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.
return of the prodigal son
Sundays, 10:15 a.m. in the Sanctuary, September 12–October 24
For anyone asking, “What is the ultimate meaning of my life?” or those who find themselves wandering about in a wilderness of faith or even those who think they have it all together, the story of Christ’s “Return of the Prodigal” will stimulate you to reflect and perhaps make a mid-course correction or two in your spiritual journey. Andy DeJong will lead a fall class for adults on Sunday mornings that will use a Biblical text (Luke 15: 11-32), a painting (Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son”), and a short book by Henri Nouwen entitled, The Return of the Prodigal Son. Discover the themes of homecoming, affirmation, correction, and reconciliation and be challenged to love like the father and be loved like the son or daughter that you are.
A limited number of copies of Nouwen’s book are available from the church for $10. Contact the church office to purchase one. (Note that FPC did a study with this book in 2008, so long-time members may have a copy on their bookshelf.) For additional information feel free to contact Andy DeJong. The Return of the Prodigal Son class will be live-streamed and archived on our YouTube Channel. Online participants can comment and ask questions in the chatbox on the right side of the livestream.
Women gather to pray (Weekly)
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.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.
FPC reads project
If you like to read, the Adult Spiritual Formation Team hopes you will enjoy our FPC Reads project. Recommendations from our church leaders compile 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, one offered in the morning, one in the evening.
Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Dates: September 28, at 6 p.m. and September 29, at 9:30 a.m.(second half of book)
The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson
Dates: October 12, at 6:00 p.m. and October 13, at 9:30 a.m. (first half of book); and October 26, at 6 p.m. and October 27, at 9:30 a.m.(second half of book)
This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, by Ashton Applewhite
Dates: November 16, at 6:00 p.m. and November 17, at 9:30 a.m. (first half of book); and November 30, at 6 p.m. and December 1, at 9:30 a.m.(second half of book)
Midweek eXperience (MX)
MX is a Wednesday night gathering that was created to deepen our connection to God and to each other. This fall, MX’s Fort Collins Issues Forum will be held in the Sanctuary each Wednesday evening from September 15–November 17, 6:00–7:00 p.m. Each week we will address a different issue confronting those who live in Fort Collins. Some of the presentations will be offered by:
ISAAC (The Interfaith Solidarity and Accompaniment Coalition), who will focus on issues centering on immigration, including assisting DACA and Dreamer candidates in working their way through the legal aspects of the process leading to citizenship
Christina Taylor from the Early Childhood Council of Larimer County, who will discuss problems that families face trying to find affordable childcare
Rev. David Williams, Senior Pastor of Abyssinian Christian Church, who will speak about the work of the newly formed Our Commitment to Self and Society group, which addresses issues of racial equity
The executive director of Homeward Alliance, David Rout, who will explain the problems confronting the homeless in our community
Dr. Blanche Hughes, the Vice President for Student Affairs at Colorado State, who will discuss how CSU is working to address issues of diversity and equity on campus
Laurie Stolen, Director at Larimer County Behavioral Health Services, who will address mental health
Police Chief Jeffrey Swoboda, who will address topics related to our criminal justice system
Whitney Reid, McKenny-Vento Homeless Liaison for Poudre School District will discuss educational issues
Gloria Kat, the Executive Director of La Familia, who will discuss immigration and Hispanic issues
MX's Fort Collins Issues Forum will be live-streamed and archived on our YouTube Channel. Online participants can comment and ask questions in the chatbox on the right side of the livestream.