At First Church, we believe that the journey of faith is one of lifelong learning – questioning and probing our doubts and certainties so we might hear the God who still speaks to the world today.
Through the course of the year, we meet together in various settings to explore our faith through book groups, discussions, DVD-series’ and bible study.
Wednesday Faith Enrichment Conversations
Morning Bible Study with guest facilitator Rev. Dr. Don Skinner
Beginning on March 7 our morning bible study from 10:45am-noon, will be led by guest facilitator Rev. Dr. Don Skinner. With a PhD from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse University, a B.D. in Higher Education from Yale University Divinity School, and a Bachelor’s in English Literature from Allegheny College, Rev. Don brings a keen interest and insight into the Bible. He has served on the faculty of Northland College, WI, and Allegheny College, PA, where he is Chaplain Emeritus and also served as Dean of Students. Additionally, Rev. Don has delivered public lectures, taught classes, or occupied pulpits in thirty-eight churches in twelve states and is the author of four books and twenty periodical articles. I hope that you will join us on Wednesday mornings to meet Rev. Don and join him in gleaning insights from our biblical texts. March 7-21 Rev. Don will be leading Three (Very) Brief Early Christian Letters: Philemon, 2nd Peter, and Jude. Participants are encouraged to read each of the short letters before each of the respective sessions and to bring Bible and notepad along. You are welcome to attend some or all sessions, as you are able. All sessions are free and open to all.
Evening Faith Enrichment with Rev. Nanette Pitt
Also beginning March 7, from 6:45-8:30pm, you can join Rev. Nanette for an open-minded alternative study – Living the Questions 2. This DVD-based curriculum features thirty acclaimed contributors: scholars, theologians, and Christian practitioners. Each session’s 20-minute video segments include conversations with leading voices of faith, digital stories illustrating aspects of an evolving faith, and concrete spiritual practices to enliven faith. This study is an excellent way to invigorate your faith, to engage with others in asking real questions about the future of Christianity, while growing in fellowship and community with other seekers. Participants are encouraged to download the readings or to pick up a set from the church office.
Please note we will not meet for either morning or evening session on Wednesday, March 28, since we’ll be gathering for our Maundy Thursday Holy Week service.
Wednesday Night at the Movies
6:45-8pm in the Theater Room (second floor)
Organized by First Church member Bernie Babb, each Wednesday evening all are welcome to watch inspiring short movies followed by discussion.
March 2018 Movie Schedule:
March 7: A trilogy of short films: Deep Storage – Gus, a stuttering loner, lives with his mum. When she dies he becomes homeless and moves their things, and himself, into a local storage facility where hegets a job as a cleaner. Your Old Man – On the day of her grandfather’s funeral, eighteen-year-old Maggie discovers that her father was adopted and she must find a way to tell him, despite their strained relationship. The Bus Ride – A young homeless man down on his luck crosses paths with an elderly woman at a bus stop. The encounter changes his life forever when he decides to tag along on what becomes her last bus ride through the city.
March 14: A Rising Tide – After a hurricane destroys his family’s restaurant, Sam comes to the aid of a wealthy patron and then falls for the newly separated Sarah Bell. A chain of unexpected events unfolds for all of them, as they discover the only way to achieve their dreams may be to acknowledge what they owe to others, and realize that the greatest investments take more than cash.
March 21: The Last Word – In The Last Word, Shirley MacLaine is Harriet Lauler, a once-successful business woman in tight control of every aspect of her life. As she reflects upon her accomplishments, she’s suddenly inspired to engage a young local writer, Anne Sherman (Amanda Seyfried), to pen her life’s story. When the initial result doesn’t meet Harriet’s high expectations, she sets out to reshape the way she is remembered, with Anne dragged along as an unwilling accomplice. As the journey unfolds, the two women develop a unique bond which alters not only Harriet’s legacy, but also Anne’s future.
March 28: No movie due to Holy Week.