Online Faith Formation
Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, our formation classes are now online. Here is what we have available:
Faith Formation does not stop just because we cannot gather at the building! Join one of these opportunities online!
If you would like to participate in any of these online classes, please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright for the link you will need to access the gathering.
Adult Studies Classes: Online, Hybrid, and Small group in-person
The Point: 9:00 a.m. Depending on the weather, The Point will meet either in-person gathering outside with warm coffee or via zoom with warm coffee. Contact Willy Fisher for more information.
John Knox Fellowship: For the next few weeks we will revisit some of our pre-recorded classes. February 21, 28 and March 7 – Mickey Efird. March 14 – Anthony Hatcher. Contact Bruce Shields or Charlotte Nance-Allbright for more information or to receive the pre-recorded classes.
Selected Poetry of Elizabeth Bishop (1911–1979), Sundays, January 17–March 7, 2021 at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
Elizabeth Bishop, whose reputation has been steadily rising since her death in 1979, is a major American poet. Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, she was an only child, losing her father at eight months and, effectively, her mother who was institutionalized when Bishop was five. Throughout her life Bishop suffered from asthma, allergies, depression, and alcoholism. While at Vassar she became friends with Marianne Moore, and later with Robert Lowell, who helped her obtain the position of consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress (which position later became Poet Laureate). Bishop liked to travel; she lived in New York City, Key West, San Francisco, Brazil, and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she taught at Harvard. When she became ill in Brazil, she was cared for by Lota de Macedo Soares, whom she had known at Vassar, and remained in Brazil for some fifteen years. Bishop wrote about travel, place/location, exile, nature and the physical world, emotions, and personal experience. Although she was not religious, there are two critical studies about the use of Christianity in her work. She won a Pulitzer (1956), the National Book Award (1970), the Neustradt International Prize, and the National Book Critics Circle Award (1976). We will use Elizabeth Bishop’s The Complete Poems: 1927-1979 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), which can be reasonably purchased in used paperback on amazon.com. Contact Harry Brown at Harry.Brown@EKU.EDU for more information or to sign up for the class.
Christians and Racial Equity Workshop: The series will take place on four Sundays in the spring of 2021 via Zoom. Each session will be held from 3:00–5:30 p.m. March 7, April 11, and May 16.
The Racial Justice Task Force and the Adult Studies Committee invites the congregation to participate in a workshop series titled “Christians and Racial Equity.” Topics include: historical context, race matters, white supremacy, the Bible and racism, and reimagining the future. The workshop is presented by Rev. LaShauna Austria, owner of Seeds of Change Consulting, located in Graham, NC. Rev. Austria is active in our community as an organizer, farmer, and ordained faith leader; she has experience in working with faith-based communities to promote racial equity awareness.
Ruth Bible Study with Dr. Ron Shive
Dr. Shive will teach a five-week Zoom study on the Old Testament book of Ruth. The class will be taught on two different days and times. One class will be on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. and the other on Thursdays at 6:45 a.m. The study will conclude the week of March 15.
Ruth is a “historical novella” of a young Moabite woman living in the time of the judges, around 1100 BCE. While this is a story that inspires Jews as it is read each year in celebration of the Festival of Weeks, it is not a story that many of us know well. Inspiration though awaits all of us as we take time to study and reflect on this short book of 85 verses. Let me suggest two ways. Walter Brueggemann says that Ruth is “a woman who acts decisively to create a future for herself in a patriarchal social context where no good future was on offer for her.” I think that idea of “creating a future where no good future is obvious” might just be worth considering during difficult days in which we are currently living. Second, Carolyn Pressler says that Ruth is “a story of God working through faithful relationships to bring a blessing.” A little inspiration from the notion of faithful relationships is much needed during these days of social isolation.
Email Kathleen Seagroves (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you wish to participate in one of these two classes. Please designate which class you would like to join. We will send you a Zoom link to the class the week before it begins.
Recordings of classes which have already taken place:
Wednesday, March 3, Passcode: Ni6st#m#
Thursday, February 18, Passcode: n$*X%N6g
During the season of Lent (beginning Wednesday, February 10), the Enrichment Sunday School Class will be studying the Rev. Dr. Jill J. Duffield’s book, Lent in Plain Sight. The class will meet Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom February 10, 17 & 24 and March 3, 10, 17 & 24. “God is often at work through the ordinary: ordinary people, ordinary objects, ordinary grace. Through the ordinary, God communicates epiphanies, salvation, revelation, and reconciliation. It is through the mundane that we hear God’s quiet voice.” — Jill J. Duffield. We will end this Lenten study the week before Holy Week begins. Contact Karen Carrouth (email@example.com) to receive the Zoom link for the class.
