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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)  

Greatest Stories of the Bible

February 10 - May, 2019
from 9:45 to 10:45 am
Room 103

During the winter and spring we are studying some of what Pastor Bryan considers to be the Greatest Stories of the Bible.  You may be familiar with many of them from childhood.  Or maybe not.  It doesn't matter.  We will be delving deeper into the meaning and importance of these portions of the Bible.  In April, we will be moving to the New Testament stories.  Join us any Sunday as we cover the following:

Mar 17 - David and Goliath

Mar 24 - David and Bathsheba

Mar 31 - The Story of Job

April 7 - The Sermon on the Mount

April 14 - The Parable of the Good Samaritan

April 21 - The Parable of the Prodigal Son

April 28 - The Trial and Crucifixion of Jesus

Watch this space for the May line-up.     

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  Lenten Study - Starting on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Everything Happens for a Reason - And Other Lies I've Loved         by Kate Bowler

 Tuesdays at 7 pm for five weeks 

We will be reading and discussing Kate Bolwer's book during our lenten study time.  Her book reflects on the question "How do you make sense of things when, maybe, there is no sense to be made"?  It's partially a meditation on grief, confronting some of the platitudes we often use when we're struggling to face hard realities. It provides the author's irreverent and hard-won observations on grief and dying.  Join us for a quiet discussion and reflection time during lent.  

There will be copies of the book available at church to purchase for $15.   


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

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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

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Holy Week

Palm/Passion Sunday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Good Friday, April 19 at 12:00 p.m. (prayer stations) and 7:30 p.m.

Easter, April 21 at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., and 11:00 a.m.


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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.