Genesis Bible Study, January 2022
As we begin a new year, join Ron Shive in one of three weekly Bible Studies on the Book of Genesis, the Book of Beginnings.
- Men’s Bible Study meets on Tuesday morning 6:45-7:45 a.m.
- Wednesday Bible Study (for both women and men) meets on Wednesday 10:00-11:00 a.m.
- Women’s Bible Study gathers on Thursday mornings 6:45-7:45 a.m.
All three studies will begin the week of January 10th and take place in Calvin Hall. Masks are required. The Wednesday study will also be available on Zoom at 10:00; however, the recorded class can be viewed later here.
The Book of Genesis describes stories that give understanding to God’s beginnings with the human race and ultimately with a people who would carry the responsibility of bringing light to all the nations of the world. These stories were not compiled and edited until the time of the Persian Empire in the 6th Century B.C.E. It was a time when the Israelites were dreaming of a new beginning in Jerusalem after 50 years of exile in Babylon. These Genesis stories served as an inspiration to those seeking and yearning for a new beginning in Jerusalem. They were praying that the God who began it all could now begin a new chapter in their lives.
These stories can also serve as stories that will stretch our imagination as we think of staking out new beginnings in our lives.
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Adult Studies Classes, 2021–2022
It is our hope to meet in-person for all Adult Studies, yet, as we have learned, we might need to change plans due to the spread of COVID in our community. Please keep an eye on the church calendar for the most updated information on meeting dates, times, and locations. As well, the class facilitators will send emails with class changes and updates. You can also contact the Director of Christian Formation and Education, Charlotte Nance-Allbright (firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-228-1703 x 223) for information. Thank you for your flexibility during these unprecedented times.
The Pointe — (The Pointe is on hiatus for a few months)
We are professionals and students, parents and friends, and we are committed to asking hard questions of faith and walking together in love. For everything we do and everything we are, we ask “What’s the POINT?” and we know better than to expect answers. What we do know is that the point — the purpose — of our study and worship and fellowship and faith journeying is that God has called us into Christian community and that we are doing our best to live out that call. We are opening our hearts and opening our minds to be a part of whatever God has called for with this zany and wonderful group of people. Join us as we search, pray, and discover as “The Point.” Join our Facebook group!
The John Knox Fellowship — John Knox Room
Drawing on scripture, denominational tenets and a quest to understand God’s call to us in the world, this class combines lecture and discussion in a weekly format for adults of all ages. Led by a team of class members and guest speakers, this group has varied interests and aspirations, a commitment to life-long learning, friendly relations and open communications. Whether it is exploring particular scripture, a Christian perspective on social issues, a General Assembly position paper or the Holy Land as an armchair tourist, participants seek to grow in their faith as they commit to being active disciples in the world. This call to service is demonstrated through missions and special class projects. We have occasional social gatherings, group trips and discussions that build strong personal relationships in this community of faith.
For over 25 years, this class has studied a variety of topics from atonement to world religions. The discussion-based class is led by members of the class. Everyone is encouraged to share opinions as we affirm each other on this faith journey. The Epiphany party held each January is one of the social events for the class. We actively support missions including building relationships with the Morrow Town Community, traveling to other states to help with disaster assistance, and aiding our neighbors in need here in Alamance county by building a wheelchair ramp for a local cancer patient or adopting a Christmas cheer family. This is a place to grow your faith and build new relationships.
John Knox Fellowship – 9:45 a.m. in the John Knox Room (located next to the Welcome Center downstairs). Sundays, January 2022, Scripture Underlying Our Worship, Led by Dr. Jim Pace
This class explores one or more of the four readings assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary to be read each Sunday in January. Readings from the Gospels, Psalms, Old Testament, and Epistles will be reviewed in light of their contexts in the Bible, their origin and history, and their interpretations by the early church as well as how they may speak to Christians today. Scripture passages for each Sunday will be provided for those who wish to read and think about them in advance of our meetings. Class will be January 9, 16, 23, 30.
We will read and discuss a selection of Whitman’s well known poems, including poems about male-female friendships and male friendships, Civil War poems, Whitman’s elegy for Lincoln, one or two sections from Song of Myself, and various longish autobiographical poems like “Out of the Cradle Endlessly Rocking.” Whitman is sometimes called America’s greatest poet. We will use Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (Norton Critical Edition, 1973), ed. S. Bradley and H.W. Blodgett, which can be purchased online reasonably in used paperback. This course is led by Harry Brown and will take place in Room 122 beginning at 9:45 a.m. from January 23–March 13.
“A living faith is so much more than simply believing in God. Jesus called all sorts of people to follow him to God, showing concrete ways to love God and one another. When we do these actions together, faith develops, lives change, and communities transform.” For more information about this new curriculum from the PCUSA, go to page 5 of the 2021-22 Adult Formation Brochure.
Book Study — Soul Feast — An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life
by Marjorie J. Thompson (newly revised edition)
If you are interested in deepening your spiritual life and exploring the common Source of our sustenance in a small group of committed seekers, then read on…this opportunity may be just what you have been looking for.
