Wednesday nights at Topeka First United Methodist Church provide many opportunities to Connect, Grow, and Serve. Contact Adult Discipleship Coordinator Tiwana Whitten to learn more about any of these weeknight activities.

Wednesday Evening Dinners at Topeka First UMC
Join us for an intergenerational fellowship opportunity every Wednesday evening in Fellowship Hall. Adults and families attending Wednesday night classes gather from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. for supper. Dinner prices have dropped for the Winter Session to $6 per adult and $4 per child, with a $20 maximum for families. Please, make a reservation online or by letting Allison Brewer know by Sunday each week so we can be certain to have enough food for the group. To R.S.V.P. for a meal or to volunteer to serve, visit our Wednesday Night Dinners page.

Discover Your Strength In God on Wednesday Nights

Calling all heroes-in-training! Children aged 3 through 6th graders are invited to join us on Wednesday nights, starting January 10th. We will Connect with a meal, Grow through exciting lessons with Cokesbury’s Hero Central including stories, art, music, games, and more, and learn to be a hero who is equipped to Serve others. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. Programming will begin at 6:15 in the Chapel and will continue upstairs for opportunities to learn and grow. Classes will be offered for adults from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.; watch the newsletter and website for more details. Parent volunteers are also welcome. Contact Allison Brewer, Director of Children’s Discipleship, if you would be willing to help. The Nursery will be open for the youngest heroes in training. You may register on our Church Connection Portal.

Stories for the Journey

Before it was a mobile app, a book, or a scroll, the story of God’s people was just that: a story. The immense, vibrant story of God working in the lives of God’s people was shared from person to person, from one generation to the next. Now screens have replaced camp fires, and we consume stories rather than tell our own. By telling our stories, Topeka First United Methodist can deepen our connections with God and each other, and grow as a community with a shared history. Beginning January 10th, Scott Brewer and Michael Turner will lead an eight-week class on how to become a better storyteller, with a focus on telling the stories of God at work in our lives. We’ll then have an opportunity to share those stories with the congregation in worship through Lent. But if the thought of telling your story in worship seems like too much, becoming a better storyteller can help build relationships with friends and family. So there’s still a place for you in this class. The class will meet Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. at Topeka First UMC. The book for the class will cost $11. Contact Scott Brewer or Michael Turner if you would like more information. You may sign up on our Church Connection Portal.

Touchpoint

Gather with our Touchpoint group for fellowship and spiritual growth on Wednesday nights, 6:15-7:15 p.m. in Room L16. Topics and studies will be stand-alone each week, so you won’t fall behind if you miss a class. Mike Morris will begin by leading four weeks using FaithLink, which connect faith to the issues and events making headlines. We hope you will choose to join us each Wednesday, but if time demands are elsewhere, come back the next week! Please register on the Church Connection Portal.

Parenting the Love and Logic Way
Love and Logic is a commonsense approach to parenting that teaches parents skills to cultivate confidence and good decision-making in children by offering choices, empathy, and respect while adults avoid anger, threats, warnings or lectures. Erin Corbin, a school counselor in USD 345, will facilitate the seven evening sessions on Wednesdays, January 10th -February 21st. Please note, Love and Logic begins at 5:30 p.m., while our other Wednesday night offerings begin at 6:15 p.m. Childcare for 3 years and younger is available upon request. Children 4 years-6th grade will be part of the children’s programming for the evening. Registration is due by January 7th, or until the class limit of 12 is reached. The cost of the workbook is a free gift from the church. You may register on our Church Connection Portal.

Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University

As you look forward to 2018, plan to begin it with Financial Peace. Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University will be offered again under the leadership of Mitchell Fick. Classes are Wednesdays, January 10th through March 7th, 6-7:30 p.m. Kits are $80 and include materials needed for class sessions, along with Dave’s book, CDs and a financial organizer. To register, please sign up on our Church Connection Portal. Please contact Tiwana Whitten, Director of Adult Discipleship, with questions.

Basic Quilting Workshop

Interested in learning how to quilt, or picking up a new skill that can help you give back to your community? Come to our Basic Quilting Workshop every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. in Rm L35. Using stations, we will cut, sew, layer, and tie quilts for the Topeka Rescue Mission, Children’s Palace, and Net Reach. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. Children are welcome with an adult.