The Bible at 9:30 a.m.
The Bible at 9:30 will study three things this year: How the Bible came to be; Galatians; and Ezra-Nehemiah. Class meets in the French Room/Library, and all are welcome. Bibles and name tags are provided.
Note: Class will not meet on December 29.
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.
Sundays at 11:00 a.m. - Exploring the Faith
Note: There will be no class on January 26 so that all may attend the congregational meeting.
Women’s Voices in Reformed Theology: An Expanding Conversation
Sunday, January 5 - "Role of Women in Presbyterian & Reformed History, Theology, and Practice"
Women have always been a part of Reformed Protestantism, and have become central to its theological development. We will look at how women have challenged and reinterpreted Reformed teachings on idolatry, grace, and suffering, with special attention to the voices of women of color.
Presenter: Dr. Amy Plantinga Pauw, Professor of Doctrinal Theology at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Ministry to the Marginalized: Living with Dementia and/or Mental Illness
January 12 - February 23
The lives of many First Pres members are consumed by the special challenges of living with dementia and serious mental illness as care receivers or care givers. Although dementia and serious mental illness are separate conditions with differing treatments and long-term outcomes, those who have one of these illnesses and their families face many of the same tasks. Those include recognizing that something very serious is going on and getting the correct diagnosis and treatment plan, climbing the learning curve about the illness and the care responsibilities required, and managing frequent crises. It can be difficult to accept the new normal, making sure the needs of other family members are adequately met, managing household/work commitments, and caring for yourself as caregiver while battling the problems of social isolation and loneliness for care givers and care receivers.
Join us as outside speakers and church members share their stories and increase knowledge about dementia and serious mental illness – diagnosis, treatment, problems encountered, treatments on the horizon; increase understanding of the unique challenges faced by those with dementia or serious mental illness and their families; diminish the stigma that is still associated with these conditions; increase empathy for those who have these illnesses and their families; illuminate the church’s role in supporting these individuals and families.
- January 12 - Expert speaker on dementia. Information to be provided will include diagnosis, treatment, problems to be managed, and treatment on the horizon. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.
- January 19 - Panel Discussion on Dementia. Church members share stories about living with dementia and the special challenges they have faced. Discussion between the panel and attendees will be encouraged.
- February 2 - Bob Nassauer, NAMI Washtenaw County volunteer and former executive. Information to be covered will include diagnosis, treatment, problems to be managed, and treatment on the horizon. Time will be allowed for questions and answers.
- February 9 - Panel Discussion on Serious Mental Illness. Church members will share their stories about living with serious mental illness and the special challenges they have faced. Discussion between the panel and attendees will be encouraged.
- February 16 - Attorney Jane Bassett of Bassett Law in Ann Arbor, an expert in the fields of elder law, probate, estate planning and LGBT law since 1994. Topics Ms. Bassett will address may include special needs trust planning; accessing all appropriate government and health care plan benefits; filing for disability; how to find periodic or permanent home care help; where to find daytime drop-in and longer-term overnight respite care; and how to answer your loved one’s questions, “Who’s going to take care of me while you’re at work?” or “Who will care for me when you die?”
- February 23 - Group discussion about social isolation, loneliness, and feelings of abandonment (for both caregiver and care receiver). What can First Pres do to help alleviate the social isolation, loneliness, and feelings of abandonment experienced by care givers and care receivers? What support could Ann Arbor churches provide if they were to join forces? We will break into small groups to brainstorm and then re-group to share ideas.
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.