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First United Methodist Church offers opportunities for adults of all generations to grow in their faith through spiritual practices, study and fellowship.   

 

CONTACT

David Reid, Director of Adult Faith Formation

, (970)-482-2436

 

Note: Click on a tab/button below to view each ministry category.

 

First United Methodist Church offers opportunities for adults of all generations to grow in their faith through spiritual practices, study and fellowship.   

 

CONTACT

David Reid, Director of Adult Faith Formation

, (970)-482-2436

 

Note: Click on a tab/button below to view each ministry category.

 

Adult Faith Formation

 

Adult Faith Formation (AFF) helps people grow closer to God through spiritual practices, religious literacy, theology (the study of God), fellowship and information and activities that encourage human flourishing, such as health, education and safety. Here are some major programs:

 

Summer of the Arts: This easygoing Wednesday evening program delivers on two promises: 1) a delicious dessert; and 2) an engaging program with an “arts” emphasis. Programs for 2016 include building a nature collage, an open mic night to showcase church talent, exploration of the links between faith and beauty, an evening of the culinary arts tradition of Pakistan, and an opportunity to use the sewing arts to craft an American flag.  

 

World Wisdoms Project: FUMC is a partner congregation and host for many events of this independent organization that seeks to build and nourish a community dedicated to theological reflection. The theme for the 2016-17 year is “Science and Theology: Creating a Path to the Future.”  Among the areas to be addressed are:

  • Insights of quantum physics on the mystery of the universe relevant to our understanding of the divine;
  • What is the religious response to radical human enhancement?
  • Can Christian liturgical traditions help to show a way of being in the world?
  • Would the insights from social science help us to use the deep wisdom of our many spiritual traditions to address social injustice?

Supper in the Spirit: This popular program will return for a six-week block in fall 2016. It will include a light, informal dinner with friends of all ages, a variety of faith formation opportunities for adults and activities for children. Recent offerings have included a drop-in DVD study, a study of the parables of Jesus, an exploration of John and a study of spiritual formation for everyday living.

 

Additional Activities: Book studies, Bible studies, classes on spiritual formation practices, United Methodism, communications, advocacy and many more subjects are offered. Details on all programs are available Sundays at the Adult Faith Formation table in Fellowship Hall, in weekly Bulletin announcements and the monthly Carillon newsletter.   

 

Classes

Open Hearts Class

Sundays, ongoing, Village Commons
11 a.m.–noon
Contacts: Larry and Judy Artman, 266-1166

 

The Open Hearts class provides its adult members with opportunities to learn, to build relationships and to share with those in need. The class explores a variety of subjects using books, DVDs, guest speakers and study leaders from either inside or outside the class. Projects, activities and social events are an integral part of the class. We invite adults of all ages to participate and become long-term members of the class.
 

Samaritan Class

Sundays, ongoing, Parlor
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Contacts: Dean Daggett, 224-1125, or Warren Mauk, 482-3012
 
Discussion topics range from Bible study, the history of our (Methodist) faith and church, current issues of importance, and applying Christian teachings to everyday life.
 
The class meets from September through July. Coordinators, who assume leadership every quarter, plan and develop the schedule. 
 
The class holds a fellowship potluck monthly.
 

Serendipity Class

Sundays, ongoing, Village Commons
9:15-10:15 am 
Contact: Wayne Viney, 482-8269 
  
The Serendipity Class, founded in the early 1960s, has been dedicated from its inception to the Wesleyan belief that spiritual truths are discerned through experience, reason, scripture, and tradition. The class is also committed to the idea that revelation is ongoing so there are always genuine new truths to be discovered. 
 
Studies have included the history of the relations between science and religion and books such as Jeff Sharlet’s The Family, Stephen Prothero’s God is not One, Paul Froese and Christopher Bader’s America’s Four Gods and Charles Kimble’s When Religion Becomes Evil. 
 
The class meets regularly supports outreach projects such as Safe House and Village Earth. New members are always welcome!
 

Upper Room Sunday School Class

Sundays, Room 235 Education Wing
9:30-10:30 a.m. 
Contact: Margaret Hotze, 223-8539 
 
This is a small group of couples and singles involved in Bible-based study for contemporary application and fellowship. Past studies include Companions in Christ, described as “a powerfully transforming experience in spiritual formation, opening lives to a deeper relationship with God.” We have studied the Scriptures as interpreted by Max Lucado, Phillip Yancey and Richard Foster, among others and dug deeply into the lives of several people of note such as Martin Luther King, Henri Nouwen, Mahatma Gandhi and Mother Theresa. 
 
A social activity is held at least once each quarter outside of the church. Discussion is essential to this group and everyone is welcome.

 

 

Small Groups

Group ministries at First United Methodist Church are dynamic and organic. Groups large and small are constantly forming for a wide variety of purposes – spiritual formation, book study, prayer, Bible study, fellowship, music, physical or mental health, theological reflection, a domestic or international mission trip, exploration of a social issue. Participants may learn a new spiritual practice or learn to practice a craft or art – spiritually. 

