We offer a variety of adult ministries and opportunities. Joining a small group, support group, or study group is a great way to get to know others in the church, grow in faith, and serve.

Connect Catalog March-May 2019

The anatomy of peace

Resolving the Heart of Conflict - One Session, offered at two times--Thursday, April 25 at 10 am and 4 pm*. - Led by Pastor Mark Ralls - Rm 201 Alma Lee Cheves - No Registration Necessary.    This one session class with Pastor Mark will help prepare us for the third (and most challenging) stage of our on-going discussions on Human Sexuality and the Church. After Easter, Mark will convene small discussion groups to share his beliefs about homosexuality and scripture and will invite those who choose to do so to share with him and the other class participants. It is imperative we engage in these conversations with a “heart of peace,” to speak our truths while honoring the truth of the person who disagrees with us. The strategies in the book, The Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict will prepare us to do just that. Pastor Mark will explain some of the key strategies for peaceful conversation as found in this book as well as reflect on how they can help prepare us for “holy conversations” about one of the most divisive issues of our day. It is not necessary to read the book before participating in the class, but copies will be available at the Welcome Desk for $10.  *Order a Meals4Mission meal to pick up or bring a bag dinner and eat in class.   

Sunday School

FUMC offers Sunday school for all ages. We have a variety of Adult classes. Sunday school is a wonderful way to connect with other adults in a small group setting.  We offer many classes with start times from 9:45 to 10:30 am on Sundays.  Click here for specific class times. 

For more information contact Christy Sharp.

Care and Support Groups

These groups provide services and programs for those in and outside the church who are in need of caring support.  We offer a 24/7 care line, 828.702.1454, for prayer and visitation concerns.


Contact Rev Mark Ralls for more information about care and support ministries.


S.H.A.P.E. stands for Spiritual Gifts, Heart, Abilities, Passion and Experience.  We would like to know your SHAPE.  This will provide meaningful data for serving in ministry at First United Methodist Church.   The United Methodist Church has a convenient tool that can help you identify your spiritual gifts.  Just follow the these two steps to identify your SHAPE.

1. Click HERE to take a short assessment to identify your Spiritual Gifts.  At the end of the survey you will see your results.  Write down your top three gifts to use in step 2.  For emailed results, scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your name and email address.  For a copy of the Spiritual Gifts definitions and examples of services associated with specific gifts, click HERE.

2. Next, click HERE to take our brief SHAPE assessment.

United Methodist Women

The United Methodist Women are focused on ministries for women, children, and youth, globally and locally. FUMC has multiple circles which are open to any women, whether church members or not. Each circle meets regularly for support, fellowship, spiritual growth. 

Contact Leone Alexander, Pres. for more information.

Walk to Emmaus

A weekend experience of spiritual growth. Walks are held twice a year for men and women. Emmaus alumni meet regularly for fellowship and reconnection. 

For more information, contact Irv Hendricks.