Small Group    

Small groups are a great way to learn the Bible, grow in faith, and develop a wonderful support system with friends who are experiencing life together and seeking to focus on Jesus. Groups are led by many different members of the congregation at different times and locations.

See list below of small groups with descriptions.

Click the following link to sign-up for small groups!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf489SeWyYpHn8_-gvYMm4m_6zuzZrgwIGzZIxXjU_j_px8pg/viewform

Context: A Discussion of the Application of the Bible and Christian Theology to Contemporary Social/Cultural/Religious Issues

Leader: Rev. Howard Daughenbaugh  hdaughenb@aol.com
The fourth Wednesday of each month  ~ 1:00 pm ~  Church Lounge.
This group tackles thoughtful topics from both a contemporary and a historical perspective.  Using select readings, we offer an opportunity to explore issues confronting us in our church and our society. 

Diner’s Club

Coordinators:  Pam Bloom, Sue Hospelhorn, Mary Foster mjfoster416@gmail.com    452-2479
Small groups of 8 people will be put together for a monthly meal this fall.  Each group decides on the details of their gatherings – dates, time, locations, etc.  Sign up by Sept 16.

Faithful Friends Women’s Group

Leader: Leslie Schaffer
1st Friday of the Month   9 AM Room 303
Childcare Provided
secretary@normalfirst.org
This group enjoys catching up each month and supporting one another.

FIT

Leader:  Kathy Gossard    309-662-5745  skgossard@aol.com
Wednesdays  ~  9:15 AM   ~   Room 53
FIT invites you to build strength, increase flexibility, and make some new friends. 
Please join the fun once each week for exercise, fellowship and a light breakfast. 

Future Faith: Ten Challenges Reshaping the Practice of Christianity by Wesley Granberg-Michaelson

Leader:  Pastor Kathy     pastorkathy@normalfirst.org
Wednesdays ~ 5:45-6:45  ~ beginning Sept 19 (for 9 weeks) ~ Lounge
In Future Faith, the author “provides a view of how the top ten winds of change blowing through global Christian faith are reshaping the practice of Christianity today. Drawing on the stories, examples, and personalities of pastors and congregations from throughout the U.S. as well as those from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Future Faith is designed to inform and empower followers of Jesus to seek new ways of becoming the face of Christ to a rapidly changing world.”

Heart to Heart

Leader:  Thom Dunavin  309-530-8747,  lducko7734@gmail.com
2nd and 4th Tuesday ~ 10am
Fellowship for retirees with various programs and a chance to visit. Always refreshments!   “Enjoy the fellowship; fun to take time off to be with other people.”

Generational IQ by Haydn Shaw

Leader:  Alice Pomeroy 309-827-0163
 Twice a month ~ Church
Learn about what has shaped each generation and how those influences affect relationships in our families and our church community.  This is an opportunity to look through a different lens to understand the strengths of each generation and what it can mean to our church family.   

HOPE Groups

Honoring Other People’s Experiences
The conversation will be based on a question about our life experiences . . . to discover what we share in common and what makes us unique.
Different HOPE groups will be offered.

Journaling & Doodling Bible Study for Preteen Girls (4th & 5th grades)

Jill McNiff    jmcniff@normalfirst.org

Tuesdays 4 – 5 PM~ Coffee House ~ (Uptown Normal) ~Begins Sept 11

Each Tuesday afternoon, we will use washi tape, colorful pens and markers to journal and doodle what we are learning from scripture.

Men’s Small Group

Leader(s)):  Brent Anderson   PapaBrentA@gmail.com  309-808-0914
 All Sept. – much of May, two opportunities on Wednesdays, one from 5:45pm-6:45pm and the second from 7:00pm-8:00pm ~ Room 303
A supportive, respectful gathering that is good way for men to grow in faith, service, & in relationships with other men.  Our members come from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, family situations, & time in the group.

Movie Meet & Eat

Leader(s)/Facilitator(s):   Denny & Cindy Mohrman Cynthia.mohrman@gmail.com 309-824-5802
Monthly,  Days & times vary
Join us for our Movie Meet & Eat small group!  We get together once a month during the week to see a movie and then eat a meal together at a nearby restaurant.  Information is sent out by email during the month with the date and approximate time and then another email with the specific date, place and time.

