Bible Study Opportunities
Weekday Bible Study sessions provide adults with the opportunity to study a book of the Bible from start to finish in a relaxed atmosphere. We offer short term and ongoing studies to accommodate a variety of schedules and interests. No previous Bible study experience is required!
Chapter by Chapter: Wednesdays at 10:45 am, an ongoing study group meets. This group makes its way through the Bible - chapter by chapter. Although it is an ongoing group, individuals are welcome to join in the discussion anytime. This study is lead by the Pastoral staff. The group is currently studying the gospel of Matthew.
Short Term Studies: We offer a variety of short term studies on Tuesday evenings from 5:45-6:45 pm. Studies may include a book, DVD clips or guest presenters. The group is currently reading through the book of Matthew.
Women's Bible Study: We also offer a once a month Women's Bible Study, held on the third Thursday, at 10:30 am. This study uses the Gather Magazine Bible study. All are welcome to join the discussion at any time. This study is led by Sunni Richardson, Director of Discipleship.
Sunday Adult Forum
Adult Forum is an opportunity for lecture and dialog focusing on timely topical sessions and series. Adult Forum meets each Sunday morning at 9:30 am in the Chapel. Come when and as often as you want!
The upcoming schedule includes:
May 7 - To Ventures Unseen with Vicar Jean McCartney; Learn more about where she has been and where she is venturing
May 14 - A Broken Body Isn't a Broken Person with Janine Shepherd; A Ted Talk video discussion featuring a cross-country skier who hoped for an Olympic medal until she was hit by a truck during a bike ride
May 21 - How Sensory Processing Issues Affect Kids with Diane Boney of Handprints and Footsteps
May 28 - Fish Eyes video (Part 2) and discussion; The call of Peter and Andrew, the Wedding at Cana and the Day after the Day on the Mount
Faith to Go!
Early risers are invited to Faith To Go! to learn from each other and discuss stories of faith in daily living. Each session features a different congregational member who shares their life experiences and where they have seen God's hand in their life's journey.
Faith To Go! gathers at the church every 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 am for a light breakfast, coffee and great conversation. For more information, contact Tera Beermann or Sunni Richardson, Director of Discipleship.
Monthly Book Discussions
Each month of the year a book is selected as a featured reading for discussion. There is no membership to this group. Attendance varies every month based on interest and availability. Anyone can come at any time!
The featured book for May is, Gilead, by Marilyn Robinson. From the Civil War to the 20th century, this is a story about fathers and sons and the spiritual battles that still rage at America's heart. It is a novel "as big as a nation, as quiet as thought, and as moving as prayer." The book can be ordered through the church office for $10. Join the discussion on Wednesday, May 17, at 7:00 pm at the church or Thursday, May 18, at 1:30 pm at The Harbor Coffeehouse.
In June, we will be discussing Sue Monk Kidd's book, The Invention of Wings. The office staff can order for $10.
What's Next...Life in Transition
First Lutheran is offering a Hopeful Grieving support class - a gathering about grief that provides both support and learning. As you're going through the grieving process, sometimes it's helpful to know that what you're feeling is normal, that someone else has gone through it or there is someone willing to just be there.
The Hopeful Grieving class will meet on Wednesday nights at 6:30 pm, from May 3 through June 7. Call the church office if you are interested in attending, but don't exclude yourself if you are unable to make it to every single session. First Lutheran member, Judy Bailey, who has experienced grief and benefited from similar support and learning experiences, will organize and facilitate the group