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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.   



David W. Reid, Director of Adult Faith Formation

, (970) 581-2707


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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.   



David W. Reid, Director of Adult Faith Formation

, (970) 581-2707


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


Adult Faith Formation


The Adult Faith Formation (AFF) mission is to develop, nurture, and enhance spiritual growth through experience, reflection, prayer, and study. This mission is carried out through programs, classes, and small groups, with a focus on topics that will enrich and foster personal growth and promote a lifelong commitment to God. Here are some major programs:


World Wisdoms Project: First Church 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 2017-18 year is “Experiencing the Sacred: Sharing Wisdom through Music, Story, and Art.” 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?

Richard Hagen Lecture: This endowed lecture made its debut in March 2017 with a presentation on "Callings in Life and Work" by Bryan J. Dyk, associate professor and associate chair of the Department of Psychology at Colorado State University. The lecture honors the late Richard Hagen, a member of First Church who exemplified lifelong learning. 



       Willie Jennings, a renowned theologian from Yale Divinity School, was our 2019 Hagen Lecture guest.


     Jennings is an associate professor of systematic theology and Africana studies at Yale. His address is titled, “Living a Revolutionary Love: How to be a Christian in a Racial World.”

     His book, The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race, received the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for groundbreaking work on race and Christianity. The award is given by the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and the University of Louisville to those who have presented ideas with the potential to bring about change in the world through religion. It is accompanied by an award of $100,000.

Jennings’ commentary on the Book of Acts won the Reference book of the Year award from the Academy of Parish Clergy.

     Jennings was born and reared in Grand Rapids, Mich. He received his B.A. in religion from Calvin College, where he was president of the Black Student Union. He earned his M.Div. degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. degree from Duke University.

Along with his wife, the Rev. Joanne L. Browne Jennings, he served as an associate minister at Mount Level Baptist Church in Durham, N.C., for many years and as interim pastor for several Presbyterian and Baptist churches in North Carolina.

     The Hagen Lecture is funded by an endowment of the Adult Faith Formation Committee. It honors the late Richard Hagen, a member of First Church and exemplar of lifelong learning. Donors including his family, friends, and other individuals and classes at First Church have met the initial goal of $20,000 for the endowment. The committee seeks to increase the endowment significantly so that no budget funds are required to underwrite this annual event in the future. There is no admission charge for the lecture but donations to the endowment fund are encouraged. Checks designated for the Hagen Lecture also may be sent to the FCFUMC Foundation.



Wednesday Noon Books: This ongoing activity welcomes new members at the beginning of each study. Recent studies have included Way of Love: Rediscovering the Heart of Christianity by Norman Wirzba; The Great Spiritual Migration: How the World's Largest Religion Is Seeking a Better Way to Be Christian by Brian McLaren; October 31,1517: Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World by Martin E. Marty;  Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help Our Churches and Neighborhoods Flourish by C. Christopher Smith; and Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church by Rachel Held Evans.  Some studies are also offered on Wednesday evenings.  


Additional Activities: Book studies, Bible studies, classes on spiritual 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.   



Open Hearts Class

Sundays, ongoing, Village Commons
11 a.m.–noon
Contact: Gordon Smith, 


The Open Hearts class provides its adult members with opportunities to learn, build relationships, and 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 also supports outreach projects such as Safe House and Village Earth. New members are always welcome!

Upper Room Sunday School Class

Sundays, ongoing, 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 form 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.



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's 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 at  or Nelda Carpenter at 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 – 6–8:30 p.m

Contact Julie Wilson – 


Ruth: 4th Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

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 through 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


  • 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 9:15–10:15 a.m.

Where: FUMC Parlor

Contact: Liza White,  

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

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



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.  


Thursday Bible Study

A Thursday Bible study breakfast is hosted at 6:30 a.m. at the Breakfast Club, 121 W. Monroe (corner of Monroe & Mason). This Bible study is led by Rev. Bob Firebaugh, a retired UMC elder.


Adventures in Faith

This men's study group meets at 8 a.m. Sunday in the Village Commons. The group's goal is to build our relationship with God and each other through weekly fellowship, periodic outings that take advantage of our beautiful surroundings and the diverse interests of the group's members, and an annual retreat. Contact Nick Rohrbacker at  for more information. 




Senior Ministry at FUMC draws participants aged 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 the Christian community – persons of all ages and faiths, though are always welcome! Options abound as do the wide-ranging interests of our participants. 



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, at .


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 a.m. 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 p.m. 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 dialogue. This is a free event - all are welcome.
OK 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 group meets each 1st and 3rd Thursday from 3–4 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 p.m. 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 wildlife 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 a day or half-day outings to area places of interest using the church van or carpools. 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 within 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 homebound 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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