Adult Education & Events

Adult Education


Middle Hour
Making Sense with Scripture
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, Adult Ministries Coordinator, at (510) 848-6252 ext. 267 or


New Classes: Winter 2017 

Called to Serve
Are you still pondering what your unique calling might be? Perhaps you are wondering how to turn your call into action or how to connect with the people who can help you fulfill your mission? In Called to Serve II: Going Deeper, you will embark on an in-depth journey to discover and define the uniquely personal work God has prepared for you.

In these "hands on" classes, participants work collaboratively in exploring their callings, developing strategies for overcoming obstacles, taking action, and unleashing the power of networking. You will be inspired and encouraged by the stories of our guest speakers and the life-changing impact of following God's call.

Dates: Sundays, January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5
Time: 10:15-11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: G208, Geneva Hall
Instructor: Rev. Sam Shafer
Registration: Click here to register
Fee: $10 payable at the first class
More Information: Please contact Sam Shafer at

Making Sense with Scripture Series
All adults are invited by Rev. Mark Stryker, Rev. Delianne Koops, and Ryan Pemberton to join them for a series of four presentations and conversations during Middle Hour. This series is designed to help us explore what is involved when we seek to interpret the Scriptures faithfully and to discern together how the Bible my guide us as a community today. We are joined by Emmaus Community 3 teacher Michael Barram for the first three sessions to look at key approaches to textual interpretation that we can utilize as we seek to make sense of God's Word in Scripture. On February 5, we will reflect further on the importance of Scripture for us as a community—and for our mission in the world.

Dates: Sunday, September 25 | Behind the Text
           Sunday, October 16 | The Text Itself
           Sunday, November 6 | In Front of the Text
           Sunday, February 5 | The Text in the Formation of Our Community
Time: 10:15-11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Westminster Gym
Audio Recording: Visit Audio Library and click on Classes & Discussions
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders at