To be equipped is the second step, after worship, in our strategy at FPC to love and lead all people to deeper life in Jesus Christ. Why do you need to be equipped? Because Jesus has called you as his disciple, and God has a purpose for you to further his kingdom wherever you are. FPC offers a number of weekly opportunities to be equipped including a number of different Sunday School Classes, a variety of weekday Bible studies, Wednesday evening supper and classes (“The Gathering”) and our small group ministry called The Koin Shop. Whether it’s a Sunday morning or a Wednesday night at the church or any day of the week in a Koin Group in someone’s living room, these ministries exist to provide us with the tools, the provisions and the qualities necessary for deeper life in Jesus.
Questions about any of these opportunities? Contact Pastor or call 432.684.7821 x113.
Classes meet from 9:30-10:30 am begining September 1
Anchor Bible Class: Exploring the Old Testament, Room 216. Together we will explore the Old Testament focusing on the historical context and setting of each book along with the narrative and theological themes that run through the whole of Scripture. In addition to the Bible itself, our guide will be the Crossways curriculum. The curriculum will be available for purchase beginning in August in the church oce or on the rst Sunday of class. The teachers are Mary Beth Anton and Je Hewett. Everyone is welcome!
Compass: The Present Word, Koinonia Room. We are a lively community of senior adults who will be studying Genesis and Exodus using First ings in e Present Word Bible study. Facilitated by Greg Bartha and Jerry Gahr. Please join us!
Covenant: Casket Empty: God’s Plan of Redemption rough History, Room 214. The Covenant Class is a group of mostly (but not exclusively) empty nesters who welcome all. We will be surveying the Old Testament using a curriculum that gives a beautiful picture
of the overall story of redemption in the Bible. As we walk through the Old Testament together, we’ll touch the high points and learn some creative memory techniques to help us write God’s word on our hearts. Pastor Walter Thompson will be teaching.
Excellent Wives and Exemplary Husbands: Room 211.A couple’s Bible study that benefits men and women in all stages of their family life – newlyweds, parents, empty-nesters. Our goal is to exercise the Biblical purposes we all know will help our marriage walk in line with God’s plan and help provide support to each other knowing that no one has the perfect marriage, family or situation. With use of weekly scripture and supplemental readings, we’ll strive for not only a closer relationship with God, but also a oneness in marriage and family that will give God glory. Facilitated by Todd and Kobi Lincoln and class members.
Partners in Christ: Gospel of John, Room 208. “In the beginning was the Word…” Using the Gospel of John as our primary text and Dale Bruner’s commentary as our chief guide, we will examine how the life, death and resurrection of Christ has profound impact on each of us in our vocations. e Apostle lays out, as Bruner asserts, “…the main reality in life and the most important fact of history is Jesus of Nazareth, the eternal Son of God, who became a real human being in and for the whole world.” Join us, we look forward to an edifying journey together! Facilitated by Dan Hart.
Time Out:Animate Faith, Room 210. Life is busy and full of distractions. Join us as we take “time out” each week to find community with other young adults and to seek Christ together. This fall our study is called Animate. rough our study and discussion we’ll be seeking to re-animate our faith and our understanding of God’s word to impact our daily lives and the lives of others. Facilitated by Jeff and Robin Darr and Jad Davis.
Discover First:September 8-October 6 in the Parlor. Anyone interested in membership at First Presbyterian Church is welcome to join us for this short course introduction to our Presbyterian tradition and to the mission of our particular church. Facilitated by Steve Schorr.
The Gathering is a casual Wednesday evening opportunity to:
- • Fellowship and Break Bread
• Gather Around the Word
• Help and Encourage One Another
Gathering meal begins every Wednesday at 5:30 pm in Lynn Hall!
Classes and Koin Groups for Adults 6:30-7:30 pm
Deeper Life in Jesus Christ, Two Short Stories: Facilitated by Sally Green in Room 217
*Prayer-ful Living – It’s All About the Journey, September 11 and 18 We have never been out of God’s Presence. However, we need to be intentional about maintaining our awareness of that Presence. As we learn to walk and live in the Presence daily, our whole life becomes a prayer – a lifestyle of communication with the One who delivers, redeems, loves and forgives. This is the abundant life Christ brings to us through prayer. It’s all about the Journey!
*Pneumatology: The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit October 2-November 20 In this 8 week study we will try to understand the nature (deity and personality) of the Holy Spirit as well as the Holy Spirit’s work and the implications of this doctrine in the life of individual believers as well as the church as the Body of Christ. is will include reasons as to why understanding this Doctrine has been and continues to be difficult.
