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Emmaus Communities 

Emmaus Communities are a great way to connect with other adults in all stages of life and faith at First Pres. In each of the five Emmaus Communities (ECs), the study of Scripture and conversations with one another are woven together to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ and with one another, more fully follow his ways, and bear witness to his gospel. 


Not Without a Parable | Selected Parables of Jesus

The kingdom of God is here, in front of us…all around us. As followers of Jesus (kingdom people) we know our call is to live radically different lives not only for our own well-being but also for the common good of all our neighbors. Still we struggle to know how we can respond to our neighbor and to our hurting world. Jesus, the master creator of story, captures our attention and imagination through his parables, or “stories of intent,” to stop us in our tracks and listen. Parables hold Jesus' secrets—secrets of God's kingdom, of the wisdom of life, of grace and human responsibility. Ultimately, through the parables, God's Spirit can transform us. The question is whether, and to what extent, we are willing to live in light of what the parables reveal to us.

Together, we will take time for his “stories of intent” to become mirrors onto ourselves, windows into new ways of living within God's kingdom, and doors through which we carry the confident hope of the gospel message into our world. May God's spirit transform us as we listen to, learn from, and live with the parables of Jesus --being able, eventually, to say “once I was blind, but now I see.”

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Various, click here to find out more
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders, Adult Ministries Coordinator at janets@fpcberkeley.org

Connect (her) is a gathering place for women of all ages and circumstances to connect with one another and with Christ. Through small group discussion and prayer we encourage one another, build connections, and strengthen friendships.

This fall we will explore The Best Yes, a video series featuring noted speaker and author Lysa TerKeurst. In the midst of life's endless demands we face, Lysa invites us to dig deeper into the Bible in order to make wise decisions and live intentionally and joyfully. Whether you are new to First Pres or are already a part of our community, please join us as we grow in faith together.

Dates: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Church Lounge, Westminster Hall
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders, Adult Ministries Coordinator at janets@fpcberkeley.org

Sunday Morning Study
SMS is an inductive group Bible study. Currently studying the Gospel of Mark, we share the responsibility of facilitating our discussions, posing questions to help us go deeper together into the text to more fully discover what God is saying to us. We also support one another through prayer and encouragement.

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Room G214, Geneva Hall
More Information: Please contact Susan Stewart at sleroymstewart@aol.com

On Belay
On Belay is a climbing term meaning bound and dependent on each other for safety while climbing. Comprised of both mature and new believers, we support each other along life's journey, as we deepen our faith. Our topics foster great discussion and we share refreshments, praises, and prayer concerns.

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Room G205, Geneva Hall
More Information: Please contact Janet Sanders at janets@fpcberkeley.org

Koinonia
We are a group of single and married adults who meet for the study of issues in our Christian lives.

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Room G209, Geneva Hall
More Information: Please contact Paul Davis at paul-and-jane@comcast.net

Seafarers
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them." We are a small group of mature Christians that gather to read and discuss books that encourage and challenge us in our faith.

Dates and Times: Sundays, 10:15–11:15 am during Middle Hour
Location: Room G213, Geneva Hall
More Information: Please contact Ray Schmidt at rayaschmid@aol.com