Adult Ministry

Throughout the Year First UMC offers opportunities for learning, reflection and growth for adults during the Sunday school hour at 9:45a or on Wednesday nights at 6:30p


Living Word Seekers

9:45 a.m. – Room 217

Facilitated by Eldon & Joanne Appenzeller

Come search the scriptures to understand their meaning in our lives today in this class where all ages gather to study the Bible and celebrate their faith with prayer and praise.



9:45 a.m. – Room 216

Facilitated by Megan & Joel Hoger

This small group experience will challenge, innovate, and allow for accessible discussions on the true nature of God and what that knowledge means for those who believe in Him.  Join others as you lay down roots in your spiritual walk.


Needle’s Eye

9:45 a.m. – Gable Chapel

Facilitated by Bruce Haddox

The class reads topical current books and studies and discusses in the context of living the Christian life.

Great Bible Stories

9:45 a.m. - Room 219

Facilitated by George Gibson

Together this group reflects on the word of God using devotions from diverse voices, sharing messages of hope, challenges, and joy. 

Wednesday's @the Well Classes 6:30-7:30pm

Pastor Tim’s Wednesday Night Class – Spring 

Living Faithfully              Led by Pastor Tim Bonney                     Rm 219             April 4-25 (Wednesday)

Currently there is deep disagreement within The United Methodist Church regarding same-gender marriage, and the ordination of LGBTQ persons. In 2019, a special session of General Conference will be held to consider these issues and how they will be addressed by The United Methodist Church in the future. 

To help us better understand this topic, join Pastor Tim for this four-week study. This class is designed to help you understand the shape of this debate and what it means for the present and the future.  This study will help us understand and grapple with various views about the ministry and teaching of The UMC around issues of human sexuality. Join Pastor Tim and others for an honest, well-informed, and grace-filled conversation about these matters and the calls for change. Join us in discernment, in prayer and in conversation how we can respond faithfully in love of God and neighbor.


Crazy Holy Grace            Led by Bruce Haddox     Rm 217

This study will read and discuss Frederick Buechner’s book, A Crazy, Holy Grace:  The Healing Power of Pain and Memory.  In this book, Buechner writes about what it means to be a “steward of pain” and about the grace of God that might seem arbitrary yet draws us to His care.  Further he explores the magic of memory and how it can heal old wounds.


Parental Guidance Required           Led by Ellen Wadding          Rm 216

Of all the assignments God will give us during our time on earth, none may be more sacred than the task of raising our children. Parental Guidance Required  is designed to give us the tools we need to help prepare our children for the future. This six-session study  will encourage us to look at the relationships in your children’s lives and ask the important questions: Am I developing a quality relationship with my child that will go the distance? Am I striving to control the influence that friends have in my child’s life? Am I nurturing a healthy eternal perspective that will help my child to weather the storms of life?  Join us as we delve into how relationships are the key to parenting.



For more information on the education programs, contact Ellen Wadding at or 515-961-5317 Ext. 213