Christ United Methodist Church

Bring your Faith to Life with Connect Groups


Faith→Life: Learn from Christ’s Teachings

January - May 2019 

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

“A Prophets’ Take on Fake News: Exploring the Prophet Amos” - Sundays, January 13 - February 3 After the 9 AM worship service - Mettam Conference Room

Facilitator: Rev. Gary Lueck

This Bible study class will examine the nine chapters of Amos and how the prophet speaks to our current issues and life styles.


Frustrated With Technology?? - Sunday, February 3 After the 9 AM worship service - Commons

Facilitators: CUMC Youth

Do you have questions about issues you may be experiencing with your computer or cellphone?  Or do you just want to learn more about what is available today in our technology world?  Our savvy CUMC youth will be available on Sunday, February 3rd to answer your questions and demonstrate their “techie skills.”


Financial Peace University - Mondays, February 4 - April 8, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 PM - Mettam Conference Room

Facilitator: Colleen Johnson

What if you could be debt free, have an emergency fund to cover 3-6 months of your expenses, all while investing for retirement and planning for your family’s future?  With Dave Ramsey’s class, Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt, and create a plan for your future.  Register TODAY!!  This 9-week class will be held Monday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Mettam Conference Room beginning February 4, 2019.  To register and purchase the FPU Membership kit (1 per family unit) go to:  Questions?  Contact Colleen Johnson at or 507-254-3455.

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. 

 - Congregational Read -

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A book selected by clergy that everyone is invited to read individually or in a Connect Group. Worship in February will follow the topics found in this book. An Altar in the World  by Barbara Brown Taylor

Taylor shares how she learned to find God beyond the church walls by embracing the sacred as a natural part of everyday life. In An Altar in the World, Taylor shows us how to discover altars everywhere we go and in nearly everything we do as we learn to live with purpose, pay attention, slow down, and revere the world we live in.

- 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

Exploration of Racial Justice Issues Sundays at 10:10 February 3, 17 March 3, 17, 31, and April 7, Room 133

Facilitator: Kendall Hughes, Bobbi Nichols, Kristin Perry, Nicholas Wysocki

       This group is exploring the following topics:  1) Race and the Criminal Justice System

                                                                              2) Decentering Whiteness for Racial Equity

                                                                              3) Race and Poverty  

The second session on racial issues begins Sunday, February 3rd at 10:10 AM in Room 133; followed by Sunday sessions on: February 17th, March 3rd, 17th , and 31st, and April 7th.   The discussion will help participants learn how people of European descent can engage in their own racial understandings before doing effective work in the area of racial equity. The three courses in this series provide a welcoming social and intellectual space to explore a difficult subject that has historically divided us as spiritual beings.  We invite members of the congregation and the community to join us as we learn and grow together.  Contact the church at 507-289-4019 with any questions.

Lydia Project - Wednesdays 10:30am - 12:00pm, 6 weeks beginning February 27 - Fireside Room

Facilitator: Marjie Blaisdell

Get together with others who are knitting or crocheting stoles for clergy who will attend the annual conference.

Explore Drumming - Wednesday evenings 6:30 – 7:00, January 16th - February 24th with a performance in church. Hamline Room

Facilitator: Steve Barlow

Learn about West African and Afro-Cuban traditions for praising Jesus through the art of drumming. Drums will be provided! Bring an open mind and your sense of joy.

Decluttering, Downsizing, Rightsizing, Tidying Up, Death Cleaning - Tuesdays, February 12 - March 19, 7:00 - 8:00 PM - Offsite

Facilitator: Kathryn Gardner, Pam Lund

Share stories of success, failure, and struggle, what's helped and what hasn't. Define and get support for a current project if you choose.

Congregational Read – Thursday evenings, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, February 7 – March 14, Offsite

Facilitator:  Aileen Williams

The group will be reading and discussing An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor.  Books are available for purchase in the church office. 

New Approaches to PrayerBrown Bag Group” – Wednesdays at 12:00 noon, February 13 – March 13, CUMC Library

Facilitators: Ken and Elaine Bauman

Bring your lunch and think about prayer in some new ways.

PIE NIGHT   (8-9 members) - 3rd Mondays, 6PM, Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Mar, April - Place: CUMC downstairs kitchen

Facilitator: Tracy McCray

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

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:

2:00 PMMonday – Shorewood                   

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

1:00 PM Tuesday – Fireside Room

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

10:15 AMSunday – Libraryy



- 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


January 20: “Isaiah: Minnesotans of Faith for Racial and Economic Justice” Representative from the Isaiah Project

February 17: “Pathways Toward Prosperity & Well-being” Paul Fleissner, Deputy County Administrator - Olmsted County Health, Housing & Human Services Division

March 17: “Conquering The Odds” Habibo Haji, RN-BSN, Author

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!