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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 kschmucker@faithumchurch.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!

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Jesus Revealed: The I Am Statements in the Gospel of John

Worship and Study Series begins January 1

Discover Jesus' character through the "I Am" statements found in the Gospel of John. These are statements that Christ made about himself to teach us who he is! We can't wait to journey through "Jesus Revealed" with you.

Get Connected in one of the Jesus Revealed Study Groups:

  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm with Pastor Steve, beginning January 4
  • Tuesdays at 6:30pm, Women’s Study Group, beginning January 10
  • Wednesdays at 6:30pm, After Dinner Table Talk, beginning January 11

Faith 101

Wednesdays, 6:30pm, Starting January 18

Facilitators: Pastor Steve, Pastor Jake, Kathy Schmucker

Review the Christian Faith, Methodism and Faith United. Join Pastors Steve and Jake and Spiritual Formation, Kathy Schmucker. 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.

After Dinner Table Talk

Wednesdays 

Join us for fellowship and conversation following Wednesday Dinner Worship.

Jesus Revealed, Tuesday Women’s Group

Tuesdays at 6:30pm 

Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings

Discover Jesus' character through the "I Am" statements found in the Gospel of John. Light. Bread. Shepherd. Life. The Gospel of John uses these and other symbols to paint a picture of who Jesus is. Through the I Am statements Jesus describes himself with rich images, showing us that he is both fully human and fully divine and calling us as his followers. Join us in exploring how these words point beyond themselves to the deep mystery of Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus Revealed

Wednesdays at 6:30pm 

Facilitators: Pastor Steve

Discover Jesus' character through the "I Am" statements found in the Gospel of John. Light. Bread. Shepherd. Life. The Gospel of John uses these and other symbols to paint a picture of who Jesus is. Through the I Am statements Jesus describes himself with rich images, showing us that he is both fully human and fully divine and calling us as his followers. Join us in exploring how these words point beyond themselves to the deep mystery of Jesus Christ.

 

Through the Year with John Wesley Text Group

Facilitators: Pastor Steve and Pastor Jake

Join Pastor Steve and Pastor Jake in exploring the daily readings in the book Through the Year with John Wesley. This group will connect through text messages for support and encouragement throughout the year. A deeply spiritual man of high integrity and indomitable character, Wesley strove to present great Christian truths to the non-churchgoing masses of England throughout the 1700s, making a powerful impact upon the nation; the like of which has rarely been felt since. Each daily reading is a pure extract from Reverend John Wesley's prolific output as an intelligent, thoughtful and passionate writer. Married to appropriate verses of Scripture and a daily prayer, the words he left behind carry an ancient power.

 

The Gospel of Matthew

Wednesdays, 6:30pm, starts February 1, 

Facilitators: Pastor Jake

In the Gospel of Matthew, we find an account of who Jesus is and who Jesus calls his disciples to be. Join Pastor Jake for a read through of this Gospel! Each week we will gather to read and then talk through the book chapter by chapter. Join us in person or by Zoom.

Resilient: Restoring Your Weary Soul During these Turbulent Times, Men’s Life Study

Two Saturdays a month, 8am, Beyesly’s Restaurant 

Facilitator: Jim Skinnner and Victor Stefan

Does your soul feel drained from the madness of modern life, the toll of global crises, and pandemic challenges? Eldredge offers tools to recover your joy, strengthen your heart, and thrive through the storm! Drawing on scriptural wisdom and powerful stories of determination, this study will bolster your spirit and help develop your resilience!

The Lord's Prayer, Wednesday Women’s Group

Wednesdays at 9:00am, Starts January 11, Parlor/Zoom

Facilitators: Linda Reynolds

Most of us know the Lord's Prayer by heart - but do we really appreciate the power of its words? In this insightful 6-week study, Adam Hamilton helps you find a deeper understanding of the petition you may have come to recite without thinking. Learn how it can serve as a pattern for your everyday devotional life.

 

Book Discussion Group 

7pm, March 30, 2023 

Coordinator: Jan Baker

Join us for this quarter’s book discussion to discuss Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus.  This book has been on many lists of "Best Books of 2020."  It's a fictional look back at the struggles of women in science.  Deb Howard will lead the discussion.

Book of Acts Monday Night Bible Study

Mondays at 6:30pm

Facilitator Ron Luikart

Acts is a blueprint for the church today. Our study will examine that idea in relationship to what is going on in our world today. Join us on Monday evenings as we explore the Book of Acts.

Spiritual Seekers Sunday School

Sundays at 9:45am 

Facilitator: Bob Snyder, Conference Room & Zoom

The End of Me: Where Real-Life in the Upside-Down Ways of Jesus Begins. Are you sometimes perplexed with Jesus’s teaching? Do you really want what he wants? Join the Spiritual Seekers Sunday School class in exploring Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount and the abundant life Jesus promised when embracing His inside-out way of life.

Second Wind

Coordinator: Joanne Fox

Second Wind meets 8 times a year on the 2nd Tuesday at 1:00pm.   We are a fellowship group that meets for a snack, dessert and a program led by various speakers.   Anyone is welcome, especially retirees and seniors.

 

Common Ground Moms Group

Sundays at 9:45am, Nursery

Facilitator: Rebekah Heskett

Moms and their little ones are invited to gather for Bible Study and conversation! In Common Ground, we will explore Scriptures that hold the key to living at peace despite our differences. Exploring biblical stories of rivalries will help us learn to live at peace with others even when we disagree.

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.

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.

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 Missionssewing for missions

1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 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.

Fellowship of Love

 

A quarterly gathering for women of all ages united in love, fellowship and mission to learn and love and care for others. Contact for invitation list: Maribeth Wilmer.

 

Fun Over 50

A fellowship group for single individuals age 50+, 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.

What is the Emmaus Ministry?  

Learn about Emmaus Spiritual Renewal Weekends and accountability groups.

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Music Groups

Faith United offers a wide variety of music groups for all ages to use their gifts and passion for vocal or instrumental music in worship.

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