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WEDNESDAY NIGHTS ALIVE 2021:
BRINGING BACK THE LIGHT

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Join us for Wednesday Nights Alive this fall! 

Dinner: Wednesdays from 4:45-6:00 pm 

Meal Prices:

Adults over 12: $7

Kids 12 and under: $4 

Family Max: $20

Classes: 6:00-7:00 pm* 

Dates: Now – November 17th* 

*Class times and dates are the above unless otherwise noted.

 

Grief Share 

Led by: Jackie Greene 

Location: Room 212 

Time: Begins August 25th, 5:30-7:00 PM

 

This is a 13-week support group for people grieving the death of a family member, loved one or friend. Your bereavement experience may be recent or not so recent. You will find encouragement, comfort, and help in the grieving process. No matter what the cause of your loved one’s death, this is an opportunity to be around people who understand what you are feeling. You will learn how to recognize the symptoms of being stuck in grief and that you do not need to live in bondage as a slave to certain emotions. You will learn valuable information about facing your new normal in life and renewing your hope for the future. Contact Jackie to register at jackie@fumct.org.

 

The World's Greatest Churches

Led by: Karen Crunk 

Location: Room 215

 

Join us for this amazing journey into many of the world’s greatest churches with a 30 minute video by Dr. William R. Cook. The video will be followed by open discussion and interaction. No book or studying required, but an end of class project might be fun. Contact Karen to register at pkcrunk@aol.com.

 

Your Best Self: A Biblical Approach to Wellness, Wholeness and Willingness 

Led by: Janice Stewart

location: Room 222

 

This small group will emphasize self-awareness – using a wellness survey, spiritual gifts assessment, life discussion and basic art exercises. We will examine each dimension of wellness as it relates to our faith journey. We will discover why wellness matters as we learn breathing exercises, practice yoga as a way to meditate on scripture, enjoy food from a healthy cooking demo, and much more. This class is a great way to provide and accept support as members of the Body of Christ. Contact Janice to register at janice@fumct.org.

 

FUMCT Men

Led by: Mike Greene 

location: Room 306

 

If you are looking for a way to connect with other men, you would enjoy the FUMCT Men’s group. Each week we study a different portion of the Bible and discuss scripture. We also have time for fellowship and service. Men of all ages are welcome. Contact Mike to register at mjwgreene@icloud.com.

 

Handbell Choir

Led by: Jarrod Newell 

Location: Room 003

 

The Handbell Choir plays during Traditions worship services one Sunday each month from September through May and is open to anyone high school age or older. New members are always welcome, and no experience playing bells is required; however, a basic understanding of how to read music is important. People who have taken piano lessons or who played in the band during high school would be excellent candidates. Others who may be interested are always welcome to attend a couple rehearsals and shadow a current handbell member to see what playing bells is all about before making a commitment. Childcare is provided during rehearsals, and seasonal fellowship activities, as well as a small group environment, help to create strong friendships amongst members of the group. Contact Jarrod to register at jerrodnewell@yahoo.com.

 

Chancel Choir 

Time: 7:00-8:30 PM. 

Location: Room 004

 

The Chancel Choir welcomes anyone of high school age or older who enjoys singing choral music. Music reading skills are helpful but not required, and no audition is needed. The Chancel Choir sings for both services of Traditions Worship each week, as well as for special seasonal programs and concerts. Childcare will be provided during rehearsals as needed. Fellowship activities plus the sheer joy of making music together to glorify God create strong bonds among choir members. Contact Justin Durham to join at justin@fumct.org.

 

Nobody's Cuter than You!

by Melanie Shankle

Led by: Megan Winningham

Location: Room 216

 

Over the last couple of decades, we’ve substituted the joy of real friendship with settling for “community” on Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms. Nobody’s Cuter than You is a laugh-out-loud look at the celebration of all the people God brings into our lives at exactly the right moments. Melanie Shankle reveals the influence our friends have on who we were, who we are, and who we will become. On a day when our jeans feel too tight and our kids have tested the limits of our sanity, they are the ones who will look at us and say, “Nobody’s cuter than you!”