*These classes will serve as a foundation for the Winter Class beginning in
January of 2014 on the subject of Healing Prayer.
Exploring the Old Testament: Facilitated by Mary Beth Anton and Jeff Hewett in Room 216. Together we will explore the Old Testament focusing on the historical context and setting of each book along with the narrative and theological themes that run through the whole of Scripture. In addition to the Bible itself, our guide will be the Crossways curriculum. The curriculum will be available for purchase beginning in August in the church office or on the first Sunday of Class. The teachers are Mary Beth Anton and Jeff Hewett. Everyone is welcome!
*This class is also being offered on Sunday mornings. You are welcome participate in either class and visit the other should you have a conflict.
Teach Your Children Well, A Book Study: Facilitated by Laura Brown in the Bride’s Room, begins October 2 FPC is honored to welcome Madeline Levine, PhD to FPC on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:30pm. She is the author of two very important books
entitled The Price of Privilege and Teach Your Children Well. The Chicago Tribune said this of The Price of Privilege: “Madeline Levine’s book orders real hope to parents struggling with the stress of success…She offers solid, proactive strategies for becoming a more connected, relaxed parent.” Publisher’s Weekly observes of Teach Your Children Well:
“Levine reports that our nations ideas of success have led to children and teens who are stressed, anxious, depressed and exhausted (as are many parents)…parents who want their kids to succeed without compromising their health or losing the joy of learning will be buoyed by Levine’s support, encouragement and guidance.“ Anyone concerned about and
interested in children and youth is invited to join experienced educator, Laura Brown, as she guides us in discussion of these important books.
Whiter an Snow: A Journey rough Psalm 51: Facilitated by Shannon Weisenfels in the Library. Do we take sin seriously enough to have a serious encounter with the radical grace of God? Join us as we talk about the themes of sin and mercy in Psalm 51, David’s confessional prayer after his affair with Bathsheba and the killing of her husband Uriah. Paul David Tripp writes in his devotional, “It would be tempting to think that David’s biggest enemy was the warring nation around him…But David carried his most
powerful enemy around with him. at enemy lived inside of him. at enemy lives inside of us as well. at enemy is called sin.” He goes on to say, “e greatest victory in David’s life was not a victory of David’s at all, but, rather, God’s victory of grace over the sin that captivated David’s heart. “ Please come be part of the discussion of how we live into God’s victory of grace in each of our lives.
Weekly Bible Study
Monday Morning Bible Study: Facilitated by Shannon Weisenfels will begin Monday September 23 at 10:00 am. We will be studying the Psalms this fall. Everyone is welcome!
Women’s Bible Study: Facilitated by Ashley Wineingar will begin Monday, September 9 at 9:30 am in Room 214. We’ll be studying Psalms: Songs Along the Way by Kathleen Buswell Nielson. Womenof all ages are welcome to join us!
Tuesday Morning Bible Study: Facilitated by Steve Schorr will begin Tuesday, September 24 at 6:30 am in the Koinonia Room. We will be studying the Psalms this fall. Everyone is welcome!
Presbyterian Women’s Circles: Meet monthly for Bible study and fellowship. is year’s Horizons study is An Abiding Hope: The Presence of God in Exodus and Deuteronomy. For more information contact Carolyn Beall, 432-686-0100.
Second and fourth Thursdays at 12:00 in Room 227 beginning September 12
Come have lunch and meet other moms as we gather to pray for each other and discuss important issues in our families. Speakers this fall will be addressing concerns such as Nutrition for Kids, Raising Disciples, Establishing Meaningful Holiday Traditions, Discipline and Behavior, and Coping with Change. All moms are welcome!
Register in the church office or online at www.fpcmid.org. A $25 registration fee per semester will help us provide quality speakers and a meaningful experience for everyone. Childcare is available for children Kindergarten and under for $10 per child per semester. Lunch will be available each week at the church for $5 or you’re welcome to bring your own.
Opportunities To Serve
There are a lot of ways to serve in the equipping ministries at FPC from simple but important jobs like decorating tables on Wednesday nights to teaching classes or facilitating a small group. All of our ministries at FPC are governed by committees, and we’d love to have you serve either on our Christian Education Ministry which oversees equipping ministries from the nursery through all ages of adults or on our Small Group Ministry which organizes the Koin Shop and helps maintain our growing participation in Koin Groups. Contact Pastor x 113 if you’d like to serve in any way.
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