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Adult Small Groups

Monday Night Football

Do you like football? Do you like pizza? Do you like having friends? If you answered yes to any of those questions then this is for you. Join Pastor Adam for a great time to watch the game and bring your friends. 

Monday Nights (Sept. 9 - Dec. 16) 7:30-10:00 pm

Nicky’s Pizza 9771 N Cedar Ave, Kansas City MO 64157

Facilitator: Pastor Adam Mustoe

Cost: Only cost is whatever you order at Nicky’s

Connections Groups

These groups serve the purpose of building community and fellowship with other families in our church. Groups will meet as indicated to share a meal and a time of relaxed fellowship. Families (adults, teens & kids) from all services, any shape and size, are welcome to participate!

   Group 1 - Facilitator: Ashley Dawson

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, starting Sept. 17, Dawson Home

   Group 2 - Facilitator: Cassie Hutchison

1st & 3rd Fridays, 6:30 pm, starting Sept. 20, location TBD

The Story: The Bible as one continuing story of God and His people

Using this easy to follow book and study guide, we are going to start with Daniel and Esther and then read through the New Testament in chronological order. If you like a good novel, 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

Wednesday’s 10:30-12:00 am, Sept. 4 - Dec. 18

Fellowship Center • Childcare: pending

Cost: $15 for book and study guide, “The Story”

Spiritual Apprenticeship

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, starting Sept. 8

Fellowship Center • Childcare: pending

Cost: $14 for book “Blueprint for Discipleship”

“Not A Fan” by Kyle Idleman

If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have the “Define The Relationship” conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly His follower or just a fan - or perhaps someone who doesn’t even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admirations, but the very center of your life.

Facilitator: Richard Cobb

Sundays 6:00-7:00 pm, 8 sessions starting Sept. 15 Classroom 5

Women’s Bible Study – “The Gospel of Ruth” by Tommy Nelson

The book of Ruth tells the story of a faithful and courageous woman. Each week Nelson delivers a 20-25 minute video message about Ruth’s compelling story. In this journey, you will learn about: The Character of a Great Woman, The Character of a Great Man, How to Find God’s Will for your Life, God as Your Redeemer and God as Our King. Bibles are available or bring your own. A study guide will be provided through RightNow Media at no cost.

Facilitator: Pam Appel  • Classroom 4

Tuesdays 9:00–11:00 am, 7 sessions starting Sept. 10 

“The Gospel of John” by 

Dr. Tony Evans

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. Bibles are available or bring your own. A study guide will be provided through RightNow Media at no cost.

Facilitator: Shelly Handy

Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm, 6 sessions starting Sept. 16 Classroom 1

Community Groups

Community group = authentic relationships + growing together. God designed us to grow spiritually by being connected relationally. Consider spending one hour a week, for eight weeks getting to know individuals in a small group setting. The groups will be formed by matching life interests and time available.

Supportive Groups

Financial Peace with Dave Ramsey

What if you were following a plan for your money that you KNEW worked? With Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, you CAN take control of your money, get out of debt, diffuse financial arguments in your marriage, and create a plan for your future. This is also a wonderful way to make church friends! If you’re interested in learning more about the group, please email us. We hope you join us for this journey!

Facilitators: Angela & Miguel Carrasco,

Sundays, 10:45-11:45 am, 9 sessions starting Sept. 8 

Fellowship Center • Childcare is available

Hope for the Grieving Heart

This group is designed to provide compassion and support for those grieving the loss of a loved one. We will use the book, Don’t Take My Grief Away From Me by Doug Manning. Together we will explore the emotions and experiences that accompany the death of a loved one. The group helps provide assurances, guidance, and hope for healing. 

Facilitator: Pastor Sherry Oxandale

Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm, 10 sessions starting Sept. 10 

Classroom 5

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, or 816-510-3840

Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, Classroom 4

Prayer Group

A small group meets to pray for our church, our church families, our community and our world. You are invited to join us just once or every week. We welcome the opportunity to pray for you and with you.

• Tuesdays at 7:30 am, Sanctuary

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

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 


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.