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.
For a copy of our Fall 2020 Adult Studies Brochure, click here.
Advent Festival and Book Study — The Four Gospel Homes
Our Advent Festival will be Sunday, November 22 (the first Sunday of Advent is November 29) and will look a little different from others. This year, we invite everyone to drive thru between 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. to get a Gingerbread Nativity Kit! You will take your kit home, make your Nativity, and send us a picture of the final creation. If you want to switch up your gingerbread creation, consider making one of the four Gospel homes. What would the home of Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John look like?
Making one of the four Gospel homes is a great way to connect the Advent Festival activity with the Advent Book Study! We will join together in reading Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes by Cynthia Campbell and engaging in conversation and study via zoom (dates/times TBA). How might a house look for Christmas based on what each Gospel says about it? In Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes, beautiful illustrations from architect Kevin Burns reimagine each of the four Gospels as a “house,” which the church visits at Christmas. In each section, Cynthia M. Campbell reflects on the distinctive perspective of the birth of Jesus or the incarnation offered by each Gospel. Christmas in the Four Gospel Homes creatively reimagines the season and inspires new and exciting reflection for Advent.
Participate in one or both of these opportunities. Books for the Advent Book Study cost $5. Gingerbread Nativity Kits cost $5. Please contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright or call 336-228-1703 x 223 to reserve your gingerbread nativity kit &/or book. If you are unable to cover the cost, provisions have been made so you can join the fun.
Coming in January 2021 — A New Year’s Spiritual Workout
Join us at 7:00 p.m. every Thursday in January (likely virtually) as we discover which spiritual practices breathe Christ’s wholeness into our lives.
Live into the two great commandments of loving God and loving our neighbors by doing the work to understand how it personally impacts our faith journey.
During every session we will develop tools and practices for our spiritual journey such as centering prayer, laughter, scripture, and the Enneagram (a faith-informed personality discovery).
Your presence is important. No familiarity with the enneagram is required, yet people who have studied it for years will also have much to gain and offer! Simply showing up, participating and listening to one another invites the supportive relationships we will need to continue growing spiritually beyond January.
Our teacher, Rev. Evan Harrison, grew up at First Presbyterian, Burlington, and now pastors Pittsboro Presbyterian Church. He has studied the Enneagram for several years and has a level 1 certification in the Enneagram School of Awakening in the Embodiment Tradition. He brings his love of faith, philosophy, creativity, humor and over a decade of pastoral ministry experience. Evan loves teaching this particular material because these are the concepts and disciplines that, through Christ, have opened him most to a greater love of God, others and himself. Contact Charlotte Nance-Allbright for more information and to sign up.
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.
Poetry Class: Sundays, October 4 through November 22 at 11:30 a.m. via Zoom. Selected Poetry of John Donne led by Dr. Harry Brown. Contact Harry Brown for more information.
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.
Observations in a Stewardship Journey — Adult Bible Study with Stephanie Williams, Sundays, November 15 & 29
Over the last eight years, I’ve been involved with stewardship at FPC to one degree or another. When I began this journey, I knew very little about stewardship nor did I know how far this journey would take me. I will be sharing what I’ve observed and learned along the way.
During the first session, we will look at trends in giving over the past several years. We will discuss what impact this has had on our church. We’ll also review general attitudes and trends in charitable giving. On November 29, we will pull all this together and talk about the future of stewardship at churches, ours in particular. During these discussions, I hope we will uncover a new perspective of stewardship/giving and what it means to us individually.
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Christians and Racial Equity Workshop: The series will take place on five Sundays in the spring of 2021 via Zoom. Each session will be held from 3:00–5:30 p.m. on January 10, February 7, 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.
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.
As we roll toward the end of the year, the Enrichment Class is finding new ways to stay in touch and share our faith. The Max Lucado series on anxiety was great. Now we look forward to a study on gratitude led by Catherine Stewart and Becky Wagoner starting this week. We are aiming to switch our meeting dates away from Tuesday nights. The link for the Zoom meetings for the next two weeks will be sent out soon. The following week, our gratitude study will be on Wednesday night, Nov. 18. Catherine Matthews will lead us in a discussion of The Redemption of Scrooge during Advent for four weeks. For more information about the Enrichment Class, please contact Karen Carrouth at email@example.com or cell 336-214-3032. We would love for you to join us on this faith journey!!
RECORDINGS OF CLASSES WHICH HAVE ALREADY TAKEN PLACE:
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.
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! 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
• 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.
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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.