Adult Ministries - Better Together Groups

Download the Better Together Fall 2017 booklet.

Note: Spring 2018 booklets will be available Feb 4. Groups start the week of February 14th.

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+Living the Questions/Seekers (Everyone) Starts Sept. 24

Sundays @ 9:15am in Room 302

The Seekers group fosters open thinking and works to provide meaningful faith development. Living the Questions is for people who think they are alone in being a “thinking” Christian and that “salvaging” Christianity is a hopeless task. What is needed is a safe environment where people have permission to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask but have been afraid. After this study, the group will promote other studies through the church’s newsletter, The Messenger, and in the Sunday bulletin. Facilitator: Mark Headley

+Adult Bible Study (Everyone)

Sundays @ 9:15am in CLC 107-109

We share a passion for the Scriptures. Group includes shared prayer concerns, reading and discussion looking both at the Biblical context and the application of Scripture to our lives as Christians. We also serve local missions such as The Wardrobe and sometimes gather for lunch during the week. Facilitator: Julia Goodell

+CONNECT (Everyone)

Sundays @ 10:30am in CLC 110 Join us as we discover how we can understand current events in relation to our Christian faith and United Methodist heritage. This group’s mission is One Table. They host dinners with refugee families in Columbia. Facilitators: Karen Hayden & Karen Sander

+Covenant (Everyone)

Sundays @ 10:30am in CLC 108

The Covenant group is a free-wheeling discussion group based on Christian study and books. Facilitators: Bruce & Lisa Miles


+Social Justice: Learn and Take Action (Everyone) Starts Sept. 12

Tuesdays @ 6pm in CLC 107/109

We will focus on Social Justice issues in all forms. Recent events lead us to become better informed and to try to focus on activity. We will review Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s book, “Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White.” We will read, discuss and formulate action in finding our voice as a church. Book: $15 Facilitators: Roy Robinson and Rev. Jim Bryan Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the

+Bible Doesn’t Say (Everyone) Starts Sept. 12

Tuesdays @ 10am at Lenoir Woods, 3710 S. Lenoir St.

Residents at Lenoir or those who can visit will join in a robust and thought-provoking conversation based on this book by Adam Hamilton. Book: $10 Facilitator: Cynthia Beverley

+Lectio Divina (Everyone) Starts Sept. 12

Tuesdays @ 5:30 in the Chapel

Come spend some quiet time with others gathered around God’s Word. This is a time for feeding your soul. We open with a centering prayer. We then spend 15 to 20 minutes reading a brief scripture and keeping silence as we open ourselves to hearing God through the Word. After closing the meditative time with prayer, some may wish may spend a few minutes discussing their experiences. All are welcome. Facilitator: Julia Goodell

+Genesis (Everyone) Starts Sept. 12

Tuesdays @ 6-8:15pm at the church

Focus is on Genesis this semester and Exodus in 2018. In this study, participants explore the beginnings of the people of God and what it means to be a child of God. We will use the Disciple 2 curriculum and take our time, one book at a time, for a transformational experience of learning scripture. No previous Disciple study needed. Book: $20 Facilitator: Gary Beahan

+Introduction to the Old Testament (Everyone) Starts Sept. 12

Tuesdays 6:30-8pm at the church

A great place to start learning the story of God and God’s people. Perfect for people who have never done a study before but are ready to take a small first step. This is a transformational study rather than just informational. The book is from the Disciple Bible Study series. Group will meet for nine weeks. Book: $10 Facilitator: Marie Powell


+Advocates (Everyone)

Wednesdays @ 9am at the Columbia Area Senior Center, 1121 Bus. 70 E.

An open sharing group offering a place for people to explore their faith, talk about scriptures and pray. This is a no-agenda, drop-in format group. Facilitator: Ted Craig

+GriefShare (Everyone) Starts Sept. 13

Wednesdays @ 10:30am at Boone Landing’s Activity Room

A group where grieving people can share time together as they work through some of their grief over the loss of loved ones. We will be using the GriefShare curriculum, which includes a short video, a workbook/journal and time to share with and support each other in Christian love. Book: $10 Facilitator: Mickey Havener, retired pastor and hospice chaplain

+FX: Family Experience (Families, All Ages)

Wednesdays @ 6pm in CLC 103 (Ministers at different times/locations)

Families with children in elementary school work together (set design, production, singing, acting) to create a high-energy shared experience that puts parents, kids and leaders in the same room for an equal dose of truth and laughter. Facilitator: Walt McManus

+The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown (Parents of Pre-K and Younger Elementary) Starts Sept. 13

Wednesdays @ 6pm (various kid-friendly locations)

The subtitle: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are has been part of my salvation journey. This book along with scripture continues to change my life. One of the areas it most shows up is in the way I parent. We will learn 10 Guideposts for living wholehearted lives where we believe we are worthy of love and belonging-- because we are and because we want our children to know it too! Book: $10 Facilitator: Charity Goodwin

+Men’s Group Starts Sept. 6

Wednesdays @ 6:30-7:30pm in The Parlor

The men’s group discusses men’s topics, prayer concerns and volunteer opportunities. The Fall focus is on the book of Hebrews, led by Bill Arendt. This study will last about 12 weeks. Bring your favorite Bible. Be on the look out for special presentations during the year.
Facilitator: Wade Sanders


