Every Saturday, from 06/19/2021 to 10/31/2021, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Here at First Church, we are attentive to the head, heart and spirit of all of God’s creation. We explore the faith framework through which we encounter the world.
Spiritual Formation Opportunities
Adult classes are offered year-round. Some classes are in-depth studies of current topics and a corresponding book; others are special topics of interest. Participation is welcome on any or all Sundays. For the current class topic, please check this week’s calendar.
Sharing Our Journeys
Every Sunday, resuming September 10 in the chapel and on zoom
Via Zoom, email Rich Oliver to join the discussion
Sharing our Journeys is a weekly forum that offers participants the privilege of getting to know and provide support for each other and to grow in faith through optional sharing. The sessions are structured loosely enough so that one can drop in or drop out as schedules permit. No registration is required and no printed materials are used. Please consider this your warm invitation!
Every Sunday, 11:15 AM
Via Zoom, Email Joan Maynard to join the discussion
Join this lively class as we read and discuss books that challenge us to grow in our understanding of theology and the modern world.
"If theology is the work of defending antiquated ideas of reality, then one might as well call the Death of God the death of theology, too. Galston challenges this notion with two types of theology — covenant and enlightenment — in order to address a larger question: What is the value of religion for the future?"
Wednesday Racial Equity and Justice Discussion
On hiatus until September 8 - Every Wednesday evening at 6:00 pm, this class addresses issues around race and whiteness, by reading books, viewing videos, and discussion. We have read and discussed several books and resources and then divided into action groups so that we might hopefully find ways to reach out and build bridges into our community. Email Rich Oliver to join the discussion.
Read more about the Racial Equity and Justice Ministry here.
The Chapel Forum
On hiatus during the pandemic
The Chapel Forum is an occasional series of lecture-presentation style classes held at the 10:15 hour on Sunday mornings. The topics are usually focused on topics of the day and their connection to our theological heritage and spiritual journey. The Biblical Economics team, the Green team, racial inclusion, reconciling ministries and the Lyons lecture speaker are featured in each yearly cycle of the Chapel Forum. Dr. Fowler also leads a Forum series in the fall.
United Methodist Women
All women are invited to become active members of the United Methodist Women. It is not necessary to be a member of the United Methodist Church in order to participate.
Walk the Labyrinth and Restore
The labyrinth is an ancient path of prayer. It is not a maze; it has no dead ends. A labyrinth is a simple, two-way path leading from an entrance to a center and back out again. Walking the labyrinth is a metaphor for walking the sacred path in our everyday life.
For centuries, people of all backgrounds have found the labyrinth to be a helpful centering tool. The pattern of the labyrinth invites us to move quietly, thoughtfully, and deliberately to a central point and back. The simple process of moving to the center often prompts a “letting go” and an ability to focus clearly on one’s deepest needs, concerns or potential.
Come walk the labyrinth – discover a way of prayer, a way of being in communion with God.
The labyrinth is built into the carpet of the Chapel on the second floor of the building. Guided walks are scheduled occasionally, but the labyrinth is also available for private use by appointment. Please contact the church office at to inquire about availability.
The David P. Lyons Lecture in Theology was established to honor the memory and ministry of Rev. David Lyons. Each spring a distinguished scholar is invited to share insight and understandings in the areas related to theology, biblical interpretation, religious history, and spirituality.
Grounded in a deep and abiding faith, Rev. Lyons opened windows and doors for seeing and knowing God outside the usual human parameters defining God.
Contributions to the Lyons Lecture or Endowment can be made here.