Small Groups & Classes October-November

Youth Parents

For parents of middle and high school youth, this class is a book discussion of This Child of Faith by Sophfronia Scott and her son, Tain Gregory. Tain was present in a 3rd grade classroom on the morning of the Sandy Hook shootings. Jeremy Jones, English Professor at WCU and FPCA member will lead on October 14th. The authors will speak on October 28th. Other Sundays will study and discuss issues relating to parenting teens and mentoring faith.
Coordinators: Jil Meadows, Claire Shippey, Amy Preslar   (10/14-11/18 Room 205)

Sandwiched, Squeezed, Stressed, Strained:
Caregiving in the Sandwich Generation

This class is for those caring for parents and possibly still parenting children or young adults. The specifics of the story change from family to family, but the challenges are often similar: medical and financial questions, role reversal, conflicting commitments, strains on time, travel and provision of care over distance, among others. This class will explore these issues with the hope of building a community of support and connection.  A special guest teacher, Ned Martin, Pastoral Counselor, will begin this series, and our discussion will continue through November. Coordinators: Martha Sloan, Margaret Black (10/14-11/18 2nd Floor Marguerite Morgan Room)

Film & Faith: Grace, Gratitude and Gifts

(a DVD study and discussion by Diana Butler Bass) 
These films feature themes from Diana’s newest book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks. As she explores the ethics that flow from living in giftedness, she reminds us that scarcity is not the reality of the universe, abundance is. She challenges us to dismantle the pyramid structures built on scarcity and begin to reboot God’s table as one of abundance.  All ages and stages are invited to participate.  Facilitator: Frances Baldwin (10/14-11/18 Room 213)

Other Small Groups

These small groups will begin meeting the week of October 8th until the week before Thanksgiving at times other than Sunday morning.

Pastor’s Study:
Space limited to 10 participants. Explore the Biblical text for the upcoming Sunday and help create the sermon, with Rev. Johnson. The group will meet on Wednesday mornings. Email Penny Gibbs to sign up.

Discussion Groups will meet weekdays, evenings, or Sunday morning in homes or at FPCA.
Some groups will study the book Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved by Kate Bowler. A professor at Duke University, wife and mother, Kate was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer at age 35, Kate tells her story of living now with cancer, and of her discovery that life is hard, but beautiful in a way it has never been before (She is speaking here on Nov. 3).  Other groups will study a short article each week, on a theme related to faith in contemporary life and the world.  If you would like to join a small group, or more information, contact Nancy McNeill.

Families of Young Children

Gather on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 to 6:30 for study, discussion, fellowship, and a simple meal with other young families. Group will meet at FPCA or in homes.


FLO (Figuring Life Out) Pals

For young adults who are single or partnered and who desire to build community and discuss issues relating to living a life of faith in a chaotic world. This group is ongoing and meets Monday evenings in various locations. Coordinator: Jeremy Roberts. For information, email Jeremy Roberts.