Adult Programs at First Church

The Fall 2015 Adult Programs Brochure is now online

Mens Group. The newly formed diverse men’s group welcomes both new and recent members to the First Church as well as those who wanted to, but never joined, such a group. We share personal and professional concerns, aspirations, and experiences along with some community service activities. Join co-facilitators Will Cordis and Joe Weiss on 1st and 3rd Sundays at 4pm in the Library beginning on Sept. 20th.

Small group ministry. We are adding one new small group ministry group to our three ongoing groups. Small Group Ministries provide a spiritual practice that encourages members to engage more fully with their own faith, with each other, and with the larger world. Facilitators Robert Donaghey and Joan Loewenburg will be meeting on the second and fourth Wednesdays in September and October and then monthly on the second Wednesdays. If you are interested in joining our new group or are eager to explore joining another group please contact Lillian Anderson

Womens support group. Are you interested in sharing deeply with other First Church women on a regular basis? If you are, you might consider participating in our new women’s support group beginning this fall. Co-facilitated by Deb Lockett and Eloise McGaw, the group will meet twice monthly on Thursday evenings beginning on Sept. 24th. Using active listening techniques, the format of the gatherings will include time for getting to know one another as well as discussing topics of concern to women. For more information, please contact Lillian Anderson, adult programs advisor at

First Church Book Group. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in the Library — Euphoria by Lily King

Euphoria is a meticulously researched homage to Mead’s restless mind and a considered portrait of Western anthropology in its primitivist heyday. It’s also a taut, witty, fiercely intelligent tale of competing egos and desires in a landscape of exotic menace—a love triangle in extremis…The steam the book emits is as much intellectual as erotic…and King’s signal achievement may be to have created satisfying drama out of a quest for interpretive insight…King is brilliant on the moral contradictions that propelled anthropological encounters with remote tribes…In King’s exquisite book, desire—for knowledge, fame, another person—is only fleetingly rewarded.”—Emily Eakin, New York Times Book Review

The Book Group is always open to all and does not require any commitment to attend future meetings. Please contact Anne Stuart at or Karl Klasson at if you are interested in participating. 

A Hootenanny/Jam Session with Jon Svetkey. Thursday, September 24 at 7:30pm. Are you a closet guitar hero with no band? A great shower singer? Have you ever wanted to just sit around the porch with a bunch of friends singing and strumming songs that you (mostly!) know? Then we’ve got just the thing for you: a good old fashioned hootenanny! Bring along your portable acoustic instrument (i.e., guitar, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, shaker, suitcase, jaw harp, spoons…), your voice and — most of all — your enthusiasm. All levels encouraged! Moonshine not provided.

Womens Fall Potluck Supper. Friday, September 25 at 7pm. Bring a dish to share and have some fun with new and old friends. Sign up at coffee hours or with Evite.

Mens Fall Potluck Supper. Friday, October 2, 7pm. Meet with old and new friends and share food and laughter. Sign up at coffee hour.

Each year, the Adult Programs Committee at First Church is committed to providing 4-6 diverse programs of education, discussion, and sharing about some important transitions in life. Sooner or later most of us will have to grapple with issues of aging, health complications, and death, whether these issues are presented by challenges facing our parents, grandparents, spouses, other loved ones, or ourselves.

This year, our focus will be on Being Mortal, the extremely readable and thought-provoking book by Dr. Atul Gawande. In his book, Dr. Gawande discusses the six transitional stages from “The Independent Self” to “Letting Go.” Using the stories of his own patients and family and eye-opening research, he discusses the dilemmas created by modern medicine and how we can do better.

Our first program on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:15 pm will be a showing of the 2015 Frontline program based on the book. We will have an opportunity after the program to discuss the issues in small groups.

The following month on Wednesday, Oct. 28, we will have a discussion of the book led by members of the First Church Book Group. We hope you will join us.

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