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Adult Education opportunities at First Parish

Lenten Theme and Message Series

 Beginning March 1, join us each Sunday throughout the season of Lent as we explore this year’s theme, “Crossroads”. Each week we will explore a story from the Gospels of individuals or groups whose life was challenged or changed by their encounter with Jesus over the course of his ministry. We will also examine the choice or choices that encounter left them with going forward, and how those choices reflect the ones we are given to make in our time and place.

During Lent, we will also be offering two weeknight opportunities for spiritual growth and exploration:

“The Walk”, based on the book of the same name by noted minister and author Adam Hamilton, will explore the major “pillars” of traveling the Christian spiritual path, such as Worship, Prayer and Service, each session focusing on a specific pillar. Please note that you do not need to buy or have the book for this class. Also, each meeting will be largely its own entity, so you are welcome to come to as many or as few of the four sessions as you wish.

Tuesdays: March 3, 10, 24 and 31

Time: 7:00-8:15 PM

Location: Chapel Conference Room

“Prayer and Meditation” is an opportunity to come together for a time of quiet

reflection, sharing of Scripture, and the offering of any prayer intentions that are on

participants’ hearts and minds.

Wednesdays: March 4, 11, 25 and April 1

Time: 7:00-7:40 PM

Location: FPCC Sanctuary

Book Group meets once a month though out the year!!!! The host then chooses the book for the next month. **See our list of Books read further down this page.

 March gathering on Monday,

March 30

We will be discussing, “The Dutch House by Ann Patchett on at 6:30 PM at Mary Lumsden’s home, 18 Woodcrest Rd. Manchester.

RSVP to Mary at rasc84@hotmail.com

From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are. Amazon

This is a time for church members as well as non-members to come together and engage with one another, build relationships, and share in discussion of books that are of interest to people of various backgrounds.We have fun visiting, discussing the book and sharing stories.

Each month is a new host, who provides light snacks, beverages and dessert but only once a year!!!! The host then chooses the book for their month.

 

The Jordan Peterson Discussion Group 

 

The next meeting of the  Jordan Peterson Discussion Group will be at 7:30 pm in the First Parish Chapel on Monday, March 16. 2020. The topic will be Lecture 11 of the Biblical Series, Sodom and Gomorrah.  As usual, no preparation is required; clips of the video lecture will be provided as a springboard for discussion.  However, if you would like to view the full lecture ahead of the discussion, both the video be viewed here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKzpj0Ev8Xs&t=6606s

(You can also just google JORDAN PETERSON BIBLICAL XI TRANSCRIPT!)

All programs are self-contained, so if you haven’t come previously or recently, you will have no problem joining in!  This group is open to the public, so please feel free to invite anyone you think might be interested. If you have any questions, contact Richard Smith (978-590-7497) or Steve Carhart  (978-407-8454)

 

Thursday Bible Study

Weekly Bible Study happens on Thursdays, 4:00 to 5:30 at the home of Vin Terrill, 37 Beach Street. The study is led by our minister, Mark Boyea. All are welcome to join us! Email or call Mark at mark.fpchurch@gmail.com for more information, or 978-526-7661 ext. 2.

The Seaside Parish Knitters

The Seaside Parish Knitters are looking for knitting needles and yarn that you might be considering “casting” aside. We continue to knit blankets, shawls, and scarves; and for our military troops: helmet liners, neck gators, and scarves.

We use both 100% wool and synthetic fibers for yarn, and straight and round knitting needles….all sizes. Contact Penny Lapham at 978-526-7128 or  laphenpen@live.com We welcome anyone wishing to join us.

Meetings the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month at 1 Chapel Lane, Read more about us

Soup & Conversation

 

 

Discussion to be announced in the spring.

Soup and Conversation Soup & Conversation is a luncheon event with discussion led by guest speakers. Each event is open to all and we hope you can join us at the Chapel at 1 Chapel Lane Manchester, MA at 11:30 AM for this event. If you can bring soup or a salad we have you sign up online. *Past topics listed below.

We ask if you provide a soup that it is warmed and ready to be served, (in a crock pot is OK). Also, if you have any dietary restrictions please bring something you can eat and share, such as: gluten free, dairy free, or vegetarian. Sign up to bring soups, salad and more here

*Soup & Conversation Topics:

2019

  • March 24 Maren Tirabassi
  • February 24 Christiane Alsop “We Are Our Stories”
  • January 6 Steve Carhart and Richard Smith “Jordan B. Peterson and a Psychological Approach to Scripture”

2018

  • October 14 Rev. Paul Nickerson “Best Practices of Growing Churches”
  • April 15 Christiane Alsop “We Are Our Stories”

2017

  • October 29 – Rev. Dr. Llewellyn Smith “Reformation”
  • April 30 – Jen Powers “Reflections On My Childhood in Saudi Arabia”
  • April 2 – Lisa Fenn, author of “Carry On”

2016

  • October 23 – Edward M. Matuvhunye, the past President of the United Church of Christ of Zimbabwe.
  • October 2 – Margaret Bendroth, “Congregational History”, a 300th Anniversary Event
  • February 28 – Barbara and Richard Smith presented “Courage and Light” Exploring Passion, Renewal and Creativity.
  • March 13 – Rev. Lelly Smith presented Pilgrimages: Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, and African American.

