Small Groups

First Thursdays Men’s Fellowship

small groups_mens fellowship monthlyMen of the church: do you enjoy delicious food and beverages? Yes, of course you do! So why not spend some time enjoying these things with friends from church? Come join Daniel Cochran and other HUMC men on the first Thursday of every month at local restaurants from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Please contact Daniel Cochran for more details at

Upcoming meeting: Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 p.m.

Third Thursdays Women’s Fellowship

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All women of the church are invited to our Monthly Women’s Fellowship on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. for food, fun, and fellowship! Please contact Kristi Chadwick with questions.

Upcoming meetings: Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Grill 89 in Westmont

Fireside Readers Book Discussion

The Fireside Readers is an informal book discussion group that welcomes all men and women who enjoy reading and stimulating discussion. Our next meeting will be on Monday, February 19 in the Fireside Room at 6:30 p.m. for dessert and coffee and discussion at 7:00 p.m.

Our next book is The Black Penguin, by Andrew Evans. As a lonely, misfit boy growing up in a strict Mormon family, Andrew immersed himself in reading National Geographic Magazine. After he achieved his dream of becoming a writer for the magazine, he decided to undertake a 12,000 mile journey by bus from Washington D.C. to the tip of South America and then fulfill his ambition to sail to Antarctica. Part memoir and part travel adventure, this is the story of the people he meets and the incredible landscapes he sees. He makes an unique discovery when he’s in Antarctica. The publishers says “This is a soulful quest to balance faith, family and self and reminds us that in the end our lives are defined by the roads we take, the places we touch, and those we hold dearest.”

The book is available at only six public libraries in our library system, but your library should be able to order it for you from another library system. It is available from Amazon on Kindle, in hardcover and paperback, and there are used copies available. Please contact Mary Ann Darnaby if you have questions.

View the list of previously discussed books.

View a list of book recommendations from Fireside Readers.

United Methodist Women Circles

United Methodist Women (UMW) Circle members develop close relationships with each other, praying for and nurturing each other. Circles meet the second Thursday of the month September through May. All women are encouraged to join one of our three circle groups:

Mary Circle – Named for Mary, the mother of Jesus. Meets at 9:00 a.m. at the church for light refreshments and business meeting followed by a program. Childcare is available upon request.

Priscilla Circle – Named for a missionary. Meets at 1:00 p.m. at the church for dessert and business meeting followed by a program.

Lydia Circle – Named for Lydia, a Christian business woman.  Meets at 7:00 p.m. in members’ homes for a business meeting and program followed by dessert.

Visit United Methodist Women to learn more.

Knit or Knot

Knit or Knot ladies at Wellness HouseThe Knit or Knot Ministry meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Fireside Room. During a time of fellowship, shawls, pillows, sweaters and blankets are created to comfort those in need and to celebrate life’s joys. Each piece becomes an expression of love – and the loving care of God who works through the crafters. As each piece of work reaches completion, it is passed around the circle and blessed by each crafter’s hands. Pictured are members donating hand-tied pillows for use at Hinsdale’s Wellness House.


Men’s Group Lunch and Discussion

Small groups_mens groupThe Men’s Group meets in the Fireside Room the first Friday of each month at 12:00 Noon. Bring a sack lunch and join in the lively conversation and fellowship. Current events, community news, joys and concerns are discussed. New members always welcome!

Stepping Stones

The mission of Stepping Stones is to support widows and widowers in a Christian social environment. All widows and widowers are welcome.

Join us on Tuesday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall for our next gathering. Please contact El Lober at the church office with questions.