Adult Education

We would love to have you join us for Adult Education.

Adult Education is part of the Adult Discipleship Ministry of First Pres. Our goal is to equip people for the work of ministry so together we can love and serve our Lord Jesus Christ.
We provide a variety of learning opportunities on Sunday mornings as well classes and events throughout the week. Please find a class that will help you grow closer to God and equip you to serve others.

Classes

The Psalms, a Garden: How to Read the Psalms

Sundays, April 11, 18, 25 and May 2, 2021 | 11:30am-12:30pm

Class Description

The class will look at the Psalms through the lenses of 12 interpretive principles which the instructor will spell out and apply to specific psalms. Using the metaphor of a flower garden, the study will cover Psalms of Thanksgiving and Psalms of Trust. This 4-week class will feature all new material.

This hybrid class with a limited number a people meeting in the Parlor will also be available live on Zoom. Please Click here to register for either hybrid option before April 8.

CLASS LEADERS
Hassell Bullock and Bryan Eklund
Hassell Bullock is the Dyrness Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College where he taught for 36 years. He is a minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and holds the B.A. from Samford University (Birmingham, AL), the B.D. from Columbia Theological Seminary (Decatur, GA), and the Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati, OH).  Bullock’s publications on the Psalms include Encountering the Book of Psalms, Psalms 1-72, and Psalms 73-150 (Baker Academic).
     
Bryan has a master’s in Biblical Studies and Theology from the Wheaton College Graduate School. His studies focused particularly on the Psalms and the role of suffering and lament both in worship and spiritual growth. Since 2014, he and Dr. Hassell Bullock, a friend and mentor, have been engaged in an ongoing conversation over coffee related to various themes in the Psalms.

Bryan is a principal and co-founder of E2 Consulting, a consulting and educational services firm that helps healthcare organizations improve their operating and financial performance by supporting their leadership and management teams in creating meaningful and sustainable change. Bryan has served as the Chairman of the Board of Alton Bay Christian Conference Center, a New England region retreat center together with various volunteer teams while a member of Willowcreek Church. Presently, he serves on the Wheaton College Alumni Association Board. Bryan and his wife, Brenda, have three sons and live in St. Charles and attend Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Warrenville. They enjoy spending their free time escaping to the mountains of NH to hike and soak in the majesty of God’s creation. They are also invested in church development in the New England region and cross-cultural missions in India.
Four Great Dates: Pandemic Exit Edition

Fridays evenings, April 23, 30, May 7 and 14, 2021

Class Description

It has been a challenging year to say the least. Changes in rhythms and realities have impacted work life, personal life, family life and have asked a lot of our marriages. This spring is a perfect time to invest in your marriage and renew your relational connection with your spouse.

“Four Great Dates” is a fun, intentional way to grow your marriage and learn about your yourself and your partner in new ways. Friday nights April 23, 30, May 7 and 14 come listen to a short talk under the tent in the Northeast lot from Chris and Erin Griggs and then enjoy some time together with new, pandemic-inspired guided topics of conversation.

We will meet at the church at 6:00pm, Chris and Erin will provide a 20 minute set up for the evening. Then you will be off on your own for dinner and conversation with your spouse at a local restaurant, an outdoor picnic or a car date. If you don’t feel comfortable gathering in person or dining out, make it a date at home by participating online through the First Pres YouTube channel for a time of authentic conversation and connection.

Registration will close on April 21. Click here to register.

CLASS LEADERS
Erin and Chris Griggs
Estate Planning

Sundays, May 16 and 23, 2021

Class Description

What is an Estate Plan? What does it mean in a Christian Context? Come be informed so you can prepare in advance to protect the things that are important to you.
CLASS LEADER
Jeff Wallace