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Sunday Night Programs & Small Groups

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Fall Small Groups at First Church

Small Groups this fall will meet both online and in person at First Church beginning the week of September 12. All groups have an option to go fully remote on Zoom if weather dictates or illness reemerges. Please sign up using the church website form, or by emailing Pastor Rebecca, All small group participant fees are $15 and include a book for you to keep. After you are registered, participant books will be available for pick up on Sundays or will be mailed if you live out of city limits. Class facilitators will email you the week of your first class to communicate meeting room location and/or Zoom link information. If you have not found a group you are interested in reach out to Pastor Rebecca and she can share about other groups already happening. 

Matthew: Immersion Study

Men’s Study

Journey inside the passages of Scripture, and you’ll meet a personal God who enters individual lives and begins a creative work from the inside out. Inspired by a fresh tradition, the Common English Bible (CEB) Immersion stands firmly on Scripture and helps you explore the emotional, spiritual, and intellectual needs of your personal faith. Immersion will offer new insights into God’s Word, your own life, and your life with God.

Meeting time: Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. at First Church

Facilitators: David Dinell

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In 2019, First United Methodist Church adopted a welcoming statement and within that statement is the charge to be inclusive of all people regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation. This small group will read and discuss, “Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays V. Christian Debate” by Justin Lee. Together we will continue to find ways to offer support to friends within the LGBTQ+ community and encourage people to become better allies.

Meeting time: Wednesdays 6:30 p.m. at First Church *hybrid zoom option*

Facilitators: Nancy Dinell & Deb Seely

Invitation to John

The invitation from Christ is: “Come and see, Follow me.” Experience the magnificent passages in John including the I am statements (I am the truth, the life and the way, I am the living water and more). Revisit stories only told in John’s gospel including Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene and the raising of Lazarus. Participants for this “Invitation to John” do not have to have an in-depth knowledge of the Bible to enjoy and benefit from participation. Reading just two chapters of John a week, they will discover the life altering stories that will invite them to follow Christ as true disciples. This eleven-week study includes a participant book outlining daily reading assignments for group preparations.

Meeting time: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom for 11 weeks 

Facilitator: Ernestine Krehbiel

Grief Support Group

It may be hard for you to feel optimistic about the future right now. If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, you’ve probably found there are not many people who understand the deep hurt you feel. This can be a confusing time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Join others from First Church weekly for a time to share and journey through grief together.

Meeting time: Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at First Church

Facilitators: George Stover & Annette Schmidt

*No participant book/fees for this small group*

Sunday Night Programming

All Sunday Night programming will start after The Gathering Worship concludes. Each short-term program will last from 6:30-8 p.m. Check the dates for each program, as they are only offered for a certain amount of time. Sign-up for as many sessions as you would like using the church website form or by emailing Pastor Rebecca,

Intergenerational Bell Choir

Dates: September 12- November 21

Facilitators: Marci Milus

Worship Arts

Dates: September 12, 19, 26

Facilitators: Linda Ebright

Wire Jewelry Making

Dates: September 12, 19, 26

Facilitator: Kathy Fathi

$15 participant fee

Care of Your Car

Dates: October 10, 17, 24

Facilitators: Andrew Stover & Stuart Mack

Media at First Church

Dates: October 10, 17, 24

Facilitators: Charity Harmon & Patrick Myers


Dates: November 7, 14, 21

Facilitator: Kaylee Davis

First Church History and Archives

Dates: November 7, 14, 21

Facilitators: Diane Quantic & Val Ellington

For a description of each group, visit
These classes will be held Sunday evenings at First Church from 6:30-8:00 p.m.