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SMALL GROUPS (UPDATED 11/15/23)

 

     FUMC promotes participation in Small Groups as a way to meet other Christians, participate in shared interests, support each other's needs, and build lasting friendships in a one-on-one setting with limited attendance.

         Currently, our Groups are held in-person, virtual (highlighted in this listing), or blended (in-person and virtual).  

         If you have an interest in joining one of the groups below, contact the leader  directly or if assistance is needed, contact:  ereed@havenfirstumc.org
        If Group Leaders need to change their meeting information, send updates to: ereed@havenfirstumc.org

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Life in Action Groups

Our interest is in following Jesus' command to "go and make disciples".  We study and practice within

our Group and then go out into the community to make disciples. Recommended readings for this

group are listed at the bottom of this page.​

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Mondays

Led by:           Ellen Marino

Study Book:   Experiencing God (women's group)

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 10:15 AM   

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Tuesdays

Led by:           Ann Moyer & Nancy Kraft

Study Book:   You Were Made For This Moment  (women's group)

Where:           Church

Frequency:     2 Tuesdays a month, 2:00 PM

Led by:           JoAnn Daum

Study Book:  The 7 Churches of Revelation (through RightNow Media)

Where:           Church Office

Frequency:     Weekly, 3:00 PM  (filled)

Led by:           Fred Yuengling

Study Book:   new topic expected January, 2024

Where:            Home

Frequency:      Weekly, 7:00 PM  (filled)

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Wednesdays

Senior High Youth:

Led by:            David Williams, Stacey Lehman, Carolyn Catranis

Study:              Darkroom Faith Series on theological topics

Where:            Church Youth Room

Frequency:      Weekly, 6:00-7:30 PM (joint free time 7:00 -7:30 PM with Middle School)

 

Middle School Youth:     

Led by:            April Bergen, Don Bergen, Renee Williams, Stacey Lehman

Study:              various studies, changing monthly

Where:             Church Youth Room

Frequency:       Weekly, 7:00-8:30 PM (joint free time 7:00 -7:30 PM with Senior High)  

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Thursdays

Led by:           Eydie Reed

Study Book:   Book of Malachi  (through RightNow Media)

Where:            Home

Frequency:      Weekly, 10:00 AM

       

Led by:             Brian Reading

Study Books:   from David Jeremiah ministry

Where:             Church

Frequency:       2nd & 4th Thursdays ea. mo., 3:00 PM   

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Encouragement & Accountability Groups

We are smaller groups which meet regularly to support and encourage each other in our walk of faith.​

Mondays

Led by:            Darlene Beers

Where:            varies

Frequency:      Weekly, 8:00 AM (temp. filled)

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Tuesdays

Led by:            Lisi Fisher

Where:            Church  (women's prayer and accountability group)

Frequency:      Weekly, 5:30 AM   

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Led by:           Doug O'Connell

Where:            Men's meeting at Long Run Diner

Frequency:     Weekly, 6:30 AM

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Bible Study Groups

Our interest is in-depth study of books of the Bible to better understand its teachings.​

Sundays

Led by:           Tom Reed

Studying:       continuing in Genesis   

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 10:30 AM (fall start-up mid-November)

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Tuesdays

Led by:           Shirley Yenilaitus

Studying:       I, II, and III John and Jude

Where:           Y's Home

Frequency:     Weekly, 6:00 PM   (filled)

Led by:           Bonnie Hawley

Studying:       Old Testament

Where:           Home

Frequency:     Weekly, 7:00 PM   (filled)

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Wednesdays

Led by:           Ellen Marino

Studying:       Matthew

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 10:15 AM

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Thursdays

Led by:           Doug O'Connell

Studying:        John

Where:           Zoom (during late fall/winter)

Frequency:     Weekly, 7:00 PM

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Focused Groups

We have a variety of Small Groups with specialized interests.​

Sundays

Led by:          Pastor Chris Fisher

Type:              Coffee House Worship

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 10:45 AM

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Wednesdays

Led by:           Dot Murphy

Meal & Chat: Women encouraging women (for widows)

Where:           varies

Frequency:     Weekly, 5:30 PM

Led by:           Pastor Chris Fisher

Type:               Wednesday Night Prayer Group

Where:            Church Sanctuary

Frequency:     Weekly, 6:00 PM

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Saturdays

Led by:           Don Bergen

Type:              Men's Breakfast

                       Chasing Revival  (through RightNow Media)

Where:           Church Fellowship Hall 

Frequency:     Third Saturday ea. mo., 8:00 AM (none Nov, 2023)

Coming:

Led by:           Stacey Lehman and (TBA)

Type:               Celebrate Recovery

Where:            Church

Frequency:      (pending) 

If you would like to start a new Small Group, please contact the FUMC church office at 570.385.3941 for more information.

LIFE IN ACTION GROUPS RECOMMENDED READINGS (UPDATED 09/17/2021)

The books listed below have been reviewed by the Discipleship Council and are recommended for the Life in Action Groups to use as a guide in their mission to create disciples in response to Jesus' command in Matthew 28:19a.

 

 

 

These books are generally available at www.christianbook.com and through other providers.

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(visual overview of the FUMC discipleship process)

                                                                                                                                                    

Discipleship Plan Components

            

Component 1 - Experience God

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​"A Firm Foundation" by Wesleyan Covenant Association

Hope and Vision for a new Methodist Future

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"​Alpha Course" by Nicky Gumbel

Creating space to explore life, faith, and meaning

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"Healing" by Francis MacNutt

Provides a context within which to understand healing

Component 2 - Follow the Lord Jesus

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Daily Devotions

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"Experiencing God" by Claude King, Henry Blackaby, and Richard Blackaby

Carefully listening to God's voice will anchor you in His plan and set you free to live it with boldness and freedom.

Component 3 - Share Life Together

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"The Class Meeting" by Kevin M. Watson

A fresh new guide to the theory and practice of the Wesley class meeting

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"The Band Meeting" by Kevin M. Watson & Scott T. Kisker

Demonstrates that the band meeting is not merely another church program

Component 4 - Serve the Body of Christ

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"Healing" by Francis MacNutt

Provides a context within which to understand healing

Component 5 - Invest in Others

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"The Starfish Movement" by Dan Grider

Shows how to fully engage with the original Movement that Jesus launched

(suggested reading for leaders of Small Groups)

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"Crucial Conversations" by Dan Grider

Draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, our relationships, and our world

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"God Space" by Doug Pollock

Naturally create room - God Space - for spiritual conversations to happen in your everyday life

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