Adult Faith Development Classes this Summer

June 3-24   
Understanding and Nurturing Spiritual Practices  (Room 214)

Spiritual Practices (or Disciplines) can be a way of life for us all rather than a mystery enjoyed by the few.   They can be delightful and life changing.  In these four weeks, we will begin to understand spiritual practices, understand how our own unique temperaments compliment them, and begin to develop a few in our own lives.  
      June 3:  A practical overview of Spiritual Practices
      June 10:  Identify your preferred pathway of experiencing God
      June 17:  Lectio plus: utilizing the Bible in practice (taught by Bill Lowrey)
      June 24:  Integrating practices into daily life
Teacher: Rev. Alice Petersen

These Classes Meet Weekly June & July unless indicated:

Text Talk Bible Study; No class  July 1,8, 29 (Room 213)  
This class explores in-depth the scripture passages that are the grounding for the day’s sermon. Come join the conversation, no prior preparation necessary! Teachers:  Rev. Dr. Patrick Johnson, Jane Vann

Coffee Talk 3.0  (Widman Room 107/1st floor) 
Coffee Talk welcomes all FPCA members and visitors, ages 21-40s. Join us this month to begin an exploration of spiritual practices with leading theological voices speaking on prayer, food, worship, money, service, community. In addition, Jane Vann will be leading a bible study once a month. Nursery is available and little ones are always welcome. Coordinators:  Cat & Scott Kessler

First Bible Class  (Room 112)                                                                                                              This class has met consistently for the past 100 years.  Participants study the Bible using “The Present Word” quarterly.  June – August Theme- “Justice in the New Testament”. Teacher: Hugh Howell
 

Classes meeting in July

July 1 – What’s happening in our Denomination? (Room 213) 
"Renewing the Vision: Kingdom Building for the 21st Century" is this year’s theme for the 223rd meeting of the General Assembly of the PCUSA in St. Louis, MO. June 16-23.  How might God be calling us as kingdom builders? Join us for a first hand report from FPCA member Anna Huntley who attended GA as a committee assistant and for discussion with Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison Presbytery WNC Stated Clerk of the important issues considered. 

July 8 – Mentoring Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives (Room 213) 
Dean Thompson and Cam Murchison will discuss the new book they have co-edited, Mentoring: Biblical, Theological, and Practical Perspectives. The book aims to provide a variety of angles of vision on mentoring relationships and features contributions by 21 widely respected theologians and church leaders. It explores mentoring in biblical and theological perspective, within the context of diverse national and international communities, and across generations.  Teachers:  Rev. Dr. Cam Murchison, Rev. Dr. Dean Thompson

July 15 - Getting to Know My Church: A Closer Look at the Sanctuary Organ
Meet in the Sanctuary to take a fascinating “behind the scenes tour”of our Holtkamp organ. Jeremy will provide information about the history and operation of this amazing instrument
Teacher: Jeremy Roberts, FPCA Director of Music

July 22- Getting to Know My Church: Tour the Church Building (Wallace Foyer/ Ground Floor)  Are you like so many of us, who get lost in this large building, wonder what is behind closed doors, or up multiple stairways?  Meet in the Wallace Foyer and be guided to find your way around!                          

July 29 –The Blues as Public Lament over Racial & Economic Disparity (Room 213) 
Join Rev. Bill Buchanan, as he leads a discussion about The Blues as a form of public lament. Through his work developing Memphis Youth Mission, Bill has studied The Blues, its role in the history of the Mississippi Delta region, and its importance in understanding the past and present social justice issues of America.  The class will listen to Blues music of the 1890s through 1950s and connect it to both the Scriptures and American history. Teacher: Rev. Bill Buchanan, Executive Director of Asheville Youth Mission, Raleigh Youth Mission, and Memphis Youth Mission (Youth Mission Co.)