 

A new group may form to prepare for a liturgical season, such as Lent or Advent. Another may form in anticipation of a guest speaker. The group may be age-specific, for adults of all ages, or intergenerational. Members may choose to convene for something as brief as two one-hour sessions, or they may meet weekly for decades and move through life stages together. Sometimes, groups form simply to provide a specific service to the church, the community or the world.    


There is no top-down system of group ministry at FUMC. Groups form where there is a need and when leadership is identified.


What holds this broad package of group ministries together?

  • The assurance of Jesus in Matthew 18:20: “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I’m there with them.” (CEB)
  • A staff or clergy liaison for each group, even if the liaison does not participate regularly in the group.
  • A small set of best practices: A prayer or meditation when the group convenes; a sense of Christian community that fosters caring and mutual respect; good stewardship of resources.
  • FUMC’s Long Range Plan, which commits us to forming groups that involve more people in the life of the church and orients us to look outward to provide service to the community.  

 

Christianity is practiced in community. Our largest groups are those who assemble on Sunday mornings for corporate worship. Other groups gather any day of the week at the church, in homes or in other venues where people choose to congregate, including those that draw us closer to the natural world. Participation in any of these groups is part of practicing what it means to be a Christian in the twenty-first century.

 

Women

Commission on the Status and Role of Women (COSROW)

Why:  Ensures full participation of women in the life and mission of the church.

Who:  All advocates of women are welcome

When:  Monthly meetings focus on the needs of church women

What:  Supports women pastors’ ministry.  Plans activities meaningful to FCFUMC women. 

Contact:     Alyce Kaehler, 484-1463

 

United Methodist Women (UMW)

What We Are.  Approximately 200 women in our church belong to UMW, a world-wide organization approaching 1 million strong.  United Methodist Women is that group of women in each church organized for mission and it “shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.” (The Book of Discipline) 

 

General Meeting.  We meet once a month as a unit, usually on the 2nd Thursday, at 11:20 a.m. over a coffee, brunch or a luncheon.  Each meeting consists of singing, devotions, good food, interesting programs, and a little membership business.  Sometimes unit meetings are held at noon on a Sunday instead, so keep an eye out for the month’s calendar.  Click here to view the Program Schedule.

 

Circle Meetings.  UMW also provides an opportunity to meet in smaller groups called “circles” for study and closer fellowship.  Each circle supports at least one local mission project as well as the wider missions of the general unit and the Rocky Mountain Conference. Our unit currently has 8 circles representing a range of ages and meeting times.  The schedule is provided to the right. Keep an eye on the bulletin board and Carillon for particular information each month.

 

Visitors and New Members Always Welcome! 

 

Circles and Meetings

Want more information?  For more information about UMW or the Circles, you may contact Ellen Bode,  or Nelda Carpenter, 970-213-2463. 

 

Child care is available for meetings of Circles Abigail and Sarah.

 

Abigail: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays

Contact JoAn Hopkins – 

 

Hannah: 2nd Monday – 6:00-8:30 p.m

Contact Julie Wilson – 

 

Ruth: 4th Thursday at 9:30 

Contact Beverly Winsett – 

 

Lois: 4th Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

Contact Shirley Myers – 970-797-2438

 

Sarah: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. 

Contact Gloria Roop –   

TUF*: 2nd Sunday at 3:00 p.m. 

Contact Dea Carroll –  

  

*Teens United in Faith   (Grades 5 thru 12)

        
Broader Websites:
Conference:  www.rmcumw.org 
National: www.unitedmethodistwomen.org 
Facebook:  UMWomen (for additional links)
Online Communities:  http://umwonline.org
Mission Resource Center:    www.missionresourcecenter.org

 

Monday Moms

Why:  

  • Engage in self-guided programs based on interests of the group
  • Support one another, discuss issues related to parenting, relationships, and women’s health 

Who:  Mothers of young children are encouraged to attend

How:  Childcare is offered at no cost 

When:  Mondays during the school year 9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Where:  FUMC Parlor

Contact: Liza White,  
 

FUMC Quilt Group

Why:  Create charity quilts for Child Safe and military personnel

Who:  All quilters are welcome.

When:  Second Wednesday of each month from 9:00 a.m. - noon

Contact:  Thelma Mauk, 482-3012

 

Women's Book Club

Why:  Read novels chosen by members  

How:  Variety of life and faith issues are explored

Who:  All women are welcome

When:  Third Monday of each month - 7:00 p.m.

Contact:  Jayme Harper

Click Here to download the reading list
 

Shawl Ministry

Why:  Create warm shawls for people in need

Who:  Any knitter and crotchetier of any skill level is welcome

When:  Third Saturday of each month from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

Where:  Parlor

Contact:  Elva Alden-Petring, 482-0983
 

Clara's Welcome

Why:  Greet new babies with handmade blankets and quilts

Who:  Anyone interested in quilting for new babies

When:  Fourth Monday of every month

Contact:  Charlotte Allum, 226-4149
 

Intercessory Prayer

Why:           To pray for people in the church, community and world

Who:           Everyone is welcome

When:         Every Tuesday at 9:30  a.m.

