Education

For Women

Presbyterian Women (PW)

Upcoming PW Events (all in the Jennie Roberts Room):

December 4: Our annual Christmas Tea will be held at 1:00 pm. The North High Jazz Carolers, directed by Shelley Zietz, will be our musical inspiration program. Devotions will be given by Marcia Foss.

April 9: We will have noon lunch and devotions with the hostesses to be determined. Our program will be presented by the Fraser, Ltd., “A Chance for Choice”, by Barb Grabar.

May 14: The last noon luncheon will be hosted by Naomi and Ruth Circles. Our program will be learning about some of the PW Scholarship Recipients, presented by Christine Kloubec and Sarah Hilsendager. Dedication of the Birthday Offering will be given by Char Rufer. We will have Installation of Officers for the next year.

 

For Men

Monday Morning Breakfast Group

Mondays: 9:00 am, Fargo Fryn’ Pan

This men’s group meets every Monday morning, starting September 17, for breakfast, study and fellowship. All men are welcome to participate; it is structured so that you can come when you are able. No need to prepare study materials before you arrive; they will be provided for you as needed. If you have interest in our agenda or attending, please contact Robert Brummond.

ManUP

ManUP, a men’s Bible study, convenes on the second Tuesday of each month, starting in October, 6:45 -7:45 am, in the Jennie Roberts Room. Intended to help men understand what the Bible says in relation to what is expected of a Christian man, the study this year examines Paul's Letter to the Galatians.

 

For All

Pastor’s Class

Sundays from 9:15-10:15 am

The Pastor’s Class will begin an extended survey of the first five books of the Bible - the Pentateuch. That is: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. These books make up the Torah in the Jewish faith and are foundational books for both Christians and Muslims. We will not go “verse by verse” but will instead take major storylines / themes and examine them. This study may take two years to complete but during this program year (Sep-May) we intend to cover Genesis and Exodus and perhaps even a bit more. Come and join us for study of some of the very best material in the Bible!

The Library

The church library is located in the lower level of the church at the bottom of the stairs. There you will find approximately 2,000 adult and children’s books as well as many Biblical reference materials. Historical pictures of the church are on display in the library. All books are entered in the computer. Utilize the electronic card catalog for book searches.

Books for the Pilgrimage Ministry are available in a specified area of the library. This gives pilgrimage participants the opportunity to check out the books before the classes.

Books on the shelves in the West Foyer are also available for checking out.

New in the Library:

  • · The Louise Penny mystery series
  • · The Angelic Letters series by Henry Ripplinger

We invite you to come to the library and check out the books. You can also sit and relax in the rocking chairs and spend some quiet time.

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For Youth

Middle School Sunday School, Grades 6-8

Sundays 9:15-10:15 am

The Unequivocally Energetic Education Duo, Fred Hudson and Andie Hensler, will be teaching the class. The students will continue in their journey through the Dwell Curriculum. This curriculum is aimed at helping students think and talk about their faith.

High School Sunday School, Grades 9-12

Sundays 9:15-10:15 am

The high schoolers will be exploring how we see God in our everyday lives and how we live out our faith. We will focus on spiritual practice, conversations, and asking deep questions.

Confirmation

Sundays 12-1:30 pm

This class will be devoted to studying the basic beliefs and practices of the Presbyterian church. Students will be equipped to live out their faith today. Questions and doubts are embraced, discussed, and encouraged. The students will write or create their statements of faith and present them to Session prior to Confirmation Sunday (May 12). Ninth graders and their parents will receive a letter spelling out this fall’s confirmation schedule. If you have a ninth grader (or unconfirmed student older than 9th grade who wishes to join us) and you haven’t yet received a letter, contact Kayla Bones at kbones@firstpresfargo.org to get your youth enrolled.

Youth Group, Grades 6-12

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm

Once again, we will do a large group and small groups alternating every other week. This gives students the ability to get to know students closer to their age range and the older students as well. We will do mission projects, Bible study, social activities, and interactive worship.