The Contemplative Ministry Team is offering a small-group, in-depth study of Marjorie J. Thompson’s iconic book Soul Feast – An Invitation to the Christian Spiritual Life, Tuesday evenings 7:00–8:30 p.m., January 11, 2022–March 29, 2022 via Zoom. Led by Nan Perkins, Jane Wellford and Peggy Harrelson, participants can expect to engage in reflective reading, thoughtful discussion and the age-old spiritual practices central to our Christian faith.
This is a small-group study, so spaces are limited. To reserve your space, please email Peggy Harrelson at email@example.com of your interest and commitment. Registration deadline is January 7, 2022. If you would like more information before registering, please call or e-mail Charlotte Allbright at 336-228-1703 or firstname.lastname@example.org by December 23, 2021. A limited number of books will be available for purchase at $14.00 each through the church office (make checks payable to FPC).
For more information about this book, visit the Contemplative Ministry page of our website.
Enrichment — Wednesday Evenings via Zoom
- Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. Catherine Matthews will be our teacher for the first Enrichment Class of 2022 beginning Wednesday, January 5 from 7-8:00 p.m. on Zoom. Anyone is welcome to attend this class and discussion is encouraged. Contact Jane Wellford (email@example.com) or Catherine Matthews (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
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Christian Meditation Practices
Contemplative Ministry, Quiet Space for Reflection — Weekly Meditations from Jane Wellford, Tuesday mid-day Christian Meditation, 12:15-1:15 p.m. via email.
This one-hour of Lectio Divina short reading and meditation is currently for you as an individual to read and meditate by yourself at your own pace through a guided one-page email weekly topic. When we resume in person meetings at the church after the COVID-19 virus, we will again use music and guided meditation to complement our shared reading discussions regarding our faith. Jane Wellford, email@example.com. The reflection will be posted on our website on Tuesday mornings. Other meditations and spiritual practices are also posted on our website.
Centering Prayer Meditation: Wednesdays 7:45-8:45 a.m. by Zoom
This weekly hour of contemplative practice includes opening fellowship time followed by Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer. Currently we are using the poems of the 13th century mystic Rumi for Lectio Divina. Newcomers are welcome at any time. Contact Nan Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 20, 2022, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship
9:45 a.m. Presentation in Calvin Hall
Guest Preacher/Teacher: Dr. Margaret Grun Kibben, Rear Admiral Navy (retired) and current Chaplain to the House of Representatives
In her final active-duty assignment in the Navy, Rear Admiral (ret) Margaret Grun Kibben, was the U.S. Navy’s 26th Chief Chaplains, serving as the director of religious ministry for the Department of the Navy, advising the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard on all matters pertaining to religion in their respective services. She led a community of 2,500 active and reserve officer, and enlisted religious ministry professionals. Prior to this assignment, Rear Admiral Kibben served as the 18th Chaplain of the Marine Corps and Deputy Chief of Chaplains.
A native of Warrington, Pennsylvania, Rear Admiral Margaret Kibben entered active duty in 1986 through the Navy’s Theological Student Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College, Towson, Maryland and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, and a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. Kibben served as a senior fellow, United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.
Rear Admiral Kibben’s Navy assignments included the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland; the Chaplain Corps Resource Board, Norfolk, Virginia; command chaplain aboard USS San Diego (AFS 6); and Fleet Chaplain, U. S. 3rd Fleet. Kibben served as the command chaplain, responsible for religious ministry to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan.
With the U.S. Marine Corps, Chaplain Kibben served aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia; as chaplain to Headquarters and Service Battalion, Security Battalion, the Brig, Marine Corps Air Facility and HMX-1. She also served with the Marines of Second Force Service Support Group Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, deploying to Turkey and Norway. Later she was assigned to the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico as the doctrine writer for Religious Ministry.
Following her retirement, Margaret established Virtue In Practice, LLC, a business dedicated to moral, ethical, and spiritual executive leader advisement. She also served as a consultant to the Department of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.
Dr. Kibben serves on both military and civilian boards; on both the Princeton Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Rear Admiral Kibben’s personal awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (two awards), the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), and the Navy Commendation Medal (three awards).
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. 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 2021-22.
- 10:00 a.m. online & In-person worship
Or you may call 888-969-5508 on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to listen to the service on your telephone.
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.
Music Ministry, 2021–2022
Join one of our choirs in leading worship! And you will also find wonderful fellowship, deep faith experiences, new friends, and good food (that’s right!)! Contact Patrick Murphy if you want more information or have questions! (email@example.com)
Choir Practices (Due to an abundance of caution regarding the spread of COVID-19, the choirs are not rehearsing at this time.)
• Chancel Choir (college and adult), Wednesdays 6:45-8:15 p.m.
• Covenant Choir (K-grade 5), Sundays 4:00-5:00 p.m.
• Carillon Choir (handbells), Date TBA, please contact Patrick if interested
Contact Patrick Murphy for more information.
Please visit the Contemplative Ministry page of our website here.