At University UMC, we affirm that as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are an open and inclusive congregation and welcome all persons into full participation.
Join us Sundays
Join us for a cup of coffee before or after worship!
9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.
Worship service in the sanctuary
Bring the Family
Children of all ages are welcome, and we provide the following opportunities during worship service:
Child care (ages 0-3 years old)
Sunday School (Pre-K – 6th grade)
Youth Group (grades 5 – 12)
FEATURED EVENT - Small Groups at University UMC
Small Groups are forming now – and you are invited to join us!! You do not need to be a member of this church to attend – all are welcome! Sign-ups are at the Connection/Welcome Desk, or you may contact the church office (517) 351-7050. All books are available for purchase online, or you may contact the church office to reserve a copy. See below for more information on the various groups.
When Christians Get It Wrong
Mondays, 4:30-6:00 pm, Bethune Room
Led by Rev. Galen Goodwin
Based on the book by Adam Hamilton. “When young adults talk about the problems they have with Christianity and the church, they often name: judging others, condemning people of other faiths, rejecting science, injecting politics into faith, and being anti-homosexual.” Adam Hamilton tackles these issues and addresses the how’s and why’s of Christians getting it right when it comes to being Christ in the world.
All Is Grace
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm, Bethune Room
Led by Rev. James Magee
Based on the book by Brennan Manning. “Do you believe that the God of Jesus loves you beyond worthiness and unworthiness, beyond fidelity and infidelity—that he loves you in the morning sun and in the evening rain—that he loves you when your intellect denies it, your emotions refuse it, your whole being rejects it. Do you believe that God loves without condition or reservation and loves you this moment as you are and not as you should be.” ~ Brennan Manning
Listen, Praying in a Noisy World
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 pm, Tennant Chapel
Led by Julie Bills
Based on the book by Rueben P. Job. “We live in a world of noise. Everywhere we go, we hear sounds that compete for our minds and hearts. Listening to God requires a deliberate choice to shut out the chaos around us and focus our thoughts. Listen was created to offer help to those new to prayer, those with a daily prayer routine, and those whose lives seem too busy to pray. With a focus on listening prayer and prayer as a two-way conversation, the experience will assist individuals and groups in building and deepening a personal prayer practice and spiritual discernment.”
The Heart of Christianity – Mens Group
Every other Wednesday beginning Sept. 11, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Matthews
Led by David Winder
Based on the book by Marcus J. Borg. “Borg wants to show us, as today’s thinking Christians, how to discover a life of faith by reconceptualizing familiar beliefs. Being born again, for example, has nothing to do with fundamentalism, but is a call to radical personal transformation. Talking about the kingdom of God does not mean that you are fighting against secularism, but that you have committed your life to the divine values of justice and love. And living the true Christian way is essentially about opening one’s heart—to God, and to others. Above all else, Borg believes with passion and conviction that living the Christian life still makes sense.”
The Bible Tells Me So
Wednesdays, 3:00-4:30 pm, Bethune
Led by Rev. William Bills
Based on the book by Peter Enns. “What if the Bible is fine just the way it is? Not a well behaved Bible, where everything lines up and makes sense, but the messy, troubling, and weird Bible we actually have? What if the Bible doesn’t need to be protected and defended, but understood–just as it is? What if the real problem isn’t the Bible but the false expectations we sometimes bring to it? Perhaps, when we let the Bible be the Bible rather than what we expect it ought to be–or need it to be–we will find a deeper faith in the process.”
- When Christians Get It Wrong