 

Straight Talk on the Holy Spirit

Leader: Darrell Johnson & Lynette Carden

Location: Room 304

Begins September 22

 

We will explore the day-to-day realities of life in light of the promise Jesus made in John 14:16: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—” The ‘Helper’, scriptures, the life of Jesus and His followers will guide our discussions. Contact Darrell to join at dwjohnson413@gmail.com.

 

Pastor's Bible Study: Following Christ as a United Methodist

Led by: Dr. Clinton Hubbard, Jr.

Location: Lee Classroom - Room 110

 

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. This mission challenges us to put our faith into action as we share God’s love with one another.  We will explore what it means to live as a Christ follower as we examine the history, structure, theological beliefs, social principles, and practices of the United Methodist Church.  

 

Singles Together

Leader: Sherry Phillips

Location: Room 213

 

We are a group of Christian singles from various backgrounds, professions and denominations who gather on Wednesday nights to discuss issues facing today’s singles.  Using video and written devotions, bible studies and book studies, we will explore how we can apply God’s word to our lives.  Periodically, we will  have guest speakers who will share topics of interest to the group.  We will end the night with fellowship and dinner at one of our favorite restaurants.  Please come join us.   Singles of all ages are welcome!

 

FirstKids 

(Preschool , Elementary & Preteen)

 

WNA for preschool, elementary and preteens (2 years – 5th grade) From 5:45-7:00 PM | Each age group will have a time for fellowship, fun, Bible study, and mission projects. Volunteers to lead groups are needed. To volunteer, please contact Ali Lindsey at ali@fumct.org. Nursery care is available for parents participating in WNA small groups. Extended care may be requested by contacting Becky Smelley at becky@fumct.org.

 

Youth

(6th -12th Grade) 

 

First Wednesday of every month: Join us for dinner and a big service for all 6th -12th graders on 

September 1st, October 6th , and November 3rd. All other Wednesday nights will focus on small groups. Each grade will have small groups that eat and meet in the FUMCT youth area as well as some high school groups that will meet in various locations around town. Contact Stephen Stroud for small group information at stephen@fumct.org.

 

Cultivate Women's Ministry WNA 

*All Cultivate classes are studies intended for women.

 

Messy People: Life Lessons from Imperfect Biblical Heroes 

Led by: Kara Creel 

location: Room 308

 

God can turn your messy life into a masterpiece! Every life gets messy at times. Whether it’s a messy house or a messy situation, God can restore and use you. In this 6-week video study of some messy biblical people, you will learn that God uses broken people, restores broken hearts, and helps us deal with the hard moments of life. Each session focuses on a different character. Contact Kara to register at kara.creel@ua.edu.

 

Suffer Strong

by Katherine and Jay Wolfe

Led by: Laurie Copeland 

location: Room 221

 

Is it possible to embrace suffering as a privilege rather than a punishment? After miraculously surviving a near-fatal brain-stem stroke at the age of 26, life for Katherine Wolfe and her husband, Jay, changed forever – and so did the way they viewed God, the world, and themselves in it. Contact Laurie to register at laurimich68@yahoo.com.

 

White Picket Fences 

by Amy Julia Becker

Led by: Gina Johnson & Connie Coleman

Location: Room 307

Time: Begins Wednesday, September 15th

 

Like many of us, the author lived a privileged Southern childhood, behind a perfect white picket fence. Social privilege, economic privilege, racial privilege – are part of our lives. Sometimes privilege serves to protect us. Sometimes it restricts us. Sometimes it prevents us from loving others as God teaches us to love. We will use the book as a discussion guide to ask some hard questions that may make us uncomfortable, to explore what part privilege plays in our lives and to learn how we can respond with generosity, humility, and hope. Contact Gina to register at vjohnson.epc@gmail.com

 

 
Other Cultivate Small Groups

(not during WNA)

 

You Are Beloved: Living in the Freedom of God’s Grace, Mercy, and Love

Led by: Virginia Jones 

time: Begins Tuesday, September 21

location: Room 220 from 6:00 -7:30 PM

 

Are you ever concerned that you don’t deserve to love and be loved because you are continually having to prove yourself? In, You Are Beloved, Bobby Schuller shows you how to let go of these fears and put your trust in the One who sees you for who you really are. Know that you are valued, cared for, and embraced. You Are Beloved will help you rebuild your life as a response to that assurance. Contact Virginia to register at vajones7@comcast.net.