Grow

"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever!" 2 Peter 3:18

Once a person is invited to a church, it is important to give him or her the opportunity to grow in faith. At Zion UMC, there are many opportunities to grow on a spiritual journey that will last a lifetime. From our very youngest children to those who are in their nineties, many educational opportunities exist in a wide variety of settings that are geared to help people grow in their understanding and love of Jesus Christ. Please take a couple of minutes to look at the many ways a person can connect with different groups in order to learn more about their faith and grow in their relationship with God.

Bible Studies
  • Companions in Christ

    Companions in Christ

    Thursdays - 7:30pm
    Meets in Room #15

    This group is studying “GRACE” by Max Lucado.

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  • Women's Bible Study

    Women's Bible Study

    Thursdays - 9:00am-10:30am
    Zion UMC

    The group is currently studying “That The World May Know” by Ray Vander Laan.

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Small Groups
Zion United Methodist Church offers many small group opportunities for Bible Study and Fellowship. Some groups are ongoing; others are short-term, lasting just a few weeks. If you do not find a group or subject that suits your needs, Zion is very open to starting new groups.
  • Book Club

    Book Club

    Meets every other month

    February – Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

    Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she's asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctant at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love.

    At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort on the shore of Lake Michigan, twenty-three-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to ease the pain of a broken engagement to a wealthy Chicago banker. But her time of introspection is disturbed after a violent storm aboard a steamship stirs up memories of a childhood nightmare. As more memories and dreams surface, Anna begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her wealthy life in Chicago. When she befriends a young seminary student who is working at the hotel for the summer, she finds herself asking him all the questions that have been troubling her.

    Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering surprises awaiting them before the summer ends.

    April – Who is the Jesus: The Hope You Can’t Resist by Max Lucado

    This exquisitely illustrated story from Max Lucado gives readers a new perspective on the depth of grace extended to all of us. This is a firsthand account of the earth-shaking events of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection as told by a Roman soldier who was assigned to work at Golgotha the night of Jesus' crucifixion. He was the soldier who actually nailed Jesus to the cross. It's a story brilliantly told as only Max Lucado can. A perfect gift, it will inspire readers all year 'round.

    June – Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette

    Sold into slavery by her father and forsaken by the man she was supposed to marry, young Egyptian Kiya must serve a mistress who takes pleasure in her humiliation.

    When terrifying plagues strike Egypt, Kiya is in the middle of it all. To save her older brother and escape the bonds of slavery, Kiya flees with the Hebrews during the Great Exodus.

    She finds herself utterly dependent on a fearsome God she's only just beginning to learn about, and in love with a man who despises her people. With everything she's ever known swept away, will Kiya turn back toward Egypt or surrender her life and her future to Yahweh?

    August - Shadow of the Storm by Connilyn Cossette

    Having escaped Egypt with the other Hebrews during the Exodus, Shira is now living in freedom at the foot of Mt. Sinai, upon which rests the fiery glowing Cloud containing the shekinah glory of God. When the people disobey Yahweh and build a golden idol, the ensuing chaos gives Shira an unexpected opportunity to learn the arts of midwifery. Although her mother wishes for her to continue in the family weaving trade, Shira's gifts shine brightest when she assists with deliveries. In defiance of her mother, Shira pursues her heart's calling to become an apprentice midwife.

    When a delivery goes horribly wrong, Shira finds herself bound to a man who betrayed her, the caretaker of three young children, and the target of a vengeful woman whose husband was killed by Shira's people, the Levites. As contention between the Hebrew tribes and the foreigners fans the flames of another dangerous rebellion, Shira will come face-to-face with the heartbreak of her past that she has kept hidden for so long. How can she let go of all that has defined her to accept the love she's denied herself and embrace who she truly is?

    October – Fifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury

    Zack Dylan has a dream. He wants to sing on the biggest stages, for the biggest crowds, and he’ll do whatever it takes to make it come true. But Zack also made a promise to his college sweetheart when he left Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show, Fifteen Minutes: If he made it, nothing would change him or his faith in God.

    Overnight, Zack becomes the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer comparable to a young Tim McGraw. As his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

    Meanwhile, a former Fifteen Minutes winner is searching for meaning amidst her own private losses. Can she warn Zack about the real price of fame? Or will Zack lose everything he loves for his fifteen minutes of glory?

    December - A Christmas Town by Donna VanLiere

    Lauren Gabriel spent many years of her childhood in foster homes, wishing her mother would come back for her and be the family she needs. Now twenty-years-old, she still longs for a place that she can truly call home. Her work as a cashier is unfulfilling, and at Christmas it’s unbearable with the songs and carols and chatter of Christmas that she hears throughout the day.

    When Lauren ends her shift one night, she finds herself driving aimlessly in order to avoid returning to her lonely apartment. And when she witnesses a car accident she is suddenly pulled into the small town of Grandon, first as a witness but then as a volunteer for the annual fundraiser for Glory’s Place, a center for single mothers and families who need assistance. Could this town and its people be the home she has always longed for?

