Adult Ministry

Spiritual + Personal Growth

BYKOTA Adult Sunday School

The BYKOTA (Be Ye Kind, One to Another) Adult Sunday School is facilitated by Carol Dezur, following the Traditional Worship Service. 
Starting January 30th, 2022 we will be studying John Ortberg's "The Life You've Always Wanted." Paved with humor and sparkling anecdotes, The Life You've Always Wanted is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that's worth living. Life on the edge that fills our ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and a joyous, growing closeness to Christ.
Join us on Sunday mornings, 10:15am until 11:15am downstairs in the Church.  ​We hope to see you there!


Lessons from the Upper Room

This Bible Study group is Facilitated by Cathie Hagen and will begin Tuesday, February 1st. This a 12-week study that will appropriately take us up to Easter.

Can you imagine spending 5 hours with Jesus before He was crucified? 

Dr. Ferguson's study brings us into a greater knowledge of our Savior's heart and the heart of His disciples during this time of anxiety and approaching glory. In the process, we will clearly see the need for the centrality of Christ in the Christian life and worship. 

Join us every Tuesday, starting February 1st from 10:30am-12:00pm at the church. 


The Pursuit of God

Facilitated by Lanae Shields, this group meets every Wednesday, starting February 2nd, from 5:30pm-7:00pm and will be studying "The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer. 

We need to constantly evaluate the strength of our relationship with God. If it's not growing, then it's stagnant, maybe even dying. How is your relationship with Jesus? Would you like it to be stronger and more vibrant? The goal of this Bible Study, based on Tozer's book, is for each of us to develop a deeper, richer relationship with God through reading, answering the study questions, and discussing our answers. 

Please join us each Wednesday from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the church! 


Confirmation Class (grades 7th & 8th)

Facilitated by Pastor Paul Gruenberg, Confirmation classes for 7th and 8th grade students will begin Wednesday, February 2nd from 6:00pm-7:00pm and meet weekly. 

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Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper is Facilitated by Pastor Paul Gruenberg and meets :

- Every Monday from 7:00pm-8:00pm, via ZOOM

- Every Thursday from 10:30am-12:00pm in Room 109 at the church.

This group will study the Book of Revelation during the month of January. In February, the group will be studying "The Epic of Eden", a Christian entry into into the Old Testament, by Sandra L. Richter. The Old Testament will be put in a usable format - a history of God's redeeming grace - a story that runs from the Eden of the Garden to the Garden of New Jerusalem. This is a book that will renew your enthusiasm for studying the Bible. 

If you would like to be a part of the Monday ZOOM group, please contact the church office: (989) 732-5380.

Or join us Thursdays from 10:30am-Noon in Room 109 downstairs at the church.


Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace

This group meets every Wednesday, starting February 2nd, from 5:30pm-7:00pm and is Facilitated by Tim Hall, Executive Vice President of State Savings Bank.

Author, Dave Ramsey, knows what it's like to have it all. By age 26, he had established a 4-million dollar real estate portfolio, only to lose it all by age 30! He has since rebuilt his financial life, and, through his workshops and his New York Times Business Bestsellers, "Financial Peace" and "More Than Enough", he has helped hundreds and thousands of people to understand the forces behind their financial distress and how to set things right - financially, emotionally and spiritually. In this study, attendees will learn how to get out of debt and stay out and how to use the principle of contentment to guide financial decision-making and how the flow of money can revolutionize relationships. 


Group for Parents/Caregivers

Parenting Group, facilitated by Scott and Jessie Thompson, will meet the second Wednesday of each month from February-April from 6pm-7pm.

This group is open to parents of all ages, as well as those who are parenting grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or are fostering children

This will not be a Parenting 101 course. We want to hear our parents struggles and their daily pain points. We will discuss having tough conversations with our children about difficult topics like sexuality, drugs, and peer pressure. We also want to discuss how to be a reflection of Christ in a world that seems to have completely abandoned their faith.


Our initial plan is for 3 sessions as follows:

February 9: Uncovering Our Past
This first meeting will include an assessment of our own childhood experiences. This assessment will shed light on how our childhood impacts our own parenting style. This exercise will reveal our own coping mechanisms, responses to our children in time of need, and possibly areas that need we each need healing.

March 9: Attachment/Attunement/

We will cover the basic brain development of children and how it is fostered through attachment with a caregiver, this carries into adulthood and future relationships. We will cover how to help our children through big emotions and how to regulate our own feelings as parents (especially when our children are triggering our own unresolved traumas). 

April 13: Continuation of Regulation and Sounding Board
Here we will continue where we left off last session and then open the room to hear where parents want to learn/grow/lead. 


Care + Support

Hopeful Hearts

Coordinated by Brian Hoxie and Laurie Andrews, Hopeful Hearts is a grief group which began in 2020 to support those within our congregation and community grieving the loss of a loved one(s).  Using book study, prayer and compassion, we support each other through the numerous stages of grief.  This group understands and supports each other through good times, through difficult times, and everything in between. We are a safe, confidential group. You don’t have to wait for an invitation and you don’t have to go through the grieving process alone. Our group is open to all that have suffered a loss.
The Hopeful Hearts group meets at 11:00am the first Wednesday of every month in Room 109 of the lower level of the church.​

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Aging with Grace

This is a small group Bible Study for seniors (ages 60+),  facilitated by Reverend Barry Sweet. This group meets every Thursday, starting February 3rd, from 2:30pm-4:00pm in the Fellowship Hall of the church.
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.  They have entered the last third of their lives.  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.

Cheerful Seniors

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.​


Pinochle Social Group

These gatherings will include a devotion time using the Upper Room followed by social time including a hardy game of Pinochle.  If you love to play Pinochle, want to meet some new friends and spend time studying God’s word together, this is your group.  


Painting Class

Join us every Saturday, starting February 5th, at 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Have you ever wanted to try your hand at painting but didn't know where to start? Well, our very own Claudia Chambers has stepped up to facilitate a painting class right here in one of our church classrooms! You don't have to have any experience to join, but even if you are a painter, we're certain you'll enjoy the experience and maybe learn something new in the process.
Claudia is going to introduce us to watercolors this Winter. She will provide class supplies and the price of each class will include the cost per person for supplies. 
Sign up soon to assure a place in this exciting class!


The Diner's Club

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.