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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.

Coming Up…

“Home by Another Way ~ Spiritual Disciplines for our Lenten Journey”

Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in the Wheeler Room, begins Feb. 18th

Facilitators: Don Gall and Pastor Jonathan Morgan

During these tumultuous and challenging times, it can be difficult to find one’s center by which to live and move.  Join us for this 8 – week series based on the Barbara Brown Taylor book, Home by Another Way.

Feb. 18     Class 1 handoutWhy Journey at all?  The case for the practices of a Lenten Discipline

Feb. 25     Life Giving Fear ~ Finding Strength for the Living of these Days

Mar. 4      A Tale of Two Heretics ~ Clearing our Sight to See What is Real

Mar. 11     The Voice of Love ~ There when We feel most Alone

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…A CLASS AFTER WORSHIP: “Bible Texts for Difficult Times”

Facilitator: Reverend Dr. W. Dean Kokjer

Sundays at 11:00 a.m. in the Wheeler Room

An adult education class Sundays following worship, especially for the choir and others who can’t attend the 9:00 hour classes. Youth are welcome, too. Bring a Bible and a Bible verse or story that nurtures your spirit during difficult (political or civic) times.

Feb. 4     Ephiphany in Matthew 2

Feb. 11     Esther

Feb. 18     Some selected Psalms

Feb. 25     The disciples post-crucifixion and Paul

 

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.

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

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.  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.

Disciplines 1 at 12:15 on Thursdays
Disciplines 2 at 3:00 on Wednesdays
Disciplines 3 at 4:30 on Wednesdays

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?

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