We hope you will take a look at the offerings in each category, and consider signing up to be part of a small group! Clipboards are in the entryway.
We look forward to seeing you in worship, AND a small group!
■ HOPE: Adult Study Class
Sundays, 10:30am, Room 1
Leader: Audrey Romasco
Open to anyone; join any time! Using a variety of books, this class engages in conversation, questioning, and the opportunity to learn and grow together.
■ GIFT (Growing In Faith Together)
Room 5 “Wesley Room”, Leader: Kenny Robeson
Using the Uniform Adult Bible Study series, this class studies scripture and considers how the gospel can be applied in daily life.
■ JOY Class
Room 6 “The Well”, Leader: Mary Houck
Topical discussions and fellowship are the key ingredients of this casual adult small group. All are welcome; join
■ Centering Prayer
Sundays, 7:00PM, Leader: John Richards
Centering prayer is a form of silent contemplation. This small group learns about spiritual disciplines surrounding prayer, practices them, and works to love and support one another as they grow their prayer life together and as individuals. All are welcome!
■ Mom's of Infants & Toddlers
Mondays 10AM-Noon, Leader: Caitlin Adams
Are you the mother of an infant or toddler looking for a place for your kids to play while you chat with other moms? Join Caitlin Adams and a group of other moms for friendship, conversation, and play! Drop in any time. See Pastor Katie with questions.
■ Invitation to the Old Testament
Time: Mondays, 7-8:30PM
March 12 - May 7
Leader: Jim Hudson
Explore the Old Testament's story of God and God's calling of the people of Israel through the many "voices" of the biblical text. Hear the magnificence of a Creation hymn, discover the law and wisdom teachings, listen to the warning of the prophets and explore the poetry of the Song of Solomon. Ideal experience for adults who are interested in the practice of prayer and worship and would like to connect prayer practice with Scripture. The study is accessible for adults with little prior Bible experience. Participants gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Old Testament as an integral part of the Christian Bible and a renewed discovery of our identity in God and God's vision for all things. This eight-week study includes a participant book outlining daily reading assignments for group preparations, discussion (& fellowship) with a small group, and a video component providing interpretation and context for the biblical texts.
■ S4 (Safe Space for Sacred Study)
Time: Mondays, 7-9PM
Book discussion & Bible study for adults.
Leader: Audrey Romasco
■ Celebration Ringers Handbell Choir
Mondays at 7:30pm
Directed by Rob Aughtry
The Celebration Ringers adult handbell choir enhances our worship services regularly, and participates in clinics and special performances in the area. New members are always welcome. Musical literacy is preferable, but not required.
■ Cards of Comfort
Cards are designed, created, and sent to individuals on BUMC's concerns list, those celebrating special events, and deployed military.
■ Prayer Shawl
Wednesdays 10:30AM-Noon Shawls are made and dedicated as symbols of God's comfort, in the midst of warm fellowship.
(Childcare Provided Upon Request) For those who are separated, newly divorced, or working on divorce-related issues. Come any time!
■ Chancel Choir
Directed by Tammy Zerbo
Chancel Choir is open to all adults. No audition is
required. You do not have to read music to participate. New members are always welcome. (Childcare available upon request.)
■ Women in Study (WIS)
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30am (September-May)
Leader: Rev. Katie Webster
Using a variety of resources, WIS helps women move from a focus on the Word to reflection on personal, family, church and community
concerns. Women of every age are welcome. Thursdays, 10-11:30 AM. For those that can, we continue our fellowship after the Bible Study with lunch at Spartan’s Restaurant. Come join us!
■ Monthly Women's Supper
1st Thursdays (September - May),7:00-9:00PM
Leader: Rev. Katie Webster & Guests
Join other women for a free meal, fellowship, fun, and a message. Women's Supper is an awesome opportunity to meet other women and grow in your relationship with Christ! Child care is provided.
■ Men's Spirituality Group
1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month, 7:30pm
Leader: Ross Kendall
A study, discussion, and fellowship group
especially for men. You may join the group at any time.
■ Barnabas Ministry
Barnabas Ministry is a ministry of listening and
encouragement unique to Burke UMC. The focus of the program is: engaging in authentic spiritual conversation fostering a deeper awareness of God; practicing various forms of prayer and other spiritual disciplines; enhancing spiritual leadership through practices of listening and discernment; and, appreciating how God is uniquely present in and through each individual. Contact Wendy Hudson, Ellen Quisenberry or Jacque Flynn with questions.
■ 3rd Thursday Book Club, 7-8:30PM
Leaders: Sarah Snow & Kelly Stewart
Join us on 3rd Thursdays from 7-8:30PM (childcare provided) to discuss a book each month. This small group is for you if you enjoy reading and learning about new things, like to share ideas in a safe space, look forward to building friendships, and want to feel empowered to know more about the world around you. (Read the book for the month prior to the monthly meeting.)
■ Art Group
Coordinator: Carie Cole
Every Friday from 10AM-Noon, local artists are invited to bring their own supplies (any media) and work on their individual projects. The group critiques one another (if suggestions or thoughts are wanted), otherwise they support one another in their artistic efforts and build community as they get to know one another. This group has been meeting for over 15 years! You are welcome at any time!
■ United Methodist Men
3rd Saturdays, 8:00am
Leader: Bob Read
Enjoy breakfast, program, and fellowship. All men are
■ Running & Walking Fellowship
Join a group of encouraging and supportive runners (& walkers) who gather at BUMC every Saturday to enjoy a time of exercise together!
— Learning Opportunities from our District--
To learn more, visit www.novaumc.org.
June 2 – 8:30 – 12:30 –Lombard Peace Center
Healthy Congregations (Clarendon UMC)
An Introduction to Healthy Congregations.” It will cover systems thinking, how healthy congregations respond to anxiety, how healthy congregations invite differentiation of self and how healthy congregations focus on strength. It is designed for groups of clergy and laity though individuals are also invited –they will be grouped with other singles.
September 28- 29 – All Day each day
Developing and Implementing an Outward Mindset
(St. Stephen’s UMC)
In this workshop, participants learn the difference between an inward mindset (a myopic focus on personal objectives) and an outward mindset (taking into account one’s impact on others). They begin to discover the extent to which they have been working from an inward mindset and understand the implications of this mindset on their work and those around them.
This interactive, two-day course allows participants to thoroughly explore and internalize key concepts in discussions led by an Arbinger-certified facilitator. The course is punctuated by videos, individual and group exercises, one-on-one sharing, and application of the tools to real life situations facing the participants.