Adult Ministries - Better Together Groups


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Sundays

+Becoming a Praying Church (Everyone)

Sundays @ 8am, 9:15am, 10:30am in the Library (2nd floor)

Inspired by the Breakthrough Prayer series, you’re invited to pray during one or more services. A great way to practice praying is silently or with others.

Convener: Julia Goodell

+Adult Bible Study (Everyone)

Sundays @ 9:15am in CLC 107-109

We share a passion for the Scriptures. Class 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.

Leader: Julia Goodell

+Seekers (Everyone)

Sundays @ 9:15am in Room 302

This adult group fosters open thinking and works to provide meaningful faith development. The group began a 12-week study on Jan. 8 of First Light, Jesus and the Kingdom of God by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg. The study features a 20-minute video, reading material to study before each session and time within each class for extended discussion.

Leader: Mark Headley

+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.

Leader: Karen Hayden

+Covenant (Everyone)

Sundays @ 10:30am in CLC 108

The Covenant group is a free-wheeling discussion group based on Christian study and books.

Leaders: Lisa and Bruce Miles

+Painting the Stars (Everyone)

Sundays @ 2pm in CLC 108

Celebrating the communion of science and faith, Painting the Stars explores the promise of evolutionary Christian spirituality.

Facilitators: Bill Allen & Janet Deneke

Mondays

+Social Justice (Everyone)

Mondays @ 6pm in CLC 107/109

The racial events of the past year and the prayers we have prayed lead us to know more and do more. This is a start. We read and act so that we begin making new decisions and finding our voice as a church against racism. This group will be discussing the book, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit by Parker J. Palmer.

Facilitator: Roy Robinson

+Feed Your Faith (Couples)

Mondays @ 6:30pm in homes

With a home-cooked meal and table talk, this group will be discussing the book, Unbinding Your Heart: 40 Days of Prayer and Faith Sharing by Martha Grace Reese. This book shares about the church today coupled with a daily devotion and practical tools to begin sharing your own faith story.

Facilitators: Kendall and Gale Waller

Tuesdays

+Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It (Everyone)

Tuesdays @ 9:45am at Lenoir Woods, 3710 S. Lenoir St.

Residents at Lenoir or those who can visit will join an a robust and thought-provoking conversation based on this book by Adam Hamilton.

Facilitator: Cynthia Beverley

+Christian Century (Everyone)

Tuesdays @ 6pm at in homes

The Christian Century is a progressive, ecumenical magazine that explores what it means to believe and live out the Christian faith in our time. The magazine remains a voice of generous orthodoxy, both loyal to the church and open to the world. Subscription: One-year online-only subscription for $19.95, or one-year print subscription (includes online access) for $24.95. Go to christiancentury.com

Facilitator: Rev. Glen Lashley

Wednesdays

+Disciple Fast Track (Women)

Wednesdays @ 8:30am in CLC 108 - Book $15

This overview offers 12 weeks of exploration of the New Testament.

Facilitators: Jo Lee & Paula Donoho

+Open Sharing (Everyone)

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

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

+Coffee, Cards, and Conversation (Everyone)

Wednesdays @ 9:30am in the facilitator’s home, 106 E. Stewart Rd.

Designing and sending greeting cards to people we catch doing good, when we hear of celebrations as well as needed encouragement. Mickey is all about relationships and she loves designing custom greeting cards. Come learn how or share your own expertise.

Facilitator: Mickey Havener

+FX: Family Experience (Families, All Ages)

Wednesdays @ 6pm in CLC 103 (Performs 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

+Men’s Group (Ongoing)

Wednesdays @ 6:30-7:30pm in CLC 102

The men’s group discusses men’s topics, prayer concerns and volunteer opportunities. We are currently focusing on Rev. Waller’s challenge to pray in various church settings, and we are looking at passages from Psalms.

Facilitator: Wade Sanders

+Disciple Fast Track (Everyone)

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm at the church Disciple Fast Track is a 24-week study that offers a comprehensive look at the entire Bible. Introducing the reader to the whole of Scripture, this overview offers 12 weeks of exploration of the Old Testament and 12 weeks of exploration of the New Testament. Book $25 (covers both semesters) Facilitator: Julia Goodell

+Disciple Fast Track: New Testament (Everyone)

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm in CLC 110 - Book $15

This overview offers 12 weeks of exploration of the New Testament.

Facilitator: Julia Goodell

THURSDAYS

+Koinonia (Everyone)

Thursdays @ 8am in the Library - Book $10

Participants will discuss daily scriptures and readings from Upper Room Discipline-2017 A Book of Daily Devotions.

Facilitators: Sondra Flaker and Melissa Clarke

+Seasons; Symbols, and Sacraments (Everyone)

Thursdays @ 6:30pm

Learn what’s behind the things we see and do in worship. The colors, the light, the order all have a meaning.

Facilitator: Rev. Joan DeBoe

+Disciple Fast Track: New Testament (20- & 30-somethings)

Thursdays @ 7pm in homes - Book $15

This group will focus on the new Testament. In addition, social gatherings will be promoted throughout the year.

Facilitators: Logan and Jessica Cole

Fridays

+The Last Week: Jesus’ Final Days (Everyone)

Fridays @ 11:30am in the Library - Book $15

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem by Marcus J. Borg & John Dominic Crossan is about the last week of Jesus life, a week of extraordinary importance for Christians. This book will help shape our Lenten worship.

Facilitators: Bill Allen & Linda Robb

OTHER GROWING OPTIONS

+Music Ministry: Choir Rehearsal

Agape Singers Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays @ 6:15pm in CLC 101 This choir rehearses to sing for the 8:50am Sunday worship service. Repertoire includes gospel, contemporary, and folk, accompanied by keyboards and drums.

Chancel Choir Rehearsal Wednesdays @ 7:30pm in CLC 101 This is an adult, mixed ensemble that provides primarily traditional choral literature for the 11am worship service.

Wesleyan Ringers rehearsal on Tuesdays 6:30pm on 4th floor

+Service Opportunities

Watch for details! 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 Rev. Hank Jenkins at hank@moumc.org.

+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 cf7cf7@gmail.com.

+Wednesday Night Workout

Wednesdays @ 6:30pm in MPR Atrium

Wear comfy clothes, bring an exercise mat and a bottle of water and be ready to move! Drop in and join us any time!

COMING FALL 2017

+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. Thecaringpeople.org 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.