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2017 Winter Semester Christian Education Course Catalog and Registration

First Church has a wide variety of classes, small groups and studies available during the 2017 Winter Semester. These classes are divided into three types based on course content. The three types are Bible Studies, Faith Formation Classes, and Christian Living classes. The Winter Semester takes place from January 18 – February 27. Classes marked ongoing are continuous. All classes meet weekly during the semester, unless otherwise noted. Participants are welcome to join a class even after the start date.

2017 Winter Semester Christian Education Course Catalog PDF

Registration (See Registration Form Below)
While registration for classes is not required, it is strongly encouraged. Use the form below or download the PDF here.


Divorce Care
This video seminar/small group will enable you to find help and healing as you face challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. Led by Holly Shumpert.
Sunday | 6:00pm | Holly Shumpert. | Christian Living | Perry Home


Faith and Fitness
A fitness and accountability group which focuses on strength training, cardiovascular fitness, and core exercises.

Monday | 5:30pm | Denise Van Atta | Christian Living | Front Lawn

Monday Night Bible Class
This book and Bible based discussion group studies a variety of topics throughout the year.

Monday | 6:00pm | Bible Study | Perry Home  

Daniel Plan
This is far more than a diet plan. It is an appetizing approach to achieving a healthy lifestyle where people are encouraged to get healthier together by optimizing the key five essentials of faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends. Participants in this class can also enjoy a healthy meal and exercise option each week.

Monday | 6:15pm | Led by Lisa Bond and Denise Van Atta | Christian Living | The Wright Place  


Lunch Bunch Group
This study and information group is sponsored by the United Methodist Women and participates in a variety of studies led by various speakers. A previous study included the book An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or snack to share with the group.

4th Tuesday | 11:45am | Ongoing | Nettie Joseph | Faith Formation | Perry Home


Joe Harrell Men’s Bible Study Group 
The Joe Harrell Men’s Bible Breakfast is a Bible study and fellowship designed especially for men. This group gathers for breakfast, followed by a devotion and presentation on a variety of topics. The Bible Breakfast has continually met for 40+ years and is always looking for new members.

Wednesday | 7:00am | Mike Vance | Bible Study | The Wright Place

Dad’s Bible Study  
All dads are invited for a time of Bible study and Christian fellowship with other dads.
Wednesday | 7:30am | Bill Bond | Bible Study | Panera Bread at Cordova Mall

Women at the Well
This book and Bible-based discussion group for women of all ages studies a variety of topics throughout the year.

Wednesday | 10:30am | Cindy Smith | Bible Study | Perry Home

Bible with Brandon  
Rev. Brandon Bures, Associate Pastor, leads participants in a weekly in-depth discussion of the upcoming lectionary passages for Sunday. Lunch is available for purchase.
Wednesday | Noon | Rev. Brandon Bures | Bible Study | The Wright Place

Senior Pastor’s Bible Study  
Join Senior Pastor, Wesley H. Wachob as he leads this study of the book Short Stories by Jesus. Author Amy-Jill Levine interweaves history and spiritual analysis to explore Jesus’ most popular teaching parables, exposing their misinterpretations and making them lively and relevant.

Wednesday | 6:00pm | Dr. Wesley H. Wachob | Bible Study | Wesley Abbey

St. Augustine’s Confessions
This in-depth discussion of Augustine’s Confessions is an intimate account of the life of the 4th century Bishop who wrote of a faith that seeks understanding and whose prayer and confession of faith begins with the observation that we are made for God, and our hearts are restless until they rest in God.
Wednesday | 6:00pm | David Ramsey | Bible Study | Perry Home   

Bible 101
Whether you are developing a “new” or “renewed” interest in the Bible you are welcome to join us in our exciting 2500+ year Biblical adventure where we will study the story and historical timeline of the Bible. We will look at the events, when they happened, the people, the places, the geography, and how they are all related in the Bible. Bible 101 creates a whole new view and perspective of the story in this greatest book ever written…the BIBLE.

Wednesday | 6:00pm | Geoff Cook | Bible Study | Perry Home

Seeing Gray in a Black and White World
A civil conversation on the political, moral and religious issues that divide us.

Wednesday | 6:00pm | Rev. Brandon Bures | Christian Living | Perry Home

Spiritual Parenting
Spiritual Parenting introduces the simple but revolutionary concept that parents are, by the power of God’s Spirit, to obey and depend on God in order to create an environment God can use to beckon their children to Him. Dr. Michelle Anthony shares practical examples and biblical insight on the spiritual role of parenting. Hosted by Parents Community Group.

Wednesday | 6:00pm | Christian Living | Education Building

Young Professionals
This group of 20-30 year olds meet together off-campus for fellowship and faith formation through Bible and book studies. Topics often include a Christian discussion of important social issues, relevant current events, spiritual practices, or an in-depth look at the weekly lectionary Bible texts.
Wednesday | 6:30pm | Ongoing | Bible Study and Faith Formation | Off-Campus at City Grocery


Mom’s Bible Study  
All Moms are invited to join us for our weekly Mom’s Bible Study. We will begin this session with John Ortberg’s book, The Me I Want to Be. This is a great chance to grow in your faith and fellowship with other moms.

Thursday | 9:30am | Lisa Bond | Bible Study | 2nd Floor Education Building

God’s Stories Group
This group reads and discusses short stories from Christian and secular perspectives. All are invited to this study sponsored by the United Methodist Women.

2nd Thursday | 10:00am | Ongoing | Janice Anderson | Faith Formation | Perry Home 

Study of Prayer
This group participates in various studies on prayer with a focus on growing in faith through prayer. This group is sponsored by the Ruth Braden and Eleanor Nichols group of the United Methodist Women.
1st Thursday | 10:00am | Ongoing | Nancy Shealy | Faith Formation | Perry Home


Make sure to check out the small groups, classes, & studies offered throughout the week just for children, tweens, & youth. Information is provided in the Church Office and online: Children | Tween | Youth