Programs & Groups
Whether you participate a group every year, or this is your first time ever, EVERYONE is welcome! We believe that being part of a connect group is SO MUCH MORE than attending a meeting. It is an opportunity to KNOW, LOVE, and SERVE. Adult Connect Groups provide a way to live UNITED and to pray for each other. It is a group to do life with, ask the hard questions, and SHARPEN OUR FAITH. It is worth the investment! Scroll below to learn more about current Adult group offerings happening at Faith United.
New groups always forming! Listed below are the current Adult Groups offerings. For more information or to register for a group, complete the Adult Group Form or contact the group facilitator or Kathy Schmucker, Director of Spiritual Formation, at 330-224-6138 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Adult Groups continue to be added. If you don’t see what you are looking for, contact Kathy Schmucker. Maybe you have an idea for a new group!
Close to Home Advent Visio Divina Art Bible Study
Thursdays, 7pm, December 2 & 9
Facilitator: Kathy Schmucker, Zoom
Visio Divina, Latin for “divine seeing,” is a method of meditation, reflection, and prayer through a process of intentional seeing. Engage in exploring the art featured in the Close to Home Advent worship series as we blend visual meditation with group discussion, insight from the artists, and bible study. Participate in one or all of the sessions.
"Ordinary Glory" by Lauren Wright Pittman | A Sanctified Art LLC | sanctifiedart.org
The Heart that Grew Three Sizes: Finding Faith in the Story of the Grinch
Sundays at 9:45am, December 5 & 12
Facilitator: Kathy Schmucker, Parlor & Zoom
We don’t know why the Grinch hated Christmas. We just know he did. In this Advent study, we will explore the faith themes in the Christmas classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! How did the Grinch’s heart grow three sizes come Christmas morning? How did Christmas save the Grinch? This Advent and Christmas season, look at a familiar classic through the lens of faith and see how Christ speaks to us through our culture.
Diving Deeper Love Your Neighbor 2.0
1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30pm
In-person & Zoom
The Love Your Neighbor 2.0 is a 5 session opportunity to dive more deeply into important social justice topics with fellow Christians. We are called and challenged to love our neighbors, even when we disagree and/or don’t understand their perspective. Diving Deeper is an opportunity to spend several sessions on single topics as we explore the intersection of the Scriptures with important topics like Critical Race Theory, housing and voting rights to gain new insight, understanding and perspective.
Into the Deep: Diving into a Life of Courageous Faith
Sundays at 9:45am
Facilitator: Bob Snyder, Conference Room & Zoom
Following Jesus doesn't guarantee sunny skies and smooth sailing. In fact, the waters of life are often tumultuous, crashing over us. Sometimes we can feel that we're drowning in a sea of confusion, division, frustration, complacency, or disillusionment. We need more than a shallow faith to survive these deep waters. Into the Deep is an invitation to dive headfirst into a life of courageous faith. With endearing warmth and authenticity, Lauren Gaskill shares how she and others have learned to swim with Jesus in the deep waters of life--facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, and chronic illness--only to discover a more authentic, enduring faith that cannot be shaken by circumstances. In addition to examining the character of God and the lives of women and men of the Bible who chose to dive deeper with God, we will explore practical examples and tools that help us take our faith to the next level by learning to make decisions by faith alone, control our reactions to overwhelming situations, and live a life rooted in love. Get ready to exchange fear and frustration for the boldness, courage, and holy confidence that lead to a life of deep faith. The Spiritual Seekers Sunday School class will focus on resources that will help strengthen our relationship with Jesus Christ by using materials that will help foster personal growth in each class member’s respective faith journey.
Difficult Words of Jesus: A Guide to His Most Perplexing Teachings
Tuesday PM Women’s Group, Tuesday’s at 6:30pm
Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings, Parlor and Zoom
Jesus provided his disciples teachings for how to follow Torah, God’s word; he told them parables to help them discern questions of ethics and of human nature; he offered them beatitudes for comfort and encouragement. But sometimes Jesus spoke words that followers then and now have found difficult. He instructs disciples to hate members of their own families (Luke 14:26), to act as if they were slaves (Matthew 20:27), and to sell their belongings and give to the poor (Luke 18:22). He restricts his mission (Matthew 10:6); he speaks of damnation (Matthew 8:12); he calls Jews the devil’s children (John 8:44). In The Difficult Words of Jesus, Amy-Jill Levine shows how these difficult teachings would have sounded to the people who first heard them, how have they been understood over time, and how we might interpret them in the context of the Gospel of love and reconciliation.
The Minor Prophets Monday Night Bible Study
Mondays at 6:30 pm, in the Parlor
Facilitator Ron Luikart
The Minor Prophets are often overlooked. However, one commentator says this, “One theme that unifies the 12 prophets is Israel’s relationship with God. What does God demand of humans? How do historical events signify God’s word? These are questions that appear throughout Biblical prophecy. But nowhere in the Bible does a single book present as wide a variety of views on these subjects as does the collection of the Twelve Minor prophets. Even in a single time period, there is a remarkable diversity of views.” The Bible will be our primary text and we will use commentaries and online references to help us gain insight into these books.
