We will have a table set up in September with a display of Bibles you can order, in preparation for “Making Sense of the Bible” in October. If you are interested in ordering a new bible, please check out the display, then let the church office know your choice and we will order. Checks will be payable to “First UMC”.

American Winter

Come to a free screening of the documentary American Winter on Thursday, March 13th, beginning at 6:30 pm. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion including local organization and community leaders with light refreshments.   Directed by Emmy award-winning filmmakers Joe and Harry Gantz, American Winter documents the experiences of eight families struggling to meet their basic needs and turning to social services for assistance after facing unforeseen financial setbacks. Through the stories of these eight families, the impacts of rising poverty and economic insecurity for American families are explored, and the ramifications of America’s weakening social safety net are demonstrated.

Putting God First in Living and Giving

Do we worship idols? The answer may surprise you.

During the month of November, our church will hear about God’s generosity and our response as we experience our stewardship program, first: putting GOD first in living and giving, developed by author and pastor Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church. There will be opportunities in worship, in small groups, and in devotions that can be used at church or at home. Continue reading “Putting God First in Living and Giving”

Small Groups and Classes

Small groups are a wonderful way for us to connect . . . .with God, with each other, with our vision and with our mission.

Some small groups are drop-in studies that you can attend whenever you like. Others are short-term (4—8 weeks) or long term (30—40 weeks) groups. Topics include Bible study, spiritual exploration and building community.

Many of our groups will begin in September. All classes and groups meet at the church unless otherwise noted. Opportunities for groups are various Continue reading “Small Groups and Classes”

Bridges Out of Poverty

This special session will be offered as an Advance Class at School for Lay Ministry-Cornell site on Saturday, October 12 from 8:30 to 5:00 pm. This program is open to all people—men, women, United Methodists, grads of SLM, and anyone interested in serving people in poverty. Continue reading “Bridges Out of Poverty”