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.



Winter 2020/2021 Classes


  • Format:  Zoom on Sundays at 10:00-10:45am | Contact Eric Hoyle (email linked here) for a Zoom invitation link or fill out our interest form.  
  • Study:  The Gospel according to John
  • Dates:  Continues through spring 2021
  • Programming Team:  Eric & Grace Hoyle, Rick Wesley 
  • Teaching Team:  Eight to ten class members who rotate weekly

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 class participant teaches, 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. Please come and visit virtually!


Winter 2021

  • Format: Zoom on Sundays at 9:30-10:20am | Contact Amy Carlan for a Zoom invitation link or fill out our interest form.
  • Study: Exodus
  • Dates: January 10 – March 28

Description:  My kids (Amy Carlan speaking here!) are fond of the word “epic,” though they most often use it to describe things like french fries or new toys.  They obviously don’t grasp the meaning of the word though they love to use it.  Epic, however, is an apt word to describe the book of Exodus.  Exodus is epic in the literal sense – it is a grand narrative.  Exodus is also epic in the figurative sense – God’s actions in Exodus, that reverberate today, blow our minds with awe.  I encourage you to join Dr. Cathy McDowell in an epic exploration of Exodus.    Cathy is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, so she knows and loves Exodus well.  More importantly, she loves the Lord and that shines through in her classes.


  • Format:  Zoom on Sundays at 9:45 am |  Contact Amy Carlan for a Zoom invitation link or fill out our interest form. If Zoom is new to you, but you’d like to join, please contact Amy for support. 
  • Dates: December 13, 20, and then January 10 – March 28 at 9:45 am on Sundays.  

Description: Eagle’s Wings has been a beloved Sunday school class for many years now, welcoming all into community and encouraging people through God’s word.   After a pandemic sabbatical, they will be resuming by Zoom and inviting any and all to join them for sharing, prayer, and excellent teaching.



  • Format: Zoom on Sundays at 9:30-10:20am | Contact Amy Carlan for a Zoom invitation or fill out our interest form.
  • Study: Book study on Reading While Black  by Esau McCaulley
  • Dates: January 10 – March 21
  • Teaching Team: Rotating facilitators

Description:   I (Amy Carlan) could copy and paste the book description from the back of this book, or highlight the stellar recommendation from NT Wright, his mentor.  But instead, I’ll share this:  I am halfway through this book and it may be one of the best books I have read this year (aside from Scripture of course).  I have also been listening to Esau McCauelley’s podcast, The Disrupters, and the Lord has used it to stretch me, teach me, and encourage me.  The book is more of the same.  In a nutshell, this award-winning scholar, Wheaton professor, and Anglican priest explores how Black Christians have found hope in Scripture throughout the generations.  He asks current questions facing our community and lets the Bible speak into those questions.  Even if you end up disagreeing with his interpretation of scripture, you cannot doubt that Esau finds his hope squarely within the Word, written and incarnate.


Format:  Zoom on Sundays, 9:30-10:20. Contact Amy Carlan for a Zoom invitation or fill out the Sunday school interest form.
Study:  Galatians
Dates:  January 10-March 28

Description:  Students of the Word is one of our long-standing classes that has been faithfully teaching Scripture in an engaging and personal way for years, and welcoming all people warmly into the community.  After a pandemic sabbatical, they are back via Zoom, and eagerly welcoming any and all to join them.   Teaching will be 9:30-10:20 and then the Zoom room will stay open for 10-15 minutes for anyone who would like to chat.   


  • Format:  In-person and Zoom options |  9-9:50 am
    Contact Amy Carlan for additional details. 
  • Dates:  March 7, 14, 21 & 28
  • Teaching Team:   Amy Carlan

Description:   If you have discovered your spiritual home at FPC, this class is designed to help you discern if God is calling you to become a covenant partner (member). We believe that becoming a covenant partner will be a blessing to both the new covenant partner and the whole congregation, as we purposefully choose to live the life of discipleship together & partner in Jesus’ mission.  The classes cover 1) What it means to be part of God’s family; 2) What it means to be Presbyterian; 3) What it means to be a part of First Pres, W-S.  During the final class candidates will meet with an elder to share their faith journey in a small group format, and answer the four covenant partner vows as a large group.    Can’t make it to every class? Please sign up anyway! Materials will be provided for the class you need to miss.