Adult Christian Education
The understanding of God’s grace in our lives and the fellowship that occurs through this exploration is daily source of inspiration for many of us. At First Presbyterian Church, our members are active in this pursuit of understanding. We have over ten classes offered on most Sundays, from 9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Visit our Sunday page for details on classes for this week. Throughout the week, small groups offer fellowship for both men’s and women’s studies. Check out our new offerings this fall. Visit our music page to learn about our choirs and instrumental offerings.
Visit our Church School page for details on upcoming studies in all Sunday classes, updated weekly.
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Find activities led by our pastors Sid Batts, Neil Dunnavant, Dolly Jacobs and Lori Carter on this page.
A Really Epic Read
The Year of the Bible challenge has begun! Ever tried to read the Bible all the way through, and end up lost in Leviticus with no way out? Because she has been in our shoes, adult education direction Wendy Duncan has some advice. Hint: You don’t have to read it in order from Genesis to Revelation. We will be posting your questions to our blog and Facebook with Wendy's suggestions. We encourage everyone to share their experiences or advice for others to help, say, get you through Leviticus. If you have a specific question to ask, send an email to Wendy. Get started now with Bible.com or eWordtoday.com, and check out staff translation picks on Pinterest.
When we learned about Bonhoeffer theology, we briefly discussed “cheap grace.” Come to Memorial 200 on Wednesday night to learn about what the book of James had to say about faith and works.
11 sessions, your choice:
Sundays, September 8 - November 17 9:30 AM OR
Wednesdays, September 11 – November 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Both meet in Memorial 200
JAMES (4 sessions) – The author of this small, but mighty letter, James, as one of those closest to Jesus, has the authority to counter false slogans about faith-and-works which persuaded Christians to neglect their obligations to aid their poor and suffering brothers and sisters. At the heart of this short letter is an absolute conviction that love of one’s neighbor fulfills the Law.
GALATIANS (7 sessions) – These 6 short chapters explain how Christianity became a world religion instead of a Jewish sect. The church in Galatia was beset on two sides: from Judaizers claiming that Gentiles must become Jews before becoming Christians, and from Gnostic teachers who abused Christian freedoms. With an impassioned eloquence, the Apostle Paul puts forth his doctrine of justification by grace alone. Lest anyone mistake this liberty as permission to ignore the moral code, Paul reasserts what he perceives as the true function of the Mosaic law in relation to God’s grace manifested in Christ.
How about committing to five minutes of uninterrupted prayer for 21 consecutive days!? Sid Batts is inviting First Presbyterians to join in on this small step approach to a deeper spiritual walk. How, when and where is up to you. And by the way, according to social scientists it takes 21 days to establish a habit! If you take the challenge, let Sid know here. If you need some resources, check out our Prayer Challenge board on Pinterest.
Beth Moore Study: "David, Seeking a Heart Like His"
On January 15 we will begin a new study of "A Woman's Heart, God's Dwelling Place" about the Tabernacle. Continues through March 26. Workbooks can be purchased at Lifeway bookstores. Contact Gail Kinser, or 282-3325, to learn more.
Monday Morning GIFT (Growing in Faith Together)
This GIFT group is for women with preschool and elementary-age children. Dolly Jacobs, Associate Pastor of Discipleship, leads. Child care is provided with a reservation.
December 2-16: Advent Series
January 2014: A Year of Biblical Womanhood
February: Women of the Bible
Contact Ashley Winton to learn more.
Currie Library Book Club
The Currie Library Book Club meets on the second Monday of each month from September through May (except December) at 10:30 a.m. in the library (first floor of the Shetler building). View 2012-2013 schedule. Contact Nancy Fuller to learn more.
Presbyterian Women Luncheons
Second Monday of each month, noon in Mullin Life Center, featuring an engaging guest speaker.
Presbyterian Women Circles
All women are invited to join a Presbyterian Women Circle. Circles meet at various times to accommodate as many people's schedules as possible. Contact Wendy Duncan, 478-4723.
Sid’s 2x4 Bible Study & Breakfast for Men
On the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month (September through May), all men are invited to Senior Pastor Sid Batts’ Bible Study and Breakfast for Men at 7:30 a.m. in the Mullin Life Center on Greene Street. Each session is a stand-alone class focusing on the Scripture passage that will be the basis of Sunday’s sermon. Between 35 and 50 men gather for instruction and discussion facilitated by a power point presentation. Breakfast includes ham and sausage biscuits for $4. No reservation required.
Tuesday Young Adult Study
This study is a thematically-based, discussion-oriented class. Each week brings a new topic, so if you ever have to miss a week or two (or three or four), you’ll never feel like you’ll be “playing catch-up.” Designed with the understanding that, as young adults with hectic lives, committing to a weekly Bible study can be difficult, our study offers an atmosphere where, each week, FPC’s young adults know they can, at their availability, come and meet and discuss and grow with other FPC Young Adults. Lead by Austin Carty in Vaughn Conference Room (Shetler 214).
Tuesday Evening GIFT (Growing in Faith Together)
This GIFT group is for women ages 20s-30s. Studying the book Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God is Speaking by Priscilla Shirer. Available at Lifeway or Amazon, but make sure you get the Member book with study guides, NOT the papaerback. Contact Aimee Scotton at 854-7770.
Wednesday Men’s Bible Study
On Wednesday mornings, a men’s group meets from 7-8 a.m. in the Fred Horner Room, Shetler 206. Contact Trip Adams to learn more.
Wednesday Morning Men’s Fellowship Group
On Wednesday mornings, a men’s group meets at 7:30 a.m. in Blair Hagan (Memorial 100). Contact Will Courter to learn more.
Wednesday Women's Bible Study
All women are invited to study and discuss the lectionary text each Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. (September through May) in the Currie Library (first floor of the Shetler building). Contact Betsy Harrington to learn more.
Community Service Group
These ladies meet for fellowship and a devotional while hand-crafting blankets, lap robes and more items that are distributed every year to people in need in our community and beyond, 10 a.m. on Wednesdays in Redhead Hall. Contact: B.J. Williams, 288-8601, Hannah Britt, 288-9289, or Nancy Jewson, Well-Spring coordinator, 288-0333.
Adult Music Groups
First Presbyterian offers many musical opportunities for adults, including Chancel Choir, Rejoice! Ensemble, and two Handbell Choirs. Visit our music page for more information and to register.