First Pres offers many ways for adults to interact and grow in relationship with one another as they grow in their faith. Whether it’s a Sunday morning Christian education class, a midweek Bible study or a meditation class, there’s something for everyone. We hope you will dive right in and get involved.
Scroll down to see class offerings, or check out the bible studies.
Wednesday Engage & Encounter
Wednesdays, September 14 through November 23
7:00 pm / Sanctuary / Rev. Alex Lang
Every week during this 11- week course, we will discuss a different chapter from Rev. Lang’s book Restorative Faith. The book is designed to help people explore many of the logical pitfalls created by traditional Christian doctrine and to replace them with a more consistent theology for people with 21st century worldview.
The book can be purchased on Amazon or you can purchase a copy from the office. This will be a lively discussion where people can discuss their faith and ask questions that are usually off the table. We hope you will come and enjoy what will prove to be a very fun and intellectually stimulating class!
The Major Prophets
Sundays, September 18 through November 20
9:00 am / Boardroom / Dr. Donald Kaasch
Dr. Kaasch will be evaluating Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel and Ezekiel and asking a series of important questions: Do they prophesy? If they do, what are they prophesying? Has it come to pass? Is it about Jesus? How in the world do we attempt to read these very complex and strange writings?
These are the major ‘Ketuvim’ of the Old Testament. Although many people assume Ketuvim translates to Prophets, it simply means Writings. During this 10- week course, we will discover what is written, what it means and what is said that it means. It will be a very interesting ride that will forever change the way you read the prophets.
Next Session will be in the winter of 2023
Our five-week career planning program starts with helping you identify skills and interests so you can build a resume and profile that highlights your experiences and strengths. We follow that step with helping you prepare for a career change through ways to source opportunities and prepare for interviews. Last, we provide an overview of what to expect when reviewing job offers.
Our next five-week career planning program will be in the winter of 2023. To register send an email to [email protected] with your full name, email address and phone number. Once we receive your registration email, CTR will reach out with meeting information for our first session. The CTR email can also be used for any questions.
Coffee: Grounds for Discussion and Service
Sunday mornings starting Sept 11 / 10:30-11:30 am / Room 110/112
Coffee: Grounds for Discussion & Service is a Sunday morning study group with members leading Bible study and discussion that vary from week-to-week and month- to-month. During the Advent session, the group focuses on weekly service projects. You can also watch the bulletin and The Chimes for announcements of upcoming studies and projects.
Coffee Grounds is set to begin weekly Sunday morning sessions again on September 11 from 10:30 – 11:30am on the lower level of the Education Wing in room 110. We’d loved for you to join us! Bring your coffee with you or help yourself to a cup from our Keurig! Questions? Contact Kelly Dean.
Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Mondays / 8:00 am / Parlor / Rev. Alex Lang
The Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study Group, which resumed its meetings earlier this year via Zoom, is now meeting both in person and on Zoom. Men of all ages are invited and encouraged to join us. We have a great group of guys who share a wonderful camaraderie and fellowship while studying, learning about, and sharing our views on the word of the Lord.
We meet every Monday morning in the Parlor. The doors are open at 7:30 am, and our meetings start at 8:00 am and run about an hour. For those who choose to meet in person, coffee and breakfast treats are served. And, for those who cannot or choose not to meet in person, we continue to utilize Zoom – and the church’s new Owl camera – which allows all participants to interact with each other, whether online or in person.
If you are interested in joining us, or would like additional information, please reach out to either Bill Dillon at [email protected] or Dave Berkow at [email protected].
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
Honor God’s Diversity
POSTPONED! New dates TBD
Boardroom / Laura Carlson, PhD
Every Sunday from 9:00-10:00 am, Laura Carlson, First Pres member and Clerk of Session, will be leading a class based on the PC(USA) curriculum entitled Honoring God’s Diversity.
God calls for us to invite everyone to the table and make everyone feel they belong. Join Laura as she explores ways we can strengthen our community by appreciating and understanding the different talents, abilities, and voices in our community. Living in community means being united in God’s love across differences as a people of faith, listening to all, helping each other, and welcoming everyone.
In Genesis we are reminded that we are created equally in God’s image; yet sometimes our words or actions fall short of that vision. A community that lives out God’s love is one where we affirm God’s love for everyone, listen to each other, practice empathy, focus outward as well as inward, and celebrate our differences.
We’ve held many classes through the years, some of which have been documented on video. Click the button below to look through our past classes and watch at your leisure.