First United Presbyterian Church

Grow

Spiritual growth is an essential value at FUPC. We make sure to offer opportunities for all ages. During the pandemic, we are using Zoom to increase accessibility for everyone.

Our goal is to provide spiritual growth opportunities that glorify God, deepen our relationship with God, and educate, support, challenge, and encourage each member along our faith journey together.

Spiritual Growth Opportunities for Children and Youth

Children are invited to sit together in the front left pews until after the Children’s message. Children’s leaders will be there to meet them.

Each Sunday in May the children are invited to meet in lower Knox from 9:30 to 10:30 for Bible stories, songs and activities.

Vacation Bible School

VBS is the evenings of June 27-30 from 5 to 7pm.

This will be a four night all-ages family VBS.  Come together and learn together. We will begin and end the evening together and have break-out groups for adults and children in the middle of the evening.

We want to come together to know one another better and so we are having a year where we all come together as one church family of all ages.

We have children attending Ferncliff several weeks this summer.  The week that Ms. Kristi is going as chaplain is July 10-15.  Contact Kristi Button for more information about signing your rising 1st grade and up to youth children up for summer camp.

kbutton@fupcfay.org

Youth

Youth meets each Sunday evening from 4:30 to 6:00 and a youth summer calendar will be available  on May 1st.

Sunday Spiritual Growth Offerings for Adults

FUPC is committed to lifelong learning and spiritual growth, and offers many learning and growth opportunities during this year. At this time, there are two adult groups meeting on Sunday mornings. Both classes use a hybrid format, with some attending in person and some attending via Zoom! ALL are welcome to attend both classes, and weekly attendance is not necessary to find the classes fruitful and engaging.

Zoom information

If you have further questions about Spiritual Growth at FUPC in general, please email us at info@fupcfay.org and we will try to get back to you as quickly as possible. If you have specific questions about one of the classes listed below, please contact the leader. You’ll also find our Facebook Group useful for keeping up with current events.

Our Sunday morning schedule is:

  • 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Outdoor Worship
  • 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Adult Spiritual Growth Opportunities
  • 10:30 – 10:50 a.m. Time to make connections on the Courtyard
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Indoor AND Livestreamed Worship

Please check out further information on the Sunday morning Spiritual Growth groups below.

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THE PRESENT WORD BIBLE STUDY

This quarter, the Present Word Bible Study group is “Celebrating God” through Old and New Testament stories of praise and of Godly love among believers. This class is led by Dennis Brewer and Jane Steinkraus.

This class is accessible for anyone who wants to participate. Student books are available for pickup in the plastic drawers outside of the Calvin building entrance. 

The class meets Sunday mornings (through 6/5/22) during the Spiritual Growth Hour, 9:30 – 10:30 am, on FUPC’s “Zoom Two” account for those who wish to join online. Those who wish to meet in person can meet at the tables on the FUPC courtyard.

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THOUGHTFUL CHRISTIANS

Led by Derrik Olsen and Pastor Phil Butin, this class typically discusses a book about important matters of faith. Thoughtful Christians use FUPC’s “Zoom One” account for those who wish to attend online rather than in person. Those attending in person meet in the Library upstairs in the Calvin building.

March 13 begins a Lenten study and discussion of Genesis 1-3 based on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s book Creation and Fall, Temptation. Bonhoeffer was a Lutheran pastor and theologian in Germany during the rise of National Socialism in Germany, who was imprisoned by the Nazis and eventually martyred for standing up to the Third Reich.

Many of us have struggled to know how best to interpret and understand Genesis Chapters 1-3, and Bonhoeffer’s essays provide very insightful ways to hear God speaking through these texts with the relationship of God and humanity, and the reality of our futile efforts to assert our autonomy from God, at the forefront (rather than questions of religion and science, creation and evolution, etc.).

These are themes that are particularly appropriate to consider during Lent, and during a worship series on “Receiving, Seeking, and Extending Forgiveness.”  We invite you all to join us during Lent for what promises to be a highly fruitful conversation, that will help us grow and deepen in mind, soul, and spirit.

We meet in the library or on Zoom 1 from 9:30-10:30 each Sunday morning (through 6/17/22).

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