First Presbyterian Church hosts a Bible Study series for several weeks in the fall and spring of each year. Led by the pastor, the class takes place in our Community Room at 11:00 AM on Wednesdays following the 3B’s exercise class. (People are welcome to attend either or both.) Our approach to Bible study is to focus on a given passage, exploring several verses at a time. While we give attention to the historical context (what was happening, say, in the story about Jesus or in the church Paul was writing to), class members are encouraged also to think about what God may want to teach us—as a church and as individuals—through the passage.
We may be able to set up an additional class at another time if interest is expressed.
Summer Adult Education.
Together with the Calumet Episcopal Ministry Partnership, we have offered classes introducing Islam (2016) and Judaism (2017). The four 2016 classes were built around a video series. However, we were blessed with participation by members of a local mosque who shared their personal experience of Islam and answered our many questions.
The three classes in 2017 were taught by leaders from a local Jewish temple, again with plenty of interaction between them and the Christian participants.
The purpose of these series was to foster greater awareness of what we have in common among our three faiths, as well as what makes each distinctive. Options for adult education this summer are currently being explored.