Ministries for Adults

Our  Adult groups are intended for anyone out of high school. For more information, please contact our Rev. Anita Johnson at ajohnson@icfirstchurch.org, one of our Associate Pastors.

Adult Sunday School

Led by Sunday School Adult Teachers

When: Sunday mornings, at 9:15 AM

What and Where:

Chirstianity in Time and Space: back of Fellowship Hall

Legends: History Class: Room 9

 

Coming soon….

Exploring Theology- This group engages in in-depth theological discussions based on a book or video series related to the Bible and contemporary social issues.

This group meets on Tuesdays at 7 PM year round.

Films for Faith and Fellowship- The Films for Faith and Fellowship is for those who enjoy watching movies and sharing their insights with others. Members of the group rotate each month to host. The host(s) chooses the film, provides treats, and beverages.

This group meets on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 7 PM- 9 PM.

 

 

Come join the fun at FUMC Sunday School!

New Member Class

When: Four times each year

Our New Member class is open to anyone interested in becoming a member of FUMC. It is designed to assist folks with a deeper understanding about the United Methodist Church, our membership vows, and ways to become more engaged in the ministries of our congregation.

The New Member Class is offered quarterly through the year. For more information, contact Claire Bartleson at (319) 337-2857 or at claire-bartleson@icfirstchurch.org .

Chancel Choir

When: Wed, at 7-8:30PM

Where: Choir Room

Intended for adult and college-age singers, the Chancel Choir roster includes members with nearly a half-century of involvement singing side by side with talented students from the University of Iowa and many other dedicated members.

The Chancel Choir traces its roots to the founding of FUMC and still maintains a program of exceptional music. The choir’s repertoire encompasses a wide variety of musical styles ranging from traditional anthems by great composers to fine selections by leading contemporary Christian composers.

From time to time, extended choral works are presented, often accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. The choir also offers special music services during the seasons of Advent and Lent, including G. F. Handel’s Oratorio Messiah, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, John Rutter’s Magnificat, Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria, John Rutter’s Gloria, J.S. Bach’s 3 Pentecost Cantatas and Trinity Cantata.

The Chancel Choir participates weekly in Sunday morning services, except during the months of July and August. The Choir rehearses on Wednesday evenings from mid August to May and on Sunday mornings in June.  They also share their music in retirement centers during the Christmas season. Special activities with members, families and friends are planned through the year.

Joyful Chimers

When: Mondays, at 2- 3:00PM

Where: in the Sanctuary

Joyful Chimers was established in 2004 and is open to adults who enjoy playing traditional hymn arrangements. Musical knowledge is helpful but not required. Joyful Chimers plays a few times a year - during the 10:30 a.m. worship service - from October to June. Joyful Chimers also plays in special Christmas and Lenten worship services.

Joyful Chimers rehearses from September to June. We pray and share our joys together every week and also have breakfast outings several times a year. This is a very joyful group!

Noon Bells

When: Tuesdays, at 12-1PM

Where: Bell Room

The Noon Bells - our hand bell and hand chime ensemble - is open to all adults. Prior hand bell experience and ability to read music is helpful, but not necessary. Noon Bells presents music a few times a year at the 8:00 and 10:30 AM worship services and also gives recitals in the wider community.

Sanctuary Band

When: Thursdays, at 7- 8:30PM

Where: Sanctuary

The Sanctuary Band provides vocal and instrumental music leadership for our Sanctuary Service and also performs at retirement residences throughout the year. Members of the Sanctuary Band also spend time in devotion, prayer, and care for one another each week. Each week includes about four hours of personal practice, band rehearsal, and worship time.  The Sanctuary Band does not follow written music scores: both vocalists and instrumentalists are expected to utilize lead-sheets for each song. Instrumentalists will need their own instruments, but the most important requirement is to have a “Love for God, neighbor and self.”