RECORDINGS OF CLASSES WHICH HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE:
Jonah Bible Study by Dr. Ron Shive
If you are interested but were not able to attend, here are recordings of the classes.
Recording of Class #1 Access Passcode: firstname.lastname@example.orgR
The recording of the second class was cut short and is unavailable.
Short-term Series: Season of Peace: Immigration, Refugees, and Asylum led by professionals in the fields of border ministry, immigration law, and advocacy.
Season of Peace: Immigration, Refugees, and Asylum — What does a white man from South Carolina have in common with a Mexican woman from Chiapas? What is the current reality of immigration in the US and in NC? What is our Christian response to the immigration debate? Join us for an opportunity to learn and grow on Sundays, September 13, 20, and 27, 2020 as we explore the topic of immigration. Adult studies classes will be led by experts in the field that have information and wisdom to guide us in dialogue about the immigration debate in the U.S. and our Christian response.
• September 13 — class will be led via Zoom by leaders of the Presbyterian border ministry Frontera de Cristo. The Rev. Mark Adams and Miriam Maldonado Escobar, P.C. (U.S.A.) Mission Co-workers, will help us explore theological and biblical perspectives of immigration and an up-close look at Presbyterian border ministry.
In case you missed it, here is a recording of the class.
Important links shared for this class:
The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez by Aaron Bobrow-Strain
Email Mark and Miriam! email@example.com
• September 20 — class will be led via Zoom by Gerry Chapman, Immigration Attorney from Greensboro. Gerry will share the history of immigration to the US, the current reality, and his experience as an Immigration Attorney. Attached below are the handouts Mr. Chapman would like available for those who attend this class.
In case you missed it, here is a recording of the class
• September 27 — class will be led via Zoom by the Rev. Frank Dew, Compassion, Peace & Justice Advocate in Salem Presbytery. Our discussion will include how we can live into our vision as a Matthew 25 church.
Click here for the Zoom call recording.
John Knox Fellowship: Sundays, October 4, 11, 18, 25 – pre-recorded – Understanding Revelation led by Dr. Mickey Efird
One of the most misunderstood and misused (even abused!!) books of our entire Bible is The Book of Revelation (no s, please). It is one of a number of curious books, known as apocalyptic, which were written in the late post-exilic period of Jewish history and was taken up by early Christians. In our Scripture we only have two examples of this type of literature, Daniel 7-12 and The Book of Revelation. This study will try to unravel some of the mis-interpretations of that mysterious book and make sense of its message for today. To be honest, its message is quite appropriate for what is going on in the world in general and in our country in particular. It is fun to study and its message is powerful for Christians today.
Click here for Week 1 (October 4) video.
Click here for Week 2 (October 9) video
Click here for Week 3 (October 18 ) video
Click here for Week 4 (October 25) video
Mid-week Study: Zoom Bible Study of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians
Join us for a six-week Zoom Bible Study of Paul’s Letter to the Galatians led by Dr. Lewis Galloway, a resident of Black Mountain and the former Senior Pastor of Second Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis. Galatians, which is one of the earliest letters of Paul, explores the question of how we are put in a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Knowing that our life in Christ is established by grace alone, we are called to live a life of Christian freedom. Choose from one of two opportunities each week: 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday or 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, beginning Sept. 15/17 and ending Oct. 20/22. Each class is limited to 20 participants.
Lunch Bunch Book Club Schedule
The FPC Lunch Bunch Book Club is ready to resume via ZOOM in September. The book club has chosen an exciting and diverse list of titles for this year’s reads — titles that explore a number of topics and are sure to generate good discussion. We will also welcome several guest presenters this year which always is a treat. The club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 12:00 noon. Members who are already on the email list will receive a reminder email with the ZOOM address the week before the meeting. If you have not participated in the book club previously but would like to join now, please let Gayle Gunn know by email (gaylegunn@ bellsouth.net) and she will include you in the meeting notifications.
Click here to view the book choices for 2020-21.
- 10:00 a.m. on Sundays
Or you may call 888-969-5508 on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to listen to the service on your telephone.
Hearing and seeing stuff about Zoom but don’t know what Zoom is? Check it out! www.zoom.us
If you do not have access to online resources and you would like us to send you a faith formation resource in the mail or email, please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright.
- During this time of no in-person activities, the Chancel Choir uses regular Zoom Gatherings to stay in touch, to express joys and concerns, to dream for the future, and to simply “see” one another and learn of worship/musical opportunities at the church. Join in the fellowship online at our Zoom gatherings. Contact Patrick Murphy for more information.
Please visit the Contemplative Ministry page of our website here.