Fall is right around the corner, and so is an exciting line-up for the Wednesday Night LIFE (WNL). Please consider joining a LIFE Group as we learn and grow in our Christian faith. Not only will we take the time to study and learn together, we also will get the opportunity to partake in Communion at 5:30, followed by sharing a meal. Sharing meals together has been part of the Christian faith since the days of Jesus and the disciples. Mark your calendars as we kick-off Fall Wednesday Night LIFE with exciting opportunities to learn, grow, and fellowship together!
WNL Dates: begins on Wednesday, September 5th with the Pack Shack Kick-Off.
LIFE Groups begin Wednesday, September 12th and ending Wednesday, November 14th, the week before Thanksgiving.
You can sign up online CLICK HERE, or by calling the church office, or at our kickoff event September 5.
Meals (5:45pm – 6:30pm):
As we fellowship together over dinner, all are welcome to attend. Dinner is $5.00 per person, with a $15.00 limit for families. If the cost is a concern for anyone, please speak with a minister. This will be a brief, simple meal as we quickly transition to 6:30 LIFE Groups.
LIFE Groups We will offer one early class at 4:30 and all others start at 6:30-7:30: (SEE DETAILS BELOW)
Pack Shack WNL Kickoff Event September 5th 6-7:30pm at Tilles Elementary Tornado Shelter at 815 N. 16th Street, Fort Smith
Join us for a light meal at 6:00 followed by the Pack Shack event from 6:30-7:30. We will come together to pack 20,000 meals to be used in local hunger relief for the children and youth of our neighborhood partner schools, Tilles, Darby, Northside, and Belle Point Center. This is part of the Arkansas United Methodist Conferences 200,000 Reason Initiative! There will be information about all the studies being offered for WNL. You can discuss the content and style of various LIFE groups to help you better decide which group you’d like to join, and you may sign up at the Kickoff!
FALL LIFE GROUPS
** Books and materials for each class will be provided at the first life group meeting**
UNITED METHODIST ESSENTIALS with Rev. Dr. Bud Reeves
What do Methodists believe? Who was John Wesley, and why is he important? How are we organized? Why do we do some of the strange things we do? What do we believe about social issues? If these or a hundred other questions have ever occurred to you, maybe you need to be in “United Methodist Essentials” with Bro. Bud this fall. It’s an introduction and overview of all things Methodist–perfect if you’re new or coming from another faith tradition, but also great if you need a refresher course in the UMC.
LITURGY OF THE ORDINARY by Tish Harrison Warren with Rev. Dane Womack
Many of us go through the day feeling like we cannot connect with God. But God can become present to us in surprising ways through our everyday routines. Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices and the habits that form us. The author, Rev’d Tish Harrison Warren is an Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother. She relates daily activities to spiritual practices and Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day with Rev. Dane Womack.
UNAFRAID-LIVING WITH COURAGE AND HOPE IN UNCERTAIN TIMES by Adam Hamilton with Rev. Janice Sudbrink & Connie Adrion
Rev. Adam Hamilton draws on research, real life examples and fresh biblical insight to show us how to untangle the knots we feel about disappointing others, failure, financial insecurity, insignificance and aging. For anyone struggling with fear or wondering how families and communities can thrive in troubled times, Unafraid offers an informed and inspiring message full of practical solutions. Join Rev. Janice Sudbrink and Mrs. Connie Adrion for this exciting study!
JOHN: THE GOSPEL OF LIGHT & LIFE with Rev. Don Thrasher (Two class times to choose-4:30 pm and 6:30 pm)
The Gospel of John is the most deeply spiritual of the four gospels and is filled with rich images and profound truths. And John notes that his aim in writing the gospel is that readers will not only believe in Jesus Christ, but that they “may have life in his name.” Join our newest staff member, Minister of Adult Discipleship Rev. Don Thrasher, for this compelling Bible Study of John using Adam Hamilton’s study book.
CARING THROUGH CARDS with Kelly DeSoto & Gail Oakes
Caring Through Cards with Kelly DeSoto & Gail Oakes is a card-making class for individuals interested in hand-making seasonal and greeting cards. The cards will then be sent to church members as a practice of congregational care and ministry. The class is fun with shared devotionals, lots of fellowship, and no prep work or outside reading.
RE:FORM (YOUTH) Teacher TBD
re:form Ancestors is a light-hearted study on the similarities between our church ancestors and ourselves. Through videos, crafts, and discussions, our youth will engage with the heroes (and antiheroes) of the Old Testament. We may have a lot more in common with the Israelites 3,000 years ago than we think! It’s time to find out whether history repeats itself!
PILGRIMMAGE (YOUTH-HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS & JUNIORS) with Michael Mings
The Pilgrimage is a year long Senior High Covenant Discipleship Group. On this journey, high school juniors and seniors will be challenged to go deeper into their faith as they read through the Bible, serve in missions, and discover the great joys of following Jesus daily. In the summer of 2019, Pilgrim students will travel together to a surprise location for study of Methodist history, volunteer opportunities, and church partnerships. Interested students are invited to speak with Michael about this group and its expectations.
CHILDREN with Sally Ware, Karen Wyatt, Randy O’Kelly and Kelly Jacimore
1st through 6th children will be taking on “Mission Impossible” we will have challenges, games and learn cool things about the Bible! Nursery available for age’s 0-Kindergarten with Ms. Linda and Ms. Kerri.