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.

 

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.

Spiritual Practices for the New Year  

Mondays, January 4 and 11 , 7 p.m. on Zoom
led by Kimberly Penrod Pelletier
Worry is so 2020. Engage some fresh, pandemic-proof spiritual practices in the New Year. Start 2021 off with solid teaching and guided experiences in meditation and Gospel contemplation—both to renew your mind and heal your soul. These classes are based in Scripture, grounded in Christian tradition, and backed by neuroscience.

Kimberly Penrod Pelletier is a spiritual director, writer, speaker, and podcaster. She is passion­ate about journeying alongside others as they discern the invitation and movements of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Her work has been featured by Loyola Press, Christianity Today, Herald Press, The Mudroom, and The Redbud Post. She is the creator of the course Meditating with Christ. You can connect with her and download a free, guided meditation at https://kimberlypenrodpelletier.com.

Register here.

Anti-Racist Book Club | Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 

Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m. on Zoom
In this brilliant book, Isabel Wilkerson gives us a masterful portrait of an unseen phenomenon in America as she explores, through an immersive, deeply researched narrative and stories about real people, how America today and throughout its history has been shaped by a hidden caste system, a rigid hierarchy of human rankings. Beautifully written, original, and revealing, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a reexamination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.

To join the conversation, please purchase the book on your own and register here.

Men’s Bible StudyThe Forgiveness of Jesus

Tuesdays, 7 p.m. on Zoom, led by Clay Watkins
Looking for a way to connect with other men while deepening your faith? Join the Men's Bible Study! The New Year's series will feature Matt Williams' video study on, The Forgiveness of Jesus. This video Bible study covers six events in Jesus' life that give a fuller understanding of the reason Christ gave his life on the cross and is taught by professors with specialized areas of knowledge. For information about participation and materials, contact Clay Watkins through the Church Office.

Daily Practices for a Healthy Marriage

Mondays, February 1 and 8, 7 p.m. on Zoom
If a 2020 video of your marriage’s most memorable moments appeared on your social media feed, would you hit “like”? God created marriage for your sanctification and enjoyment. Regardless of whether world events have brought you closer to your spouse or caused you to question your sanity staying in the marriage, you owe it to your kids and yourselves to invest in your marriage. Even a good marriage can be better. You just need the guidance to get there. Gary Church has partnered with The Heritage Center for Marriage & Family to provide a two-session master class via Zoom with practical tools to spark positive change in your COVID-weary marriage. Whether you regularly invest in your marriage or have successfully avoided self-help books, marriage seminars, or counseling, these sessions will move you closer to the marriage you want and need.

Register here for this class. A donation $30 per couple is suggested.

The Amethyst Necklace Book Talk with Author, Sandra Sagehorn

Monday, February 15, 7 p.m. on Zoom
Long-time Gary Church member and first-time author Sandra Sagehorn is excited to return to Gary via Zoom to discuss her book, The Amethyst Necklace. Set in northern Illinois during the latter half of the nineteenth century, the story of The Amethyst Necklace follows young Mariah Allison as she navigates the uncertainties of the Civil War—and the crucial era that follows—toward a life of self-realization and independence. Mariah’s journey into adulthood touches on themes that are quintessentially American and especially relevant in the 21st century: the trauma of war, women’s rights, education and moral character, social justice and the immigrant experience, faith and family values. While this may be the saga of a particular woman and her family, it illustrates the light of faith shining through a single life continues to illuminate for generations.

To participate in the Book Talk, purchase the The Amethyst Necklace through the Church Office for $15 and register here.

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, reconvening on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. on Zoom!

Our focus for the spring term is self-care for musicians—breathing, posture, keeping the voice moving, and finding strength and peace through great music. Please register below to reserve your spot and to receive the Zoom link each week.   

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