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Adult Education

adultEdThroughout the year, in-depth classes are offered to learn and examine our spiritual practices and help us grow in faith.

The focus may include different methods of prayer, different approaches to Bible study, personal and group discernment, the path of forgiveness, learning discipleship, and receiving grace.

Classes are held Sunday morning during the Education Hour at 9:00 a.m.

“Who Was That Guy?”

Wheeler Room: Adult & Youth Education
January 1 ~ February 26
This study will be based on a book by the late Marcus Borg, Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University, entitled Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, and may just change your mind–and your life–in relation to who Jesus really was and what following him in today’s world is all about.   First published in 1994, this extraordinary book combines Borg’s original scholarly insight, profound spirituality, and unusual capacity to connect it all to life in the present.

Together, we will explore three important questions:

(1) Who was Jesus and what shaped him into the person he became?

(2) What was the content and method of Jesus’s teaching and why did it attract some to follow him and drive others to crucify him? and

(3) What does discipleship mean for us as we struggle to live faithfully in today’s world?

Ultimately, Jesus is not simply a figure of the past, but a figure of the present.  Meeting that Jesus–the living one who comes to us even now–will be like meeting Jesus again for the first time. All classes will be held in the Wheeler Room and will be facilitated by Don Gall and Pastor Jonathan.  This class will run throughout the Season of Epiphany to the beginning of Lent.

Handouts for class:

We Are Family

We Are Family is a Sunday morning gathering of parents and guardians of children and youth from 0 to 18.   You are invited to join other parents for study, reflection, and mutual support as together we discover what it means to live faithfully today.  Please join Pastor Melanie and Rebecca Delzell as this group explores spiritual practices, Bible study, and pressing questions of life and faith.  All are welcome!  We meet Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Peter Horn Lounge (the Game Room)

Exploring FCC

Are you interested in learning more about First Congregational Church and membership?  “Exploring FCC” classes are offered during Fall, Winter, and Spring. All persons interested are invited to an informational gathering the first week.  Then in the following weeks, classes will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Barber Room, with the opportunity for joining the church at the conclusion of the series.  Please contact the church office or a staff member with questions at 541-345-8741.

Sacred Conversations

Periodic thought provoking topics are presented for a few weeks at a time on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Check out the Wednesday Night Connections page for the current class schedule.

Spiritual Direction at First Congregational UCC

Spiritual Direction is a confidential relationship with a trained guide, to reflect on our spiritual journey and help us become more aware of the presence and activity of the Holy in our lives.

There is no area of human life in which God is uninterested, no corner of it to which God is not present, and therefore, no aspect of life which would be a foreign or inappropriate matter to bring to a conversation with a Spiritual Director. In the midst of a busy life, many people find it difficult to notice God’s action in their daily affairs. Yet, at the deepest level, all of us long for a more conscious experience of God’s presence.

Spiritual Direction is a way to invite God into our joys and broken places and to grow spiritually. It can be experienced as a one time trial, once a month for an extended period of time, or whatever works in a person’s life.

Spiritual Direction can help you with issues of :

  • Anxiety
  • Discernment
  • Grief and loss
  • Healing the past
  • Learning to forgive
  • Peace of mind

Spiritual Direction is offered by Suzanne Congdon to church members at no charge. If you are interested, please call Suzanne at 541-343-0817.

Companions in Christ

Refresh your soul with a new Companions in Christ class this year!  It will be offered Wednesdays beginning in October from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. in the Chapel with Pastor Janet and Suzanne Congdon as facilitators. Here is what participants in the last class have to say:

“In this small group you will have the opportunity to test your assumptions about God and the Bible and explore new ways of praying and discerning.  Perhaps most importantly, you will be able to connect on a more genuine and intimate way with God and your brothers and sisters at FCC.”

“This is a blessed experience.  It will likely reinforce practices you already follow and introduce you to new approaches in your relationship with God.”

“You will grow in ways that you have yet to discover and you will be supported in doing that by the other men and women in the group.”

“I felt apart and unworthy; now I know and trust that the loving Creator is present and that breath is Spirit.”

You are invited to this life-changing experience. We will meet weekly for 28 weeks and have about 20 minutes of daily homework.  If you have questions, or would like to participate, contact Pastor Janet (541-345-8741) or Suzanne Congdon (541-343-0817) before September 12.

Contemplative/Centering Prayer Group

Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Contemplative prayer is a way of making oneself aware of the presence of God, who is always there.  This type of prayer tends to be uniting and quite powerful for many in a group setting.  True contemplative prayer leads to the experience of God within, which silences other voices that deny our human dignity and a sense of peace and freedom.  The purpose of contemplative prayer is to take us deep within in order to rest in God and become more aware of God’s transforming love for us. If you are interested in being part of a weekly contemplative prayer group that will meet for one hour each week, call Pastor Janet.

Disciplines Bible Study Group

Our small group Bible study that follows the Lectionary, “Disciplines”, is open to new participants in September and January, but are closed after the group has begun meeting. The discipline of a daily devotion can be a very fruitful and fulfilling spiritual practice, especially when you combine it with a time for group reflection and caring. Each class is one hour long and meets weekly throughout the year. If you are interested in participating, or have questions, please contact Pastor Janet.

Disciplines 1 Group meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.

Disciplines 3 Group meets Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Emmaus Group

Ongoing spiritual nurture is enhanced in community and strengthened by spiritual friendships. This group meets monthly for group support and accountability to encourage and nurture spiritual growth. Contact: Pastor Janet, 541-345-8741.

Men’s Bible Study

Meets each Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. in the Peter Horn Lounge.

All men are invited as the group talks about the upcoming sermon scripture. There’s coffee and great dialogue!

Sojourners Bible Study

Meets Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Sojourners Room during the school year.

Study the lectionary text each week with leader, Marti Kersh. All are welcome.

Resources for Past Adult Education Classes

Click the link below for PDFs of past handouts for further study.

Adult Education Archive for 2016-2017

Adult Education Archive for 2015-2016

Adult Education Archive for 2014-2015

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