Christian Education

Sunday September 10th, is Rally Sunday and the perfect opportunity for you to see firsthand all the opportunities we have to do life Together! Throughout Calvin Hall we will have information about areas of ministry where you can use your talents and get involved, whether that is Stephen Ministry, choir, Presbyterian Women, or joining one of many ministry teams that serve our church and community.

 

Rally Sunday also includes a luncheon and carnival on the front lawn following worship. You won’t want to miss this annual event and wonderful time of fun, fellowship and food!

Be sure to check it out all the ways we can be Together during Rally Sunday, September 10.

 

Grow together:

Sunday Morning: Sunday classes begin at 9:00am and we offer something for everyone from the youngest to the oldest.

Midweek @ Midtown: Beginning at 4:30 in Jenks lounge we will be offering a 4 week Adult Bible study class on the book of Jonah. The Chapel will be available for a time of prayer and meditation from 4:30-6:30. Dinner @ 5:45 followed by Youth Group, Children’s program and an Adult Bible study class.

 

Life together:

New Discipleship small groups are starting in October. This is an opportunity to grow in faith and journey through life together

Seek out opportunities to join with others in fellowship activities such as PUFF trips or Prayer Shawl Ministry.

 

Serve together:

Opportunities are endless for serving our community. Whether it is every Thursday at the Hand-up Food Pantry or helping serve meals with Neighbors United or picking up trash in Turner Park.

Or perhaps there is a project that is near and dear to your heart…invite others to serve alongside you.

Pray together:

Become a part of our Prayer team – either by email or phone tree – and lift up others in prayer.

Consider becoming a Stephen Minister and a part of our Sunday morning prayer team.

 

I am looking forward to all this year holds as we Worship Together weekly; Grow Together in our faith journey; do Life Together in fellowship as a congregation; Serve Together in our church and in our community; and intentionally take time to Pray Together. I hope that you will seek out an opportunity this Fall to be Together with others.

Sunday Morning

Begins September 10

8:45 am-11:45 am           Nursery Care Provided

Our nursery provides childcare in a loving, nurturing environment for infants through three-year-olds.  Nursery care is provided Sunday morning during Sunday school (9am-10am) and Worship (10:30am) from 8:45 am until 15 minutes after the completion of Worship approximately 11:45 am. On Wednesday nights, child care is provided from 6:00pm until 7:30pm during Midweek @ Midtown.

 

Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment for each and every child.  If you have any questions about FPC’s child care, please call Pastor Jenni 402.345.5383.

9:00 am – 10:00  am       Christian Education Hour for all ages in Millard Hall

Sunday Adult Classes

We offer two classes for adults with  The Present Word , led by Amy Rodie beginning at 9:oo am  and an Adult Bible class led by Alan Reinarz beginning at 9:00 am.

9:00 am – 10:00 am            The Present Word, led by Amy Rodie

You are invited to join an adult learning group that meets 9:00 – 10:00 Sunday mornings for a Bible-based study, facilitated by Amy Rodie.  We use The Present Word materials (provided).  All adults are welcome; this is a friendly group that likes to talk, and you are free to chime-in or not.  Any level of familiarity with God’s Word is   appropriate.   Please come!  We meet in the northeast east corner on the first floor of Millard Hall.

9:00 am – 10:00 am           An Adult Bible Study Class led by Alan Reinarz

The Bible study group, facilitated by Alan Reinarz, meets in a first-floor classroom in Millard Hall. The usual practice is to read the Scripture passage(s) announced for that Sunday’s worship, in the larger context of the entire chapter, for example, and other related Scripture passages. Basic Bible study aids are consulted.  Application of the passage(s) to contemporary life situations are discussed. Time is made to share and pray about personal concerns and blessings.

Discipleship Small Groups                                              

Are you interested in developing a deeper relationship with Christ? Would you like to be a part of a discipleship small group? We are getting ready to launch new discipleship groups for the 2017-2018 school year and would love to have join us. An informational meeting will be held at the church on September 10th at 4:00pm. Please talk with Pastor Jenni or Pastor Jon if you are would like to attend.

