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FAITH ACADEMY

FAITH ACADEMY
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS, JANUARY 12 - FEBRUARY 9. 

Coordinator: Dr. Todd Spencer | todds@fumc-cs.org

Contemplative Worship
Wednesdays, 5:40pm - 6:25 p.m.

Prayer Room (2nd floor, South Wing)

Each Wednesday evening during Faith Academy, come for a quiet time of prayer, song and spiritual practices led by Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer, our Minister of Spiritual Formation. Whether you are taking a Faith Academy class or not, you are welcome!


Bible Study with the Pastor
Leader: Rev. Kent Ingram
Room: Theater 

Each week, we will look at a couple of Bible passages that relate to the sermon for the coming week.  This study will not only help you learn more about the Bible, but it will prepare you to be better participants in the worship services which are built on these texts.  Come and get background on the sermon text!


Conflict in the Middle East: 20th Century
Leader: Bruce Phillips
Room 233

Many of the issues in the Middle East that the world is dealing with today began with the end of World War I and the break up of the Ottoman Empire. In this class we will trace the fallout from that event through all of the groups, nations, and events that have led to the current conflicts.

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Sunday School Classes

(If your class has updates for this page, contact Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org)


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. 

CLASS OFFERINGS:

Young Adults and Parents
Sundays, 10:00 am
Parents Place in Kingdom City (2nd floor)
Contact: Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org

Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer is leading this new opportunity to dig deeper spiritually and grow in friendships with others. Their first study was Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times. In December, a new study began called Animate: Faith see: (https://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/category/286833/Animate-Faith)  Participants can easily worship during the 9:00am or 11:00am Worship Services. Help us grow a new class and help spread the word! 


Kerygma
Sundays, 9:30 am
Room 233S

Contact: Lisa Robinson, 719-331-5999

This is a large class, 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. Coming sessions:


January 9th, 2022: Warren Hileman on church music
January 16th-30th: Ramon Robledo teaching

 


Pairs and Spares
Sundays, 9:30 am
Room 234S

Contact: Don McFadden, 719-963-2201

This class is a “practical application of Christianity by a group of people who know how difficult that is and who know they are less than perfect” (mission statement). One of class’s rules for the road together is: “assume good will” of each other. We welcome visitors to our group! 


Bereans
Sundays, 9:30 am
Room 133S
Contact:  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, 9:30 am
Room 21 North Basement
Contact: Jim Waddle at af60duck@msn.com

A small discussion group with shared leadership using the Adult Bible Study Series (https://www.cokesbury.com/Adult-Bible-Studies-Winter-2021-2022-Student). Here's what the class is studying this winter. Unit One: Wait For It. Advent is a time for anticipation and waiting. Scriptures: Luke 1:5-25, 57-58; Luke 1:26-38, 57-58; Luke 2:25-38; Revelation 3:20-4:11.

Unit Two: Wonder. The lessons in this unit explore various ways human beings have experienced God’s glory. 
Scriptures: Psalm 19; Isaiah 6:1-13; Mark 9:2-8; Exodus 34:29-35; Revelation 19:1-10.

Unit Three: Show and Tell. The lessons in this unit explore the various ways we can participate with God through our actions. Scriptures: Deuteronomy 6:4-9, Matthew 22:34-40; Matthew 5:14-16; James 1:19-27; Matthew 28:16-20

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Small Groups

Sermon Reflection
Five new small groups formed in Fall 2021! More of these will open up after Christmas.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Rev. Dr. Todd Spencer at todds@fumc-cs.org or 471-8522. 


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

The group will start a new study on Tuesday, January 4. The group will be studying the book, The Upper room Disciplines a Daily Bible Study. They will be discussing the previous week’s Lectionary readings. The group is open to new participants! 


Women's Study Group: Exploring ways of Contemplative Prayer 
Mondays, 9:30am - 11:00am
Prayer Room, 2nd Floor of South Wing
Contact: Lori Smith, LAS2735@hotmail.com or 719-232-2735. 
Important note: As there are participants in this group who have underlying health conditions that put them at extreme health risk with regards to Covid-19, this women's study group is strictly limited to those who have already been vaccinated.

Beginning January 10, we will be studying "Exodus for Normal People", by Peter Enns. " Exodus for Normal People is a brief guide to reading (spoiler alert) the book of Exodus and what biblical scholars tend to say about it. This book isn’t only about deliverance. In fact, it’s not even primarily about deliverance; instead, it’s about God and why this God delivers in the first place. In this book, Peter Enns lets the theology of Exodus shine through a bit more clearly, even if it thwarts conventional assumptions."

On March 7 we begin our Lenten Study, "The Ignatian Workout for Lent: 40 Days of Prayer, Reflection, and Action," by Tim Muldoon. " Tim Muldoon applies the principles of discernment, reflection, and action to guide readers to grow in love and transform their Lenten experience. This bite-sized volume provides forty brief exercises—organized according to the four “weeks” of prayer from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius—and can be used by anyone during Lent to help readers become both hearers and doers of the Word of God."
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United Methodist Women

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

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NOAH

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.

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ManUp

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.