Why should I participate in a class this spring?
At First United Methodist Church, we take seriously Jesus’s commission to “make disciples of all nations” as stated in Matthew 28:19. In fact, our vision statement is “Making Disciples Who Make a Difference.” Put simply, our desire is to become more like Jesus. One of many ways we disciple one another is by gathering together to talk, pray and study. While most of our classes meet on Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, others meet on other days of the week (see below).
What is “Wednesday Night Live”?
“Wednesday Night Live” refers to our Wednesday dinner (5:15pm in the gym) and the classes that follow (6:30pm-7:30pm). It is our mid-week church family gathering where we feed our bodies and souls. Check out the great classes being offered below and plug in!
What is the spring schedule?
While Sunday school classes are ongoing, Wednesday classes begin January 10 and end May 2. The spring Wednesday schedule is as follows:
- Jan 10 – Dinner and classes begin
- Feb 14 – Dinner will be in the gym at 5:15pm. The Ash Wednesday service will be held at 6:30pm in the sanctuary instead of classes.
- Feb 28 – No dinner will be served in the gym (due to the consignment sale). Classes will meet and are encouraged to have potluck dinners in their classrooms.
- Apr 4 – We will have dinner and classes during Madison County’s spring break.
- May 2 – Last evening of Wednesday dinner and classes
What if I have more questions? How do I sign up?
You can either (1) call the church at 859-623-3580, (2) contact the group leader directly (if you have their info) or (3) email the Adult Ministry Coordinator, Jamie Jordan, at with your questions or to reserve a spot.
Adult Wednesday Classes
New! Prayer – led by Kathleen Hofstetler (meets in the MMC chapel)
When we hear the word prayer, many of us think about asking God to do things for us. While true, prayer is actually much more than that – sometimes a conversation, other times listening in silence. We might find that we are praying more than we thought! This group will read through Richard Foster’s book, Prayer, to discover the various types of ways God invites us to relate to Him. The book will be discussed and time will be devoted to…praying!
Women! Disciple Fast Track – led by Kathy Vockery (MMC room 212)
Based on the original Disciple Bible study, this class will study the Bible in-depth with reading outside of class to prepare for group meetings.
Women! Gifts of Love – led by Lori Chassé (MMC room 202)
The Gifts of Love class is for all crafters to create crafts of your choice. Participants will bring their own supplies and we will spend class time creating our own, one of a kind crafts while discussing scripture. These will be sold at the Women’s Ministry Christmas Craft Fair. All proceeds will benefit the church’s Sharing Ministry Utility Assistance Program. This class will provide a way for you to be the hands and feet of Jesus.
Women! She’s Got Issues – led by Stacy Jordan (room 204)
Featuring teaching by Christian counselor Nicole Unice, this class will explore the everyday issues that drive us crazy — and why you don’t have to settle for letting them win. Deep down, many of us still deal with the ordinary struggles—control, insecurity, comparison, fear, anger, and unforgiveness—that hold us back from living free and loving well. This women’s class will focus on the power of Christ to conquer those issues we all deal with.
Men! The Book of James – led by Kevin Conforti and Ray Jackson (room 213)
True faith produces fruit. A faith without action and without life change is ultimately a dead faith. The book of James speaks to the realities of a living faith in Jesus—the kind of roll-up-your-sleeves and get-your-hands-dirty discipleship that is borne out of an authentic relationship with the risen Lord. James writes to believers who know suffering, who’ve faced trials, and who ultimately desire a deep relationship with God. Guided through video by Pastor Francis Chan, we’ll move beyond a private, intellectual knowledge of God and His Word, to a vibrant faith that impacts every square inch of life.
Exodus (starts January 24) – led by Jamie Jordan (located at the Wesley Foundation on EKU’s campus)
This group will join others at the Wesley Foundation on EKU’s campus. (You don’t have to be an EKU student to participate!) Join us as we walk through the 2nd book of the Bible – Exodus – together. We’ll see how God freed his people from slavery in the days of Moses and also how He is still freeing people today. As always in this group, participants will explore the Christian faith, ask questions, study scripture and pray for one another. (For those coming from FUMC, you can carpool with Jamie at 6:15pm and return by 7:45pm.)
Financial Peace University – led by Bob Keith (MMC room 203)
Learn how to follow good stewardship practices through Dave Ramsey’s teaching and group accountability. Participants will create a budget and take steps towards reducing (and preventing) debt.
Matthew: Prelude to the Great Commission – led by Pastor Bruce Nettleton (MMC room 221)
(Continued from the fall – open to new participants.) Join us as we read the gospel of Matthew through a very particular set of lenses: What it means to be and make disciples of Jesus in the 21st century. This class will span the both semesters of the school year and involve some reading and study between Wednesdays to prepare for lively discussion. We hope the final product will be a plan for discipleship ministries for ourselves as individuals and for the larger church family.
Discipleship classes offered on other days
New! Mondays @ 7pm (MMC room 212) (starts Monday, January 22)
In the Dust of the Rabbi (Led by Kathy Combs and Jane Yerace). Do you ever feel like you are a follower of Jesus, but from a distance? “Follow a Rabbi, drink in his words, and be covered with the dust of his feet,” says the ancient Jewish proverb. In Jesus’ day, disciples followed their Rabbi so closely that they would be covered with the dust kicked up by the Rabbi’s feet. Come, discover how you can get dusty and be closer to your Rabbi, Jesus, by doing what he does. Interactive sessions from Ray Vander Laan take you on a journey to the land and culture in which the disciples learned to follow Jesus.
Thursdays @ 10am (MMC room 212) (resumes Thursday, January 11)
For women (led by Gloria Shadoan). Class meets for food and fellowship, enjoying Bible studies from Ellsworth Kalas and others.
Sundays @ 4:00pm (MMC room 114) (postponed until Sunday, January 28)
Disciple, Old Testament (led by Martin & Frances Brock) (Continued from the fall – open to new participants.) Explore the Old Testament’s story of God and God’s calling of the people of Israel through the many “voices” of the biblical text. Hear the magnificence of a Creation hymn, discover the law and wisdom teachings, listen to the warning of the prophets and explore the poetry of the Song of Solomon.