We are committed to providing a variety of ways we can connect, grow and renew energy at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL. Come find your place in these study and fellowship opportunities as we walk together in our faith journeys.
Sundays, 11 a.m. on Zoom
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. Join the conversation here.
Anti-Racist Book Club | Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning
Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m., Commons
Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong fearlessly and provocatively blends memoir, cultural criticism and history to expose fresh truths about racialized consciousness in America. Part memoir and part cultural criticism, this collection is vulnerable, humorous, and provocative—and its relentless and riveting pursuit of vital questions around family and friendship, art and politics, identity and individuality, will change the way you think about our world. Purchase the book on your own and join the conversation by registering at garychurch.org.
Anti-Racist Book Club | Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
Wednesday, June 29, 7 p.m., Commons, led by Rev. Dwight Stewart
In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., isolated himself from the demands of the civil rights movement, rented a house in Jamaica with no telephone, and labored over his final manuscript. In this prophetic work, he lays out his thoughts, plans and dreams for America's future, including the need for better jobs, higher wages, decent housing and quality education. With a universal message of hope that continues to resonate, King demanded an end to global suffering, asserting that humankind — for the first time — has the resources and technology to eradicate poverty. Join the conversation by purchasing the book on your own and registering at garychurch.org.
United in Mission: Exploring the United Methodist connection and what it means to #BeUMC.
Sundays, May 15 and 22, 9:50 a.m., Chapel, led by Fred Wayland
Methodism's founder, John Wesley, recognized the need for an organized system of communication and accountability and developed what he called the "connexion," a network of classes, societies, and annual conferences that continue to “enable us to carry out our mission in unity and strength" (Book of Discipline, ¶ 701). As the United Methodist Church moves toward General Conference 2024, we are remined of this call to be strengthened and united in our mission to “make disciples of Jesus for the transformation of the world.” Join us to explore the United Methodist connection and what it means to #BeUMC.
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Hey Mama, we know that being a mom to little ones leaves little time for relaxing afternoons with a favorite novel. That's why we are offering the Mama-Ain't-Got-No-Time-to-Read Book Club. This monthly gathering will meet to watch a short, informative and inspirational video from MOPS, then discuss the topic. It is a time for fellowship. It is a time for conversation. It is a time for you. Register here.
Wednesdays through June 15, 10 a.m., Commons
We welcome anyone grieving the death or loss of someone to be a part of the new session of this group. It is a place where you can be with people who understand how you feel and the pain of your loss. You’ll gain valuable tools to help you as you continue on the journey of grief.
Men's Bible Study
Tuesdays, 7 p.m., Commons E
Looking for a way to learn about the Bible and connect with other men? Join the Men's Bible Study. Contact the Church Office for more information.
United Women in Faith (formerly United Methodist Women)
United Women in Faith 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 for more information on meeting dates and times.
Faith Club: A Women’s Interfaith Discussion Group
The Faith Club brings women of Gary Church together with other women of Christian, Jewish and Islamic faith to develop community and learn from and about one another. They meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m., February–May, with topics including book and movie discussions, a speaker on the role of music in worship, and a craft and fellowship night. Contact Cathy Mousseau or Kim Austin through the Church Office for more information and to be added to the group's email list.
Walkers & Talkers Fellowship
Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Zoom; Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., Commons
Stop in and chat with this welcoming fellowship group. Contact the Church Office for the Tuesday Zoom code or simply come to the Commons on Thursdays.
each group decides best day/time
Looking for friendship? Belonging? A closer relationship with Jesus? You could find all that and more at the Class Meeting. Class Meeting is a small group that laughs, prays and encourages each other in Christ. We began our first Class Meeting the year before the pandemic, helping people grow in faith and develop deep friendships with others. For more information, contact Pastor Brian.
Women’s Bible Study
First and Third Wednesdays, 3 p.m., Anderson Room
Anyone is welcome to this friendly women's Bible study. Contact Holly Trueblood through the Church Office for more information.
Fourth Friday of the month, 6:30–9 p.m., Commons
Join your Gary Church friends for games of bridge, dominoes or anything you like. Must be vaccinated to join in on the fun. Contact Fern Evelhoch through the Church Office for more information and to let us know you're coming.
Thursdays, 1 p.m., Heritage Room
Anyone is welcome to drop in whenever you can to create cards. The cards go to people celebrating milestone birthdays and anniversaries. They go to people grieving or sick. And, the cards go to people to simply let them know their friends at Gary Church are thinking about them.
Help make Gary gardens gorgeous
Anyone can join the Gary Gardeners team, and in the spring, summer and fall, there’s always something to do. If you can help with weeding, watering, maintaining/updating planters, general landscaping or various short-term projects, please let Barbara Wernicke know through the Church Office.