Christ United Methodist Church

Bring your Faith to Life with Connect Groups


Faith→Life: Learn from Christ’s Teachings


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

New Approaches to Prayer – Wednesdays at noon • May 1st-June 5th - Library 

Facilitators: Ken & Elaine Bauman

Based on Learn to Pray, by Marcus Braybrooke. We 'll explore new ways of connecting with the spiritual energy within us.

Dialogues on the Refugee Crisis – Wednesdays 6-7pm • May 1st-June 5th - Room 145 

Facilitators: Kathy Estry

Hear from refugees, experts, and involved organizations. Share perspectives on this important and complicated situation.

Making the Best Digital Image/Making the Best Photographic Print – May 1st, 8th, & 15th - Mettam Conference Room

Facilitators: Bill Schmidt

This class (parts A & B) will present information on the art of quality print making for the photographer and internet. Printmaking, perhaps the most important part of creating the photographic image, is the least covered.  I believe information presented in this seminar is a fast track to using the two most common print programs, Photoshop and Topaz.  Even if you do not use either of these programs the concepts are common to all printers and printing software.  We will correct and print one of your digital images so please bring an image on a thumb drive and a print sample of that image.

The Best Way to Connect with CUMC! – Tuesdays 4pm • May 7th-21st & Wednesdays 4pm • May 29th-June 12th - Hamline Room

Facilitators: Jenny Cordry

Join Jenny Cordry in the Hamline Room to learn all about how powerful our new Church Community Builder (CCB) database is! If you would like to get a head start on exploring the new system, create a login by going to and clicking “create account”. Email or call the church today to sign up for a session!

  • May 7th at 4pm - CCB Basics #1: How to log in and use your profile. Who should attend? Anyone who wants the ability to manage their financials, edit their profile, see their groups, and request meeting space.

  • May 14th at 4pm - CCB Basics #2: How to log in and use your profile. Who should attend? Anyone who wants the ability to manage their financials, edit their profile, see their groups, and request meeting space.

  • May 21st at 4pm - CCB for Care Leaders: Using the database to care for our members. Who should attend? Lay visitors, Parish Ministers, Caring Ministry Team, Care Pastor.

  • May 29th at 4pm - CCB for Connecting Leaders: Centralizing your volunteers, schedules, and needs. Who should attend? Lead ushers, lead greeters, safety team, CU Wednesday leaders, Saturday Noon Meals leaders.

  •  June 5th at 4pm - CCB for Ongoing Group Leaders: Manage your ongoing groups and connect with your friends. Who should attend? UMW Circle leaders, Men’s Group leaders, book group leaders, Rug Hooking Group, etc.            

  • June 12th at 4pm - CCB for Everyone: Ask Jenny anything about the new database and provide feedback! Who should attend Anyone who has questions or has not logged in yet.

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

Facilitator: Joel Charlson

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. 

- 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

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

Facilitator: Mary Schmidt and Marjie Blaisdell

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

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.

Ongoing Connect Groups

Connect Groups that meet weekly and welcome new members:

11:00 AMMonday – Men’s Discussion Group in the Library

2:00 PMMonday – Fireside Room

1:00 PM Tuesday – Fireside Room

7:30 AMThursday – Men’s Coffee Group in Room 145                

10:15 AMSunday – 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

April 21: No Forum – Easter Sunday

May 19: “CUMC Becoming a Green Church” Hopeful Earth Team



 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!