Small groups at Community CHurch

Community Church offers a selection of Bible-based study opportunities to help members grow in their faith. Small groups and short-term Bible studies begin at various times throughout the year.


Looking for a way to connect this Winter or Spring? Check out the next semester of Studies.

***NEW*** A Firm Foundation: This study that examines the faithful disciples in the theological traditions of historic Methodism. This study will be led by Pastor Jim Decker and follow along with the sermon series. “A Firm Foundation” will begin on Tuesday, January 9 and last about six weeks. Meeting in the church in Room 210 at 7pm. For details contact ajdecker@comcast.net or 724-515-7252.


***NEW*** Grace Based Parenting: This study is a must for parents who want to love their kids the way God loves his – through a lifelong relationship not just a long list of rules. With humor and poignancy, Dr. Kimmel goes into depth on how to meet your children’s inner heart needs and set their hearts free to be who God created them to be. Meeting on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, January 17-April 4 from 6:45-8:15pm at Community UMC in the choir room, this book and video study will be led by Pat and Michelle Watson. Contact Michelle to sign up and for details at MLWat@me.com.


***NEW***Walking and Fellowship: Women do you have a new year’s resolution to get into an exercise routine? Join other like-minded women for walking in the MMR from 6-7pm on Thursday, January 4-February 9. Contact Diane Yeargers for more information at dyeargers@pbmvalve.com or Patsy Simon at simonpa@upmc.edu.


***NEW*** Classic Christian Literature: British novelist, poet, academic, essayist, lay theologian, broadcaster, lecturer, and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis wrote books including “Mere Christianity” and “The Great Divorce.” These classics in literature have changed lives and stretched the mind. Join this group and read BOTH books. CHOOSE one of three times to be a part of a group: Tuesday evenings (starts Jan 9) or Wednesday mornings (starts Jan 17) are for men and women. Thursday mornings (starts Jan 11) is for women only.


***NEW***Brown/Grace Small group: Meeting on Sunday mornings at 9:30am, January 7, 2018 this group will be starting the study "When God Doesn't Fix It" by recording artist Laura Story’s life took an unexpected turn when her husband, Martin, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Laura helps us understand we aren’t the only ones whose lives have taken unexpected turns. She examines the brokenness of some of the heroes of our faith, and shows how despite their flaws and flawed stories, God was able to use them in extraordinary ways. And it was not because of their faith, but because of the faithfulness of their God. God may not fix everything. In fact, although your situation might not ever change or get better, with Jesus you can. For more information, contact LeeAnn Grace craftsr4us@yahoo.com or Kelly Brown sbelle45@verizon.net.


***NEW***Lenten Easter Study: Set aside time this Lent to study Jesus and what Easter means. This study led by Pastor John Ciampa will follow the Lectionary reading passages and meet February 21-March 28 from 6:45-8:15pm in the Sanctuary. For details or to sign up contact the church office at 724-744-3413 or Info@CommunityUMChurch.com.

***OTHER NEW GROUPS FORMING*** Include Financial Peace University, a marriage group and others. 


Existing groups open to new members are:


Moms Fellowship Outings: Interested in connecting with other moms? This group will meet monthly for a fellowship outing during the day. Outings will include anything from lunch to hiking to crafts. Cost is dependent upon the activity. Contact Melissa Conte to sign up for the schedule and emails at missconte@windstream.net or 724-744-0008.

Soaring Eagles: Meeting the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 2-4pm in Patterson Parlor of the church this group of ladies is currently studying a LifeGuide Bible Study on the Bible book of "John". Contact Sybil Kunkelmann at 724-515-5499 for details.


Emmaus Reunion Group: Have you attended the Walk to Emmaus weekend? You may be interested in joining the CUMC reunion group. The group is doing the 4th Day Guide. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Mondays of each month upstairs in the Ministry House at 7pm. Contact Larry Johnston for details at biglar043@aol.com or 724-454-9093. There is no cost for this group.


 

Small groups

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Connect Guide Weekly Study

Did you know each week a connect guide is available to discuss the weekend worship services? These guides are ideal for small groups to ‘take the sermon home for reflection, pray and fellowship. If you would like more information about the guides them, contact Elizabeth Somes at ESomes@CommunityUMChurch.com.


DISCIPLE is an in-depth, discussion-based small group Bible study, whose purpose is to transform our lives by strengthening our faith while guiding us into service. Following a series of testimonials starting in August, our Disciple Bible Study Program will commence with a general Disciple Orientation Meeting September 6th with classes starting the following week. Please check the Bulletin for times and dates. All classes will meet weekly on a designated day/evening for approximately 2-2 ½ hours. You will be asked to purchase a study manual (approx. $35) that will be combined with a DVD that we supply to guide your reading of Scripture with discussion being facilitated by a Disciple class leader. Note that after completing Disciple 1, subsequent Disciple class studies many be taken in any order.


DISCIPLE 1: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study is the class to take if you’ve never completed a Disciple Bible study. Participants will read over 70% of the Bible over the course of 34 weeks, spending an equal number of weeks studying the Old and New Testaments. No prerequisite required. Class offerings

will be Wednesday evening from 6:45-8:15pm in Room 209 led by Don Dolhi. Contact Don at dondolhi616@comcast.net for more information and on Wednesday afternoon in a home led by Elizabeth Somes contact ESomes@CommunityUMChurch.com for more information.


DISCIPLE 2: Into the Word, Into the World builds on the biblical knowledge gained in Disciple 1, and helps us to continue our walk of faith as we strive to become Disciples of Christ. This 32-week Bible study class moves deeper into the word with a study of Genesis, Exodus, Luke, and Acts. Completion of Disciple 1 required to take this class. Class offerings will be Wednesday evenings from 6:45-8:15pm in Room 210 led by Chris and Leigh Anderson rchristopheranderson@gmail.com, leighbanderson@gmail.com or (724) 549-3032.


