Faith Exploration

 

Prayer Shawl Knitting Meet-up

Fourth Monday of the month @ 7pm

beginning September 25

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.  

 

Pub Theology  

Fourth Thursday of the month @ 7:30 PM

beginning September 28

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.

 

Balm in Gilead: Understanding and Responding to Mental Health Challenges 

Beginning October 15

A year-long series of sermon, study, videos, conversation and other resources to address the challenges faced by individuals and their loved ones who are coping with mental health challenges.  What is mental illness?  How has the medicalization of mental illness affected our response to it?  What are dual diagnoses and how do they affect treatment?  What is the impact of mental illness on those struggling with these issues and how can we as a faith community be more aware and responsive to the needs of these individuals and their families.  The series will begin during worship with the Rev. Dr. John Weagraff on October 15th followed by an introductory session and discussion on Tuesday, October 17th at 7 PM.

 

New Year’s Brunch

Sunday, December 31 at 10:30 AM

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 common meal.  There is something for all ages and stages – songs and stories and lots of food and laughter!

 

Rise Up! Finding Your Spirituality for Resistance

Tuesday evenings, January 9, 16 and 23 @ 7 PM

Feel like so much has happened that you are running on empty?  Then consider the unthinkable – 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.  We will be using a new resource from the Stillspeaking Writers’ Group.  Rise Up! contains a year’s worth of reflections to keep you burning bright without burning up.

 

Soul Sabbatical 

Beginning Sunday, February 25

You are invited to set aside a short time for reflection everyday for 21 days during Lent and gather four 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 evening, March 29 @ 6:30 PM

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, March 31 to Sunday dawn, April 1

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.  Normally, two people are at prayer in the sanctuary at a time.  Prayer lists and reflection resources are available to help guide your prayer time.

 

Restorative Justice

Date & Time TBD

How should our society respond to wrongdoing?  Restorative Justice is an attempt to address the needs and limitations of our current legal system.  In Micah we are encouraged to act justly, love kindness and walk humbly with our God – we will explore how to apply this lesson in modern times.