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.
Praying Through the Gospel of John
Sundays, 10:15–11:30 a.m. beginning September 13
Join the Gospel of John Study on Zoom here. (September 13)
Journey through the Gospel of John in this 11-week class taught by the Rev. Glenn Perica. Each week, class participants will be invited to read portions of the Gospel of John, answer several reflection questions, and then join via ZOOM from 10:15–11:30 a.m. Sunday mornings. Because of the challenges of relying on ZOOM to teach the extensive material in John’s Gospel, this class will be primarily lecture led; however, there will be occasional time to discuss questions.
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, September 17, 7:00 p.m.
We will discuss How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi.
Most people will tell you that racism is all about hatred and ignorance. In How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi's follow-up to his National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, he explains that racism is ultimately structural. Racism directs attention away from harmful, inequitable policies and turns that attention on the people harmed by those policies. Kendi employs history, science, and ethics to describe different forms of racism; at the same time, he follows the events and experiences of his own life, adapting a memoir approach that personalizes his arguments. This is a very effective combination, fusing the external forces of racism with Kendi's own reception and responses to that racism—the result will be mind-expanding for many readers. Kendi's title encompasses his main thesis: simply not being racist isn't enough. We must actively choose to be "antiracist," working to undo racism and its component policies in order to build an equitable society. To read this book is to relate to the author as an individual and realize just how much we all have in common. As Kendi writes: race is a mirage, assigning an identity according to skin color, ignoring the individual. --Chris Schluep, Amazon Book Review