Adult Classes & Educational Opportunities


Middle Hour
Support Groups & Classes

There are many opportunities for adult education and growth at First Pres. Listed below are current classes and events; for more information, please contact Janet Sanders, Assistant Director for Christian Formation, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or

Calling for You!

Discovering your gifts for service in the church and in the world

As we look out into our community, our nation, and our world, the challenges and complexities seem overwhelming!  Imagine if these, rather than repel us, compel us to discover what we could do to effect change.  The good news is, as followers of Jesus, we all have been given unique spiritual gifts, personalities, experiences, and passions that God would love to activate for the good of his kingdom, right here, right now.

We invite you to gather with others to identify and explore the amazing ways that God made us and the possible paths that complement our unique gifts and skills. This Friday night and Saturday experience will be a fun, interactive time spent in teaching, small groups, and individual work, with just a small amount of homework  thrown in. Our goal is for each person to create a calling statement that will lead to service possibilities within our church or in the larger community.

Instructors: Karen Erickson, Pastor Mark Stryker, and Janet Sanders
Dates & Times: Friday, October 19, 6:30–9 pm and Saturday, October 20, 9 am–4 pm
Location: Room G202, Geneva Hall
Cost: $20 per person, includes materials and Saturday lunch
Register: Click here to register, class maximum is 25, registration deadline is October 5
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders at

Summer Colloquium

Beloved Community: The Church's Call to Racial Justice

Throughout Scripture and history, God has called God's people to participate in the creation of the Beloved Community, breaking down barriers, seeking justice, and transforming hearts and systems. Presenations from our guest speakers and First Pres community voices are avaialbe through the Audio Library under Summer Colloquium 2018. For more information, contact Michelle Vecchio-Lyzenga at  

Making Sense with Scripture Series–Fall 2016

This four-part series explored what is involved when we seek to interpret the Scriptures faithfully and discern together how the Bible may guide us as a community today. To listen to the first three sessions, please visit the Audio Library and click on Classes & Discussions. For more information, please contact Janet Sanders at