At First Presbyterian Church, we value the cultivation of our spirits, as one of the most important components of who we are as human beings. Spiritual Formation is a process and a journey through which we open our hearts to a deeper connection with God, and sharpen our attentiveness to Him. The practices and meaning of spiritual formation can be found in such disciplines as meditation, prayer, study, simplicity, service, confession, guidance, worship, and celebration. We are committed to providing opportunities for adults to discover, experience, and engage in deeper life-long learning of the Word of God in Jesus Christ, the Holy Scriptures, the unique theology of the Reformed tradition, and the relevance of faithful discipleship in today's complex world.
Adult Classes (Spiritual Formation)
You are invited to join us in classes or study groups on a variety of topics that are held throughout the year. All the adult spiritual formation classes strive to create space for individuals at different points in their faith journey. While we cannot physically gather at church, we invite you to continue pursuing spiritual formation in our virtual classes.
summer reads project
If you like to read, the Adult Spiritual Formation Team hopes you will enjoy our Summer Reads project. Recognizing that the ever-shifting rules for gathering as we exit the pandemic would make planning difficult, the Team decided that holding adult Sunday school classes over the summer was not feasible. So instead, we asked our church leaders to recommend books for summer reading. The recommendations compiled a list of 17 books on various themes — from religion to social justice to mysteries — indeed something for everyone! With one exception, the books can be purchased in paperback, and most are available for e-readers. The entire list can be found here.
Miriam Nelson will lead two discussions each month this summer.
Love is the Way, by Bishop Michael Curry
Dates: June 10, at 9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. (first half of book); and June 24, at 9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. (second half of book)
The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in America, by Carol Thorpe
Dates: July 8, at 9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. (first half of book); July 22, at 7:00 p.m. or July 23, at 9:30 a.m. (second half of book)
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Dates: August 5, at 9:30 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. (first half of book); August 25, at 9:30 a.m. or August 26, at 7:00 p.m. (second half of book)
Women gather to pray (Weekly)
Fridays, 12:00 p.m.
Join Women Gather to Pray on Zoom here.
Women Gather to Pray is an opportunity for women to reach beyond social isolation and distancing by joining together online to share a meaningful devotional and a time of prayer. Women are encouraged to participate whenever it fits their schedules.
Want to know more about how to join a Zoom class? Watch this tutorial.
Life-changing lessons from paul's letter to the Ephesians
In this study from the Letter to the Ephesians, class members explored what it means to live in Christ. Each week, participants delved into lessons that considered questions such as: “What does it mean to you to be alive with Christ? What do you believe is God’s calling for your life? and How difficult is it to keep your mind on Christ with all the turmoil around us? This class is now complete but can be revisited on our YouTube channel.
Praying Through the Gospel of John
Journey through the Gospel of John in this 11-week class taught by the Rev. Glenn Perica. This class is now complete but can be revisited on our YouTube channel.
The rise in blatant racist acts around the country is both frightening and deeply painful. What can we do to respond? Noted scholar and African American, Madgetta T. Dungy, Ph.D., assembled the following information to assist you in adding to your knowledge base in the issue surrounding racism and religion. We hope the information will help you to jumpstart your efforts to combat racism in our society.