited to visit our weekly Contemplative Worship gathering at FUMC. CW meets each week that Faith Academy classes are in session. We close our worship in time for you to make it to one of the FA classes if you are attending one.

"Be still and know that I am God." ~ Psalm 46:10

Wednesdays, 9/14-10/12 | 6:30-7:30pm


My Friend Vickie and Me: Conversations About Discipleship:Teacher
Pastor Amy Strader
Room 233, Kerygma Classroom | amys@fumc-cs.org

“I have a friend, you guessed it, named Vickie. We have both been a part of churches our whole lives, but when we worked together at the same church, we began to see that we have a pretty different understanding about Discipleship. Our passion for the way of Jesus led us to have quite a few conversations about Discipleship. Our class will work in conjunction with our fall worship themes: disciples take faith seriously, disciples seek people, disciples resist greed and practice generosity, disciples take faith home. Disciples wrestle with God, do not judge, and affirm hope.” 

Join Pastor Amy as we have conversations of our own. Invite a friend!  

The Book of Luke:
Teacher: Rev. Bruce Phillips
Room 234 | brucep@fumc-cs.org

Join Bruce as he helps us explore important themes and challenges for our faith that appear in the gospel of Luke. This fall, much of worship at FUMC will center around texts from Luke. So, this will be a nice way to dig even deeper together. Remember, friends are always welcome!

Faith Academy: Fall Session 2
Wednesdays, 10/26-11/16 | 6:30-7:30pm

To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings 
Teacher: Todd Spencer
Prayer Room | todds@fumc-cs.org

As author John O'Donohue said "In the parched deserts of postmodernity a blessing can be like the discovery of a fresh well. It would be lovely if we could rediscover our power to bless one another. I believe each of us can bless. When a blessing is invoked, it changes the atmosphere." During this four week class, we will be reading and experiencing O'Donohue's book, To Bless the Space Between Us. Participants must purchase their own book. Before our first gathering, please read the Introduction and the first two sections, Beginnings and Desires. Register with Todd via the email above by October 23rd.


The Gospel of Luke – Gospel to the World
Teacher: Bruce Phillips
Room 234 | brucep@fumc-cs.org

Luke’s Gospel was written for the people beyond Israel with stories of Jesus’s love for the outcast, the sinner, and those seen as different or inferior by the establishment. As we seek to understand the place of the United Methodist Church in the modern world, we will look at the answers Jesus provides in the Gospel of Luke.


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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 Groups 
This Fall of 2022, we have three new short-term Sermon Reflection Small Groups! These groups spend time in conversation around the past Sunday's sermon. Please contact the group leader with questions and to register for both in-person groups and to access Zoom links. Group options are the following: 

Robledo Group
Sundays, 9/4 - 9/25
FUMC Hospitality Center
Contact: Ramon and Liwliwa at liwliwa@yahoo.com

Sinclair Group
Mondays, 9/12 - 10/3
On Zoom 
Contact: Phyllis at sinclairphyllis61@gmail.com

Miller Group
Mondays, 10/3 - 10/31
Wild Goose Meeting House
Contact: Ben at lskyway16@gmail.com

Women's Study Group: Freeing Jesus
Mondays, 9/12-10/17 | 9:30 to 11:00am | Prayer Room | LAS2735@hotmail.com

The next women's study group book will be Freeing Jesus by Diana Butler Bass. This will be a six-week study that starts Monday, September 12 and meets in the FUMC Prayer Room. Freeing Jesus offers an invitation to leave the religious wars behind and rediscover Jesus in all his many manifestations and to experience Jesus beyond the narrow confines we have built around him. It renews our hope in faith and worship at a time when we need it most. Participants must purchase their own book. Contact Lori Smith for more information and to sign up. 

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! 


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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/