Adult Ministries

Adult Sunday School Classes

All classes listed below meet together on Sundays from 10-11am

Bible 101
Mixed ages – Room 111

50 Years and older – Room 112

By the Book
Individuals and couples with school age and younger children – Fellowship Hall

Celebrate Jesus
Mixed ages – Room 124

Mr. and Mrs.

Mixed ages – Room 127

Positive Seekers
Empty nesters – Room 223

Mixed ages – Rooms 122/123

Still Learning
Mixed ages – 113


First Family Night

This is the mid-week ministry program of First United Methodist Church.  Adults meet for a free dinner and fellowship, followed by a variety of Bible studies, book studies and hobby groups.  Children in PreK-5th grade gather for a meal of their own, attend a children’s praise and worship service, and then break out into age groups for engaging, high-energy and hands-on experiences designed to teach biblical values and the truth of who Jesus is in a way that is relevant to children.  The Emerge Student Ministry (6th-12th grade) also shares a meal and participates in Bible studies and activities.

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Outreach Ministry

The First UMC Outreach Ministry meets monthly to plan a variety of outreach opportunities that mobilize our congregation to be the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.  Past events coordinated by the Outreach Team include SERVE2012, 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, the Chocolate Extravaganza, the Hillcrest School work day, Souper Bowl Sunday and more.  Organizations who have received assistance/donations from these outreaches include Hillcrest School, Crosslines, J+ Program, Project Grad, Haiti Water Project, Lebanon Humane Society, and others.  To be a part of this engaging ministry, contact Jay & Sheri Rutherford at 417.532.7153 or


Stephen Ministry

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”  Matthew 11:28 

If you are experiencing life difficulties such as grief, divorce, illness, job loss, loneliness, disability, relocation, or other difficulties, you do not have to face the challenges alone.  Stephen Ministers are trained lay caregivers who are available to offer high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care and support as long as the need persists.  Please contact Beth Hargrave at 417.532.7153 for more information.


United Methodist Men

“Helping men grow in Christ, so others may know Christ.” 

United Methodist Men meet together on the 4th Thursday of every month at 6pm for dinner, fellowship and prayer.  Men of all ages are invited to join UMM in assisting all men to engage the process of spiritual growth.  For more information, please contact Jon Blair at 417.532.7153.  You may also visit for more information on the mission and ministry of UMM.


United Methodist Women

What is UMW about?

United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.

This community of women is:

  • Centered in relationship with God through Jesus Christ
  • Focused on ministries with women, children and youth
  • Involved in mission locally and globally
  • Committed to inclusiveness
  • Pledged to provide financial support to for mission through undesignated giving
  • Engaged in the development and use of skills for service. leadership and personal growth
  • Encouraged to work with other organizations on issues of mutual concern

When does UMW meet?

The UMW General Meeting gathers on the 1st Wednesday of every other month, beginning with January, at 11:00am.

What small groups does UMW offer?

UMW Circles meet monthly in small groups to carry out the work and purpose of the United Methodist Women.

  • Susanna Circle meets the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:30pm.  Contact: Nancy Erickson.
  • Jill-of-All-Trades & Crafts: The Quilting circle meets every Wednesday at 9am.  Beginners welcome.  Contact: Rosalie Carey.
    The Crafts circle meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month, 9-11am.  Contact: Joan Arthur.
  • Mary Martha Circle meets the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 1:30pm.  Contact: Leslie Likens.
  • Morning Joy Circle meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 9:15am.  Contact: Shirley Park.
  • Wesleyan Circle meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 1:30pm.  Contact: Neva Jones.
  • Junia Circle (Sleeper UMC Unit) meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm.  Contact: Dr. Jenny Powell.