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.
Sunday School, Spring Semester 2014
Most of the Sunday morning classes are in four- and three-week blocks. Only the long established "The Bible Speaks" continues weekly throughout the spring semester. Sunday adult education courses meet from 9:45-10:45am. Activities for children are also programmed for this time and the nursery is open for infants to 3-year-olds.
What's Next for the Presbyterian Church?
Facilitator: Jeff Lehn. January 5-26; Session Room
The group will study selections from a recent book by Michael Jinkins, President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, who will be a guest at First Presbyterian Church February 8-9.
The Fruit of the Spirit and the Life of Faith
Facilitator: Jeff Lehn. March 2-May 18, Session Room
Each Sunday, we'll consider a different aspect of the Spirit's fruit in our life: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We'll consider the biblical and theological origins of these fruits of the Spirit, and discuss what they may look like in our lives.
Sixteenth Century Reformers
Facilitator: Dr. Michael Spath. January 12 - February 2; Room 303
Learn about Thomas Munster, the father of Anabaptists, and the anti-Trinitarian Spanish physician and humanist Michael Servetus.
Progressive Spiritual Women
Facilitator: Dr. Michael Spath. February 9 – March 2; Room 303
Learn about the Beguines and the Earth Traditions
TED Talks: The Glory and the Tragedy of Being Human
Facilitator: Dr. Michael Spath. March 9 – April 13; Room 303
The class will view and discuss presentations from the TED talks by cutting-edge thinkers. Topics include The Psychology of Heroism and Evil, An Open Future, A Technological Vision of Humanity, Tools for a Better World, and Humanity’s Roots.
Christianity in the Developing World
Facilitator: Dr. Michael Spath. April 27 – May 18; Room 303
Christians in our community from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East share their experiences of Christianity in their culture and country of origin.
The Bible Speaks
Facilitator: Andrea Amstutz
January 5 – February 23 Jesus and the Just Reign of God
March 9 – May 18 Jesus’ Fulfillment of Scripture
Participants read a short biblical text and a short commentary on the text from The Present Word series. An open discussion of the meaning of the text to the members follows. The discussion prompts insight into the life-issues that members are experiencing and those of the church.
Teaching Seminary Students in Taipei, Taiwan
Facilitator: John McCall. April 6, Session Room
Mission co-worker John McCall from the Presbyterian Church of Taiwan shares his experiences in this one-session class.
Wednesday Night Class, Spring Semester 2014
Join the discussions with Dr. Michael Spath’s class, 6:30-8:00pm., Room 303.
January 15 and 22 The Power of the Word
January 29 – February 12 What is God? – Voices from Around the World.
February 19 and 26 Not in God’s Name: In Search of Tolerance with the Dalai Lama
March 12 – April 9 Caring for Creation
April 23 – May 14 The Bible’s Buried Secrets
Women's Bible Study
We meet weekly on Thursday mornings 9:30-10:30am, in the Session Room. This year’s study is An Abiding Hope:The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy, from the 2013-2014 Horizon’s Bible Study. 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.
SOUL WISDOM - Poets for a New Age was held with Dr. Michael Spath October 26-27, 2013, at the Potawatami Inn in Pokagon State Park.
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 from 10:00-11:30am and Table Talk II from 2:30-4:00pm, both in Room 306, on Wednesdays, beginning September 11. For more information please contact Jean Linville, 486-4181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesdays, 5:00-5:45pm in Fellowship Hall. The class is offered in six week segments but you are welcome to start at any time. First visit is free, cost for continuing the class is $5 per session. Our next series starts January 8. Bring a friend and give it a try. For more information please contact Vicki Davis at 745-3816 or email@example.com.
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, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suicide Grief Support Group meets the second Sunday of the month following the 11:00am worship service.
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.