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Join a Fall Adult Sunday School Class!
The Historical Jesus - begins September 7 at 9:30 a.m. in the Parlor and will be led by Nita Williams. Our video lecturer will be Prof. Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D. in the Dept. of Religious Studies at the Univ. of N.C. at Chapel Hill. He has written or edited eight books and written many book reviews and scholarly articles. During our first class I will take a few minutes to go over the course scope and then continue on with our first lecture, The Many Faces of Jesus. For more information call Nita (237-6789).
The Blakely Class - Sustaining Hope will begin its Fall Quarter on September 14 in Room 2 in the Education Building at 9:45 a.m. David Arango-Palencia will be lead teacher with Jean Morse as substitute. The curriculum is the Uniform Lesson Series with readings from Jeremiah, Habakkuk, Ezekiel, and Isaiah 52. For more information call David (732-6626) or Jean (237-4755 or 362-4470).
Christians Through the Ages - This class will resume on Sunday, September 7 in Room 1 in the Education Building at 9:45 a.m. and is led by Beth Whelan. This class will be studying The Crusades and the changes they brought about, not only in Western Christendom, (headquartered in Rome) but in the Eastern/Byzantine church of Constantinople, and the Muslim Near East. Who was Right? Who was Wrong? Join us for a look back at this very important period in our church’s history and see its influence still today in religion, politics, economics, and general public respect or distrust. For more information call Beth (875-9775).
The Thoughtful Christian class continues weekly and is held immediately after the 9:30 service (10:40) in Fellowship Hall and is led by Kent Adams and Dana Counts. This class discusses very current events happening in our world from a Biblical and Christian perspective. For more information call Kent (615-2569).
Boy Scout Troop 72
Boy Scout Troop 72 has held a continuous charter since 1934, with all but the first year chartered to First Presbyterian Church. We are the oldest continuously chartered troop in the District. The partnering of First Presbyterian Church with Boy Scouts of America has allowed Troop 72 to provide a strong program in which young men develop concepts of moral character, good citizenship, service to others, personal responsibility, and confidence in their in their own abilities through skill development in our outdoor program. Our Scouts range from 11 to 18 years old.
Boy Scout Troop 72 is alive and well. Five members of FPC are active adult leaders. Our Charter year is calendar year.
Presbyterian Women is a group of women who meet once a month (from September-May) for Bible study, fellowship, service and to socialize. Currently, there are nine active “circles” from which to choose. There is also the sewing group (We Care), the Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Stress-Free Book Club.
Very Important Presbyterians V.I.P.
The VIP’s have been a working and active group of Senior’s over 55 years of age within the First Presbyterian Church since the late 60s to very early 7Os. We meet the first Thursday of the month between September and May, for food fun and fellowship. We give a Memorial Gift to the Church on the death of a member and bring Christmas gifts that are distributed to the local nursing homes. The VIP program is important, especially because of the three services. It gives us a chance to see members and old friends that we do not see on a regular basis. In years past, we have put on musical programs that are presented at the Wednesday night suppers. It is our hope that this may start up again in the very near future.
Join an Adult Disciple Bible Study this fall at FPC! All classes are open to everyone.
Disciple I: Becoming Disciples through Bible Study(the red book). It is a 34-week course that covers 75 percent of the Old and New Testaments and is open for all to join, including those who have participated in the class before. Pastor Raymond will lead this class that will meet on Thursday mornings at 10:00 in Room 1 of the Education Building and begins September 11. For more information call Pastor Raymond (629-7561).
Disciple 11: Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts (green book) will meet on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 in the Parlor. This is a group-led class with Elaine Cox and Liz Dickmann as coordinators. This class starts September 9. For more information call Elaine (843-7889) or Liz (732-6368).
Disciple IV: Under the Tree of Life - Old Testament writings, the Gospel of John and Revelation (yellow book) at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday in the Conference Room. This group is led by Sara Wood and Fran Gilchrist and begins on September 11. For more information call Sara (304-6578) or Fran (454-3155).
Disciple V: The New Testament. We’ll study the Gospels one by one and the first study book is Matthew by John MacArthur. Wewill meet on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 in the Parlor. This is a group-led class with Steve Vincent as coordinator. This class starts September 17. For more information call Steve (671-8238).
Disciple VI1: (Book to be determined) meets Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. in the Conference Room. This class starts October 1 and will be team-led by class members (Carolyn Hallenbeck, coordinator). For more information call Carolyn (615-0082).
Disciple IX: How to Pray led by Jeanne Vincent on Wednesdays in Room 2 of the Education Building. The primary text will be The Path to Prayer by John Wesley and The Meaning of Prayer by Dr. H. E. Fosdick. This class starts September 10. For more information call Jeanne (671-8238).
Disciple X: We’ll be studying the Book of Isaiah. The study book is Here I am, Send Me! This is a group-led class led by various members of the Disciple group plus a few invited guests. The class meets at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesdays in Room 1 of the Education Building, starting September 10 through November 19. Jean Morse will act as class secretary/mentor. For more information call Jean (237-4755 or 362-4470).
Celebrate Matthew – This class meets on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Choir Room, starts September 10 and runs for 12 weeks to November 26. Pastor Darren will be the leader. For more information call Pastor Darren (629-7561).
Out to Dinner Group
This group meets the third Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at different restaurants in the Ocala area. It is open to anyone interested in enjoying a meal together with Christian fellowship. This group’s All adult FPC members are invited!
511 S.E. Third Street, Ocala, FL 34471
Cheryl Gans, Interim Associate Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Ray C. Ruark, Jr., Pastor Emeritus
Phone: (352) 629-7561 . Fax: (352) 629-8066