There are many opportunities for adults to get involved in study, growth, and service at First United Methodist Church. Please get involved! Our church will be blessed by the new perspective, talents, and enthusiasm you bring to us, and you will be blessed as you begin to feel that you are vital part of our church family. Some of the programs not highlighted elsewhere in this site include the following:
United Methodist Women
This organization for fellowship, education, and service is open to every woman in the church. The UMW plans programs for study of important social issues, spiritual growth, fellowship, and support of local and global mission projects. Groups are also involved in hands-on outreach projects.† The UMW hosts the annual Harvest Dinner and Saturday Salad which are highly successful events.† In addition, please ask about our Martha's Cupboard Ministry, one of the really exciting ministries in our congregation in recent years.
United Methodist Men
This organization for fellowship, education, and service is open to all men in the church. The group meets on the third Monday of each month (September through May) at 6:30 p.m.
A variety of covenant groups meet throughout the week for devotional and prayer time.† On the 2nd Friday of each month, the men host a prayer breakfast which features a devotional speaker and is open to all men in the community.
The walk to Emmaus is an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation that begins with a three-day short course in Christianity. It is an opportunity to meet Jesus Christ in a new way as Godís grace and love is revealed to you through other believers.† The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor. After one accepts this invitation they complete an application. The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in Godís time, the person is invited to attend a three-day experience of New Testament Christianity as a lifestyle. Following the three-day experience, participants are joined in small groups to support each other in their ongoing walk with Christ.† In addition, we have an Emmaus reunion group which meets twice a year for a potluck dinner and is open to all that have participated in the walk.
Bags of Hope
In a community wide effort to assist those in need, groceries are supplied to families who request assistance.† This ministry which is supported by a number of local area churches attempts to address both the spiritual and physical needs of participants.
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