Sunday Classes

Sunday Mornings - Adult Education

From September to May we offer study groups at both 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

The Bible at 9:30 a.m.

9:30 - 10:45 a.m., French Room/Library
Join us for Bible exploration, presentation and conversation. The Bible @ 9:30 continues an intriguing study of the Gospel of Luke and the book of Acts. The class is led by Rev. Ed Koster. All are welcome!

First Couples at 9:30 a.m.

Come for spiritual growth, learning, fellowship and support for couples and individuals. To find out more about this group and to view the schedule, visit our First Couples page.

Exploring the Faith

Stories of Mission ReImagined at First Pres

The stories of mission at First Pres are the powerful stories of men and women shining the light of God in Haiti, the Philippines, Nicaragua, Russia and Israel/Palestine — and in downtown Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit — and beyond. In each location, and through the hands and hearts of many individuals, First Pres has focused the light of Jesus Christ in challenging and sometimes difficult places to offer hope to countless people. First Pres has sparked the successful launch of a nursing school in Haiti, provided access to education to young people in the Philippines, Palestine and Russia, built classrooms in Nicaragua, constructed houses in Ypsilanti, Detroit and the Philippines and fed hundreds, if not thousands of hungry vulnerable people in Ann Arbor. In each place, the light of God, coming through the ministries of First Pres, transforms the community, and our world.

Over the next six weeks, come on Sunday mornings to hear the stories of God’s light shining through the faith, devotion and hard work of many members and friends of First Presbyterian Church. "The Light Shines Through: Stories of Mission at First Pres" Adult Education Series will be offered Sunday mornings beginning April 30th through June 4th at 11:00 a.m. in Monteith Hall. This series flows out of the work of the Mission ReImagined Project at First Pres.

Sunday, April 30 - Mission ReImagined: Beyond Charity to Transformation
A Model for Mission and Ministry That Goes Beyond Toxic Charity. Presenters are Helena Prince & Carol Smith, plus Revs Angela Ryo & Jay Sanderford

Sunday, May 7 - The Light Shines through Partners: Embracing Mission and Partnership
Explore Mission as Partnership, with Rev. Chris Roseland, of the Presbyterian Mission Agency of Louisville, Kentucky.

Sunday, May 14 - Light in the Philippines
Explore stories of mission and service in Dumaguete, Philippines. Since joining a Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build after a catastrophic storm, Presbyterians from Ann Arbor have built houses, a dental clinic and a community center, and provided scholarships for hundreds of students to go to school. Our impact in Dumaguete has been tremendous. Bob & Liina Wallin led a small team to the Philippines in September 2016. Come and hear their story.

Sunday, May 21 - Light in Nicaragua
Living and working in small villages like Quebrada Honda, Presbyterians from Ann Arbor have worked side-by-side with our Nicaraguan partners to build school classrooms, bread ovens, school furniture, and relationships with our partners CEPAD. Intergenerational groups have visited Nicaragua, helped with small development projects, and forged friendships with Nicaraguans living in small, rural communities.

Sunday, May 28 - Light in Russia
First Pres has a lively partnership with the Russian Orthodox Church, and Father Vladimir Klimzo in Davydovo, Russia. Located in a small village north of Moscow, Father Vladimir and his congregation operate a summer camp for special needs children and families, offering respite and learning opportunities. First Pres’ financial gifts have enabled the construction of a dormitory and meeting center, the facility at the heart of the community. Ellen Smith, a Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker, enables this mutual partnership to thrive.

Sunday, June 4 - Light in Israel/Palestine
The Israel/Palestine Mission Team bears a consistent witness to God’s compassion for the all people—of all faiths and ethnicities in the Middle East—including those living in Israel and Palestine. The I/P Team maintains a partnership with the Pilgrims of Ibillin, and is involved with the Mar Elias schools, the Hand in Hand Schools, and other projects of merit striving for peace and justice in this ancient land.

Additional Reading and Study Groups

Other small groups, such as reading groups and bible studies, are also available.

  • Women’s Bible Study - All are welcome to join the Women’s Bible study group, which meets Tuesdays beginning January 10, 2017 from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. in the Curtis Room. The group will meet for seven weeks and study the book of Jonah using the workbook and DVD series by Priscilla Schirer. In the study, Schirer talks about listening to God and navigating a life interrupted as we follow the Lord’s leading. The workbook includes daily studies which will be discussed each week before viewing a DVD. Workbooks will be available for purchase ($15) on January 10. For more information contact Lois Nissly at 761-2925, Anne Kloack at 973-282, Lorna Prescott at 255,5296, or Mary Kay Gray at 971-7079.
  • A Men’s Study Group - Every other Friday morning, a group of men meets to read Scripture, pore over one of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s classic books, and discuss practical, down-to-earth matters of faith. In January 2017 the Men’s Study Group will meet on Fridays, January 6 and 20 at 8:00 a.m. The Men’s Study Group generally meets the first and third Friday mornings in the Lewis Room on Fridays for coffee, study, and conversation. Several guys have volunteered to be our leaders for the next month including John LeDuc, Rol Kibler and Chris Queen. More Bonhoeffer books are available. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Rev. Jay Sanderford, jsanderford@firstpresbyterian.org or 662-4466, ext. 340.
  • Kerygma Bible Study Group— meets at different members' homes on Sunday evenings, approximately every two weeks, using a Kerygma resource book on a specific book of the Bible. Join us by contacting Judy Stuart for dates and times, judystuart@comcast.net
  • Moms' Bible Study - Second and fourth Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.. Women of all ages are invited to attend this twice-monthly Bible study in the Founders Room. For more information, contact Diana Gardner, drgatgard@aol.com or Rev. Angela Ryo at aryo@firstpresbyterian.org.
  • Advent and Lenten Groups - During Advent and Lent, small groups meet once a week to read and discuss a particular book selected for the entire church to read during that holy season.

To get in a small group for Bible study, or for more information on book groups, discussion groups, or Advent and Lenten groups, contact Rev. Rogers, mrogers@firstpresbyterian.org.

In addition, several fellowship groups meet in homes twice each month. For more information, contact Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers, mrogers@firstpresbyterian.org 662-4466, ext. 390. These groups engage in meaningful Bible study and Christian fellowship.