Bible Studies

A Place at the TableLunchtime Lenten Gatherings

We live in a time and place that is hyper-focused on consumption. Few of us know what it’s like to go without a full closet, let alone a full pantry. Jesus called us to care for each other in order that we, as His body, may be fed so to function  properly.

This year’s weekly Lenten meetings will be following along with the devotional series, A Place at the Table. This series is a 40 day journey to solidarity with the poor. The journey consists of prayer, daily readings, and videos that are geared toward “self- examination, discipline, and renewed focus on Jesus.”

We will meet every Wednesday of Lent at 12:15pm in the Parlor. During these meetings we will view a video and share in discussion.

Join us in following the call to solidarity with our brothers and sisters all over the world. For, as the Apostle Paul wrote: “as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply [the poor’s] need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, ‘Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack’” (2 Corinthians 8:13-15 ESV).


UUMC Life Groups

Doing Christian Life Together

What are Life Groups?

Life Groups are weekly in-home meeting mean to facilitate community, fellowship, and discussion. The aim is to aid one another in achieving transformation rather than merely collecting information. Life Groups are about moving beyond learning about how to live the Christian life into actually living the Christian life.

Why Join a Life Group

Small group gatherings called “Class Meetings” were an essential practice of early Methodists. John Wesley believed that Christians grow best in community; he attested that a relationship with Christ is fully experienced when in relationship with others. His beliefs were well grounded; these early “Class” meetings proved to be a great source of growth and accountability for those involved. It is due to the success of this former practice that we have high hopes that UUMC’s new Life Group ministry will be beneficial to our community.

When are Life Groups?

Out first round of Life Groups will run during the six weeks of Lent, beginning the week of February 22nd and concluding the week of March 29th.

Where are Life Groups?

Life Groups will be held in the homes of the volunteer facilitators. (For more information on about our facilitators see below)

Meet Our Life Group Facilitators

Facilitator: Gina Rivera

Gina is an educator and a native to New Mexico. She loves learning new things and enjoying the multicultural flavors, weather, and beautiful landscape of this Land of Enchantment. Gina looks forward to hearing and sharing about how God is using and teaching His people.

Gina’s Life Group will meet Saturday’s in the afternoon

This group will be driven by discussion aimed at digging deeper into God’s Word.

SPECIAL NOTE: This group will include some indoor furry friends.

Facilitator: Tiffany Northrop

Tiffany is a former high school teacher from Georgia who is now, happily, a stay-at-home and married to Jason Northrop who comes from a military family and has been in the military for 15 years. Their 4-year-old daughter, Maiya is a student at Bright Beginnings Learning Center here at UUMC and the family’s goodwill ambassador; she loves church, spreading smiles, and giving out hugs.Tiffany is looking forward to better getting to know others and growing spiritually through fellowship.

The Northrops’ Life Group will meet on Thursdays at 5:30-7:00pm

This group will be following along with our Lenten sermon series: “A Place at the Table”

Facilitator: Kathy Eagle-Richards

Kathy comes from a multi-denominational background–this has led to her enjoyment of exploring the various ways of understanding the Universal Truth of Christianity. Kathy looks forward to growing into a deeper understanding of the teachings of Christ and forming strong relationships with fellow Christians.

Kathy’s Life Group will meet Sundays at 5:00-6:30pm

This group will be driven by guided discussion aimed at applying Christian practices to daily living.

SPECIAL NOTE: this group will include members of the canine variety as Kathy has 4 dogs.

Facilitators: Lonnie & Helen Mathews

Lonnie was baptized in our very own Fellowship Hall (back when it was the Sanctuary). Before his retirement, we worked at NMSU for 45 years. Lonnie and Helen have been married for 53 years and have had the pleasure of visiting all 50 states.They look forward to growing in Christ along with other group members.

Lonnie and Helen’s Life Group will meet Thursdays at 6:00-7:30pm

This group will be following along with our Lenten sermon series: “A Place at the Table”

Facilitators: Steve & Mary Lacy

Steve is a retired educator of archaeology and history. Mary is a community volunteer and artist. Steve and Mary look forward to making new friends in Christ and exploring Christ-centered community

Steve & Mary’s Life Group will meet Mondays at 6:00-7:30pm

This group will be driven by guided discussion on the growth of personal faith.