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


We are looking for a couple of good books and hosts for the book club in the fall.  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.

In September we will be reading  “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.  Watch this site for the actual date.

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?
Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.


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