Adult Study Opportunities
While we will not be gathering at the church for 10 a.m. Sunday School this fall, we are committed to providing a variety of ways we can connect, grow, and renew energy. Come find your place in these study opportunities as we walk together in our faith journeys.
Sundays, 11 a.m. on Zoom, facilitated by Rev. JoAnne Chase
This virtual coffee hour includes a conversation about the morning's service. We'll talk sermon. We'll talk music. We'll talk worship. To participate, look for the Worship Talk tab on the homepage of this website. Grab your coffee, click on the link, and join in.
The Book of Judges
Mondays, September 14–October 19, 7 p.m., led by Dr. Michael Graves on Zoom
What happens to God’s people when they forget God and pursue their own selfish interests? The Old Testament book of Judges offers a picture of what that looks like. Overall, Judges tells the story of Israel’s downward spiral into disaster, although there are also moments of faith. God emerges as patient with Israel, and yet committed to seeing them learn to trust and obey. Please join us for this journey through Judges as we explore and discuss remarkable characters such as Gideon, Deborah, Samson, and Delilah. The first class will cover chapters 1–3, especially the “Judges cycle” in chapter two and Ehud in chapter three. Everyone is invited to read ahead, but absolutely no preparation is required. Register here.
The Power and Challenge of a Girl’s Education
Mondays, October 26–November 9, 7 p.m. on Zoom, led by Cathy Mousseau and Judy Selby
She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying…But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:39-41
Martha was frustrated because the cultural norms of her day expected women to be busy in the kitchen rather than learning at Jesus’ feet. Fast forward two thousand twenty years to today when access to an education is still challenging, if not impossible, for millions of girls around the world.
Yet, when girls are educated, entire communities are lifted. Please join us as we explore this impactful social phenomenon. We will examine the barriers to a girl’s education, the economic and social motivations to improve the situation, and review examples of powerful Christian efforts that are making a difference.
Kathy Cathey, a volunteer for the Kenyan Children’s Fund in Africa will join us November 2 to share her witness of this impactful ministry. We will also explore mission opportunities through UMCOR and others that are helping girls around the world become educated and productive.
Anti-Racism Book Club: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Wednesday, October 28, 7 p.m. on Zoom
In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. All are invited to read and discuss this Pulitzer Prize Finalist at the Anti-Racist Book Club’s October meeting. Register here.
Men’s Bible Study│The Miracles of Jesus
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. on Zoom and in Commons E, led by Clay Watkins
From the healing of lepers to turning water into wine, many studies focus on how miracles demonstrate God’s power. But this study takes it a step further showing how each miracle reveals God’s character, the kingdom of God, and God’s love for you. Deepen your understanding of the New Testament and build on what you already know with this six-session study, which covers Jesus’ most well-known miracles. Each DVD session lasts approximately 30 minutes and offers historical and cultural background. All men are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact the for the book and Zoom link.
The Brahms Institute for Singers
How do we keep our voices strong while singing together is impossible? How do we keep our musical minds in gear? How do we stay connected with fellow singers? More importantly, how do we follow God's leading right now?
One answer to all of these questions is The Brahms Institute for Singers—an extraordinary opportunity for all singers, beginning September 17 at 7 p.m. on Zoom!
This class is free and open to the public. Jennifer Whiting hosts. Anthony Quaranta leads us through vocal exercises. We will read new choral anthems and study Johannes Brahms' monumental German Requiem.
File this one under "stuff I never dreamed could happen as the result of a pandemic." My esteemed colleagues have generously offered to bring you their expertise through the magic of Zoom. Never before have we offered a class at Gary Church with such talent and wisdom from internationally acclaimed artists.
You will not want to miss this golden opportunity to study a choral masterwork with our distinguished guests...
Dr. William Weinert (DCA, Eastman School of Music)
Dr. Jerry Blackstone (Emeritus, University of Michigan)
Jane Eaglen (Soprano, New England Conservatory)
Dr. Bill Phemister (Emeritus, Wheaton College Conservatory)
Dr. Eric Johnson (DCA, Northern Illinois University)
Dr. Orna Arania (Voice, Northern Illinois University)
and Dr. Pearl Shangkuan (DCA, Calvin University).
Click link below to register and to borrow a Requiem vocal score: You will receive a Zoom link via email each week. I hope to see you all at The Brahms Institute for Singers! —Jennifer Whiting
United Methodist Women (UMW)
UMW Circles are small groups that develop supportive fellowship and expand concepts of mission. All women are invited to participate. Contact the Church Office and we’ll put you in touch with the circle leader.
Craft Circle - meets at various times in-person at the church
Susanna Wesley - meets third Mondays of the month
Joy Circle - meets third Tuesdays of the month at 7 p.m. on Zoom
Knitting Circle - currently sending a monthly email to share projects and ideas
Mary Martha - will resume meeting at a later date