Spiritual + Personal Growth
BYKOTA Adult Sunday School
Facilitated by Carol Dezur, BYKOTA ("Be Ye Kind One To Another") meets Sunday mornings beginning September 10th, 2023 from 10:15am-11:15am, in Classroom Room 109.
The current study is Overcomer by Dr. David Jeremiah. There is always an open invitation for new or returning group members anytime!
"Pilgrim's Progress" Group Study
Facilitated by Lanae Shields, this group meets every Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:00pm, in the Church Library (lower level of church). The study will be "Pilgrim’s Progress", in today’s English, by John Bunyan.
Often disguised as something that would help him, evil accompanies Christian on his journey to the Celestial City. As you walk with him, you’ll begin to identify today’s many religious pitfalls. These are presented by men such as Pliable, who turns back at the Slough of Despond; and Ignorance, who believes he’s a true follower of Christ when he is really, only trusting in himself. Each character represented in this allegory is intentionally and profoundly accurate in its depiction of what we see all around us, and unfortunately, what we see in ourselves. New members are always welcome.
A Bead and A Prayer
Facilitated by Sharon Greenhoe, this group will meet Thursday mornings starting October 12th, 2023 at 10:00am in a classroom downstairs.
This 4-week study is a beginner’s guide to using Protestant prayer beads. Why prayer beads? Prayer is such a simple thing, isn’t it? Clearly, it is not or we would all pray without ceasing. A lot of people struggle with prayer. God recognizes our inability to focus and our inadequacies. Using prayer beads invites us to slow down and consider how to apply Christ’s call to our lives. In this four-week study, each participant will choose their own beads and make their own set of prayer beads. We will learn how to use their prayer beads and how to listen with prayer beads.
Tuesday Prayer Group
This prayer group is open to ALL! Mason Buckingham leads a prayer group which meets weekly, every Tuesday at 12:15pm in Narthex (the hallway next to the Sanctuary).
The purpose of this group is to gather at the church to lift the needs and concerns that people have. We invite you to come and fellowship with us. When we gather, we certainly pray for each other and the needs within our church family, but we also pray for those who have experienced disasters, conflicts around the world, and for leaders within the church and in our world.
Respect for each other is a core understanding with-in the group.
We do not require that any person within the group must pray aloud. Their presence among us is enough to encourage us in an attitude of prayer. It is open to all who wish to attend. Join Mason and others Wednesdays - an exciting opportunity to serve Christ and your church family!
Facilitated by Pastor Paul Gruenberg, Digging Deeper meets Wednesdays, starting September 13th, from 3:00pm-4:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.
We will begin a deeper study into the New Testament beginning with 2 Peter. Peter repeatedly points to the Word of God as the primary means of growth for the Christian. If you are looking for personal growth, leadership growth. and spiritual growth, then this is your study!
Join us Wednesdays from 3:00pm-4:30pm in The Fellowship Hall. New members welcome!
Care + Support
Aging with Grace
This is a small group Bible Study for seniors (ages 60+), facilitated by Reverend Barry Sweet. This group meets every Thursday, from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church. We will be studying from the book of Acts. New members are welcome to join our group!
Seniors in their ‘golden years’ face bodies that no longer want to move as quickly as they once moved and backs and knees that creak and groan. They may encounter lonely feelings as their families are grown and relocated. They have faced the loss of parents and many loved ones. Here’s the good news; we still have the wisdom that comes from living long-full lives! We have the time, energy, and desire to serve the Lord and our church.
Join us as we share together how we can best serve and use our God given gifts while aging with Grace. We guarantee laughs, perhaps a tear and there will always be food.
Meetings are every Thursday from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the church Fellowship Hall.
"Reflections for the Grieving Soul" Small Group
Facilitated by Melanie Riling, this group will begin Friday, October 13th, 2023 at 4:45pm in the Church Library. They will meet weekly and will begin by following a book written by Mike Nappa, "Reflections for the Grieving Soul." As a group, you may find comfort as you seek God in your grief. Together with others sharing your experience, find understanding about the regret, fear, and anger you may feel. The book offers you powerful Bible verses to meet you in your loss and pain as well as honest prayers to help you cry out to God. You don’t have to experience your loss alone and you don’t need an invitation. Melanie will contact you further information.
Fellowship + Connection
Holiday House Crafts
This group is for anyone who enjoys fellowship while completing art and craft projects. Each person brings and works on their own projects. Our members paint, knit, crochet, do needlework, sew and much more. We share and teach each other our skills. All of the crafts we make are donated to the UMW Holiday House and UMW Alpenfest luncheons craft table. No need to commit to being present every week, just as your schedule allows. All are welcome; come check us out.
The Holiday House Craft Group meets every Tuesday, 9:30am-Noon in Room 109 downstairs in the church.
Painting Class: Every Saturday at 9:00am in the Fellowship Hall! Claudia Chambers will be teaching painting with colored pencils, water-color painting, and acrylic painting. You don’t need to have any experience to join. Claudia will discuss class supplies and costs with those that sign up. Class space is very limited so sign up early to assure a place at the learning table. To sign up, please contact Sharon Greenhoe: (517) 331-2088.
The Diner's Club
THIS GROUP WILL RESUME IN 2023 - TBD
This group will be arranged with three to four couples or families paired for 4 months, enjoying monthly dinner and fellowship, rotating to each of the families’ homes (or location of your choice.) At the end of the four months, you would be shifted to a new set of three or four families. Families that wish to include children for bonding with other church families with children will be paired.
Couples, singles, all adults will be grouped together. Members can request the family group, the all-adults’ group or either group.
The Diner’s Club is an opportunity to meet in the comfort of homes, break bread together, enjoy the fellowship of other Christians. Getting to know acquaintances better, meeting new friends, learning about their families and their lives offers the opportunity to make and enrich life-long friendships.
Each group of families will decide their calendar and dining locations.
Dinner & A Movie: Building Better Relationships
"Dinner and a Movie" will resume this Fall 2023 with our first gathering on October 14th at 6:00pm (click here for details).
Movies will always be a Biblically-based choice and family-friendly. Our Potluck meals have never disappointed anyone. No one goes home hungry. Please click the "I Want to Join" tab below, and we will notify you of the upcoming date, time, and movie choice. All are invited to join us.