Adult Faith Formation at First Olympia
Adult Faith Formation at First Olympia
Our mission is making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through joyful learning. The Discipleship Ministries Team seeks to provide all ages of adults with opportunities to:
  • Grow in Christian faith
  • Learn the Bible through a variety of ways
  • Accept God’s grace in your life
  • Answer God’s call to Christian living and service

There are a variety of ways in which adults in our community engage in discipleship. Please visit the Loving section for fellowship groups and the Serving section for action and social justice groups. New groups and opportunities are offered throughout the year. For adult faith formation we offer:

Sunday Mornings (10am-11am)


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.

Led by Mark Bergeson and Phyllis Lawson

12 More Women of the Bible

Due to the overwhelming response to our "12 Women of the Bible" class we are continuing with "12 More Women of the Bible." This class begins in March 5 and continues until May 28. Each week class participants will learn about a different Biblical woman and what her story has to tell all of us. The woman covered in this series are: Proverbs 31 Woman, Deborah, Shulamite Woman, Ruth, Puah & Shiprah, Esther, Priscilla, Mary & Martha, The Bent Woman, The Woman with the Issue of Blood, Elizabeth and Anna. Copies of the book are available in the church office. Led by Kristi Estes. 


Disciple's Way 

This five-week course reviews the 5 committments that we make as United Methodists: to offer our prayers, presence, gifts, witness and service to our church and world community. This engaging and dialogue-based class is offered quarterly. Next class: Thursdays, 6pm-8pm from May 4-June 1. Please sign up in the church office as this class will be held off-site. 

Faith and Reason

This ongoing weekly discussion group addresses topics ranging from comparative religion, postmodern theology, philosophy, politics and more. Topics are selected by the group and conversations are facilitated by class leader, Del Fandrich. This class resumes on April 30, 2017. 


Week Day Offerings

Disciple OneTuesdays: Disciple 

Join retired pastor, Larry Warren,  for this 34-week intenseive study of the entire Bible! The group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 1pm-3:30pm for prayer and conversation. This class requires daily reading of Scripture in preparation for discussion time.  

Fridays: Pastor’s Bible Study

Join Pastor Peter for an engaging look at the Gospel of Matthew. This Bible study meets on Fridays at 12pm in the Gathering Place.

Spring 2017 Past Offerings

Legislative Academy

Each week a different organization comes to First Olympia to speak with us about what is happening in our state legislature and about how we can choose to get invovled. For those unable to attend in person we post audio recordings of each session. 

Faith at Home

Do you have children or youth in your life? Are you looking for a community of other adults who are hoping to pass on their faith to children and youth but you're not sure where to start? Then join Angelina Goldwell (DRE) for a four week discussion group where we will discern practical ways to share faith. We will be using the book "Faith at Home" as a jumping off point for conversation. This class meets from March 5 - March 26. 


Sunday Afternoons

Trauma Stewardship

Are you caring for people in your life (parents, grandparents, children, a family member who is chronically ill or experiencing mental illness)? Are you in a caring/helping profession? Do you open the newspaper or scroll your newsfeed and feel overwhelmed by the pain and brokenness in the world? Then join Pastor Ruth on Sunday afternoons from 1pm-2pm (March 4- April 9) for a book study of Trauma Stewardship. The purpose of this book and class is to provide practical tools and resources to take care of ourselves while we care for others and our world. 

Fall 2016 Past Offerings

12 Women & the Bible – continues in January 2017

Power & Legacy: Aging and Dying Well

Seasons of the Church Year

Bible Study: Letter to the Hebrews