Where:        Parlor

Contact:     Margaret Hotze, 223-8539

 

Men

FUMC serves and is served by the men of the church in many ways. The men are largely responsible for maintaining the landscaping around the church.  A group of men leads in the distribution of wreaths in December.  And an annual Men’s Retreat is usually hosted offsite for a day or a weekend.  Join in these activities to enjoy meaningful fellowship.

 

Thursday Bible Study

A Thursday Bible study breakfast is hosted at 6:30 AM at The Egg & I Restaurant on South College Ave. This Bible study is led by our senior pastor.

 

Seniors

Senior Ministry at FUMC draws participants, age 50 to 100+ who want to connect to activities and events that foster opportunities for fellowship, recreation, and opportunities for service to others in the context of Christian community – persons of all ages and faiths, though are always welcome!  Options abound as do the wide ranging interests of our participants. 

 

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Both large and small group events and activities are regularly on the calendar, planned and overseen by the Senior Council.  Council meetings, scheduled quarterly, are open to anyone interested in participating in the planning process.  
 
Senior Council is always open to new programs and activities that respond to the interests of senior adults or that help them to find ways of being of service to others. For more information about any of the events, activities or programs below, or to receive the regular FUMC Senior Ministry Email Update, contact Linn Zink,  , Senior Council Co-Coordinator.

  

Monthly & Weekly Programs

The Double Nickel Lunch is the largest monthly gathering for FUMC seniors.  It is held the second Friday of each month at noon at the church. For only $4.00, you can get a tasty lunch, hear an interesting program, sign up for other upcoming activities, and find fellowship and support. No reservation required.
 
Third Thursday Lunch is a smaller monthly gathering that begins at 11:30 and moves to a different nearby restaurant each month. It especially offers newcomers a good way to get to know others – participants may come once or regularly.  This lunch does not meet in the months of June and July.
 
Monday Afternoon at the Movies: One Monday of each month (most often the 3rd Monday but sometimes the 4th due to church holiday closures), we show a movie in the Cinema Center, 2nd floor of the church, at 1:00. Snacks are provided and a discussion time follows the movie. We show the movies with closed captions so we won’t miss any of the dialog. This is a free event - all are welcome.
 
Okay Chorale is a singing group led by some of our Senior Council members for folks with memory issues or diagnoses and their friends and encouragers - it's open to all who love to sing old favorites of a variety of styles from decades past.  This open to all group meets each 1st and 3rd Thursday from 3 to 4 pm in the Village Commons room, 2nd floor of the church and is part of our FUMC Congregational Care Ministry.
 
Grief Support Group: FUMC Seniors have a special history with the ongoing grief support group of our church, currently led by a Senior Council member and part of our FUMC Congregational Care Ministry.  This group is open to all ages, but seniors are generally part of the mix. This always open and welcoming group has been offering support to church and community members of various faiths every Tuesday at 4:00 pm in the church conference room for over ten years.
 
Senior Birthday Recognition: Birthday cards are sent to seniors in the congregation who are celebrating milestone birthdays – 80 years and older! Everyone who participates in our monthly Double Nickel Lunch is invited to sign these cards which are mailed out monthly.
 
First Friday Bridge is an open monthly event in the church parlor each first Friday of the month at 6:30. New players of various skill levels are always welcome! Refreshments are served. Call Mary Ann Henke, 223-8725, or Thelma Mauk, 482-3012, to make reservations.

 

Other Programs

Bus Outings: Twice a year the Senior Council sponsors a large group full-day trip on a commercial bus. We have visited area museums, the aquarium, the wild life sanctuary, viewed fall foliage, and pursued a variety of interesting destinations.
 
Small Group Outings: Throughout the year, and especially during the warmer months, the Senior Council plans for day or half-day outings to area places of interest using the church van or car pools. Recent outings have led to Denver, the Poudre Canyon, and across the border into Wyoming. An annual Christmas dinner and lights outing in Fort Collins continues to be popular with FUMC seniors.
 
Hiking Group: Many active seniors at FUMC are always looking for friends to hike with in the Fort Collins area and in Rocky Mountain National Park.  In winter the group looks for snowshoeing adventures on blue sky days.  Warm weather offers options in a variety of scenic landscapes.  Hikes are typically in the moderate or easy rated categories (though hiking poles are always required). These hikes proceed at a comfortable pace for the participants and always allow time for picture taking.
 
Intergenerational Caroling:  Each December we gather at the church to get on the van with church members of all ages to sing to home bound members around the town.  More than one time is planned to accommodate our volunteer singers and the many who they will visit. Watch for details in our church publicity each fall.
 
Volunteer Opportunities abound for seniors at FUMC Fort Collins.  A wide range of seniors volunteer to make senior ministry possible and are also involved in various ministry programs of the church that serve the congregation and people in the community and beyond. These include Faith Family Hospitality, Congregational Care Visitation Team, Love in Action, FUMC Transportation Ministry, and the welcoming ministries of greeting and ushering. Seniors are active in our teaching, music, library, and various outreach ministries. You will see them serving in numerous areas that reach out to others of all ages, and intergenerational events are welcome!



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