Adult Faith Formation at First Olympia
Adult Faith Formation at First Olympia

One of the ways we grow in our relationship with Jesus, our church family and our neighboring community is through intentional learning and dialogue. The Discipleship Ministries Team visions and plans opportunities that encourage all church members to engage in faithful study of the Scriptures, our United Methodist traditions, how to live in the world as followers of Jesus and how to live in right relationship with one another. Below you will find a list of educational opportunities for the coming season. For small groups, support groups and service opportunities we recommend visiting the other options under the "Ministries" tab. 


Coming Lent 2018

Sundays, February 18-March 25: More than Words 
Join Angelina Goldwell for a discussion group for families raising children and youth with the values of compassion, forgiveness, justice and more. Our discussions will be grounded in the text, More than Words, by Erin Wathen.  Sundays, 10am-11am. 
Sundays, February 18 - March 25: Forgiveness 
Do we always have to forgive? Is forgiving the best route for healing the injured? How do we practice forgiveness as individuals and communities? As we enter into the season of Lent, join Mae Wharton and Kim Fuchs for a five week study on forgiveness as a Christian practice based on the work of Marjorie J. Thompson. Sundays, 10am-11am. 
Sundays, February 18 - April 22: 10 Commandments
What do the 10 commandments have to say to us as Christians in this time and place? Join Jesse Greenlow for this valuable conversation. Each week will address a different commandment. Sundays, 10am-11am. 
Mondays (every other), beginning March 5-May 14: The Art of Heart and Soul
The Art of Heart and Soul is a small group experience to explore your spirituality. We'll use simple art forms to encourage your heart and soul to speak and then engage in group spiritual direction to tell your story. Never done spiritual direction and can't do art? Never fear! Certified Lay Minister and experienced spiritual director, Cathy Raymond, will be your travel companion on this reflective spiritual journey. This group is limited to 6 participants and meets every other Monday from 6:00pm-8:30pm. To sign up please contact Cathy at 
Tuesdays through March 6: Present Over Perfect
Join Pastor Meredith from Evergreen at Panera Bread in Hawks Prairie for coffee and conversation around the book Present over Perfect. Folks gather together around 10am. 
Wednesdays, February 21-April 11: Women of Easter 
Join Lisa and John Gancel for a small group book study of Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgins. This group meets Wednesday nights at 7pm at an off-site location. For directions call 360-943-2661 or email 
From the back of the book: You're about to meet three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Mary of Bethany prepares the way for the Lord's burial when she anoints His feet and fills the air with her perfume. His mother, Mary of Nazareth, remains by His side from His first breath to His last, her loyalty unwavering. Mary Magdalene, delivered of seven demons, bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours, then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrection. 
What a trio. What a Savior 


A lively discussion of current event topics and their relation to our faith. Each week stands alone and no advance reading is required. For the topic ot the week and the week following see the church bulletin. This class meets all year long on Sunday mornings from 10am-11am. 

Led by Mark Bergeson and Phyllis Lawson


Faith and Reason 

A weekly conversation group that discusses the intersections of faith, science, reason, and everything in between. This class meets weekly on Sunday mornings, 10am-11am, from September - June. 

Bible Studies & More at Tumwater United Methodist Church
Our sister congregation is hosting 3 Bible studies at their campus in January:
Beginning February 20 - A women's group study on the book Creed by Adam Hamilton. More details in the Tumwater UMC newsletter
Beginning January 10 - Study on Romans - Join Pastor Sandy for a lunchtime Bible study. Wednesdays at 12pm.
Tumwater also offers a Wednesday evening study (starts at 6:15pm) on the Old Testament. This offering began on December 6 but you can jump in anytime!

2018 Past Offerings

January 2018 offerings included:

Where There's a Will, There's a Way - a four week class on the development of a lifetime safety net, legal documents and more. 

Epiphany Study: Scriptures of Hope - an engaging look at a selection of Scripture passages on hope. 

Living the Questions - a  small group experience in which participants are encouraged to embrace the questions of faith with a board diversity of responses. Based on recorded interviews with prominent progressive theologians. Offered on Sunday afternoons and Thursday nights. The next offering will be in April 2018. 


2017 Past Offerings

Legislative Academy - listen to audio recordings 

12 More Women of the Bible

Book Study: Trauma Stewardship

Book Study: Faith at Home

Disciple Bible Study

Pastor's Bible Study

Disciple's Way - offered quarterly

Faith and Reason 

12 Women & the Bible

Power & Legacy: Aging and Dying Well

Seasons of the Church Year

Bible Study: Letter to the Hebrews

Image Bearers: An Advent Study on Local Poverty