A Christian disciple is one who

knows Christ, is growing in Christ, is serving Christ and is sharing Christ.


In the Methodist tradition disciples grow best in the context of Christian community. An essential part of becoming deeply committed Christians is our connection with others in small groups, and that is true now more than ever.  Small groups allow us to find encouragement, prayer, learning and life together.  Therefore, we emphasize that persons be committed to a small group, which we call GROWTH and IMPACT GROUPS, or GIGs.

GIGs meet any time and any where! Expectations for all GIGs include: growth in Bible use and practice of prayer; make an impact including and beyond the individual lives of GIG members; and to grow the GIG by one-on-one invitation and inclusion. Seasonally we might offer GIGs format or material, but most of the time the GIG is self-directed and identify their own course of operation.

GIG exchange may center around such questions as: "How is it with your spirit?" "What was your experience with the Scripture readings and questions this week?" “Name a time from this week you were a faithful disciple of Jesus.” “Name a time this week you could have been a better witness for Jesus.”



Masks are now optional complying with the CDC regulations.
We recomment socially distance while in the building.  Thank you!

Please contact the church office if you have any questions.

CHILDREN'S MINISTRY - No classes for children ages 3 to grade 6 are currently being held at the church.  Instead, we've distributed resource boxes to families with children ages 3 to grade 6 to grow their faith at home.  Each family received a book, The Story for Children or The Story for Kids and activity pages for chapters 1-10, a Make Mealtime Family Time booklet, and a Kids Missions page with service project ideas.  These resources will help kids and their families to explore the Bible and their faith in new ways. 

YOUth TIME (Grades 7-12)
YOUth typically gather Sunday mornings from 8:38 – 9:19 AM in the YOUth Room to connect with one another and talk about Bob Goff’s new book, Dream Big, which is all about helping you to reach your biggest dreams.  No need to get up early…we’ll have simple breakfast foods available (i.e. granola bars, fruit).  It’s not too late to join the conversation! No classes at this time.

Advent Study - Incarnation -
meets Sundays at 10:45 am and Wednesdays at 6:30 pm.  With covid numbers on the rise, classes will only be offered via Zoom.  Contact the church office for a Zoom link if you'd like to participate.  Leaders - Dorothy DeGroot and Pastor Paul.

WIRED WORD – meets Sundays 10:45 AM in the Fireside Room.  Leader - John Rahn  
The Wired Word lessons link two current events with relevant scripture and discussion questions. The Wired Word provides great thought-provoking reading for individuals and/or small groups. 

Contact the church office with your current email address at
office@spencergumc.com or 262-5970 if you’d like to receive these lessons.  You do not need to be a part of the group to receive these lessons. 

BIBLE STUDY - meets Tuesdays at 6:45 AM in the Fireside Room.

UNITED METHODIST MEN - Usually 8:00 AM the 4th Saturday morning of the month during the school year; women are invited, too. Enjoy a hot breakfast, program and Christian conversation.  (Will meet again in Fall 2021)

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN (UMW) – The purpose of this group is for women to extend the realm of Christ by learning of and being involved in missions in the context of enjoyable fellowship. Includes a luncheon and program the first Thursday of most months; and special events happen as schedules allow. 

There are smaller groups called “Circles” that meet various times throughout the month. For the Circle schedule, contact the church office (712) 262-5970.

If you are looking for an opportunity to connect with others and grow your faith, new small groups of 8 or less are always being formed.  The groups may meet digitally via Zoom OR meet in socially distanced settings.  Small group leaders are also needed.  Contact the church office at 262-5970 if you'd like to join or form a new group.


Online Resource for Individuals, Families & Small Groups

Amplify is an easy-to-use, multimedia platform that will allow anyone with internet to access thousands of videos of inspiring stories, insightful teaching, and powerful resources for all ages.  Amplify videos can be used for study, reflection, worship, and inspiration and used in small groups, Bible studies and in your own personal/family faith journey.  You can access all these videos anytime and on almost any device (iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Roku, FireStick) you use to watch video.  Just a reminder – the church has WiFi for internet access.

To access Amplify and create your own account, just follow these simple steps:

  1. Go to https://my.amplifymedia.com/amplify
  2. Click on the “person” icon in the far, upper right corner (next to the magnifying glass).
  3. To set up an account, scroll down to “Enter Access Code”.
  4. The Grace UMC access code is XNFWBR, then click on “Verify”.
  5. Now you can set up an account with your email address and password.  You may choose not to receive email notices, but you must agree to the terms.
  6. To access your account, click on the “person” in the upper right corner and scroll down to “Log In”.  You will need to remember your
  7. The browse, discover, and magnifying glass buttons will help you to search the content by topic, scripture, keywords, liturgical season and more.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the church office. We hope that these additional resources will encourage you on your faith journey!