MINISTRIES

Young Adult Ministries

Adult Ministries

Searchers

Meeting every Sunday morning at 10:00 am on Zoom. FUMC Loveland Searchers Class discusses social justice, personal faith, and current issues encouraging critical thinking.

This Sunday, Nov. 1, at 10:00 AM, Kelly Evans, Executive Director of N2N (Neighbor to Neighbor) of Fort Collins and Loveland, will join us on Zoom. She will speak to us about the rental assistance N2N provides and their experiences during the Pandemic preventing homelessness. Kelly is a licensed social worker with 20 years of nonprofit experience.   The following Sunday, Nov. 8, at 10:00 AM, Rev. Ted Nutting will lead an interactive discussion about the different answers Jesus gave when asked how to “inherit the Kingdom of Heaven.”  Are you a “Born-Again Christian,” a “Sold-Out Christian,” or a “Good-Neighbor Christian?” Or, “Is St. Peter’s Gate the only way into heaven?”   

To see the topic of the current class, go to Our Publications and click on the current edition of The Window. Contact Ted Nutting at (970) 290-0549 or rtednutting@comcast.net  All are welcome.  Join Meeting. Meeting ID: 882 2553 4319  Passcode: 092355

Holy Happy Hour

HHH meets in the “Zoom Room” every Monday evening at 5:30 pm.  It’s a wonderful way to be in a community with old friends and make some new ones from the comfort of your home. There are long time participants and several new folks wanting more connection with one another. Snacks and beverages of preference are optional and of course “byo.” HHH an adult fellowship ministry distantly modeled on the Wesleyan small groups. They met weekly and simply share around the theme of “How is it with your soul?” Or “What’s on your mind today?  Or “What’s saving you today?” In that spirit, they covenant to make no judgments and what happens there stays there. Contact Tom Thompson for more information at (801) 518-5392 or revtgt@hotmail.com.  All are always welcome. Join Meeting here. Meeting ID: 817 3484 4842 

First United Methodist Church has many ways for you to connect with others for fun and fellowship. 

Strength Classes

Join us Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:30 am each week for a 40-minute workout that is safe for all ages.  Questions call Ann Kessler at 970-290-2796.  Everyone is welcome.  Equipment needed: light hand weights and stretch band or bungee cord. Join Meeting here.

 

 

 

Dinner Groups

Dinner groups are back again and more creative than ever. Would you like to meet with four to eight people for dinner? Depending on your comfort level, you may meet in a backyard, park or on the church grounds. We strongly urge social distancing and gathering outside.

Couples and singles are invited. Groups can include children, or not, as you decide. The meals can be a potluck, you bring your own food, drink, and chairs, or a host provide the main dish only. 
Everyone will get an opportunity to host. You may sign up online, by phone at (308) 665-5934, or by email.

 

Older, Wiser, Happier Group

Meetings on Thursdays at 1:00 pm are open to anyone and specially designed for senior adults. The agenda includes reading ten choices that affect our happiness, voluntary check-in (talking not required), 12 minutes of guided relaxation, and a new discussion topic that relates to some aspect of aging. Contact Clay Carter at (970) 616-9686 or pclaycarter@gmail.com with questions and to receive a Zoom invitation. Clay will set up individual instructional walk-through meetings to help people access the meetings by telephone only or to navigate the complexities of accessing by the computer.   

Prime Timers (Older Adult Fellowship)

Currently not meeting due to COVID.

1st Friday of the month, 11:30 am, Coy Hall

We host a luncheon, usually on the first Friday of each month, for our seniors, guests, and others who may be interested. Lunch is followed by a program of interest to our group. A nominal donation helps us cover the cost of lunch and special events. Details about each month’s activities are posted in “The Window”, and we ask our guests to sign up ahead of time so that our cooks can plan accordingly.

Contact: Ed Frey, 669-5324

English Classes

Currently meeting through Zoom. Contact: Carolyn Bouchard, 970-481-2818 for more information.

Conversational English classes are offered to Spanish speakers during the day. this is a great class for beginners without experience in the language to learn English. Daycare is provided and often supported by the St. John’s Women’s Ministry.

Spanish Classes

Currently meeting through Zoom. Contact: Carolyn Bouchard, 970-481-2818 for more information.

Conversational Spanish classes are offered during the day and evening. Story-telling and reading are the methods used to acquire the language. Many retired adults take the day class and many working adults take the evening class. All are welcome.

