Federated offers a variety of opportunities for women to socialize and study.

The Women's Discussion Group is a group of women, of all ages who meet weekly.  They read the coming Sunday's lectionary readings from various Bible translations and then have a discussion. The focus is to gain insight and meaning from these readings and try to discern how they might influence and impact our lives.  Through sharing of thoughts, feelings, experiences and prayers, these women strive for clarity of purpose in their lives while offering support to one another. 

Sit 'n' Stitch Community gathers weekly on Thursday mornings for fellowship and to work on individual needle arts projects as well as prayer shawls to give away.  Prayer shawl patterns are provided.  The group welcomes new “stitchers" at any time.

Women in the longstanding Tapestry & Mary-Martha Circles meet monthly for lunch or to socialize and organize an annual service project luncheon in February.

Same Boat Girlfriends is a group of widowed women who meet monthly for dinner at a local restaurant.


Special bible study courses and book studies are offered seasonally throughout the year according to interest.

Every year during Lent interested members participate in One Book One Community Book Study where a selected book is read and discussed in small groups. 

During Advent small groups meet weekly for an Advent Bible Study.  They use the Lectio Divina method of bible study to study the bible verses recommended by the lectionary for the upcoming Sunday.

Bethel Bible Study, a two year program of intense Bible Study, is offered when interest warrants it.

Going Deeper Bible Study is a special bible study led by Rev. Mark Simone for high school youth.  It usually meets on Thursday evenings at the church on Bell Street but check the calendar to see if they are hanging out elsewhere this week.


 Federated offer several opportunities for men to gather. 

There is a Thursday Morning Discussion group that meets weekly to discuss men’s issues, and a Men's Third Tuesday that meets monthly on Tuesday evenings for prayer and support.  

Same Boat Friends is a group of widowed men who meet monthly for dinner at a local restaurant.

Men's Breakfasts are scheduled on Saturday mornings periodically throughout the year.  A hot breakfast is served and an interesting speaker presents.


Federated has a number of lay ministries which provide opportunities to love thy neighbor.  Those who may need some help from time to time - food, a visit, a ride or support during a challenging time. - are matched with someone who can provide that service.


Pastoral care at Federated Church is enhanced by our Stephen Ministers. These caring lay people have been specially trained in Christian care-giving and they commit themselves to using those skills to help members of the congregation and the community who are experiencing one of life's difficult times -- a death or illness, a job loss, a divorce, a move to a new community, a new baby, etc. 

If you or someone you know is experiencing such a situation and could benefit from the support of a Stephen Minister, or if you feel God calling you to this kind of ministry, please contact Darlene Nichols at


Federated Single Adult Fellowship (FSAF) is a monthly meeting of single adults from the 40’s to the wherever’s! The focus is not age, but fellowship and friendship. 

They meet monthly from 6-8pm from September through May on the fourth Wednesday of the month*. They begin with a potluck dinner, so bring something yummy, and at 7 the program for the evening begins.

(*They will not meet on the fourth Wednesday in November and December because of the holidays during those months. Instead, the group will go to the movies one evening in November and will plan some sort of a Christmas gathering in December.)

For more information contact Rev. Mark Simone at