Faith formation is a priority here at First Church. Study of the Scriptures and our faith is an ongoing, lifelong process, as we learn and re-learn what it means to be a follower of Jesus, who teaches our world a whole new way of living and experiencing life.
Members, friends, visitors are all invited to participate in our adult faith formation classes – whether it’s a Bible study, book & video study, spiritual practice offerings and /or one-time presentation or class related to our faith.
Join us in an “All Church Read” of the book Dry by (father and son) Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman
I invite all of us to an “All Church Read” of the book, Dry. I chose it because it seems to have something for everyone. It’s categorized as a “Young Adult” novel but don’t let that fool you, it’s a book about community, the choices we make, how we decide to treat one another…and change.
I read that you’ll need a glass of water beside you as you read this fast-paced book. I don’t recommend reading the reviews ahead of time (but you can if you want), instead let’s dive right into Dry. In fact, I will buy your book if you want to try this read but aren’t sure.
Dry can be borrowed from the library, purchased at your favorite bookseller, online, or let me know and I’ll buy it for you. Please send me an email, call the Church Office or talk to me in-person to let me know that you will be joining this “All Church Read”. That way, I can send you the reading guide and notices about special events that I’m planning to bring us together to discuss the book between now and March 5th.
Happy reading, take notes, and let’s join together to discuss how Dry can help us navigate the seasons of transitions ahead,
Here’s a synopsis of what Dry is about:
When the California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, one teen is forced to make life and death decisions for her family in this harrowing story of survival.
The drought—or the Tap-Out, as everyone calls it — has been going on for a while now. Everyone’s lives have become an endless list of don’ts: don’t water the lawn, don’t fill up your pool, don’t take long showers.
Until the taps run dry.
Suddenly, Alyssa’s quiet suburban street spirals into a warzone of desperation; neighbors and families turned against each other on the hunt for water. And when her parents don’t return and her life —and the life of her brother—is threatened, Alyssa has to make impossible choices to survive.
Children and youth (masks required if not vaccinated) are welcome in worship and provided with age appropriate resources in their “Worship Bag” as well as a Kids Message during worship. Then children are invited to attend Sunday School with their vaccinated and background-checked teachers in the Elliot Room next to the sanctuary. Sunday school is offered from mid-September to mid-June.
Nursery care may be arranged with advanced notice. Please contact the church office prior to Sunday service at 508-432-1053.