Adult Education

Raising White Kids: A Book Study

Raising White Kids: An Online Book Study

What do children need to understand about racism? How can white parents engage their white children in age appropriate conversations about racial injustice? Dr. Jennifer Harvey explores these questions and more in her book Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in a Racially Unjust America. Join us for this eight-week study!

For the first seven weeks, we'll work through the book, one chapter a week. We'll choose a weekly takeaway we can apply in our own families and check in with each other on how the effort went the next week before engaging in the new chapter. In the final week, we'll talk about engaging in conversations on race, not only from the perspective of being parents, but of being Christians and how our theology can help.

Pastor Anna will be facilitating these conversations and especially invites parents and teachers to participate!

Choose from one of the two group times:
• Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. from June 17 - August 5


• Fridays at Noon from June 19 - August 7
Our Zoom link for the book study is located here.

You may also click the link below to join the book study:

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 8:00pm

Men's Discipleship Study Group

Our United Methodist Men group meets online weekly to discuss Men’s Discipleship: Becoming More Like Jesus by Dr. Mike Rosebush each Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We are currently meeting online using Zoom.

The group is facilitated by Pastor Claude. All men are encouraged to attend this group. Questions? email

Sunday, May 17, 2020 - 11:30am

Becoming A Beloved Community church members are invited to participate in Becoming A Beloved Community, a number of activities sponsored by the Adult Education Work Area.

  1. On Saturday, January 18 we will watch a movie together. Join us at 5:30 p.m. in the Gym to get started.
    • Adults will see the movie The Hate You Give in the gym. There will be an optional dinner.
    • Children will watch The Color of Friendship (an old-school Disney film) in the Theater (Room 217) and eat a pizza dinner. Childcare for younger children will be provided upon request.
  2. On Sunday, January 19, we'll be joined by Michael Childress, the NAACP President for DuPage County, who will speak at noon in the gym. Lunch will be available before this if you preorder. Childcare will be provided upon request.

Sign-up by January 15 for the meal with the movie, Sunday lunch, and/or daycare in the parlor before and after worship services this week and next Sunday, January 12. More details will be available shortly.

Saturday, January 18, 2020 - 5:30pm

Discipleship Bible Study

Join us for learning and spiritual growth as we enter this Advent season.

What does it mean to be a disciple? How are people of faith called to live out their beliefs beyond Sunday morning worship? Join us for a four-week Bible study on Discipleship in the Gospel of Luke. Leading this Bible study is part of Pastor Anna's ordination process and she'd be grateful for your participation!

The series will be held on Mondays through December 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Room 218.

Room 218
Monday, December 16, 2019 - 7:00pm

Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study

Please join our Wednesday Morning Women's Bible Study as we meet each Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. We are currently meeting online using Zoom. Our link is: 

The group meets from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. every Wednesday online and is facilitated by Pastor Anna, Maggie Roth, and Leah Ostwald. Can't make it every week? Drop-ins are welcome. All women are encouraged to attend this dynamic group. Nothing required… just show up and have an open heart. Questions? email

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 9:15am

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Join us for this daily time together to hear some prayerful thoughts and ideas. You will find us live on This is a great time to think about scripture and faith, and explore how God is present in our daily lives. Our pastors take turns being online at this time. 

Whether you come every night or every once in a while, there is space for you! All are welcome.


Monday, April 20, 2020 - 8:00pm

Confirmation 2.0 on Zoom: Conferences

Our congregation is part of the United Methodist Church. Like every other denomination, we have some shared beliefs, expectations, and practices. The United Methodist Church prides itself on "connectionalism" and the ways that we are connected across space to one another. Conferences are some of the ways in which we stay connected. There are many conferences - charge conferences, annual conferences, jurisdictional conferences, and general conferences. What happens at each of these conferences and who's allowed to participate?

Join us on Saturday, June 20 at 9:00 a.m. to learn about the varying conferences that play a role in United Methodism. We'll meet on Zoom at this link:

This class is one in a series that teach some basics about Methodist history, polity, and theology. Pastor Anna will cover a different topic from United Methodist history to the sacraments to our theology of grace. Whether you come for one class or all, there is space for you! All are welcome.

Saturday, June 20, 2020 - 9:00am

Special Movie Event

The Adult Education Work Area invites you to a viewing and discussion of The Hate U Give, a 2018 film based on the novel of the same name by Angie Thomas. This is the book that was featured in our All Church Read this past spring. 

The Hate U Give is about a teen who witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a trigger-happy cop and then must decide whether to testify or not. 

Discussion will be led by film expert and church member, Sue Thornquist. The movie will be show in the home theater of Don and Caryl Safford. Sign up soon by phone, email, or in person in the church office, seating is limited. 

Safford Home
Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 7:30pm

All Church Read Begins April 28

The Hate U GiveJoin the All Church Read Discussion of the book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas for those who are ages 14 and up.  Descriptions of the book are located here and here.

A copy of the book may be pre-ordered for $12 at the Adult Education table in the Parlor on Sundays or by calling the church office. Please pay when you register so that we know how many books to order.

Our book discussions will begin April 28 and continue through May 20. Discussions will be held on Sundays at 12:30 p.m. in Room 218 and on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Parlor. Two dates and times will be held each week to allow for as many people as possible to participate. Come to one or the other during the week; the material will be the same at each time.

Next Steps. . . UMC and Me Class

Our pastoral team will be leading classes for the next five  weeks (March 11 - April 8) to explore our future as a congregation and as a congregation within the United Methodist Church. Join us as we recap what happened at General Conference, potential options for the future, and how we move forward on a global, national, and community-wide level.

All are welcome to attend. Join us for one week or all beginning on Monday, March 11 in Room 213.

Room 213
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:00pm


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