Common Ground (Room #104) Tom & Doreen Magaha and Walter & Susan Burch
20 & 30 year olds are studying J. Ellsworth Kalas' book Parables from the Backside.
Conversation class (Room #108) Diane Groce and Belinda Tapp
Book study using J. Ellsworth Kalas' book, "If Experience is Such a Good teacher, Why do I Keep Repeating the Course?"
Good Old Bible Study (Room #106) Rev. Wayne Cole
Book study using J. Ellsworth Kalas’ book, Life from the Upside—Seeing God’s art work in the world.
J.S. Robinson (Room #101) Leland Burch and Sarah McIntyre
Bible study using the Efird Study of the Book of Mark.
Lidie Shanklin (Room #107) Nelle Howell and Charlotte Koehler
This older ladies class continues to use the Present Word to guide their Bible lessons.
Presbyterians Meditating (Room #105) Rev. Ray White
Meditation is one of the five essential Christian disciplines; anyone interested in growing in relationship to the indwelling Christ are invited. Come and meditate!
Seekers Class (Fellowship Hall until 11/4 then Room #114) Ronnie Bruce
Seeking New Testament principals as to they apply in today’s complex society.
Sisterhood Class (Room #206) Amy Couch
This women’s class will begin the fall using Liz Curtis Higgs’ book, The Girl’s Still Got it—Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked her World.
The Thoughtful Christian (Room #116) Rev. Craig Kubias, Rev. Ralph May, & Rev. Andy Casto-Waters.
"What is Healthy Spirituality?" Many examples of unhealthy spirituality can be found in the medi - people blowing things up or burning the holy books of other religions. What does healthy spirituality look like? What values and experiences might go into healthy spirituality?
Young Spirits (Room #122) Nick Nicholson
This class of 30’s and 40’s will study the Sermon on the Mount, including some key events and passages leading up to and after it.
Theology for Presbyterians (Room #114)
Have you joined First Presbyterian Church from another denomination?
Would you like language to articulate your faith and beliefs?
Do you have a back-to-school resolution to attend Sunday School?
If you answer yes to at least one of these questions, then this class is for you!!!
8/26: Introduction led by Susan Tompkins
9/2: John Calvin: Reformed Tradition led by Nancy Welch
9/9: John Calvin: The Sacraments led by Nancy Welch
9/16 The Bible for Presbyterians led by Carlton Greene
9/23: God for Presbyterians led by Sallie Smith
9/30: Jesus Christ for Presbyterians led by Fred Kiemle
10/7: The Holy Spirit for Presbyterians led by Elizabeth Clayton
10/14: The Church for Presbyterians led by Nancy Jones
1021: The Future for Presbyterians led by Harriett Williams
10/28: A Christ Called Community led by Susan Tompkins
Did you know that 40% of our members are “switchers”… that they have joined us from another denomination?
Advent Sunday School
The Journey by Adam Hamilton
The purpose of this book is to explore the story of Jesus' birth with fresheyes and ears! Using historical information, archaeological findings, and personal reflections, Hamilton takes us on a journey through the Holy Land following the footsetps of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and others.
Each chapter will address four questions:
What actually happened leading up to and including the first Christmas?
What does the story teach us about God's character?
What does it tell us about the child whose birth we celebrate?
What does this story mean for our lives?
Children, youth and several of the adult classes will participate in this Advent study. If your class chooses not to do the series, please feel free to attend a class that is. Details will be in the newsletter.
11/18 - Mary of Nazareth
11/25 - Joseph of Bethlehem
12/2 - Mary's visit to Elizabeth
12/9 - From Nazareth to Bethlehem
12/16 - The Manger
NURSERY & PRESCHOOL SUNDAY SCHOOL
Crib babies and toddlers: Room #115 with Jay and Traci Cartee
K2 & K3 - Room # 119 with Patty Pfister and Carol McClimon
K4 - Room #124 with Jennifer Jones and Stacia Smith
K5 - Room # 128 with Anne Helton, Susan Lynn, Wendy Fury
ELEMENTARY SUNDAY SCHOOL
1stgrade: Room #209 with Bob Couch and John "Cooch" Cuturilo
2nd grade: Room # 211 with Anne Marie Wall, Carrie Lea, Heather DiBenedetto
3rd grade: Room #210 with Julie McMakin and Karen Cummings
4th grade: Room # 213 with Jason & Emily Mangum
5th grade: Room # 212 with Nancy Jones
YOUTH SUNDAY SCHOOL
6th & 7th grades: Room #214 in the Youth Center with John Fury and Todd Lea
PCUSA curriculum, We Believe, Youth
8th grade: Room #215 in the Youth Center with Chris & Kim Brice, Stacey Murray and Whitney Moss
9th - 12th grades: Room #216 in the Youth Center with Gwinn Harvey and Thad & Leanna McCord
re:form Ancestors curriculum
Coffee and Donuts ~ a time for fellowship…
Between the 8:55am service and Sunday school
9:45-10:00am in the Gathering Area
beside the Fellowship Hall
As a woman in this church, it is so important to stay connected with each other.Joining one of the Presbyterian Women’s Circles can be such a blessing in your life.While Circles are not self-help groups, the study of the Bible and fellowship with other Christian women can take on different meanings during various stages of our lives.Each Circle meets a different need and can be such a comfort in our daily walk as Christians.First is the need for membership then fellowship and then for leadership.All of the Circles are safe havens where Christian women can connect and focus on those things that are truly important in life.
