We are committed to providing a variety of ways we can connect, grow and renew energy at Gary United Methodist Church in Wheaton, IL. Get connected through a variety of volunteer opportunities. Come find your place in the following study and fellowship opportunities as we walk together in our faith journeys.


Worship Talk 

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.  Join the conversation here.

Paul, the Apostle: The Gospel, the Messenger, and Adaptability
Sundays through Oct. 16, 10 a.m., Chapel, led by Dr. Gene Green
Like the mythical character Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey, the apostle Paul was the quintessential adaptable man (“Tell me, O Muse, of the adaptable man who traveled far and wide…”). While zealously hunting down followers of Christ, he encountered the risen Jesus who charged him to spread the good news of God’s salvation. In this 6-week study, we will witness Paul’s radical conversion, hear his divine commissioning, and trace his early journeys as told by Luke in the Acts of the Apostles. Paul crosses cultural boundaries, adapts to unexpected realities, and offers hope, healing, and salvation to people who truly need God’s good news — both then and now. The question Paul puts to us is how can we serve Christ and remain faithful to the gospel as we adapt and respond to the personal, social, religious, philosophical, and political matrices of our time. Far from being a musty message about some vague figure from the distant past, Luke’s telling of Paul’s service to Christ reverberates with thunderous messages for our day.

Anti-Racist Book Club | The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story
Wednesday, September 28 & October 26*, 7 p.m., Commons
T
he New York Times Magazine’s award-winning “1619 Project” issue reframed our understanding of American history by placing slavery and its continuing legacy at the center of our national narrative. Nikole Hannah-Jones’ book substantially expands on that work, weaving together 18 essays that explore the legacy of slavery in present-day America with 36 poems and works of fiction that illuminate key moments of oppression, struggle and resistance. The essays show how the inheritance of 1619 reaches into every part of contemporary American society, from politics, music, diet, traffic and citizenship to capitalism, religion and our democracy itself. To join the conversation, purchase the book on your own and register.

*We will discuss chapters 1–8 in September and 9–18 in October.

Disciple Fast Track: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study 
Thursdays, 7 p.m. starting Sept. 15, led by Rev. Dr. Jamie Hanna Williams
Studying the Bible is essential to becoming a disciple of Jesus Christ. Disciple Fast Track, an adaptation of the original, best-selling Disciple Bible Study, provides a viable option for busy people seeking comprehensive engagement with the entire Biblical text. The group will meet for a total of 24 weeks, broken down into two 12-week, 90-minute sessions. Each Disciple Fast Track session will be based on weekly reading, engaging videos and thoughtful discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to take a spiritual gifts assessment and determine meaningful ways they can serve and live out their discipleship commitment. 

 

Divorce Support
Second and fourth Wednesdays, starting Sept. 14., 7 p.m., Anderson Room
Are you going through or have recently gone through a divorce? Divorce Support offers a place to share, connect and heal. Each session will explore a chapter in Healing the Wounds of Divorce: A Spiritual Guide to Recovery by Barbara Leah Shlemon and creates a safe space for participants to work through the painful experience of divorce in a caring and supportive community. Childcare is available. For more information or to register contact Carey Williams Bebar,

Grief Matters Support Group
Wednesdays, Sept. 14–Nov. 16, 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. You are welcome to join us at any time to see if the group will be helpful to you at this point in your grief process. Please contact the Church Office or register to let us know you’ll be coming.

Launch: A Class on Spiritual Habits for Parents and Young Adults
Sundays, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, 10 a.m., Commons, led by Beth Orchard
Whether you've been attending church since you were a kid or you're brand new, you probably have some ideas already about what it takes to grow spiritually. The problem is, we all struggle sometimes to figure out how to continue growing — and how to do it in a way that works for us now. If we're not careful, we can end up with a relationship with God that worked when we were kids or new to our faith but is no longer transforming or challenging us like it could be. For these four sessions, we'll see how we can "launch" (or re-launch) our spiritual growth by evaluating (or re-evaluating) these spiritual habits of spending time with God, spending time with others in healthy community, using our gifts to serve and sharing our stories of faith.

Mama-Ain't-Got-No-Time-to-Read Book Club  

Register to receive emails for dates, times and location
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.

Kids Above All's efforts to treat and reduce violence
Sunday, Oct. 23, 10 a.m., Chapel

Linden Oaks Presents "Adolescent Mental Health"
Sunday, Oct. 30, 10 a.m., Chapel 

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.
Craft Circle
Joy Circle
Knitting Circle
Mary Martha
Susanna Wesley

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.,  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.

Faith Club Writing Workshop
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 7 p.m., Commons E
We are excited to host a writing workshop with Faith Club member and multiple award-winning author and journalist Tayyaba Syed. Whether you have experience as a writer or not, come learn how to bring your thoughts and creativity to pen and paper and improve your writing skills with Tayyaba's tips and tricks. We will work on writing prompts and some visual exercises as well. Please bring writing supplies or a laptop with you. Contact Kim Austin through the Church Office for more information.


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.

Class Meeting

learn more about it on Sunday, Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m., Commons
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

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.

Game night

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.

Create cards
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.