Adult Education

You can take part in adult Ed classes and discussions during worship on Sunday mornings, Fall through Spring.

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.

Classes

“Aging Well, Part 2”

Sunday, September 22, 2019

10:30am in Parlor

Class Description

Aging well is an active, ongoing process of developing wisdom. We weave together the threads of our life story into a meaningful whole, seeing God’s hand in our story from the long view of time. Research reveals there are helpful aids in this process. The wisdom of aging well is a gift of hope to younger generations.

The class instructor is First Pres member Sandy Alcorn, Ph.D. in Social Work. Sandy’s career has included practice and experience in child/family services, inner city youth work, adolescence and gerontology social services; Professor of Human Development for 35 years in schools of Social Work; Dean of the School of Social Work at George Williams College and Aurora University.

"Becoming Spiritually Vibrant: Discovering and Living Out Your True Identity and Purpose in Christ"

Sundays, September 29 - October 20, 2019

10:30am in Parlor

Class Description

The Christian life is about grower closer to Jesus. It is a process that is surprising and challenging. Whether you are stuck, drowning in busyness, seeking direction for your next step or faithfully walking along, Jesus is calling you. Together we will turn to scripture to discover anew how we can find direction and purpose in Christ so we can become more of who God made us to be.

The class instructor is First Pres member Pam Gilbert, M.Div. Pam currently enjoys supporting her family in the role of a homemaker. She is grateful for her husband, Finney, and two wonderful children, Nathan and Sarah. God has blessed her abundantly throughout the years including the opportunity to learn at seminary and to work for the church and as an educator. 

"Update from Uganda - Partners in Mission"

Sunday, October 6, 2019

9am in the Parlor

Class Description

A true story of hope that began with one man’s dream to help returned refugees in Kamwenge, Uganda has, twelve years later, with God’s guidance and the support of Partners in Mission USA, become a reality. Over 800 children, adolescents, and young adults are receiving an education today because of the work of Partners in Mission. The community now has hope and the tools they need to lift themselves up both spiritually and economically. We invite you to hear an update about their story.

Rev. John Mulindabigwe will be in town and will be a special guest speaker. In 2005, Rev. John was inspired to begin a secondary and vocational school in Kamwenge, Uganda. He and his wife Jolly decided to sell some land they owned and use the proceeds to purchase 20 acres of land to build Kamwenge Secondary and Vocational School for the community. His mission is to promote God’s love to marginalized children of Uganda by providing education, community development, and Christian Discipleship. His vision is to prepare future leaders and equip them with the education and Christian principles that will enable them to reinvest in and lead their communities.

"Know Your Theologians - The Medieval Church"

Sundays, October 27 - November 17, 2019

10:30am in Parlor

Class Description

The Theologian series will introduce you to some of the most important thinkers in the history of the Christian church who have shaped our belief and practice – this particular class will focus on key theologians in the Medieval  church.

The class instructors: The Rev. Dr. David McNutt (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is an Associate Editor at IVP Academic, an imprint of InterVarsity Press, and a Guest Professor at Wheaton College. The Rev. Dr. Jennifer McNutt (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) is Associate Professor of Theology and History of Christianity at Wheaton College, where she is the degree coordinator of the MA in Theology and the History of Christianity program. David and Jennifer are ordained Teaching Elders in the Presbyterian Church (USA), and both serve as a Parish Associates at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn.