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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 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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The Bible Year - 2022 Church Wide Reading and Study Project

Read the New Testament this fall!

Let’s journey through the Bible together! By studying the Bible every day, you’re enriching your spiritual life and developing a deeper faith. Imagine how reading the Bible together as a congregation will make a difference in our church and community! Reading the Bible in a year might seem daunting, but The Bible Year has divided the Scripture into 365 smaller, daily goals.

  • Weekly scriptures in the Navigator
  • A devotional with summaries and key themes to help you better digest and understand the scripture readings is available at the Gathering Area Book Resource Table.
  • Weekly videos to enhance your reading experience are available on Amplify Media through our church subscription.
  • Monthly reflection and discussion with Pastor Steve, Pastor Jake and Spiritual Formation Director, Kathy Schmucker on the last Sunday at 6:30pm via Zoom.

Treasure: October Worship and Study Series

Treasure, written by UMC pastor Jacob Armstrong, invites us all to explore Jesus’ radical message about our treasure and our hearts from the Sermon on the Mount.

  • Pick up a copy of the Treasure Daily Readings from the Gathering Area Book Resource Table
  • Worship Services- Sundays 8:30am & 10:30am, Wednesday Dinner Worship 5:45pm
  • Treasure study videos available on our Amplify Media account
  • Click here for more information about our Treasure Group Leaders
    • Mondays, 7pm via Zoom, Facilitators: Rob and Tory Christian, starts October 3
    • Thursdays, 7pm via Zoom, Facilitators: Michael and Elise Krigline, starts October 6
    • Fridays, 10:30am, Conference Room/Zoom, Facilitator: Pastor Steve, starts October 7

Faith 101

Wednesdays at 6:30pm, starting September 14, Parlor/Zoom

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.

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.

Called, Tuesday Women’s Group

Tuesdays at 6:30pm

Facilitators: Sue Bell and Sue Schillings

God calls us to a life that we could never imagine on our own. Throughout the Bible, God interrupts the lives of ordinary men and women, calling and empowering them to lives of service they never could have imagined on their own! Discover how to hear and respond to the unique call God is placing on your life through the stories of ordinary people found in the Bible.

 

Not In It To Win It, Men’s Life Study

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

Facilitator: Kim Reynolds

Is it possible to disagree politically and love unconditionally? Viewing politics thru the wide-angle lens of faith. Choosing sides can sideline the church. The author guides us to the priorities of Christ as we navigate the complicated and emotionally charged paths of today's cultural divides and disagreements.

Spiritual Seekers Sunday School

Sundays at 9:45am 

Facilitator: Bob Snyder, Conference Room & Zoom

The Vanishing Conscience: Drawing the Line in a No-Fault, Guilt-Free World. Are you becoming a person who finds it easy to shift blame, deny guilt, or excuse moral failure in yourself and others?  In this compelling book, we will be encouraged to confront our culture’s flight from moral responsibility.

What Does it Mean to be Chosen?, Wednesday Women’s Group

Wednesdays at 9:00am, Parlor/Zoom

Facilitators: Linda Reynolds

Being chosen by Jesus has beautiful and far-reaching implications--although it says even more about the Chooser than the choosees. We are loved because God is love. We are saved because God is merciful. We belong to the family of God because Jesus invites us, making the Bible and all its promises as true for us today as it was for God's chosen people. What does it actually mean to be Chosen? To answer that question, we're going Old school--Testament that is--which leads us back to the New. Which always leads us directly to Jesus.

 

Book Discussion Group 

7pm, September 29, 

Facilitator: Jan Baker

Join us as for a discussion of Jodi Picoult's Wish You Were Here, a timely story about separation during the pandemic.

Book of Luke Monday Night Bible Study

Mondays at 6:30pm, starting September 12

Facilitator Ron Luikart

Our group will be studying the book of Luke. We will explore Jesus’s interactions with individuals on the fringes of society, examine Luke’s unique perspective of Jesus as the Son of Man, and understand how Luke’s portrayal of Jesus has profound implications for our relationship with God today. Our primary text will be the Bible. Open discussions and perspectives are encouraged. Supplemental materials may be used to enhance the readings.

After Dinner Table Talk

Wednesdays 

Join us for fellowship and conversation following Wednesday Dinner Worship.

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.

 

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.

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.

 

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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Virtual lobby

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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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Library and Media Center

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