Sunday School

Fall Classes | 9:30AM

A maturing disciple is someone who has said “yes” to God’s love in Jesus Christ and has become an apprentice of Jesus. Our apprenticeship is a lifelong journey of transformation to become like Jesus through the Spirit, growing to love the Triune God above all else and loving others and creation as Jesus does. While discipleship cannot be limited to a program, there are ways that we can order our lives together and individually that will create room for the Holy Spirit to transform us. We call these the “building blocks” of discipleship: education, community, practices, and joining God’s mission.

New To Class?

Join us for our Equipping Kick Off, August 22 from 9:30-10:30 in Lot A
Coffee, snacks, connection, and info about classes & groups

Are you looking for more opportunities to connect with others, so you can know and be known?  Do you long to grow more deeply in love with the Lord?  At First Presbyterian, we want to be a community that knows each other well and  equips one another in discipleship.  That’s the reason we do things like Sunday school classes, small groups, and Bible studies.  

This fall, we have a number of great classes and groups that are just starting or restarting that we’d love for every adult to join one.  On Sunday August 22, during the Equipping Hour from 9:30-10:30, we will have a large-group kick-off for all adults outside at Cafe Lot A (the parking lot by Building A).  There will be time to connect with others over coffee and treats and then we’ll have the opportunity to hear from each class and group about all the discipleship opportunities starting this fall. 

If you have questions, please contact Amy Carlan.

EQUIP 9:30-10:30AM

The Book of Job, Dr. Cathy McDowell | A-215

Short-term Class | August 29-December 12
Description | The Book of Job elicits a range of responses.  Some find this book about suffering disquieting, asking why God allowed such suffering.   Others find this book comforting, seeing answers of hope to suffering.    Dr. Cathy McDowell, Old Testament professor at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary and covenant partner at First Pres, will take us through this profound book and together, we will seek the Lord.
Format | In-person 

Discipleship Class | Room A-219

Starting August 29
Study | Matthew 
Format | Hybrid (both in-person and online).  See class leaders for Zoom invitation. 
Description | We are a class of singles and couples of all ages who enjoy sharing, studying, and teaching of God’s Word, on the Patriarchs, and on historical events in an open dialog while growing in Christ and our love for each other through fellowship.
Teachers | Rotating 
Leadership Team | Karen Rudolph, Courtney and Charles Douglas, Gregg Davis, Jim and Angela Crawford

Participating in God's Mission, Dr. Uchenna Anyanwu | Room A-212

Short-term Class | August 29-December 12
Description | Since the Fall at Eden, the triune God has been at work in our world to redeem and reconcile all peoples. Interestingly enough, God engages in this work with humans—those who have experienced His redemption and reconciliation. This class will explore some Biblical and historical examples of God's mission in the world, the current state and needs in global missions, and then will invite us to evaluate how we may become participants with God in His mission in our world and time.
Format | In-person

Open Circle (New Class) | Chapel Lounge

September 12 (afternoon social on August 29)
Format | In-person
Description | Open Circle is a new class starting this fall with the goals of creating community within and outside of Sunday morning, providing time for small group sharing and prayer, and providing interactive and substantive Biblical teaching.  A community committed to studying scripture, connecting our lives, and serving others. Each Sunday will include community time, teaching time, and intentional prayer time. Outside of Sunday morning, community building through regular social and missional opportunities.
Leadership Team | Mitchell, Simpson, Team, Harrell, Griggs, Boone 
Teaching Team | Brad Simpson, Rob Boone, Todd Harrell

Adult Bible Study | Room A-216

Adult Bible Study
Starting
September 12
Description:  Our name is pretty self-explanatory: we are adults that study the Bible together.  But to give you a bit more detail, our class is largely composed of adults with 60 or more years of wisdom.   A prepared facilitator teaches each week, but others are always welcome to jump in with questions and thoughts.  We are always eager to include more people and often have new people join.
Study | Galatian, Ephesians, & Philippians
Format | In-person 
Teachers | Rotating 
Leadership Team | Eric and Grace Hoyle 

Eagle's Wings | A-211

Starting August 29
Study | 1 Samuel 
Format: Hybrid (both in-person and online).  Email Amy Carlan for Zoom invitation 
Description | Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles (Isaiah 40:31). The goal of our class is to encourage one another to hope in the Lord!  We encourage each other through worship, prayer, and in-depth teaching.  We alternate between Old and New Testament books. Our class is one of our more multi-generational classes.  People of all ages and all stages of the spiritual journey are welcomed.
Teachers | Joe Moore, Jim Johnson
Leadership Team | Joe Moore, Jim Johnson, Mary Johnson

Justice in Jesus | A-217

Starting August 29
Study | How to Fight Racism by: Jemar Tisby
Format | In person OR virtual (two options) 
Description | The purpose of this class is to together join God’s mission of reconciliation and redemption of everything, through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 5:18-19). We join God’s mission as we demonstrate the gospel by telling people about forgiveness and life in Jesus through our conversations, in individual acts of service, and working against systemic injustice. While all three aspects of joining God’s mission are vital for individuals and a local church, this class largely focuses on one of the foundational elements of joining God’s mission: seeking and doing justice as a demonstration of God’s Kingdom. Justice “in its most directly biblical formation can best be described as setting things right.”   
Teachers | Rotating
Leadership Team |  Julie Lanford, Callie Brown, Leigh Askew, & friends 

Students of the Word | A-208

Starting August 29
Study | “I Am” Statements in the Gospel according to John 
Format: Hybrid (both in-person and online). Email Amy Carlan for Zoom invitation. 
Description | Younger, older, single, married, with kids, without kids…you’ll find all those demographics and more in Students of the Word. Our commonality is that we enjoy in-depth teaching so that we may love and follow our Savior more dearly. A prepared facilitator guides discussion about Scripture and how we apply God’s truth and grace to our lives.
Teachers | Jeanette Wilhelmi, Scott Herman, Scott Wray
Leadership Team | Teachers and Amy Herman