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.

 

Easter Breakfast

Please join us for a pot-luck Easter Breakfast on Sunday, April 16 from 9 – 10 am.  Karen Glazer is looking for 8 volunteers to make Egg Stratas (layered egg casseroles).  Please contact her at glazdan@iit.edu if you are able to make strata.  She can give you a recipe to use.  If you do not want to make strata, please bring a fruit dish or baked goods (muffins, quick breads, coffee cake, etc.) to serve 8 people.  Please sign up online using the NUMC web site (add link?) so that we know how many folks to expect.

Booking ended

Martha Circle

Martha Circle is a circle of friendship in Jesus among United Methodist Women in the church.  The group will meet again in February for devotions, service and fellowship.  The meetings are held in the library.  Martha Circle will meet again on April 13 at 10:00 am.  

Everyone is welcome.

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 on  April 23.

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, September 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 May meeting.

 


 

Adult Education

 

Book Group

Our book group is on April 19, 2016 at 7:00 pm at the home of Gretchen and Brian Boyer.

A Best Book of the Year
The Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and The Denver Post

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf’s inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis’s wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better–their pleasures and their difficulties–a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer’s enduring contribution to American literature.

 

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, beginning from April 28 through June 6 (no class on May 16)  Cost $50 for 6 week series or you can pay by class at $10 each.

 

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.

Classes continue on April 24 and May 22 at 7:00 pm

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 lnixon@tpna.com