 

Parenting Through the Phases

Leader: Jill McNiff   jmcniff@normalfirst.org
Wednesdays beginning October 3  ~  5:45-6:45 ~ Room 53
Small group study for parents to help you discover what’s changing about your kids, the 6 things your kids need most, and 4 conversations to have with our kids while they are in each phase. 

Second Saturday Out Group

Jane Whitman (309) 825-3356  whitman1707@gmail.com
Denny’s in Normal – N. Main St ~ 6 PM
We enjoy fellowship, support, and a meal together

Second Sunday Out Group

Jane Whitman  (309) 825-3356 whitman1707@gmail.com
Panera’s on Greenbriar ~ 5:30 PM
We enjoy fellowship, support, and a meal together.

Slow and Steady Bible Study

Leader: PASTOR KENT  pastorkent@normalfirst.org
THURSDAYS FROM 12:00-1:00 ~ ROOM 53 ~ CHURCH
Would you like to know more about who Jesus was in the context of the culture and customs of first Century Palestine?  Would you be interested in learning more about the Bible and how it might be relevant and helpful in the ups and downs of your everyday life?  Could you use the support of a caring community?    If you answered yes to any of these questions, come and join in.   There is no homework.  No previous Bible study is necessary.  Come as you are and share what you want.   Ask any question.  You are welcome.

Shoptalk

Leader: Sondra Wisdom          Sondra.wisdom@yahoo.com
Thursday evenings/ twice a month
At Daffodil Lane in Lexington, gather with others for discussion, fellowship and support.

Tech Group

Leader: Cindy Mohrman  Cynthia.mohrman@gmail.com 309-824-5802
Monthly, Week varies,  Monday 3-5 ~ Church Library
Monthly emails are sent to interested participants with proposed date & time
Bring your technology (smartphone, tablet, camera, computer) and questions to the church library once a month on Monday anytime between 3-5 to learn and share tips to use and be more productive with your devices.  There is always something new to learn and different ways to use technology to make your life easier and more efficient! 

TGIF (Today God is First)

Jan Mowery 309 827 6506  Women’s Study
Fri. 9:30 am ~ Various Homes
Bible Study or other studies on current issues of concern, sharing of joys and concerns. “I’ve developed a
caring group of friends over the years.”

The Wisdom of God: Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Books By Nancy Guthrie

Leader:  Mary Foster  mjfoster416@gmail.com    452-2479
 10-Week Bible Study ~ Thursdays 2:00-3:30pm starting January 10, 2019 (10 weeks) ~  Church/Room TBD
With her passion for applying God’s Word to real life, the author leads us through an in-depth study of the Psalms and Old Testament Wisdom Books (Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon), with practical life lessons and the supreme Wisdom of God in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.

Unity of the Church and Human Sexuality: Toward a Faithful United Methodist Witness

Leader: Pastor Kent  pastorkent@normalfirst.org
Sept 9, 16, 23, & 30 ~ 5:30-7:00~  Lounge
“When we love God with our minds, conversations matter, especially faithful conversations about difficult and divisive topics.  This book represents the clear reasoning and earnest conferencing by an international group of scholars who met to discuss human sexuality and the future of The United Methodist Church.”

Weird Church on-line

Leader: Nicole Rummel   rummelnicole@yahoo.com
 Weekly posts September – October ~ Online Platform – Slack
Utilizing the online platform Slack, we will create an online discussion centered around some of the ideas found in Weird Church. Great opportunity for those who might have crazy work/family schedules.

Women’s Small Group

Leader:  Theresa Garrett  452-2096 or tgarrett@normalfirst.org
Weds 5:45-6:45 (school year) ~  Room 214
Fellowship, Bible Study, and growing in faith.

 

Sunday School

Yokefellows 

Leader: Thom Dunavin ~ 5308747 ~ lducko7734@gmail.com
Sundays ~ 11am ~ Choir Room
Do you like the old hymns? Studying different perspectives of Christianity? Do you want Fellowship?
Come give Yokefellows a try. The class has been active for 71 years!

Bible Moths 

Leader: Bob and Barb Hathway ~ hath@ilstu.edu
Sundays ~ 11am ~ Room 53
We study theological books and books of social justice interest. This class has a strong sense of support and a willingness to listen and share our thoughts on a variety of social issues. We explore theological understandings about what it means to be Christian.