Christian Education at FPC
Sunday School (10:30am)
This year, as we are all facing challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, our Sunday School offerings will be hosted via Zoom Meetings following our Sunday Worship Service. We encourage families to attend any of our Christian Education classes at any time throughout the year. For information about the Zoom Meeting links and details for each class, please contact Libby Engdahl Whiteley, our Christian Education Director.
Sunday School will begin its Winter Quarter on January 10th, 2021. We hope you can join us for Children's Godly Play, Adult Sunday School, and Through the Bible Classes on Zoom.
Children ages 3 through 8th Grade participate in "Godly Play". This Montessori-based program is a unique approach to religious education, inviting children to wonder about themselves, God and the world in a way that is playful and meaningful to them. Godly Play respects the innate spirituality of children and encourages them to use their curiosity and imagination to experience the mystery and joy of God. All of our teachers and volunteers attend Safe Church Training and submit to a background check.
Our teachers follow the PCUSA "Godly Play" and "We Believe" curriculum, which teaches children who God is, who and whose they are, and what they are called to be and do. Our "Gateways to Worship" program offers kindergarteners a year of introductory lessons to worship, sacraments and the church year.
Adults have several Sunday School options, as well!
Resurrection 101: A Post Easter Study of the Risen Christ
A new Adult Sunday School Class entitled, Resurrection 101: A Post Easter Study of the Risen Christ will begin this weekend, led by Dr. Frank Yates. This course will examine many angles of vision regarding the resurrection. We will look at the Hebrew Scriptures; the debates between Sadducees and Pharisees; the resurrection narratives in the Four Gospels, how they are similar and dissimilar; the preaching of the Risen Christ in the Acts of the Apostles; the theology of Paul; and the other writings of the New Testament.
We will also address the notion of resurrection in the world religions (especially Islam), the Platonic notion of the immortality of the soul, and the various versions of reincarnation and Nirvana. We will also address the philosophical and scientific objections to resurrection.
Finally, we will consider our faith affirmations which say: "I believe in the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting" and, "We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come." Please join us online on Sunday morning at 10:30am from April 11th to May 23rd. This course will take place during the Adult Sunday School slot.
If you missed it, you can watch Rev. Frank's weekly lectures on YouTube by clicking on the following links:
Week 1, 4-11-21: https://youtu.be/qFikF1hutu8
Adult Sunday School Options for the month of March in 2021 are brought to you by the Health Ministry Committee. They will once again provide us with thoughtful, engaging and timely classes during this month. If you are on the Adult Sunday School Zoom list, you will receive a link each week to participate in the classes. If you are not on the list already, please contact Libby, email@example.com to be added.
Sunday, March 7 – FPC member Dr. Karen High will facilitate a class on pain. Pain is a bother and can be a constant threat to our general well –being. We can learn a little about what is known and what we can do to put off pain. Join us and bring questions you might have about how pain works and how to deal with it when we do have pain.
If you missed the class, here's a link to the recorded lecture from Karen High: https://youtu.be/sf7VQSCpB58
Sunday, March 14 – Dr. Bette Korber, Los Alamos National Laboratories (LANL) will present a talk on “Our Immune System, Vaccines, and Vaccine Strategies for AIDS and COVID-19”. This talk was given in November and will serve as an introduction to a future talk on status of the of COVID-19 vaccines development. Dr. Korber is a Laboratory Fellow at the LANL in the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group.
Sunday, March 21 – Barry W Ramo, MD, FACC, Director New Heart Fitness and Health and Cardiologist, at New Mexico Heart Institute will present us with a prescription for a healthy heart! To view Dr. Ramo's lecture, click on the following link: https://youtu.be/JxZVrXI7Ejg
Sunday, March 28 – The FPC Safety Team is meeting to think about how we begin the process of coming back together in person. Susan Smith and other members of the team will talk about the protocols and considerations for our process of opening. The recorded discussion can be viewed at the following link: https://youtu.be/h8WaFrdvVD4
Through the Bible Class meets via Zoom at 11:30am every Sunday following the Live-Streamed Worship Service, using The Present Word curriculum. For more details, please contact Libby Engdahl Whiteley, our Christian Education Director.