Sundays at 9:45 am in Room 5 beginning February 2.
Facilitators: Pastors Steve and Cara.
Review the Christian Faith, Methodism and Faith United with Pastors Steve and Cara. 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.
Is It Possible?
Facilitators: Pastor Cara, Tom Strauch and Cindy Wilcox
We are calling those who long to engage the question, “Is it possible…?” Is it possible to stay together in holy community all the while bringing different beliefs? This question has been asked of the worldwide United Methodist Church many times in our history. Today the specific question is “Is it possible to stay together in holy community when we have different beliefs regarding the full inclusion of our brothers and sisters who are in same gender relationships through pastoral leadership and celebration of marriage?” We are calling anyone who wants to join us as we engage this question, “Is it possible…?” Join us for this Iron Sharpens Iron group on Wednesday evenings following Wednesday Dinner and Worship.
The Way of Forgiveness
Sundays at 11:00 am beginning February 2.
Facilitators: Pastors Steve and Cara
It takes a lot of willingness and practice to see life from God's perspective. Perhaps nothing goes more against the grain of human nature than forgiving those who wound us and accepting forgiveness from others. But practicing forgiveness will transform your life and help you grow in the heart and mind of Christ. Author Marjorie J. Thompson gives guidance for such ticklish questions as: Does forgiveness mean release from consequences of sin? Are there no limits to forgiveness? How do we deal with absent offenders or people who refuse to forgive us? A unique feature of this book is the inclusion of a reproduction of Rembrandt's Return of the Prodigal Son. Over the course of the study, the artwork will serve as a focal point for reflection and discovery.
Ask: Faith Questions in a Skeptical Age
Faith Meets Life Sunday School Class
Sundays at 9:45 am in room 16
Facilitators: Janice Golden and Kim Reynolds
Finding the answers to hard questions in a skeptical age. We live in a skeptical age. People—especially young people—express doubts about Christian faith. In this thoughtful eight week study, Bishop Scott J. Jones, author of The Wesleyan Way, partners with his son, Rev. Arthur Jones, to address hard questions that all of us face when considering faith, religion, and the church. Session titles include: Can only one religion be true? Why is there suffering and evil? How can I believe in science and creation? How can I believe in a God I can't prove? Can I trust the Old Testament? Are marriage, sex, and family life religious issues? Was Jesus' resurrection real? Why do Christians disagree about so many things?
Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today
Monday evenings at 6:30 pm.
Facilitator: Ron Luikart
Denominations from evangelical to mainline continue to experience divisions over universal social issues. The underlying debate isn't about a particular social issue, but instead it is about how we understand the nature of scripture and how we should interpret it. The world's bestselling, most-read, and most-loved book is also one of the most confusing. In Making Sense of the Bible, Adam Hamilton, one of the country's leading pastors and Christian authors, addresses the hot-button issues that plague the church and cultural debate, and answers many of the questions frequently asked by Christians and non-Christians alike. Did God really command Moses to put gay people to death? Did Jesus really teach that everyone who is not a Christian will be assigned to hell? Why would Paul command women to "keep silent in the church?" Were Adam and Eve real people? Is the book of Revelation really about the end times? Who decided which books made it into the scriptures and why? Is the Bible ever wrong? In approachable and inviting language, Hamilton addresses these often misunderstood biblical themes leading readers to a deeper appreciation of the Bible so that we might hear God speak through it and find its words to be life-changing and life-giving.
Men’s Prayer Group
Tuesdays at 6:00 am
Coordinator: Ron Luikart.
We meet early Tuesday mornings to read and discuss God's word. We fellowship and pray for each other and for our church.
Coffee Talk-Navigating the Messiness of Faith and Life
Fourth Tuesday at 9:30 am at Cultured Coffee and Waffles on Portage Ave.
Coordinator: Kathy Schmucker.
Quilts to Share
Tuesdays at 9:00 am in room 8.
We meet each Tuesday morning from 9-11:30 am.
Coordinator: Nan Davis.
We make flannel baby quilts for the NICU at Aultman hospital and quilts for nursing homes. This is not your mothers quilt group. If you know how to sew a seam or tie a knot we welcome you!
Discerning the Voice of God
Tuesday Woman’s Study at 6:30 pm in the West Parlor.
Facilitators: Sue Bell
Do you feel that the ability to hear God's voice is for other people and not for you? Is it only for people who lived in Biblical times? Not at all! The God who loved you enough to die for you loves you enough to talk to you. And wherever you are in your spiritual walk, God will find a way to speak to you in a way you will understand. Become acquainted with the Voice that has spoken from a fire and a cloud, with visible signs and an invisible Spirit, through a burning bush and burning hearts. Hear from some of the most well known Christians in history about how God speaks to them, and discover for yourself how you can discern the voice of God.
Jeremiah: Daring to Hope
Wednesday Woman’s Study at 9:00 am in the West Parlor.
Facilitator: Linda Reynolds.
Learn to surrender to God’s will and rest your hope in Him alone. Women are experts when it comes to worry, fear, and doubt. Unsettled times in our world—our neighborhoods—certainly don’t help matters. Jeremiah also lived in an unstable time when he was called to share God’s message of mercy and love. His words are just as relevant to us as they were to the wayward people of his time. This six-week Bible study, is designed specifically to address the challenges and circumstances of today’s woman. The accompanying materials not only help you explore the meaning of Jeremiah’s message, they provide practical life applications you can use to start experiencing intentional living now!
New Seeds of Contemplation Meditation Group
Mondays at 7:00 pm, Conference Room.
Facilitator: Tom & Lynne Strauch.
The meditation class will focus on actually practicing meditation, teaching how to meditate as well as the reasons to meditate and some of its benefits. Also during class we will discuss the writings of Thomas Merton, the highly influential author of over 60 books mainly on spirituality. At each class the leaders will guide members in meditation and teach Merton’s writings and other contemplative lectures and writings.
Sewing for Missions
1st & 3rd Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in Robinson Hall
Coordinator: Sue Bell.
We meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm in Robinson Hall to sew. God has called us to use our sewing abilities to help many people and be a bright spot in someone's dark day. 1 Peter 4 :10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms 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.
Women’s Prayer Breakfast
Thursday mornings at 7:30 am at Samantha’s Restaurant on Market Avenue
Coordinator: Pam Wig.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Thursdays at 1:00 pm in the West Parlor.
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 in the Parlor 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.
Theology for the Times
3rd Friday of the month at 12:00 pm at Beyesley’s Restaurant
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' lunch conversation to inform faithful living.
Liturgy of the Ordinary – Men’s Life Study
Alternating Saturday mornings at 7:00 am at Beyesley’s Restaurant
Coordinator: Kim Reynolds
A men's group that typically meets at a local restaurant two Saturday's per month. 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.
Faith and the Environment
Coordinator: Dick Pickles
“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." “People of Faith caring for our World “
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.
- Meets the 2nd Monday at 9:00 am in Member’s homes.
Circle of Love
- Meets the 4th Thursday at 7:00 pm at the church.
- Meets the 2nd Wednesday at noon at the church.
Emmaus Spiritual Renewal Weekends
Men's: April 16-19, 2020, Women's: April 23-26, 2020
Men's: October 2020, Women's: October 2020
Coordinators: Joanne Fox and Paige Bullock
Various speakers and programs are held on the second Tuesday of the month.
Fun Over 50
Coordinator: Bev Temple
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.