SMALL GROUPS (UPDATED 04/03/2021)

 

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.

 

During the COVID-19 environment, we need the support of others and the ability to communicate with those of common interest. In the current environment, our Groups are 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, contact ereed@havenfirstumc.org with updates.

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.​

Mondays

Led by:           Ellen Marino

Study Book:   Healing

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 10:00 AM   (temporarily filled)

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Tuesdays

Led by:           Ann Moyer & Nancy Kraft

Study Book:   Crucial Conversations

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 3:00 PM

Led by:           JoAnn Daum

Study Book:   Crucial Conversations

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 3:00 PM

Led by:           Wanda Langley

Study Book:   Crucial Conversations

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 6:00 PM

Led by:           Dave Williams

Study Book:   Crucial Conversations

Where:           On-line (Google Meet)

Frequency:    Weekly, 7:00 PM  (NEW; starting 04/13/21)

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Thursdays

Led by:           Eydie Reed

Study Book:  

Where:           On-line (WebEx)

Frequency:    Weekly, 10:00 AM

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Fridays

Led by:           Mary & Moffette Tharpe

Studying:       Parables

Where:           Home

Frequency:    Every other week, 6:30 PM   (temporarily filled)

Encouragement & Accountability Groups

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

Wednesdays

Led by:           Doug O'Connell

Where:           On-line Men's Class (Zoom)

Frequency:     Weekly, 6:30 AM

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Saturdays

Led by:           Wanda Langley

Where:           Varies

Frequency:     Weekly, 8:00 AM   (temporarily filled)

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:       Genesis

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, following worship service

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Tuesdays

Led by:           Shirley and Lenny Yenilaitus

Studying:       John

Where:           Home

Frequency:     Weekly, 6:30 PM   (temporarily 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:       Daniel

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Weekly, 10:00 AM

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Thursdays

Led by:           Doug O'Connell

Studying:       Revelation

Where:           On-line (Zoom); contact D O'Connell for link

Frequency:     Weekly, 7:00 PM

Focused Groups

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

When:            TBD

Led by:           Karen Shiffert

Type:              Caregiver Support Group (New)

Where:           Church

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Sundays

Led by:          

Type:              Alpha Course Class

Where:           Church

Frequency:     As needed

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Thursdays

Led by:           Gerri Inama

Studying:       12 Extraordinary Women

Where:           Home

Frequency:     First three Thursdays of each month, 6:00 PM

Led by:           Gerri Inama

Meal & Chat: Women encouraging women

Where:           Church

Frequency:     Last Thursday of each month, 6:00 PM

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Saturdays

Led by:           Don Bergen

Type:              Men's Breakfast

                       Video Series on Defending the Faith

Where:           Church Fellowship Hall & On-line (WebEx)

Frequency:     Third Saturday of each month, 8:00 AM

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 03/16/2021)

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.

Discipleship Plan Components

 

Component 1 - Experience God

​"A Firm Foundation" by Wesleyan Covenant Association

Hope and Vision for a new Methodist Future

"​Alpha Course" by Nicky Gumbel

Creating space to explore life, faith, and meaning

"Healing" by Francis MacNutt

Provides a context within which to understand healing

Component 2 - Follow the Lord Jesus

Daily Devotions

Component 3 - Share Life Together

"The Class Meeting" by Kevin M. Watson

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

"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

"Healing" by Francis MacNutt

Provides a context within which to understand healing

Component 5 - Invest in Others

"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)

"Crucial Conversations" by Dan Grider

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

"God Space" by Doug Pollock

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

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