The First Presbyterian Church Adult Education programs provide opportunities for every member to advance their faith and their understanding of the Presbyterian Church. Each program welcomes visitors and new members at any time throughout the year.
"Contemporary Conversations" - Stephen Hawking “questioning the universe”; and author Amy Tan discussing “where good ideas hide”; these are among the topics that Dr. Spath’s class will be discussing on Sunday mornings, 9:45-10:45am, Room 303, for the rest of the year. The class will view one presentation per class, and discuss the moral and spiritual implications of the talk.
"Equipping the Saints"-- Join Revs. Jeff and Arianne Lehn for a thoughtful and engaging class that tackles topics of import to our Christian faith. Sometimes we focus on a book of the Bible. Other times we ponder a theological topic or practice of faith. Join us in McKay Hall Foyer from 9:45-10:45am on Sunday! We'd love to have you with us.
Wednesday Night Class
Join the discussions on Wednesday Evenings, with Dr. Michael Spath’s class, 6:30-8:00pm, Room 303.
In March we began discussion of the PBS special, "Forgiveness," with examples from the Amish families for the 2006 shooting of their
children in Pennsylvania; the struggle of ‘60s radicals to cope with the consequences of their violent acts of protest; the shattering of a family after the mother abandons them and then returns; apartheid and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings in South Africa; modernday Germany, confronting the horrific acts of the Holocaust; and the stories of survivors of the brutal Rwandan genocide.
In April, Dr. Spath continues the discussion with further examples from Northern Ireland, and Ground Zero. Featured in the documentary are authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson, Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, Rev. James Forbes, and others.
Join Dr. Michael Spath, June 9-22, 2013, for his next “study and solidarity tour” in Israel and Palestine. Among the people with whom the group will meet are: Rev. Mitri Raheb, International Center of Bethlehem; Abuna Elias Chacour, Archbishop of the Galilee; Daoud Nassar, Tent of Nations, Bethlehem; Rabbi Arik Ascherman, Rabbis for Human Rights; Jean Zaru, Friends (Quaker) Fellowship, Ramallah; members of the Palestinian Legislative Council; George and Najwah Sa’adeh, Bereaved Parents Group, Bethlehem; Bernard Sabella, Middle East Council of Churches, Department of Refugees. Among the sites we’ll visit are Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity and Shepherd’s Fields; Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Wailing Wall, Dome of the Rock, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives; and the Galilee’s Mount of the Beatitudes, Capernaum. The group will also take an evening boar ride on the Sea of Galilee.
Presbyterian Women are planning a bus trip to the Ann Arbor Art Festival, Thursday, July 18. Sign up now in the church office. $30 per person. Bus will leave from Meijer's Lima Road parking lot at 7:00am and return by 8:00pm.
Members meet in Zip-Code clusters for restaurant meals and fellowship. Watch the bulletin announcements for dates and times of this popular activity.
Is held on Wednesdays from September through May. A book is decided upon by the group, then each takes a turn at reading with discussion following.
Table Talk I meets from 10:00 to 11:30am. - Contact: Jean Linville 486-4181, e-mail: email@example.com
Table Talk II meets from 2:30 to 4:00pm. - Contact: Alice Chitwood 744-3802, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent and Lenten Series
As announced, on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons
In addition to the structured meetings, members gather for fellowship with refreshments in the Narthex after the 11:00am service and beginning at 8:30am each Sunday, donuts and conversation are available in the small dining room.
Alzheimer’s Support Group is for caregivers. They meet the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Session Room from 10:30am to Noon. Contact: Dick Florea 637-5015, e-mail: email@example.com
Recreation and Fellowship arranges for all potlucks, church meals, and fellowship activities. Contact: Sandy Burris 484-6970 or Nan Bloodgood 747-5784
Korean Thanksgiving Dinner - Held in November - The Korean Women's Association hosts Korean War Veterans for this annual event, which also includes music.
Lunch ‘N’ Learn is an occasional educational luncheon offered after the 11:00am worship, followed by a speaker, or learning opportunity.
Easter Breakfast two seatings served in McKay Hall on Easter Sunday.
Annual Church Picnic in the Park A worship service is held with a pot luck picnic afterward.