+Entrepreneurship 101 - An Introduction to Owning Your Own Business (Everyone) Starts Sept. 14

Thursdays @ 6:30pm at the church

Group will examine the pluses and minuses of Entrepreneurship. We will explore our dreams of owning a business and the road map to help us get there. We will be joined by business owners and a banker who will help you through the process of owning your dream business. The book we will be referencing will be “EntreLeadership” by Dave Ramsey. This is a six-week group. Book: $15 Facilitator: John Beverstein, owner of the HoneyBaked franchise in Columbia

+The Power of a Whisper: Hearing God and Having the Guts to Respond (Everyone) Starts Sept. 14

Thursdays at 6:30pm

Imagine what life can look like when God’s followers choose to hear from heaven as they navigate life on earth. Whispers that arbitrate key decisions, nudges that rescue from dark nights of the soul, promptings that spur on growth, urgings that come by way of another person, inspiration that opens once-glazed-over eyes to the terrible plight people face in this world; this, you’ll learn, is the power of a whisper. Group meets for four weeks. Book: The Power of a Whisper by Bill Hybels Book: $10 Facilitator: Fred Leist

+Making Sense of the Bible (20- and 30-Somethings) Starts Sept. 14

Thursdays @ 7pm at the Cole’s House

This group will focus on the teachings of the Bible and how they relate to young adults in the 21st Century. Purchase books on your own: Making Sense of the Bible by Adam Hamilton. Facilitators: Logan and Jessica Cole


+Fear of the Other, No Fear in Love (Everyone)

Fridays @ 11:30am in the Library

We are a group of progressive Christians seeking to discern the voice of God in whatever form it comes. Our next study is be Fear of the Other, No Fear in Love by Will Willimon. We will discover what Bishop Willimon has to say about the command to love our neighbor, especially when that neighbor is outside the mainstream of Christianity. Book: $10 Facilitators: Bill Allen & Linda Robb


+Music Ministry: Choir Rehearsal

Chancel Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays @ 7:15pm in CLC 101

This is an adult, mixed ensemble that provides primarily traditional choral literature for the 10:30am worship service. Wesleyan Ringers rehearsal on Tuesdays @ 6:30pm on 4th floor

+Service Opportunities

Missouri UMC is a church rich in service opportunities as we reach into our surrounding community and the global community. There are a variety of ways to be in mission and service — through small groups, all-church efforts and individual interest. Contact Madi Denton, volunteer missions coordinator, at

+Spiritual Connections

Let’s celebrate the joys of everyday life as part of our spirituality, interlacing fellowship, stillness, prayer and attentiveness to God. Opportunities to participate, such as a fellowship dinner, Advent event and Lenten event, will be announced throughout the year. For more information, please contact Debbie Luchenbill, Terri Williams or Julia Goodell at

+Wednesday Night Workout

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm in MPR (Starts Sept. 13) Wear comfy clothes, bring an exercise mat and a bottle of water and be ready to move! Drop in and join us any time!

+Catch Your Breath: A Renewal Retreat

Step away from the dizzying daily demands, busyness and constant go of life. Leave lighter and renewed, with a clearer picture of what’s coming next for you with God. For you who are new to Missouri, and anyone looking to go a little deeper into faith, Catch Your Breath will give you a few hours to learn, do and reconnect to God’s practices and purposes for your life. This will not be a somber contemplative-only experience, we want to practice joy, laughter and fun as well on the journey!

SAVE THE DATE: Oct. 6 and 7 (Friday evening – Saturday afternoon) at an off-site location.

Following the retreat you can opt to continue on the journey in a Better Together group that will meet for four weeks to study A Disciple’s Path by James Harnish. Book: $10

Wednesdays @ 6pm (Facilitator: Charity Goodwin) Meets Oct. 11 - Nov. 1

Thursdays @ 6:30pm (Facilitator: Fred Leist) Meets Oct. 12 - Nov. 2


+DISCIPLE II: Into the Word, Into the World (Everyone)

Tuesdays @ 6-8:15pm at the church (32-week study with some breaks)

Focus on Genesis and Exodus in the Old Testament and Luke and Acts in the New Testament. In this study, participants explore the beginnings of the people of God and what it means to be a child of God as well as the beginnings of the Church of Jesus Christ. If you think this might be a fit for you, go ahead and indicate that on the back page of this booklet. We may need more than one group. Your feedback helps us plan. No previous Disciple study needed.

Facilitator: Gary Beahan

+Entrepreneurs Group

If you are a business owner, support businesses or an aspiring entrepreneur, there’s a group forming for you. With your input, this group will take shape over the next few months and be ready to blast off next fall.

Facilitator: John Beverstein

+Single Moms Group

Are you a Single Mom with a desire to connect with other Moms going through the same struggles as you? OR maybe you have a heart to support single moms. supports churches to create care and support for single moms. If you want to learn more about forming this group check the box on the sign up and info sheet at the back of the booklet.