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From Surviving to Thriving

Divorce is a roller coaster ride of emotions for families. The healing process can take time but you do not have to go through it on your own. "From Surviving to Thriving" is a time to come together and support one another through the process. The adults and children will each have their own group. The children’s group will be a time of play and conversation facilitated by a school counselor. The adults’ group will be a time of support, conversation, and a study facilitated by Pastor Perry.

Everyone will meet at 6pm, enjoy a meal together, and then move into our separate groups. The goal is to finish by 7:15. We invite you to save the date, Wednesday, January 24th at 6pm, for the first meeting. The frequency of meeting will be determined by the group at the first meeting.

If you have any questions please contact Pastor Perry Montgomery at 317-873-2623 or

Women's Group

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The Women’s Group gathers several times throughout the year for fun, philanthropy, and spending time together.

Sunday Morning Study at 10:45am in the Café for various studies and discussions.
Tuesday Morning Study - meets from 9:30-11:30 am in the Adult Ed rooms

Ladies Tuesday Evening Study - Tuesdays at 7 pm in the Cafe.   

Thursday morning Study - 10:30 am in Adult Ed room C112

First Monday of the Month - Chick Flicks! The first Monday of the month at 1:00 pm in the Bride’s Room. Bring your own drink - popcorn provided!

For more information, please contact Dawn McKnight

Men's Group

At ZUMC, the Mens’ Group is a fairly casual group of men and we invite you to come join us just as you are. No pre-requisites or stuffiness found here. We’re just men looking to become better at being the man God wants us to be. The Mens’ Group is committed to building Godly men and we do so through four types of activities:

Fun – doing things that allow us to enjoy the world God made for us.
Support – share our expertise, talents and gifts in ways to benefit others.
Education – getting to know God more closely.
Prayer – communicating with God.
Programs currently offered just for men include:
The Huddle – Meets every Sunday at 10:45 a.m. in The Upper Room at church (above the main church lobby).  Topics include sermon discussions, book and Bible studies an opportunity to learn, share and grow together. Contact: Craig Andrews, 419-419-9927,
Mighty Men's Breakfast – Meet in the Chapel on the 2nd Saturday @ 7:30 a.m. every month for food and fellowship. Contact: Dave Carr, 317-873-6258, The next breakfast is scheduled for Saturday, September 14.
Movie Nights – Meets once a month at 4:30 p.m. at Squealers, 5515 W. 86th Street at the corner of 86th & Zionsville Road for fellowship, dinner and a movie. Contact: Rick Maas, 317-674-5855, The next Men’s Movie Night is Sunday, August 25. We will discuss Stephen King’s “The Green Mile” starring Tom Hanks. Great food, great discussion, bring a friend.
Mens’ Retreat – The 2019 Men's Retreat will focus on “the good life.” Oct. 4-6 at Goldman Union Camp in Zionsville. Enjoy times to hang out, sing, worship, and study as we work to become better men for our wives, families, church and communities. Contact Chuck Kirkpatrick to sing up or volunteer -
Mission Trips – local and national opportunities to serve those in need including building water purifiers, assisting Habitat for Humanity, aiding disaster stricken areas and more.
Good News Runners – Meets every Sat. at 6:00 a.m. in the east parking lot for a 5.5 mile run and share Scripture. Contact: Ken Narva, 317-919-2850,
Men's Accountability Group – Meets at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings in Rm A109 across from the kitchen to discuss their faith journey, life challenges and application of the Word. Contact: Don Fitzpatrick, 317-946-0434,

“Mornings with Max” Men’s Breakfast Group – Meets at 6 a.m. on Wednesday mornings at Flap Jacks at Anson to discuss the writings of Max Lucado. Contact: Rick Maas, 317-674-5855,
Sports – indoor and outdoor depending on the season, you’re welcome to join us for the sport you like to play most (or, engage everyone in a sport of your choice).

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For more information about Mens’ Ministries, please contact Craig Andrews, 419-419-9927,

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS)

Momming is Hard. Join MOPS - For mothers of kids age 0-7. We meet two Fridays a month, 9:30-11:30am and childcare is included. You do not have to be a Zionsville UMC member to join. Childcare is provided. Please email Gretchen Stark ( for more information.

Fall 2019 Dates - 8/23, 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/2, 11/8, 11/22, 12/6, 12/20

Winter & Spring 2020 Dates - 1/10, 1/24, 2/14, 2/28 , 3/13, 3/20, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/15

Senior Adults

Seniors (age 50 and over) meet the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Chapel for food, fellowship, special programs, entertainment and fun. A special Thanksgiving Pitch-In luncheon and a Saturday evening Christmas dinner with entertainment around our beautiful Christmas tree in the Lobby is held annually.  Additional 2019 activities and day trips are being planned. Contact: Bob Dralle,

October 2019 Lunch

Thursday, October 9th at 11:30am in the chapel. Patchwork Folk singing duo. Rick and Holly bring a combined 40+ years of stage experience to Pathwork. In any given program, you might hear Irish sing alongs, traditional American folk music, original music, Gospel music, as well as covers of such artists as John Denver and Harry Chapin. With Rick's engaging style of combining clean humor, storytelling, all woven around music, and Holly's back up fiddle and wonderful harmony vocals, it's a casual, comfortable event the entire family is sure to enjoy.

