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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.

No Adult Education Class on Sunday, September 3 (Labor Day weekend)

“The Rebirthing of God: Christianity’s Struggle for New Beginnings.”

Adult and Youth Education
Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Wheeler Room

A new weekly series through October based on John Phillip Newell’s book facilitated by Pastor Jonathan Morgan, Lisa Morgan and Don Gall.  Come and join this fascinating exploration of faith and discover how we might bring new life and vitality into our lives and ministry.  We have much to share and learn from one another.

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 begins Oct. 1

Are you new to FCC and want to find out more? Beginning October 1, anyone interested in Exploring FCC is invited to the Barber Room on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. for a series of classes. We will explore what is unique about this congregation, our history, vision, governance, and how to get involved.  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 if you have questions or would like to participate.

“Exploring FCC” classes are offered during Fall, Winter, and Spring. All persons interested are invited to an informational gathering the first week 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.

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

A nine-week spiritual formation group will be offered this fall.  The “Way of Grace” class will help 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.  A preparation meeting will be held September 27 at 3:30.

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

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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Upcoming Events

  • Pancake Breakfast by CPS
    October 21, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
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  • Our Whole Lives Facilitators Training
    October 27, 2017-October 29, 2017 @ 
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  • Melanie's 20th Anniversary
    October 29, 2017
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  • Worship:Guest Preacher
    October 29, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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  • Melanie's 20th Ann. Bash
    October 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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  • Pizza, Pumpkin Carving, and Haunted Stage
    October 29, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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