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Adult Small Groups

The Good Book by Kyle Idleman 

The Bible is a big book. Hundreds of characters and thousands of ideas parade across its pages from beginning to end. From the uninitiated to the very seasoned, readers of the Bible will find something new to learn in The Good Book. We will discuss some of the most prominent Biblical themes about God and unpack the meaning behind the theme. At the center of the series stands God, and each theme will focus on who He is in relationship to His created order. We will also take time to have fun just being together socially and getting to know each other.

Facilitators: Sue & Jim Hevalow

Sundays 6:00-7:30 pm, January 12 – March 8

Jim & Sue’s home: Marimack Dr, Kearney

Cost: $8.00 for Participant’s Guide (optional)


Young Adult Small Group

All seasons of life contain big changes that alter your perception of yourself and your identity, especially as a young adult. College, jobs, marriage, kids can all change who you thought you were while you’re still trying to figure out how to adult. Join other 18-30 year olds in a small group that explores who you are at your core and what it means to be a Child of God.

Facilitators: Amy O’Hare & Analeigh Vanderpool

Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm starting January 23


Galatians by Kyle Idleman

A new adult class on Sunday morning! Join this new group to connect with others and learn about the Gospel message. The book of Galatians contains some of the clearest explanations of the Gospel. We will talk about the good news Jesus brought and how that impacts us in our everyday life. Galations makes it especially clear that we cannot earn God’s love through our works. True freedom is found in surrender, not self-dependence. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Facilitators: Jen & Chris Wattier and Jeana & Brian Bagnell

Sundays 10:40-11:40 am, Jan. 12 - Feb. 23

Cost: None


Spiritual Apprenticeship: Young Couples

Come to Adam’s house, learn about how Jesus calls us to live, and actually try to do it. This four-month experience will be composed of discussion, study, and maybe even a little fun. At the conclusion of the apprenticeship, each participant will articulate a “so what” as their next steps toward leadership and ministry. The hope and intent is that participants will be equipped to lead others along a similar journey, who then will help to one day lead others in a similar journey. 

Facilitator: Pastor Adam Mustoe

Twice a month on Sundays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, 6 sessions starting January 26, at Pastor Adam’s House

Childcare is available

Cost: $24 for book “Blueprint for Discipleship” + 1 Clifton Strengths Assessment


The Book of Colossians by Louie Giglio 

What we think about Jesus matters. Our perception of Him shapes us—what we say, how we treat others, even what we think. Our study of the book of Colossians will help us form a complete picture of Jesus. What we believe about God influences everything from our corporate worship to our relationships to our attitude toward sin. Alive in Christ, we can live a life worthy of God instead of falling back into the ways of the world. If you desire to understand the Bible better, crave a closer relationship with God, or just need fellowship with other women believers, THIS STUDY IS FOR YOU!!! Whether you are 18 or 80, new to your faith or mature, God will speak to you through this study!!!

Facilitator: Nicci Nauman

Wednesdays 10:30-12:00 am, Jan. 15 – March 11

Nicci’s home: Plattsburg Road, Kearney

Cost: None


The Book of 1st Corinthians - Jennie Allen 

Christianity calls us to sacrifice instead of living for oneself. We have to choose one or the other—we can’t do both. The Christians in Corinth tried to live the Christian life in a worldly way. The Apostle Paul wrote this letter to remind a divided and self-centered people how to follow Jesus. We’ll see how the truth of the gospel and the Spirit of God can empower us to choose to follow Jesus every day of our lives. 

Tuesdays 9:00 – 11:00 am, Jan. 14 – March 31, Classroom 4

Cost: $18.00 for Study Guide


40 Verses to Ignite Your Faith by Laurie Polich Short 

We will be digging in to 40 “in between” or “lesser-known” Bible verses that will help us seek and experience God in new and dynamic ways. From trusting God’s timing, to not worrying about the future, to holding on to faith in each season of life. This study is great for anyone looking for new insight to scripture and meaningful life application. If you are new to bible study or a seasoned bible scholar, all are welcome.

Facilitator: Sherry Oxandale

Tuesdays 6:00 – 7:00 pm, Jan. 14 – March 10, Classroom A

Cost: $10 for Book


The Gospel of Mark by Frances Chan 

The Gospel of Mark chronicles Jesus’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Along the way, the Messiah gathers a ragged band of disciples. Tracing the steps of Jesus and the Twelve through Israel, Francis Chan explores the major themes of the Gospel of Mark, and asks: Are we willing to take this journey to embrace discipleship? This is a great study for both the long-time Christian who wants to revisit the foundation of their faith, and also for the new believer who is just beginning to learn who Jesus is. Class will start with a short video, then discussion.

