Learning and Growing

Adults learning and growing in their faith.

As you learn and grow in faith, you will find numerous study courses and groups that can support your spiritual growth at First Congregational. First Congo's adult education courses are focused on learning about the Christian faith and its relevance in today's multi-cultural world, and the spiritual formation groups are for seekers who wish to take a holistic approach to spirituality by combining elements of worship, fellowship, education and service to approach faith broadly. Below is a list of our active groups and current offerings.

Courses and Groups

We have a small group of individuals at First Congo who have been working on efforts to impact the care of creation. We are going to be sharing tips on “green living” in the bulletin and through occasional displays in the Narthex.

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The national UCC logoThe Membership Exploration Class is designed for people who are considering membership with First Congregational United Church of Christ. This class, led by our staff and accompanied by contributions from the lay leadership of the church, explores the history and polity of the United Church of Christ, the history and programs of First Congregational UCC, the faith and theology of the church, discernment of spiritual gifts for serving God, and the meaning of church membership and opportunities to serve the church.

Our next membership exploration classwill be held on Saturday, October 7, 9:00 AM -1:00 PM.

Please contact the church office, (920) 733-7393, to express your interest or for additional information. Child care is available when requested in advance.

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First and third Tuesdays of the month, 5:30-6:45 PM

Butterfly perched on some yellow and red flowers.This women’s spiritual formation group focuses on community building through Bible study and prayer. Members reflect upon their own spiritual journeys and share their hopes, dreams, ideas and fears to build bridges in their relationships with others and with God.

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Select Saturdays, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM at The Heritage

Our lives in older years can bring all kinds of hope, joy, vitality and possibility if we shift our paradigms and our perspectives. We can become sages of wonder, wisdom and winsomeness. This group of retirees meets three times a year for spiritual formation, adult education and service projects.

Wednesdays,12:15–1:00 PM

The Loving Acceptance Meditation Group is a weekly, thirty-minute meditation over the lunch hour that focuses on loving acceptance of ourselves, others and the world.  It is a practice of "ending the war" with our experience and of discerning our true relationship with the activities and people in our lives. All are welcome. Experience with meditation is not required!

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The Bog at Moon Beach. Photo by Kathy Westover.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Westover.

Many of us have fond memories of retreats at Moon Beach UCC Church Camp—the companionship, the beautiful north woods location, the warm fireplace, walking the outside labyrinth and the new guest rooms. In this intimate environment, we learn about our faith and ourselves.

Retreats are scheduled periodically throughout the program year.

Cover art for "Truth Speaks to Power"First and third Thursdays, 12:00–1:30 PM at Atlas Coffee Mill
Books we've read.
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Do you have faith questions? Do you desire a place to talk more about your spiritual questions with other adults in a supportive way? This group meets twice a month to discuss questions, ponder readings and explore our faith together while sharing fellowship over lunch. Come join us. See our reading schedule.

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Select fourth Tuesdays, 6:30–8:00 PM, home of Barb Uehling

Through titles selected in keeping with the theme of our program year, we hope to explore the stories of lives like and unlike our own. Come join us for a glass of wine or non-alcoholic beverage and lively conversation.

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Book Discussion Schedule

  "All the Real Indians Died Off" and 20 Other Myths About Native Americans

    by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz and Dino Gilio-Whitaker.  2016
    Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

    The authors tackle a wide range of myths about Native American culture and history that have misinformed generations.

 

 

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World

by His Holiness the dalai LAma and Archbishop Desmonf Tutu. 2016.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Copper Rock Coffee, 210 W. College Ave.

In April 2015, Archbishop Tutu traveled to the Dalai Lama's home in Dharamsala, India, to celebrate His Holiness's eightieth birthday and to create what they hoped would be a gift for others.  They looked back on their long lives to answer a single burning question: How do we find joy in the face of life's inevitable suffering?

 

Lab Girl

by Hope Jahren. 2017.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

An illuminating debut memoir of a woman in science; a moving portrait of a longtime friendship; and a stunningly fresh look at plants that will forever change how you see the natural world.

 

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

by J. D. Vance. 2016.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

UA memoir by J. D. Vance about the Appalachian values of his upbringing and their relation to the social problems of his hometown.

 

   

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

    by Dinaw Mengestu. 2008.
    Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

This novel focuses on the life of Sepha Stephanos, an Ethiopian immigrant living in Washington, D.C. after fleeing his country’s revolution      seventeen years earlier.  Running a failing grocery store he ruminates on the past as he faces his own inward crisis of displacement and identity while simultaneously marveling at the gentrification of his neighborhood.

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