Upcoming Youth Events:

November 9: Fargo Force Game

November 11: Youth Usher & Read

November 18: No Sunday School or Youth Group

November 21: No Youth Group

November 25: No Youth Sunday School

December 15: Decorate Cookies/Wrap Giving Tree Gifts

December 16: Cookie Walk/Carols by Candlelight

December 19: Youth Group Christmas Party

December 23: No Sunday School, Youth Usher & Read

December 26: No Youth Group

December 30: No Sunday School

January 12: Pajamas and Pancakes Event

February 16-18: RestFest Youth Retreat

March 2: Ski Trip

March 6: Ash Wednesday Service

March 13: No Youth Group

March 22: Game Night

April 18: Maundy Thursday Service

April 19: Good Friday Service

April 21: No Sunday School or Youth Group

April 26-28: Crystal Springs Youth Retreat

May 5: Children/Youth Worship Service

May 12: Confirmation Sunday

June 25-29: Middle School Mission Trip to Minneapolis (For Current 5th-8th Graders)

July 15-21: Presbyterian Youth Triennium at Purdue University (For Current 8th-12th Graders)

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For Children

Sunday Morning Education

The Sunday morning education hour for children is 9:15-10:15. We welcome your children, ages 3 to grade 5, to participate in our grade leveled program where children will have a home room and a team of education leaders that will stay with them throughout the year. Sunday school starts September 16 and ends May 19. Please note there are certain Sundays where there is special programming or no Sunday School.

Kids meet as one large group at the beginning of every session to sing, celebrate birthdays, make announcements, take offering and pray together. Kids then move to their home classrooms for the rest of the hour. Our curriculum, “Growing in Grace & Gratitude” is rooted in the foundation of Presbyterian identity where God’s grace and our gratitude are the heartbeat of our faith, life, and worship. The curriculum extends an invitation to discipleship that inspires children to learn and practice hospitality, generosity and love. It reaches beyond Sunday morning, encouraging children to live their lives as an expression of God’s grace.

To participate in kids’ ministry, you must register your children once at the beginning of the year. Forms will be available on Rally Day, September 9, or online. Most education classes are held on the second floor, with the exception being three-year-olds who work and play together in the nursery suite off the Gathering Space.

If you have any questions or concerns about children’s education or would like to volunteer, contact Penny Andrist, 701-293-6311 or pandrist@firstpresfargo.org

Nursery

The nursery is available for newborns-3 years old during the Sunday School hour and the 10:30 worship hour. Our N-3 rooms have age-appropriate books, music and toys. Children get to know themselves and how to treat others. They learn that God loves them, their teachers love them, and how to love each other. Our attendants are highly qualified! You can rest easy knowing that your children are in good care while you participate in church programming.

Upcoming Children’s Events:

November 18, Kirkin’ o’ the Tartans: No Sunday School. Enjoy one of two identical services at 9:00 or 11:00 am.

December 16, Family Christmas Party: Come to the Social Hall with your children at 9:15 for an hour of fun fellowship, art, music and finger-food!

December 16, Carols by Candlelight: All Sunday School children participate in this special evening service at 6:30 pm. We prepare for this during regular Sunday School hours.

December 23 & 30: No Sunday School

April 14, Palm Sunday: Children and parents meet in the Social Hall at 9:15 for an hour of fun fellowship, art, music and finger-food!

April 21, Easter: No Sunday School. Enjoy one of two identical services at 9:00 or 11:00 am.

May 5, Children/Youth Worship Service: Please mark this day on your calendar right now and make plans to attend this awesome service which has become an annual delight and meaningful worship for the congregation. This service is planned and prepared for months by the children and youth and delivered in unique ways, capitalizing on the expressions of faith that only children can bring.

May 19, Family Party & VBS Registration: This day we celebrate! We celebrate our faith, our relationships and our growth. This party includes all the standard “good stuff” and gets us prepped for the upcoming VBS.

June 3-6, Vacation Bible School: One of the most popular offerings here at First Presbyterian Church. Let the good times ROAR! We’ll transform our church into an African savanna as we explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers us through this wild life. Join us on the adventure!

 

Find a way that you can volunteer in children’s ministry this year.

C’mon – we’re better together!

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