Fall 2018

Classes are free except where noted and open to the public.
Books for classes are available as noted at the Bookstore at South Campus,
open Sundays before and after the 10 am service or by appointment.

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Sunday Morning Seminar

Sundays, 8:30 – 9:45 am (Note: New Time)Ageless Soul
Wicker Room, South Campus

Care of the Ageless Soul: The Work of Thomas Moore
Fall semester begins September 9, 2018 addressing the work of our Fall Spiritual Searcher, Thomas Moore. This weekly class will focus on the life and teachings of this Care of the Soul author before Thomas’ visit on November 30-December 1 hosted by The Burkhart Center of First Community Church. The class is facilitated by Rev. David Hett and church member John Schuster, an executive coach and workshop leader who has studied with Thomas Moore and has an advanced degree in Jungian Psychology. This Sunday morning class is free and open to the public. Ticket information for the Thomas Moore event will be coming soon. Books are available in the bookstore or by arrangement. Contact Christy Caine with questions, ccaine@fcchurch.com.

No registration is required.

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Christianity: Perspectives and Insights

Sundays, 7 – 8:30 pmThe Gnostic Gospels
Centennial Room, North Campus

Come discover more about the Gnostic Gospels, who wrote them, and what they mean for modern Christianity. This fall Christianity: Perspectives and Insights will consider the Gnostic Gospels as well as other ancient forms of Christianity that have been overlooked for centuries.

Sources to be drawn from will include:

  • Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospel of Jesus, a DVD series
    featuring OSU professor David BrakkeThe Gnostic Gospels
  • Lost Christianities: Christian Scriptures and the Battles over Authentication,
    a DVD series featuring professor and author Bart Ehrman
  • Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew,
    by Bart Ehrman
  • The Gnostic Gospels, by Elaine Pagels

Meetings will include reading books, watching DVDs, discussion, activities, and devotions. Most importantly, the participants help support one another as a community of modern Christians searching for spirituality and fellowship in a rationalistic culture.

Formerly titled Christianity 101, Christianity: Perspectives and Insights will meet on Sunday evenings (following the 5:30 worship service and concurrent to Crossroads) at North Campus to share and discuss subjects of interest to those who are considering what it means and how to be Christian in contemporary America. Lisa Norris will facilitate. For questions contact Christy at ccaine@FCchurch.com.

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Tai Chi for Balance

Tai ChiTuesdays, 9 – 9:45 am
Brownlee Hall, South Campus

If you have fallen lately or fear falling, then Tai Chi for Balance is for you. Come join us on Tuesday mornings for 45 minutes of easy, relaxed moves that will strengthen stability, balance, agility and health, as well as, provide a calming meditative experience during these stressful times. The easy-to-learn movements are taught with mindful attention in a supportive and fun atmosphere. Beginning and experienced students are all welcome to participate. The instructors are Sally Kriska and Diane Sturges, both certified in Tai Chi for Balance, levels 1, 2, and 3, Guang Ping Yang style. There is no fee and registration is at the class.

For questions, please contact Sally Kriska :sallykriska@gmail.com or 614-203-7913, or Diane Sturges: dpsturges@aol.com


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Tuesday at Ten

Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 am
Wicker Room, South Campus

The Aging Brain
Beginning September 11, this DVD lecture series featuring Professor Thad A. Polk, Ph.D. of the University of Michigan, a practicing researcher in the field of neuroscience, will explore the science of aging and address how to keep your mind healthy. Topics include the biology of aging, changes to the brain and memory. Discussions following the lecture facilitated by Rev. David Hett. Free and open to the public. No registration required.

The 12 lectures in this series are:

  1. The Aging Mind: What Changes? 9/11
  2. Why Don’t We Live Forever” 9/18
  3. Is Aging a Disease? 9/25
  4. Aging and Brain Structure 10/2
  5. Aging and Brain Function 10/9
  6. Emotional Aging 10/16
  7. Strategies for an Aging Memory 10/23
  8. Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease 10/30
  9. Parkinson’s Disease and Stroke 11/6
  10. Aging Well: Staying Active 11/13
  11. Aging Well: Diet and Stress 11/20
  12. The Science of Immortality 11/27

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Men’s Study Group

Wednesdays, 7 – 8 amReading the Bible Again for the First Time
Wicker Room, South Campus

Returns September 12
Reading the Bible Again for the First TimeThis fall, the Men’s Study Group will be discussing Marcus Borg’s Reading the Bible Aging for the First Time. Men are always welcome to join at any time. Contact Price Finley at 614.361.6567 or price.finley@gmail.com or Craig Sturtz at 614.325.6134 or craig.sturtz01@gmail.com.


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Wednesday Morning Fellowship

Wednesdays, 7 – 8 am
Brownlee Hall, South Campus

Both men and women enjoy the fellowship and weekly presentations and discussion of leading-edge topics. Ends promptly at 8 am. Open to the public. Facilitated by Lee Vescelius lvesceli@gmail.com.


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Women Living the Questions

Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Wicker Room, South Campus

The Work of Richard Rohr
This weekly group will use readings, appropriate videos and occasional guest speakers. The focus is primarily on finding practical ways to bring these teachings into our daily lives. New members are always welcome. Contact Linda Baldeck at lbaldeck927@gmail.com.

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Wednesday Evening Bible Study 

Wednesdays, 7 – 8:15 pm
Room TBD, South Campus

Returns October 10
Wednesday Evening Bible Study will study of the Letter to the Hebrews. This class is led by the Rev. Jim Long, Minister of Pastoral Care, and focuses on understanding the Biblical literature in its place in time while applying it to today.

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Contemplative Way Group

Thursdays, 11:45 am – 1 pmThe Heart of Centering Prayer
Wicker Room, South Campus

We continue with Cynthia Bourgeault’s new book, The Heart of Centering Prayer: Nondual Christianity in Theory and Practice. A time of sacred reading is followed by a 30-minute silent meditation starting about 12:15 pm each week. Facilitated by Rev. David Hett and other spiritual directors.

Books are available in the Bookstore or Thursdays before or after the group by arrangement.
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Call Christy at (614) 488-0681 ext 247 or ccaine@FCchurch.com