While we will not currently able to gather at the church for 10 a.m. Sunday School, 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.

Sacred, A two-part series on Native American spirituality and community

Mondays, April 19 & 26, at 7 p.m. on Zoom 
The General Conference of The United Methodist Church affirms the sacredness of American Indian people, their languages, cultures, and gifts to the church and the world, and calls upon the world, and the people of The United Methodist Church to receive the gifts of Native Americans, as people of God. This April we welcome the voices of Rev. Adrienne Stricker, Dr. John Derby, JuniKae Randall, Pam Silas and Jody Roy to learn about Native American spirituality, culture, and the Native community in Chicago today.  

  • On April 19 at 7–8:30 p.m., Rev. Adrienne Stricker (Port Gamble S'Klallam), will discuss her work on Native American Ministries with the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church, and will offer an introduction to some aspects of contemporary Native American culture and theology, including the practice of traditional Native American ceremonies and Christian worship. Dr. John Derby (Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), former Branch Chief for Indian Fellowships & Contracts with the U.S. Department of Education, and JuniKae Randall (Circle of Nations, LLC, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, North Dakota), creator of PBS’s “Indian Pride” series, will reflect on the importance of spirituality to Native people.  
  • On April 26 at 7 p.m., Pam Silas, Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University, and Jody Roy (Ojibwe), Director St. Kateri Center of Chicago, will lead a session on the Native American Community in the Chicagoland area, discuss policies and practice that continue to oppress Native people, and share ways to stay connected and grow in knowledge and advocacy.  

Register here.

Worship Talk 

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 on the home page, and join in. Join the conversation here.

Men’s Bible StudyThe Word of the Lord: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets

Tuesdays, April 6 - June 8, 7 p.m. on Zoom, led by Clay Watkins
Join the Men's Bible study for a 10-week excursion into the Old Testament and see Jesus in the prophets. Exploring the lives of Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Isaiah, and others, author Nancy Guthrie reveals how God's earthly messengers - whether chastising or comforting - always point forward to Israel's final redemption and ultimate hope. Contact Clay Watkins through the Church Office for more information. 

The Brahms Institute for Singers

Thursdays at 7 p.m. on Zoom
If you love to sing, no doubt you are keenly missing the experience of choir. It leaves a hole that really nothing else can fill. This spring, the Brahms Institute for Singers focuses on self-care for musicians—breathing, posture, keeping the voice moving, and finding strength and peace through great music.

Brahms Institute for Singers Registration

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 - will resume meetings at a later date
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
Susanna Wesley - will resume meeting at a later date

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. We welcome all women to be part of the enriching discussions planned this spring. If you would like to be part of the conversation, contact Kim Austin through the Church Office.

Faith Club: Passover and Ramadan

Tuesday, April 13, 7 p.m. on Zoom
The week of March 27, Jews observed Passover, the holiday celebrating the Israelites' liberation from slavery in Egypt. Ramadan, a holy month of fasting, introspection, and prayer for Muslims, begins on April 12. Our Jewish and Muslim friends will share the importance of these major holidays in their faiths.

Faith Club: Book Discussion of The Tattooist of Auschwitz

Tuesday, May 11, 7 p.m. on Zoom
This novel by Heather Morris is based on a true-life story of Lale Sokolov, a Jewish man imprisoned at Auschwitz and tasked with inking numbers into the arms of frightened prisoners. The book is described as a “testament to the human spirit and the power of love to bloom in even the darkest places.”

Women’s Bible Study

First and Third Wednesdays, 3 p.m. on Zoom
Anyone is welcome to this friendly women's Bible study. Contact Holly Trueblood through the Church Office.

From Darkness into Light

Mondays, May 3, 10, & 17, at 7 p.m. on Zoom  
Join Rev. Dr. Richard Wang as we rediscover our creative side travelling from darkness into light through art and music. No experience required to join this three-week offering, as we learn how to open up our mind in creating and experiencing the beauty of sight and sounds through the lens of Genesis 1: 1-5. Register here. 

Anti-Racist Book Club | Catalyst by CW Allen

Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m. on Zoom, led by CW Allen
Imagine God interjecting a great catalyst into our lives that makes us the people God created us to be. God doesn't allow us to be acquainted with true purpose apart from uncomfortable seasoning, and this is exactly what has happened in CW's life.

"CW is a man after God's heart. In Catalyst, CW is real about his pain and the challenges of faith. He is the type of man, leader, and artist that awakens a renewed faith in Christ. Catalyst is his fluid journey, from growing up with his mom who took him with her to buy drugs to his awaking from just knowing about God to truly knowing God.”
--Pastor Phil Jackson, Founder of The Fire House Community Arts Center, Pastor of The House Covenant Church

To join the conversation with author CW Allen, please purchase the book through the Church Office. Register here.