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2017 Fall Classes

At First Church we believe that growing and learning is a lifelong process. In order for us to be challenged in faith, grow in our understanding of the Bible, and become followers of Christ, we invite everyone to actively engage themselves in the Christian Education opportunities we offer.

Make yourself familiar with the key above to better understand the session dates, format, type, and additional info for each class. All classes meet weekly during the session unless otherwise noted. Participants are welcome to join a class even after the start date. While registration for classes is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

REGISTRATION (See Registration Form at Bottom of Page)
While registration for classes is not required, it is strongly encouraged. Use the form below or DOWNLOAD the registration form. You can also download the Fall Class booklet HERERegistration ends August 13. 

Session 1  |  August 16 – October 2
Session 2  |  October 4 – November 15


NEW – Intergenerational
Session 1 & 2  |  9:30am  |  The Wright Place, 2nd Floor, WP205
A new class for any and all ages looking for a Sunday morning group experience. This class will offer interactive discussions of the Bible and various topics of the Christian faith.

NEW – Young Adult
Session 1 & 2  |  9:30am  |  The Wright Place, Great Hall
A class is for young adults who looking for a Sunday morning group experience.  This is a class for people who want to learn more about the Bible and discuss faith issues.

Session 1 & 2  – Starts September 10  | 5:45pm  |  Perry Home, Coffee House
If you’ve lost a spouse, child, family member, or friend, this group can help you through this challenging time when you feel isolated and have many questions about things you’ve never faced before. Led by John Griffin.

An Introduction to Christian Worship
Session 1   |  
6:00pm  |  Chapel of the Good Shepherd
An Introduction to Christian Worship, offered as part of our focus on Worship in 2017, will provide an in-depth look at how and why we worship the way we do. Using the book An Introduction to Christian Worship by James F. White, the class will include discussion on the history of worship, how time and space impact our worship, church music, sacraments, specials seasons, and more. Led by Jeb Hunt. 


Faith and Fitness
Session 1 & 2  |  5:30pm  |  Front Lawn
A fitness and accountability group which focuses on strength training, cardiovascular fitness, and core exercises. Led by Denise Van Atta.

Session 1 & 2  |  
6:00pm  |  Perry Home, Parlor  
This in-depth study will cover the entire Book of Revelation. The class will also discuss issues in the Greco-Roman World during the time Revelation was written and discuss the meaning of prophets and prophecy in Bible. Class will be hosted by Monday Night Bible Class. Led by Rev. Brandon Bures. 

Entering the Life of the Saints
Session 1   |  
6:00pm  |  Perry Home, Room 201
This nine week class will explore more deeply the lives of seven saints. By examining their holy habits and spiritual disciplines we will discern if there is an invitation for us to grow in our spiritual practice in the example of their lives and ministries. We will practice in community a holy habit or spiritual discipline from one of the saints each week. Led by Donell Seager & David Boyd.  


Lunch Bunch Group
Ongoing  |  4th Tuesday  |  11:45am  |  Perry Home, Coffee House 
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.  Led by Nettie Joseph. 


Joe Harrell Men’s Bible Study
Session 1 & 2  |  Starts September 6  |  7:00am  |  The Wright Place, Dining Hall 
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. Led by Mike Vance. 

Dad’s Bible Study
Session 1 & 2  |  
7:30am  |  Panera Bread
All dads are invited for a time of Bible study and Christian fellowship with other dads. This study meets at Panera Bread by Cordova Mall. Led by Bill Bond. 

Women at the Well
Ongoing  |  10:30am  |  Perry Home
This book and Bible-based discussion group for women of all ages studies a variety of topics throughout the year. Led by Cindy Smith. 

Bible with Brandon
Session 1 & 2  |  
Starts September 6  |  Noon  |  The Wright Place
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. Led by Rev. Brandon Bures.

Senior Pastor’s Bible Study
Session 1 & 2  |  
Starts September 6  |  6:00pm  |  Wesley Abbey
Join Senior Pastor, Wesley H. Wachob, as he leads a study of Paul and Elizabeth Achtemeier’s book: The Old Testament Roots of Our Faith. Come study how “the Lordship of Jesus is firmly rooted in the promises and prophecies of the Old Testament.” Led By Senior Pastor, Wesley H. Wachob.

Financial Peace University
Session 1 & 2  |  
Starts September 6 (9 Weeks)  |  6:00pm  |  Lower Sanctuary, S117
Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University presents Biblical steps to get rid of debt, manage your money, spend and save wisely and more! To learn more, visit Led by Earl McAuley, Geoff Cook, Ricky Van Atta. 

Family Feud
Session 2  |  6:00pm  |  Lower Sanctuary, S106
“There are no perfect families. Not even in the Bible! And yet family shapes us more than almost anything in the world.” Join us for a sermon series by Rev Paul Rasmussen as he takes us through several topics on the family including the purpose of the family, boundaries, problem with blame, etc. Each week we will watch the sermon together, have a brief discussion and spend time in prayer for our families. Led by Lisa Bond. 

