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 book of Acts. The class is led by Rev. Ed Koster. All are welcome to attend this solid biblical study and robust discussion. No class on December 31.
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.
First Forums meets one Sunday a month from 12:15 - 1:30 p.m., with lunch ($5). We live in a world that is increasingly divided. All around us, the media, family, friends, and co-workers want to know “Whose side are you on – are you with us or against us?” How, as Christians and Presbyterians, are we called to respond to these forces and invite people with whom we differ into dialogue to gain a better understanding of our dispirit beliefs? Knowing that we hold a variety of beliefs, values, and opinions, each First Forum is an opportunity for open dialogue, respect, and faithful disagreement. Come seek opportunities for respectful conversation and for finding avenues for advancing faithful values of peace, justice and community.
For upcoming dates and class descriptions, view our First Forums event listing.
Exploring the Faith at 11:00 a.m.
No Class: December 31 or January 28 (Annual Congregational Meeting)
Creation Groans: A Series on Environmental Justice
God created the world and all that is in it, and human beings to have a special place in creation. Scientific consensus shows that human activity is having an incredibly large impact on the earth and its environment. How are we meant to respond to the environmental changes that threaten species, shift weather patterns, endanger potable drinking water, and threaten coastlines? This series will explore why Christians should view climate and environmental issues as a matter of justice.
January 7 - Dirt! Before the Flood!
The series begins with stunning excerpts from two films, Dirt, and Before the Flood. Immerse yourself immediately in the realities, double-binds, and contradictions of now when the world is changing and our leaders express doubts. Get to the core of the critical issues, while keeping an eye on the core mandates of our Christian faith. Facilitated by Rev. Eric Koenig-Reinke and other educators.
Janaury 14 - "Water and the World"
Water is a necessity for all life, and we are joined to the Church through the waters of baptism. Yet droughts threaten agricultural production, pollution threatens potable water, and melting sea ice threatens coastal areas. How do we become more attuned to issues related to water, and what can we do about it? Facilitated by local water resource specialists and Rev. Eric Koenig-Reinke and others.
January 21 - "Automobiles, Industry, and Temperature"
Transportation and industrial production are two of the top four emitters of greenhouse gasses according to the EPA. Michigan is a major industrial center, and General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler all have their headquarters in the Detroit Metro Area. How do we as Christians become more attuned to issues related to the automobile industry, and what can we do about it? Facilitated by member Chet France.
Our Children’s Inheritance: Climate Change from a Faith Perspective. Faciliator: Rev. Dr. Patricia K. Tull
Let's Think BIG Picture! Faciliator: Michael Bodner
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.