Digital Formation Library

A guide to previous services, studies, conversations, and more activities. You can access this week’s line-up here.

 

Summer devotional

 

Worship & Music

Watch previous worship services and find previous sermons.

Wednesday Vespers series – Sayings of Jesus in the Gospel of John

Wednesday Vespers series – Parables

Special musical offerings

Reflections on hymns from Lane Ridenhour, music leader for the Young Men’s Bible Class.

Holy Week services and activities.

 

Blog

Check the First Elm Notes blog for thoughts from our pastors & staff. Recent posts:

 

Special features

30-Day Journey  to understand and address issues of power, privilege, and systemic racism.

Life hasn’t been the same, and won’t be the same, for months. Rev. Doug McLeroy from our Pastoral Care ministry offers “10 Ways to Cope with No-End Grief.”

A Service of Repentance and Lament for racism. More info here. Bulletin here.

2020-21 selections of the Currie Library book clubs.

 

Spiritual Formation for adults

 

Current classes

The Book of Ruth, Rev. Danny Massie

Previous classes & features

Resident Check: Discipleship director Matt Logan and pastoral residents Keith Dove, Alexandra Mauney, and Nate Sell discuss the past, present, and future of the Church.

The Cross and the Lynching Tree, a discussion of James Cone’s important work on race and the church, by Matt Logan and Rev. Keith Dove.

TED Talks Earth Care: Curated by our pastoral residents. Watch a video and reflect with the leader’s guide.

TED Talks Faith

  • Keith Dove shares Heather McGee’s talk “Racism has a cost for everyone” and talks about improving whole communities by addressing racism. Get the class guide here.
  • Alexandra Mauney curates Yifat Susskind’s talk, “In uncertain times, think like a mother.” See Alexandra’s class guide.
  • Nate Sell discusses Stephen Cave​’s talk “The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death,” with some discussion questions here. 
  • Matt Logan shares Kayla Montgomery was a cross country, indoor, and outdoor track state champion from Mount Tabor High School. During her 8th-grade year, she was diagnosed with MS. Kayla’s courage is inspiring and her perspective gives us an example of how to think about bad news. Watch Kayla Montgomery’s talk “Multiple Sclerosis Made Me a Better Runner.” Then consider these questions:
      • Kayla collapses after most of her races. Coach Cromwell is there to catch her. Who or what do you rely on when you ‘need to be caught?’
      • What is the balance of avoiding making bad news some sort of opportunity and understanding the tender network of reliance when you receive bad news?
      • Is the Church somewhere you can go when you receive bad news? Do you feel that our church is a web of connectedness that can catch you?
      • And close with the prayer:All praise and thanks to you, eternal God of life, for the wonders of creation and all the possibilities that emerge through new patterns of connection. May we always rise to the invitations of your grace to us the gifts of knowledge and healing for the good of the human community. Bless us with the spirit of justice and love. We ask this in your name. Amen. 
  • Rev. Keith Dove leads on Anjali Kumar’s talk “My Failed Mission to Find God — And What I Found Instead.”  With discussion questions.

 

Sandie Gravett: The Way of The Wise: Proverbs as a Guide to a Good Life

Sandie Gravett, Christ Crucified and Risen: Stories of the Faithful

Working Through Tough Theological Issues, the conclusion of a Sandie Gravett series

Creation-friendly ideas from the Green Team.

Reading suggestions from the staff, curated by Nancy Fuller, Director of Currie Library.

 

For youth

 

Ongoing series

TED Talks Youth

Evening Prayer with Youth

 

Previous activities

Journal Prompts for Teens: Download here.

Lenten Yoga: Our member Nathan Vercaemert led this experience for youth.

 

For children

 

Ongoing series

Summer Storytime – Let’s Read about Race Together.

 

Previous activities

Compassion Camp VBS: Playlist and Family Pack

Vacation Bible School Re-PLAY

 

Story Time

Godly Play

KDC Playlist: A weekly devotional and spiritual practices for Kids Disciple Club (grades 3-5).

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