DISCIPLE 3: Remember Who You Are challenges us to remember our biblical heritage as a people “set apart” for service while renewing our vision and place of community. This 32 week study concentrates on the writings of the Old Testament prophets and on the Letters of Paul. Completion of Disciple 1 required to take this class. Existing class offering is Wednesday evenings led by Mike and Allison Florio in Patterson Parlor at 6pm. Contact allison.florio@gmail.com or 108mkf@gmail.com to sign up.


DISCIPLE 4: Under the Tree of Life, this 32 week study in the four-phase Disciple program, concentrates on the Writings in the Old Testament and the Gospel of John, 1,2,3 John, James and Revelation in the New Testament. Completion of Disciple 1 required to take this class. Existing class offering will be Wednesday morning led by Dawn Dormire (this group is for women only) meeting in a home. Contact JDormire@comcast.net to sign up. Another option is Wednesday evening from 6:45-8:15pm led by Theresa Stones (for men and women) room 211 contact tstones@comcast.net.


Emmaus Reunion Group: Have you attended the Walk to Emmaus weekend? You may be interested in joining the CUMC reunion group. The group is doing the 4th Day Guide. We meet on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of each month upstairs in the Ministry House at 7pm. Contact Larry Johnston for details at biglar043@aol.com or 724-454-9093. There is no cost for this group. Childcare and children’s small groups provided Wednesday evening.


Christian Believer: This in-depth study focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith—presenting, explaining, and interpreting them in a way that participants can understand, through the use of words, symbols, and hymns. Over a 30-week period, participants will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars. It is highly recommended to have completed all four Disciple Bible studies. Led by Mark Pasek and meeting on Sunday at 7pm in the Ministry House. Contact Mark at 412- 584-4006 or johnabby@comcast.net.


In Our Own Back Yard: In recent years, Americans have woken up to the reality that human trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries. But what most still do not understand is that neither is it something that just happens to "other people" such as runaways or the disenfranchised. Join others in reading this book sharing true stories and years of boots-on-the-ground experience by author Nita Belles. Meeting Wednesday evenings September 13-October 25 from 6:45-8:15pm in the Ministry House. Contact Krystal Novak for details at krystal20n@aol.com or 724-244-6749 (call or text). Books are $10 each. Childcare and children’s small groups provided Wednesday evening.


Men’s WEEKLY Study: This group of men from all stages, seasons and places in life will be studying “Man in the Mirror” by Patrick Morley and meeting Wednesday evenings at 6:45pm in room 207 starting September 13th. Contact Kerry Moser at kamoser@windstream.net or call or text at 724-575-2550. Childcare and children’s small groups provided Wednesday evening.


Twice Monthly Studies: Select to meet either on Wednesday morning OR Thursday mornings. Meetings are on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday (men and women) from 10-11:30am in room 209 starting September 6 and 2nd and 4th Thursday (women only) from 9:30-11am starting Sept 14 in room 209. Pick either daytime study. The groups will study “The Book of Titus” by Chip Ingram. Contact Leigh Casale for details at 724-396-4777.


Soaring Eagles: Meeting the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month from 2-4pm in Patterson Parlor of the church this group of ladies is currently studying a LifeGuide Bible Study "Genesis". Contact Sybil Kunkelmann at 724-515-5499 or 724-552-3983 for details.


MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers): Will meet every other Friday morning from 9:15-11:15am beginning September 8th meeting in Patterson Parlor. This group is designed to nurture mothers with children from infancy through kindergarten. MOPS helps mothers find friendship, develop mothering skills, and promote spiritual growth. There is an $80 fee for this group and $10/child fee. Contact Jen Leitch at jleitch610@gmail.com for details. There is currently a wait list for this group. Contact to have your name added to the wait list. Childcare is provided.


Moms Fellowship Outings: Interested in connecting with other moms? This group will meet monthly for a fellowship outing. Outings will include anything from a yoga class to paint class to lunch. Cost is dependent upon the activity. Contact Melissa Conte to sign up for the schedule and emails at missconte@windstream.net or 724-744-0008.

Dinners for Eight: Dinners for Eight is a dinner group for both couples and singles who are interested in getting to know other church members. On Sunday, September 10th we will meet between services and draw names to form our groups for the year. Each group will then have dinner together four times per year, one dinner in each group member’s home. This is a social event that develops deeper relationships with other church members and may lead to wonderful, enduring friendships! Anyone interested in being involved should contact Lee Liermann at liermannl@comcast.net or 724-972-6046 by August 31st to enjoy “Dinners for Eight” for 2017!

Busy Hands: Do you like to craft or sew or support those who do? Join the Busy Hands group meeting on Thursdays from 9-noon in the Patterson Parlor. Bring your projects and come and work on the many various projects coordinated by the group to help the community and world. Contact Linda Briggs for details at lsbriggs13@windstream.net.


GriefShare: This program features Christ-centered teachings that focus on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. Starting on Tuesday, September 12th and meets weekly until December 5th from 6:30-8:30pm in Room 210. Please contact Winnie Kruhm at winipoo1229@msn.com. Manuals provided are $15. Ecumenical program. Open to the community.


If you have any questions, please call Dawn Dormire at

412-983-5417 or email at JDORMIRE@comcast.net.

SMALL GROUP AND DISCIPLE Orientation will be held on

Wednesday, September 6th at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary and

classes will begin in the following weeks.


If you'd like to download a PDF of these class offerings, please click HERE!