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
Listening for God’s Voice in a Murky Time.
Wednesdays, September 13 through October 18
7:00 pm / Chapel
Rev. Laura Sherwood & Rev. Nancy Dolan
Rev. Nancy Dolan – Transitions and change bring opportunities but also uncertainty and questions, whether in our personal lives, or in the life of the Church. Transitions force questions that reflect the uncertainty of the journey through change, and the mystery of what’s on the other side. Discernment is an ancient spiritual practice which helps us wade through the murkiness of such times, while also drawing us closer to God. In this four-week series, you’ll be invited into that practice as together we explore what discernment is, how to practice it and the various opportunities for discernment in our lives, both personal and within the Church.
September 20: Introduction to Discernment: Recognizing God’s Spirit Around Us
September 27: Eyes to See and Ears to Hear: Opening to Receive God’s Voice
October 4: Competing Voices: Noticing What Gets in the Way of Hearing God
October 11: The Practice of Discernment: Moving From Theory to Practice
October 18: Discerning Together What’s Next for the Church with Rev. Laura Sherwood
The Calamitous 1st Century
Sundays, through November 19 / 9:00 am / Boardroom / Dr. Donald Kaasch
What is the Christian New Testament? What were the social, economic and political conditions in the Roman
Province of Judea? What language(s) were spoken in the region? Who wrote the 27 contributions that make up the NT? What was the process? Who was Paul? Did the writers of the NT have direct experience with Jesus? And lots more!
Next Class in the Spring of 2024 / 7:00 pm / Room 102-104
This six-week class covers the most important cornerstones of your job search or career journey, including self-assessment, budgeting, resume building, marketing, networking, interview preparation, and negotiations. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new job or seeking a change in your career path, you don’t have to face these challenges alone.
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
Sundays through November 19 | 10-week study
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. Questions? Contact Kelly Dean at [email protected]
Invitation to Psalms (A short-term Disciple Bible Study)
Make a deeper connection to the world of the Psalms so that these well-known scriptures can help you give voice to all aspects of our human experience – joy, faith, uncertainty and sorrow. Session topics are as follows:
1. Word of God, Words of Prayer
2. The Prayer Book of God’s People
3. Praying the Psalms
4. The Language of the Heart
5. A Geography of the Imagination
6. A Theology of the Imagination
7. Lament and Praise
8. Grace and Repentance
9. Love and Wrath
10. Hallelujah and Amen
Monday Morning Men’s Bible Study
Mondays / 8:00 am / Parlor
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.
Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.
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.