2nd @ 1st
Small Group Hour
2nd @ 1st is the Small Group/Sunday School hour at First UMC. Our first hour on Sunday morning (whether you attended services at 8, 9, or 11am) is always dedicated to congregational worship. The second hour is a time to meet new people, deepen friendships, share life together intergenerationally, recognize how God is at work in our lives, facilitate fruitful conversation, challenge one another in practical ways, and pray together. This opportunity for discipleship takes place from 10-10:50am in various rooms throughout the church. See the descriptions below of the current groups that are meeting. Though it's preferred that you start with a group from its beginning, you can always jump in late if you're new to our church community (especially during the summer months).
Small Group Options (2/17-5/12)
A Disciple's Heart
"A Disciple's Heart Growing in Love and Grace" is the focus of this small group. The topic affirms that there is always more work for God to do in the human heart. This will help us explore how we grow in God's love and grace as followers of Jesus Christ. Group sessions will help us engage important discipleship issues as we live our daily lives in the world. If you are in a place in your spiritual journey where you've done enough "receiving and leaving" and are ready to "dig deeper" into what is means to follow Jesus, then you'll get a lot out of this. And you'll discover that when it comes to discipleship, "the heart of the matter is always a matter of the heart." This session will be led by Jim and Darlene Dawes.
Life's Healing Choices
Life's Healing Choices offers freedom from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits through eight healing choices that promise true happiness and life transformation. Using the Beatitudes of Jesus as a foundation, Rick Warren and John Baker, pastors at Saddleback Church, developed the eight choices. In addition to practical, encouraging biblical teaching, each chapter includes two stories of men and women whose lives have been transformed by living out these choices in this book. Together in reading and discussing, we believe you'll find real answers, real hope, and a real future-- one healing choice at a time.
Every Parent's Guide to Navigating
Our Digital World:
Helps you think and talk differently about digital media, as you learn from inspiring and creative parents like you who navigate these ever-changing waters day after day. It equips your family to approach this new connected world like a team. It helps you develop relationships, not rules. Supervision, not surveillance. And best of all, a plan that works without making media--or you--the enemy. This session will be led by Michelle Miduri and Melanie Walborn.
The Fellowship class will continue reading and discussing the Gospel of John. All are welcome to join this group for engaging discussions. This session will be led by Craig Fasnacht.
Dan Lewis Class
The Dan Lewis Class is reading and discussing a book titled Life After Death. The sessions will be led by Luke Carlson and Warren Brubaker. All are welcome to join!
SML (Sunday Morning Life)
SML meets in the Youth Room with large and small groups for youth, grades 6-12. This winter+spring we are working through a series called, "Screen Time" looking at how phones, social media, video games, Netflix, etc. relate to our faith. This session will be led by Stephen Haverstick
First Kids’ Clubhouse
Children in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to join us in the Clubhouse as we learn about Bible stories and the lessons they contain. We break into small groups to learn more about applying these lessons to our lives through games, activities, and crafts. This session will be led by Cassie McCachren