These classes allow us to question, study, learn, and grow, developing together as disciples of Christ. Classes cover a variety of topics—theology, marriage/parenting, current events—and are taught by Wheaton College faculty, pastors, pastoral counseling center staff, panels of First Pres community members, and more.
You can take part in adult Ed classes and discussions during worship on Sunday mornings, Fall through Spring.
Beginning April, 2020
You are invited to grow closer to God through an all-church study beginning April, 2020. The 6-session all-church study, Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You by John Ortberg will help us navigate our current situation and help us get in touch with what matters most.
THERE ARE 4 WAYS YOU CAN PARTICIPATE:
Read the book | Purchase through CHURCHSOURCE.COM (Free shipping with code – MAR20FREE) or your favorite online source. Or, get an e-reader copy for your Kindle or Nook.
Watch the videos | Register no later than April 1 to have access to 6 video sessions. REGISTER HERE. We will email you instructions for viewing.
Study Guide | This could be used in a small group or individually. Download the sample SOUL.KEEPING.STUDY.GUIDE . Purchase a copy at churchsource.com or your favorite online source. Or, get an e-reader copy for your Kindle or Nook. More information about small groups is coming soon.
Worship | Our next Sermon Series will help us take this study a step further as we strive to practice soul keeping in our daily lives.
The following classes are postponed and will be rescheduled when we understand more about the duration of the Covid 19 shut downs. In the meantime, you are invited to participate in an all-church study using John Ortberg’s Soul Keeping. Scroll back up this page for details.
Sundays, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020
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 (the red roses) and Psalms of Trust (the calla lilies).
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).
Sundays, April 19 and 26, 2020
Every Sunday, we gather in worship and sing. Is there a reason for singing other than, “it is something we’ve always done?” Singing has been an integral part of the Christian faith since the beginning. This rich singing tradition can be traced even farther, back to the Psalmic traditions of the Jewish faith. Looking through scripture, tradition, and a little science, this class will reflect on why singing is so important to the Christian faith (and possibly for simply being human.)
Joshua Strickler holds a B.A. in Music and Biblical Studies from George Fox University and an M.A. in Theology and Culture from Northwest University. He is an active church musician and spiritual director.
Christa Strickler is Associate Professor of Library Science at Wheaton College. She holds a B.A. in Music from Northwest University, an MLIS from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Theology from Wheaton College.
Sundays, May 3 and 10, 2020
A two-part engagement in the consideration of friendships of all kinds, their formation, their stages of development, their pitfalls, their blessings and what unique surprises friendship can offer the Christian life.
Class Teacher: The Rev. Dr. Pamela Baker Powell, PCUSA Teaching Elder and First Pres. Parish Associate. She served as Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Dean of Students at Trinity School for Ministry, Pittsburgh, and Bethel Seminary, San Diego.
Sunday, May 3, 2020
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 Teacher: First Pres member, Jeff Wallace