Adult Ministries and Education


Adult Fellowship and Ministries

We experience the love of God through caring and supportive relationships.  We foster those relationships through different fellowship opportunities.


Martha Circle

Martha Circle is a circle of friendship in Jesus among United Methodist Women in the church.  The group will meet for devotions, service and fellowship.  The meetings are held in the library. Martha Circle will meet again on September 14, 2017 at 10:00 am in the Library at NUMC.   We welcome everyone to join us.

Additional dates are October 12, November 9, December 14, February 8, March 8 and April 12.  Mark your calendar now.

Agape: Friends in Faith

Agape is a group of around 10 adults who meet regularly to learn, share and grow in their spiritual paths.  Agape meets twice a month after Sunday worship from 11:20 AM to 12:15 PM during which time members share about their “highs and lows” and updates on their spiritual journeys.  In addition, there is usually a topic, a reading (book or article) or scripture that is discussed.  The Agape group has also gotten together for a concert or play.  The group supports one another in times of personal need such as illness,  recovery from surgery, or personal loss.

Agape will meet again in the fall.

Sophia Circle

Our “regular” meetings will continue to be the first Monday of the month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Penberthy Hall, October through May.  Like last year,  we socialize the first 15 minutes and enjoy treats brought by the meeting hosts.  At 7:15, the meeting will begin with a devotional, then news items.  Around 7:30, the program will begin.  We have wonderful programs planned.  If you have ideas or would like to present at a meeting, please let us know.

Watch for details about our meetings beginning again in the Fall.



Adult Education


Book Group

In October we will be reading  “Ordinary Grace” by William Kent Krueger. This book group will be on October 17 at the home of Greg and Nancy Metzler.

For thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it was a grim summer in which death visited frequently and assumed many forms. Frank begins the season preoccupied with the concerns of any teenage boy, but when tragedy unexpectedly strikes his family—which includes his Methodist minister father; his passionate, artistic mother; Juilliard-bound older sister; and wise-beyond-his-years kid brother—he finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, adultery, and betrayal, suddenly called upon to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, Ordinary Grace is a brilliantly moving account of a boy standing at the door of his young manhood, trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the enduring grace of God.  This book is available at the Northbrook Public Library.

We are looking for a couple of good books and hosts for the book club as we move through the year.  If you have recently read something you would like to share or would like to host a book club, please call Nancy Metzler  at 847-272-8461.

Covenant Bible Study

Our  Monday night study group will continue with an overview of the whole bible.  We began in January and will continue our study on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm – our primary study material is We Make The Road By Walking by Brian McClaren .  With each reading, we will:

  • Cultivate an honest, intelligent understanding of the Bible and of Christian faith in the 21st century
  • Engage with discussion questions designated to challenge, stimulate and encourage
  • Re-imagine what it means to live joyfully and responsibly in today’s world as agents of God’s justice, creativity and peace

Everyone is encouraged to join us.  Occasionally the time of the class changes because of meetings.  Please call the office if you are unsure of the time or check the calendar.


Line Dance

Join us for line dancing on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 pm, September 12 to October 17.  So much fun and great exercise.  $50 per series payable at the class.


Mindful Meditation

“Mindfulness is the ability to know what is happening in your mind without being carried by it.”  Dan Harris, ABC News Anchor.
Mindfulness Experience with Paige Brooks continues through the fall.  Whether you have meditated before or now, this is a great way to spend an hour learning to relax your whole being.

Watch here for new dates.

New Opportunity:  Clearness Committee

Many of us face a dilemma when we try to deal with a personal problem question or decision. On one hand, we know that the issue is ours alone to resolve but we are often blocked by layers of confusion, habitual thinking, fear or despair.  On the other hand, we know that friends might help us uncover our inner resources and find our way, but by exposing our problem to others, we run the risk of being invaded and overwhelmed by their assumptions, judgments and advice.  As a result we often privatize these questions at the very moment when we need all the help we can get.  The Quakers invented a method for dealing with our dilemmas in the company of a few friends who can help us seek God’s direction; a method that protects individual identity and integrity while drawing on the wisdom of other people.  It is called a “Clearness Committee.”  The function of a Clearness Committee is not to give advice or “fix” people from the outside in, but rather to help people remove obstacles and interference so that they can discover their own wisdom from the inside out.  This process is confidential.  When it is over, Committee members will not speak with others about what was said, and will not speak with the focus person about the problem unless he or she requests a conversation.  If you are interested in exploring a Clearness Committee to help you with a decision or question you are facing, or if you would be interested in serving on a Committee or being trained to facilitate a Committee, please contact Linda Nixon at 847-217-9353 or