Mature Ministries

The Mature Ministries Program has many interesting lectures, trips, and conversations that you are invited to join! Our monthly gathering is a lunch and learn that we call “Lunch and Learn.” If you are 60 and up and are not getting our email news update, email Lisa Haddrill at lhaddrill@firstpresbyterian.org.

Sign up for Mature Ministries Fall Events here!

Mature Ministries Fall Events Registration

First Thursday Writing Group

Join us for a Writing Group on the first Thursday of the month at 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Vance Room. Limited to 15 people. Sign up with Rev. Rogers at mrogers@firstpresbyterian.org. NO charge!

Book Discussions

Solas Jesus

Fridays, November 2, 9, 16 & 30. 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. in the Vance Room
Martin Luther wrote about Five Solas in 1517. Solus Jesus, a new book by Emily Swan and Ken Wilson looks at scripture alone as the source of final authority in matters of faith and morals. It poses the idea that Jesus could be the final authority in matters of faith and morals. This book looks closely at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer [LGBTQ+] population and women in the church, and their inclusion in a Sola Sciptura theology. This study is not for the faint of heart, but for those who really want to dig deeply into a challenging concept as you look at Biblical scripture.

Leaders of the book review are Mary Engelhardt and Maria Santa Maria. Books are available ($20) in the Main Office. Contact Mary Engelhardt if you plan to attend at engelhardt.mary@yahoo.com or 663-0604.

Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong To…

November 18, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Home of Mary Smith
Join Mel Rogers and a bunch of thoughtful friends for a light supper of soup and salad and discussion of a great book: Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don’t Belong To: Spirituality without Stereotypes, Religion without Ranting, by pastor and writer Lillian Daniel. Rev. Daniel is a pastor in Dubuque, Iowa. Her new book explores the changing religious landscape, including the rising number of “Nones,” people who self-identify as having no religious preference. The book is available on Amazon. com, or at your local bookstore. Get it, read it, and join us!

If you plan to come, let Rev. Melissa Anne Rogers (mrogers@firstpresbyterian.org) or Mary Smith (marykerrick.smith@gmail.com) know. All are welcome!

Upcoming Special Trips

Trip to Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

Tuesday, November 13, Cost $40
Travel by chartered bus for an outing to the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio in Midland with lunch to follow at the Bavarian Inn in Frankenmuth. Limit of 50. Sign up in the Church Office, 662-4466.

Lunch and Learn

Meets monthly, generally the second Thursday of the month at noon in the Social Hall. Lunch $5

Thursday, November 8 - Craig McDonald, Director of The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, will discuss architect Alden Dow’s buildings in Ann Arbor including City Hall, the Public Library, some UM buildings, local homes, and more. This presentation will prepare us for the Alden B. Dow field trip on November 13.

Thursday, December 13 - Professor Ron Stockton, University of Michigan - Presbyterian Divestment.

Health and Wellness - Monthly Health Screening

For a Sunday blood pressure check, email or call the Parish Nurse, 662-4466, ext. 350, to schedule a visit. Our Parish Nurse, Sandy Talbott (stalbott@firstpresbyterian.org) , also makes home visits.