Faith Exploration

Prayer Shawl Knitting Meet-up 

Last Monday of the month @ 7PM
Beginning September 24

The Prayer Shawl Ministry combines the care and love of knitting into a prayerful ministry that reaches out to those in need of comfort and solace. Healing prayers are knitted into shawls and blankets and given to those during illness, recovery, at times of loss or in times of joy. We will celebrate our Prayer Shawl Sunday this year on November 11. 

 

Pub Theology 

Most fourth Wednesdays of the month @ 7:30PM Beginning September 26

with Vicky Guest & Sarallyn Keller
Some of the most important moments in the history of the church took place in a pub! The tradition continues with “God on Tap.” The format is simple – beverages, munchies, conversation and God. Everything is up for discussion. The more opinions the better! Seating is limited. Watch for pub locations in the weekly bulletins, LINK, and Good Word Newsletter. 

 

Dinner Church 

Sunday, October 28 @ 5:30PM

with Matt Carriker 

Explore an alternative worship experience with Matt Carriker in our vestry. We gather for worship around tables instead of in pews and share a common meal. There is something for all ages and stages. This is particularly welcoming to children and families! 

 

New Year’s Brunch 

Sunday, December 30 @ 10:30AM 

At First Church, we ring in the New Year by turning back the clock to the way that the first followers of Jesus gathered to celebrate communion. We gather for worship around tables instead of in pews and share a com- mon meal. There is something for all ages and stages – songs and stories and lots of food and laughter! 

 

Let’s Talk about “Being Mortal” 

Tuesday, February 12, 19 and 26 @ 7PM

with Vicky Guest
We live in a death-denying culture and that denial has serious consequences for us and our loved ones - medically, personally, spiritually. Using a variety of resources including excerpts of the PBS documentary with Atul Gawande, the author of Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, we will open up a conversation that too rarely takes place about how we want to live and the choices that we or others might have to make as we approach the end of life. 

 

Finding Beauty in a Broken World 

Saturday, March 9 @ 9AM-3PM

with Liz Hanna & Carol Krentzman
Feel like so much has happened that you are running on empty? Then consider the unthinkable – a Saturday escape from chores and lists and obligations. Step back for a moment from the urgent concerns that impel you to be the change that you seek for the world and let the Spirit fill you back up with passion and commitment and clarity and love. 

 

Lenten Soul Sabbatical: 

Let Me Ask You a Question 

Various days & times available 

Five-week session beginning March 10 

You are invited to set aside a short time for reflection everyday for 28 days during Lent and gather five times in facilitated small groups to share conversation and connections. Soul Sabbatical offers suggested spiritual practices and reading to go deeper in your faith journey and create space for Spirit to move in your life. 

 

Maundy Thursday Potluck & Tenebrae Service 

Thursday, April 18 @ 6:30PM 

A family-friendly intergenerational potluck dinner and worship service marks Maundy Thursday, beginning at 6:30 PM. We gather around the table for fellowship and a creative worship experience. The service focuses on the last Passover that Jesus celebrated with his friends on the night before he died and features leadership from members of our youth groups. It is designed to be accessible to all ages. 

 

Easter Vigil 

Saturday, April 20 to Sunday dawn, April 21 

 

On the Saturday night before Easter, we make our sanctuary available for prayer and reflection. Participants describe a sense of peace and holiness in this time of waiting in the presence of God in the candlelit sanctuary. You are invited to sign up for 30-minute segments throughout the night in the candlelit sanctuary. Normal- ly, two people are at prayer in the sanctuary at a time. Prayer lists and reflection resources are available to help guide your prayer time.