300 East Wayne Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
(260) 422-4681
firstwaynestreet@fwsumc.org

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First Wayne Street has developed a program of Wednesday evening activities that we call “Making the Connection.” The program is designed to nurture and facilitate each person’s faith journey, and members’ family and friends are always welcome! We offer six-week and eight-week short-term sessions on Wednesday afternoons and evenings in Fall I, Fall II, Winter, and Spring sessions that serve a wide variety of interests for all ages. Making the Connection provides a comfortable, loving atmosphere to adults, youth, and children, giving everyone opportunities to find ways in which to experience God’s presence and enhance our own and each other’s faith journeys. Adult activities include a variety of offerings from Bible study and book discussions to painting, gardening, crafts, quilting, and more. Youth activities provide a gathering time for study and fellowship. Children’s activities combine lesson time, crafts, games, and music.

The upcoming Making the Connection schedule (March 13 – April 17) includes:

  • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. “The New Copernicans” with Rev. Cheryl Garbe — Room 115
    Does it feel as if the world around us is changing? Do we wonder what it all means for God’s ministry here on earth? Copernicus was an astronomer who was born ahead of his time and who saw the world in a completely different way that would change everything! Dr. David John Seel suggests that young adults are the ones who can teach all of us about our changing culture in his book, The New Copernicans. They can in fact be our mentors! The study will not be for the faint of heart, but for those who are curious about how our ministry can be more effective in reaching the world around us.
  • 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. “Give It Up!” with Denise Lapsley — Parlor
    Our Lenten Study will be based on the book, “Give It Up!” The author, a United Methodist pastor, asks questions about our priorities to explore and to reflect on what we may be willing to give up. What holds your attention and occupies your mind? If your answer was your cell phone, TV, online gaming or Facebook, you could give it up for a week if you wanted to, right? But if challenged to do so, would you? What if saying “yes” to this challenge of letting go brought you closer to God? Join us on Wednesdays for a journey of self-discovery and learn how the power of “giving up” brings great gain in this five-week adult study for Lent. Each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week. 
  • 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Shared Meal Fellowship — Fellowship Hall
  • 5:45 – 7:30 p.m. Children and Youth programming
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Healing Class with Pastor Cookye Rutledge — Room 220
    Does Jesus still heal, today?  Will Jesus heal me?  Come join us as we review the healing ministry of Jesus as recorded in the NT Gospels.  You will discover that healing belongs to everyone who comes to Jesus with a believing heart.  This group will offer support and encouragement as you make your healing journey. “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”  Luke 1:37
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. “Give It Up!” with Rev. Denise Lapsley — Parlor
    Our Lenten Study will be based on the book, “Give It Up!” The author, a United Methodist pastor, asks questions about our priorities to explore and to reflect on what we may be willing to give up. What holds your attention and occupies your mind? If your answer was your cell phone, TV, online gaming or Facebook, you could give it up for a week if you wanted to, right? But if challenged to do so, would you? What if saying “yes” to this challenge of letting go brought you closer to God? Join us on Wednesdays for a journey of self-discovery and learn how the power of “giving up” brings great gain in this five-week adult study for Lent. Each chapter offers questions for reflection and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the week. 
  • 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Financial Questions — Room 115
    Here is an opportunity to find some answers to your questions. When signing up please indicate what area of interest you have and we can better tailor the classes to your needs. 
    March 13: No class
    March 20: No class
    March 27: Can I Retire? and Nine Big Mistakes When Saving for Retirement
    April 10: Estate Planning Basics for Everyone and Tax Planning Resources
    April 17: Social Security and Medicare
    April 24: Education Savings Alternative (5:30-6 pm) and Weathering Market Volatility (6-7 pm)

If you have questions, please contact Anna Zartman, our Director of Congregational Life & Nurture, at 422-4681 or by email at amzchurch@yahoo.com.