Beginner Classes–Monday and Wednesday, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Women today are pulled in many different directions whether we are working in or out of the home, caring for family or volunteering in our church or community. We need meaningful relationships. Through First Church Women’s Ministries, you can get involved in any number of areas for growth and service. Check below for the area in which God might be leading you. Then let us help you get connected.

Book Club

3rd Tuesday of month, 9:30am, Member’s Homes

Contact: Ann Eatman, 461-1971Quilt Group

2nd and 4th Fridays, 9:30am, West Coy Hall

Contact: A.J. Erwine, 669-6571

Charity Quilt Group

2nd Saturday of month, 9:30am-1:00pm, home of Kay Neckel

Contact: Kay Neckel, 663-3434

Red Flames (Red Hat Society)

2nd Friday of month (September-May), 11:30am, Local Restaurants

Contact: Darlene Lowe, 667-3101

CLEO (Church Ladies Eating Out)

Fellowship group that meets the 2nd Friday of the month, 11:30am, Local Restaurants

Contact: Pat Lutz, 669-0961

Fall Women’s Retreat

Contact: Church office, 667-0876

The Men’s Ministries of First Church exist to help men grow in their relationship with Christ through fellowship, leadership and mission. 

5Ms (Methodist Men Monday Morning Mechanics)

Plumbing, electrical, carpentry, painting, outdoor work…you name it, these men of the church do the work and help keep the church building in good repair while enjoying fellowship time together. Come join them!

Time: Every Monday morning from 8:00-11:00am

Contact: Larry Jones, 685-9509

Men’s Discussion Group

Wednesdays, ongoing

7:00am at Good Samaritan Village

Contact: John Irelan, 669-5240

United Methodist Men

Varied speakers from FUMC and the Loveland area share topics of interest at this monthly fellowship breakfast. They also sponsor an Easter morning pancake breakfast with the Youth.

1st Sunday of the month October through May, 7:00am, Coy Hall

Contact: Roy Allen, 635-267

Senior Ministries

SPIRITUALITY

ALZHEIMER’S/DEMENTIA CAREGIVERS’ SUPPORT GROUP
FUMC

Alzheimer’s/Dementia Caregivers’ Support Group is a support
group for persons who are family members and/or caregivers of people
who are in various stages of Alzheimer’s Disease or other types of
dementia. We have used materials and speakers from the Alzheimer’s
Association and other organizations that deal with aging, as well as other
helpful resources in coping with the ups and downs of caregiving. We
support each other by listening and sharing confidentially. Monthly
meetings on the first Wednesday of the month were held before the
Covid-19 restrictions, but we look forward to getting together again with
safe physical distancing in place. For more information,
Contact: Barbara Franke 970-203-0904 or www.gbfranke@msn.com

CARE TASK MINISTRY

Care Task Ministry is a team of volunteers who make phone calls
and visitations of those who are home-bound or hospitalized. This team
also, in many cases, serves the traditional roles of a prayer chain, as
they pray for each Sunday’s submitted prayer requests. This team is open
to all members of the congregation who would like to pray, converse, and
visit those who are facing times of physical, emotional, or spiritual crisis.
Many hours of compassion have been expressed through the actions of
Dolores Pancoast, Ann Eatman, Kay Neckel, Pat Cobb, Shirley Reed, Ed
and Celia Frey, Faye Furuglyas, and Karin Bierstein. Care Task Ministry
meets on Tuesdays at 11:00 am in West Coy Hall.
Contact: Rev Lee Anderson-Harris at 970-667-0876 or lee@fumcloveland.com

MIXED SENIOR SINGLES

Mixed Senior Singles is a group for mixed single seniors is in the works. You may be interested if you’re an older single who is looking for companionship, fun, information, or a chance to enjoy some food together. It’s about “finding ways to enjoy the life we have ahead of us in the company of our peers,” organizers say.
More details to follow.

Contact: Pat Cobb at 970-613-9625 or Sue Mullins at 970-692-1045

OLDER, WISER, HAPPIER

Older, Wiser, Happier Meeting – Thursdays, 1:00-2:30 pm on Zoom. The weekly ZOOM meeting features conversations on topics related to aging.
Anyone is welcome to drop in and see what’s happening. You can access it by selecting this link: Zoom meeting 
The topics reflect principles set forth in the book authored by Clay, church member, and facilitator of the meetings. The book is available at this link on Amazon.com. However, it is not necessary to read the book to be fully engaged in the conversations.
Thought-starters on the week’s topic can be accessed by going online to Clay’s blog at Clay’s blog. On the blog site, there is information about the format of the
meeting as well as thought starters for each meeting.
For further information about the meetings or accessing the links, call Clay Carter, (970) 616-9686, cell phone for calls or texts. Email Clay at pclaycarter@gmail.com.

