First Church believes in providing adults with a variety of classes to sustain them in their spiritual journey and to provide learning opportunities that enhance their faith development, at whatever stage of life they may be. Membership in the church is not required to participate in classes. Everyone is welcome.
Current and upcoming classes:
Beyond the Lectionary: A Bible study led by Pastor Johnson that examines the passages of Matthew’s Gospel that are not included in the Sunday morning Scripture readings.
Currently, this series is on hold, due to preparation our church-wide series in September: “Living Water” (see below).
Coming Adult Education (during our new Sunday Education time from 9:15 to 10:15)
- “Living Water for Our Christian Faith” (Sep. 17 through November 2 for seven sessions)
Join us to study six major dimensions of Christian Spiritual Life (Prayer, Virtue, Spirit-Empowered, Compassionate, Word-centered, and Incarnational/Sacramental traditions). Successfully used by thousands of Spiritual Formation groups, and correlated with Richard J. Foster’s Streams of Living Water, the workbook offers fresh perspectives on Christian faith and practice. We are offering 3 group times, hoping to make this a church-wide study: Sunday mornings at 9:15 am, also Monday evenings at 7:00 pm, and Thursday mornings at 9:30 am. Sign up in the Narthex, or call the church office to register and get the workbook.
- “Lord, Teach Us to Listen!” (Nov. 12, 19, 26)
Although we need to listen to God, we also neglect to listen well to each other. How good do you feel when you sense that someone has listened to and heard you? With input from a Psychologist and Counselor, as well as listening tips from the Befriender Ministry–we can practice simple tips to improve our listening skills. No book, but exercises to customize for practice at home.
- Advent Study–“Pauses for Advent ” (Dec. 3, 10, 17 and 24).In this beautifully minimalist book, author Trevor Hudson focuses on one biblical word of wonder each day of Advent. Pausing for a few moments to read Hudson’s meditations on the word for the day will guide readers to a deeper understanding of Advent. Hudson also briefly explores the lives and thoughts of 4 significant characters in the Christmas story, encouraging readers to immerse themselves in the dramatic story. His simple approach provides a doable daily practice and gently leads readers to discover how they can open their hearts and lives more generously to God.
- “Death by Suburb” (Jan. 14, 21, 28; Feb. 4 and 11.) Based on a book by David Goetz, a former pastor, who shows that suburbs are a real world, but a spiritually corrosive one. Suburbanites need to understand how the environment affects them and what spiritual disciplines are needed for their faith to survive and thrive.