Simply Christian
Session 1 & 2  |  
6:00pm  |  Perry Home, PH101
A practical guide for parents who want to connect and grow This class is for anyone who wants to travel beyond the controversies that obscure what the Christian faith really stands for and is interested in walking through the Christian faith step-by- step. Led by Brandon Bures. 

Bible Talk
Session 1   |  
6:00pm  |  Perry Home, Parlor
This class is for people who want to learn more about what the Bible says about different topics.  Bring your questions and participate in some interesting discussions.  Led by Bill Bond.  


Mom’s Bible Study
Session 1 & 2  |  
9:30am  |  Education Building, E207
All moms are invited to join us for our weekly Moms Bible Study. We will begin this session with Margaret Feingberg’s Overcomer: A 4-week Study in Philippians Come join us for great discussions, friendship and faith building. Led by Lisa Bond. 

Study of Prayer
Ongoing  |  1st Thursday  |  10:00am  |  Perry Home, PH101
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. Led by Nancy Shealy. 

God’s Stories Group
Ongoing  |  2nd Thursday  |  10:00am  |  Perry Home, Parlor
This group reads and discusses short stories from Christian and secular perspectives. All are invited to this study sponsored by the United Methodist Women. Led by Janice Anderson. 

Weight Watchers
Ongoing  |  5:30pm  |  Perry Home, PH101
Our proven program is not a diet. It’s about living. Your best self isn’t just about a magical number on the scale. It’s about seeing food as   fuel for a healthy life, finding ways to move more each day, and developing the skills to unlock your inner strength so you can make   healthy choices for life. Yes, you will lose weight. But with Weight Watchers, you’ll also gain a whole new perspective on getting — and   staying — healthy. Led by Paula McDuffy. 

6:00 – 7:00pm  |  Wesley Abbey
Light Snacks and drinks provided.
This series of classes is designed for adults of any age who are interested in preparing and planning for the future. Adult children will find this information useful in making decisions that effect your family members. Sign up for this series with the registration form below.

Planning Ahead  |  August 21
End of Life Issues / Advanced Directives
Dr. Donna Jacobi Pruett, MD

Eldercare Law/Legal Guidance for Issues of Aging
Nicholas R. Medley / Medley Law Firm

Future Home Planning  |  September 25
What to do when you can no longer stay in your home?
Medicare / Medicaid Questions Answered

Assisted Living /Long Term Care
Jennifer Colley / Wesley Haven Villas

Memory Care    
Diane Mallon / The Waterford at Creekside

Final Plans  |  October 30
Pre-Planning Funeral Arrangements     
Tanner Morris / Harper Morris Funeral Home

Hospice Care 
John Griffin / Regency Hospice

What is a Community Group?
Community Groups are intimate groups that commit to meet and connect with each other during the week. They encourage one another to grow in their understanding of the Gospel as they live out their faith.

How is this different from classes & studies?
Community Groups are intended to foster deeper relationships with God and group members, which encourages greater transparency, transformation, and accountability during and outside group time.

Fill out the registration form below and check the box(s) indicating which type of group you are interested in or write in a specific open group listed below.

The groups listed below are currently meeting and open to new members.

Young Professionals
This community group is made up of young people in their 20-30’s. The Young Professionals meet every other week at a restaurant to fellowship and discuss life circumstances, biblical topics, and current events.

Parents of Young Children
This tight knit community is tailored to parents of children between birth and elementary school. However, topics of study are not only focused on parenting, but also involve Biblical study and fellowship.

Married Couples
This group of married couples in their 50’s-60’s meets weekly to fellowship, share, and discuss. The last study they read was Tim Tebow’s book: Shaken.

Intergenerational – Compassionate Friends
Compassionate Friends is a community group for every age and every circumstance.

Prayer Shawl Ministry
Our longest running community group, the prayer shawl ministry combines knitting with prayer to craft wonderful shawls that are distributed to those hurting or in need.


The groups listed below are not currently meeting, but suggested communities based on life stages and circumstance. Groups will form based on interest.

Parents of Children
A group designed for parents of elementary aged children who are looking to grow together in parenting and spirituality.

Parents of Tweens
A community aimed to meet the need of parents of middle school children. This community group will walk together through the difficulties and joys of raising budding teens.

Parents of Youth
This group is focused on parents of high-schoolers and offers a space to process your child’s transition to college.

Designed specifically for those caring for others, this community group provides a space to share struggles, support burdens, and rest.

Women – Intergenerational
The perfect group for women looking to grow and learn with other women who may not be their age. This group has met every other week and studied a variety of books and topics.

Women – 20s-30s
This community group is for those seeking to deepen their faith, but also to cultivate meaningful and lasting relationships with other young women.

This sacred space is for those looking to walk alongside others in a similar season of grief.