Adult Education and Spiritual Growth
"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)
For Now ... Virtual Classes
Global Perspectives Group
Tuesdays at 2 pm - Winter 2021 Ongoing
This group is led by FPC members who currently live in Lima, Peru. We often get updates on Qatar or other parts of the mid-east from another member living abroad. We talk about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and about other international topics, religious variety in different countries, and issues from other places in the U.S we know about from our families or friends. Some of us have made new friends or get to spend time with friends who are far away. The Zoom link is always in the Friday Weekly Word e-mail.
First Presbyterian Mission Programs & Partnerships
Sundays April 11 – May 2, 2021
9:45 a.m. via Zoom
Zoom link is in each Friday’s Weekly Word e-mail
Often events in our world make it clear to us that if we are not actively part of the solution, we may be part of the problem. We have spent time in some of the Adult Classes this year learning about the Biblical directives to take “actions” against the wrongs we find in this world. We’ve also learned about actions some churches and persons of faith have taken. In this four-week series we will find out about some of the local organizations that could use our help working on a few of the very issues we see daily in our area and country:
April 11 - Moms Demand Action, Arlington Chapter. A leader from the local “Moms” chapter will be here to discuss action on common sense gun laws taken during the recent Virginia legislative session, as well as continuing challenges in countering gun violence
April 18 – Doorways for Women and Families provides both safehouses for women experiencing domestic abuse and other shelter options for families. A representative from Doorways will share some statistics with us as well as update us on how their programming has been affected by COVID. The speaker will also comment on the specific role of guns in domestic violence.
April 25 – NAACP, Arlington Chapter; we have invited a leader from the local chapter to inform us about racism issues specifically in the County and how we may be able to work with them.
May 2 – FPC Youth Mission - Since its inception this past fall, the Youth Mission Committee (YMC) has learned about some issues faced by members of our DC area community and taken action steps to combat these problems. This program has empowered the FPC youth to choose topics to learn about, hear from relevant organizations, and plan and execute action steps based on the information the speakers shared. So far, there have been two units: Healthcare and LGBT+ Issues. The YMC has heard speakers from Eli’s Heart, Arlington Free Clinic, Whitman-Walker Health, and Casa Ruby. The YMC is excited to share what they’ve learned from these speakers and their experience of creating action steps
First Presbyterian Church is a Sponsor of The Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington
In 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 benefitted from many 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 all of the RI adult education programs. RI offers half-day, 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