We hope you will plan on participating in at least one of our Lenten study groups listed below.

God of the Bible | Led by Rev. Stephanie Arnold

Sundays, March 10 - April 14 (with the exception of March 31),
5:45pm-7:00pm at First Church in the Parlor


God of the Bible is a five week study designed to explore expansive language – the names, images, and ways God has been revealed to us in Scripture. Exploring both common and less known passages, we hope to challenge participants to strengthen their personal relationship with God by removing barriers of human limitations from our understanding of who God is.

Enneagram | Led by Lynn Elgin

Mondays, March 18 – May 6, 6:00pm-8:00pm

at Clarus Consulting (2201 5th Ave S)


This is an 8 week study of the Enneagram which is an ancient system that identifies nine different personalities types and serves as a roadmap to self-understanding and spiritual growth. You will learn what the Enneagram is, how it works, and what it has to offer. We will use resources from the Narrative Tradition of Teaching of the Enneagram which demonstrates the 9 personality types, their struggles, dilemmas, strengths, and paths for spiritual development. Each week we will have time to discuss and learn together in community about ourselves, our relationships, and our journey toward discovering and sharing the Divine in each of us.

Exploring the Passion Narratives | Led by Rev. David Commer

Mondays, March 11 - April 8, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

at Fair Haven (1424 Montclair Rd.)


 We all agree on what the Bible says. What we all don’t agree on is what the Bible means. But no need to fret about it, for when it comes to the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth, not even the gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke & John) say the same thing, much less mean the same thing. How is that? What did it mean in biblical times and what---if anything---does it mean for us? This 5 week Lenten study will explore what the four gospel writers say about the last week of Jesus’ life in Jerusalem and how they say it. How do the gospel stories agree, where do they tell their story differently and contradict? (spoiler alert: it happens a lot).

Everything Happens for a Reason | Led by Rev. Katie Gilbert

Tuesdays, March 5 – April 9 (with the exception of March 26),
11:30am-1:00pm at First Church in the 2nd floor Conference Room


In 2018 Katie Bowler, a professor at Duke Divinity School, published Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved to chronicle her diagnosis and life with stage IV colon cancer. You are invited to bring a brownbag lunch and join us as we use Kate’s book as a guide to consider the lies we’ve been told to help us deal with grief and death. Together we will work to strip away these certainties to discover that although life is hard, it can also be beautiful in a way that is never has been before.

Film and Theology | Led by Rev. Matt Lacey

Tuesdays, February 26 – April 2 (with the exception of March 26),
6:00pm – 7:30pm at the Gilbert-Lacey home (Crestwood)


Over the course of 5 weeks we will consider 6 different films (listed below) and what they have to teach us about our faith. You will be invited to watch the film before each week’s gathering (we can help you find the films) and then come together to discuss and debrief.


We will consider the following themes and films:



Redemption and Forgiveness
The Mission (1986),
directed by Roland Joffe


Silence (2016),
directed by Martin Scorsese


Grief and Suffering
3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017),
directed by Martin McDonough


Grief and Suffering
The Darjeeling Limited (2017),
directed by Wes Anderson


Sin and Evil
Babel (2006),
directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu


The Meaning of Christ
The Last Temptation of Christ (1988),
directed by Martin Scorsese

Pod Save the Faith | Converge Young Adults

Tuesdays, March 12 - April 16,
6:30pm – 8:00pm VVVat First Church in the Blue Room


The joke goes, “How do you know someone listens to a podcast? They tell you about it!” Well if you are the person that is constantly telling people about your favorite podcast, this is the small group for you. Every Tuesday from March 12 - April 16 at 6:30 pm you are invited to join in with the Converge Midweek group of young adults on the 3rd floor of the office building as they talk about podcasts and faith. Each week folks will be invited to listen to a podcast that focuses on one of First Church’s six priorities: creating inclusive community, doing justice, practicing hospitality, embodying diversity, asking tough questions and being authentic. Each Tuesday evening we will discuss the themes of the podcast as they relate to our faith.



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518 19th St North
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