Adult Sunday School

Sunday School is an opportunity to go deeper into God’s Word and connect with other adults in the congregation. Currently, we offer options during both worship services. Please see the list below for a class description, meeting rooms, and class leader. If you have any questions about the classes offered, please contact Perry Montgomery, Pastor of Adult Discipleship and Pastoral Care.
During 9:30am Worship:

  • The Explorers in Rm A107. This is an ongoing class with Curtis Shrote

  • The Way Class in Rm A112. This is an ongoing class with Dianne Studebaker

During 11:00am Worship:

  • Women of Z’Spa in A112. This is an open group and all women are welcome! Beginning October 13, they will start a new study, “Irresistible” by Andy Stanley.

  • The Huddle (Men’s Group) in the Upper Room. Also offered at Brunchies Restaurant at 6 AM Wednesday mornings.

  • Writing With Spirit in the room at the end of the Children’s Wing—with Christine Fitzpatrick and Maurya Wendling

  • The Wired Word in Rm A107. Meet to discuss current events from a Christian perspective. Each week, a topic is suggested by the WIRED WORD (a nationally syndicated publication). This is an on-going class, and both regular and occasional attendees are welcome. This class does not require any before–class preparation or study.

Morning Exercise

Morning Exercise is a group that meets in Bradley Chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 8:30am for low impact aerobics. All are welcome to join this lively group.

Garden Ministry

We have lots of land behind the church. Families and individuals are encouraged to grab their rakes and seeds and begin planting their own garden plot. Garden plots are waiting for you! 20 foot by 20 foot plots are available for $25/each. You may reserve your plot by completing the Garden Plot Sign Up Form. For more information about ZUMC garden plots please contact Mike Voigt or Sarah Billings.

Walk to Emmaus

Walk to Emmaus is an Upper Room program that calls forth and restores Christian discipleship. The Walk to Emmaus, is a three day experience that takes a New Testament look at Christianity as a lifestyle. The highly structured weekend is designed to strengthen and invigorate the faith of Christian people, and through them, their families, their congregations, and the world in which they live. Emmaus combines the efforts of laity and clergy to renew the church.
The Walk to Emmaus offers participants an opportunity to rediscover Christ’s presence in their lives, to gain fresh understanding of God’s transforming grace, and to form friendships that foster faith and support spiritual maturity. To attend, a person who has experienced the Walk to Emmaus sponsors you. You can find out more information about the Walk to Emmaus program by visiting their national website. For more information on when the next local Walk to Emmaus will occur, please contact either Greg Bedell or Cindy Grimm.


Music abounds at ZUMC and we encourage you to take part in the many options offered.  Look over these  choices and share your talent with  ZUMC…no need to read music to join!

Praise Team – For those who love to sing.  This team helps lead the congregational singing at our 9:30 a.m. service.  Rehearsals are Sunday morning at 8:45 a.m. Join the worship leader in leading God’s people in Sunday worship at 9:30 am. This choir is open to anyone 13+ who loves to sing.

Chancel Choir – Leads at the 10:45 am worship and in special services throughout the year. Singing a wide range of music from classical to hymns to urban gospel.
We are open our arms to anyone with a desire for fellowship, singing, and to be a part of a very special time in the life of our church. You do not need to know how to read music. Fellow choir members and the music staff will help. We rehearse Thursday evenings from 7:00- 8:30pm in the choir room and Sundays from 9:00-9:30 am. We sing and worship at 10:45 am. Questions? Contact Laura Brueckmann 858-0648.
Christmas Musical – Performed annually during the Christmas season. Please contact Tracy Vermillion ( for more information.
Handbells – Our bell choir plays throughout the year for Sunday worship and special services.  A full set of five-octave handbells provides opportunity for a broad range of musical expression through this talented group of musicians.  Persons with instrumental, ensemble, or piano experience are encouraged to check into this unique choral experience. Bells perform approximately one Sunday a month with a few special performances here and in the community throughout the year. There is no experience required and all are welcome to give bells a try! The Bell Team rehearses Monday nights at 7:00-8:00pm and childcare is provided. Our practice room is behind the sanctuary. For more information contact Jill Congdon.

Writing With the Spirit Writing Support Group

This space and time is designed to encourage and to support our creative souls as we gather together (quietly) for writing. All are welcome! The group meets in the Zionsville UMC cafe on Wednesdays from 9am - 12pm, August 14 - December 18.