Sunday mornings at 9:15 am
A Season of Hope and Anticipation: Advent Themes in Four Gospels Using readings from the Psalms, the gospels and the epistles, we will dig into the themes of adoption and God-with-us (from Matthew), baptism and sacrifice (from Mark), renewal and reversal (from Luke) and light, life and the “I ams” (from John). Drop in any time. Meets in room 30 on the lower level. Led by Joann Hirth and Robin Hess.
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas Readings start on Nov. 24 and include entries by Yancy, Nouwen, Bonhoeffer, L'Engle, Barth, Norris and many others with challenging ideas and pointed messages. Join any time even if you have not done all of the readings. See Jeff Buck for a book or order online. Meets in the fellowship hall.
Proverbs Written by King Solomon and other wise people, this book of timeless wisdom gives advice on friendship, family living, handling money, caring for the poor, discipline, proper speech, trusting God and more. Join us at 9:15 am Sundays in room 32 on the lower level.
Through the week
Pausing on the Road to Bethlehem: A Spiritual Journey through Advent Through various types of Bible study and prayer, music, poetry, and sharing, we will experience the prophesies, anticipation and joy of a journey through Advent. There will be opportunities for individual and group study. No preparation is required. Wednesdays, December 3 and 17, 6:30–7:30 pm. Meets in room 30 on the lower level. Led by Greta Buck.
Women’s Bible study group will read and discuss An Altar in the World, by Barbara Brown Taylor, the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month, 1–2:30 pm. Please join us – contact Alice Chambers.
Thursday book group begins in November reading and discussing The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus, by John Dominick Crossan. Like Marcus Borg, Crossan, in the 1990s, was a member of the famous Jesus Seminar. In part, its members sought to discern by comparative scholarship and the study of early Christian history which sayings and actions ascribed to Jesus in the gospels were fairly surely Jesus’ and which may have been added later by the gospel writers.
Riverside Community Gathering Set the written word down and live the gospel in this faith-based community outreach. Each week we join approximately 40 people to eat, pray and share our lives. Meets Wednesdays, 4:30–5:45 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 300 N. Washington St., Ypsilanti. Please contact David Hammond for more information.
Adult classes and small groups present a variety of topics and
styles covering areas such as Bible study, discipleship
and Christian living, life transitions, Christian theologians
and contemporary issues. We encourage open-minded discussion,
reflection, prayer and disciplines to establish habits of
life-long learning, discernment and action as Christians
challenged to be faithful and Christ-centered in the
You are welcome to join our planning meetings
on the second Monday of the month at 7 PM.
Save the planet, one cup at a time: Bring a coffee mug from home to keep at church. There is a cupboard in the kitchen where you can keep it; when you are finished, just place it in the rack by the dishwasher to be washed for use the next Sunday. Save on waste, save on cost, and feel more at home while at church.
Resources for current and previous classes are here.