All Church Conference
Mount Hermon Conference Center, Felton, CA
An ACC Invitation from Pastor Steve Schibsted
Whether you grew up attending First Pres or you're new to our
community, we hope you will come to our All Church Conference (ACC) at
the Mount Hermon Conference Center located in the beautiful Santa Cruz
This annual event has been a treasured time in the
life of our church for over 70 years. The ACC is a great time to relax,
laugh and play together, form new friendships, deepen old ones, all
while enjoying the glorious nature God has created. You will be inspired
by our retreat speaker, Dr. James K. A. Smith (learn more below) and
experience a new sense of belonging during our weekend together—just ask
those who have come back year after year. With our busy lives it can be
difficult to intentionally set aside time for a weekend away to
recharge and reconnect, but it's worth it. I hope to see you there!
Interim Senior Pastor
Our ACC Retreat Speaker
Dr. James K.A. Smith
Love Takes Practice: Disciplines of Hope for a Hurting World
We are excited to welcome Dr. James K.A. Smith as our featured speaker. James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. Trained as a philosopher, Smith has expanded on that scholarly platform to become an engaged public intellectual and cultural critic. An award-winning author and widely-traveled speaker, he has emerged as a thought leader with a unique gift of translation, building bridges between the academy, society, and the church.
His writings include, You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (2016) and Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (2017). His new book, On the Road with Saint Augustine, will be published in October 2019. Smith also regularly writes for magazines and newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Slate, First Things, Christianity Today, and The Hedgehog Review. He also serves as editor-in-chief of Image Journal, a quarterly devoted to "art, mystery, and faith."
He and his wife, Deanna, are elementary school (!) sweethearts with four children in college. Natives of Stratford, Ontario, they lived in Philadelphia and Los Angeles before settling in the Heritage Hill neighborhood of Grand Rapids. They are committed urban dwellers who enjoy gardening, travel, wine with friends, and curling up on the couch with their two maltipoos, Daisy and Kirby.
For more information about James visit www. jameskasmith.com.