PRIME TIMERS

1st Friday of the month, 11:30 am, Coy Hall
We host a luncheon, usually on the first Friday of each month, for our seniors, guests,
and others who may be interested. Lunch is followed by a program of interest to our group. A nominal donation helps us cover the cost of lunch and special events. Our purpose is to provide seniors a time to come together to visit, share a meal, and be entertained. Details about each month’s activities are posted in “The Window”, and we ask our guests to sign up ahead of time so that our cooks can plan accordingly.
Contact: Ed Frey, 970-669-5324

SOUL FEAST

Book Study meets on Wednesdays at 1:30 pm in Rm E240. Contact: Barbie Clark at 970-667-7445

WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP

Women’s Fellowship meets every other month. The purpose
is to be a supportive group and help others in our church and
community. Each meeting we have one or two of the ladies
tell about themselves & their families (short autobiographies).
We have a different local project each time (such as bringing
cans of food, clothing, diapers, gloves, money for the youth
groups, etc). We have an “indoor picnic” each summer and a
salad luncheon for our December meeting.
All women are welcome!

Contact: Darlene Lowe at (970) 667-3101 or aldarlowe@gmail.com

AARP SMART DRIVER COURSE

IN-PERSON CLASSES ARE CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 2021 DUE TO COVID-19
Why Take the AARP Smart Driver Course?
The AARP Smart Driver Course is the nation’s first refresher course
specifically designed for drivers age 50 and older. In many states,
drivers may benefit from a discount on their auto insurance premium
upon completing the course. And you will learn something new along
the way. In fact, an evaluation of the course found that 97% of
participants changed at least one driving habit as a result of what they
learned.

• Receive a multi-year discount on your auto insurance.*
• Refresh your driving skills and your knowledge of the rules — and
hazards — of the road.
• Reduce your chances of receiving a traffic violation or getting into
an accident.
Contact: Barry Wehrle at (732) 754-2235 or email phyllismwehrle@gmail.com

ENGLISH SPANISH CLASSES

ENGLISH CLASSES
Classes are currently held on Zoom.  Contact: Carolyn Bouchard, 970-481-2818 for more information. 

Conversational English classes are offered to Spanish speakers
during the day. This is a great class for beginners without
experience in the language to learn English. Daycare is provided
and often supported by the St. John’s Women’s Ministry.

SPANISH CLASSES

Classes are currently held on Zoom.  Contact: Carolyn Bouchard, 970-481-2818 for more information. 
Conversational Spanish classes are offered during the day and
evening. Story-telling and reading are the methods used to
acquire the language. Many retired adults take the day class
and many working adults take the evening class. All are welcome.
Beginner Classes–Monday and Wednesday, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

LOVELAND MUSEUM GALLERY

LOVELAND MUSEUM/GALLERY
503 N Lincoln Avenue
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone (970) 962-2410
Small museum showing rotating displays of diverse art,
plus a permanent local-history exhibit.

MEN’S BREAKFASTS

Varied speakers from FUMC and the Loveland area share
topics of interest at this monthly fellowship breakfast. The
United Methodist Men can be spotted being the hands and
feet of Christ in the community as they serve breakfast to
the law enforcement community in observation of Law Day!
They also sponsor an Easter morning pancake breakfast with
the Youth.1st Sunday of the month October through May, at
7:00 am, Coy Hall
Contact: Roy Allen at (970) 635-2672

MEN’S DISCUSSION GROUP

The Men’s Ministries of First United Methodist Church
exist to help men grow in their relationship with Christ
through fellowship, leadership, and mission.
Wednesdays, ongoing
7:00 am at Good Samaritan Village
Contact: John Irelan, 970-669-5240

OASIS STUDY MEETS WEEKLY

Join us Sundays from 4:00-5:30, on Zoom for FUMC Oasis: A place for LGBTQ+ and their family/friends to find peace and renewal along their spiritual journey. We’re currently discussing “Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality” by Jack Rogers. Feel free to join us, whether you have a copy of the book or not! Zoom meeting link.  Meeting ID: 838 2998 9065 Password: 744795

