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Sunday School

One of the most significant ways adults grow in faith and connect with one another at First Church is through participation in one of many Sunday School classes offered on a weekly basis.  The heart of each class is Christian formation through study, fellowship, and service.  All classes begin at 9:45am and end at 10:40am.


Class:  College-Age Young Adults

Room:  Community Room

Curriculum:  The class meets during holidays, school breaks and during the summer. These young adults study contemporary social and political issues from a Christian perspective.  Biblical references are used to help guide the discussion.


Class Name: E.P.I.C. (Everything is Possible In Christ)

Room:  Craft Room (downstairs off of the Atrium)

Description:  This is a class for young parents following Jesus as they raise their children.


Class Name: Adult Fellowship Class

Room:  244

Curriculum: Adult Bible Studies

Description:  This class began in the 1940’s near the end of World War II, and it continues to be a class of active men and women who earnestly love and care for each class member.  The study of the Adult Bible/International Lesson Series is led by a rotation of seven teachers.  Class members enjoy a social dinner out the 4th Thursday of each month.   

Missions: Class members ring the bell for The Salvation Army annually, and it actively supports CCM, UMCOR, Salvation Army and others as the need arises.


Class Name:  Faithlink

Room:  302

Curriculum: The Faithlink class uses Cokesbury’s Faithlink newsletter as a basis for its weekly discussion.   It not only motivates Christians to consider their personal views on important contemporary issues, it also encourages them to act on their beliefs.   The weekly lesson examines current news events and issues in the culture and in the life of the church from the perspective of biblical faith and United Methodist teaching.  Click here for a sample newsletter.

Description: This class is diverse and welcomes all.  The discussions are great for those who enjoy topics that may be controversial in nature, and they provide insight into the United Methodist perspective on current events.  The Faithlink class encourages respectful discussion and is ideal for those who may not have time to read a lesson ahead of time or those that cannot attend each week.

Missions: Determined throughout the year on a need basis.


Class Name:  Genesis

Room:  248

Curriculum:  This class uses short-term and seasonal Bible-based curriculum.

Description:  The Genesis class began as a group of families with very young kids, and it is currently made up largely of parents of adult children as well as care givers of aging parents.  Class members enjoy sharing their Christian walk as well as participating in social activities with each other.

Missions:  The Genesis class provides scholarship funds for a graduating high school senior.  Its Sunday School offerings are donated to local organizations such as the Hickory Soup Kitchen and the Women’s Resource Center.  It sponsors a child through Compassion International, and assists with Wednesday night suppers and other events as needed.


Class Name:  Joy Outlook Class

Room:  245

Curriculum:  The Joy Outlook Class uses the Adult Bible Series primarily, but intersperses that series occasionally with other curriculum on contemporary and spiritual topics of interest.

Description:  This class shares a weekly devotional and keeps a journal of intercessory prayer concerns that are communicated to all class members.  Its teachers are class members who rotate weekly providing changing perspectives and outlooks.

Missions:  The class supports a variety of ministries, but focuses on providing for a family adopted at Christmas time, remembering residents of a local nursing home, and supporting Compassion International.


Class Name: Men’s Bible Class

Room:  Chapel

Curriculum:  Adult Bible Series

Description:  This class is made up of men ages 50 thru 92 who enjoy fellowship and studying the scriptures together.  Average attendance is 10 to 12 each week.

Missions: The Men’s Class has a tradition of generosity and supports numerous projects and funds such as Eagle Scout Projects, Brotherhood/Sisterhood, the Methodist Children’s Home, and the pastor’s discretionary fund.


Class Name: Pairs & Spares

Room:  242

Curriculum:  The Pairs & Spares class utilizes a variety of studies, each averaging about 6 weeks in length.  Teachers are generally class members with an occasional leader from outside the class.

Description: This class is the largest Sunday School class at First UMC with more than 100 members on the roll.  It has approximately 60 to 70 active members and an average attendance of 40-50 on Sundays.  The class is made up of couples and single members with an average age in the 60’s.  Pairs & Spares members have a lively social schedule to compliment their dedication to studying about & serving Jesus Christ.

Missions:  The Pairs & Spares class rings the bell for The Salvation Army and supports a family through the Family Care Center at Christmas time.  It also supports a number of other projects as requested; e.g., providing assistance to a former member, Rev. Margaret Wannemacher, for her visit to the Holy Land; to a number of youth for mission trips; to Boy Scout Eagle projects; and to the FUMC Chancel Choir.


Class Name: Timotheans

Room:  247

Curriculum:    This class usually studies the Adult Bible Studies Series with an occasional lesson on other subjects of special interest to class members.  It encourages class discussion.  Class members serve as teachers. They are occasionally joined by teachers from other classes.  Their Sunday School lessons help the Timotheans grow in faith and devotion to God.

Description:  The class is a friendly, caring group which welcomes visitors and new members.  The Timotheans live Paul’s instructions to Timothy, “Set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith and purity,” (1Timothy 4:12).  The class has monthly socials and weekly luncheons on Sundays after worship services.  Many members serve on church committees and participate in mission service projects.

Missions:    Providing food, clothing, and toys for a family each Christmas; paying rent for a Family Care Center apartment; providing visits and funds for medical needs for a handicapped woman; visiting patients in nursing homes and those who are home bound; serving with the church on kitchen work teams, at the Table of Grace, and on bereavement meal teams, and providing refreshments for the prison ministry.


Class Name: Trinity

Room: 206 (Church Library)

Curriculum:  The Trinity class uses curricula that includes a mix of traditional Bible study and materials that examine how the biblical truths apply to everyday life.  Recent studies have included:  *Christianity and World Religions,” *Advent and Prophesy:  The Coming of Jesus,” and “What’s the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian?” {A Guide to What Matters Most}

Description: Faith, Family, and Friends!  Families with young children and other adults join together to deepen their spiritual faith and understanding of the Bible through applications of class study and real life experiences.  The Trinity Class has a deep commitment of service to FUMC and the community.

Missions: Trinity members have a sincere desire to serve others through missions.  Some class projects include:  Operation Christmas Child, Table of Grace, Cooperative Christian Ministry, Christmas gift baskets, malaria net fundraisers, health kits for disaster relief, Boy Scout projects and various walk/run fundraisers.  This class plays a vital role in all mission activities at FUMC.


Class Name:  Women’s Bible Class

Room:  302

Curriculum:  Adult Bible Series

Description:  The Women’s Bible Class was formed when two women’s classes with long histories merged approximately 15 years ago.  The class is comprised of learning, sharing, and caring women who contribute much of their time, talent, gifts, and service to the ministry of First Church.

Mission:  The Women’s Bible Class contributes generously to the ministries of the church and to a variety of agencies and activities; e.g., purchasing hymnals for the sanctuary and providing funds for Kairos ministry, youth mission trips, Eagle Scout projects, and many other mission-oriented needs.