Digital Formation Library
A guide to previous services, studies, conversations, and more activities. You can access this week’s line-up here.
Worship & Music
Wednesday Vespers Parables series:
- “Why Parables” with Rev. Danny Massie.
- “Parable of the Lost Sheep” with Rev. Newton Cowan.
- “Parable of the Talents” with Rev. Keith Dove.
- “The Pharisee and the Publican” with Rev. Danny Massie.
- “Parable of the Ten Bridesmaids” with Donna Chase.
- “Consider the Lilies” with Rev. Nate Sell.
- “Parable of the Unclean Spirit” with Rev. Neil Dunnavant.
- “Parable of the Manager Who Rearranges the World” with Rev. Keith Dove.
- “Parable of the Mustard Seed” with Rev. Alexandra Mauney.
Special musical offerings
- “Beautiful City” musical offering from a Rejoice! ensemble.
- “Death Be Not Proud” featuring James Keith and Anne Albert.
- “Wondrous Love” featuring Kate Musselwhite Tobey and James Keith.
Reflections on hymns from Lane Ridenhour, music leader for the Young Men’s Bible Class.
Check the First Elm Notes blog for thoughts from our pastors & staff. Recent posts:
- Rev. Keith Dove, Going jogging and waking up to white privilege.
- Rev. Neil Dunnavant, Truth from the farm. Plus a farm tour here.
- Rev. Alexandra Mauney writes about Chicken Pie and Faithful Women on the North Elm Notes blog.
- Matt Logan considers Julian of Norwich, anchorite and author during the Middle Ages, and Andy Dufresne, protagonist of The Shawshank Redemption, here.
- Rev. Danny Massie: We had a loneliness epidemic even before the coronavirus came along. What we can we do?
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.”
Spiritual Formation for adults
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.
- Rachel Sussman’s talk, “The world’s oldest living things.” Matt Logan, curator. See the guide.
- Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim’s talk, “Indigenous knowledge meets science to solve climate change.” Rev. Alexandra Mauney, curator. Her guide.
- “What’s motivating Hayes,” selected by Rev. Keith Dove. Reflection guide.
- Kenny Coogan’s talk, “Vultures: The acid-puking, plague-busting heroes of the ecosystem.” Rev. Nate Sell, curator. His 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 video series, Christ Crucified and Risen: Stories of the Faithful
- Palm Sunday texts
- Easter Sunday texts
- “Doubting” Thomas
- Nathanael, the sons of Zebedee, and the Beloved Disciple
- Guards of Jesus’ tomb and the chief priests
- Jesus’ ascension
- Pentecost, series finale
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.
TED talks Youth: Curated by youth director Kevin Murray.
- Akshita Agarwal’s “The Paradox of Value.” Reflection guide.
- Martha Minow’s “How forgiveness can create a more just legal system.” Reflection guide.
- Akshita Agarwal’s “The Paradox of Value.” Reflection guide.
- Stefan Dombrowski, “The dark history of IQ tests”. Reflection guide here.
- Ava Echard’s “Why labeling students as ‘gifted’ isn’t working.” Reflection guide here.
- Nadya Mason’s “How to Spark Your Curiosity Scientifically.” Reflection guide.
Evening Prayer with Youth
Journal Prompts for Teens: Download here.
Lenten Yoga: Our member Nathan Vercaemert led this experience for youth.
- Lisa Witherspoon reads Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae,
- Rev. Alexandra Mauney reads 1-2-3 Church by Gail Ramshaw,
- Rev. Keith Dove reads Old Noah’s Elephants by Warren Ludwig.
- Lana Burske reads The Napping House by Audrey Wood.
- Lisa Witherspoon reads Maybe God Is Like That Too by Jennifer Grant.
- Donna Chase reads We Are the Gardeners by Joanna Gaines and kids, and takes you on a tour of FPC’s Giving Back Garden!
- Lana Burske reads The Invisible String by Patrice Karst..
- Kevin Murray reads Home by Carson Ellis.
- Lisa Witherspoon reads When God Made Light by Matthew Paul Turner.
- Lisa Witherspoon reads The World Is Awake by Linsey Davis.
- The Ascension
- Jesus and Zacchaeus
- Abraham and Sarah
- Jesus & the Children
- The Road to Emmaus
- The Parable of the Two Sons.
- When Jesus Appeared to Mary.
- Palm Sunday.
- The Parable of the Sower.
KDC Playlist: A weekly devotional and spiritual practices for Kids Disciple Club (grades 3-5).
- Genesis 1, Psalm 139: 1-2, with Lisa Witherspoon.
- Eating Together, Luke 10, with Rev. Alexandra Mauney,
- Nature Walking, Job 12: 7-10, with Rev. Keith Dove
- Pentecost, Acts 2 with Lisa Witherspoon