Children and Youth Classes

We offer a variety of age graded classes on Sunday mornings. These classes begin at 9:00 a.m.  You will find classes for Preschool /Kindergarten; Grades 1st -3rd; Grades 4th -8th; and Grades 9th -12th

9:00 am-10:00 am             Preschool

Sunday School begins at 9:00 am in Millard Hall, the educational wing of our church.  The Preschool students, in a variety of ways, will learn more about Jesus.  Come, make new friends and learn with your friends. 

 9:00 am – 10:00 am            Grades 1 -3; 4-8      Sunday Morning Kids

We are so excited to announce a new Sunday school format beginning September 10th! Our morning together will begin at 9:00am in the Temple as we gather, worship and head off on our adventures for the day. Each week we will experience the Bible story in a new and exciting way…you won’t want to miss it!

9:00 am -10:00 am                   Grades 9-12      Sunday Morning Youth

Sunday morning our Youth will be studying God’s word using Feasting on the Word. Together we will explore our personal and communal identity in Jesus Christ through meaningful community-building experiences, engaging Bible study, and relevant learning activities. Biblical stories will come alive in new and creative ways. In response to God’s amazing, unconditional love, youth will be challenged to put their faith into action as they grow to understand themselves as Christ’s disciples.

10:45 am        Godly Play | age 7 & younger

All children are invited to participate in worship each Sunday morning. Younger children, following the children’s message, may exit to Millard Hall to participate in Godly Play.

 

What is Godly Play? Children have an innate sense of the presence of God. The Godly Play approach helps them to explore their faith through story, to gain religious language and to enhance their spiritual experience though wonder and play.

Calling all kids 4th – 8th grade!

We are beginning a new youth group specifically for 4th-8th graders…4:12Kids! We will meet on the third Sunday of the month at 4:12 in the afternoon for fun, food, and other festivities.

See you Sunday September 17th @ 4:12pm – 6:30pm Help us get the word out – because this is gonna be fun!

*4:12 Kids comes from 1 Timothy 4:12 which says, “Don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.”

Mid-Week

Midweek @ Midtown

Join us September 13 as Midweek @ Midtown kicks off!  This was previously known as Wednesday Night Downtown.  Dinner will be served from 5:45pm-6:15pm.       After dinner, at 6:15, our children, youth and adult Bible programs begin.

A few changes to our Wednesday night line-up this year:  Along with a name change – Midweek@Midtown – we are asking for reservations for dinner.  If you are planning to join us please RSVP by signing up on the bulletin board on Sunday morning or calling the church office by Tuesday afternoon.  This will help us to be better stewards of our resources as we prepare and serve meals.

Our midweek kids program is kicking off September 13th. Join us each week from 6:20-7:30 in Millard Hall for fun hands on learning of the Bible story through games, crafts, cooking and more.

Youth Group – 9th-12th Grade

Summer is over and school is back in full swing. As we settle into the rhythm of the school year don’t forget about Youth Group on Wednesday evenings beginning September 13! We have some fun events and activities in the works and know that you won’t want to miss out!

See you soon!

4:30 pm      Wednesday  Afternoon Bible Study

Join us Wednesday afternoons in Jenk’s lounge for a 4 week Bible study on the story of Jonah.

From this story we learn not only about Jonah’s adventures and God’s ways but also about ourselves. We might even notice that Jonah acts a lot like we do sometimes. But—thank God!—that’s not the end of the story. . . .

6:15      Wednesday Evening Adult Bible Study

This October marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. No biblical document made a greater contribution to the Reformation than the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. Luther’s Commentary on Romans was the first exposition of Romans on the basis of four Reformation “solas” – Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, and Christ alone. Join us for a look into the history that led up to Martin Luther’s nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg church as we consider Romans in light of its Reformation setting and its contemporary witness.. This class will meet Wednesdays @ 6:15 in Jenk’s lounge.