OLLI (OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI): a member-based, member-driven community of lifelong learners. OLLI provides continuous
opportunities to seek knowledge and a community to share new insights,
exchange ideas, ask questions and make new friends.
Ways to Join:
An OLLI membership fee of $25 for each term is required to register for all
OLLI classes, lectures, and special programs. When is registration? Registration opens online for Fall 2020 registration will be online only and will open August 28th, 2020, at 7:00 am. How are course fees determined? Course fees are based on a charge of $5/course hour. For example, a 6-week course meeting for two hours per week is $60, and an 8-week course meeting for two hours per week is $80. Individual OLLI Talks (formerly Perks) 2-hour lectures are $10. Special programs are charged according to their unique costs. You can download the form on their website, www.OLLI@colostate.edu mail your membership form and payment to:
Colorado State University Drake Hall
2545 Research Blvd.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 491-7753
between 7:30 am – 4:00pm

Youth Ministries

Most summers we pack our bags, load the vans, and head out to share the love of God in mission and service. The dates and destinations vary by summer and age group. Past trips include: Oregon, Louisiana, New Mexico and Wyoming. The work we do also varies but includes: light construction, debris pickup, Vacation Bible School, fellowship with the elderly and painting.

First United Methodist Youth are also active in the local community serving at Food for All, raking leaves for the elderly and various other activities during the year.

Our adult advisors are Neal Anderson, Karin Bierstein, Charles Diediker, Judy Graff and Wally Lankford.

We also have guest speakers and other adult advisors that volunteer as needed for special events.

Small Group Opportunities

Join us for Breakfast Club on Wednesday mornings. We meet at 8:15am in the Youth Range. Start the day with breakfast and a short devotion. There will be drivers available to take teens to school.

Sunday Morning Programming

Come join us for Sunday morning small groups each week at 9:45 am in the youth range. Classes are taught by wonderful instructors with the love of Christ in their hearts for the word and for the youth. Our Sunday School classes are located in the Youth Range (downstairs from the Coy Hall Gym).

Wednesday Morning Programming

Join us in the Youth Range each Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00am during the school year for breakfast, fellowship, and a short devotion to uplift you for the rest of the week.

Mid High Youth Group, Sundays 4:00-6:00pm

Life is a journey, let’s travel together. After gathering in the Youth Range, 6th-8th grade students meet for an evening of games, skits, snacks, and an interactive look at God’s Word. Together we will explore the Old and New Testaments for stories of God’s radical love and faithfulness and how they apply to our every day lives. Each Sunday we will dig deeper into our lives and find our own stories of God’s radical love and faithfulness. Come and join us on the journey of discovery!

Our Adult advisors are Ben Clegern, Mariah Diediker, Abbi Flaming, Judy Graff and Wally Lankford

Sunday Morning Programming

Come join us for Sunday morning small groups each week at 9:45 am in the youth range. Classes are taught by wonderful instructors with the love of Christ in their hearts for the word and for the youth. Our Sunday School classes are located in the Youth Range (downstairs from the Coy Hall Gym).

Children's Ministries

Sunday Small Groups Grades One through Five

Join us each Sunday at 9:45 to learn about Jesus and his great love for us. Elementary Sunday school is located on the second floor of the education wing in the west classroom.

Sunday, 9:45-10:45am, Education Wing

Little Learners-Pre-K and Kindergarten Ages

Our children ages 4-5 years spend time enjoying lessons about God and Jesus that speak to them in an understandable and memorable way. 

Sunday, 9:45-10:45am, Education Wing

Acolytes

Children in 3rd – 6th grades are trained to be worship leaders through assisting in the worship service. The acolyte serves by lighting and extinguishing the candles on the communion or altar table at the beginning and the end of the worship service. 

Contact: Kitty Nutting, 663-5217

Lay Reader

Children are invited to serve in worship as a Lay Reader. Lay Readers lead the liturgy, prayers and scripture.

Music Ministry

Children’s music ministry every week during the school year on Thursdays at 6:00pm in Room E270. Led by Susan Harding. Kids sing during church several times a year, as well as, performing at the Hanging of the Greens worship service and presenting a spring program.

Accordion Content

Caring Ministries

Contacts and prays for the sick and homebound

Meets Tuesday mornings, 11:00am, Room E030

 

Volunteers Offer Real Help for Hurting Children

Circle of Life, a program started by Bev Goodier, M.A., offers counseling, education and support for those who do not have financial resources or reasonable access to help after experiencing loss, such as death, divorce, incarceration of a parent, etc. In addition to adult grief/loss classes, Bev trains competent and dedicated volunteers to teach classes for children who are experiencing such loss.

