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

On Sunday mornings, we offer two worship services at 9:00 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.

7:45 – 8:45 AM
Discipleship Class | Bill McCormick | Matthew

8:00 – 9:00 AM
Active Faith | Patty Brown| All the Good: A Wesleyan Way of Christmas

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Getting Out of the Boat | Bill VanLue |  How to Fight Racism – Courageous Christianity and the Journey toward Racial Justice

10:30 – 11:30 AM
Fellowship Class | Becky Ernst | Cokesbury Adult Bible Study

6:00 – 7:00 AM WEDNESDAYS
Living Word Daily Study Guide Discussion | David Israel

TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY | Connie Davidson |7:30 – 9:00 am

All the Good: A Wesleyan Way of Christmas

Begins November 30, 2021

TUESDAY AFTERNOON BIBLE STUDY | Ann Lindemann | 12:30 – 2:00 pm

The Epic of Eden – Understanding the Old Testament

Begins August 24

TUESDAY MORNINGS  | Pastor Greg Finfrock | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Letter to the Romans

Begins October 26, 2021 – January 25, 2022 with weeks off at Thanksgiving and between Christmas and New Year’s.

6:30 – 7:30 PM WEDNESDAYS
The Epic of Eden – Understanding the Old Testament | facilitated by Rob and Alicia Landers

Interest Groups

Christian fellowship is very important to Living Word. We sponsor a regular monthly luncheon for the seniors on the second Tuesday of each month beginning at 12:00 pm. 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. No registration is needed to attend the luncheon and there is no charge.

In addition to the monthly luncheons, there are 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.

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For more information, please contact Valerie Novatny at


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 at Living Word UMC, participation at Christmas time in a charitable activity approved by the group, and 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.

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

All men are invited to join us on the first Monday of every month beginning at 6:00 pm in the Fellowship Hall (September – May).

Serve with us on any of the following Mission activities:

  • Youth Scholarship Program
  • Men’s Club Work Group
  • Volunteering at Circle of Concern Food Pantry
  • Financial support for Mary Martha Circle, HavenHouse St. Louis, Agape Help House, and Circle of Concern

For more information contact us at

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.