Growing Connections–Adult Education Offerings

Sundays 9:15am in the Parlor 

What’s a body without wisdom and intelligence? Growing Connections is our ministry of learning   opportunities for adults.  We seek to grow in relationship, wisdom, and understanding – all of the connections that enable us to know Christ more fully and discover our mission in the world.  Growing Connections opportunities will focus upon learning about our relationships and how we grow in faith as well as mission opportunities.

We are “Christians, Growing Humbly in Faith, Reaching out in Love.”  This is an opportunity to grow humbly in faith as we learn more about ourselves, how Christ is reaching out to the world, and how we may use our gifts as the Body of Christ.

October

1  Share and Connect Make new friendships and share God’s love through mission projects.

8 Simply Jesus Introduction to N.T. Wright’s book: “Simply Jesus:   A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters.”  This will be the basis to the Wednesday morning and evening Bible Study.  Through this book we will look at Jesus in his cultural context and discuss his role.  Through this conversation we have the chance to reflect on how our relationship with Christ grows and changes, and particularly why there are various perspectives on Christ’s life and mission.  This promises to be an interesting and meaningful time  of conversation and sharing.  If you have questions contact Pastor Jack.

15  Protestant Prayer Beads Are you looking for a way to pray that involved your senses and keeps you attentive to God?  Prayer beads offer a way to involved your hands and your heart in prayer.

22 Session Forum  Monthly a time will be set aside to review recent action by the church session, discuss the work of the church,  and share vision for where Christ is taking First Presbyterian Church in the future. The forum will be hosted by the Elder of the Month.  These forums are an opportunity to seek to gather as  “Christians – Growing Humbly in Faith– Reaching out in love.”

29  Welcome to First Pres. FDL’s Network  Breeze is a password protected, member’s only resource that allows members to access a directory of the church members, to upload photos of themselves and family for the directory, and for people to access their own giving information.  No one else can access that information and any who wish not to have their contact information visible can request to be blocked.  But for most of us it is a handy way to be in contact with one another and access information about events, and activities.

We will provide  information on how to use Breeze  and answer questions.  We hope that you will find this a helpful resource for building our relationships as Christ’s community together.

November

5   To be Announced

12  To be Announced

19 Session Forum  Monthly a time will be set aside to review recent action by the church session, discuss the work of the church,  and share vision for where Christ is taking First Presbyterian Church in the future. The forum will be hosted by the Elder of the Month.  These forums are an opportunity to seek to gather as  “Christians – Growing Humbly in Faith– Reaching out in love.”

26 Advent Workshop Reverse Advent Calendar Advent is a time for waiting and preparing.  We shop, we wrap, we bake, but how do we prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus?  Setting aside a time for home devotions will give you a chance to concentrate on the real reason for celebration.  We will create Reverse Advent Calendars to help remind “kids of all ages” that giving is more rewarding than receiving.

Talkback  Sunday Mornings at 9:15am  (in the Resource Room)

Talkback is a discussion of the scripture passages and themes for that particular Sunday’s worship.  Discussion facilitators help to create an atmosphere where participants can explore their thoughts and   feelings about the issues and topics presented by the scriptures of the day.  The class is open to anyone who wants to enjoy an open and caring environment for exploring their faith.

 

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