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Adult-Youth 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.

Four Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Faith, Hope, Love & Joy

Four Spiritual Pillars of Advent
December 3, 10, 17, 24
Don Gall & Pastor Jonathan, Facilitators

During the four Sundays of Advent, we will be exploring the biblical meanings, contemporary uses, and spiritual significance of four words closely associated with the seasons of Advent and Christmas. What is “Faith” and how does one live faithfully in these trying times?  How does one remain “Hopeful” when all around there are signs of hopelessness?  From whom do we learn how to “Love” and is it something we choose to do or does it choose us?  Is “Joy” an emotion, a gift of the spirit, or something unexpected that simply comes over us and over which we have no control?  Come join us as we seek to experience the deeper meanings of these words and others that are so central to our celebrations of Advent and Christmas.

We Are Family

You are invited to join other parents each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. for study, reflection, and mutual support as together we discover what it means to live faithfully today. All parents of children and youth, ages 0 – 18 are warmly invited to join this community of seekers on Sundays in the Peter Horn Lounge (game room) downstairs. Please join us as this group explores spiritual practices, Bible study, and pressing questions of life and faith. Coffee is included!

New Member Class

Are you new to FCC and want to find out more? New Member classes are offered during Fall, Winter, and Spring.  We explore what is unique about this congregation, our history, vision, governance, and how to get involved.  All persons interested are invited to an informal gathering the first week. Come for this six week exploration of our beloved community with an opportunity to join the church at the end of the series.

Contact Pastor Janet, 541-345-8741 if you have questions or would like to participate.

Book "Companions in Christ: The Way of Grace"The Way of Grace

A nine-week spiritual formation group offered this fall.  The “Way of Grace” class  helps participants explore and experience more deeply the grace of God at work within common patterns of growth and change on our spiritual journey.  The weekly two-hour classes will be on Wednesdays 3:30- 5:30 beginning October 4.

Contact facilitators Pastor Janet or Suzanne Congdon if you would like to participate.  The group size will be limited to 12.

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.

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

Open to new participants in January

Would you like to be part of a small group at church? Would you like to dig a little deeper into the scriptures? Disciplines may be for you! The small group lectionary Bible Study group called Disciplines opens to new participants twice per year- in January and September. 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.  There are currently two groups with a possible third forming. One meets on Wednesdays at 3:00 p.m., one meets Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., if there is enough interest, another group may meet in the evening, or on Sunday mornings. If  you are interested in being in a small study/support group, or would like more information, please contact Pastor Janet at janets@fcceugene.org.

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 2017-2018

Adult Education Archive for 2016-2017

Adult Education Archive for 2015-2016

Adult Education Archive for 2014-2015

What's Happening?

  • Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Be a Part of Our Annual Advent Pageant!
    Advent is coming and we are preparing to share the rich stories of this season in our Advent pageant during worship in December. There are opportunities for all ages and all talents to help bring our...
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  • Thank You for the Anniversary Bash!
    Thank You for the Anniversary Bash!
    Dear Church Family, Thank you for the most amazing celebration of our 20 years together in shared ministry on October 29. For all of it I thank you: from giving thanks in worship for the journey...
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  • The Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 17
    The Giving Tree gifts due Dec. 17
    The Giving Tree, in the downstairs lobby, is a special Christmas tree that hangs heavy with gift tags with the names and gift requests from adults in two care facilities in our community: in Shelter Care’s...
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  • Women's Fellowship Group: Angel Cards Dec. 10
    Women’s Fellowship Group: Angel Cards Dec. 10
    All women of the church are warmly welcomed December 10 to Women’s Fellowship, a time of respite from the holiday bustle. Candles and Angel Cards will inspire an evening of reflection and friendship at this traditional Christmas gathering....
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  • CAHOOTS Food Drive
    CAHOOTS Food Drive
    FCC supports CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets), a unique and critical community service coordinated by White Bird Clinic and the City of Eugene. CAHOOTS responds to non-criminal crises, including homelessness, intoxication, disorientation, and...
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  • Advent Candlelight Garden ~ Dec. 14
    Advent Candlelight Garden ~ Dec. 14
    Music, singing and special candle lighting for the season on Thursday, December 14 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Wheeler Room.  All are welcome! Volunteers are needed for help setting up. Sign-ups in the lobby, or contact...
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  • FCC Choral/Orchestral Presentation Dec. 17
    FCC Choral/Orchestral Presentation Dec. 17
    A combined choir of 40 FCC singers will present the charming Pergolesi/Durante Magnificat in the 10:00 a.m. worship service on Sunday, December 17. The choir will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra of UO music faculty/students, featuring...
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  • Christmas Special Offering Dec. 17
    Christmas Special Offering Dec. 17
    What gift can we bring to the Christ Child? Our annual Christmas Special Offering will be received on Sunday morning, December 17. This Special Offering will be equally divided between two important efforts of the United...
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  • New Disciplines participants welcome in January
    New Disciplines participants welcome in January
    Would you like to be part of a small group at church? Would you like to dig a little deeper into the scriptures? Disciplines may be for you! The small group lectionary Bible Study group called...
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  • Photo of building progress at Square One-Emerald Village Eugene
    Housing Initiative Updates: Building, Renovating, Van and Squash!
    Fall has been a time of construction and growth for the FCC Housing Initiative and our partners. Ground was broken this summer for Square One’s Emerald Village Eugene (EVE) project and this tiny home community is...
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Upcoming Events

  • House Band Rehearsal
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  • Advent Candlelight Garden
    December 14, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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  • Festival Choir Dress Rehearsal
    December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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  • Service of Longest Night
    December 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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