The First Presbyterian Church Adult Education programs are offered under the title ACADEMY FOR FAITH AND LIFE. Each program welcomes visitors and new members at any time throughout the year.
Classes start at 10:00am immediately following the 9:00 worship service and prior to the 11:00 service.
January 11, 18, 25, and February 8 (no class February 1)
THE EPISTLE OF JAMES
Session Room - Jeff Lehn, Senior Pastor
An exploration of a fascinating but often overlooked letter of the New Testament that the Reformer Martin Luther infamously labeled “an epistle of straw.” The five chapters of James are replete with memorable images and practical challenges to its Jewish Christian audience. For example, James reminded them that “faith, without works, is dead” and charged them to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” Perhaps written by Jesus’ own brother, James, the theological themes of this letter--suffering, inequality, care for the needy, edifying speech, patience, God’s providence and the significance of prayer--are just as relevant today as
they were in the first century. Whether James contradicts Paul’s doctrine of justification by faith alone will also be discussed.
January 11- May 17 (no class February 1)
THE BIBLE SPEAKS
Room 306 - Andrea Amstutz, Facilitator
Using The Present Word, the class will discuss the following topics: Acts of Worship–in Awe of God, Learning to Pray, and Stewardship for Life, based on scriptures from Hebrews, Psalms, Luke, Matthew, John, James, Daniel and Ephesians (Jan and Feb); and The Spirit Comes–The Pledge of God’s Presence, The Community of Beloved Disciples, and One in the Bond of Love, based on scriptures from John, Acts, Mark,–1 Corinthians, 1 John, 2 John and 3 John (Mar-May).
February 15, 22, March 1, 8 and 15
Room 303 - Dr. John Noble, Assistant Professor of Bible and Religion and Director of the Center for Non-Western Studies, Huntington University
This series will explore the oft-forgotten genre of biblical wisdom literature, with readings from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Job and some apocryphal works including Sirach and Wisdom of Solomon. One of the major themes
to be explored is the existence and applicability of a divine system or retribution.
March 22, 29, April 12 and 19
CREDO: THIS WE BELIEVE
Session Room - Jeff Lehn, Senior Pastor
The Latin verb “credo” means “I believe.” It’s the way most ancient creeds of our faith begin. Every Sunday in worship we recite an affirmation of faith. It may be ancient or modern, short or long, dense or modest. Presbyterians believe these creeds are critical to our faith. Not because we never doubt them or fully understand them, but because we believe they are essential to worship. God is still speaking, and on occasion we must “re-confess” our faith with new language in the new time and place in which we find ourselves. Our tradition includes The Book of Confessions, made up of eleven theological documents that span nearly twenty centuries. This class will analyze four of them in depth: The Nicene Creed (about 325-381), The Scots Confession (1560), The Barmen Declaration (1934) and A Brief Statement of Faith (1991); also take a peak at The Belhar Confession (1986), a document that the PC(USA) is considering adding as our twelfth confession. Fun, eye-opening and challenging!
May 3, 10 and 17
SPIRITUALITY AND POETRY
Session Room - Arianne Braithwaite Lehn, Associate Pastor
An exploration of the spiritual depth and themes of select poets: Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry (5/3); Christian Wiman (5/10); and other poets (5/17).
Winter 3B Fitness classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays through March 20 from 1:30-2:30pm in McKay Hall. (No class on January 19). The exercise class is led by Rev. William R. Hayworth.
Women's Bible Study
We meet weekly on Thursday mornings 9:30-10:30am in the Session Room. This year’s study is Reconciling Paul: A Contemporary Study of 2 Corininthians from the 2014-2015 Horizon’s Bible Study. The classes will be led by Taff Silliman, Sally Swihart, and Luci Foltz. It does not matter how much/little you know about Scripture. This is an opportunity to grow, question, wrestle, and learn together. We welcome all perspectives! Women of all ages are encouraged to attend. Nursery care is available.
Members meet in Zip-Code clusters for restaurant meals and fellowship. Watch the bulletin announcements for dates and times of this popular activity.
All Women interested in enhancing their faith through reading and discussion are invited to attend Table Talk. Table Talk I meets in the Session Room at 10:00am on Wednesdays. Table Talk II meets Wednesdays at 2:30pm in Room 306. For more information please contact Jean Linville, 486-4181 or 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 Room 306 from 10:30am to Noon. Contact: Dick Florea, e-mail: email@example.com
First Hope Suicide Grief Support Group meets the second Sunday of the month at 1:00pm.
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.