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"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord,  continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving." (Colossians 2:6)  

 

  Summer Drop-In Bible Study  July 2  - 30, 2017

Sunday monings from 9:00 to 9:50 a.m. in Room 103

During the five Sundays in July we will have an adult Bible study in Room 103 at 9 am, just before worship.  The topics will be independent of each other, so you don’t need to attend all weeks to be involved.  No preparation is needed.  Just “drop in” any week that you can.  Topics could be anything from the Bible.  We might read and talk about Old or New Testament scriptures; Gospels or epistles; histories, laws, or prophets.  Whatever the topic and scriptures, we are all likely to come out of the hour learning something about the Bible readings we didn’t know before or find a new understanding from a different perspective.Bible Study

The classes are for any adults or teens who choose to attend.  It’s a good way to get to know people in a less formal setting than worship.  And, this will also give those who are normally at choir practice or teaching children’s classes during the church school hour an opportunity to join a class over the summer.  So, grab your morning beverage of choice and your favorite Bible and join us at 9 a.m. in Room 103 on any or all of the Sundays in July. 

 

First Presbyterian is Celebrating the 500 Year Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

  And in the Fall of 2017...

In May, we completed our Winter-Spring adult education series on the History of the Reformation.  All of us learned a lot about the history and the people that led up to the historic event on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany.  Starting up, again, in September 2017 the Adult Spiritual Growth class will continue First Church’s commemoration of the 500th Anniversary in a different way from our recent series. Watch this space for details later in the summer.  Until then, you may keep up with the celebration by attending the upcoming Reformed Institute program on June 10 at Immanuel Presbyterian in McLean.  See above.

 

 Some of the classes we've held recently in the Adult Education Program were:

  • A Short History of the Reformation - We learned about the pivotal events, people, and changes associated with the Protestant Reformation. 
  • The Belhar Confession - We learned about the background and the content of the newest Confession adopted by the Presbyterian Church in the USA.
  • Faith and Citizenship - We read and discussed scriptures relevant to government; heard some insiders’ views of government workings; and discussed prohibitions of a “state religion” and the right to free exercise of religion. 
  • Facing Racism - We discussed the various Biblical bases for ending racism; delved into some social and church history and current events, and looked at ways we can respond to this issue as a community of faith.
  • Introducing the Reformed Faith - We studied some of the major Christian doctrines and learned how we in the Reformed Tradition have interpreted these doctrines in light of our perspective and understanding.
  • Stewards of God’s Creation – We investigated the Biblical basis for stewardship of the earth and learned about the ways we can respond, faithfully, to the variety of environmental issues facing our world.
  • The Life of (King) David - We studied the scriptures related to his life and how he was important in both the Jewish and Christian religious traditions.

First Presbyterian Church is a Sponsor of The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington

FPC Website images clipart2In 2013, First Presbyterian Church became a sponsoring member of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington (RI). The RI is an organization that was established in 2003 "to promote understanding and awareness of the Reformed Tradition among the staff and members of Presbyterian churches located in the Washington area."  Its purpose is to help the churches in this presbytery live up to one of the basic principles of the Reformed Tradition – to ensure an educated laity. 

FPC Arlington has already benefitted from some of the RI programs – the Confirmation Retreat, many of its classes, the annual convocation, and its Company of Teachers. As a sponsoring church of the Reformed Institute, First Presbyterian members are invited to participate in their annual colloquy, an in-depth adult education opportunity on severals week-ends during the school year.  RI also offers shorter, one day or short series adult education formats during the year for sponsoring church members. 

One member of our staff and a member of our congregation serve on the Board of Directors.  As members of the Board of Directors, we are involved in determining the programs that are offered, development activities, staffing decisions, etc.  We are expected to actively support the programs of the Institute by encouraging our members, friends, and community to participate in their offerings, and to take the things we learn and put them to use in our own congregation. For more information on the Reformed Institute, visit their website at: www.reformedinstitute.org

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Children's and Youth Ministry

Take a few moments to check out a PHOTO SLIDESHOW of the Summer 2014 Youth and Middle School Mission Trip. Five middle and high school girls were ready for a mission adventure. The experience depended their faith, broadened their perspective as compared to their own lives, opened their hearts and the girls were inspired by volunteers that were committed to making a difference.

At First Church, we partner with families to guide and nurture children and youth, providing plenty of ways to encourage kids to know and follow Jesus Christ and be faithful members of his church. Learn how we approach spiritual development of children and youth at Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry.