Christian Formation

LearningIn the recent past, First Christian called itself “A Thoughtful Church in the Heart of the Cities.”  While we don’t use the motto anymore, it’s meaning reverberates through our faith community. Christian Formation, learning what it means to follow Jesus, is an important part of the life of this faith community.  Here is a list of available  experiences that will help you grow in your faith or become acquainted with Christianity.  Everyone is welcome no matter if you have been a Christian since birth or don’t believe in God at all.  Questions are encouraged!

Sunday Morning On-Going

Children’s Sunday School: Our children’s Sunday School is conducted jointly with our SpringHouse partners Salem Lutheran and Lyndale UCC. The Children’s classes take place year-round on Sundays at 9:15 am.

Hearthstone (led by Mary Hurlocker, meets in Timothy), 9:00 a.m.
The Present Word engages participants in an experiential style of learning—connecting faith and life, and nurtures individual growth of the participants as children of God rooted in the Christian community, life in the Spirit and Christian hope. Discussion and activities encourage participants to live out their faith in their individual and congregational activities.

NEW!!  Living The Questions (led by Dan Adolphson, Bryan Feille, & Garry Hesser, meets in Esther)
Living the Questions is a DVD-based curriculum that helps people convinced that Christianity still has relevance in the 21st Century explore the future of Christianity and what a meaningful faith can look like in today’s world.

Weekly On-Going

Ecumenical SpringHouse Lectionary Study (Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., meets in Timothy)
Weekly study group looking at the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday.

Men’s Bible Study (Saturdays, 9:00 a.m., meets in Timothy)
Weekly study group looking at the lectionary texts for the upcoming Sunday. Resumes in October

Monthly On-Going

Carter Circle(meets in various homes)
Monthly ladies gathering.  This year the Carter Circle is using the Horizons Bible Study: Dispatches to God’s Household The General Epistles.  Upcoming fall dates:

Monday, Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m. @ Pastor Laurie’s house
Monday, Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m. @ Val Dunham’s house
Dec. 9, 7:00 p.m. @ Bobbie Hall’s house

For directions or more information, please contact Karen Kandik at (612) 827-2798 or

Book Club (meets monthly in various homes)

A specific book is read and discussed each month.  Upcoming fall dates:

Monday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m. @ Val Dunham’s house
Monday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. @ Pastor Laurie’s house

For future dates or more information, please contact Karen Kandik at (612) 827-2798 or

NEW!!  Faiths 101 – Understanding the Pluralistic World We Live In (led by Dan Adolphson)
This will be a monthly gathering where guest speakers from various world faiths will spend an evening with us helping us understand our brothers and sisters from other faiths such as Judaism, Islam, and others.  More information coming – will start in October.

Fall Short-Term Studies

NEW!!  Leviticus (led by Pastor Laurie)

Have you ever wondered why Mary and Joseph offered a sacrifice of turtledoves or young pigeons when Jesus was one month old? How about why after Jesus healed a leper he told him to go and present himself to the priest? Maybe you have wondered whether a rock badger is just as unclean as a pig? The answers can be found in Leviticus.  While many people shy away from Leviticus we will jump right in and discover all that this often-misunderstood book of the Bible has to offer.

This study will meet on Tuesdays at SpringHouse at 7 pm on the following dates: October 1, 8, 22, 29, Nov. 5, & 12.

To signup, please contact the church office. Pastor Laurie is also willing to offer this on the same dates as a daytime study if enough people are interested.

Advent Study
Popular and beloved author J. Ellsworth Kalas presents new insight into the biblical story of Christmas. Kalas approaches the season through the “back side”–through a unique starting point, a creative retelling, a new “lens,” or the eyes of a minor character.  Kalas’s creative approach both clarifies basic teachings and introduces new possibilities of meaning, even for those who are most familiar with the Christmas story. Enriched with contemporary illustrations and personal experiences, this volume will provide new perspectives.  Will meet Nov. 26, Dec. 3, Dec. 10, Dec. 23. 7:00 p.m. at SpringHouse.

Summer Camps

Camp and Conference Center: Located in Newton, IA, this Disciples of Christ facility offers a variety of camps for all ages. For more information, click here.

Day Camp: First Christian, along with its SpringHouse partners and other churches, sponsors a week long day camp. For more information, click here.