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 on the second Thursday of each month. The meetings are held in our  library and our building is fully accessible with automatic doors and a handicapped washroom.   Martha Circle will meet again on February 13.   We welcome everyone to join us.  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 the Second Sunday of the month after  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.

After a christmas hiatus, AGAPE meets again Sunday, January 12 and every second Sunday thereafter at 11:15 in our Library.

 

NUMC Times of Servicing the Building

Join the Trustees on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm to work on small projects in the building.  These projects may include:  planting, cleaning, washing windows, cleaning closets and tossing unwanted items and just about anything else you can think of.  This a great way to get the building ready for fall during the summer.  Please contact Bruce Ahlborn through the office to let us know you can help.  You can work an hour or longer.  Please help us to make this a great place to be.  Without full time maintenance in the building there are many things to do and more hands just make those things that much easier.  At the same time, get to know the trustees who are responsible for maintaining the building and everything inside it.  We also have day time hours for the summer.  If you are able to help with projects, please let us know.

 

Book Group

February 12, 2020 – Host TBD.  Between the World an Me by Ta Nehisi Coates
 It is written as a letter to the author’s teenage son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States.Between the World and Me takes the form of a book-length letter from the author to his son, adopting the structure of Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time; the latter is directed, in part, towards Baldwin’s nephew, while the former addresses Coates’s 15-year-old son.[2] Coates’s letter is divided into three parts, recounting Coates’s experiences as a young man, after the birth of his son, and during a visit with Mabel Jones. Coates contemplates the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being Black in the United States.[10] He recapitulates the American history of violence against Black people and the incommensurate policing of Black youth.[15] The book’s tone is poetic and bleak, guided by his experiences growing up poor and always at risk of bodily harm. He prioritizes the physical security of African-American bodies over the tradition in Black Christianity of optimism, “uplift,” and faith in eventual justice (i.e., being on God’s side). His background, which he describes as “physicality and chaos,” leads him to emphasize the daily corporeal concerns he experiences as an African-American in U.S. culture. Coates’s position is that absent the religious rhetoric of “hope and dreams and faith and progress,” only systems of White supremacy remain along with no real evidence that those systems are bound to change.[2] In this way, he disagrees with Martin Luther King, Jr.’s optimism about integration and Malcolm X‘s optimism about nationalism.

Coates gives an abridged, autobiographical account of his youth “always on guard” in Baltimore and his fear of the physical harm threatened by both the police and the streets. He also feared the rules of code-switching to meet the clashing social norms of the streets, the authorities, and the professional world. He contrasts these experiences with neat suburban life, which he calls “the Dream” because it is an exclusionary fantasy for White people who are enabled by, yet largely ignorant of, their history of privilege and suppression. To become conscious of their gains from slavery, segregation, and voter suppression would shatter that Dream.[10] The book ends with a story about Mabel Jones, the daughter of a sharecropper, who worked and rose in social class to give her children comfortable lives, including private schools and European trips. Her son, Coates’s college friend Prince Carmen Jones Jr., was mistakenly tracked and killed by a policeman. Coates uses his friend’s story to argue that racism and related tragedy affects Black people of means as well

 

Line Dance

The line dancing class meets on Tuesday evenings, 7:00 to 8:00 pm from fall through spring.   New class began Tuesday, January 7.  Drop in at any time, $50 per 6 week session or $10 drop in fee for one class.  Please be sure to call the office if you are new to this group to make sure they are meeting when you want to join them.