The Harriett Caldwell Circle meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in member's homes. Their study is the Presbyterian Women Horizon Bible Study. For more information, contact June Schafer - 877-4158 or Sallie Smith - 879-2455.
The Proverbs 31 Circle meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in member's homes. They discuss everyday life topics. For more informatio, contaact Wendi Arms - 895-1444 or Wendi.Arms @converse.edu.
The Monday Afternoon Circle meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in Room #114 at the Church. Their study is the Presbyterian Women Horizon Bible Study and is led by Louise Ables. For more information, contact Judy Brown - 458-8212.
The Fellowship Ministry’s duties as outlined by the Board of Deacons consists of two church-wide fellowship events each calendar year.The ministry is chaired and co-chaired by deacons, and the committee is comprised of members from various facets of our church family.Semi-annual events and activities are planned throughout the calendar year to promote fellowship between our existing members, visitors and community.
For all women who enjoy stitchin’!Bring your lunch and meet with us each month.Come share your ideas, patterns and enjoy fellowship together!Check our publications for the specific day of the month as it sometimes changes.
Evening Fellowship Groups
First Presbyterian Church of Greer (FPCG) has several fellowship groups that get together for fun, food, and fellowship in people’s homes or out to eat.This is a wonderful way for long-time and recent members and visitors to get to know each other in Christian settings.
Scrapbook Fellowship Group
Several women enjoy getting together to scrapbook their treasured family memories, activities and events.From weekend getaways to spur-to-the-moment gatherings, these women get together to “scrap” at the church, in someone’s home, or at an official scrapbook event.Through these fellowship opportunities, there is a Christian-family connectedness as personal stories are captured.
The book club has a life of its own.Members choose a book to read and discuss once a month, but it doesn’t stop there.They invite authors to speak at their meetings, go on train rides, have luncheons, and go on overnight excursions.There are quite a few book club members and not all are members of First Presbyterian Church of Greer (FPCG), but they’re all friends of the church and community.
The vision of our Ageless Wonders group is to be supportive of each other and to enhance our Christian experience while providing fellowship and service to others.Meetings are the 3rd Thursday of each month.
The Ageless Wonders, while primarily a group of adults age 55 and over, chose the name because everyone is welcome to participate. The group meets monthly on the third Thursday, September – May. We share a meal together and have a program. Past programs have included a barbershop quartet, Carol Goldsmith from
WYFF, a tour of the Greer Heritage Museum, and a presentation on identity theft and internet fraud.
In addition to the monthly meetings we take occasional trips.We have been to Atlanta to the Coca-Cola museum, the Aquarium, and to the King Tut exhibit.
Contact Wayne Cole (
or 864-877-3612) in the church office for more information.
Crib Nursery—Three Year Olds
Constant, safe, and loving Christian care is provided during all worship services, Sunday School, Wonderful Wednesday, and Vacation Bible School.In the Crib Nursery, the Two-Year-Old classroom, and the Three-Year-Old classroom there is a paid nursery worker along with volunteers who take care of our little ones.We must have at least two approved assistants in these rooms at all times.Adults and youth who have had background checks and have been members longer than six months are encouraged to offer their time as volunteers in the nursery.
Four and Five Year Olds
Sunday School and Wonderful Wednesday classes are provided for four and five year olds.Adults with a love of children and an excitement for Christ who have been approved through Safety Initiatives and been a member of FPCG for longer than six months, are welcomed and encouraged to nurture these children as they discover God in their lives and how much he loves them through Jesus Christ.
Bibleville Sunday School for Elementary Children
Bibleville is an exciting new Sunday School format for elementary-aged children. We’re combining the best of both worlds from the traditional and rotation-style Sunday School!
·Each grade has a primary teacher all school year.
·Each grade has its own classroom.
·Each grade has a shepherd who nurtures a relationship with the children.
·Each grade uses specific curriculum chosen especially for their age.
Bibleville “specialty” teachers travel to the classrooms bringing lessons alive through art, science, cooking, drama, and audio visual aids when appropriate
These six to eight sessions are designed to include parents as our third graders explore and experience what it truly means to partake of the Lord’s Supper.These meaningful, interactive sessions are held in the fall during the Sunday School and Wonderful Wednesday hours.Once the children complete the class, they will meet with the Session for their blessing.Adults are encouraged to help with the teaching and mentoring components of this important educational, faith-developing offering.
Worship Education For Children
WORSHIP EDUCATION~ Susan Tompkins
First graders will take part in a 12-week worship education class during the 11:00 worship hour. Children will attend worship with parents and then be excused following the time with children. More information will be provided closer to time. The tentative dates for 2013: January 6 - March 24
CHILDREN’S WORSHIP BAGS~ June Shafer
Worship bags are provided for children to use in worship. They have Bible-based activity books, storybooks, paper, pencils and crayons as well laminated cards of The Lord’s Prayer, Apostle’s Creed, Gloria Patria, and the Doxology. There are also bookmarks so parents can help children find the mornings hymns in the hymnbooks and scripture in the Bible.
These bags are located at the door leading into the Fellowship Hall, and in the narthex and piano-side doors of the Sanctuary.