Interest and Social Groups

Sanctuary Candelabra

Drawing by Sandy Clay Bauer

Book Discussion
Meeting every four to six weeks at a member's home, this group discusses works of fiction chosen by the group.  We usually read contemporary fiction by writers from around the world. Contact Ruth Thornton or Barbara Mitchell 

Chancel Choir
A fun, dynamic, mixed voice ensemble provides music for regular worship services from September through June and presents special choral programs several times each year. Membership is open to all. The choir rehearses Thursday evening in the Curry Forum Room at 7:30 p.m. Contact Kevin O'Malia, 215-438-3677,

Children's Choir
The Children's Choir is welcoming new and returning choristers from grades 1 through 5.  Rehearsals following Linger Lunch in the Curry Forum Room at 12:45-1:30. Opportunities for singing in worship, learning new skills and building community through music. Contact Kevin O'Malia, 215-438-3677, 

Higher Ground Choir
Higher Ground worship services will be held four times this year.   The worship features an electric band and an energetic choir doing contemporary songs from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Prince, Aretha Franklin, the Beatles, Jill Scot and much more.  Singers are always welcome to join the choir.  Contact Jessica Way  

The Caring Connection
The Caring Connection is FUMCOGers giving short-term support to church members dealing with surgery, illness, family emergencies, etc.  We provide basics such as meals, transportation to doctor’s appointments, help with essential errands, and companionship – calls, cards, and visits.  We need your help!  You can become a FUMCOG CC volunteer by completing a questionnaire located on tables around the church and returning it to the church office.  Also, please be sure to call our Caring Connection Coordinator, Carolyn Cosline if you or someone you know could use assistance!

Piece Work
The Piece Work is an informal group for those interested in creating charity crafts or individual projects. Teach or learn new skills.  All skill levels welcome.  Meet with the group and/or work on your own.  Meeting times, location, and special events TBA.  Contact Mariana Eckardt  

United Methodist Women 
The United Methodist Women builds community among the women of FUMCOG and support social outreach to the local church, the community, and the larger national and international community.  Contact Barb Sveen.
 A UMW Circle meets monthly on Saturday mornings for fellowship and a service project.  Contact Lucy Hill  

Family Life
Family Life plans, organizes and hosts various family-focused events, including the annual Memorial Day camping weekend and Advent Crafts night in December. Contact Susan Tomlinson  

The Library committee provides FUMCOG members and friends with a lending library of current books that enhance and encourage a spiritual journey. The library is readily accessible to all; it is located in a kiosk in Pilling Hall. Contact Pat Squire 

The Archives group collects, organizes, and catalogs the materials of the church. We make the historical documents, photos and artifacts available for the church and the public.  Contact Jean Walker.

Special Topics
If you have a special interest or need for which you would like to organize a group, Community Life Cluster leaders are available to help you get started.  Past groups have included Feminist Spirituality, a support group for caregivers, readings in religion and theology.  Contact Mariana Eckardt or Karen Schoenewaldt, 

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