Not a Silent Night: Mary Looks Back to Bethlehem
Wednesday Women’s Group - Wednesdays at 9am, December 1, 8, & 15
Facilitator: Linda Reynolds, Zoom
Witness the life and ministry of Jesus Christ through the eyes of Mary. This year, experience Advent and Christmas with the one who knew Jesus more intimately than anyone else—his mother, Mary. Imagine the pain she felt at the crucifixion, her pride as Jesus’ ministry grew, and her unrestrained joy when she looked into his tiny face that fateful night in the stable. Adam Hamilton helps you witness the life of Jesus from Mary’s unique perspective, starting at the very end and traveling back in time to the very beginning—the night of Christ’s birth.
Book Discussion Group
January 27, 2022 at 7pm
Faith United's Parlor
Our discussion will center on Erik Larson's The Splendid and the Vile. The book cover calls it a "Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance during the Blitz." "I was impressed with the ways Churchill kept his country's spirits up prior to the entry of the U.S. into WWII. The author researched diaries and other archival documents to create this great book." – Jan Baker, Book Discussion Group Coordinator.
Love Your Neighbor Walk: Widening the Table
A 15-day study designed to create dedicated time and space to delve into scripture and connect God's word to our social justice habits, particularly those dealing with issues of race, power, and leadership. Each day provides opportunities to reflect on scripture then select from a variety of activities such as reading an article, listening to a podcast or watching a video. The Love Your Neighbor Walk is indebted to the faithful work of the Stark County Dismantling Racism Task Force and their 15 Day Unity Challenge to Dismantle Racism in Stark County. Click Here to access. For more information contact a member of the organizing team: Donna Benzing, Mike Howard, Pastor Jake, Teresa Purses, Kim Reynolds, Kathy Schmucker, or Tom Strauch.
Freeing Jesus: Men’s Life Study
Two Saturday’s a month at 8am at Beyesly’s Restaurant
Facilitator: Kim Reynolds
A men's group that typically meets at a local restaurant. We use resource books that provide opportunities for discussion focused on the content from the book we are reading. Discussion questions and comments are provided by the facilitator and other viewpoints are welcomed and encouraged. Books that have been the foundation for our faith based discussions have included topics such as expanding our faith journey, understanding other religions, serving others in the community, building relationships, deeper understanding of New Testament books, reaching out to those who are oppressed and exploring controversies within Christianity. This fall we will study the book, Freeing Jesus.
Thursday Afternoon Group
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thursdays at 1:00pm in the Parlor at Faith United
Coordinator: Mike Flechtner
Prayer Shawls are the most heartfelt of gifts. They wrap, enfold, comfort, mother, hug, cover, shelter, beautify and give solace to our recipients. Our knitters and crocheters laugh, cry, love, and pray over the shawls while we make them. The official Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting is from 1-3 on the first Thursday of the month. Because we have so much fun, we meet the other three Thursdays to knit, crochet, and have fellowship. Please join us. We provide the hooks, needles, patterns and yarn.
2022 Dates Coming Soon
Facilitators: Pastor Steve, Pastor Jake, Kathy Schmucker, Parlor & Zoom
Review the Christian Faith, Methodism and Faith United. Join Pastors Steve and Jake and Spiritual Formation, Kathy Schmucker in the Parlor and via Zoom on Sunday mornings. Whether you are new to Faith United or you have been here for a while, this class is a way to rediscover the wonder and power of the Christian faith; the mission, history, and theology of the United Methodist Church; and the unique expression of both at Faith United.
Friday Afternoon Study
Theology for the Times
Fridays at 1:00 pm by Zoom.
Contact Tom Strauch and Kathy Schmucker.
Theology for the Times"...with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper in the other." This is how a 20th century theologian calls for followers of Jesus to discern and empower faithful living. Join this effort by engaging in a 'Theology for our Times' conversation to inform faithful living.
Faith and the Environment
Coordinator: Bob Kuchner
"People of Faith caring for our World"
Faith and the Environment Ministry here at Faith United is an expression of our congregations' need to put into action the gratitude we feel for this magnificent earth. The divine nature of our Creator bestows on all that is created as a sacred legacy. Collectively we commit ourselves to the task of under-standing and preserving this legacy.
Visit Faith and the Environment's page for more information.
Sewing for Missions
Join us this Fall on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 6:30pm!
Coordinator: Sue Bell
God has called us to use our sewing abilities to help many people and be a bright spot in someone's dark day. Join us on Wednesday nights to help sew the various projects we complete. We are always looking for ways that God is calling us to bless people through our sewing.
Fun Over 50
This is a fellowship group for anyone over the age of 50 who is single. The purpose of the group is to give singles the opportunity to enjoy meals out, movies, concerts, plays, etc., with others who have similar interests. We do not meet on any set day or at any set time. We take advantage of activities as the opportunity arises. Some things we have done in the past are Canton Symphony Orchestra concerts, Players Guild of Canton productions, VOCI concerts, Academy Award nominated movies at the Palace Theater, Concerts at Blossom Music Center, productions at Porthouse Theater, brunch at Arrowhead, and local high school plays just to name a few. Our members are always open to ideas for activities, and we always welcome new members.
Check back soon for updates
Various speakers and programs are held on the second Tuesday of the month.
United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women is 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. Circle of Faith, Circle of Love and Lydia Circle welcome new members!
Women’s Prayer Breakfast
Men’s Prayer Group