Adult Faith Formation

Grace Church offers several opportunities for you to meet God and grow in your faith beyond the scope of the worship hour. You are welcome at any number of Sunday and weekday groups!  ** Most of our small groups are meeting online! Please email the contact person listed belows for each group for more information.**


New!! Bible Study: Jesus in the Gospels (Thursdays, beginning September 3)

We are very grateful to Pastor Doug Bowden and Sandy Bray, as they will each offer a Disciple Bible Study of “Jesus in the Gospels” by Leander Keck. Both classes will begin on Thursday, September 3, and run for 30-weeks. Doug's class will meet on Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m., and Sandy's class will meet on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. Both classes will likely meet on Zoom but have plans to meet in person if possible. All are welcome.  Contact Pastor Daniel ( for more information.  Register Now! 


Sunday Groups -- Newcomers are always welcome!

9:15 a.m.

  • All-Church Faith Formation (Fellowship Hall): on the first Sunday, every other month, all visitors and members of Grace UMC are invited to come together in Fellowship Hall for a presentation and conversation on a wide array of relevant topics. Conatct Pastor Daniel Cochran ( one of the leaders listed below for scheduling and topic information. Save the Date! On Sunday, September 6, join friends and family of Grace UMC for an all-church faith formation hour live on  Zoom. Pastor Daniel will lead an exploration of the Gospel of Matthew, which we will be reading and preaching from this summer and through September. The Zoom session will be recorded if you cannot join us live.
  • Coming Home (Room 226): a seasonal group meeting during the summer and over the holidays designed for college students and young adults. Our casual conversations are geared toward growing in fellowship and engaging with the intersection of life and faith. Contact Brentley Loufek ( for more information. 
  • The Forum Class (Fireside Room): a faithful and welcoming group that enjoys a spirited study of the scriptures as well as presentations from guest speakers, often incorporating discussion and thought-provoking audio/visual material. Contact Robin Schmuckal ( for more information. 
  • Hearts on Fire (Room 250): gathers each Sunday morning with a welcoming atmosphere to share in fun but challenging and meaningful discussions around faith, discipleship, marriage, parenting, etc. Contact Bob Pacanowski ( for more information. 
  • New Connections (Gathering Space): a place for young adults and parents to connect through fellowship and formation. In addition to Sunday studies on everything from the scriptures to parenting practices, New Connections offers regular social gatherings. Conact Dr. Jeffrey Barbeau ( for more information.
  • Portico Collective (Room 231): a welcoming “come as you are” group for all-ages, Portico is a safe place to wrestle with your doubts and questions. We meet on Sundays for a book discussion. Contact Traci Weilemann, ( for more information. 
  • Questors (Room 254): welcomes all adults to participate in Sunday presentations and discussions focused on the Bible and contemporary issues. Questors also offers an array of mission and fellowship opportunities. Contact Roger Hendrickson ( for more information. 

10:30 a.m.

  • Open Hearts and Minds  Room 232. A diverse but progressive group that explores various theological and social perspectives on the Christian message. All are invited! Contact Becky Lindsay ( or Bill Lindsay (  for more information.
  • Round Table Conversations — Activity Center. An occasional gathering offered immediately following the “9:00Gathering” contemporary worship service. This is a wonderful opportunity for those who attend this service to grow in faith and fellowship through small-group discussions around various topics. Contact Lynn Leitzen ( for more information. 

Weekday Groups 


  • Sisters Bible Study  1- 2:30 p.m., Room 254. An intergenerational group of women engages in spirited discussions of books and studies focused on spiritual formation, led by Pastor Cindy Marino. Contact Pastor Cindy Marino ( for more information.
  • Progressive Christianity — 7-8 p.m., Room 254. Open discussion of various non-traditional theological ideas. Contact Linda Rings ( for more information.


  • Portico Collective  5-6 p.m., Room 231. All-ages, drop-in discussion group led by Chris Weilemann. A great place to wrestle with your doubts and questions. Contact Traci Weilemann ( for more information. 


  • Thursday Morning Bible Study-  9:30 -10:30 a.m., Room 254 or on Zoom. “Jesus in the Gospels” is a 30-week Bible Study by Leander Keck. Register Now!  Contact Pastor Doug Bowden ( for more information.
  • Thursday Evening Bible Study — 7-8 p.m., Room 254 or on Zoom. “Jesus in the Gospels” is a 30-week Bible Study by Leander Keck.  Regsiter Now!   Contact Sandy Bray ( for more information.