Adult Faith Formation

Throughout the year, a variety of Adult Faith Formation opportunities are available through First Church. We hope you will find something that piques your interest and nourishes your faith. These classes are open to all and there are no fees unless mentioned in the blurbs below. Come back often to check out our schedule of adult education offerings. If you have questions or you are interested in leading a class or are looking for a specific topic, be sure to contact Debbie Houghton (


Summer 2018 Reading for Faith Formation
Looking for some thoughtful reading choices about faith this summer?
Here are some creative, thought-provoking choices that reflect our church and our theology.


Adult Faith Formation Fall Offerings

Adult Faith Formation Sunday offerings are offered in a rotation schedule – each Sunday will focus on a different aspect of our spiritual lives:

Linking to the center – First Sundays
Living in creation – Second Sundays
Loving the community – Third Sundays
Learning to be Christ followers – Fourth Sundays

All classes meet in the same location and at the same time on Sundays: 11:00 am – 12:15 pm in Calkins Hall

New! Childcare is now provided Sunday mornings, 10:45am-12:15pm, for parents attending worship or other church activity. There is no cost to families for this service. Please come to the A room to check in your child between 10:45am and 11:15am.

FIRST SUNDAYS: Centering Through Faith  We are all searching for deeper meaning and divine connection in our life. Join us as we share and learn practices that nourish our faith journeys. Sessions will introduce centering practices like expressions of prayer, drumming circles, Advent yoga, and visio divina. Come along on the journey to learn and practice new (and very, very old) ways to celebrate the Divine and deepen your spiritual connection.
First meeting, 10/7: Different Expressions of Prayer with Carole DeHart.  

SECOND SUNDAYS: Conversations About Science and Religion  How do we bridge the gap between science and religion? Join Rev. Al Bamsey and our own FUMC science and medical community for conversations about experiences and struggles with faith, belief, and the place of God in scientific study. We’ll focus on technology and religion for the 2018-19 season, with the book Technology and Religion: Remaining Human in a co-created World by Noreen Herzfeld. Read more about our meetings and future plans.
First meeting: 10/14, speaker Larry Englehardt. 

THIRD SUNDAYS: Vital Conversations: An interactive video series on racial justice. Vital conversations are essential for every Christian community that strives to deepen individual and corporate faith and worship, bring new people into relationship with God, and to make a credible witness to the power of Christ and His church to transform the world for the better. These sessions from the General Commission on Race and Religion of the UMC will nudge you into conversation about the challenges of race, culture, and oppression in the church and world today.
Read more about our meetings and future plans.  

FOURTH SUNDAYS: Faithful Living — Telling Our Stories  Stories can open our eyes into the workings of God in the world and in our day-to-day lives. We just need to think about the story in terms of finding the “god moment” — when the unexpected happens, or we find ourselves helping another, or we see small actions of love between strangers. Learn how to look for holy moments as we hear stories of witnessing the unexpected  from fellow congregants.
First meeting: 9/23; Donna Wegryn and Mark Wickham share stories about their work with Habitat for Humanity



If your passion is in learning about and solving food insecurity issues in our community and in Michigan, please join us. Read more about our group and our upcoming plans.  9/30: 11:00am in Calkins Hall

Are you curious about the challenges faced by those with disabilities? Do you have a disability and want to share your experiences? Becoming more aware is the first step in being more welcoming.
9/30: “Hearing Loss” facilitated by Karen Kurcz, at 11:00am in the Asbury room
10/28: “Depression” facilitated by Janet Fogler, at 11:00am in the Asbury room


Bring your lunch and join us for this midday hour-long Bible study on the book of Job this fall. This drop-in weekly “Brown Bag” study is a great place to either begin a regular practice of reading Bible, or to ponder books of the Bible you have yet to read.
Tuesdays, Sep. 11-Dec. 11 from 12:00-1:00pm in the Chapel.

Disciple combines the study of the Bible with a small group atmosphere; many Disciple alumni cite it as a crucial piece of their faith journey. It is a commitment – we will be meeting weekly for a year, with breaks for holiday times – but you will gain so much by learning and sharing in this beloved community!
Begins Sep. 18, meeting on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm.
Contact Debbie Houghton if you are curious or interested (

We are very pleased to partner with Literati Bookstore to bring Anne Lamott to our sanctuary for a reading and talk, just a few short days after the release of her latest book, Almost Everything: Notes on Hope. Both the 4:00 and  7:00pm readings are now sold out.

An additional opportunity: Anne Lamott Pop Up Book Club
If you are an Anne Lamott fan, or would like to learn more about her before her visit, consider attending one of these pop-up book club sessions to discuss her books:

Wednesday, September 19 (6:30-8:30pm in the Asbury room)
Discussion of Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

Wednesday, October 3 (6:30-8:30pm in the Asbury room)
Discussion of Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

Wednesday, October 17 (6:30-8:30pm in the Asbury room)
Discussion of Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

Saturday, October 27 from 9:30-11:30am at Green Wood

Nadia Bolz-Weber will be with us the evening of Tuesday, March 19. More information on this event coming soon.


VirtualStoreLogoIf you are interested in buying any of Adult Education books, please do so through our Cokesbury Virtual Store. First United Methodist Church benefits when you shop with Cokesbury using this link.


Please contact our Director of Adult Education, Debbie Houghton, or the church office for more information,