The Bible at 9:30 a.m.
9:30 - 10:45 a.m., "The Bible Speaks: What Does the Bible Say About...?"
Do we really believe in Predestination? Do we really have free will? Do you have a soul? Does God judge us? What is heaven like? Have you ever wondered about these questions? Do you have some more? Join the class to explore the major doctrines of the Christian faith and the “so what’s” of why they matter to our lives and our world. The Bible is the source book of our Christian faith and we will turn to it for guidance. The class is led by Rev. Ed Koster. All are welcome to attend this solid biblical study and robust discussion.
First Friends 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 Friends page.
First Forum is an opportunity for open dialogue, respect, and faithful disagreement. For upcoming dates and class descriptions, view our First Forums page.
Exploring the Faith at 11:00 a.m.
World Cultures “Draw Near” Series for Advent
Join us for this Advent exploration of spiritual, holiday practices from around the world. These practices that grow out of different cultures all, in their own way, help us to “Draw Near” to God and “Draw Near” to one another as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
December 2 - Las Posadas (Latin America)
Las Posadas before Christmas? Come and find out what this is all about. If you have participated in one at some point, come and join the discussion with Rev. Annette Fraser. We will also discuss the beginnings of Nativity plays. Fascinating stuff.
December 9 - A Lessons on Carols (Western Europe)
Rev. Eric Koenig-Reinke will lead a session where we explore together the power of singing, and the joy of caroling. As singing, and caroling draw us close to our neighbors, we will sing together, and explore the history of carols; giving some specific attention to Silent Night and the Christmas Truce of 1914.
December 16 - Iconography (Eastern Europe/Russia)
Rev. Blair Buckley will lead us as we examine and explore the practice of making icons. The making and drawing of icons has been a large part of the faith for many in Eastern and Orthodox Christianity. Join us as we learn, and experience the spiritual practice where we draw important religious figures.
January 6 - The New Year and Epiphany
In the new year we will be led by Rev. Annette Fraser as we explore traditions surrounding Epiphany, the celebration of the coming of the Magi (or wise men) to visit the newborn baby Jesus.
In January, watch for information on the Adult Ed series “Well Being,” a seven- week series looking at different facets of health: personal, mental, relational, organizational, and faith.
Additional Reading and Study Groups
Other small groups, such as reading groups and bible studies, are also available. For more information visit our Small Groups page.