Adult Ministries

At Living Word we want to encourage people on their spiritual journey.  We have studies, small groups, mission/service opportunities and fun events scheduled year round to help you connect with God and others as we all grow in faith.

Bible Studies & Classes

Sunday Mornings

On Sunday mornings, we offer two worship services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. In addition, we also have adult Sunday morning classes.  These classes are designed to help you grow in relationship with God and others.  You are welcome to visit any class of interest to you.

All of our classes are drop in, or you can contact the teacher listed for more information.

7:45 am

  • Senior Adult Discipleship | Bill Schmidt | Room 211/212  “Journey Through the Bible – Exodus”

8:00 am

  • Active Faith | Patty Brown | Room 204  “John” by Adam Hamilton

9:00 am

  • Family Matters | Leah Anne Debold | Room 204  
  • Getting Out of the Boat | Bill VanLue | Room 211/212  “CREED” by Adam Hamilton

10:30 am

  • Senior Adult Fellowship Class | Becky Ernst | Room 211/212  Cokesbury Adult Bible Study Curriculum
Men's Studies

6:00 am Wednesdays

  • Pastor Michael’s Bible Study | Michael McIntyre at Living Word (ongoing study of the book of Matthew)         (This class does not meet during the summer.)
Women's Studies


  • 7:00 pm – Monday Evening Women’s Bible Study (meets the 2nd and 4th of the month)
    • The Life Giving Table: Nuturing Faith Through Feasting by Sally Clarkson
    • facilitated by Amber Safford


  • 7:30 am – Tuesday Morning Bible Study

Pay HERE for your study book.

  • 9:15 – 10:15 am – Parents of School Age Children – Numbers by Melissa Spoelstra
    • facilitated by Emily Dowell and Kristi Denner
    • this study will begin 2/27/2018
    • childcare is available, however, registration is required

Pay HERE for your study book.

  • 12:30 pm – Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study
    • All Things New Bible Study Book: A Study of 2 Corinthians by Kelly Minter
    • facilitated by Ann Lindemann

Pay HERE for your study book.

Co-Ed Studies


  • 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Disciple 1 Class
    • facilitated by Pastor Greg Finfrock


  • 7:00 pmKim McGee‘s Bible Study Group
    • The Gospel of Mark by Lisa Harper
    • begins 2/22/2018

If payment is required, you may make payment here using PayPal

Senior Adult Studies

All of our classes are drop in, or you can contact the teacher listed for more information.

Sunday Morning

7:45 am

  • Senior Adult Discipleship | Bill Schmidt | Room 211/212  “Journey Through the Bible – Exodus”

10:30 am

  • Senior Adult Fellowship Class | Becky Ernst | Room 211/212  Cokesbury Adult Bible Study Curriculum

Tuesday Morning

11:00 am

Interest Groups

Senior Social (formerly known as BRIDGES)

Christian fellowship is very important to Living Word.  We sponsor a regular monthly luncheon for the seniors on the second Tuesday of each month, March through December.  After the meal, a speaker or program is presented that is entertaining and educational. These luncheons are a favorite and a great time for everyone.

In addition to the monthly luncheons, there may be monthly activities or outings, too.  We are blessed to have many places to visit in the St. Louis area as well as many organizations we can support with our time.

Please contact Val Novatny for more information or to RSVP for the next Senior Social.

The next Senior Social Luncheon will be a picnic at Bluebird park, 12pm, May 8th.  The Bussman shelter has been reserved for our picnic.

Mary Martha Circle


Our group meets monthly, September to June. All women of the church are warmly welcome to share in the fellowship, fun, and social activities. Contact Mary Ottenberg for more information at

Mission Statement

The mission of the Mary Martha Circle is to lead women to serve Jesus Christ through mission work and to minister to each other through friendship, fellowship and prayer.

History of Mary Martha Circle

The Mary Martha Circle was formed in October 1982 when we were then Ellisville United Methodist Church.


The focus of Mary Martha is mission and outreach – locally and internationally. Over the years, Mary Martha Circle has provided financial and physical support to: A missionary nurse in Africa, a Campus Crusade Representative on mission in Eastern Europe, The Ghana Project, Henderson settlement in Kentucky, Festival of Sharing, Circle of Concern, UMCOR, Metro Ministries, Epworth Children’s Home, Kingdom House, LaClinica Spanish Mission, Shalom House, The Bridge, Pastor’s Emergency Fund at Living Word, mission trips for our youth and adults here at Living Word UMC, participation at Christmas time in a charitable activity approved by the group, specific improvement projects at our former and present church buildings. Mary Martha Circle generates funds for mission projects through voluntary pledging and occasional fund raising activities.

Men’s Club

Living Word Men’s Club – A Christian organization conducting Christian ministries

Serve with us on any of the following Mission Activities:

  • Youth Scholarship Program
  • Men’s Club Work Group
  • Christmas Tree Sales
  • Volunteering at Circle of Concern Food Pantry
  • Financial support for Mary  Martha Circle, Kingdom House, Shalom House, Epworth Children/Family Services, and other missions.

Living Word Golf Tournament

Please join the fun and fundraiser Sunday, June 10 for Living Word’s Golf Tournament at Deer Creek Golf and Events (shotgun start at 1:30 pm). Register online now or at the registration table in the Fellowship Hall on May 13, 20 or June 3. The tournament is sponsored by the Men’s Club to raise funds for scholarships and missions. If you would like to donate an item or sponsor a hole, please contact Jerry Steiner at or 314-378-7556

For more information, please contact Steve Ernst at

Click here to see the Men’s Club Scholarship winners!

Men’s Club Scholarship Information

Men’s Club is sponsoring three $1,000 scholarships for 2018. The award may be used for the educational expenses to attend a post-secondary school of your choice. Applications and eligibility requirements are available at, or from the kiosk in the lobby. Deadline for all entries is May 1. Winners will be announced in July.


Quilters meet on Mondays from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm for quilting, needlework and fellowship! Join the Quilters in Room 209/Chapel. Contact Valerie Novatny for more information.