Whether you’re taking your first step or your next step in faith, we are eager to help you connect with other adults who strive to do the same. Because we care about your spiritual, mental, emotional, financial, relational and physical health, we offer a variety of opportunities to grow in these areas.
At Community, we are intentional in our efforts to develop small groups that do life together—some for a season and others long-term. These aptly named Life Groups offer opportunities for adults to build meaningful relationships with one another while asking difficult questions of faith; praying together; growing in Christ and forming caring, Christian Community.
Once or twice per year, members and friends of Community sign up to participate in Life Groups that study the content selected for an all-church study. Groups meet weekly for prayer and discussion. Topics and themes raised in the study are echoed in the preaching and worship each week.
Past all-church studies have included:
- Unbinding Your Heart, by Martha Grace Reese
- Alpha - a video-based curriculum
- The Story - a chronological, abridged version of the Bible
- Earn.Save.Give.: Wesley's Simple Rules for Money, by James Harnish
- Reckless Love, by Tom Berlin
- Grateful, by Diana Butler Bass
- Love is the Way, by Bishop Michael Curry
Historically, new life groups form seasonally while others meet for longer periods of time. Life groups read/study a potpourri of subject matter. Some of these groups have discussed:
- Nooma - a series of short films featuring theologian and speaker, Rob Bell
- The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life, by Rick Warren, Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman
- The God We Can Know: Exploring the “I Am” Sayings of Jesus, by Bob Fuquay
- The Mayberry Bible Study, by Stephen Skelton
- God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church, by Elaine Heath
- Alpha: The Marriage Course - a video-based curriculum
- The Parenting Children Course, an Alpha resource
- Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering and the Search for What Saves Us, by Rebecca Ann Parker and Rita Nakashima Brock
- Financial Peace University - a Dave Ramsey financial management curriculum
- The Women of Easter, by Liz Curtis Higgs
- Why?, by Adam Hamilton
- So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
Some Life Groups meet year-round and study the Bible and other faith-based books.
|Day of the Week||Time||Facilitator(s)|
|Wednesday||9 AM||Hazel Rannells and Jacque Gordon|
|Wednesday||5 PM||Mary Van Dell|
|Wednesday||7PM||Mary Jo Jepson and Terry Melsha|
Women have always played an important part in the ministries of Christ. At Community, it’s no different. Women gather together for spiritual growth, social interaction and in service to others.
Last Lent, our pastor offered a study for women about the impact of violence on Christian theology.
We have active United Methodist Women’s groups at Community. These UMW groups (called “circles”) are connected to the larger, global United Methodist Women organization of 800,000+ members committed to fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. The purpose of the United Methodist Women is threefold:
- To know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ
- To develop a creative supportive fellowship
- To expand concepts of missions through participation in the global ministries of the church
UMW circles at Community include:
Meets at the church at 9:30am on the third Thursday of every month
Martha and Naomi Circles
Meet at the church at 1pm on the third Thursday of every month
Circle of Friends
Gathering dates, times and locations vary
Just as Jesus regularly spent time in community with a small group of men, we also value the importance of Christ-centered opportunities for men to connect. Our growing men’s ministry includes a monthly Saturday morning Men’s Breakfast at the church (word on the street is that Brad Johnson makes a mean plate of eggs…), regularly-offered life groups for men and the annual outing to Arise with the Guys—a men’s only event where professional and collegiate Christian athletes share messages of faith, godly values and legacy-building.