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

Short -Term Classes will return in the fall! Stay tuned to our Facebook Page or check back here periodically for information as it arrives.

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 -

Connect Groups meet one hour weekly for six weeks beginning the end of September.  The focus of the groups will be centered around a shared issue or activity.  The core of the time together is developing relationship with the Holy and with each other.  A host will hold the meeting on site at church, in coffee houses, or in homes.

YES, we are already planning for our FALL CONNECT GROUPS! The best way to build our church community and “call each other by name” is to gather in small groups.  We have all been given talents to share, so won’t you consider hosting a Connect Group? Do you have an interest or hobby you would like to share, a book that meant a lot to you or an area of special knowledge?  Fall activities like hiking, visiting nearby parks, biking?  Do you like knitting, quilting, crocheting?  Making soup, baking bread, holiday cookies?  Talent in the arts like music, painting, or photography, pottery? Aging well?  Contact Kathy Estry (

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 -

July 21: “Live Green/Leave Green” Deah Kinion, SE Minnesota Threshold Network

How can we prepare for a good death? And strengthen the well-being for our families, communities and environment? Your respect for nature and the environment doesn’t have to die with you. Discover components of a green burial, natural cemeteries and why it matters. More and more choices are available as baby-boomers blaze a trail in the new dying movement. Discover alternatives to the commercial funeral. The Threshold Network advocates for emotional, environmental and economic benefits of a more natural death.

Deah Kinion is co-founder of the SE Minnesota Threshold Network which provides monthly meetings, workshops, trainings and more. Deah has been a licensed acupuncturist for 31 years and operates Abundant-Chi Community Acupuncture in Rochester. She recently began training as an End-of-Life Doula.


August 18: “Unbound. The Organization. The Experience” Linda Hyde, CUMC Member

Unbound is an international organization dedicated to advancing human dignity and eliminating poverty through education. 


 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