You may be making some new goals for yourself this year. But why not, let one of those goals be to ‘grow in my Christian faith’. A great way to get started (or continue) is to find a group of people to share that journey with, a group of people just like you, studying the bible and asking questions. Want to know more before you try it out for the first time, email the facilitator. Want to grow in faith and understanding, but don’t see what you’re looking for, contact Pastor Julie at julienitzsche@cvaumc.org.

This list was updated January 2021.

For All Adults

Sermon Discussion Group (In-Person):

Informal discussion of the Scripture and sermon of the day. Adults of all ages are welcomed and you may come and go as is necessary and come every week or whenever you can. Join us for conversation and prayer.

  • Sundays at 10:15am 
  • Reed Room
  • Facilitator: Mike Thornton

Agape Group (In-Person):

This group is ongoing and open to all adults (although many of us are over 50). We study a variety of biblical topics together, sometimes using DVDs or study books. 

  • Sundays at 10:00am
  • Room 106 
  • Facilitator: Myron Ripley

Friendship Life Group (In-Person):

This group is for adults of all ages who have a desire to grow deeper in their understanding of the bible with weekly lessons.  We focus on various passages and apply them to our lives today.

  • Sundays at 10:00am
  • Room 208
  • Facilitator: Bett Miller

Tuesday Morning Prayer (Phone)

This group meets weekly to pray over the needs of our church body and community. All are welcome to pray.

  • Tuesdays, 9:15am 
  • Via text group chat 
  • Facilitator: Pastor Chip Giessler

Pastor’s Bible Study (Online):

This group is open to everyone – those new to the Bible, Bible experts, and those who wish they were more familiar with the Bible. 

  • Tuesdays, 10am
  • Via Zoom 
  • Facilitator: Pastor Chip Giessler

Seekers (In-Person):

This Bible study group is open to all adults (regulars and drop-ins) who are interested in reading, understanding and discussing scripture and how it applies to our lives. 

  • Sundays at 10:00am 
  • Room 211
  • Primary Contact: Gary Elwell and Kimberly Roll

Prayer Shawl Ministry:

Our group is made up of all ages and enjoys connecting with one another and serving in God’s love.  Our purpose is to bless others in their times of spiritual and physical need and we teach knitting and crocheting skills to all who are interested.

  • Contact facilitators for time/day 
  • Facilitators: Sandy Checchi and Dottie Garman

Reading Together (Online):

This group meets monthly to read and then discuss books with themes that address or touch on religion and spiritual growth. All are welcome to join!

  • 2nd Tuesday of each month, 7:00pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitators: Michelle Wamsley 

Bridge Builders (Online)

This groups meets weekly to discuss issues of race, with goals of understanding the Biblical call to justice and better loving our neighbors. Our discussions include study of scripture, reading additional book resources, and watching films. 

  • Thursdays at 7:30 pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Laura Giessler

Lectio Divina (Online & In-Person)

This group gathers to meditate on scripture and connect with God. 

  • Fridays, 9:00-10:00am
  • You can choose Zoom or In-Person
  • Facilitator: Pastor Chip Giessler

Fresh Expressions Study Group (In-Person)

Drawing on biblical wisdom and emerging forms of church planting, Beck introduces us to present-day models and examples that don’t leave traditional forms behind, but harness the power of “both/and.” This book serves as an introduction; consider it a bite-sized appetizer to inspire local churches to cultivate a blended ecology of church in their communities 

  • Thursdays, 6:30-7:45pm
  • Parlor
  • 8 Weeks – beginning in early January
  • Facilitator: Lea Becker and Julie Nitzsche 

The Chosen Study Group(In-Person)

What does it mean to be chosen? We will explore the life of Jesus more deeply together by watching the 8 episodes of the TV series and participating in interactive bible study. The Study guide is required to participate, see Julie Nitzsche if you need help getting one.

  • Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00pm, Beginning January 5
  • Reed Room
  • Facilitator: Sandy Schwaner and Julie Nitzsche

For Women

Fill My Cup (Online):

We are a group of women of a variety of ages growing in faith together by prayer, study, fellowship and serving.  We’ll begin with Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.   Please order a book or let pastor Julie know if you need assistance.

  • 1st and 3rd Mondays, 8pm 
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Pastor Julie Nitzsche

Women of the Word  Bible Study (Online)

If you are a woman interested in learning how to study God’s Word through Scripture by asking who, what ,where, when, why then this might be just the study group for you.  No- Homework Bible Study, How Do You Walk the Walk You Talk? Ephesians.  All women are welcome. 

  • Wednesday, 9-11am – beginning January 12
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Edie Richards

For Men

Saturday Morning Men’s Group (Online)

Men of all ages are invited for coffee and donuts, Christian fellowship, spiritual growth, a prepared devotion and discussion, and prayer. No commitment is required – come when you can!

  •  Saturdays, 8-9am
  • Reed Room or Outdoors
  • Facilitator: Mike Thornton

Men’s Bible Study (Online)

Instead of having to drive somewhere each week, this group meets online to read, study, and discuss various books of the Bible.  We’ll be starting a study on Romans next. 

  •  Wednesdays, 8:00-8:30pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: John Oliver

For Young Families

Faithful Families – Mondays

This is a place for parents or grandparents with children of all ages who desire to deepen their everyday life with faith-filled practices and bring faith alive in their families. We share life together, eat together (even on zoom), and help each other grow in our journey.  This is an example of a Faithful Families Group, but this group is a closed group for trust-building purposes.

  • 2nd & 4th Mondays, 6-7:15pm
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Pastor Julie Nitzsche