Christ United Methodist Church

Bring your Faith to Life with Connect Groups


Faith→Life: Learn from Christ’s Teachings

September - December 2018 

Our mission is to create committed Christ-followers for the transformation of the world. To do this we can't grow on our own. John Wesley believed it is through participation in small groups that we become Christ-followers.  We invite you to test this by participating in at least one of these outstanding opportunities.


Short-Term Classes

“Courageous Conversation About the Way Forward”  - Wednesdays, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, November 28 – December 19 Location to be determined based on size of class

Facilitator: Rev. Elizabeth Macaulay

The United Methodist Church is in a time of deep discernment and decision making regarding unity.  A specially called General Conference in February 2019 will gather clergy and delegates from across the world to consider the largeness of our theological tent.

Please join Pastor Elizabeth for this four week session.  We will engage in learning about the issues and the solutions being proposed as well as sharing a time of prayer and conversation about this heart-full issue. 


Inter-Generational Confirmation - Wednesdays 6:00 - 7:30 PM October 3 - November 18, February 6 - April 10th, May 18 & 19

We are starting a new thing, this 2018. Confirmation is now not just for our 8th-9th grade students, although we still intentionally invite students of this age into the process:All are welcome to commit to this 2-year journey.

Do you want to ask the tough questions in community? Are you willing to step out and wrestle with the gray areas, the uncertainties, and the answers? Do you want to encounter God in a real, life-giving way? You will not walk away looking like anyone else, or everyone else: you will walk away becoming more deeply YOU, who God created you to be. We are not about cookie-cutter faith here.

Ongoing Classes

Inquiring Spirits – After the 9 AM worship service (except Third Sunday of each month)  Room 145 

Facilitators: Hank Kliewer and Ed Shafer

Discussion varies on books, videos, and other sources to investigate and challenge theological boundaries.  The group enjoys occasional picnics and potlucks.  All are welcome. 


Contemporary Issues – After the 9 AM worship service Room 146

Facilitators: Jim Colville and Rev. Frank Nichols

Discussion is centered on current issues, news reports, and media viewpoints that shape public opinions.  A United Methodist faith perspective will inform each unique session.  Visitors and seekers are especially welcome. 

 - Congregational Read -

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A book selected by clergy that everyone is invited to read individually or in a Connect Group.  Worship during the six-week reading period will connect with the book Short Stories by Jesus  by Amy-Jill Levine.

Jesus was a skilled storyteller and perceptive teacher who used parables from  everyday life to effectively convey his message and meaning.  In this wise, entertaining, and educational book, Amy-Jill Levine offers a fresh, timely reinterpretation of Jesus’ narrative.

Connect book discussion groups will begin the first week in October around this read. Books will be available for $10 in the Commons September 9th. 

- Connect Groups -

These groups will meet for either six weeks as a short term group, or ongoing weekly. The time and focus of the group will be centered around a shared issue or activity. The duration of the gathering is one hour. The core of the time together is developing relationship with the Holy and with each other.  A host will hold the space meeting on site at church, in coffee houses or in homes. 

Six Week Connect Groups

BANG ON A DRUM! Sundays 2-3:30 PM, 4 Sundays in September and October @ CUMC

Facilitator: Steve Barlow

Learn about West African and Afro-Cuban traditions for praising Jesus through the art of drumming. No experience drumming? Bring an open mind and your sense of joy.



Facilitators: Dick and Kathy Estry

This book offers a reflection on the “forgotten” Jesus: the Christ of the ancient Celtic tradition. It is a vision of concern for healing creation and the environment and for the presence of the sacred in all things – the very essence of the Celtic vision of Christ.     


DINNER CLUB - groups will decide their time and place of meetings

Hosts: Mary Schmidt and Marjie Blaisdell

Break bread with old and new friends in your homes or in restaurants.



Facilitators: Rev. Karen and Robert Heistand

This is a book in four “Movements”: There are Teachers Everywhere, Steering Our Way to Center, How Can We Go There Together? Honoring the Mystery.



GARDENING MINISTRY Meetings will be announced as needed.

Facilitator: Mary Schmidt

Help care for CUMC’s piece of the Earth. Bring your own gloves and gardening tools if you have them.




PIE NIGHT(FULL) 3rd Mondays, 6:00 PM, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, April, CUMC downstairs kitchen

Facilitator: Tracy McCray

Make crust from scratch and a new seasonal pie each meeting.



Facilitators: Rev. Kendall Hughes

This is part of CUMC’s ongoing discussion of race and justice.


So What Does this Religious Stuff Mean in our Lives? CUMC, 7 Wednesday evenings at 6:00 PM (Men’s Group)

Facilitator: Rev. Cooper Wiggen

Stories about male passages, prayer practices, the “five great promises”, 3 fabulous scriptures, 1 fun service project. This group is for men only.



Facilitators: Tricia Katzenberger

Come for meal ideas, motivational tips, and support for your goals.


Young Adult Connect Groups – October/November

Dessert GroupSunday nights 7:00 8:30, rotating homes

Contact Rev. Katy Lee: email or text 651-399-8605.

“Fun” Hang OutsMonthly

Contact Rev. Katy Lee to be on the email list for updates:

Ongoing Connect Groups

Connect Groups that meet weekly and welcome new members:

2:00 PM - Monday - Mettam Conference Room                  

11:00 AM - Tuesday - Men’s Discussion Group in the Library

1:00 PM - Tuesday - Fireside Room

7:30 AM - Thursday - Men’s Coffee Group in Room 145

4:00PM - Thursday - Fireside Room                

10:00 AM - 2nd and 4th Fridays of the Month - Women and the Sacred in Fireside

10:15 AM - Sunday - Library



- Third Sunday Forums -

All are welcome!  Third Sunday of the month, 10:15 – 11 AM in the Hamline Room.    These forums cover a wide range of topics of interest and are given by insightful guest speakers.  No registration required; just bring your cup of coffee and enjoy the presentation followed by Q & A


September 16:    “Informed Voting”

                                 Kathryn Gardner and Aileen Williams, CUMC members

October 21:         “Healthcore Serving Underrepresented Students at UMR”

                                 Dr. Lori Carell, University of Minnesota Rochester Chancellor

November 18:     “Why Does Money Matter?”

Facilitators: Aileen Williams and Kathy Estry



 Watch the Sunday bulletins, Fresh Spirit email, and the New Spirit newsletters for other offerings as they become available!

Child Care is available every Sunday and for all groups and classes upon request

We have small groups, studies, forums, and book reads going on all the time. Want to get involved or have any questions? Click the button below, and fill out the form. We’ll get back to you in short order!