Adult Faith Studies

At FUMC, we believe in life-long learning. We understand the importance of a safe space where folks may ask and wrestle with questions that Christianity, spirituality, and religion raise in one’s mind and heart.

Intellectually Challenging and Theologically Progressive

You will find a variety of opportunities to challenge you as you explore your faith, how it impacts everyday life, and how to practice it in the wider world.

For more information on any of the following classes and groups, please contact our Director of Membership and Communication, Cass Opal.

Sunday Morning Groups

We have a dedicated Christian Education Hour between services for children, youth, and adults from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Our Nursery is open so parents and caregivers may attend Sunday School. All are welcome to participate in any class!

COVID-19 UPDATE: In adherence with the CDC’s guidelines, we are still recommending masks are worn inside the building at this time. You can join us in worship on Sundays at 8:30 AM in-person only or at 10:50 AM in-person or online, via You do not need a Facebook account to view the video. Our classes have returned to in-person, and we have opened our building again for outside use. Our Nursery is open again during Sunday worship as of May 8th, 2022.

Boomers +/-

Room 112, and via Zoom

Explore topics around the theme “Progressive Christian Living.” This discussion-led group often views videos and dives into current events and how they intertwine with the lens of Progressive Theology. We are a lively and welcoming group that encourages folks of all ages to participate!

Centering Prayer

Mead Chapel

Not a class, but an experience. This time of soul-work begins with 10 minutes of fellowship, followed by 20 minutes of silence, closing with The Lord’s Prayer. The meditative process is facilitated by retired clergy, Rev. Dr. Don Bredthauer.


Room 204

This group of mostly middle-age(ish) people meet to share life and seek to live in spaces of laughter and gratitude. We typically begin with “share a life-giving moment from your week,” which leads into conversation as well as support on the harder paths when we must walk them. We alternate between books, dialogue, and progressive theology exploration. We function on a come-and-go basis as fits best with your life.


Adult Education Library (Room 100)

These seekers inquire in depth by reading and discussing a book. They change over their book every six-to-eight weeks, but new folks are welcome any time!


Room 111

In this inter-generational class, each week a new, stand-alone topic invites Christians to consider the United Methodist Church’s stance on important contemporary and developing issues; to consider them in the thoughtful light of their personal experience; and then encourages action on the basis of their beliefs.

Young(ish) Adult Faith Studies

The Parlor

A group of 20-somethings to 40-somethings to tackle life and faith, together. We are discussion-led group, and come together to ask the tough questions that many of us share as we wrestle and grow within our Christian Identity and deepen our knowledge of progressive theology. All Young(ish) Adults are welcome to join!

Weekday Study Groups

FUMC offers a variety of groups and ministries during the week both inside and outside the church building. The list and meetings of the groups changes often, so we encourage you to contact our Director of Membership and Communication, Cass Opal, for the latest updates, as well as how you may connect with any of our group and committee leaders.

Spiritual Practices

Deepen your spiritual practice in one of our weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly study groups. Our classes and study groups have something for everyone and are a great way to support your spiritual practice and get to know others in the community.

Outdoor Labyrinth, Garden & Gazebo

Open 24/7, weather permitting, South Front Lawn

We invite all folks to journey through our outdoor labyrinth, garden, and gazebo at any time so long as weather permits outdoor activities.

Tai Chi for Balance

Monday & Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:10 pm via Zoom

This is a low-impact exercise class for that puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, while strengthening ankle muscles and teaches moves designed to help prevent falling. All over the age of 55 are welcome in this free class led by a licensed instructor. For more information contact Jan Dixon at 402.571.4076 or the church office.

Taizé Worship

First Saturday of every month at 5:00 PM in the Mead Chapel.

Taizé worship services involve sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, and liturgical readings, and icons.

Fellowship Groups

First United Methodist Church believes a community of faith should include faith-based learning… AND community fellowship! As with most things in life, our small groups and fellowship groups often change. Please contact us at, for more information on any of our groups or if you would like to start a small group!

Book Club

Meets monthly on the first Tuesday, 6:30 pm.

Month book club that meets in various locations. Selection of books vary. Contact for more information.

Craft Group

Meets the first Monday of every month, at 1:30 pm.

A group of women who love working on craft projects together. Maybe general or more specific (paper crafting or vinyl projects). Group rotates volunteers to lead craft projects monthly.

Local History

This group is currently on hold and not meeting.

Tour different local historical sites and meet for coffee or lunch after to discuss the outing and our next adventure! All History-buffs welcome!!

Men’s Theology on Tap

This group is currently on hold and does not meet

An evening discussion, meeting at a local watering hole for men to gather, discuss theology, and social issues.

Movie Group

Second Wednesday monthly, 6:00 pm at W. Dale Clark Library

This group determines a movie to see each month and participants see the movie on their own time. The participants gather at the Downtown Library for discussion and the choosing of the next movie followed by dinner out at a nearby location. All are welcome to one or both events!

Post-Church Dine Out

This group is on hold and not meeting at this time

Meet-up in the Gathering Place to first decide where we want to go, taking turns deciding location (open to places close to church or other locations). Cost will be involved to pay for your meal. Would eat together for Fellowship Meals held at the church.