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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.

 

Making Sense with Jesus | The Gospel of Mark
The world we live in is always changing. Change, even change benefiting the common good, interrupts and disrupts our lives and confounds the making sense of things. Our central affirmation, belief, and prayer for the Emmaus Communities this coming year is to claim and demonstrate we can make better sense of the world with Jesus than without him.

The Gospel of Mark offers the earliest account of God's activity through Jesus to transform his people and bring them into a new kingdom. Jesus points to the new reality telling us "the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the good news" (Mark 1:14) and promises a resilient, relevant, and robust way of making sense, especially amidst all that is changing.

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 place for women of all ages and stages of faith to connect with one another and with Christ through small group discussion and prayer. This year we focus on the Gospel of Mark following the weekly texts of the ECs. Led by Pastor Delianne Koops and others, we will discover afresh that we can make better sense of the world with Jesus than without him. Whether you are new to First Pres or already part of our community, please join us for coffee and conversation.

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