Online Faith Formation
Because of the COVID-19 stay-at-home 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.
For a copy of our Fall 2020 Adult Studies Brochure, click here.
Adult Studies Classes: Online, Hybrid, and Small group in-person
Sunday Studies starting in OCTOBER:
9:00 a.m. The Point via zoom using Bible Project curriculum
9:00 a.m. Enrichment Class via Google Meetings curriculum tba
9:00 a.m. and anytime access. Various studies pre-recorded.
Short-term Series: Special Topic All Adult Class – Sundays, September, 13, 20, & 27 at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom –Season of Peace: Immigration, Refugees, and Asylum led by professionals in the fields of border ministry, immigration law, and advocacy. This is an all adult study. Zoom links will be provided in the weekly eblast or contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright. You can call in to participate in this class if you prefer to not use the video option. Please participate in the “Telling Your Family Immigration Story!” Instructions on sharing your family history can be found HERE or contact Charlotte to have a form mailed to you.
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:
A testimonial video of Roberto and Lupe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT21gyjy4bI&feature=youtu.be
And this book – The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez by Aaron Bobrow-Strain
Familia Ballinas Santiago Café Justo Keeping Families Together https://vimeo.com/204485148
New Border Vision https://www.southernborder.org/new_border_vision
Want coffee– get it here: https://fronteradecristo.networkforgood.com/events/21938-coffee-conversation-and-compassion
Email Mark and Miriam! firstname.lastname@example.org
• 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 with guest speaker Gerry Chapman.
• 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.
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.
Zoom Book Study: Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman
Does the gospel have anything to say to the oppressed, those who “have their backs against the wall?” In this concise and challenging book, which was an inspiration to Martin Luther King, Jr., modern African-American mystic, minister, and author Howard Thurman proposes that Jesus was writing as one of the oppressed and that his message of radical love is the answer to the fear, hypocrisy and hatred that are the usual responses of those without power and those with power. This will be an interactive discussion led by facilitators, Nan Perkins, Loy Campbell, Peggy Harrelson, Karen Garrison and Beth Hooten. Limited to 10 participants. Books can be ordered from Amazon, Cokesbury, or your favorite bookstore.
Poetry Class: Sundays, October 4 through November 22 at 11:30 a.m. limited in-person outside gathering for Selected Poetry of John Donne led by Dr. Harry Brown. Sign up is required for this class. Bring your own chair.
John Donne (1572-1631) is the most important of the seventeenth century English metaphysical poets, including George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, and Richard Crashaw. He was born into an old Catholic family in an era when Catholics endured discrimination, but he became Anglican, developed into one of the greatest preachers of his day, and served as Dean of St. Paul’s. We will read poems selected primarily from Songs and Sonnets and Holy Sonnets. The more worldly and secular poems — often love poems — sometimes have spiritual themes. Donne’s poetry is not conventional or traditional in imagery, language, or theme. It is colloquial/conversational, dramatic, intellectual, psychological, and challenging. His poems are sometimes arguments in form. They use unusual comparisons — “conceits” — and avoid pretty, flowery imagery and mellifluous, regular meter. We will use John Donne’s Poetry: A Norton Critical Edition (Second or Third Edition). Used paperback copies can be purchased on Amazon.
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. Click here to be directed to the Signup Genius to register for one of the classes.
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.
- Occasional Zoom gatherings.
- A Video from the Contemplative Ministry Team, April 16, 2020: Be Still and Know
- Please Enjoy this 5-Minute Breathing Meditation (available on Facebook): This breathing meditation is from Denise DeForest Pastoor, MEd, APRN-BC, CHTP/I, CWP, RYT who is a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist with Sunstonewellness.com.
- Spiritual Practice Video from Nan Perkins: During these stressful times, you are invited to join Nan Perkins by video here in a spiritual practice recommended by the FPC Contemplative Ministry group – The Practice of Presence: The Three Breaths.
Jane Wellford has graciously offered to share with us the Tuesday Meditation Reflections she creates for the FPC Tuesday Meditation Group. Since the Coronavirus has interrupted these in-person meetings, the Contemplative Ministries Committee thought that it would be a good idea to share these meditations with the entire congregation until we could all be together again. Each week, the reflection will be posted on our website here on Tuesday morning.