In response to COVID-19 and out of concern for your health, all FPC experiences are online at this time. Until further notice, the church building is closed. Although we are not together in person, we will gather virtually to worship, care for and encourage one another, and to grow in faith together.
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.
For those seeking spiritual exploration and growth during July and August, the Adult Spiritual Formation Team is recommending a variety of options for personal development. This will allow participants both to pick and choose the topics that interest them and to move through course materials at their own speed. These recommendations come in two forms: e-courses from the Upper Room and downloadable studies from The Thoughtful Christian.
e-courses from the Upper Room
Note: E-Courses require individual registration and carry a fee to participate.
- PRACTICING COMPASSION, Frank Rogers (5 sessions) Through video segments, readings, personal reflection questions, and guided exercises, the author shows ways to incorporate compassion in our daily lives.
NOTE: This course includes optional live practice sessions with Frank Rogers every Thursday, at 10:30 MT from July 16–August 13, 2020.
Cost: $30 (Use coupon code COMPASSIONLIVE for 50% off)
- WHEN YOU COME UNGLUED, STICK CLOSE TO GOD, Patricia Wilson This 3-session course is for those of us who struggle with stress and worry and includes sessions on “Why Pray When You Can Take Pills & Worry”, “Who’s Shoulding You?” and “What Are You Supposed To Be Doing Anyway?”
Cost: $10 (Use coupon code NEWYOU for 20% off)
Thoughtful Christian Courses
Note: These are free, downloadable PDF studies. Click on the title below to download the course.
- CIVILITY: AMERICAN POLITICS AND CHRISTIAN RESPONSES (3 sessions)
This study considers ways to think about the political discussion between people who disagree in light of the principles of civility found in Christianity.
- GRATITUDE AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE (1 session)
The author discusses thankfulness in the Old and New Testaments, challenges those who confuse thankfulness and optimism, and provides practical suggestions for including thankfulness in our daily lives.
- COMPASSION AS A SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE (1 session)
This study discusses the meaning of compassion and teaches the importance of learning empathy through practice.
- HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE (1 session)
This study introduces steps that can be taken and basic resources that can be used to study a Bible passage in order to improve one’s ability to learn something new each time a Bible passage is studied.
- BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION 101 (3 sessions)
This study examines the importance of context in biblical interpretation, discusses the 3 major periods of interpretation, and addresses why people interpret the Bible differently.
women gather to pray (Weekly)
Join the Women Gather to Pray on Zoom here.
Fridays, 12:00 p.m.
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.
Racial Justice Book Study
Zoom Discussion: Thursday, August 13, 7:00 p.m.
Join the Racial Justice Book Study on Zoom here.
During the last week of August (TBD), we will discuss How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi.
Want to know more about how to join a Zoom class? Watch this tutorial.