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. We are currently using a study called “Free Indeed”.  It’s a series about the doors we Christians can leave open that allow the Enemy (Satan and his minions) to enter, and how to break free from evil and close those door

  • 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
  • Choir Room
  • 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. We will be focusing on the Ten Commandments when we restart in October. 

  • Sundays at 10:00am 
  • Youth Room
  • 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

For Women

Fill My Cup (Online):

We are a group of women of a variety of ages growing in faith by praying together and unpacking God’s word through Bible study.   

  • Mondays, 8pm 
  • Via Zoom
  • Facilitator: Pastor Julie Nitzsche

Women’s Bible Study (Online)

Our group will be starting a new 6 week study called ‘Jesus-Experiencing His Touch, A Study of Mark 1-6.” Our group prays together and grows in our understanding of scripture through inductive bible study. Whether you have little or a lot of bible study experience, you are welcome.  

  • Wednesday, 9:30-11am
  • 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.  Contact John to find out when the next session will start and what book we’ll be studying.

  •  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.  These groups work best as closed groups (meaning, that a level of trust has already been established).  If you are interested in being a part of a new group, please contact Pastor Julie 

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