2015

  • March 22, 2015 we kicked off our Soup and Conversation with Wendy Booker
  • April 26 – Larry Kirby visited with us and provide a fascinating afternoon of  conversation on “The Emotions of War”
  • May 31 – We had Vin Terrill, Henry Lapham and George Nickless visit with us all about the history of the FPC Steeple and clock
  • October 25 –  Rev. Rona Tyndall on The Grace Center

**Book Group – Books Read

2020

  • March “The Dutch House” by Ann Patchett
  • February “Gift from the Sea” by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • January “Nutshell” by Ian McEwan

2019

  • November “Last Christmas in Paris” by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Web
  • October “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles.
  • September “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith
  • August “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See
  • June  “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
  • May “There There” by Tommy Orange
  • April  “Becoming” by Michele Obama
  • February/March “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • January “Alias Grace” by Margaret Atwood

2018

  • Summer “Leaving Before the Rain Comes” by Alexandra Fuller
  • June “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott
  • May Small Great Things ” by Jodi Picoult
  • April “The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector’s Story” by Hyeonseo Lee
  • March “The Light Between Oceans” by M.L. Stedman
  • January/February “King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village” by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman

2017

  • November/December “Waking Lions” by Aylet Gundar-Goshen
  • October “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate
  • September “The Storied Life of AJ Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Summer “Last Hope Island” by Lynne Olson
  • May “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
  • April “Hillbilly Elogie” by J. D. Vance
  • March “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng
  • February “Hissing Cousins: The Lifelong Rivalry of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth” by Marc Peyser and Timothy Dwyer
  • December 2016/January 2017 “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

2016

  • November:  “Inferno” by Dan Brown
  • October: “Carry On” by Lisa Fenn
  • Summer: “In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex” by Nathaniel Philbrick
  • June: “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom
  • May: “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd.
  • April: “The Secret Diaries Of Charlotte Bronte” by Syrie James
  • March: “Fates and Furies” by Lauren Groff
  • February:  “The Little Paris Book Shop” by Nina George
  • January: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown

2015

  • November/December: “Fish in a tree” by Lynda Mullaly Hunt and “Out of Dust” by Karen Hesse
  • October 10: “I Will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives” By Martin Ganda
  • Summer 2015 “The Power of One” by Bryce Courtenay
  • May 2015: “Caleb’s Crossing” by Geraldine Brooks
  • April 2015: “All The Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.
  • March 2015: “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese

Past programs have included:

Sermon Series and Discussion Groups

“Making Sense of the Cross” Discussion group

In the introduction to his book, “Making Sense of the Cross,” Luther Seminary Professor David Lose raises many questions, including these:  “How should we regard the cross?  Is it a sad tragedy that we should grieve?  Is it the moment of God’s victory and redemption that we should celebrate?…what kind of God would require such a gruesome death to achieve redemption?”  And then he says, “By the time you are done [reading this book], you should not only understand what other Christians have said about the cross, but also what you believe about this central symbol and element of our faith.”  If you have ever asked any of these questions and haven’t quite yet found answers that are completely satisfactory, you might enjoy exploring this book with your fellow church members.  Rev. Marlayna will be leading a 6 week book discussion group on Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 11:45 starting on Saturday, October 5th and running through Saturday, November 9th. Even if you can only come to 1 or 2 sessions, you are welcome to attend.

In spring 2018 Rev. Marlayna taught a sermon series on “Noticing God” in our everyday lives. The series was based on a book of that title by Richard Peace, and included an adult discussion group before worship that discussed a different chapter each week.

prayer

     The Art Of Prayer

There are many types of prayer in the Christian tradition, including intercession (praying for others), petition (asking God for something), thanksgiving (giving thanks to God), and penitential prayer (expressing sorrow for your sins). Another type is meditation, which has been described as simply “listening to God.” Most Christians throughout history have probably prayed using a mix of types and styles. Maren Tirabasi helped us look at the rituals, routines and many different ways we pray, we examined 7 different ways to

 Ten Best Ways to Live:  The Ten Commandments for Today’s World

10Commandments

“Ten Best Ways to Live:  The Ten Commandments for Today’s World,” led by Dr. Judy Haley, far from an outdated code of do’s and don’ts, the Ten Commandments still offer God’s expansive perspectives and anchoring practices that bring life and joy to families and communities. Combined with Jesus’ incisive enactment of them, they provide a framework for making decisions, guiding children and living a vibrant life together. May, Commandment 10, Desires.