Our volunteers range in age from 15 to adult. We meet monthly for continued training and support.

Bev also has an office at the church and provides individual counseling.

Research shows that early intervention after a loss can help prevent a host of issues, such as complicated grief, posttraumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, suicide, addiction, developmental disruption, etc., that can develop in people (particularly children) who receive no help after a loss.

We are so grateful to have the opportunity to provide loving support for those who need it most. 

 

FUMC’s Caring Ministries serves to meet the many aspects of pastoral care. This umbrella includes… 

-Prayer and Care Ministry, which is a team of volunteers who make phone calls and visitations of those who are home-bound or hospitalized. This team also, in many cases, serves the traditional roles of a prayer chain, as they pray for each Sunday’s submitted prayer requests. This team is open to all members of the congregation who would like to pray, converse and visit those who are facing times of physical, emotional, or spiritual crisis. 

-Bus Ministry. A great blessing for this congregation is that we have a bus ministry which allows those who might not otherwise be able to attend worship ,an  option to remain in connection with their church family. This ministry is staffed by a number of drivers who volunteer each week to pick up  riders for each of the three services on Sunday mornings. For those interested in coordinating a ride, call the church at 970 667 0876

Each of these teams is always open to accepting new volunteers who would like to share in the gift of compassion to another. You do not need to be a bible scholar or theological academic, rather just have the heart to be in conversation and reach out to another just to let them know that they are cared for. For more information about how to serve, please don’t hesitate to contact Rev. Jeremiah as director of the Caring Ministries teams.

Missions

Serving as Christ’s Hands and Feet All Over the World

Missions are a top priority at First Church. We want every member, no matter what age or situation, to have a passion for sharing Christ through loving others. Members commit to mission projects and serve on mission teams all over the world. Others serve within the Loveland community. We provide monetary and prayer support for missionaries serving near and far.

For newsletter from One Community, One Family, click here.

Newsletter from Emmauel and Florence Mefor

Newsletter from Steve and Alene Burgert

Teams consisting of students, young adults and older adults have participated in trips ranging from new construction, renovations, sorting disaster supplies, disaster recovery, Vacation Bible School and more. Recent trips have sent teams within Colorado (Denver, Alamosa), the United States (Montana, Wyoming, Kentucky, New Mexico, Louisiana), and around the world (Russia, Costa Rica, Kenya). First Church has a number of potential leaders who have been trained by United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.

For mission opportunities in the Mountain Sky Conference and around the US and world, please click here.

OUR CHURCH IN OUR COMMUNITY AND WORLD

Blood Drives

Bi-monthly blood drives are held at First Church.

Tuesdays, 10:00am-4:00pm

Contact: Deb Fillion, 667-0326

Community Kitchen

Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily for homeless and low income families

Breakfast contact: Roger Williams, 970-980-8228

Lunch contact: Anita Williams, 970-689-0019

Dinner contact: Sue Lussenhop, 970-481-0453

Habitat for Humanity

Monthly construction Saturdays in the summer

Contact: Leroy Cline, 310-1226

One Community, One Family

Teams of four to six volunteers help homeless families and singles (with jobs or other stable income) find safe and affordable housing, regain self-sufficiency and re-acclimate into the community. Six month commitment.

Contact: Gene Clarke, 970-786-0572

Music Ministries

First United Methodist has a variety of choirs and bands. If you wish to share your gift of music, you may find a place in one or more of these groups.

Chancel Choir

This adult choir presents its musical gifts in morning worship three Sundays a month. It also celebrates with special programs for Christmas, Maundy Thursday and Easter.

Wednesday, 6:30pm, Sanctuary

Grace Notes Praise Team

This group focuses on contemporary Christian music and sings and plays at the 9:45 worship service each Sunday morning. 

Wednesday, 7:45pm, Sanctuary

Special Music

If you would like to share a special gift of music at a worship service, let us know.

Spirit Sounds Bell Choir

The Spirit Sounds Bell Choir shares their music once a month in Sunday morning worship. They also perform for civic functions, service groups and in church for special occasions.

Tuesday, 6:00-7:00pm, Choir Room (S060)

Contact: Susan Harding, 663-7113

Children’s Music Opportunities

Children’s Choir

This choir is a musical ministry in which children (K-3rd grade) take part. They present the congregation with special musical gifts once a month, as well as occasional worship musicals.

Thursday, 6:00pm, E270

Contact: Susan Harding, 663-7113