Facilitator: Shelly Handy

Mondays, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, 11 sessions starting January 12, Classroom 1

Cost: You may order a “Study Guide” from Amazon, $19-$25 optional


Supportive Groups

Marriage Enrichment

Re-discover the passion, purpose, and potential of your marriage. The class will touch on the following areas: Communication, Personal Stress, Conflict Resolution, Financial Management, Spiritual Beliefs, Sexual Expectations and Family Dynamics. Each couple will be asked to take the online inventory called Prepare & Enrich. The assessment provides personalized insights to all of these areas that are unique to your relationship. This class is for anyone who would like take a step in building a stronger marriage or simply check up on how their marriage is doing.

Facilitator: Sherry Oxandale, MA, LPC

Sundays, 6:30 – 7:30, January 12 to March 1, Classroom 1

Cost: $35 per couple for online assessment

Childcare available with reservation


Focus On Fitness

We take care of ourselves so we can care for others. The class is designed to place a gradually increased workload on the heart, lungs, muscles and bones to help improve their function; to place a gradually increased workload on the core muscles and upper and lower extremities; and may consist of low impact aerobics resistance, flexibility and Pilates/Yoga.

Facilitator: Joyce Bradley

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, 9:00–9:45 am, Fellowship Center


Alcoholics Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with others. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Facilitator: Greg Cox, gkcox1104@yahoo.com or 816-510-3840

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, Classroom 4

Women's Groups

Friendship Circle - Friendship Circle is a women’s group that meets for fellowship and devotion. Several outreach projects are completed annually such as volunteering at Meet The Need, putting together homeless packs, providing colors for Children’s Mercy Hospital, etc.  Contact: Shelly Handy 816-392-9908  

• Second Tuesday, 7:00 pm  •  Please call for location.


Merry Martha Circle - Our circle is a group of senior women who meet monthly for a presentation and fellowship, followed by going out to lunch at 12:00 pm. Contact: Carole Snyder 816-628-9042  

• Second Wednesday, 10:30 am  •  Church Lobby


Lamplighter Circle - The group meetings include prayer, devotion, a program and fellowship. The focus of the group is service to local and global communities. Contact: Pam Appel 816-592-9041

• First Tuesday, 7:00 pm  •  Please call for location.

Sunday Mornings - 9:30 Adult Classes

Alamo - Classroom 1 - This is a scripture based Sunday school class. The class encourages an open dialogue amongst members, with a focus on applying scripture to modern day issues. Contact: Danny Dale 816-792-2861 or daledanny42@yahoo.com


Seeking Good News - Classroom 4 - We are a group who like to study the Bible and its relationship to our modern lives. We love discussion and really can agree to disagree if need be. We enjoy being together and welcome new people with open arms. Right now, our favorite lessons are Andy Stanley videos and studies. Contacts: Julie or Jerry Anderson 816-352-1366 


New Beginnings - Classroom 3 - Our multi-generational class studies the adult curriculum that the United Methodist Church publishes. The lessons cover the historical basis for how the scripture came to be, the symbolism behind worship and worship places, how the Old and New Testaments connect and how it all relates to contemporary life. The resulting discussions are thought provoking and fun, leading to deeper insight in our spiritual lives.  Contact: Bob Lawson 816-903-5551 

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Discipleship Pathway

A journey to a deeper relationship with Christ

Answers to five basic questions about our Discipleship Pathway


What is our Discipleship Pathway? A collection of intentional and meaningful ways to grow closer to God, closer to others, and closer to becoming the person God intended us to be. 


Why have a Discipleship Pathway? Knowing Jesus and how to follow Him, is a life long endeavor. To make disciples, we must be disciples. Our church takes the responsibility of discipleship seriously because Jesus has entrusted this process to us. (Matthew 28: 18-19) To make disciples for the transformation of the world around us, we each must take our next step.


Where do we participate in the Discipleship Pathway? Home, work, school, church, and everywhere else we go.


When do we start? Right now.


How do we participate?  Through Worship, Service, Spiritual Practices, Community Involvement, and Learning.