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  • Creole Class

    Creole Class

    Thursdays - 6:30pm
    Zion UMC

    Do you want to learn Kreyol (Creole)? You are welcome to join and learn Creole as a second language. If you plan to attend please contact Sandy Kalmar.

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  • Men's Breakfast and Book Study

    Men's Breakfast and Book Study

    Fridays - 6:00am-7:00am
    King's Family Restaurant - Sarver

    Led by Pastor Rob Wilson, this group is open to men of the church and community.

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Sunday School
Our Sunday School classes are based on Scripture and follow the doctrine of The United Methodist Church. We provide classes for people of ALL ages. Most classes are long-term established groups, always open and willing to accept new members and visitors. In addition to these classes, we occasionally offer short-term topical studies for 6-12 week segments. Each adult visitor and member is encouraged to visit the available adult classes before choosing one to meet your needs. We also encourage ALL Sunday School members to bring a Bible to class with them. If you do not have a Bible, one will be provided. All classes meet every Sunday at 9:30am.
  • Children and Youth Classes
    • Toddler 2s and 3s

      Toddler 2s and 3s

      Teacher: Ethan Fritz
      Meets in Room #9

      Learning materials are from Grow, Proclaim, Serve!. It incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games geared towards children. Kids will develop the skills to unlock the Bible message and grow their faith.

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    • Preschool

      Preschool

      Teachers: Linda Benzinger and Millie Rudish
      Meets in Room #5

      Students must be three by September 1

      Learning materials are from Grow, Proclaim, Serve!. It incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games geared towards children. Kids will develop the skills to unlock the Bible message and grow their faith.

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    • Kindergarten-Grade 1

      Kindergarten-Grade 1

      Teacher: Sarah Blose
      Meets in Room #6

      Learning materials are from Grow, Proclaim, Serve!. It incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games geared towards children. Kids will develop the skills to unlock the Bible message and grow their faith.

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    • Grades 2-3

      Grades 2-3

      Teacher: Cheryl Peters
      Meets in Room #7

      Learning materials are from Grow, Proclaim, Serve!. It incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games geared towards children. Kids will develop the skills to unlock the Bible message and grow their faith.

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    • Grades 4-5

      Grades 4-5

      Teachers: Pat Gray, Ginger Miller, and Brian Blose
      Meets in Room #8

      Learning materials are from Grow, Proclaim, Serve!. It incorporates Bible stories, activities, crafts, media, and games geared towards children. Kids will develop the skills to unlock the Bible message and grow their faith.

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    • Grades 6-8

      Grades 6-8

      Teacher: Brian Kalmar
      Meets in Room #&3

      The class studies various topics throughout the year. The next topic they will cover is the Pastor's interview.

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    • Grades 9-10

      Grades 9-10

      Teacher: Steve Kladny
      Meets in Room #1

      The class is studying “Developing Character to Stand Strong” by Francis Chan.

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    • Grades 11-12

      Grades 11-12

      Teacher: Jennifer Cadamore
      Meets in Room #1

      The class is studying “Everything is Possible with God” by Rick Warren.

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  • Adult Classes
    • Post High/College-Age

      Post High/College-Age

      Teacher: Cindy Shick
      Meets in the Balcony

      The lesson each week is independent and has no bearing on previous classes. The class looks at the challenges and blessings of our lives.

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    • Young Adult

      Young Adult

      Teacher: Lisa McClelland
      Meets in Room #14

      The class is working on an 11-week study by James McDonald titled “Lord, Change My Attitude Before It's Too Late”

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    • Exodus

      Exodus Class

      Teacher: John Woitas
      Meets in Room #4

      The Exodus class is comprised of a mix of adults. They are currently studying “Leading the Way Through Ephesians” by Dr. Michael Youssef.

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    • Faith Weaver

      Faith Weaver Class

      Teacher: Becky Janoski
      Meets in Room #1A

      The Faith Weaver class studies spiritual gifts.

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    • Short-Term Study

      Short-Term Study

      Teacher: Lois Lang
      Meets in the Fellowship Hall

      This latest short-term study is focusing on parables and the book of “Proverbs”.

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    • Uniqueness

      Uniqueness Class

      Teachers: Sandy Kalmar and Becky Ross
      Meets in the History Room

      The Uniqueness Class is comprised of a mix of adults. They are currently studying “Multiply” by Francis Chan.

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    • Genesis (women)

      Genesis Class (women)

      Teachers: Amy Haponski and Lori Smiesko
      Meets in Room #12

      The women in the Genesis class are studying the books of “Ruth” and “Esther”.

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    • Man-to-Man (men)

      Man-to-Man Class (men)

      Teacher: Rob Peters
      Meets in Room #11

      This group of men is studying the book of “Romans”.

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    • Light of Zion (seniors)

      Light of Zion Class (seniors)

      Teacher: Ginny Besterman
      Meets in Room #16

      The Light of Zion class is learning about christian living for the mature years.

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    • Seekers (seniors)

      Seekers Class (seniors)

      Teacher: Norma Laughner
      Meets in Room #15 (Library)

      The Light of Zion class is learning about christian living for the mature years.

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