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Adult

Pritchett Symposium Recording

In case you were unable to join us for the Pritchett Symposium with the Rev. Dr. Margaret Kibben on March 20, here is a link to the recording of the presentation.

Genesis Bible Study

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.

Recorded Bible Study Class from Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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Recorded Bible Study Class from Wednesday, April 20, 2022

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Recorded Bible Study Class from Wednesday, April 6, 2022

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Recorded Bible Study Class from Wednesday, January 26, 2022

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Faith Formation 

Adult Studies Classes, 2021–2022

Ongoing Classes

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 (callbright@fpcburlington.org or 336-228-1703 x 223) for information. Thank you for your flexibility during these unprecedented times.

The Pointe

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.

Enrichment Class  

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.

Sundays

John Knox Fellowship – 9:45 a.m. in the John Knox Room (located next to the Welcome Center downstairs).  

May 1 & May 8 – The Last Enemy to be Destroyed: An Exploration of 1 Corinthians 15, led by Rev. Frank Covington

May 15, 22 & 29 – “Presbyterian Faith and History” by Rev. Amanda Anderson

June 5 – End of Year Celebration

The Pointe — Follow Me: Biblical Practices for Faithful Living  

“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.

Mid-Week Opportunities

Enrichment — Wednesday Evenings via Zoom 

Teaching the Enrichment Class During the Season of Lent 2022

Wednesday Evenings at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. The Enrichment Class will continue to meet via Zoom during the month of May. Beginning Wednesday, April 27 and running through Wednesday, May 18, we will be discussing the book, Flunking Sainthood by Jana Reiss. Becky Wagoner will be leading the discussion and looks forward to lively conversation!!

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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, wellford@elon.edu. 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, perkinsn@elon.edu.

Lunch Bunch Book Club Schedule

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.

 

Don’t Forget that Worship is Faith Formation!

Sundays:

  • 10:00 a.m. online & In-person worship

The Sunday 10:00 a.m. service will be available to view on livestreaming or Facebook Live.

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! (pmurphy@fpcburlington.org)

Choir Practices 

• 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.

Contemplative Ministry

Please visit the Contemplative Ministry page of our website here.