Adult Study Opportunities

While we will not be gathering at the church for 10 a.m. Sunday School this fall, we are committed to providing a variety of ways we can connect, grow, and renew energy. Come find your place in these study opportunities as we walk together in our faith journeys.


The Book of Judges
Mondays, September 14–October 19, 7 p.m., led by Dr. Michael Graves on Zoom and streamed in the Anderson Room

What happens to God’s people when they forget God and pursue their own selfish interests? The Old Testament book of Judges offers a picture of what that looks like. Overall, Judges tells the story of Israel’s downward spiral into disaster, although there are also moments of faith. God emerges as patient with Israel, and yet committed to seeing them learn to trust and obey. Please join us for this journey through Judges as we explore and discuss remarkable characters such as Gideon, Deborah, Samson, and Delilah. The first class will cover chapters 1–3, especially the “Judges cycle” in chapter two and Ehud in chapter three. Everyone is invited to read ahead, but absolutely no preparation is required. 

Register here and indicate if you wish to attend on Zoom or in the Anderson Room. 


Anti-Racist Book Club │ White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity by Robert P. Jones 
Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m., led by Jennifer Castino on Zoom 

Drawing on history, public opinion surveys, and personal experience, Robert P. Jones delivers a provocative examination of the unholy relationship between American Christianity and white supremacy, and issues an urgent call for white Christians to reckon with this legacy for the sake of themselves and the nation. All are invited to read and discuss this important work at the Anti-Racist Book Club’s September meeting. To join in the conversation, please purchase the book on your own and register here.


Men’s Bible StudyThe Miracles of Jesus
Tuesdays, 7 p.m. on Zoom and in Commons E, led by Clay Watkins

From the healing of lepers to turning water into wine, many studies focus on how miracles demonstrate God’s power. But this study takes it a step further showing how each miracle reveals God’s character, the kingdom of God, and God’s love for you. Deepen your understanding of the New Testament and build on what you already know with this six-ses­sion study, which covers Jesus’ most well-known miracles. Each DVD session lasts approximately 30 minutes and offers historical and cultural background. All men are welcome and encouraged to attend. Contact the  for the book and Zoom link.



The Brahms Institute for Singers
How do we keep our voices strong while singing together is impossible? How do we keep our musical minds in gear? How do we stay connected with fellow singers? More importantly, how do we follow God's leading right now?

One answer to all of these questions is The Brahms Institute for Singers—an extraordinary opportunity for all singers, beginning September 17 at 7 p.m. on Zoom!

This class is free and open to the public. Jennifer Whiting hosts. Anthony Quaranta leads us through vocal exercises. We will read new choral anthems and study Johannes Brahms' monumental German Requiem.

File this one under "stuff I never dreamed could happen as the result of a pandemic." My esteemed colleagues have generously offered to bring you their expertise through the magic of Zoom. Never before have we offered a class at Gary Church with such talent and wisdom from internationally acclaimed artists.

You will not want to miss this golden opportunity to study a choral masterwork with our distinguished guests...

Dr. William Weinert (DCA, Eastman School of Music)
Dr. Jerry Blackstone (Emeritus, University of Michigan)
Jane Eaglen (Soprano, New England Conservatory)
Dr. Bill Phemister (Emeritus, Wheaton College Conservatory)
Dr. Eric Johnson (DCA, Northern Illinois University)
Dr. Orna Arania (Voice, Northern Illinois University)
and Dr. Pearl Shangkuan (DCA, Calvin University).

Click link below to register and to borrow a Requiem vocal score: You will receive a Zoom link via email each week. I hope to see you all at The Brahms Institute for Singers! —Jennifer Whiting

Brahms Institute for Singers Registration!

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