Equipped (formerly Adult Education)

We would love to have you join us for Equipped.

Our lives and our needs have changed throughout the years (especially in 2020 and 2021) opening more ways to be the church and grow in our faith. Considering our church’s mission to be More Than Sunday and the current state of ministry in a pandemic, we have been thinking outside the box with a desire to have more people involved in Adult Education. To more adequately reflect who we are and what we do, in the fall of 2021, Adult Education will become EQUIPPED.
A new name brings new opportunities to include others and enliven our purpose. We will still provide classes on Sunday mornings. In addition, we will offer special classes and events to help us grow all week long. Our goal is to equip people for the work of ministry so together we can love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:12)
How you can be EQUIPPED: Make plans now to join us in the fall. We will be focusing on the basics of our faith and life  — learning more about what we are to believe, the Bible, prayer, marriage, and parenting. Here is what you can look forward to:

Sunday Mornings

Mary Pondered. Do We?
Class Leader: Nancy Cavanaugh
Sunday, December 11 2022, 10-10:45am in the Parlor

Class Description

Join us December 11 as we dig deeper into a familiar part of the Christmas story – Luke 2:19 “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”

This frequently overlooked piece of the Nativity narrative, showing us Mary’s quietness of heart in the midst of the greatest event in history, can teach us important things about our own hearts. Learn how we can enrich our own spiritual lives by practicing “pondering” and “treasuring,” giving us a deeper understanding of what God is doing in our own relationship with Him.

This class will be led by First Pres Equipped Coordinator, Nancy Cavanaugh.

Equipped Adult Education Christmas Cookie Social
Sunday, December 18 2022, 10am in the Parlor

Class Description

Come to the Parlor for a different kind of Equipped treat – Christmas Cookies & Fellowship.

Come and reminisce about past classes that you’ve enjoyed and get a preview of the amazing line-up of what we have planned for the New Year.

If you’ve never been to an Equipped Class, this is your chance to come and find out why the Parlor is the place to be on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. See you in the Parlor!

Golden Mouths, Ethereal Pulpits, Tumultuous Times: The Radio Ministries of Fulton J. Sheen and Walter A. Maier
Sundays, January 8, 15, 22, 29, 2023, 10-10:45am in the Parlor

Class Description

During the anxiety-laden period from the Great Depression through World War II to the Cold War, Americans found a welcome escape in the new medium of radio. Throughout radio’s “Golden Age,” religious broadcasting in particular contributed significantly to American culture. Yet its historic role often has been overlooked.

In this class, Kirk Farney will explore the work of two groundbreaking leaders in Christian broadcasting: Fulton J. Sheen and Walter A. Maier. These clergymen and professors―one a Catholic priest, the other a Lutheran minister―each led the way in combining substantive theology and emerging technology to spread the gospel over the airwaves. Through weekly nationwide broadcasts, Maier’s The Lutheran Hour and Sheen’s Catholic Hour attracted millions of listeners across a spectrum of denominational and religious affiliations, establishing their hosts―and Christian radio itself―as cultural and religious forces with which to be reckoned.

We will examine how Sheen and Maier used their exceptional erudition, their sensitivity to the times, their powerful communication skills, and their unwavering Christian conviction, all for the purpose of calling the souls of listeners and the soul of a nation to repentance and godliness. What is more, at a time when church involvement declined within many American households, these much-admired clerics played a genuinely pastoral role as a result of the perceived intimacy of radio, the projected authority of broadcasters, and the active engagement between Maier and Sheen and their ethereal “congregants.”


Class Leader: Dr. Kirk Farney is VP for Advancement, Vocation, and Alumni Engagement at Wheaton College (IL) and a member of the history faculty. A former international banking executive, he holds a Ph.D. in American religious history and M.A. in American history from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in historical theology from Wheaton, an M.B.A. in marketing from Northwestern University, and a B.S. in finance and agricultural economics from the University of Illinois. Kirk serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 faith-related financial services company, and as a Director of Lutheran Hour Ministries. He is the author of Ministers of a New Medium: Broadcasting Theology in the Radio Ministries of Fulton J. Sheen and Walter A. Maier (IVP Academic, 2022).