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 in October, 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. Join the conversation here.
Mama-Ain't-Got-No-Time-to-Read Book Club
Sunday, Oct. 24, 3 p.m., location to be determined
Sunday, Nov. 28, 3 p.m., location to be determined
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.
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.
Men's Bible Study | The Epic of Eden: Isaiah
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Looking for a way to learn about the Bible and connect with other men? Join the Men's Bible Study. This fall, they will explore Dr. Sandra Richter's study, The Epic of Eden: Isaiah. Often named the fifth gospel, the book of the prophet has more to say about Israel’s coming Messiah than any other Old Testament book. Brilliant, courageous, uncompromising, this prophet declared that the year of the LORD had come and God’s people needed to either step up, or stand down. Indeed, when spoke, kings trembled. This ten-week video study explains Israel’s religion and economy, explores the definition and role of the prophets, and helps us to apply the message of this great champion of the faith to our lives today. Participants will gather on Zoom to watch The Epic of Eden: Isaiah session video and discuss the content. Study guides will be available for $15 through the Church Office.
Grief Matters Support Group
Wednesdays, Sept. 8–Nov. 17, 10–11:30 a.m., Commons A
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. Please register to let us know you're coming.
Anti-Racist Book Club | #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Chapel, led by Michelle Sweeney
Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling book Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible. Participants can purchase the book on their own and join Michelle Sweeney for a guided conversation.
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. Contact Cathy Mousseau or Kim Austin through the Church Office for more information.
Presentation: Funeral and Bereavement Customs in the Abrahamic Faiths
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m., Chapel
Book Discussion: The Most Good You Can Do by Peter Singer
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m., Chapel
Walkers & Talkers Fellowship
Tuesdays, 10 a.m., Zoom; Thursdays, 9 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.
Women’s Bible Study | Breaking the Code
First and Third Wednesdays, 3 p.m., Anderson Room
Anyone is welcome to this friendly women's Bible study. This fall we will dive into Revelation, using Bruce M. Metzger's book, Breaking the Code. Contact Holly Trueblood through the Church Office to reserve a copy of the book.